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Bonaparte of Napolean's Piano Bar / Taylor Returns to Vegas
Topic Started: Dec 20 2012, 06:33 PM (2,532 Views)
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Paris Hotel & Casino
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 946-7000


The 2013 show dates for Taylor Hicks in Napoleon's at Paris Las Vegas, brought to you by Heineken, are as follows:

Jan.: 21, 24 - 26, 28, 29, 31
Feb.: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 - 9, 11, 12, 14 - 16, 18, 19, 21 - 23
March: 4, 5, 7 - 9, 11, 12, 14 - 16, 18, 19, 21 - 23, 25, 26, 28 - 30
April: 15, 16, 18 - 20, 22, 23, 25 - 27, 29, 30
May: 2 - 4, 6, 7, 9 - 11, 13, 14, 16 - 18, 27, 28, 30- 31
June: 1, 3, 4, 6 - 8, 10, 11, 13 - 15, 17, 18, 20 - 22, 24, 25, 27 - 29
July: 29, 30
Aug.: 1 - 3, 5, 6, 8 - 10
Sept.: 2, 3, 5 - 7, 9, 10, 12 - 14, 16, 17, 19 - 21, 23, 24, 26 - 28, 30
Oct.: 1, 3 - 5, 7, 8, 10 -12
Nov.: 4, 5, 7 - 9, 11, 12, 14 - 16, 18, 19, 21 - 23
Dec. 5 - 6 -7 9 - 10- 12- 13- 14- 16- 17- 19- 20- 21- 23

Dark Dates
August 25 - September 4
October 2 - 9
October 20 - November 3
November 24 - December 4


Las Vegas, NV - January 21, 2013 at 8pm to June 29 , 2013 at Napoleon Piano Bar in The Paris Casino
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Starting in 2013, the show will begin at 8 p.m., and will be dark on Sunday and Wednesday. The M&G will take place a bit earlier and they should be in line by 6:30 for the 8:00 show


Price: $39.99 and $69.99*

*The $69.99 VIP ticket includes a meet & greet with Taylor. Additional service fees apply. Regular tickets may be upgraded to VIP tickets in person at the Paris Box Office. Please bring your printed tickets with you to request an upgrade, or if you are picking up tickets at will call, please make an inquiry about a VIP upgrade.

Taylor Hicks Performing at Bally's Las Vegas credit to TaylorHicks TV


The room will seat about 200 people


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Napoleon’s Dueling Piano Bar at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas is one of the
most charming lounges on the Strip – a dimly lit, plush retreat where cigars and
Champagnes take center stage along with TAYLOR HICKS .
You won’t find a better selection of champagne anywhere in Las
Vegas. Napoleon’s offers over 100 labels of Champagne, each differing in size,
color and price. There’s bound to be something to appeal to you. Can’t
decide? Opt for a Champagne flight.

If cigars are your thing, step into the walk-in humidor and select from 50
different labels.

Nightfall is when the City of Light shines, and Paris Las Vegas brings the same experience to the Strip. Whether you're entertaining guests, catching up with friends or looking for a romantic setting, Paris Las Vegas has a nightspot that's right for you. With seven unique bars and lounges, you'll find the right place for the right mood.

Napoleon’s is located adjacent to the parking garage walkway and the Centre
de Conventions.
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For a virtual tour of the venue:

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For Taylor's return engagement to Bally's there will be a few new members of his band.

Brian Less - keyboard
Eric Schuer - drum rotation Jess Gopen - drummer rotation
Jason Parker - bass
Cody Farris - guitar
Joe Bergeron - percussion and sometimes drums

CODY FARRIS : guitar A Birmingham , Alabama boy who has played with Taylor at various events in the past few years.
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Eric’s father was a part-time professional drummer when Eric was
growing up. At UNLV, he studied with Joe Malone and Dave Loeb
(2002-2003). At CSN, he studied with Dr. D. Gause, Dr. Tom
Ferguson, and Bob Bonora (2003-2006). At both institutions, Eric
was in the work-study program as a music assistant. His most
fruitful experiences as an artist-in-training have come under Vegas
music legends Walter Blanton and Roy James, who have
communicated the language of jazz to him in an expressive folkart
manner (2004-present). Their guidance greatly aided the
development of his trios, Freedom Jazz Trio and Jazz Out the
Box, and he wants to carry the torch of these jazzmen.
As far as his drumming skills are concerned, he has trained with
regular practice at home, using a NY jazz approach handed down
and developed throughout years of lessons with Roy James. The
approach is one that translates to professional drumming in any
genre and has also allowed him to find his personal musical style.
With both of his trios and in his general pursuits, the goal has
always been to push the creative envelope in music while
providing a fresh and flexible outlook on the creative process, art
performance, and audience involvement.
Jazz continues to be my favorite art, and he continues active
listening and analysis of jazz music today. What’s more, Eric sees
the art of Jazz as a highly sophisticated yet approachable “true to
life” art form that naturally mimics the movements, sounds, and
rhythms of life. Jazz possesses polar characteristics of tension
and release, orderly composition and random reactions, and
disciplined precision along with loose freedoms. And as a jazz
performer, he can relay the principles of disciplined effort,
teamwork, communication, and the tradition of storytelling to a
young audience while inspiring a joyful and creative interaction.
Workshops/Residencies/Activities for Youth & Adults
“An Adventure in Jazz Land”; set to a theme of train travel, teaches
the values of creative thought, open communication and expression,
disciplined effort, teamwork, and active listening while shedding a fun
light on the art and language of jazz music. All the while, Jazz Out the
Box performs its highly varied and often simple repertoire, leading the
audience to discover jazz in unlikely places. There are many
opportunities for audience participation throughout the adventure.
Professional Development Workshops
Jazz Out the Box's "Adventure in Jazz Land" program and other
music performances can easily be converted from assembly
performance for children into classroom workshops and creative
partnerships with educators and other professionals


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Described by many in the industry as a solid, time-centered, meat-and-potatoes drummer, Gopen was a favorite of many in-demand Hawaii artists and hardcore jazz-fusion/jazz musicians in the 1990s. Besides holding down the beats for the popular, cross-over Mainland hit Hawaiian Style Band, Gopen also played for Tim Garon’s Nearly Dan (Steely Dan tribute band), filled in a lot for Hamada’s Paradox band, backed the fabulous Azure McCall (who could do Joni Mitchell better than Joni Mitchell), and was everywhere that music went.

When he moved to Nevada, he left behind a huge void, but again, he never lacked for steady work. Gopen did Vegas, played with Ronnie Foster, Clint Holmes, and assorted other stars. He’s done gigs in New York City and L.A.

Originally from New York and trained in Boston’s Berklee, Gopen has the rare gift of versatility, able to blend right in with any style of music, from R&B and pop, to straight-ahead jazz and jazz-fusion, to Hawaiian style.


Country Living
- On and On/The Deal
Taking It to the Streets
Maybe You Should
Back To Louisiana
Country Living
In The Ghetto
- Moving On Up
- Yes We Can
- Grandma's Hands
Why Can't We Live Together
- No Guru
- No Method
- No Teacher
Porch Swing
Don't Let Me Down
Love The One You're With
- Fire on the Bayou
- Everyday People
7 Mile Breakdown
- Get Back
- Running on Empty
Sweet Home Alabama
Seven Mile Breakdown
Hell of a Day
The Fall
Viva Las Vegas
tag of Reminiscing ( Little River Band }

*** Compilation michel2006 , RMNB, Stacia, rejectsuprstar, Miss Alabama , tish, ShelleyLehner, dnjmorton

credit to LasVegasPlayerTV


Lance Sherman
Host | Entrepreneur | Owner,

Las Vegas, Nevada Area

Lance Sherman's Overview

Current Principal at Let Loose Vegas
Director of Promotions at Taylor Hicks Live
Past VIP Host Manager at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens
VIP Host Manager at The Light Group
Gossy Showroom Host/Manager at Matt Goss Show -Palms Hotel Resort & Casino
VIP Host at Wet Republic Ultra Pool
VIP Host / Promoter at Pure Management Group
Dancer at Celine Dion Show -Las Vegas
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Education The Juilliard School
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School

Lance Sherman's Summary
As lead facilitator of fun for Let Loose Vegas, Lance oversees each client’s request and VIP itinerary to ensure all has been coordinated with the LLV seal of approval. Nearly a decade as VIP host to high profile celebrities, poker stars and athletes, from Phil Ivey, Prince to Mike Tyson, Michelle Rodriguez, Marlon Wayans, Ron Artest (Metta World Peace), Las Vegas Strip headliner clients including: Anthony Cools, Taylor Hicks, Carrot Top and the L.A. Kings Hockey Team; Lance has perfectly crafted the Vegas VIP experience and packaged it in a way that allows that exclusive sophistication to be lived by all Vegas party enthusiasts.

Lance held an integral role as VIP Manager that launched Vegas power house clubs like: Chateau Nightclub & Gardens and Liquid Pool Lounge and hosted at PURE Nightclub and Wet Republic Ultra Pool.

As a graduate of Julliard and international performer, Lance’s Arts & Entertainment background has provided him insight into a privileged realm of influence and access; typically only reserved for celebrities…Let Loose Vegas takes you beyond the velvet ropes and Lance leads the way.

Specialties: Customer service, branding and promotions, social networking, entertainment , creative direction , event marketing and talent casting

Lance Sherman's Experience
Principal Let Loose Vegas

January 2013 – Present (1 year) Las Vegas, Nevada Area

Originally founded in 2003 as Let Loose Entertainment -

Let Loose Vegas is an innovative entertainment brand that develops, manages and produces upscale elite VIP experiences.

Keep Calm ~ Plan your next trip with LLV! (Launches in August of 2013)

Director of Promotions Taylor Hicks Live January 2013 – Present (1 year) Las Vegas, Nevada Area

Paris Hotel & Casino

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February 2011 – July 2012 (1 year 6 months) Las Vegas, Nevada Area

Managed front door operations , table placement & minimums, trained and hired host team. Managed and implemented VIP marketing , customer service , social media and sales strategies. Regularly catered to high profile celebrity guests. Personally sold over a million dollars in VIP table revenue.

VIP Host Manager The Light Group
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Hospitality industry

February 2010 – May 2010 (4 months)

Liquid Pool @ City Center

Opened Thursday March 18th 2010

Trained and hired host team.

