There’s not much that multi entertainer Wayne Newton hasn’t seen or done. He’s been in the business since 1959 when he moved to Las Vegas with his brother Jerry. Newton has made over 30 albums and has participated in numerous TV and movie roles. Known as Mr. Las Vegas to most, Newton had many residencies over the years there since 1959.  Now and then he does select shows outside of the area and when he does, it’s usually an event.  This past weekend, the Bears Den hosted back to back nights with Newton.

This was my first time seeing Newton perform live so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Newton, is a true showman in every sense of the word. He told stories on how he got to be who he is today, he sang, played the acoustic guitar, fiddle and told jokes.  He also invited his commentator Kathleen McCrone (who at the end of the show revealed to be his wife) out and she asked pre- written questions submitted by audience members. Newton is known for his work with the military. In between telling stories he told how he built relationships with Bruce Campbell, Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Sammy Davis Jr. to name a few. He closed the song “When the Saints Go Marching In” with playing the fiddle. Newton showed his range on “My Way” and “Danke Schon.”

For the people who were in attendance Newton was charming, engaging and what you expect him to be. The show wasn’t built on him singing and performing the entire time. It was built on a nice mixture of showing past videos and storytelling. Mr. Las Vegas showed he can also be Mr. Niagara Falls when called upon.

 

Setlist:

 

Viva Las Vegas (Elvis Presley cover)

Everyday I Got the Blues (B. B. King cover)

Rascal Boogie (snippet on audio)

Help Me Make it Through the Night (Kris Kristofferson cover)

Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley cover)

Little Green Apples (Roger Miller cover)/Honey/Honey Come Back (Jimmy Webb cover)/Release Me (Engelbert Humperdinck cover)

Danke Schon

Red Roses for a Blue Lady (John Laurenz cover)

Saints Go Marching In (Louis Armstrong cover)

I Ain’t Got Nobody (Sammy Davis Jr. cover)

My Way (Frank Sinatra cover)

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We would like to thank Phil Pantano from Pantano & Associates for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.