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February 21,22,23, 2014
WEEKEND OF LOVE IN VEGAS 2014
All you need is LOVE! The show, that is! And a nice group of travelers came together on the weekend of February 21-23, 2014 in Las Vegas to not only enjoy the show LOVE, but others events and parties.
The timing couldn't be better. Not only did the weekend directly follow all the hoopla of The Beatles 50th Anniversary Celebration, it was a great way to get out of the snow and ice and enjoy the warm Vegas weather.
On Friday, we checked into our hotel directly on "the strip" (across the street from the Mirage) at the The Quad Resort & Casino right in the heart of all the action. The Beatles themselves stayed on "the strip" in 1964.
Many collectors and fans may not have realized that the photos used on the two Capitol picture sleeves above were taken from the 1964 Las Vegas concert.
For many years, the first Friday night activity was a party/orientation at the Sahara Hotel "Beatles Suite" in the Alexandra Tower (where The Beatles actually stayed when they played Vegas 8/20/64). Website: http://www.rarebeatles.com/photopg7/lv82064.htm. Sadly, the Sahara Casino closed down. Instead, we started our Beatle-ful weekend with the ideal Friday night activity -- a full Beatles Concert recreated by one of the greatest tribute shows on the planet: B - A Tribute To The Beatles (see http://beatleshowvegas.com), formerly known as BeatleShow. It's at the Saxe Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino's Miracle Mile Mall, which is like a city in itself. Past Weekend of LOVE travelers have seen this show, and fans always love it. With an amazing Ed Sullivan impersonator, go-go dancers, and a band made up of great musicians and singers, it's a must for anyone visiting Vegas. This show should tour! We became fast friends with the drummer, Bobby Taylor, who is one of the most respected names in the business, having played on Broadway in "Beatlemania." Onstage he looks 20, and plays & sings with the best of em!
After the concert, our group had a meet & greet with the band-members, and then we went out on their own. A few of us went to the see the Jacksons Vegas stage show, which is actually the Jackson 5 without Michael. Quite a historic concert! Others gambled, saw another late show or just walked around and people-watched. That's a show in itself in Vegas!
Our Saturday afternoon get-together was a luncheon party at the original Las Vegas Hard Rock Café on Paradise Road in front of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. We had lunch together, bought some goodies at the Hard Rock Shop, explored the rare memorabilia, and were given souvenir Hard Rock casino chips/tokens as gifts. They also showed cool Beatles videos. We were joined by a few members of the band from the night before, including Bobby Taylor and lead guitarist Jimmy Poe. Jimmy is formerly of "Beatlemania" and "1964" and currently plays in "Rain," while doing fill-ins for this Vegas production. Some of us checked out the "ROCK PAPER PHOTO" exhibit in the Hard Rock Hotel Casino which featured some of "the world's greatest rock photos," including an amazing assortment of Beatles pictures. The Hard Rock Hotel Casino houses "The Joint," where Paul McCartney played one of his greatest concerts in April, 2009.
We all went from Hard Rock to the Mirage as a group and got our tickets for the LOVE show later that evening. It wasn't until 9:30pm, so we had some time to do more exploring, shopping, ogling, dining or even squeezing in another show. A few of us had the opportunity to catch RockTellz & CockTails presents Meatloaf (in the same theater that the Jacksons played the night before). Meatloaf is always the definitive live performer - a perfect mix of theater, rock classics plus Meatloaf's unique personality. Meatloaf paid tribute to his Rocky Horror co-star Tim Curry, and even performed songs from that iconic film, along with his "Bat Out of Hell" classics.
And now the main reason for our weekend: on Saturday evening we all found our seats for THE BEATLES LOVE Cirque Du Soleil show. And what seats we had: highest price and eye-level with the stage! Doors opened at 8:30pm, so most of us got in early to enjoy the strolling pre-show entertainment. The lobby entrance area was great for photo ops, but the show was truly the raison d'etre. Every second of the production was jaw-dropping from the sound to the visuals to the acrobatics to the individual personalities of the talented Cirque performers. Being so close to the action gave us the added dimension of seeing the performers' facial expressions, which added a new element of enjoyment for those of us who'd seen the show before. One of the greatest parts of seeing LOVE more than once is sitting in different sections and experiencing it in whole new ways - and sitting up front was certainly a great treat.
After the show, some of us visited the rEVOLution Lounge, but mostly we went on a shopping spree in the gift show. Some of us decided to do some more gambling while others sought out a karaoke lounge.
The world-renowned Las Vegas Strip is home to a newer state-of the-art Hard Rock Café on S. Las Vegas Blvd. in the Showcase Mall, next to the MGM Grand and adjacent to the Monte Carlo. This is where we had our final event. We all had lunch together with a few of the aforementioned band-members (Jimmy Poe, but also Adam Joel), and we were also joined by a very special guest who was invited especially for the occasion: sixties pop star Billy Hinsche from the band Dino, Desi & Billy. Dino was Dean Martin's son, Desi was the son of Lucille Ball & Desi Arnez, and Billy was the true musician who rounded out the trio, who appeared on Ed Sullivan Show and on countless covers of 16 Magazine. As a member of the Beach Boys' family, Billy still tours with members of the Beach Boys, and he brought along CDs and photos for us. So that was one of a few special treats. The rest were supplied by Hard Rock, thanks to Laura Chapman in the sales department and Operations Manager Jason Lent, who ensured our group a very special VIP experience. Aside from programming amazing Beatles videos, he arranged a private tour of the multi-floor venue with a very knowledgeable guide, and we got to see the Cavern room, the live stage area and all the rarest pieces of memorabilia.
We stayed a few hours and went out on our own. Some returned to the airport for their flights home, some went off to do more sightseeing, gambling or Vegas-ing. A few went to the Pinball Museum Hall of Fame and then saw Penn & Teller's illusion show at night.
We've heard the saying "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," but that's not the case with the Weekend of LOVE. What happened over our weekend we want to bring back home and tell everyone about! And remember forever! A most Beatleful weekend indeed! LOVE was all you need, but we got so much more!
All past Weekend of LOVE reports can be seen here: http://www.liverpooltours.com/wol.htm
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