Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 | 8:08 p.m.
Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach winds down his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy and heads to the East Coast for a brief visit before returning to the rigors of Vegas DeLuxe, many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with Michael Clift of “The Australian Bee Gees Show” at Excalibur.
G’day, Las Vegas! After 16 years and more than 2,000 performances in 40 countries, we are thrilled to be “residents” here in Las Vegas since relocating in 2011. With our recent two-year extension at Excalibur, we look forward to making many more memories here in Sin City.
Traveling across the globe from Australia to Las Vegas has been quite the experience, and we have enjoyed every second of it. I, along with my band mates Wayne Hosking and David Scott, consider ourselves lucky to be living the dream that we dreamed about for many years.
Some questions that fans consistently ask us: “How do you like it here in Vegas?” “What do you think of the heat?” And, “What’s it like in Australia?,” to name a few. Well, here are some fun facts about differences between Australia and the United States to supplement your interest.
* We write the date in a different order to what Americans do. We put the day’s number first, then the number of the month, then the year. So Christmas Day is not 12/25/07, but 25/12/07.
* You may have heard this one. We drive on the left-hand side of the road, and our cars are built with the steering wheel and other controls on the right-hand side.
*Our country is an entire continent, but a significant part of it is desert. So it wasn’t too difficult for us to get acclimated to the Las Vegas heat.
We have adjusted to living here and enjoy living our lives in this wonderful city. My family moved from Australia at the beginning of 2012, and both my kids started going to school in the local school district.
That’s the point where I started to meet people out of the circle of the industry and feel a bit more like I was living here rather than just working here. This year, my wife is the vice president of the PTA at our children’s school.
In addition to entertaining audiences and celebrating the music of the iconic Bee Gees six nights of the week here, we have begun expansion into other markets, including the new “Broadway” version of the show that we are producing and launching in Chicago.
We also have become very involved in giving back to the community. There are a lot of people in need, and we are in a position to help. We have been involved in numerous charity functions and initiatives but most recently have begun a partnership with our local Red Cross chapter.
In researching numerous charities, we discovered a strong connection between the tune “Stayin’ Alive,” and the hand-only CPR process. At 103 beats a minute, the song’s tempo almost perfectly matches the recommended rate for performing hands-only CPR — 100 chest compressions per minute with no mouth-to-mouth resuscitation necessary.
In learning the iconic song that we perform at Excalibur nightly served as a great tool to remember the hands-only CPR process when an unexpected emergency happens, it was a natural fit.
After this discovery, our partnership with our local Red Cross chapter began. We are very supportive of the Red Cross and what they do to make our community a better place and look forward to continually being a part of the great organization.
Re-live all of the Bee Gees’ greatest hits at “The Australian Bee Gees Show,” produced by SPI Entertainment, at Excalibur. You’ll get Saturday night fever every night! For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit ABGShow.com.
Check out our other guest columns today from Charles Ressler of First Friday and the Vegas.com staff and on Friday Keith Thompson and Joseph Barbara from “Jersey Boys” at Paris.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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A myriad of entertainment, enjoyable food and comfortable accommodations make for an inviting atmosphere within the castle walls at Excalibur.
The resort offers 3,981 guest rooms, dozens of shops, an expansive pool complex, a wedding chapel featuring Medieval costume ceremonies, the relaxing Spa at Excalibur and a convention area with more than 12,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.
Excalibur also is home to a wide range of dining and entertainment experiences including the fresh, Italian fare of Buca di Beppo, Dick’s Last Resort, The Steakhouse at Camelot, the Tournament of Kings dinner show, the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under and the sounds of The Australian Bee Gees.