Gossy Showroom Host/Manager Matt Goss Show -Palms Hotel Resort & Casino
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Hospitality industry

October 2009 – January 2010 (4 months)

Showroom manager for Matt Goss. Supervisor of 8 person waitress, bar & security staff as well as handling ticketing and VIP bottle service for intimate 200 seat theater at the Palms Hotel under the direction of Michael Greco - VP of entertainment

VIP Host Wet Republic Ultra Pool
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December 2008 – October 2009 (11 months)

VIP Marketing, Sales & Promotions for the Wet Republic Ultra Pool at the MGM Grand as well as Tabu Lounge, Studio 54 & Rok Vegas

VIP Host / Promoter Pure Management Group
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Promoter and Host for Americas Hottest Nightclub
at the time " PURE" as well as it's sister venues Tangerine, LAX & Audigier.

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1. Las Vegas Sun: The Kats Report

Upon return to the Strip, Taylor Hicks is moving (closer) to Paris Las Vegas
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By John Katsilometes

Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

Officially, it's a move to Paris. But in reality, it's sort en route to Paris.

Taylor Hicks is moving out of Indigo at Bally's to Napoleon's Dueling Piano Bar, which leads into Le Boulevard, which connects Bally's to Paris. The lounge and bar is, technically speaking, part of the Paris LV lineup of entertainment venues. As the name indicates, Napoleon's Dueling Piano bar has for years served as the hotel's home of regular dueling piano entertainment. Hicks, who plays a nifty guitar and is an accomplished singer-songwriter, returns to Vegas on Jan. 21 and resumes a nightly schedule (dark Wednesdays and Sundays) at 8 p.m. Tickets are listed at $67.49.

Hicks was unavailable for comment today, and Caesars Entertainment officials still have not formally announced his new venue and schedule. The Season 5 champion of "American Idol," who topped Katharine McPhee in the finals, had been headlining at Indigo, the lounge just off the casino floor at Bally's, since arriving last summer.

Hicks' contract was extended to a year in September, and late last year he returned to Indigo with his thundering Soul Patrol backing band (in one memorable appearance, John Popper of Blues Traveler joined him onstage.) Hicks has become a well-liked and highly regarded performer in the city and has made innumerable personal appearances, such as singing the annual Wrangler National Anthem to open the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December.

2. The Hollywood Reporter

'American Idol' Taylor Hicks to Take the 'Paris' Stage

The season five winner brings his Vegas act up the strip: to the larger Napoleon's Lounge for a 2013 residency.
American Idol season five winner Taylor Hicks is taking his Vegas act up the strip to the Paris hotel and casino.

Beginning Jan. 21, Hicks will take residence at Napoleon’s at Paris Las Vegas, a bigger room than The Indigo at Bally’s, where the singer has performed for nearly a year. In fact, he’s the first Idol alum to secure a long-term residency on the Vegas Strip.

"I couldn't be happier to be making the big move to Napoleon’s inside Paris Las Vegas,” Hicks tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It's a great live music venue and I'm looking forward to performing there."

Says David Hoenemeyer, regional president of Bally’s Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas: “Taylor has been playing to sold-out crowds at Bally’s Las Vegas since he opened in The Indigo last year, so it only made sense for him to move his show to a larger venue at Napoleon’s at Paris Las Vegas. With its large windows overlooking the ‘streets’ of Paris, Napoleon’s is the perfect location for fans to enjoy Taylor’s signature roadhouse style.”

Hicks will also appear at other Caesars properties across the country throughout 2013.

Announced dates at the Paris run through Nov. 23.


3. Vegas Chatter

Taylor Hicks Is Movin' On Up And There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With That

January 16, 2013
by 702Becca

He didn't make our list of hunkiest headliners (despite an unsubtle lobbying attempt by yours truly), but Taylor Hicks still has reason to brag. He's being rescued promoted from Bally's to Paris Las Vegas.

After first landing on The Strip in June of last year, the former American Idol winner will now move his soulful croonin' and harmonica stylingz from Bally's Indigo Lounge to the much cleaner larger Napoleon's at Paris starting January 21. Performance dates will run through November 23. All showtimes will be 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.99. Cough up another $30 for a meet and greet.'+On+Up+And+There+Ain't+Nothin'+Wrong+With+That

4. Bitten and Bound Blog

Taylor Hicks Lands Roadhouse Gig at Paris Las Vegas

January 16th, 2013

If you’re planning a trip to Sin City in the near future you might want to check out
the action at Paris Las Vegas, where former ‘American Idol’ winner Taylor Hicks
will begin a long-term residency.

Simon Cowell turned out to be correct when he initially declared that Hick’s
reminded him of a Vegas lounge singer. Bingo! The 36-year-old from Alabama is
the first ‘Idol’ alum to snag full time work on the Strip.

For the last year the singer has been performing at The Indigo at Bally’s, just
down the street. His new venue, at Napoleon’s inside Paris Las Vegas, is definitely
a step up. The entertained gushed, “I couldn’t be happier to be making the big
move. It’s a great live music venue and I’m looking forward to performing there.”

David Hoenemeyer, regional president of both Bally’s and Paris said, “Taylor has
been playing to sold-out crowds at Bally’s since he opened last year, so it only
makes sense for him to move his show to a larger venue. With its large windows
overlooking the ‘streets’ of Paris, Napoleon’s is the perfect location for fans to
enjoy Taylor’s signature roadhouse style.”

He will also perform at other Caesars properties in 2013.

Hicks career has come full circle since he auditioned in Las Vegas in October 2005
for a chance to become a contestant on the Fox hit ‘American Idol.’ He beat out
Katharine McPhee to win the Season 5 competition. She hit the big time last year
with her starring role in the popular television series ‘SMASH.’ The musical drama
won a Golden Globe nomination and will begin Season two on Feb 5., 2013.
Joining the cast will be another ‘Idol’ alum, Jennifer Hudson.

5. Birmingham Taylor Hicks talks about his new gig in Las Vegas, reveals details of Bieber encounter (video)

By Mary Colurso |

January 22, 2013

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Taylor Hicks says he's on his best behavior in Las Vegas. Well, mostly. "There have been a few 'Hangover' moments, but those are few and far between," Hicks says. "I've lived the movie a couple of times, and lived to tell the tale." (Dave Morton)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- No berets. No French poodles. And definitely no covers of “Zou Bisou Bisou.”

But Taylor Hicks is settling into a 10-month run at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

The Hoover native and former “American Idol” winner has extended his residency in Vegas though the end of November -- and his show has moved from Bally’s to another property owned by Caesars Entertainment.

It's an upgrade in clout, Hicks says, and a bonus from a technical perspective. His new venue, Napoleon’s, is bigger, nicer and located in the same hotel as the musical “Jersey Boys.”

“Production values will go up,” Hicks says. “The sound and lighting has room to improve.”

Devoted fans would follow him anywhere, even to a hole-in-the-wall bar far from the action on the Strip. But his stint at the Paris puts Hicks into a glitzy little pocket, next-door to Planet Hollywood and right across the street from the Bellagio.

“It’s a great room in Vegas, with more of a showroom feel, and I’ll be able to work some new material into the show,” Hicks says. “Ultimately, I’ve set my sights on releasing a country record this year.”

For now, he’s focusing on a five-nights-per-week schedule at Napoleon’s. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays and Thursdays-Saturdays, through Nov. 23.

Hicks’ backing band has changed for this go-round -- the Jamie McLean Band is gone -- but Birmingham keyboard player Brian Less remains part of the team.

“The show’s still got a little bit of a roadhouse feel to it,” Hicks says. “It’s hard to be a musician from Alabama and not have that. But I was saying that we’d have to change the covers from Wayne Newton to Edith Piaf.”

He’s joking, of course. Hicks’ agenda leans more to originals, Beatles classics, Delbert McClinton tunes and Elvis Presley standards. (“Viva Las Vegas” is his usual encore.)

About 20-30 songs are in the rotation for setlists; Hicks plays guitar, harmonica and a Hammond B3 organ on stage.

Interaction with the audience is part of his show, but Hicks hasn’t adopted the old standby of Vegas comedians. They were likely to approach customers, with microphone in hand, and ask, “So, where you from?”

Hicks quickly adapted to hotel living in Sin City, though, and happily packed his suitcases for new digs at the Paris.

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Taylor Hicks released his last album, "The Distance," in 2009. "I know it's been a few years," he says. "I keep telling everybody, and I mean this, that the next piece of music from me has to be out of this world. It has to be the right record. Patience is a virtue." (Denise Truscello)

“Sometimes you want to cook and have a big kitchen,” he says. “That’s one thing I do miss, cooking my own food.”

Most nights, Hicks slips into a restaurant at the host hotel, using passageways and service elevators to get there with minimum fanfare.

“I sit in the back of the steakhouse in my pajamas,” he says. “It’s pretty funny. I’ve probably taken more photos in pajamas, in the steakhouse, than I have at meet-and-greets.”

Apparently, Hicks has something in common with the late Rodney Dangerfield, who also liked to pad around Vegas hotels in his PJs.

“That’s my thought process: What would Rodney Dangerfield do?” Hicks says, laughing. “After six or seven months in a hotel, you get comfortable. It’s pajamas central.”

When friends and relatives come to visit, Hicks usually shows them around the Strip and heads to the Peppermill Restaurant & Fireside Lounge. It opened in 1972 -- that’s old-school by Vegas standards -- and its neon decor has been featured in movies such as “Casino” and “Showgirls.”

Hicks' ties to the Birmingham area remain strong, despite the allure of Vegas, and he's often drawn back to his hometown. His family still lives here, and Hicks is a partner in Saw's Juke Joint, a restaurant in Crestline Park. In fact, Hicks says he introduced Justin Bieber to Saw's barbecue when the young pop star's tour came to the BJCC Arena on Jan. 16.

Their backstage encounter was brief but memorable: "He was actually a little star-struck," Hicks says. "He said he watched my whole season on 'American Idol.' Then he rode off on scooter, one of those Segways, yelling 'Soul Patrol!'"

