Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
December 13-19, 2001 ARCHIVES
Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
Review of the Popular Las Vegas Weekly TV Show


by Larry Houck
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With a "Cuchi-Cuchi" here and a "Yee-ha" there, hosts Gary Campbell and Connie Ross kept the national radio and television show "Backstage Live" hoppin' last week with wonderfully talented guests.

There is a new shine on an old star that has returned to the Las Vegas "Strip," as the wildly energetic Charo has opened a new show, "Bravo," at the Venetian. Charo, who is well known for her sexy song and dance routines, comedic fractured English and virtuoso flamenco guitar, stopped in to talk with Gary & Connie about her long showbiz career and her return to the stage. "Bravo," which also features the comedy of Mario & Daniel, gives Charo a chance to sing, dance, be funny and play guitar while leading a cast of dancers and a four-piece live band.

Another star who hopes to reach for the sky is "Heavenly," an up'n-coming R&B / Gospel artist who stopped by to perform a few beautiful tunes for the "Backstage" audience. Backed by a group of dancers, Heavenly showed off her vocal talent and talked about the CD she is currently working on in the studio.

Singer/entertainer Tony Sacca returned to the "Backstage" set to perform a song and discuss his 16th Annual "Merry Christmas Las Vegas" television special. This year, proceeds from the tickets to the live taping will be split 50-50 between the Youth Foundation for the Performing Arts and the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter.

Comedian/singer Steve Rossi dropped in discuss his role as Master of Ceremonies at the 2001 Ms. Senior America Pageant which took place at the Imperial Palace's Imperial Theatre Dec. 5 & 6. Rossi's career has included many highlights throughout the years and he even shared a few the other day on the Howard Stern show about his memories of the recently passed Beatle, George Harrison.

Tom Bongiorno, who performs worldwide as Neil Diamond for "Legends In Concert" stopped by to perform a couple of songs. He recently performed at the Veterans Day Celebration at the Lowden Veterans Center and Museum, where Imperial Palace owner Ralph Engelstad was honored by the Council of Nevada Veterans Organizations.

Last, but never least, Shannon Rustad rode in to town to help kick off the National Finals Rodeo time here in Las Vegas. Rustad is Miss Rodeo North Dakota.

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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