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WHAT'S NEW"
MARCH 2005


press release from Caesars/Bally's

"This is a good opportunity to let you know how pleased I was to be working here through the month of March. It's a particular kick for me to be able to go to a show producer and say, "You know, Roy Orbison did a heck of a recording of 'Danny Boy'. Don't you think there's room to do it for a few days around St. Patrick's Day?"
Management went for the idea again and I sang the tune all week here in Atlantic City. One of the factors that made the idea an easy sell was the acoustic guitar talent of Dean Simmons. Dean is doing a bang-up job filling in for Steve Fairchild as Garth Brooks for a few weeks. He handles his Takamine very well, and I asked him if he would consider playing the piece with me on stage. With a bit of musical consultation from Dave Lawrence (our Lionel Richie) as scribe making sure we had all the chords right, "Garth" returned onto the stage at my introduction to strum the soulful chords of that Irish weeper. The crowds were most appreciative. Thanks for the assist, Dean!" ...
Brian

Read more about this show at the Claridge Palace Theatre
of Bally's Casino in last months column
January/February 2005, link at bottom


Yes, time flies. There are only a few weeks left of Brians engagement here before he has to move on to his next gig for the summer. Included last month were some tidbits about Atlantic City's place in history - the famous boardwalk, the Miss America pagents, and it's tie-in with the beloved game "Monopoly". In the late 70's the casinos started building, and the old seaside resort town was changed forever.
Before Brian has to leave, how about a quick look at something big that predates all the above?...there is no way our resident (OK, temporary-resident) history buff could miss this bathing beauty... click on those eyes at left


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WHAT'S NEW"
JULY/AUGUST 2005

Brian has spent the Summer once again on the "Grand Strand"
of the Atlantic Coast, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Read his previous months report
for more on
what this latest gig has been all about.




"Hard to believe, but the dog days are upon us and my time in North Myrtle Beach is at an end July 30th. The last several months at Calvin Gilmore's new Tribute show have been wonderful. I've made new friends here and eagerly look forward to the chance to return".

"One of the fringe benefits of appearing here has been the chance to add the top tourist spot in the entire state -- the Carolina Opry (another show dreamt up by Calvin Gilmore) to my list of venues. As a way to introduce Gilmore's Opry audiences to his Tribute show, I was asked to appear each night as part of both his Carolina Opry and Good Vibrations shows. (Good Vibrations, which has the narrower focus of 60's, 70's and 80's pop and rock songs, takes over the Opry stage each Tuesday and Friday evening.)

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In order to do this and make my regular appearances at Tribute, some pretty clever and well timed arrangements needed to be made. Each night at Tribute, I performed my complete set in the show. Then, quickly out the back door, my guitar in hand, I climbed into a limo to be driven the ten miles down busy I-17 to the Carolina Opry theatre. Slipping into their backstage area, I'd then proceed to my second dressing area to touch up the details and straighten the seams before hitting the stage before an new audience of up to 2200...for one song.

That's right. All this for a one-song appearance each night.

On "Opry nights", most times I did "Crying". The lively "Good Vibrations" show needs something more upbeat, so their audience got to sing along to "You Got It". Then I smiled, waved, and scooted back to the limo for the return trip to Tribute, arriving just in time for the Elvis finale and the meet-and-greet session with that audience.
The plan seems to have worked well, as a number of people have told me that seeing me at the Carolina Opry was the reason they bought tickets to Tribute.

The connection was apparently not as clear to one sweet woman, however, who approached me during a meet and greet at Tribute. In a very low and conspiratorial tone she told me, "We saw the Carolina Opry last night. They have a Roy up there, you know, but I like you much better."

That's show-biz!All the best, Brian

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Keep an eye out here for reports on Brian's next road trips:

The first, up North to the beautiful Stage West Theatre in Ontario Canada.

Then he'll have a few short weeks back at home in Massachusetts.

Next, on to Galveston Texas for a bang-up celebration over Labor Day weekend that reunites Brian and Elvis tribute artist Pete Alden for another "Lost Concert"

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