6. IGO

Updated 01/28/2013

By Chuck Rounds

Taylor Hicks is playing inside the Napoleon Lounge at the Paris Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Hicks was the winner of American Idol, season 5 and has come to Vegas for an extended run. He first opened up at Bally's in June of 2012 in a curtained off lounge area, but now has moved down the hall to the much nicer Napoleon's. He has just recently extended his run to go through 2013.

Taylor Hicks is a musician, full of grit and soul, and as such, he and his band put on a great show. Every person in the four-piece band is a great player, and with Hicks as the front man, this group makes you remember why you want to go to see bands in the first place.

Hicks shares little tidbits of himself...his beginnings as a musician in a roadhouse; which explains a great deal as we listen to his take on Southern soul, R & B, and country and blues. The dynamics of the evening flow extremely well with his mix of cover tunes and original work, upbeat songs and ballads.

Napoleon's in a very intimate space (seating about 200 people,) and offers a great venue for a personalized evening with Taylor Hicks and his band. There are no sets, no specialized lighting---just the music, and it works wonderfully.

Immediately after American Idol, Hicks released his debut single, "Do I Make You Proud," which entered at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, Pop 100, and Single Sales Charts. He also starred in the hit musical, GREASE as Teen Angel on Broadway, and later joined the national tour of the production.

Hicks makes us wonder about what is "supposed" to happen to a winner of American Idol---what they aspire to, and where they end up. We see the gigantic success of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, and we have all but forgotten Fantasia Barrino, Rubin Studdard, and Kris Allen. We see runner-ups eclipsing the accolades of the winners, i.e. Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, Katherine McPhee, etc. But our first question to ourselves is; why is a winner of American Idol playing a small lounge in Vegas? We instinctively and immediately question why. Why would someone that has experienced that level of national fame with millions of fans be playing such a small room? It is a paradox that makes us wonder if there is something wrong...

In an attempt to partially answer my own question, I know these things... Season 5 of American Idol got it right. Hicks won because of his superior musical abilities. Outside of that genre, however, Hicks is not a cute pop star that has generalized broad based appeal. He is a musician, and he will appeal to an audience that has more discriminating taste about their music. And quite frankly...having a steady gig in a lounge in Vegas with the ability to play the music that you love is not a bad gig. Also, the intimacy of the lounge has its's a better experience, and he is almost always guaranteed a full house. Kudos to you, Taylor Hicks, you put on a great show.

7. Hollywood Soapbox

INTERVIEW: Taylor Hicks sets up his soulful roots at Paris Las Vegas

Taylor Hicks, the winner of American Idol’s fifth season, has always been a traveler. From his early days touring the Southeast, before winning the FOX reality competition, to his most recent years touring the world in support of his recent albums, the musician is a man of the road. Along the way, he’s earned a large pack of fans (dubbed the “Soul Patrol”) and reinvented his career with forays into country music and even a stint in Grease, both on Broadway and a national tour.

Now, Hicks is setting up roots in the entertainment capital of the world. After playing a successful residency at Bally’s Las Vegas, he’s moving up the block to Paris Las Vegas, where he will play throughout 2013 at Napoleon’s Lounge.

“I love it,” the musician said recently during a phone interview. “It’s a bigger venue, and it’s a testament to my live show, and I’m really proud of that.”

The working relationship between Hicks and Caesars, the company behind Bally’s and Paris, began after the musician found success playing casinos in the United States. “There was mutual interest,” he said. “I had always done really great on my casino shows, and … it really is a perfect fit for the Caesar’s demographic and then my demographic. It’s all different types of folks, and not only that. Caesar’s has 200 properties worldwide, so there was also an idea that I would tour Caesar’s properties as well.”

What Hicks finds interesting about his new residency is the makeup of the audience. He was always used to being the troubadour, pulling up into town for another gig, setting up his life one concert at a time. But now he’s the one at home, and the audience is the one on vacation. “Obviously everybody’s having a good time, and they’re definitely not thinking about working,” he said. “It’s just been a nice change of pace for me, after really touring hard for the last seven or eight years, and even further than that.”

Las Vegas also attracts an international crowd, and being that American Idol is internationally known, Hicks has a fan base that extends around the globe. The so-called “Soul Patrol” casts its net far and wide. “I have a lot of people from a lot of different countries come to see my show,” he said.

The singer admitted to being most recognized for winning the reality competition show. “The first impression is Idol, and I think it’s up to me to make as many impressions as I can, and different impressions and reinventions in my career as possible,” he said. “This is a career for me, and I’m looking to work as hard as I can and have a long career in this business.”

Playing nightly at Paris Las Vegas affords the musician a chance to work during the day on his new “soulful country record.”

“Hindsight is 20-20,” said the native of Birmingham, Ala. “Looking back on it, obviously growing up where I have, and being a part of a lot of country music as a child, the roadhouses that I played and the music that I studied were very roots-oriented, and it had a lot of different styles of music in it. … I think this particular soulful country record will be the one that I’m really looking forward to the most.”

Audience members at Paris may even be able to hear a few tracks off the upcoming release. Hicks said his set list includes original music, Vegas show tunes and songs from American Idol. “As many different venues as I’ve played all over the world, the intimate venue right now is perfect for me,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier.”

Settling into Vegas has taken some time for Hicks (he said he’s still living the “hotel life”), but he’s impressed by how the city embraces its performers. “I do love the city of Las Vegas,” he said. “The city really embraces its musicians that take up residency here, and I’m blessed to be a part of the history of it.”

The Las Vegas residency may one day rank near the top of his career highlights. Currently, the top spot is reserved for a jam session he had with Willie Nelson and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in Red Rocks, Colo. “One of my favorite musical venues, and obviously one of my favorite musical legends that I grew up admiring so much, and that was just one of those moments that just really, it was awesome,” he said.

And for American Idol fans, yes, Hicks is still a huge admirer of the show. “I definitely still watch,” he said. “Idol changed my life for the better, and I’m ultimately interested in the talent that Idol creates. … I keep a close eye on it.”

By John Soltes / Publisher /

8. Las Vegas Magazine

Soul Power
Taylor Hicks’ career comes full circle with the first Las Vegas residency for an American Idol

By Matt Kelemen

Paris 8 p.m. Mon.-Tues. & Thurs.-Sat., $36.99-$56.99 VIP plus tax and fee. 702.777.7776
The first thing you notice about Taylor Hicks when he takes the stage at Napoleon’s Lounge is the way he connects with the audience. Hicks was celebrated as much for his charisma as for his trademark premature-gray hair during the fifth season of American Idol, but television can’t properly convey the effect of his performance in an intimate setting. Whether seats are occupied by devoted fans or neophytes who never saw him subvert Simon Cowell’s cynicism with Southern charm during his Idol audition, Hicks wins everyone over with his natural ability as an entertainer.

In other words, it’s obvious he was born to be a singer. American Idol sparked the current phase of his career with that audition, which took place in Las Vegas, meaning his headliner gig at Paris Las Vegas brings him back full circle. Napoleon’s has been transformed into an intimate nightclub/listening room for the occasion, and Hicks’ crack four-piece band fits perfectly on the stage—along with an old-school Hammond C3 organ. “It’s really cool,” says Hicks. “There aren’t many small music venues around anymore, and I feel like this is one of them.”

Hicks got more than a little extra room for his audience than he had when he performed inside a venue at Bally’s prior to moving to Napoleon’s in January. “I really had the creative control to be able to produce the room as an intimate musical-venue setting,” he says. “From lighting to sound, we were able to do that.”

The effort shows, as the sound fills every corner of the room comfortably. Hicks blazes through selections from his repertoire of nearly 100 songs—his cover of The Doobie Brothers’ “Takin’ It to the Streets” is a particular highlight—shares stories, gives thanks to Ray Charles and gets ladies literally jumping out of their seats when he closes his eyes and reaches deep inside to put everything he’s got into a vocal phrase. He also picks up a guitar himself, and sits at the Hammond to play some stirring licks with the band. “It’s the full Hammond organ setup,” says Hicks. “I like to use an organ onstage anytime I can, and anytime the space will allow, I like to use that.”

That setup includes a separate rotating speaker to get a perfect vintage feel and help fuel the sound Hicks has been cultivating since he wowed audiences back in Birmingham, Ala. Hicks has invested in his own club/barbecue joint called Saw’s Soul Kitchen, but it’s a safe bet that he takes a little bit of Alabama soul wherever he goes. That includes Nashville at present, as Hicks is working on a full-length recording of country songs during breaks from Las Vegas.

Nearly nine years after America was introduced to him, Hicks still has the wind at his back. “I couldn’t be happier with the band, the venue and the fans that come to see me perform,” he says. “Definitely the set changes, and there are some curveballs. That’s what people like, and they keep coming back for that reason.”

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American Idol Winner, Taylorhicks loves Alex Overkin Let's Get Him to a Caps Game

Maybe you didn’t notice, but my name was missing from all RMNB stories and bylines last week. I was in Las Vegas for an Email Marketing conference held at the Paris Hotel and Casino. Thursday in particular was a crazy day. It started with a murder that made national news and ended with an run-in with a celebrity.

On Thursday, my eyes opened at 4:30 AM Pacific time. I was woken up by a helicopter hovering over our hotel. Helicopters usually fly around Las Vegas during the day giving aerial tours to tourists, so I figured that’s what it was. I fell back asleep.

Two hours later my phone started vibrating. I got about 25 texts from friends and family asking if I was okay. That helicopter over the hotel wasn’t for tourists; it was looking for a murderer.

The Las Vegas Sun:

The Las Vegas Strip became a scene of deadly violence early Thursday when someone in a black Range Rover opened fire on a Maserati, sending it crashing into a taxi that burst into flames, leaving three people dead and at least six injured.

A few hours earlier, my co-workers and I had walked up and down that same part of the strip, taking in the sights and watching the Bellagio Water Show.

The Paris Hotel and Casino is one block away from that intersection. From the eleventh story, I could see the yellow tape cordoning off the area where it happened. I went downstairs for breakfast, where two of my co-workers said that they heard the gunshots from their room.

A scary start to the day, but things got a lot better from there.

The email marketing presentations ended at 5:30 PM , and my coworker Nikki and I went upstairs to get ready for the show we had VIP tickets for.

