The Killers’ Brandon Flowers will play one last time for the late Senator Harry Reid

Brandon Flowers calls him “one of our most unlikely fans”.

The founding leader of The killers was referring to the late Senator Harry Reid.

Flowers is among those invited to perform for Reid on Saturday at the Smith Center. Flowers is one of only two artists scheduled to perform at the event and the only representative from Nevada. rock legend Carole King is also on the program.

President Joe Biden, House tenant Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader chuck schumer will speak at the service. Former president barack obama will deliver the eulogy.

Flowers remembers meeting Reid, then Senate Majority Leader, in 2009. The powerful elected official was indeed an aficionado of killers.

“We were driving through DC and we got this invitation to go to the Capitol,” Flowers said in a phone conversation Friday afternoon. “We found ourselves in his office and were a bit taken aback by his kindness and humility in person.”

Flowers was also surprised by Reid’s knowledge of the band’s music.

“He knew my solo records and the Killers,” Flowers said. “I remember ‘Read My Mind’ became a favorite, and ‘Be Still’ was another favorite, and that’s what they asked me to play.”

“Read My Mind” is taken from the 2006 album “Sam’s Town”. Be Still” is from 2012’s “Battle Born”.

Flowers occurs with Jake Blanton and Ted Sablay, both on acoustic guitars. These two musicians have performed with the Killers over the years, on Holiday Havoc Night 2 in December 2017 at Pearl at the Palms.

Flowers said Reid remembers attending Basic High School with Flowers’ parents, Jean and Terri; and also his aunt Barbaric.

“I was really surprised by how he remembered those days in Henderson,” Flowers said. “He spoke really fondly of my Aunt Barbara.”

Reid called a Senate colleague during that visit.

“It was kind of funny, he called in Chuck Schumer and had me do an impromptu version of ‘Home Means Nevada,’ a cappella, right there in the office,” Flowers said with a laugh. “We just kind of stood in a circle, and it took me back to my own upbringing in Henderson, sitting in a circle and asking our music teacher to teach us this song.

“It was a warm moment, and he was a warm man.”

Warwick’s Stirling Residence

Dionne Warwick signed a residency contract at the Stirling Club in Turnberry Place, his producer confirmed on Friday Joey Batig. Longtime Vegas entertainment types will appreciate the “residency” describing this race, which opens March 24 and lasts 46 weeks.

Doors are at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost between $125 and $150, with VIP packages at $199, open to non-members (sale information will be announced). The Stirling Club showroom is to be set up as an ornate drawing room with 175 seats.

Warwick recently headlined the 165-seat Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace, where she performed from September 2019 until the COVID shutdown in March 2020.

Warwick is an icon of contemporary music, with a string of hits including ‘Walk on By’, ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’, ‘Message to Michael’, ‘Promises, Promises’, ‘A House Is Not a Home’, “Alfie”, “I Say A Little Prayer”, “This Girl Is In Love With You”, “I Will Never Fall In Love Again”, and “Do You Know The Way To San Jose”.

She was recently played by Ego Nwodim on “Dionne Warwick Talk Show” from “SNL”. Warwick came to the show in November and sang “What The World Needs Now Is Love” alongside Nwodim.

“Why are you perfect? Nwodim, as Warwick, asked Warwick herself. The superstar replied, “Honey, I’m not perfect. I’m just very, very good.

Poitier on the courts

Clint Holmes was a friend of late actor legend Sidney Poitier for about 50 years. Following Poitier’s death on Thursday at the age of 94, Holmes recalled the Oscar-winning actor turning him on to tennis.

“He came to see my show in the Bahamas in the 70s, asked me if I played tennis,” Holmes said Friday on Facebook. “I didn’t, but in an effort to be near him, I told him yes.”

As an advanced player, it didn’t take long for Poitier to see that Holmes was new to the game.

“Once he saw me ‘playing,’ he paid for my first lesson, through his teacher,” Holmes said. “At the end of my five weeks in the race, I was a tennis fanatic and have loved the game ever since.”

Holmes added that this experience “allowed me to see what a generous and down-to-earth man he was. We have lost a real giant.

The Adventurers Show

Always proud of their entertainment output, the Raiders have enlisted the ubiquitous Lil Jon for the halftime show of Sunday’s game against the LA Chargers at Allegiant Stadium. The Grammy-winning rap star has been a regular at Vegas Golden Knights games and has also embraced the Raiders as Vegas’ favorite professional franchise.

“I’ve been at games all season, can’t wait to get to Allegiant Stadium Lil Jon style,” Lil Jon said in a statement released by the Raiders. ” Yeah ! »

Yes, that was the official statement from the frequent Vegas headliner.

Lil Jon also performed at Toshiba Plaza during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and also activated the VGK siren.

Tori Kelly, co-star of the computer-animated comedy “Sing 2,” is set to sing the national anthem on Sunday.

High mileage cruiser

A few replies on social media took notice of my post about the Madden Cruiser’s scheduled appearance at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday. It was the late John Madden’s main means of transportation across the country. He hated flying. I had noted that the mileage was 80,000, which was correct – for the Greyhound’s annual mileage.

On Saturday, the Madden Cruiser’s odometer read 633,721.

The original Greyhound was converted to a Madden Cruiser in 1987 and will be on display to ticketed fans on Sunday on the west side of Allegiant Stadium.

cool hang alert

Grandview Lounge at South Point kicks things off with an awesome piano wes winters 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and “The Dirty at 12:30 p.m.” comedy show at 11:59 p.m. on Fridays. The latter is “self-explanatory” and guests must be 21 or older to attend. Both are uncovered.

John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] To follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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