This week, Ira spoke with Dave Itzkoff. To listen to the interview click below.
New York Times Cultural Reporter Dave Itzkoff is the author of “Robin,” the biography of comedian Robin Williams.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Itzkoff talks about the life of comedian Robin Williams, his unique upbringing, his struggles with relationships and challenges in his career, his Las Vegas connection, and his impact on comedy and culture in America.
Itzkoff is the author of “Mad as Hell,” “Cocaine’s Son,” and “Lads.” He is a culture reporter at The New York Times, where he writes about film, television, theater, music, and pop culture. Itzkoff previously worked at Spin, Maxim, and Details, and his work as appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired, and other publications. He lives in New York City.
This week, Ira spoke with George Christie. To listen to the interview click below.
Former Hells Angels leader George Christie is starring in “Outlaw,” a new, one-man theatrical show at the Art Square Theatre June 22-24.
Based on his memoir “Exile on Front Street: My Life as a Hells Angel and Beyond,” the show explores how the son of poor Greek immigrants became one of the most influential leaders of the world’s most infamous motorcycle club.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Christie talks about his more than three decades as president of the Ventura Chapter of the Hells Angels, his troubles with the law, his time in jail and his decision to leave the club and begin a new life.
Christie left the Hells Angels in 2011 and began writing, speaking, promoting concerts and consulting for defense attorneys. In 2015, The History Channel produced a documentary series about him, titled “Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels.”
While the documentary focused on the Hells Angels, “Outlaw” playwright and co-producer Richard La Plante said the new stage production will offer a more personal portrait of Christie.
This week, Ira spoke with Aaron Neville. To listen to the interview click below.
Singer and musician Aaron Neville, performing at the Orleans Casino showroom June 23, began his musical career in 1960 and his since then impressed countless fans with his top R&B and soul hits, including “Tell It Like It Is,” “Don’t Know Much,” “Everybody Plays the Fool,” “All My Life” and “Don’t Take Away My Heaven.”
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Neville talks about the impact of his first hit, “Tell It Like It Is”, working with the Neville Brothers, his successful solo career, the musical influences of his life, why gospel is important to him, and what keeps him motivated today.
Most recently, Neville released his newest album “Apache,” bringing audiences his holistic soul sound as well as his hard R&B style. For the second time in his more than 55-year career, Neville has co-written nearly the entire “Apache” album and he also helped write and produce the music for the album along with Eric Krasno, guitarist for Soulive and Rustic and Dave Gutter, frontman for the Rustic Overtones.
The album will take fans back to the golden age of R&B in a musical revival with a modern twist. Neville’s “Apache” includes hits like “Fragile World,” which features references to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”
This week, Ira spoke with Connie Francis. To listen to the interview click below.
In 1958, Cashbox, Billboard and the Jukebox Operators of America named Connie Francis (whose new book is “Among My Souvenirs-The Real Story”) as the #1 Female Vocalist. She was named Top Female Vocalist by all the trades for six consecutive years – a record never surpassed.
As well, England’s prestigious New Musical Express also named her the World’s #1 Female Vocalist. She earned two gold records for “Who’s Sorry Now? and “Stupid Cupid.”
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Francis talks about her long career and hit records, her growing up with the mob, setting records as the youngest singer in Las Vegas, her relationships with Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra, and the two people she considers responsible for her decade-long success: her father and Dick Clark.
Francis has lived one of the greatest American Dream lives of the 20th century. In the 21st century, she continues to live that dream with conviction and purpose.
At one time, when asked what she would like her legacy to be, she said, “I would like to be remembered, not so much for the heights I have reached, but for the depths from which I have come.” Today, she puts it more simply, by merely saying, “I hope I did O.K.”