Taylor Hicks, winner of the fifth season of American Idol over Katherine McPhee (currently starring in the NBC series Smash), headlines a show at Napoleon’s Lounge in the Paris Hotel and Casino. It’s hard to not enjoy Hicks’ soulful voice and energetic stage performances– no matter your age. Plus, he can play the bejesus out of a harmonica and has awesome grey hair.

Here’s Hicks performing a live rendition of Michael McDonald’s Takin’ It To The Streets.

So I put on my RMNB “Angry Ovi” shirt, Nikki put on her dress, and we went downstairs to wait in line for the show.

When we were let in, we were shuttled to a backstage bar area to wait for Hicks to come in. The musician arrived ten minutes later, greeting us all with a big HEY and an even bigger smile. He then signed autographs for everybody in the room.

As I made my way up to Hicks, his eyes got big when he noticed my RMNB t-shirt. I asked him to sign it. Hicks then did something I did not at all expect — especially considering he’s from Birmingham, Alabama, not a hotbed for hockey. He added a special note: I Love Ovi. I swear I am not making this up.

Shocked, I asked if we could take a picture together. We posed and pointed to the autograph.

Nikki and myself made our way to the main lobby area and took our seats near the stage.

Twenty minutes later, the showed started. Hicks sang Elvis’s In The Ghetto, Nineteen, and The Fall. He told stories about American Idol, like how he and Simon Cowell would smoke during the commercial breaks. He talked about performing on Broadway in Grease. He gave a shout-out to a grandmother celebrating her 95th birthday and dancing to his songs. His guitar player looked eerily like Alex Semin.

After the show ended, Hicks went over to the merch area set up outside of the club and signed autographs for people who bought his stuff. I got in line, as I had a few questions to ask.

I asked him how he knew about Ovi. He said he’s seen highlights — like The Goal — and thought he was a great player. I asked him if he had ever sung the anthem or been to a hockey game before. He said no, but would really love to someday. I then said,”If you’re ever in DC, I’d love to take you to a game.”

Hicks left the merch table, talked to his assistant, and then came back with a business card. It had his tour manager’s info on it. He handed it over to me and said,”Talk to him. I’d love to do it. Let’s make it happen.” I accepted and said,”Deal!” So yeah. That’s how my day ended. Even four thousand miles away, I can’t help but try to spread Caps cheer.

Now I know that I have failed so far in my efforts so far to get Barack Obama to come to a Caps game, but getting a former American Idol Winner to come to a game (and maybe sing the anthem) would be pretty cool.

So here’s what I want you guys to do. Hit that that big blue like button at the bottom of this post. Let’s let Taylor know he’s welcome. On Tuesday, I’ll shoot his people a message and re-invite him. I can’t promise anything, but let’s make his first hockey game a Washington Capitals game. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Below are best Las Vegas concerts 2013! Vegas is exactly the place to enjoy live music, laugh and have fun with family and friends. Some stars such as Celine Dion love Las Vegas so much that they have their own long-running shows! We would love to make your stay in the city extremely enjoyable, so if you want to catch a hot concert between the poker tables, simply browse our concerts by month to see what's playing where. We are listing only the hottest concerts by the hottest stars!

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Taylor Hicks

Venue: Napoleon's Lounge - Paris Hotel

Date & Time: All week except Wednesdays and Sundays at 8:00 pm

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Review: Taylor Hicks is among the most popular Las Vegas concerts 2013. One of the newest headliners on the Strip, Taylor Hicks is the most idolized of all winners of American Idol, albeit he entered the competition by lucky accident. His music style combines Southern soul, R&B, country and blues.

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More than a matter of pride

What makes Taylor Hicks different than all the American Idols that came before him? At 29 at the time of his win, Hicks had already been a touring musician for years, with a stable of fans (the infamous “Soul Patrol”) already in place and an acute self-awareness of the niche he wanted to carve on an even grander scale as a result of his 2006 win.

Case in point: Hicks doesn’t feel the need to piggyback on his Idol success during his current Paris Las Vegas residency. Most singers would kill for a No. 1 hit; “Do I Make You Proud,” Hicks’ lone entry atop the charts, doesn’t even appear in his sets, which lean heavily toward soul and soul-influenced blues and rock. Even if some of his original songs (the military salute “19,” for one) tend to be more pop-oriented, there’s still an earnestness and authenticity that you wouldn’t find in, say, Katharine McPhee’s best work.

“I tried to make that single my own, but in reality it’s the show’s single,” he told Relix magazine shortly after his Idol win. He also spoke of an earlier single the show tried to push on him that led him to leave the room in disgust. That Hicks carefully curates his material should come as no surprise to anyone who’s seen him perform. Interpolated into his songs “Seven Mile Breakdown” and “What’s Right is Right” are lines from hits by Bruce Hornsby and one of his idols, Van Morrison. Then there are covers: “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “In the Ghetto”—holdovers from his Idol run—“Living for the City” and a run-through of “Viva Las Vegas” that, while a little gratuitous, just crackles with energy.

The kind of rootsy rock that is Hicks’ bread and butter is simply too rare on the Strip. You’ve got plenty of Rat Pack pastiches, big-ticket headliners and impersonators galore, but few entertainers who approximate what it’s like to be traveling through a backwoods town and stumble across a smoky roadhouse with a hot band.

That’s Hicks.
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1. Ashlee DeMartino

Once again @taylorhicks a must see show here in #Vegas

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3. RealKimRivas:

Saw your Show last Night.It was so Nice Meeting you as well. you are so down to Earth.”

4. Rhonella Hamilton

loved your concert last night in Vegas! We were the girls and mom from Alabama!! So proud to say you are from Alabama

5. suzedenver

We saw Taylor Hicks on Monday 1/21, opening/return night for his Vegas engagement - they've moved him to Napoleans in the hallway near where the Paris buffet is - Napoleon's is where the dueling piano guys used to be, and it's a great setting. Small tables, chairs lined up, or you could sit in comfy seats at the bar as we did, with a great view. Small room - maybe 200 people?, but his 5 piece killer-band could have played a concert hall. The kid on the guitar was stunning, Little Memphis on the piano/organ also amazing....and then there's Taylor Hicks. Great songs, high energy, lots of soulful harmonica, some interesting chatter about places and people where he's been, and he'll even sign your t-shirt if you buy one after the show! This is an act that, even if you'd never heard of American Idol or him, you'd walk by and say wow that's fantastic, I have to see more of that guy and his music.

6. michel2006

Sharing some comments by Taylor about the songs he is singing

How the movie Tootsie turned him on to Stephen Bishop and inspired The Deal with 70's sound.
How Michael McDonald called Taylor(he does an imitation of Michael McDonald)- "Taylor thanks for singing my song. It was awesome to get a phone call like that. ....Taylor calls it hitting the Powerball. After Taylor did TITTS on Idol, he said the song moved something like 350,000 copies in 24 hours. He says Michael has become like an advisor to him-calling him a guidance counselor.

Maybe You Should. How Faith and Tim have the song on hold and since they are here in town he can go pester them to record it.
In The Ghetto. Smoking cigarettes with Simon during every commercial break and Simon telling Taylor he should sing ITG.

Before he sang the new song Why Can't We Live Together, Taylor talked about how on Idol he couldn't play instruments. They just handed him a microphone and told him to 'Go act crazy and white.'. 'So I did.'.
He goes behind the organ and begins to play the new song which is actually an old 70's song recorded by Timmy Thomas. It's a Santana-like anti Vietnam war song. "Tell me why, tell me why, tell me why..can't we live together...No more wars, no more wars, no more wars.
After Taylor finished the song, he comes from behind the organ with the microphone. He starts saying 'That song was Love The one...No its Not." He says he usually forgets the microphone because he's got ADHD, e, f, g, h ...whatever letters they add to that.

7 Mile Breakdown he talks about being 16 years old and playing at the FloraBama and being heckled for 2 hours by a 80 year old FBI agent. After that, he said he could handle anything Simon Cowell threw at him.

Very glad to report that the room looked very full-most likely a sellout. He also thanked everyone for voting for him on Idol. He said there were about 200 of us there and we could have been his swing votes

7. Emi Kume

saw @taylorhicks show last night at Paris, Vegas! what a great show<3 夕べAmerican Idol S5 テイラー・ヒックスのライブをベガスで観ました!やっぱりスゴイわ。

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8. Ldlvjdlv

Bought tickets for my husbands birthday. He said it was the best show he's seen! The venue is intimate, his band is amazing, and we had VIP tickets with a meet and greet!
Taylor seems to be a warm and genuine man. We will see him again!

9. GoSparty

Awesome show!! Taylors passion for his music really came through in his performance. And he sincerely appreciates his fans. I was pleasantly surprised with the whole show!!!

10. Matthew Rappaport

Published on Jan 27, 2013

Matthew Rappaport and Jane Ellen hangout with Taylor Hicks after his rocking show at Bally's ! It's so awesome that he is now playing Paris next door!

11. traprap

taylorhicks sure can throw it down! #giddyup #mustsee

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12. Fred Bronson

It was great to see you Taylor, and we loved your show. Hope everybody gets to see you at @parislasvegas

....Back from a great week at Lake Las Vegas. Loved @taylorhicks at Paris and Human Nature at The Venetian. Great food at Jaleo, Shibuya & Tao.

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13. azurefromgc

Well, I'm completely crazed! Bill just called from Vegas and he was with Taylor - who he put on the phone!

He says "Hi Kathy, it's Taylor." I was dazed. (sound asleep when the phone rang.) Anyway, he tells me I have a great husband and that he had given Bill the harmonica he used in the show and signed it to me!! Said it was nice to talk with me and to take care.

He ( husband ) and his friend are at the Paris slot machines with a couple from Virginia that they met at the M&G!! LOL. Says everyone at the M&G was very friendly and chatting. One couple was from Canada.

Anyway, his friend had never seen Taylor and was just blown away. It was a wonderful show. Raving about the guitar player (didn't say which one) and Brian Less....

(Husband ) Says everyone from the M&G loved the show. The couple from VA saw Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's show over the weekend. The tickets were $380 each. They said Taylor's show was, at least as good, and the husband liked Taylor's more. That's quite a recommendation.

