No bar­ri­cades for Joe Walsh in Strip re­turn

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - MORNING BRIEFING - JOHN KATSILOMETES

Jhas sorted out his ca­reer away from the Ea­gles. Cru­cial to his strat­egy is to keep the Ea­gles alive.

“We weren’t ready to be done yet,” says Walsh, who per­forms — solo — Thurs­day, Satur­day and Sun­day at the House of Blues. “We spent a year griev­ing, and we grieved, and we wanted to at least try. It didn’t seem right that the Ea­gles were fin­ished.”

Walsh con­ferred with Don Hen­ley about re-ig­nit­ing the Ea­gles af­ter the death of Glenn Frey in Jan­uary 2016. Walsh sought out Frey’s gui­tarist son Dea­con Frey and coun­try star Vince Gill to join him, Hen­ley and Ti­mothy B. Sch­mit for the “Clas­sic West” all-star show at Dodger Sta­dium on July 15 and the “Clas­sic East” con­cert at Citi Field in New York two weeks later.

“That is the band,” Walsh says, re­fer­ring to the re­fur­bished Ea­gles. “I talked with Dea­con, got him up to speed. I called Vince, be­cause he would cover all the bases mu­si­cally and vo­cally. Ev­ery­body said, ‘I’m all in,’ and we have rein­vented the Ea­gles. We’re play­ing a bunch of dates next year.” Walsh says he likes the cozy in­for­mal­ity of the House of Blues.

“I loved it, be­cause I don’t get a chance to play places that small very of­ten,” he says. “I kind of grad­u­ated to a lit­tle larger scale, whether wanted to or not. But it re­minds me of the old days, where the au­di­ence is right in front of you and not pushed be­hind some bar­ri­cade.”

Re­turn of Shecky

Shecky Greene was back at the Ital­ian Amer­i­can Club on Sun­day night for his first visit since he broke his right hip and up­per fe­mur in a fall in Fe­bru­ary. “I had to break a hip to get a free din­ner!” said Greene, who caused quite a stir at Justin Shan­dor’s Elvis tribute show in the club’s main room.

Shan­dor, the 2010 Ul­ti­mate Elvis Tribute Con­test champ, ven­tured off­stage to say hello to Greene, who was lean­ing on a cane while seated next to his buddy Gene Kil­roy. Greene grabbed the mic and said, “Elvis opened for me at the New Fron­tier in 1956 and — sorry, Elvis, I know you’re up there lis­ten­ing — this guy is bet­ter!”

With love!

I of­ten say, and fre­quently think, col­umn fave Jassen Allen would have been a Mo­town superstar if he had been born in an­other time and place. Such as the mid-1940s in Detroit.

As it is, Allen is ours, and he’s head­ing up a spir­ited show, “With Love — Luther Van­dross & Friends” at 7 p.m. Fri­day at the Free­dom Hall The­atre in An­them and at 7 p.m Satur­day at the Star­bright The­atre in Sun City Sum­mer­lin.

Allen, who also pro­duces the Mon­days Dark shows at The Space be­tween his many gigs around town, per­forms a pow­er­ful tribute to Van­dross. Also in the pro­duc­tion, the Not So Back­ground singers Nikki Lo­gan, Avana Christie and Sherell Davis sum­mon Whit­ney Hous­ton, Etta James, Natalie Cole and Donna Sum­mer.

Backed by the With Love Band, this show kicks it up real good and at $20 is a deal, for real.

From the Fac­tory

Straight outta Brook­lyn, vet­eran comic and ac­tor Vic­tor Dib­itetto head­lines the Laugh Fac­tory at the Trop­i­cana at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Thurs­day through Sun­day. Dib­itetto gar­nered an au­di­ence through his 28-sec­ond “Bread and Milk” Youtube video, whose sig­na­ture (and only) line is, “I gotta get da bread and milk!”

Kind of hyp­notic, ac­tu­ally. Dib­itetto also played Gino Chizetti in the 2015 com­edy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” a film skew­ered by crit­ics that hap­pened to be filmed at Wynn Las Ve­gas, which leads usto…

Who Wasn’t Where

Steve Wynn, not seated or sighted at the Raiders sta­dium ground­break­ing on Mon­day night. In a mo­ment rem­i­nis­cent of “Wait­ing

For Guff­man,” a chair with Wynn’s name at­tached was left va­cant in the front row. He hap­pened to be out of town.

Who Was Where

Vaunted time­piece pro­po­nent and hip-hop icon Fla­vor Flav at Mike Tyson’s “Undis­puted Truth — Round 2” show Mon­day night at Brad Gar­rett’s Com­edy Club at the MGM Grand … Bally’s head­liner Tom Green, drop­ping in on Ly­dia Ansel’s DJ set Satur­day night at the Hard Rock Ho­tel … Comic ac­tress Kym Whit­ley (“Next Fri­day” and “Young & Hun­gry”) at the 8 p.m. Satur­day per­for­mance of “Ab­sinthe” at Cae­sars Palace … and Howie Dor­ough and Kevin Richard­son of Back­street Boys at the Planet Hol­ly­wood Re­sort at­tended the 10 p.m. Thurs­day per­for­mance.

John Katsilometes’ col­umn runs daily in the A sec­tion. Con­tact him at jkat­silometes@ re­viewjour­nal.com. Fol­low @john­nykats on Twit­ter, @ John­nykats1 on In­sta­gram. As of 9 p.m. Tues­day:

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Key Lime Photo Joe Walsh’s voice isn’t as strong as his gui­tar th­ese days, but he’s a friendly tour guide through his long ca­reer.

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