Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 9 a.m.
If George Strait is the unchallenged king of country, then opening act Kacey Musgraves is his princess, and for their T-Mobile Arena concert, she wound up on top of the world — literally.
Kacey rode the High Roller at the Linq Promenade with her sister Kelly and band members to enjoy the views of the Las Vegas Strip 550 feet in the air.
Kacey was back on the ground most of the day getting to know a miniature pony that she walked into the arena and onstage to start her serenade of songs. She wowed and dazzled fans waiting for George.
Kacey spent time in a pre-concert meet-and-greet and talked with me about her respect for George. She opens for him on all of his future Las Vegas concerts this year and next and in between headlines her own tour.
“This is our first date, so we’re finding out what it’s like to work together. We’ve been around each other a couple of times, so we’re not strangers. He hasn’t given me any advice yet, so that’s a good sign,” she told me.
“He doesn’t come with fireworks in his show. He just likes to play and sing the songs. No Cirque du Soleil with him. I can hold down the country songs, too, but am adding a little theatrical flash with the little horse.
“I’ve got my own tour this summer. We’re going everywhere. I’m headlining my own shows. I like this change here of opening for George. It’s different. It’s nice getting a break and not having so much responsibility. There’s not so much pressure on me.
“I know most of the fans come just to see him, and I have to entertain them first for an hour while they are waiting for him and not me. But George asking me to open for him was like getting a royal seal of approval. It’s definitely a Texan seal of approval. “
The country fans were happy listening to her while waiting for the main attraction. They were polite, and there was no chanting for George while she was singing or in between her songs. There was much love for her.
Kacey was here just weeks ago for the 2016 ACM Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena, so I had to ask how often she’s here.
“I like Las Vegas, but I’m not here that often. I don’t gamble, so I don’t come here for that, but I do like the restaurants. I’m tiny, so I have to watch all the good food. Las Vegas is a very interesting place.”
George Strait and Kacey Musgraves return to T-Mobile Arena from Sept. 9-10, Dec. 2-3 and Feb. 17-18.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and 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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