14. Nomotay

We have seen Taylor five times and his performance never disappoints. He is an all-around.........singer, musician, writer, friendly guy, exuberant...........entertainer. Taylor goes full speed ahead for one solid hour. This performance was different in two ways. First, his fine voice was particularly excellent. It was more controlled and seasoned. Second, he took time between songs to talk to the audience, giving background information and showing his personality. He seemed more comfortable than previously in this regard. The young lead guitarist was beyond incredible and the keyboard guy, as always, was a superb talent. We missed the sax from the show we saw in August of last year and hope to see it included when we return in a few months. If you are in Vegas, do yourself a favor and include Taylor Hicks on your itinerary.

15. oenip

Hicks was fantastic!!
In Vegas with friends for Super Bowl weekend. Saw Taylor's show on Monday, Feb. 4. It was fantastic! What a voice and his band is awesome! Taylor's interaction with fans after the show - signing and taking pics was such fun. If you're in Vegas, go see Taylor. You'll be glad you did.

16. Mike Tyson Attends Taylor Hicks’ Show at Paris Las Vegas
February 9, 2013 by
Famed boxer, actor and entertainer Mike Tyson attended “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks’ show at Paris Las Vegas Thursday evening. After enjoying the show in Napoleon’s, Tyson joined Hicks backstage for a photo opp (Photo credit: Amazing Pictures).
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17. Rue54

This was the third time I have seen Taylor, all at different venues, and he never disappoints. Very personable, high energy, puts everything he's got into every performance. His vocals are amazing as are his talents for playing the harmonica, guitar and keyboards. He has a great band backing him up also. I have followed Taylor ever since American Idol but even if you don't consider yourself much of a fan, give his music a second look! You will be glad you did!

18. Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas
Taylor Hicks was awesome. Small venue was so much more personal feeling and not a bad seat in the house. He was down to earth and all around nice guy. Such a musically talented band, had a great time. Wish him the best.

19. aior82

great show tonight :) hope you enjoy the wood bracelet I made you! Xox

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1. Inbrightin Feb.

Taylor Hicks was awesome

Not only was the show incredible, but he is an extremely nice person going out of his way to give my disabled husband a gift and autograph. Highly recommend going to his show at the Paris Las Vegas.

2. Jankris


I am not an American Idol viewer, but went to this show because my sister and cousin watch the show and wanted to see Taylor. Well it was an outstanding show, my voice is still sore from all the hooting and hollering. He is an excellent entertainer and I loved the show. I was up dancing and I am 63 years young. I would see it again. He is great!!

3. Razorback2

Taylor Hicks puts on a great show and sounds even better in person. He can flat out sing and perform and his band is incredible. If you go, buy the VIP meet and greet tickets. They are well worth it!!! Also, tell him Roll Tide! He will appreciate it!!!!

4. Cricket1733

Every thing Taylor did was great, he sang his heart and soul out.

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5. Norm K. Elite '13

I had only vaguely heard Taylor Hicks name via morning TV shows. I knew he was the winner of one of the TV talent shows and that he was another WGWG winner. I had the idea his music would be twangy and I'm not a Country/Western fan. Then Hicks performed at one of the Composers Showcases at the Smith Center and I knew I'd have to go see his show. My perception was so wrong.

Hicks has just started playing at Napoleon's Lounge in Paris Las Vegas--an intimate venue with good sound. During his show, you'll hear rock, blues, roadhouse songs, and a ballad or two. Some of the numbers he sang were: "Take It To The Streets" "In The Ghetto" "Nineteen" "Maybe You Should" "Love The One Your With" "Seven Mile Breakdown" and ended up with his own version of "Viva Las Vegas."

"Maybe You Should" is worth the price of admission by itself. I heard him sing this at the Smith and it's a stunning ballad about the end of a relationship. I was so glad when he started singing it tonight.

Hicks has a way of melding songs together, sometimes when it seems like there's no connection at all. While singing "In The Ghetto" he added a short quote of "Moving On Up" from the Jeffersons TV show before finishing "In The Ghetto." Later during "Seven Mile Breakdown" he went into the Beatles "Get Back" then "Running On Empty" before going back to conclude "Seven Mile Breakdown." He's very good at these transitions and it's something I haven't heard other artists do. And when you have "Viva Las Vegas" in any show, you've hooked me.
Edit: I forgot to mention the great band Hicks has. Two guitars, drums, an a keyboardist who is very talented.
I really recommend this show! Hicks is an excellent entertainer!

6. Matt Vanacoro 2/17/13

taylorhicks KILLED it last night. Amazing show, genuinely nice dude, and a killer keyboard player.

7. HurtGirl80 ( Anna )

South GA girls enjoyed seeing you guys tonight!

8. DdubW 2/18/13

Reminded me why we all rooted for him on Idol. He's the real deal, beautiful voice, super talented musician, the complete package of soul performer wrapped up in a guy we feel we know. I'd heard some criticism that he might be too immersed in his music to connect with the audience, but that was not the case on President's Day. He talked to us between each set, dedicated a touching ballad to our soldiers, and was cheered back out for an encore. The audience loved him. My only complaint is I couldn't get up and dance. Full crowd, great mid-sized venue, all good seats, reasonable ticket price.

9. LuDoll

Taylor Hicks is full of energy and down home fun! He's a country rocker & we wanted to get up & dance. Really...he's great!. Nice small venue...not a bad seat in the house. Loved the show!

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10. LukesDad

One of the best small shows in LV! My wife was on the edge of her seat from the start. His mix of styles and high energy made the show so much fun and he brought the house to tears with his rendition of "19". Go see this show if your in Las Vegas.

11. From ticketmaster reviews:

Great! He was very energetic, had a nice mix of music, very personable.

12. jung , Feb. 23, 2013

The evening was like having Taylor sing in the comfort of your own home. He is talented, warm and funny. Don't miss it. This was unique for Vegas because of the small venue.

13. KeetinM33

Thanks @JeffProbstShow for the Taylor Hicks tickets... Loved the show!

14. VegasfunLP

Taylor put on a great show. Loved the intimate setting and the music Only drawback was the sound. It was much too loud for the room. It would have been perfect with that adjustment. Shouldn't have to wear earplugs thru half of it.

February 28,
Not since Elvis himself, have I ever seen a singer with the passion; body, heart and sole until Taylor Hicks. "Totally captivating" - The Real Deal. So close and personal we thought it was our own private show.

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONALPostedFebruary 28, 2013Not since Elvis himself, have I ever seen a singer with the passion; body, heart and sole until Taylor Hicks. "Totally captivating" - The Real Deal. So close and personal we thought it was our own private show.

2. P2braces 2/17

Great concert from an Awesome Singer! The club atmosphere was very inviting and enjoyable.

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3. Good Guy...Good SingerPostedFebruary 25, 2013Taylor's show at the Paris is very good. It is also very loud and some seniors actually had to put their hands over thier ears. However, the show was entertaining and Hick's interacted very well with his audiance. The backup band was young...but very good especially the organ player. Theater was good and they served good drinks. Paris is an excemment hotel to hang out in after the show also.

4. Birdymaker

Great show, great showman, down to earth, nice tribute to the militaryPostedFebruary 16, 2013Lead guitar, was first class,pianist were both fantastic but really the whole team was first class. Will recommend the show to others.

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5. Jay Hartwig

taylorhicks was awesome! Reminds me how much I want to learn #harmonica!

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6. kmillholen

LOVED your show last night. Front row seats made it that much more awesome! Your energy is amazing!”

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7. Mark White

taylorhicks your show in VEGAS at the PARIS is amazing! Great to see a REAL performer at work! A must for EVERYONE!

8. Anonymous Mar. 9, 2013

Taylor is the best entertainer!
Taylor is an amazing musician and entertainer! I was totally blown away by his performance. I've been to a lot of concerts, but nobody compares to Taylor and you won't meet a nicer guy. I would recommend the VIP package. That's what I got. You get a front table and a meet and greet with Taylor before the show.

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9. Stacia

Taylor Hicks will be the next Big Vegas Show

I was blown away by how talented Taylor Hicks was. I was looking for something fun to do on a Tuesday night with my man and my friend offered us comp tickets to come check out the show so off we went. We got to participate in the Meet/Greet before the show and there is a photographer and cool lounge to hang out in. His Vegas show is located in the Paris Hotel and Casino at the Napoleon bar (this is where the dueling piano performances are). The venue is intimate with small tables in the first 2-3 rows (VIP), chairs lined up behind the VIP, and comfy seats at the bar also available for general admission. There is not a bad seat in the place and the room holds maybe 175-200 people tops. Taylor Hicks and his 5 piece killer-band seriously could of played a huge concert hall. Huge talent! I don't see this show remaining at this venue for long. A bigger space it going to be needed very soon when the word gets out about how amazing the Taylor Hicks show is. The show covered every musical style with a little of everything for everyone. The young kid on the guitar blew me away with how stunning he was, Little Memphis was amazing on the organ. Great song choice, high energy, lots of good ole' harmonica playing, and some entertaining chatter about the people and places that molded Taylor into the performer he is today. Taylor cruised through his set with confidence and ease as he joked with the audience and showed off a few sexy dance moves for the ladies. Song Set List: Maybe You Should, Country Living, 19, Porch Swing, Back to Louisiana, Don't let me down, 19 (my favorite song and a great tribute to our troops), In the Ghetto, 7 Mile Break Down, and for a very fitting finale, Viva Las Vegas. This show made me laugh, cry, and truly connect with Taylor and the band. My only complaint is that the volume level is way too high. This could easily be fixed with a bigger venue *Hint Hint!

10. bnc4isu

This was an awesome concert!!! Taylor Hicks is a great singer and musician.
Napolean's Lounge was a great place to see a performance. It was intimate
enough to see Taylor well, but the sound was like a major concert venue. We
would definitely see another Taylor Hicks concert and would also see another
performer at Napolean's Lounge.

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11. Texasgal39

After seeing his show at the Bally's, I went back to the Paris to take my mother. This show was better than the first I saw. Taylor gives every performance his all and does not hold back anything. This show is a must to see in Vegas!!! You will not be disappointed with the intimate setting as well because it feels as he is giving you a private concert!!!!

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12. MarkSwarfCalape

Thank you @lance_sherman for inviting us to the #taylorhicks show! Was mighty AWSOME :) and thanks...

