The Rat Pack doesn’t play casinos anymore. Well, unless you count Rat Pack imitators. Instead, you might see the Doobie Brothers. Is this progress? If you like the 1970s, yes.
From Buffalo Business First:
Frank Sinatra and casinos went together like peanut butter and jelly.
But, Gregg Allman or Steve Miller at a casino?
Just as the demographics have changed for who goes to a casino, so has the demographics changed for how the gaming venues book their entertainment.
The days of tuxedo-clad entertainers singing lounge lizard classics has changed to be more appealing to the baby boomer generation. That’s why at casinos, their performing arts centers are as likely to book a Wayne Newton as they are the Doobie Brothers.
I wonder, can anyone really rock out in a casino venue? It’s got to be hard to rock when, a few feet away, people are lining up for the buffet.
I saw Henry Rollins do his spoken word thing once in the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. He talked about how strange it was. I don’t want to speak for him, but I imagine in his early years, he never thought he’d be working a casino one day. I don’t recall any Black Flag songs about splitting tens or always using your player card.
As far as the 60s and 70s icons working the shrimp cocktail circuit, it makes you envy artists who die young. Would Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix be playing casinos if they were alive today?
It might be fun to start a “casino entertainer pool” and lay odds on who will be the next work at a gambling hall near you. As a matter of fact, I’m going to start that page myself as soon as I get the time.