|Vegas “SUMMER” Nights
There’s a saying, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” But. The secret is out! Hotter then any day in July and a voice like a supernatural entity Donna Summer owned Las Vegas September 3rd, 2005 at The Hilton. Let me just start by saying “Donna is real Hot Stuff” and last night reminded us that she put the “D” in Diva. Although I got my ticket at the last minute I was lucky enough to still get a good seat in row Q that actually was closer then I thought it would be right next to the sound booth. I have to admit I did move to the second row after a few songs, I couldn’t be that far from Donna plus taking pictures of the big TV screens just wasn’t cutting it.
Well anyway, as I sit in my original seat and wait very impatiently for the concert to begin I met a few of the fans that came out from various parts of the world. It’s always great to network with Donna peoples anytime and I’ll expand on that later in this review. So finally just after 9 p.m. the theater lights dimmed and the curtain went up, the conducted orchestra thundered throughout the theater an opening medley of Donna hits including MacArthur Park as a dazzling light show took place. Everyone waited with anticipation wondering how will she enter and then boom Donna rises up from the stage. Beautiful and glamorous in a sparkly light brown summer style dress equipped with a train attached to her hand like an angels wing Donna belts out the lyrics to She Works Hard For The Money, opening the show with a bang and finally I’m right where I wanna be. As I danced in my seat I could feel Donna was very excited and happy to see yet another sold out audience with so much enthusiasm.
She then transitioned to the epic Once Upon A Time, which she explained was written for Mimi when she was just seven years old and now Mimi, has a seven year old. The Hit I Love You was Donna’s next number and special dedication to the audience, her voice was superb this night crystal clear and powerful. Donna didn’t miss one single note or cue the whole night, which is exactly what I expected from our Number One Diva.
Of course Donna being the comedian that she is started to clown around with the folks asking where everyone was from because no one is from Las Vegas “(chuckles)”, even doing the hula after someone said they were from Hawaii. How often do you get to see Donna doing the hula? It was great fun! And yes Could It Be Magic, Dim All The Lights, and MacArthur park were the next 3 numbers that got the house rocking all over again, with a huge applause after.
Donna then toned things down and sent her Prayers to everyone who suffered from Hurricane Katrina and asked that we give and pray to help the recovery efforts. I think it’s wonderful that Donna used her star power to reach out and create awareness in this horrifying time of need. Dedicating Amazing Grace as a prayer from all of us was heartfelt and Donna wiped her tears at the end. Charlie Chaplin’s Smile was next on the line up. Donna explained that this song has helped her through some tough times and you could tell she performed it with a heavy heart.
Well it was now that time. Time for a little help from us, Donna sang the beginning to the Wonder Years Song and asked five People to get onstage and do the back up to oh yes, On The Radio! The whole place was dancing and singing and I noticed a certain Australian was one of Donna’s back up singers, lucky guy! The brand new I Got Your Love was next it got a great response from the audience even those hearing it for the first time found themselves bouncing to this catchier then a cold tune. After humorously introducing us to the twins “(wink)” Natural Woman was performed turning into a remix version halfway through. Wonderful!
Donna’s hubby Bruce Sudano then took the stage to perform his new single Le Imagine Café, which let me tell you is excellently done. If you have not yet heard this song you are missing out. Returning from her short break in what seemed to be one of her vintage gowns possibly (?).
It was floor length and fitted and rays of light shot off of the sparkly stones, which adorned the dress. Donna performed a song (s) I never thought I’d ever see her perform live in my lifetime My Man Medley, straight from live and more with a twist in the monologue.
Speaking of monologue’s Mary, Donna’s sister and back up singer told us a little story about her man Oscar. It was a very funny skit about a low down guy that lead the perfect intro for No More Tears (Enough is Enough) a duet sung by Donna and her sister Mary. Recently changed into a stunning white outfit Donna then performed Nights In White Satin, Donna said she had this on her turntable when she was touring with Hair and would listen to it. Getting close to the end of the show Donna was still throwing out the surprises, Performing Try Me I Know We Can Make It, I Feel Love, Love To Love You Baby and a little Cold Love, four classics that reenergized the crowd and got us ready for the finale.
By this time I was a little high off Donna so I started dancing and stopped taking notes and joined other Donna fans up front to party with them in her final moments with us onstage. Hot Stuff was the song of the night everyone was up dancing and getting into it. Sad but the night was coming to a close and Donna left the stage. The Fans were all screaming and whistling I could hear Donna Donna Donna being chanted over and over again. A violinist took the stage to do a solo performance. While the violinist was playing Donna walks up to her and you hear the first notes of Last Dance start, it was now time. Our last chance to spend a moment with Donna. Everyone sang along and danced in the aisles as Donna captivated our ears and filled us with song. She gracefully left the stage and it was over sad but true.
I waited around a bit to try and get a photo with her but no luck. The Merchandise counter was overloaded with people after the show, they even ran out of the Journey CD’s but I was able to pick up one of the black tour shirts with Donna’s new photo on the front and tour listing on the back for $30.00. Donna’s Book, Hats that read Hot Stuff were also available along with tank tops with rhinestones, a 14kt gold picture of Donna and her photo etched in silver were also for sale.
Although the concert had ended the night was still young and there was more Donna fun to be had. I invited all the fans with the help of Cathy and her site to the club I DJ at called Hamburger Mary’s for a Donna Summer Tribute party. I didn’t think many would show but the turn out was excellent. Thank you all for coming it was a blast and great to meet everyone you guys rock stay in touch. Some names in attendance were Jonathan, Michael, John, Wade and so many more I’m sorry I wish I could remember all the names. I played Donna for 2 hours straight through, some highlights were, Bad Girls Demo, No More Tears (Q’s shits and sticks remix), The Power Of One (Tommy Musto mix), One Of A Kind, Dream A Lots Theme (Carlybabes anthem mix) and so many more. I think Donna needs her own Las Vegas show so we can do things like this everyday but overall the night was fabulous very entertaining and a great success wonderful to see Donna back in action. I have many pictures if anybody wants them just drop me a line at DJKLIVE-at-yahoo-dot-com.
- Keith (DJK) Richko