Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
November 1-7, 2001 ARCHIVES
Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
Review of the Popular Las Vegas Weekly TV Show


by Larry Houck
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From comedy to song to a little bit of golf, hosts Gary Campbell and Connie Ross produced another above-par "Backstage Live" radio and television show from the Grand Salon of The Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino.

The comedy styling of "Bottoms Up" Producer Breck Wall and one of his sidekicks, Sue Motsinger, brought smiles to the faces of the "Backstage" audience. In between Wall's jokes, Motsinger performed tunes, singing the "Lullaby of Birdland" and "It's Impossible." On October 27, the cast and crew of one of the longest running shows on the "Strip," celebrated the 15,000th performance of the fun-filled show. You can currently catch all the zingers, one-liners and silly skits in "Bottoms Up," Monday through Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m. at the Flamingo Hilton Hotel & Casino.

Making yet another command performance at the "Backstage Live" show was one of the favorite guests, singer Ted "Boss Man" Cash. With a host of CDs ranging from jazz to Christmas tunes, Cash is never short of songs to perform, this time choosing the patriotic stance with "America the Beautiful." You can pick up Cash's CDs on his website, or at your local Las Vegas music store.

The high-energy duo of May & Murray took a break from the Kabuki Lounge at the Imperial Palace to stop in and sing a tune for the audience. Stuart May and Mariellen Murray keep the Kabuki Lounge hopping nightly from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., with an opening band beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Golf Pro Mike Colandro dropped in to talk about the Celebrity Golf Event, Thursday November 15, at the Siena Golf Club. Sponsored by the Castaways Hotel & Casino, the proceeds from the "Rescue Relief Celebrity Golf Classic" will benefit the Rescue Relief Fund in New York City. For more information, contact Colandro, the tournament director, at (702) 218-0333.

Having recently returned to the ever-changing "Legends In Concert" line-up at the Imperial Palace, "Material Girl" performer Melissa Totten returned to the "Backstage Live" set to talk about her career performing as the one and only Madonna. Totten's resemblance to the superstar even led to a role as Madonna's double in the film "A League Of Their Own." Catch her hot act, along with other "Legends" stars like Michael Jackson, Liberace, Ricky Martin and Elvis, in "Legends In Concert" at the Imperial Palace, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. nightly except Sundays.

Last, but not least, Gary & Connie welcomed singer Alan Tremont who honored the nation with a performance of his song, "America, I Love You So."

You, too, can join Gary and Connie weekly FREE in the Grand Salon of The Auto Collections, fifth floor of the parking facility of the Imperial Palace, every Saturday night from 6 to 8 p.m., to see the stars come out for "Backstage Live."

Talk America Radio Network and Cable Radio Network originate "Backstage Live," and it airs in the Las Vegas area, live, on KNUU 970 AM, Saturdays 6-8 p.m., and on tape delay on Sundays 10-Mid. on KXNT 840 AM.

If you prefer to just listen in, but would also like to call in, the listener call-in number is 800-298-TALK (8255).

"Backstage Live" is also seen locally on Cox Cable Metro 48, Saturday and Sunday nights, from 11 p.m. to midnight. KEEN TV 17 airs the show Fridays 9 to 11 p.m. and on Realtime video, Also, see "Backstage Live" on KPVM Channel 41 in Pahrump, Nevada, Fridays, 5 to 7 p.m. National cable TV syndicated by American Independent Network, check your local listings.

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