Fall 2012 / Winter 2013

Vegas is Where the Heart is for Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks performs in  The Indigo at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Taylor Hicks performs in The Indigo at Bally’s Las Vegas.

The roadhouse run will continue. American Idol winner Taylor Hicks has signed a year-long extension to perform at Bally’s Las Vegas through 2013. The soul singer, who starred on Broadway as Teen Angel in the hit musical Grease prior to last summer’s inaugural stint on the Strip, tells us he has a bit of Vegas in his blood, and he’s definitely ready “to follow in the footsteps of legends.”

Describe your show for us. What can fans expect?

The roadhouse hits the Las Vegas Strip. It’s a great combination of country, blues and rockin’ soul. It’s high-energy music at its finest.

Tell us about the video elements of the show.

I have an introduction from Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert as of now. I don’t know if I can top that.

What’s it like to be performing in Las Vegas?

As an entertainer, it’s the greatest gig in the world. To be a part of Vegas history is an honor and a blessing.

Who did you idolize growing up?

Elvis and Ray Charles were the roots of my musical tree.

If you could go back in time to old Vegas and see any performer on the Strip, who would it be?

I would have to say the Rat Pack. What a great musical combination. But as much as I love the Rat Pack, Elvis would have been my favorite Vegas musician to see perform live.

What Vegas show or comedian makes you laugh?

Go get hypnotized by Anthony Cools. If that doesn’t make you laugh, someone needs to check your pulse.

If you won a jackpot, what’s the first thing you would do?

I would put half in the bank and spend half as fast as I could.

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