Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 | 9:32 p.m.
Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach arrives in La Jolla, Calif., for family time after returning to the United States from his annual Italian travels, many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their words of wisdom.
We continue today with “Legends in Concert” at the Flamingo lookalike and soundalike stars Chris Van Dahl as Steven Tyler and Elisa Furr as Celine Dion.
Where else on the Las Vegas Strip can you see Michael Jackson, Faith Hill, Tina Turner, Christina Aguilera, Elvis Presley and soon Taylor Swift perform live all in one star-studded show? Nowhere else but in the fabulous “Legends in Concert” at the Flamingo.
“Legends in Concert” is exactly what the title of the show says — tribute artists of legendary stars of music from yesterday and today performing live on one stage.
However, these celebrity tribute artists are not your everyday tribute artists. These actors, actresses, singers and dancers embody every aspect of the celebrities portrayed — from their look to their sound and mannerisms.
There is no lip-syncing here. These tribute artists provide talent from start to finish. Watch as Michael, Faith, Tina, Christina, Elvis, Taylor, Celine Dion, Barry White, Steven Tyler, Tom Jones, The Blues Brothers, Shania Twain, Elton John, Cher, Madonna, The Beatles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Rod Stewart, Tim McGraw, Donna Summer and more are brought to life.
Enjoy hits including “Thriller” (Michael), “(Man) I Feel Like a Woman” (Shania), “Tiny Dancer” (Elton), “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” (Cher), “Hard Days Night” (The Beatles) and more. Featuring four or more performers a night, each show at “Legends” is unique, so you will never see the same show twice.
First up is rocker Chris:
How I became my legendary counterpart
It’s not easy performing 11 shows a week, but doing what we love becomes second nature. And, boy, do we feel blessed to be celebrating our 32nd anniversary as the longest-running tribute show in Las Vegas!
As our friend Robin Leach takes his annual break, we would like you to “Walk This Way” to see how we’ve become our legendary counterparts.
You may wonder, how did I get into the business of performing professionally as a Steven Tyler tribute artist? Well, have you seen me? All jokes aside, I’ve been labeled as Tyler since junior high.
First and foremost, I began my career as an original artist, ironically. It didn’t matter where I performed or who I performed with — big-name bands, large arenas and venues that looked like laundry mats — I would always hear, “You look just like Steven Tyler.”
After I finally accepted my rock destiny, I got a phone call from a friend who played mean guitar out in California who wanted me to relocate and be a part of his tribute band.
I was not very impressed with the band, so I told him, “Listen, we need to get this right down to the last knob.” So we replaced the band and formed Aeromyth.
Let’s just say it all snowballed from there. I moved from California to Las Vegas and was introduced to the “Legends in Concert” family. It has been a wild ride for the last four years!
And here’s Elisa:
‘Taking Chances’ paying tribute to Celine Dion
Performing as Celine Dion on a nightly basis can be challenging, but it’s very rewarding. In fact, many people may not know that I actually became a tribute artist of Celine after performing at a nightclub.
One night, I was out with friends and decided to sing karaoke to one of Celine’s songs. The audience was really into the song, and, before I knew it, people started tipping me!
It caught me off guard, but that’s when I knew that this is what I was meant to be doing. Cue “Taking Chances” because that’s exactly how I felt trying to take on this legendary icon.
It took me seven years to nail down Celine’s voice and mannerisms to the point where I believe that I do her justice. I have been a musical artist all of my life, but I didn’t even start performing as Celine until 2005 when I was pregnant.
Why do I enjoy performing as Celine instead of myself? As a matter of fact, I still perform as myself at my own gigs, but I love performing as Celine because of the way audiences respond.
During my set, I sometimes see people crying or even holding hands. Celine’s songs really pull heartstrings, and it makes me happy to know that I’m affecting someone.
Remember, folks: When you see the show, stop by and say hi. Don’t be a stranger. One last thing: We’d like to thank all the people who have been attending and supporting the show for the last 32 years. You give us the opportunity to do what we love!
Rock on, Chris and Elisa! “Legends in Concert” plays twice nightly, except Tuesdays, when there is only one performance, and is dark Fridays. Robin’s most recent review of the show was posted July 1.
Check out our other guest column today from "Hell’s Kitchen” winner Scott Commings, who fiery TV series host and star chef Gordon Ramsay brought to Las Vegas to run his Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace. On Thursday, our guest columnists are Las Vegas rocker Franky Perez and “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo beauty Tiffany Molyneux.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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