Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
November 15-21, 2001 ARCHIVES
Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
Review of the Popular Las Vegas Weekly TV Show


by Larry Houck
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Hosts Gary Campbell and Connie Ross shared a few ghost stories last week on the nationally broadcast "Backstage Live" radio and television show from the Grand Salon of The Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino.

Gary and Connie's first guest was Tina Carlson, a real-life ghostbuster! Director of the Las Vegas Society of Supernatural Investigation, Carlson and her husband, Steve, who is the skeptic that tries to explain things scientifically, dropped by to tell a few ghost stories and describe how they actually investigate paranormal activities. You can do your own investigating on the web at, a site in which Tina is the co-director.

Ray Anthony doesn't celebrate Halloween every night, but he does "dress-up" as the "California Kid" Ritchie Valens for "Legends in Concert" at the Imperial Palace. Anthony's lively versions of "Donna" and "La Bamba" keep the audience tappin' to the beats of this "Legendary" performer. Catch Anthony's tribute to Valens, along with other "Legends" stars like Michael Jackson, Libearace, Madonna and Elvis, in "Legends In Concert" at the Imperial Palace, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. nightly except Sundays.

On the lighter side, singer/songwriter Quinton Stevenson dropped by with a band to perform a few tunes. Quinton, who has been playing guitar and writing songs since age 15, won the Grand Prize in a national contest for jingles by Wendy's restaurant in the year 2000 and is a regional winner in this year's contest. He also wrote a song with lyricist Wes Stephenson called "Beacon of Hope" which was included on a compilation CD for the fallen police and firefighters in the World Trade Center tragedy.

Taking a quick break from performing at the Kabuki Lounge at the Imperial Palace, singer Cherico stopped in and sang a tune for the audience. Cherico has appeared with such stars as Bill Cosby, Charlton Heston, Redd Foxx and more. In the seventies, he performed on the Emmy Awards and was on a television show called "Felony Squad." Cherico keeps the Kabuki Lounge hopping nightly from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., through November 24.

Last, but not least, Gary & Connie had visits from Bellinger Morgan, who works for the Franklin Mint store located inside The Auto Collections, and Candice La Croix from QRS Music, Green Valley, where the company manufactures and sells a fantastic variety of player pianos and other instruments.

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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