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Gladys Knight And A Pip At The Trop

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 14th March 2011 10:55pm
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Soul legend Gladys Knight (and one Pip) is back in Vegas in a new show at the Tropicana which starts March 31st or April 5th depending on who you ask. Some may remember Gladys Knight had quite a lengthy run at the Flamingo four headliners ago (Donny & Marie, Wayne F. Newton & Toni Braxton.)

You've definitely heard this one:

And broke up with someone with this one:

And should get why this is funny:

I like Gladys Knight. She is a soul survivor and a total professional. Other than recent appearances on American Idol, Gladys' career apex was 30+ years ago. I don't think anyone other than her fans could list off any of her songs other than 'Midnight Train To Georgia.' She must have some appeal as she kept her gig at Flamingo for what seemed like five years.

I'm not convinced that this is a good idea. Is booking a vintage crooner act - even a good one - the right move for a resort that is on the precipice of competing its gigantic overhaul from old timey Vegas hole in the wall to quasi-modern South Beach sex romp playground?

The Tiffany Theatre would be a phenomenal setting for seasonal residency - two months of 4 night stands by a band that has depth in their catalog and the maturity and inventiveness to keep things fresh for an extended period of time. Imagine two months of Wilco weekends, or Black Crowes, or Dave Matthews (hype it Garth style - solo or band) or The Flaming Lips or Brian Wilson or some crazy jazz guys or something.

The spirit of Vegas is encapsulated in the idea that a life changing event could happen at any moment and often times it does. I'm not convinced that the general public is willing to wager $50 that Gladys Knight is going to provide that.

Tagged: tropicana   entertainment   gladys knight   


Comments & Discussion:

I agree, I did a hack job write up on my thoughts for musical acts that Vegas could put in seasonally or on a rotational basis that have to make more sense then a return of Gladys Knight. I guess if I was going to say something nice, I'll say at least it's a step up from what they are offering.

My post basically focused on 80's acts that have some drawing power (based on rough sales estimates). I'd have typically posted it as a discussion piece on the forums, but given the size, thought I'd just make a separate blog for it.


I am not sure why the Trop would even book someone who had her last show cancelled for lack of interest. A few people I know saw her when she was at the Flamingo and they said the show sucked. If the entire point of the Trop remodel was to atract a younger crowd this move comes off as pointless. But it could be that they needed an act and she didnt demand a big salary.

Book her through September? Yeah, OK- they need a show, but to re-name the Tiffany Theater the Gladys Knight Theater???? A far as I know, they didn't even do that for WAYNE.

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