Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
December 20-26, 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 returned to fun times with a show full of return guests on the national radio and television show "Backstage Live" last week.

Mike Weatherford, entertainment reporter for the Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper, returned to discuss his new book, "Cult Vegas." The 247-page book features 93 rare photos and stories that Weatherford has covered in the newspaper since 1987. From Frank Sinatra to Sam Kinison, learn about the stars that have come and gone through Las Vegas and some of the behind-the-scenes stories.

The a capella trio of "Out-A-Sight," made up of three blind men, made their return appearance spectacular with a few special tunes for the "Backstage" audience.

Making his annual visit to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo, reporter Dave Maschoff from KKOJ/KRAQ radio stations in Jackon, Minnesota, returned to the "Backstage" set to give his NFR report. Maschoff has been the "Backstage" link to the NFR for many years.

Old friend and manager of The Platters, Jean Bennette, dropped in to talk about a new book, The Platters busy schedule and the possible re-opening of the old Moulin Rouge.

Singer Herb Rawlings Jr. made his return appearance, this time performing some of his own songs. Rawlings Jr. was last on the show as James Brown in "Legends In Concert" at the Imperial Palace. He kept toes tappin' in the audience as he performed a few beautiful tunes.

Speaking of "Legends," Zach Parrish and Annika Nielsen took a couple of minutes off before hitting the Imperial Theatre stage as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Appearing in "Legends Goes Country," the NFR version of the popular show, Parrish and Nielsen performed as a duo on such hits as "Let's Go To Vegas," "Let's Make Love" and "I Like It I Love It." Don't miss "Legends In Concert," 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. nightly, except Sundays, only at the Imperial Palace.

Last, but never least, Christy Coffey dropped in for a song, taking a short break from her performances at the Kabuki Lounge, just inside the front door of the Imperial Palace. Live entertainment keeps that lounge rockin' nightly from 4:30 p.m.

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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