13. Thanx to luvutay for these comments:

IN Las Vegas. Taylor Hicks at Paris. Great show. At Napoleon's bar in Paris. Small,
only about 150 peope, very intimate. Can buy a VIP ticket and have a meet and
greet with him before show and get prime seating. We were front center and were
no more than 5 feet from Taylor. Great show if you are a fan. Sang "in the
Ghetto" and harmonica play was terrific. He is a good dude. Very gracious. Signs
alot of stuff after the show and spends time with the folks buying and getting stuff

Taylor is an old friend. He flew to Vegas to get out of New Orleans before Katrina.
He decided to try out for American idol while he was waiting out the storm. The
rest is history. Used to play guitar with him at Botchers. He's a great guy.

Mooly Shoo
Taylor Hicks is one of my most favorites. I have a friend in L V right now. I'll tell
him to go by and see Taylor with a War Eagle. He certainly looks like he has had
success with his talents. He has got soul in that harmonica of his.

14. Anonymous 3/23/13

Love the small intimate setting.
Sound and lighting was amazing.
Musicianship was out of this world.
Taylor's energy was charismatic.

15 PT23 4/15/13

You might have seen him on Idol singing 90 seconds at a time and thought the
guy was very good. But see him with a small band, playing what he wants the
way he wants for as long as he wants.. thats when you realize he's not just
very good. He is GREAT. So much soul, so much groove, so much power.
Really blew me away.

Favorite moment: In The Ghetto/Movin On Up/Yes We Can

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1. Allison

....They had a camera man film the meet and great as well as most of the show. He was filming after the show while Taylor was signing stuff. Taylor and the band sure gave him a camera full tonight! For a man that was sick yesterday, you would have never known it tonight. I swear, they could wheel him up on stage on a gurney and he'd still put on a great show
....As usual I hung around for a while talking to all the new fans he made. There were a couple of women there from Ireland. They absolutely loved him! By the way these shows are going and the reception he's getting, it won't be long til he'll be selling out much bigger places. It's just a matter of time.

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2. Taylor on American Idol March 6, 2013

Taylor plays Idol Correspondent for FOX 5 on Mar. 6, 2013

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1. Taylor is kicking off the Vegas leg of the Idol Mic journey.

2. This mic will be used for the Idol top 10 performances.

3. The pressure of performing is a bit easier as you know you are going on tour this summer.

4. Now the contestants have to bring their A game. It's a TV show and the contestants have to remember that.

5. The parents of contestant 17 and under must accompany them.

6. Taylor says that hopefully he will remain the only Idol winner with residency status.



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1. Anonymous

Hicks ROCK!

Love the small intimate setting. Sound and lighting was amazing. Musicianship was out of this world. Taylor's energy was charismatic.

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2. Paul Tormey

Last night I heard @taylorhicks lay a soul groove on In the Ghetto, slide into Movin On Up, then into Yes We Can and back again. Awesome!

3. michel2006

....Sold out show 4/20/13
....Taylor was getting a lot of feedback from the audience and was making jokes and commenting back to people.
.... talk(ed) about Tootsie and how it turned him on to Stephen Bishop as his intro to On and On and The Deal. Then he thanked the audience for voting for him on Idol. That's the point he uses to talk about smoking cigarettes with Simon during every commercial break as a lead in to In the Ghetto. This woman from the audience yelled out that that's what he should have said first--Thank You For Voting For Me On Idol. Taylor made light of the remark by saying 'Did you not understand my Southern accent?' and then went on to repeat it in a very deliberate slow pronounciation. i guess that people who are seeing him for the first time don't realize that he has set "patter" to remember as the lead in's to different songs. If he tried to switch it up, he probably would end up confusing himself on which song he wanted to sing next!

4. Tinkerbell

Last nights I was on the phone with my mom who was in Vegas and she gave the phone to Taylor Hicks and he had a conversation with me #omg

5. @natfrog5:

#vegastweet Seeing @taylorhicks live was awesome! Such a fun gig! Go see him if you're in town!

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Vegas is proving to be an excellent venue for Taylor. Other entertainers, the media, and visitors to LV have all welcomed him with open arms and he's quickly earned respect from his peers. His hard work and dedication is really appreciated here. It's so great to have others see what WE have known all along!

7. rodcfp

This theater/bar is a fairly intimate location. If you have a VIP pass for the meet & greet your seats aren't any more that 15 feet from the stage. Taylor does take his time with everyone in the meet & greet to sign whatever they have and get your photo taken. The music is a mix of his American Idol fare, his own compositions, and some other standards. His backup includes a great young guitarist, fine bass player, drummer and keyboard player. Because of the small venue it is a little loud, so don't sit right by the speakers even though they are great seats.

8. fan1ofalabamaboytaylor

Taylor was awesome. he is so talented. He sings, plays harmonica, organ and guitar. He danced a little bit because his stage is kinda small. he is so nice and personable.. He signed my cd. I wore an Alabama cap for him and he noticed and said "roll tide" which really made my night. Everyone should go see him. so worth every penny.

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9. Janjan1124 Mon, Apr 22, 2013

I had meet and greet tickets and Taylor was very personable and would sign merchandise or pose for pictures with you. The venue is small and intimate and he puts on a heck of a show. I was in the front row of tables directly in front of him and my ears rang for quite a while afterwards. He's at his best when he plays his harmonica but the whole show was great.

10. Robertf143

Taylor Hicks performance was as expected. He is super energetic.
- Sat, Apr 27, 2013 @
Favorite moment: Song he wrote for our veterans

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11. denv

----Taylor is charming, funny, engaging on stage. In my opinion he is engaging the audience like never before. They love him, they have fun, everyone smiling. The Napolean, I think, is a bit of an odd set-up. They've done the best they can with the shape of the room.
....he still opens with Country Living and still leads into Maybe You Should talking about Faith Hill and Tim McGraw being in town so he can bug them to get it recorded.

.... he's so expressive. Never seen any performer quite like him! Thought he would bite his tongue off while he was playing the organ. He was really pounding that thing with his tongue totally sticking out. He's such a kick to watch. The audience can't help but smile.

12. dnjmorton

When people ask us what shows we saw in Vegas...we say Taylor and Taylor!! He is so worth seeing over and over!! What a talent. When Taylor performs he is mesmerizing. We had GA tickets (which were great seats in this venue) for the first night and M&G tickets for the second night (sat in the spit seats - front row). Loved every minute of our shows on April 18 and 19th. These two nights were our 7th and 8th Vegas Taylor shows and we are planning on going back in the fall. Can't get enough of this guy. If you get the chance - GO!! The most charismatic and talented guy around. He can sing kind of music - blues,soul,country.

13 kitson 3/21/13

taylor hicks puts on a good show, we saw him in a really small room at ballys, think he has moved to a little bigger room, which he needed. his take on "in the ghetto" is a lot of fun.

14. nhcris

I really enjoyed Taylor Hicks when I saw him in the Indigo Room at Bally's. It was a very small venue and made for a nice intimate show. He has moved to Napoleon's (I think) in Paris, and it looks a little bigger but still a nice venue. If you like him, I highly recommend his show. He's adorable.

15... sybgal

We also saw Taylor Hicks at Bally's in August and it was a heck of a show. He puts a lot of his personality into it and everyone seemed to leave happy. Had VIP tickets so went to the meet & greet to get pics. He is a really nice guy.

16. azdisneyfan

“Taylor Hicks at The Paris (Napoleon's lounge)”
March 23, 2013

Saw this show at the Paris, Las Vegas (Napoleon's lounge) on March 21, 2013.
Taylor's show is set in an intimate lounge setting. There's one side for VIP which
basically has a small table for 2 people to sit at and you get a chance to meet
Taylor before the show. The general admission is rows of chairs just feet away
from the stage. Save money and hold your own drink and get the same music
experience. He plays so many instruments and sings songs from the heart! He
truly connects with the music! His soulful voice is pure music to the ears. Taylor's
voice reminds me of a mix of Michael McDonald, Santana, Elvis, & Tim McGraw.
The song choices show Taylor's true talent! He was so comfortable on the stage
and was just amazing. The only negative was the music was a bit loud for the
small venue. Be aware if you buy 1 drink you get a 2nd drink of the same kind.
The waitresses do not tell you it is buy 1 get one free. Although with the prices
being charged it is like you are buying 2 drinks. It is extremely expensive for the
drinks. Other than this, I think this show is a must see. Taylor should be in a
bigger venue with this kind of amazing talent!!!!

17. PT23

Unleashed and unstoppable
Mon, Apr 15, 2013

You might have seen him on Idol singing 90 seconds at a time and thought the
guy was very good. But see him with a small band, playing what he wants the
way he wants for as long as he wants.. thats when you realize he's not just
very good. He is GREAT. So much soul, so much groove, so much power.
Really blew me away.

Favorite moment: In The Ghetto/Movin On Up/Yes We Can

18. rodcfp

A Great Show for Fans
Fri, Apr 19, 2013

This theater/bar is a fairly intimate location. If you have a VIP pass for the meet
& greet your seats aren't any more that 15 feet from the stage. Taylor does take
his time with everyone in the meet & greet to sign whatever they have and get
your photo taken. The music is a mix of his American Idol fare, his own
compositions, and some other standards. His backup includes a great young
guitarist, fine bass player, drummer and keyboard player. Because of the small
venue it is a little loud, so don't sit right by the speakers even though they are
great seats.

Favorite moment: Great salute to the military and the whole audience

19. bnc4isu

This was an awesome concert!!! Taylor Hicks is a great singer and musician.
Napolean's Lounge was a great place to see a performance. It was intimate
enough to see Taylor well, but the sound was like a major concert venue. We
would definitely see another Taylor Hicks concert and would also see another
performer at Napolean's Lounge.

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1. Cinema Lowdown:

Concert Review: American Idol Winner Taylor Hicks - Rocking at Paris Las Vegas

By Chaz Lipp

Lest anyone think we’re changing this site’s name to “Music Lowdown,” allow me to briefly rave about Taylor Hicks in Las Vegas. During our recent hiatus here at Cinema Lowdown, we took in shows by Prince at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (see review here) and Taylor Hicks, currently in the midst of a long-term residency at the Paris. While my coverage of Hicks’ April 29, 2013 show will run on The Morton Report (I’ll link to it when it’s up), it was such a thoroughly great time I felt the need to mention it here too. And, after all, we write about film and TV—keep in mind, Taylor Hicks was launched into the international spotlight on a little TV show called American Idol.

