You haven’t seen Matt Goss Yet? Really? Why Not? Good question. Except I’m not asking. The question came from my darling wife Debbie; “Why haven’t we seen him before tonight?” was her actual question and to be honest, after the first song, I didn’t have a really good answer for her.
I think it goes back to why I founded this website all those years ago. For almost a decade, the usual suspects in the Las Vegas press were calling him the “Amazing”, A “Must See”, “old Vegas meets the new cool”. So, seriously, if they were saying things like that, it was because of that’s what they said about every new Vegas show after a great media night party. So he can’t be THAT good! or Can he? The answer now is “Oh Hell Yes”
That has now changed and I can now honestly say that I have seen the second coming of Sinatra with a dash of a modern cool and certainly true hip. The nice thing is that all this talent is unleashed in a very intimate setting where there really can’t be a bad seat in the house and not feel his warmth. Seriously. (for a limited time engagement). Up close and personal to the point you can feel his coolness!
He Really Is “Vegas Cool”
Ok, I used the word “cool” twice in the first 150 words. But in this case, it’s good because it fits. You mix a modern Sinatra swagger and smooth vocals with today’s hip music, throw in the dashing good looks and charms of a Sean Connery version of an early 007 James Bond, and you can get the picture. That’s Mr Matt Goss.
You Are There
At the 1 Oak Nite Club in the Mirage, we were greeted very professionally as if it were a show at the Sands when you were expected to be well dressed to be out on the town. Seated with a great view of the stage. The drink service is fast and friendly. Ask about the “Gossy” featured drinks! Then the lights go down and the music starts up. The stage is a few feet from almost every seat and the mood is set.
Matt Goss escorted from behind the stage looking just as you would have expected Frank to look as he took the stage. Dark suit, hair slicked back, fedora and the voice that just gets everyone’s attention and like Frank, he just commands the room the rest of the night without anybody complaining.
He opened with a few Sinatra songs, then took it up a notch with songs from his “Bro” days. From there, he did a chilling cover of “Hotel California” and from there, I didn’t care if he sang the phone book, I was hooked. You will be too.
Matt Goss Loves You Being There
Here’s the thing, you can go to a show in Las Vegas or anywhere in the worlds, and the performer likes to pause to talk with the audience. They like to say how thankful they are that they are there and you are too. You can almost lipsync the script yourself, it’s so common and when they say it, it sounds like they just read it off the song list taped to the floor in front of them. Not with Matt Goss, He drips sincerity and authenticity.
Even if he has sold out major stadiums of Europe and other countries, sold millions of albums and wrote some hit songs, he is here in Las Vegas and he wants you to know he appreciates your attendance. Then he breaks into another cool song backed up by his Gold Diggers dancers backup singers, plus his hot sounding live 5 piece band with members who have followed him all over the world.
And if you are like me and didn’t know it, Matt Goss was the lead singer of 1980s pop group Bros, which also features his twin brother Luke as the drummer. They actually did sell out arenas around the world! Yea, the Bros!
In between songs, he introduces us to members of his band, his twin brother who together, were two-thirds of the UK 80/90’s boy band Bros. The trio had 11 Top 40 singles and three Top 20 albums in the U.K., making them one of the most successful British acts between 1988 and 1992. See, he has the credentials folks!
If all that doesn’t get you into the mood to hear him sing another song, his gumba in the back of the house, Big Joe will make sure you are in the mood! If you go, you will understand the reference. (I hope Big Joe does too!)
This man has been in Las Vegas for over 9 years and I haven’t seen him until now?? Please Don’t make the same mistake. Go See Matt Goss!
Disclosure: As a member of the media, I was offered complimentary tickets to the show with no expectations. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own.