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Weekend Of Love II: Vegas Fan Report
November 16-18, 2007
Report by: Batya Selavan
Group photo by: Paula Carwana
When I read the report from the last Vegas trip and hearing so much about the Love showI just had to go. I hadn't been to Vegas since I was 14 so I was sure It had changed a great deal.
For our first event, we went to the Sahara Hotel for a party in the Beatle suite. We got there and I found the plaque that says the Beatles stayed there August 19, 1964 in the Alexandria Tower Room 2344. It was there we met with other fans, and Charles F. Rosenay and Mike Streeto, who were our hosts. There was a wet bar and lots of seating and pictures of the Fabs on the walls. There was one dealer there selling some Beatle books and some hats.
Charles welcomed everyone and mentioned a gal, Paula, who arrived late and came from Canada, as well as Rene Van Haarlem of Beatles Unlimited, who came all the way from Holland. There were folks from NY, California, Connecticut, Utah, New Jersey, Miami, New York and other states. One didn't have to travel too far, he had a home in Vegas.
Singer/musician Frank Adams got out his guitar and song books, and we had a sing-a-long, while some others went around the suite and took pictures and mingled. After the party, late-night activities included gambling, people-watching and club-going. Some people went to see "Legends" and other Vegas shows.
The next day was packed full with things to do. I went to the Mirage to check out the Love store. The floor changes color as you walk on it. They had T-shirts and bags and note cards and TV screens showing the lads. They had a "Love" Jukebox on sale for 10,000 thousand dollars.
My roommate, Susan, Frank and I went to our next stop, the Hard Rock Cafe. Our group all got free Hard Rock Cafe souvenir pins and a 15 percent off coupon to use in the shop. We had a great time having lunch, checking out the memorabilia (including the Yellow Sun display) and watching all the rock videos, including some Beatle clips.
Than we went by Madame Tussaud's, which was neat, except there were no Beatles on display, unless they had them hiding somewhere. I did see lady Diana and Martin Luther and Mick Jagger and Bowie. We continued on to the V theatre in the shops at the former Aladdin Desert Passage casino, now Planet Hollywood. We had good seats to see "FabFourMania".
They had an Ed Sullivan impersonator open the show (he was a hoot). The band opened with the gray suits, played a Sgt Peppers set and ended with the Hey Jude/Abbey Road era. These guys did a great job and they had a lot of on-stage charisma. There even two go-go dancers in Union Jack dresses. After the concert, we had a meet and greet with the band. We learned that the band was finishing up its run here and moving on to a bigger venue at the Sahara Hotel.
The group assembled at the Mirage to hang out for bit in the Revolution Lounge. It was neat place. The tables by the seating areas changed colors and they played some Beatles music.
Before we knew it, it was time for the main event that we had been waiting for: The Cirque Du Soleil Love Show. It was full of flair and color and great sounds -- and of course -- the Fab's music. It was a mind blowing experience!!! They were flying and flipping and dancing. I found my eyes going everywhere not wanting to miss anything. I figure you need three very important requirements to be a performer in this show: be in great shape, be athletic and don't be afraid of flying in the air. Folks of all ages enjoyed the show. It has to be seen to be believed!!!
We spent a lot of time after the show taking photos and visiting the gift shop. It seemed that nobody wanted to leave.
After the show we made our way back to the Imperial to head to their Karaoke Club. Rene, from Beatles Unlimited, was writing an article for his magazine, Beatles Unlimited, so he was bust running around town trying to find other more obscure sites connected to The Beatles. Some people from the group went to the Congo Club at the Sahara to see a show, because that is the room where The Beatles rehearsed for their evening Vegas concert.
On Sunday, we met at the 4 Queens Hotel in the old part of downtown Vegas for a concert by "Fab Forever" in their Canyon Club, which the band affectionately called the Cavern Club.
This was our farewell event, and we had front row tables for the show which focused on the early years. The band featured veteran Lennon look-alike Gary Gibson (from England), Jimmy Poe (ex-1964), Todd Rainey (left-handed assist who has played Paul in other bands) and Carmine Grippo (best known as the drummer in Classical History Tour). It's an all-star line-up that should get better and better.
It was a great trip and I had a blast.
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