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Greg London’s “Impressions That Rock” is Welcome Entertainment
I’ve been a Greg London fan since I saw him last year in another Vegas location. His show in the Shimmer Cabaret at the LV Hilton is even better. The show’s name has gone through a change and the show’s content is tighter. There’s an autobiographic thread that takes us back to Greg’s early days as he discovers his destiny – to be an entertainer who brings other entertainers to life with his impressions. As he says, “Why should I sound like me when I can sound like everybody else.” And that he does.
Greg whizzes through close to 50 impressions from Joe Cocker to Louie Armstrong to Johnny Cash. It’s fast paced with segments of most songs leaving you wanting to hear more. But there’s always another good one ahead to keep the audience members moving in their seats to the music. His Tom Jones includes the mandatory gyrations. He doesn’t limit himself to the guys either. There’s Tina Turner doing Private Dancer. The list goes on to include samples of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Jim Morrison. His ZZ Top was delightful and William Shatner was out of this world. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) You have to wonder what kind of a mind comes up with the unique pairing of Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias.
Greg as Elvis
Greg’s show is fun. The energy begins with the first numbers, Greg doing Johnny Cash’s hits Walk The Line, Ring of Fire, and Folsom Prison. It’s energetic without being frantic. He is a true showman and slides effortlessly from one impression to the next with pleasant humor and schtick. It’s not surprising to learn that this charming multi-talented performer was voted Nevada Magazine’s 2009 Entertainer of the Year.
Greg as Tom Jones
You’ve got to love a performer who combines Ozzie Osborne with Kermit the Frog. Greg London owns the stage when he is on it, but he makes sure to give some good stage time to his very capable dancers. His back-up musicians are masters in their own fields and enhance the experience. The Shimmer Cabaret Theater is one of my favorites. You feel up close and personal with the entertainers on stage. I once asked Greg what his dream is. “To be successful,” he said, “to be the next great entertainer.” He’s well on his way.
Greg performs as Ozzy Ozbourne
Showtime for Greg London-Impressions That Rock! is 8:30 p.m. in the Las Vegas Hilton’s Shimmer Cabaret, Sat.-Wed. Tickets are $39.99 general; $59.99 premium and $69.99 VIP plus tax and service charge and can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton box office or by visiting www.lvhilton.com or calling (702) 732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.