By Burt Davis
Photos by Burt Davis or Dianne Davis unless otherwise noted
The Righteous Brothers – The Blue-Eyed Soul Sound is Back – at Harrah's Showroom
Bill Medley told the opening night audience at Harrah's Las Vegas Showroom, ”I'm 75 years old and I'm having the time of my life.” You will too if you see the Righteous Brothers show which opened In March for a three month run.
Most of us are familiar with the Righteous Brothers hits such as 'Unchained Melody', 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling', and (I've Had) 'The Time Of My Life'. The Righteous Brothers consisted of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. After Hatfield died in 2003, Medley put the name on ice and performed solo. That all changed when Medley invited Bucky Heard to partner with him and re-established The Righteous Brothers.
Heard is a veteran performer whose background includes many years in “Legends in Concert” a Journey Tribute show. He blends in well with Medley and has what I would call a smooth singing voice. Bucky Heard's rendition of “Ebb Tide” demonstrates his singing range. And you get to hear all the Righteous Brothers classics again.
Heard gives credit where credit is due, telling us, “I grew up a big Bobby Hatfield fan” and acknowledges that no one could take Hatfield's place but he hoped he honored him and his work.
The 6:00 PM show is a trip down memory lane. Medley and Heard are backed by an eight piece band that Bill lovingly calls “Righteous Noise” and three back-up singers including Medley's daughter McKenna who steps forward to join him as they delight the audience with “The Time of My Life.” (which Medley sang with Jennifer Warnes in Dirty Dancing.)
Bill Medley and Bucky Heard are The Righteous Brothers
Vegas resident John Wedemeyer demonstrated his mastery of the electric guitar as he performed a great guitar solo, "This Will Be The Last Time". It's from a Blues CD that Bill released with his book, “The Time of My Life”.
The performance is far from perfect. Medley at age 75 does not have the entire range he once did and the sound system in the room needs a little work. But, my goodness the show was enjoyable and worth seeing. You get to hear Bill Medley - an American Icon - talk about his life. Medley sings “Unchained Melody” while pictures of Hatfield appear on screens on each side of the stage. (He avoids looking at the screens.)
The Righteous Brothers bring back memories
The Righteous Brothers appear Wednesday to Saturday at 6:00 PM in Harrah's Las Vegas showroom through late June and subject to renewal.Tickets are $39--$125 and can be purchased at 1-888-929-7849 or the Harrah's web site.