Long story short, Hicks won the Idol crown at the end of the enormously popular fifth season in 2006 (competition included Chris Daughtry, Elliot Yamin, and Smash star Katharine McPhee). Nothing quite like Hicks had ever hit the show before or since. The gray-haired dynamo displayed the chops of an old soul (honed during ten years on the Southeast bar circuit), winning over millions with gritty versions of tunes like “Taking It to the Streets” and “Try a Little Tenderness.” Soon after debuting at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with his Gold-certified winner’s single, “Do I Make You Proud,” a backlash began to set in. Not as readily commercial as some other Idol winners and runners-up, a series of ups and downs followed. But Hicks never gave up.

As announced during an appearance on near the end of the 2012 season, Hicks became the first-ever Idol winner to secure a residency on the Vegas Strip. He spent last summer at Bally’s (backed by scorching blues rock outfit The Jamie McLean Band) and then upgraded to Paris, where he currently performs five nights per week at Napoleon’s Lounge. Though the “Idol winner” tag gives Hicks a heckuva marketing hook, it also carries certain connotations. Many music snobs, er, fans I mean, consider it impossible to appreciate (and even enjoy) Idol as anything more than a guilty pleasure at best. Others simply abhor the show and everything it stands for.

The truth is less dramatic. Idol is only as good as its contestants any given year. In 2006 they truly struck gold with Hicks. Whether you’ve ever followed Idol or avoid it like the plague, take it from me: if you love soul, classic R&B, or blues rock, be sure to catch Taylor Hicks at the Paris if you’re in Vegas.

There’s not a bad seat in Napoleon’s Lounge. I’ve seen Hicks play many different-sized rooms over the years, but never in such an intimate setting as this. He told stories and joked with the sold-out audience, but slipped effortlessly into his intense game-face for every number during the 80-minute set. The show began with a video replay of his collaborative cover of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” with Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Cobert on NBC’s Late Night before Hicks and band launched into a spirited version of Jamie McLean’s “Country Living.” A mixture of originals, including “The Deal” and “Maybe You Should,” rubbed shoulders with covers of classics like Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto” and an Isley Brothers-inspired “Love the One You’re With.” It ended with Hicks putting his stamp on another Elvis classic, the ever-so-appropriate “Viva Las Vegas.”

This isn’t a show aimed at American Idol fans. By no means is it only aimed at longtime Taylor Hicks fans. It’s a show for music fans. I don’t say any of this lightly, because I was once one of those snobby music fans who couldn’t believe anything truly legitimate could emerge from the commercial glitz of Idol. Hicks is one of the most dynamic live performers I’ve ever seen—and I’ve never seen him invest less than 100 percent in a performance. For more about upcoming dates and ticket information, visit the official Paris Hotel and Casino website.

2. The Morton Report / complete review by Chaz Lipp

Concert Review: Taylor Hicks at Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
The 2006 American Idol winner's residency provides ample opportunity to soak up some classic roadhouse blues.

May 06, 2013 By Chaz Lipp

“Let’s get this out of the way,” Taylor Hicks calmly told the capacity crowd Monday night (April 29, 2013) at Napoleon’s Lounge (an intimate venue in the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino), “Thanks for voting for me.” Hicks was, of course, referencing his 2006 victory on the television phenomenon American Idol. If it sounded somewhat obligatory, it was likely because he has spent the last seven years proving his legitimacy as an artist despite a mainstream press quick to write him off as a fluke.

Since summer of 2012, Hicks has made the Las Vegas strip his home, first during a residency at Bally’s and now at Paris. “Welcome to my living room,” he said early on during his high-intensity set. For years, Hicks was unfairly treated as a symbol of the sometimes fleeting fame Idol provides its winners. If the standard for post-Idol stardom is represented by Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, Hicks was typically placed at the opposite end of that spectrum. For those willing to take a closer look, Hicks’ old school charm—so deftly displayed for millions of TV viewers—was only one aspect of his ability as a musician and performer.

That’s what’s so great about his five-nights-a-week schedule in Vegas. It shines a spotlight on his entire musical persona, inviting visitors from around the world to witness it firsthand. Regardless of what one thinks of American Idol in general, Hicks’ performances stand on their own. The literal closeness between performer and audience at Napoleon’s allows for direct interaction (at one point, a female fan passed Hicks a napkin, with which he dabbed his sweaty brow). While a few Idol anecdotes were shared (preceding groove-oriented renditions of “In the Ghetto” and “Taking It to the Streets”), for the most part the performance bore little resemblance to the garishly commercial TV juggernaut. Between his signature harmonica solos, able rhythm guitar work, and startlingly aggressive organ comping (during a cover of Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together”), Hicks’ chops are simply undeniable.

Always front and center, however, are his vocals. Whether displaying understated restraint (the original “The Deal”) or full-throated power (the Jamie McLean Band’s “Country Living”), Hicks’ voice is a remarkably versatile instrument. His tribute to the United States Armed Forces, “Nineteen” (from his 2009 album The Distance), was recognized with a standing ovation. “Seven Mile Breakdown” included a bit of The Beatles’ “Get Back.” Though he mentioned a forthcoming “soulful country” album, much of the set drew from covers that have been staples of his set for years, including Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With” and Delbert McClinton’s “Going Back to Louisiana.”

No matter how many times he may have played some of these songs, Hicks approaches them with as much enthusiastic energy as ever. Special mention must be made of his band, especially longtime keyboardist Brian Less, featured numerous times. Exciting and fun from start to finish, Taylor Hicks and his band offer an evening of sweaty, soulful, classic rhythm and blues. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Vegas residency might be at least as sweet a triumph for Hicks as the Idol experience, for it has allowed him to confidently step out from the long shadow cast by years of unjustly negative press that followed his win. Hicks is currently booked through November (with a detour to Harrah’s Reno in July and Harrah’s Laughlin in August). For more information, visit the official Paris Las Vegas site.

3. Vegas Insider Daily
May 9, 2013

By: Bobby Katz

If you’re looking for a great evening that’s “Taylor-ed” to the soul, then the musical act to take in is the only American Idol winner to have sewn up a residency contract in Las Vegas -- Taylor Hicks.

Hicks, whose blues, classic rock and R&B stylings have earned him a legion of fans dubbed the “Soul Patrol,” appears in Napoleon’s Lounge at Paris Las Vegas, having moved there in the beginning of 2013 from the Indigo Lounge at Bally’s Las Vegas where he began his residency in June 2012. The Season 5 (2006) Idol winner performs mostly his own original music with his talented five-piece band. Hicks has his own record label called Modern Whomp Records, which he started in 2008.

“As a roadhouse artist, all different kinds of styles have influenced my music,” Hicks says. “I like all genres of music, from Ravi Shankar to Karen Carpenter but I always carry my R&B and blues roots with me and I’m always glad to carry soul. It’s important to be authentic. I love creating the greatest music I can, whether I’m writing or performing.

“All I can do is make the best music possible and let it fall where it may,” he continues, talking about the fact that he feels he doesn’t have to be categorized in any specific musical genre. “I look at longevity. Willie Nelson, for example, is just Willie Nelson. He’s in no particular genre. Neither were Ray Charles or Elvis. They weren’t pegged – great singers can sing anything. That’s the way I picture the ark of my career.”

Admitting that, to him, the key to success is continually coming up with fresh material, Hicks notes that he is currently working on a soulful country album. He is proud of the reinventions in his career since winning American Idol, from doing Broadway and the national tour of Grease, in which he played the Teen Angel character, to book author, restaurateur, Las Vegas headliner and everything in between.

The Alabama-born Hicks, who will be 37 in October and was the oldest male to ever win American Idol, began his career at 17. .He feels very blessed to have been on the show and to have won, especially because it was the only show of its kind at that time.

“The platform for new artists was as big at that time as it’s ever been,” he acknowledges. “To get that break at that moment was incredible. I was awarded a record deal with Aeista Records and toured the world with my first album (Taylor Hicks) and I wrote my book Heart Full of Soul: An Inspirational Mission About Finding Your Voice and Finding Your Way, -- the list of accomplishments is extensive and I’m very proud.”

In terms of the whirlwind that swirled around him following his win, Hicks admits that he didn’t really know what was going to happen but that he just rode the wave. He does reveal that navigating the waters of show business on that level is tricky and that it’s important to be very aware of one’s surroundings.

“Idol put a team around me,” he explains, “but it was up to me to work as hard as possible and to make good decisions about my career. You want to rely on instinct and use experience to navigate all that. The older you are, the more experience you have and the better able you are to capitalize on that.”

Insofar as his composing is concerned, Hicks notes that he is influenced by many different things, such as a newspaper clipping, an event, or the breakup of a relationship. He says that whatever comes to him first – the lyrics or the music – is what the song is built around. He just has to be inspired, with most of his songs hitting him off the cuff, and he will sometimes carry a notebook in which to write down an idea. He also likes writing with his band and enjoys doing jam sessions with them as well.

Stating that the essence of him is loyalty and hardworking fun, Hicks is thrilled to be performing in Las Vegas because people come here ftom all over to be entertained. He cites that he thinks of himself as a national entertainer. He’s also a restaurant owner. In May 2011, he opened up a venue in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, called ORE Drink and Dine, which was named “Best New Restaurant of the Year” by the readers of Birmingham Magazine. Then, in October 2012, the restaurant reopened as Saw’s Juke Joint, a barbeque and blues bar concept, with Hicks as co-owner

Still, he has to come up for air sometime and he says that on the hobby side, he’s a pretty fair scuba diver. He does emphasize that it’s important to keep his public and private life separate. However, he also enjoys going to shows and attending events in Las Vegas, finding the town fascinating. With it all, Hicks is very excited about the future.

“Ultimately, I just want to keep working and use my talents on many levels,” he reveals. “Persistence and hard work are the keys. I’ve been auditioning for some TV and film roles and if the right one came along, I would definitely look at it”

And what would he like to be doing five years from now?

“Playing the Colosseum at Caesars Palace,” he responds without blinking an eye.

It would be a gig Taylor-made for him.

