Historically, Las Vegas has been the destination for artists to reinvent their careers. One obvious example is Elvis Presley. Once his movie contract expired, he organized a touring band composed of James Burton (lead guitar), Ron Wilkinson (rhythm guitar), Charlie Hodge (rhythm guitar/vocals) Jerry Scheff (bass), Glen D. Hardin (piano) and Ronnie Tutt (drums). These musicians were named the TCB Band, Presley’s acronym for “Taking Care of Business”. Backing vocals were provided by The Sweet Inspirations and J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet. The MGM documentary “That’s The Way It Is” was focused on Presley’s rehearsals for what became his Las Vegas comeback in 1969.
Now comes a new project from Britney Spears. With over 15 years in the music industry, her ninth studio album was completed this past August with rapper G. Easy. This collaboration resulted in the single “Make Me”, from her album Glory and is now included in Spears’ show at Planet Hollywood, Britney: Piece of Me. The single is a provocative mid-tempo Rhythm and Blues song.
The set list in Las Vegas is said to include all of her infectious dance songs and the newest tracks from her latest album. State-of-the-art light and sound effects are designed to give the venue a nightclub feel. The new theatrical experience follows a successful return at the Billboard Music Awards, and this action-packed show has been largely sold out.
Las Vegas has traditionally become home to some of the largest artists to date, with sophisticated stage productions and top acts. It’s also been a successful destination for musical artist comebacks in a town that “never sleeps”.