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February 18-20, 2011
Report and photos by Rose Tripp
It was really great timing for Charles to have a trip when I was going to be in the Las Vegas area already. Others arrived from all across the country throughout the week. By Friday we were eighteen in number and ready to Rock and Roll!
Our first group activity was seeing the Beatles tribute group, "Yesterday." What a great way to start our weekend. The band was good and posed with us after their performance in Sgt. Pepper outfits. Oh but for it to have been real….closed my eyes and could imagine what the screaming girls felt; but I did NOT scream, no matter what anyone tells you! The band's run at the Tropicana ended about a month and a half after we saw them to make room for Gladys Knight.
Afterward the concert, we had dinner at BB King's and it was GREAT! The food was delicious and the house band rocked the place. Some of us danced; all of us enjoyed the music. As if that was not enough, we had a late-night gathering at the very place where The Beatles stayed in 1964 when they performed in Las Vegas. They stayed in a suite at the historic Sahara Casino & Hotel, and we had total access to that exact suite!
We actually lucked out. Charles had reserved the suite especially for the group to be able to experience - Suite 2344 in the Alexandria Tower at the Sahara. But the entire wing had been closed and originally we were not going to be able to have this experience. Fortunately, the Sahara reopened it earlier than expected (unheard of - I know). The suite is decorated with photos of the boys during their stay in Vegas; and we all got to find the spots our favorite Beatle was at and stand or sit there. You could feel the presence of "The Lads." What an experience. But the final irony is that he Sahara announced that they were closing their doors completely. So we may have the last group of fans to party in the Beatles Suite.
Saturday we had the morning to recover from 'the night before' or do some sightseeing. My husband Bill and I went to the new Hard Rock restaurant on the strip at MGM. They have a FABulous Beatles room full of collectibles, and we got a private tour by the tour manager. The memorabilia collection includes a piece of the original Cavern stage on display, but it's under glass can't be touched. Imagine….I bet it still vibrates with bass! There is also a Ringo suit and one of Paul's t-shirts from his days with Wings (he was a very thin lad!).
Later Saturday found us at another tribute performance, but this one was even better than Friday's! It was called "BeatleShow," and the boys went through three distinct periods of the Beatles style in hair, clothing and music. We all truly enjoyed this performance. Again, we were treated to pictures and one-on-one time with the band. It's no surprise that this is the longest-running Beatles Show on the strip!
Afterwards we got ready for Cirque du Soliel's "LOVE." This was our main reason for the weekend. I had seen "LOVE" four years ago and enjoyed it, but this time was much better, more meaningful, more fun and interesting. Why? The performance has changed, my summer tour experience to England was fresh in my mind, and seeing the production with fellow Beatle lovers adds to the fun and excitement. There is a kinetic air in such a group. Before "LOVE" I checked out the rEVOLution Lounge at the Mirage; a great place to see and be seen, and have a drink.
Clearly, no visit to "LOVE" would be complete without trying to hold on to your money in the "LOVE" gift shop! There are WAY too many things to want to buy in there, including a guitar autographed by all four of The Beatles.
Sunday came much too quickly and we got together for our farewell lunch at the original Vegas Hard Rock Café in front of the Hard Rock Hotel Casino. Yellow Submarine cartoon gels and prints were on display, along with letters written by Beatles and even their manager, Brian Epstein. Hard Rock gave us a souvenir collectible casino chip and a luggage tag as gifts to remember our visit. Did I mention their food was really good? Our wonderful tour host, Charles had one last hurrah for us; a celebrity surprise guest. Phil "Fang" Volk of Paul Revere and the Raiders fame visited and told stories and posed for pictures.
One last trip to the register for my Hard Rock Pin collection and the weekend came to an end. Friends had to get home and amidst hugs and near-tears, new friendships were sealed.
Afterwards, we walked across the parking lot and went to the Hard Rock Casino Hotel where there were even more Beatle items on display. I spent over two hours just wandering around loving each display and picture.
The Vegas "Weekend of LOVE" was quite a phenomenal weekend. Charles did an outstanding job of planning things for us Beatle fanatics to see and do for the time we were there. As for Sin City, let's replace "What happens in Vegas…" with "the love you take is equal to the love you make."
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