This week, Ira spoke with Alan Parsons. To listen to the interview click below.
Eleven-time Grammy Nominated Alan Parsons brings the Alan Parsons Live Project to the Westgate International Theater June 9.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Parsons talks about his early days working as an engineer with The Beatles and Pink Floyd, the creation and success of the Alan Parsons Project, his current tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of his album,“Eye In The Sky,” and the influence of his father on his musical career.
Parsons began his career as an assistant engineer at the famed Abbey Road Studios working on projects such as The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and “Let It Be” and quickly became one of the most sought-after names in the recording industry, for his engineering work on Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” sound engineer and associate producer for Steve Wilson’s album “The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories).”
After earning accolades for his work behind the glass, Parsons formed The Alan Parsons Project, a multi-platinum selling, progressive rock band featuring Parsons, his collaborator Eric Woolfson and a rotating cast of studio musicians. The Alan Parsons Project garnered commercial and critical acclaim for such certified Billboard Top 40 hit singles as “Eye in the Sky,” “Time” and “Don’t Answer Me” among other successes.
This week, Ira spoke with Jim Florentine. To listen to the interview click below.
Jim Florentine, headlining in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas through May 26, is a stand-up comedian, TV host, actor, podcaster and voice artist. He is best known for co-hosting VH1 Classic’s heavy metal talk show series “That Metal Show” that ran from 2008-2015. Florentine is also known for his work on Comedy Central’s show “Crank Yankers” where he performed the voice of Special Ed and Bobby Fletcher. He is the author of “Everybody Is Awful: (Except You!)”
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Florentine talks about his decision to pursue a comedy career because of the influence of Andrew Dice Clay and Rodney Dangerfield; the role of the comic in society and the difference between west coast and east coast comics; his time in Las Vegas making an album; and why people crazily seek approval using social media.
This week, Ira spoke with Dustin Wax. To listen to the interview click below.
Dustin M. Wax is the Executive Director of The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. The nonprofit museum’s mission is to preserve, celebrate, and inspire the art of burlesque.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Wax talks about the history of burlesque, the impact of the art on American culture, why Las Vegas is now home to the this unique museum, and why it continues to appeal to both an American and global audience.
He holds an M. Phil. (ABD) in cultural anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, and has taught anthropology and gender studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the College of Southern Nevada since 2003.
Wax is strongly committed to Nevada arts and culture and has served on the boards of several local arts and cultural organizations. He currently sits on the board of the Nevada Museums Association.
This week, Ira spoke with S.D. Moore. To listen to the interview click below.
Multiple award-winning Author S.D. Moore writes in spite of being a brain and heart damaged Air Force veteran with Lupus.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Moore talks about her journey from stroke to success in writing, her unique approach to producing books, how she incorporates real people with fictional characters, and how she segues from horror to humor.
She is the author of the dramedy, “Before We Were Perfect,” the novel “Wicked Prayers” (was Readers’ Favorite 2017 International Gold Medal (1st place) winner, the award-winning “Adventures of PJ and Split Pea” and “Basics to Business: Minding Your Business with Excel.”
Moore also is a patented inventor of The Portable Hot Sink System; has an ABD towards a Doctorate of Education, holds dual master’s degrees in management and human resources development,
This week, Ira spoke with Sue Costello. To listen to the interview click below.
Comedian Sue Costello is headlining in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas through May 6.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Costello talks her unique approach to comedy, her blue-collar background and self-education, why she decided to always become vulnerable when she performs on stage, and why people from all walks of life connect with her.
Costello has appeared on countless television shows including “NYPD Blue” and “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” on Comedy Central. After starring in two TV pilots for CBS, she earned her own self-titled television series, “Costello,” in which she also served as a producer and the co-creator.
She was also a guest host on NBC’s “Later,” performed on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” and made it to the finals of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Costello has also been seen on “Comics Unleashed” with Byron Allen.
Costello was cast in such films as “Southie” starring Donnie Wahlberg and directed by John Shea; “Once in the Life,” with Laurence Fishburne; and “The Fighter” with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.