The Righteous Brothers Review - Memory Trip Delights Audiences at Harrah's LV

 

Photo by Dianne R. Davis

 

The sound of the Righteous Brothers filled the Harrah's Showroom in Las Vegas on March 23, 2016 to the delight of the audience. Bill Medley is back on stage singing the songs that many of us remember. And by his own admission, as Bill Medley told the enthusiastic crowd, “'I'm having the time of my life.”

 

Bobby Hatfield passed away in 2003, but Bill is back with a new partner – Bucky Heard. The duo have contracted for a three month run, but hopes are high that they will be extended if audiences approve of this re-creation of the famous pair.

 

Photo by Dianne R. Davis

 

Bobby is not forgotten. A video and photos on screens recall his performances. Together, they were magic on stage and friends off stage. Now Bill is back with the title of the Righteous Brothers and with a new much younger partner in Bucky Heard who brings his own vocal versatility to the act.

But, you wonder, is the magic still there, can they recreate the sound? If you were a fan of this famous duo, my bet is that you will enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to hear the songs of “blue-eyed soul” once again done live. Bucky Heard is by no means fresh off the boat. This 50 year old (as compared to Medley's 75) is a seasoned performer. He himself tells the audience, “I grew up a big Bobby Hatfield fan.”

Medley stopped performing for a while after Hatfield passed away. He got back on stage solo for a time and also toured with his daughter McKenna.

 

Photo by Dianne R. Davis

 

Which brings us to March, 2016 and the showroom at Harrah's. This is an entertaining show. Bill and Bucky, separately and together, perform the songs that made the Righteous Brothers an integral part of American musical history.

You'll hear the Grammy-winning hits including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” ( the most played song in radio history and the one featured in the movie “Top Gun”), “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” (featured in the movie “Ghost”) “Rock and Roll Heaven,” Medley’s Grammy-winning “The Time of My Life” which everyone remembers from “Dirty Dancing”, and more.

 

Photo by Dianne R. Davis

 

Medley doesn't have the entire vocal range he once did, but the audience loves him and his new partner as the duo take us on a journey back in time beginning in the 1960's. The band, which Medley refers to as the “Righteous Noise” includes local favorite electric guitarist John Wedemeyer who captures the hearts of the audience with his rendition of “This Will Be The Last Time”. It's from a Blues CD that Bill released with his book, “The Time of My Life”.

 

Photo by Dianne R. Davis

 

As for Bucky Heard - he is a seasoned performer with years of work on stage in Branson, Missouri. His extensive musical background includes singing in a Journey tribute and appearing in the Blues Brothers segment of a Legends in Concert show. 

The Righteous Brothers show at Harrah's is a good time, most especially for those who remember the years when they topped the charts, but also for those who simply like songs with lyrics that you understand, music that doesn't crush your ears, and performers that look and feel like the real thing.

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 obtained at 1-888-929-7849 or Harrahs.

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