Reviving the Glorious Era of Las Vegas: Wayne Newton Live, the Last Legendary Icon
In the prime era of Las Vegas, luminaries like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Don Rickles shone brightly, their memories now preserved in grainy YouTube videos.
Wayne Newton’s Timeless Presence on the Fabled Strip
Yet amid the haze of time, there remains a singular Las Vegas legend who graces the fabled Strip with live performances: Wayne Newton.
At 81, Newton has recently confirmed the continuation of his enduring residency at the Flamingo Hotel, a tradition set to dazzle audiences until the next summer. This exclusive run of 62 dates spans from January 13 to June 12, 2024. Tickets, which start at $82 (excluding fees), can be secured through caesars.com/shows.
A Lifelong Bond with Vegas and Enduring Legacy
Reflecting on his lifelong association with Vegas, Newton told TODAY hosts, “The residency is what I’ve been doing my whole life in Vegas. I live there, so why leave? Because I’d have to get a job somewhere.”
Newton’s connection to the city dates back to 1959 when a talent scout gave a 15-year-old high school student from Phoenix an audition. Initially performing alongside his elder brother Jerry, Newton eventually embarked on a solo journey propelled by his breakout hit in 1963, “Danke Schoen.”
Since those early beginnings, Newton—affectionately known as Mr. Las Vegas—has graced the stage with a staggering 50,000 shows, captivating over 40 million spectators.
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Captivating Memories and Musical Tributes
Asked about his cherished Vegas memories, Newton recounted a poignant performance that marked the opening of the T-Mobile Arena in 2016. He paid homage to his dear friends—Frank, Dean, Sam, and Bobby Darin—through a musical tribute, culminating in Sinatra’s timeless anthem, “My Way.” The audience illuminated the arena with their phones while Newton sang, which moved him to tears.
In his current act, Newton skillfully wields the 13 instruments he’s mastered, including the fiddle. However, one thing he steadfastly avoids is stepping into a karaoke bar. As he explained, “I was blessed and cursed with perfect pitch. If anyone around me sings off-key, it’s agonizing. Karaoke is not in my repertoire.”
An Enchanting Journey Back in Time : Wayne Newton Live
Between musical intervals, Newton regales his audience with tales from his six-decade-plus career, sharing anecdotes about his departed friends. Videos conjure vivid images of Newton alongside legends like Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason, Elvis, Sinatra and his Rat Pack, and Ed Sullivan. A heartfelt medley featuring the late Glen Campbell also graces the stage.
Newton confided to entertainment columnist John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that his show provides a “bucket list” experience for those seeking to relive the past. He noted a surge in younger attendees, particularly men, drawn to the allure of a bygone Vegas era.
Embracing the Enchantment of Wayne Newton’s Performance
Immersing themselves in the enchanting aura of Wayne Newton’s performance, young and old audiences can revel in a mesmerizing journey back to the grandeur that once defined Las Vegas.