Fall / Winter 2014

Goss Almighty

An interview with Caesars Palace crooner Matt Goss.

Photograph By Lauren Dukoff

Photograph By Lauren Dukoff

Matt Goss has brought old-time “style and swagger” back to Caesars Palace, where he performs weekends in The Gossy Room at Cleopatra’s Barge. A contemporary reinvention of the vintage Rat Pack swing, he performs an engaging set that’s a mix of his original songs and popular covers like Frank Sinatra’s “Luck Be a Lady” and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. The singer also just released a new album, Life You Imagine—an LP that was three years in the making. “I’ve never channeled more energy and musical knowledge into one project,” he says.

What can people expect from your Caesars Palace show? If you love great music, swagger and flirtation, sexy dancers in fishnets, and a good time, come to my show.

In the show, you pay tribute to Frank Sinatra. What is it that attracts you to him—the man and his music? Frank Sinatra is the personification of masculine energy. He had the sensitive spirit to sing and engage both men and women. I’m greatly influenced by that era in terms of fashion and the kind of camaraderie he had with his friends. I get a kick out of bringing that back to Las Vegas.

Tell us how Life You Imagine differs from your previous recordings? Lyrically, I tried to use fewer words but say more. With my melody arrangements, I consciously pulled from the artists I love such as Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, The Police and Elvis Presley.

Is there a common thread that runs throughout the album? My true hope is that when people listen to this album it will become a tapestry of their life. Every song came deep from my heart and soul.

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