I have been watching Bob Anderson for decades. Way-back-when, Bob was at the Top of the Dunes, and Lee Greenwood was in a little piano bar, when I was the singing lead in The ‘Casino De Paris Show’ at the Dunes Hotel. Yes, the good ol days!
I had known him earlier when he and my sister were in a relationship, so we have a lot of history. Bob had his start very fast, with appearances on Johnny Carson, and performances with George Burns… too many to mention, here.
He is not only an impeccable singer, but a superb impressionist. The art and style of the cabaret singer is a gift, and completely natural. This rings true when you see Bob’s show. He is at ease, and has a beautiful audience rapport.
When you witness a true talent such as Bob, it takes you back to the time in Las Vegas, when headliners dominated. When the lounges were percolating 24 hours a day, with great bands. I feel badly for the younger people who come here, and find a new Disneyland of mostly mediocre lounge bands, and too few of them.
In the days of true Vegas Glam, you could find, Keely Smith, Kenny Rogers, Lou Rawls and Sam Butera in the lounges, Yes, the lounges. They had cover charges, dress codes, and little round tables with , yes, you guessed it, SERVICE. What? Service, in glass , not plastic cups. Now how much money do you think is saved by using plastic cups, instead of glass?
In the audience at the ‘Suncoast‘ Friday night, was Pia Zadora, Monti Rock III, Steve Rossi, and even Joe Williams widow, Jill. I was there with two great singers, we could have been 10 if we had gotten the word out faster. next time we will. If you haven’t heard Bob sing ‘Guess Who I Saw Today? ‘ , ‘Midnight Sun’ or ‘Angel Eyes’, you haven’t lived.
Besides Bob’s talent and superb backing musicians, the more subtle elements that lift his show include:
- Designing a show set that includes standards and less familiar songs, that all hit the mark.
- His recognition of important performers attending the show, never leaving the feeling that he is ‘name-dropping’.
- Band interaction, particularly with Musical Director, Vincent Falcone, is familiar and comfortable, allowing Bob to change-up a song choice, on the fly, without missing a beat.
- Embracing his fans, through relaxed banter from the stage, plus lingering after the show to pose for photographs.
So, next time you read about Bob Anderson, appearing anywhere, do yourself a favor, and go see a real pro, a consummate entertainer, with a band, that included legends, like guitarist, Joe Lano, bass, Bob Sachs, Musical Director Piano, Vince Falcone, and drummer, Mike Meechem.
You can thank me later:) See you there.
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