Thursday, May 15, 2014

Jersey Boys and Paris

We got up very early in the morning to drive down to the "strip" and pick up some tickets to see the show "Jersey Boys".  I stopped for 10 seconds in the bus pull off so Gerry could get in line for the tickets and then parked in the MGM garage while she bought them.  The policeman standing nearby started chewing Gerry out about parking in the bus pull out.  No bus in sight, but that didn't matter.  Thank God he didn't arrest that dangerous great grandmother to make her an example how serious of an offense it was.

Gerry bought the tickets and gave me a call to pick her up.  This time I drove down a narrow street near MGM and waited for her.  No policeman in sight so it worked out fine.

We walked around the area near the High Roller ferris wheel and found this nice little fountain.  Of course, I had to coax Gerry into posing for a picture in that relaxing area.  The wind was blowing and she had to watch the spray or get wet.

This is a picture of the ceiling between the Bally's & Paris Casinos.  We were sitting near another fountain and Gerry looked up at the beautiful ceiling.  We had a 15 minute wait to take advantage of Happy Hour at a bar/restaurant in the walkway.  It was worth it since the food was very good and the drinks were 2 for 1.

 Gerry had already managed to donate some funds to Bally's casino and got tired of waiting for the cocktail waitress to come by and left there to walk next door to Paris casino.  The Bally's casino and hallways looked worn out and badly in need of a major upgrading.

Gerry took her huge fortune of pennies and walked next door to the Paris casino to add to her fortune.  She did manage to win here and I dragged her out screaming & kicking.  I don't think I will do that again.

 Paris casino looked nicer and the walkways had small shops along the way in a French setting.  The area we saw looked nice and was in big contrast to Bally's.

Paris Hotel walkway

Paris Casino & Hotel
 We were at the Paris to watch the "Jersey Boys" show on stage.  It is an adaptation of the rise of the Four Seasons group from their earlier days and all the problems they went through over the years.  They do use foul language in the show, but I would imagine it was typical language they would have used in those days.  Nothing we didn't hear back in that era and now it is common in the movies and cable TV.

The Four Seasons are an American rock and pop band who became internationally successful in the mid-1960s. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame has stated that the group was the most popular rock band before the Beatles. Since 1970, they have also been known at times as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In 1960, the group known as the Four Lovers evolved into the Four Seasons, with Frankie Valli as the lead singer, Bob Gaudio (formerly of the Royal Teens) on keyboards and tenor vocals, Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals, and Nick Massi on bass guitar and bass vocals.
The legal name of the organization is the Four Seasons Partnership, formed by Gaudio and Valli after a failed audition in 1960. While singers, producers, and musicians have come and gone, Gaudio and Valli remain the group's constant (with each owning fifty percent of the act and its assets, including virtually all of its recording catalog). Gaudio no longer plays live, leaving Valli the only member of the group from its inception who is currently touring.

The Four Seasons (group members 1960–1966) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and joined the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. They are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide.

The show started off slowly and we were wondering if we had spent our money wisely by coming to see them.  After 10-15 minutes they had set the stage and then we got a chance to see and hear them  sing a number of hit songs.  Gaudio was the writer and Frankie Valli was the lead singer of the group.  

It was nice hearing all their hit songs and learning about the rise in the music business.  Frankie Valli is 80 now and still performs. 

The show was good, but not the best one we have seen in Las Vegas.  We felt we got our moneys worth, but weren't overwhelmed by the group.  The theatre was full and they received numerous standing ovations, so I imagine most of the people loved the show.

Jersey Boys cast with Frankie Valli & Bob Gaudio -  London 2008

We gambled a little more in the Paris casino and then drove up and down the strip to see all the sights.  Buildings and people!  It wasn't too crowded on the road like times in the past, but the streets were full of people.  The High Roller was lit up at night.  We snapped a few photos of it as the colors changed constantly.

It was quite late when we got back to the motorhome and we were both wiped out.  It was a long day and we accomplished a lot, so it goes in the books as a great day in Las Vegas for us.

Did any of you win any money at the casinos or see a great play?  


  1. Win??? at a casino??? Not in this life time. I was reading the reviews of Jersey Boys and folks were commenting on the rough language and several thought there wasn't enough music - too much of the play stuff rather than the musical.

  2. We saw Jersey Boys in Chicago and absolutely loved it but we are younger than you, Larry, so it was closer to our music. LOL. Sorry it wasn't that good for you. It's in the 40s here and rainy and windy. Burrrrr. Enjoy your weather and maybe by the time you get back east it will warm up.