8.46am, Tuesday 10th December, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Just a quick note on yesterday – Elvis tribute artists are alive and well in Vegas……Pete Vallee is Big Elvis, and you can see him in the Piano Bar at Harrahs. He’s got an afternoon slot 4 days a week, and is worth tracking down. And he is big!!! With a massive voice to go with it.
Then….the other side of the musical coin….although the king of the Bakersfield twangabilly sound Dwight Yoakham – does do a sensational version of Elvis’s Suspicious Minds. I have absolutely no idea how the man pours himself into those impossibly tight stovepipe boot cut jeans, then proceeds to swivel up a storm on stage!! It’s worth the ticket price on its own, let alone the two and some hours on stage, rollicking along with a session muso superband……and to top it all off….two come back on, not sure we actually want to go home encores. Great start to the living legends of country music week I have tickets for here in Vegas…..with Merle Haggard at the end of it all on Thursday night. That’s my big Christmas present to myself, and I’m ready!!