There are bragging rights, and there are serious bragging rights. Legends in Concert has the latter, being the longest-running show currently operating on the Las Vegas Strip. If you take away the pandemic shutdown (which shut down every single show), Legends is nearing its 40th straight year in Las Vegas, a singularly amazing achievement in a city not well-known for longevity. The tribute show to music’s greats may have taken some time off, but it’s lost none of its energy or entertainment value.
As an added bonus, the show is now hosted by legendary drag queen Frank Marino, who shares something in common with Legends: He’s been performing on the Las Vegas Strip for nearly 40 years as well. He’s a great addition as Joan Rivers, changing costumes between each tribute act and providing hilarious one-liners.
What really puts Legends above others like it is that everything is live—the band, the backup singers, and the impersonators themselves. No lip-synching here. When you hear Vivia Ross Scott come out as Tina Turner, belting out such classics as “Disco Inferno,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” and “Proud Mary,” you’re hearing the real deal—or, at least, that’s how it feels.
Can’t wait until October for the return of Rod Stewart to his Caesars Palace residency? No worries—John Anthony ably fills the fab Brit’s shoes, showing off some great pipes and moves as he croons “Rhythm of My Heart,” Some Guys Have All the Luck” and “Maggie May.”
And it really doesn’t feel like a night at Legends unless you hear some Elvis Presley. Matt Lewis’ version of The King will have you swearing you’re seeing the real thing, right down to the iconic white jumpsuit, moves, and the humor Elvis was well-known for during his legendary International residency.
There’s also a great mid-section, showing off the talents of the band and backup singers who help make this show unforgettable. Just hearing live music again is indescribable, much like Legends itself.
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