Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
November 22-28, 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 welcomed a few future stars to the set of the nationally broadcast "Backstage Live" radio and television show, last Saturday night, from the Grand Salon of The Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino.

Gary and Connie's first guests were cousins, three-year old Alexa Taylor and five-year old Savannah Prenger. The young girls are not strangers to the stage. Alexa, who sang "Splish Splash I was Taking a Bath," won her first beauty pageant when she was just 20 months old. Alexa is currently Hawaiian Tropic's West Coast Baby Grand Supreme and West Coast Cover Girl. Savannah charmed the audience singing, "Honey, I'm Home" by Shania Twain. Savannah continues to woo crowds by singing, dancing and acting, where she has won many titles including the Hawaiian Tropic National Photogenic and Amerikids Royal Regional Talent.

It's more than likely you have heard George Dare's voice on McDonald's, Toyota, Oldsmobile and Chevy jingle commercials. Dare is a professional singer, songwriter, music producer, guitarist and pianist, who recently received the first-ever "Las Vegas, Chamber of Commerce, Community Achievement Award" in the "Arts & Entertainment" category. Dare played a few excepts from his fireman, policemen, Las Vegas and Nevada theme songs.

Community activist Louise Helton stopped by to discuss the non-profit organization Classrooms on Wheels (C.O.W.). Helton created the mobile preschool seven years ago when she learned that students in her daughter's first-grade class lacked basic skills. C.O.W. was designed to educate and support low-income families and their at-risk preschoolers.

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 a visit from Sara Lynn, an aspiring country music singer from Waco Texas. Lynn is a second year member of the Texas Bikini Team and was Miss February for the 2002 calendar. Lynn performed Patsy Kline's tune "Crazy," along with other country standards.

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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