4. Blog

Taylor Hicks: Honest and exciting in his Las Vegas ‘living room’

Posted by Haley Etchison on May 16th, 2013

The crowd at Napoleon’s Lounge hoots and hollers when Taylor Hicks reaches for his harmonica. He holds the little silver instrument on top of his microphone and cups his right hand over his left. When he begins to play, the audience cheers louder, and their shouts and applause follow the ups and downs of the melody Hicks invents.

He eggs his fans on, giving them more to shout about as he wails on the harmonica, leaning into the sound and bending down onto his knee as he blazes through the solo.

A lot of people in the crowd came to see Hicks because they liked his singing voice and the stage presence he mastered on “American Idol,” when he wasn’t allowed to use an instrument. They weren’t expecting Hicks the multi-instrumentalist, and they thrill to see him put his remarkable energy and talent into forms of music that they’ve never seen him perform.

The only thing that tops the crowd’s excitement when Hicks plays harmonica is the childlike delight they exhibit when he shows off his silly stage trick. In the middle of a vocal solo or at the end of a chorus, he rears back on his heels, raises his eyebrows and throws out jazz hands, with a little “Hey!” The audience laughs and laughs.

Hicks chuckles too and tells the audience that the trick works every time. The band is still playing. He glances around and then tosses out another “Hey!” just to test the assertion. The crowd laughs again — and cheers and whistles and roots for more.

It’s not totally clear why Hicks’ performance is so magnetic. He and his four-man backing band are cramped onto a tiny stage along with an old guitar amp and Hicks’ wood-framed organ. An electronic keyboard is stacked on top of the baby grand piano that occupies most of the space — the one that the very skilled Brian Less shares with the dueling pianists that have made Napoleon’s famous.

If you didn’t know Hicks (and you didn’t have to buy a ticket to get into Napoleon’s during his show), you might stumble upon the bar thinking the group was any old lounge act. There are no giant TV screens and no special effects. There isn’t even a curtain to draw to reveal the star of the show. But you’d quickly learn that the humble venue is home to something big.

Apart from being a prodigious talent, Hicks is an extraordinary performer. When he was a kid, he studied the visual aspects of artists’ shows. He knew he wanted to be a performer.

“But little did I know that the study of the visual presentation of those artists would ultimately lead to my break,” he said.

Hicks estimated that success on “American Idol” is 40 percent about the music and 60 percent about the visual performance.

When Hicks plays this tiny stage, every audience member can see every gesture he makes — but he said that the venue allows him to focus more on sound than he could before.

He calls Napoleon’s his “living room.”

“I love it because it’s a great way to work on new music,” he said. “And you’re really not stretching to try to entertain people in the back of an arena or a thousand-seat theater.”

The night I saw him play, Hicks said hello to some friends who had slipped in at the back of the house, and he threw together an extra-long set to serenade them, including a tune he said he had never played with the band before.

That spirit of spontaneity speaks of Hicks’ experience, his comfort on stage and the instant rapport he forms with the audience. He said that after years of performing live (he said his gray hair helped him get into clubs to play music at age 16 or 17), putting on a show is like second nature.

Maybe because he’s so much himself on stage, Hicks doesn’t “turn on” for a performance.

Even when he was playing Teen Angel in “Grease” on Broadway in 2008 and on the national tour in 2009, he seamlessly shifted from regular guy to stage performer.

During part of the show, he would be suspended 40 feet above the stage inside a giant ice cream cone for 15 minutes before he descended and started acting and singing.

“I actually started taking my cell phone into the ice cream cone,” he said. “I would call all my family and my friends just to pass the time.”

His friends and family called those “cone calls.”

In his blue jeans and cowboy shirt, Hicks is just as honest and organic on stage as he is one-on-one. He trades ideas and licks with keyboardist Less and guitarist Cody Ferris, who both, along with bassist Jason Parker, came from Hicks’ native Alabama to play with him. Drummer Eric Shauer seems like part of the family too. The five lob musical themes around in country and rock tunes, ballads and upbeat standards like they’re tossing a football around their backyard.

Hicks said the only gigs he formally prepares for are those where he sings the national anthem. A strong patriotic strain comes through in the rendition of the Bill Gentry tear-jerker “Nineteen” that Hicks plays and in the salute to American troops he offers as an introduction.

His allegiance to his musical roots shows as well, as he dabbles in jazz, funk, rock and blues.

The night I watched, Hicks sang the version of Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto” that he performed during Elvis Week on “Idol” and he, Less and Ferris made an improvisational playground of a funky version of The Isley Brothers’ “Love the One You’re With.”

His own “Maybe You Should” pulled on all the heartstrings that fans forgot could hurt since Hicks sang “Do I Make You Proud” on “American Idol.”

By the end of the night, Hicks’ infectious friendliness and the show’s rip-roaring energy spills out into the Paris Las Vegas corridors. It’s no surprise that Hicks is looking to step up to a bigger venue.

“I want to start small and intimate and then grow organically,” he said. “And I think that’s what’s happening.”

After the show, Hicks’ fans line up to shake his hand and have him autograph copies of his 2009 CD, “The Distance.” He’s working on a new soulful country album that he hopes to release soon.

His music playing through my headphones has me dancing in my seat right now, so I’ll bet the new album will be a hit. But my recommendation is to get in to see Taylor Hicks live while the gettin’s good.

Artists playing original music are a rare find on the Las Vegas Strip, and the chance to see a performance with as much electricity as Hicks’ is not to be missed — especially while he’s playing a room where you can feel the buzz of every volt.

5. The Times Dispatch / Vegas

Vegas moves from dumping ground to star destination

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013 12:00 am

LAS VEGAS The reigning queen and king of the Strip, Celine Dion and Elton
John, reinvented Las Vegas entertainment as a marquee destination for
superstars rather than a dumping ground for has-beens.

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, home of their respective productions, turned
a decade old in March, and the venue remains the chief draw in Las Vegas,
with a lineup that now includes hit-list veterans Rod Stewart and Shania Twain.

Prior to the arrival of the classic rock stud and the pop-country darling, a
double dose of divadom in the blissfully flamboyant forms of Cher and Bette
Midler shared Colosseum space as well, solidifying the venue’s stature among
acts with intense drawing power.

“We touched a nerve of what Vegas once was, but in a modern fashion,” said
Jason Gastwirth, senior vice president of marketing and entertainment at
Caesars Entertainment Corp. “When the Colosseum rolled out, it changed the
paradigm of headliners coming to Vegas at the height of their careers.”

“Both us and (concert promoter) AEG will choose an artist with a certain vision
in mind, but ultimately it’s the artist and creative director who refine that
vision,” Gastwirth said. “I’ve never seen a scenario where there hasn’t been
perfect alignment. These are some of the biggest names in the industry. Each
of these shows has a distinctive nature to them; there is no formula.” Those
artistic visions range from a pair of horses joining Twain onstage to John’s new
toy, a $1 million piano (nicknamed “Blossom” in honor of jazz pianist Blossom
Dearie), which literally lights up with scenes of him singing with KiKi Dee. And
then there’s Dion’s show-closing “My Heart Will Go On,” performed under a
rising platform and cascading water in a nod to the song’s “Titanic” roots. Most
shows run a Vegas-friendly 90 to 120 minutes.

Technical aspects of the Colosseum will continue to be tweaked to maintain its
status among the top venues in the world — it’s consistently ranked favorably
by music industry publications Pollstar and Billboard — as will features that
ensure the comfort of attendees.

But one thing that isn’t likely to change anytime soon? The popularity of the
Colosseum’s musical royalty.

Carlos Santana:

The legendary guitarist is in the second half of a two-year stint at the House of
Blues at Mandalay Bay. Through Nov. 17. $119-$154. (800) 745-3000,

Boyz II Men: Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris can
still impress with their trademark gospel-flecked harmonies. If you haven’t seen
them yet, catching them at the Mirage is your chance to hear their ’90s R&B-
pop classics. Most weekends through Dec. 29. $39.99-$59.99. (800) 963-9634,

Donny and Marie: Since 2008, the eternally popular sibling act has
packed varying generations of fans into the Flamingo Las Vegas. Tuesdays-
Saturdays (some additional dates have been added; check ).
$104.50-$286. (800) 745-3000,

Taylor Hicks: In 2012, Hicks locked into an extended engagement at Bally’s Las
Vegas, but this year he’s moved to its connecting sister property, Paris Las
Vegas, for a five-night-a-week show in Napoleon’s Lounge. Mondays, Tuesdays
and Thursdays-Saturdays. $39.99-$69.99. (800) 745-3000,

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1. michel2006 May 20, 2013

Brian did his intro for Taylor by saying, 'Ladies and Gentlemen, for your viewing pleasure...Taylor Hicks Grammy award winning performance in the video-Fridays.' I loved that!

....went to talk about Tootsie and how it turned him on to Stephen Bishop as his intro to On and On and The Deal. Then he thanked the audience for voting for him on Idol. That's the point he uses to talk about smoking cigarettes with Simon during every commercial break as a lead in to In the Ghetto. This woman from the audience yelled out that that's what he should have said first--Thank You For Voting For Me On Idol. Taylor made light of the remark by saying 'Did you not understand my Southern accent?' and then went on to repeat it in a very deliberate slow pronounciation. i guess that people who are seeing him for the first time don't realize that he has set "patter" to remember as the lead in's to different songs. If he tried to switch it up, he probably would end up confusing himself on which song he wanted to sing next!

....For those going to the sure to have a "phone a friend" waiting to take your call. Taylor mentioned from the stage he will talk to people over the phone

2. Taylorbug

The meet & greet is different now in that there is no professional photographer. You just get to take a photo with your own camera. Therefore, no signing the photo after the show. (Unless you carry around a portable printer)
And who does that??!! He will sign as many things as you want in the M&G. I got him to sign a copy of the Vegas magazine cover and I told him that is one of the best photos of him that I have ever seen, and I have seen thousands

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3. maryqtpi

....Taylor is missing alot of key band members. No saxophone and that is one of my very favorites. Really brings the blues out that Taylor sings.
. He looked great, sounded great, not the best of a show Ive seen but I am spoiled. I say that cause he was missing alot of musicians and bandmates.

4. Jonibug 6/ 3 - 8/ 2013

Another amazing show tonight by @taylorhicks and his band at Napoleons at Paris in Vegas!

....Both shows so far have been great and the guys did just fine tonight w/o Cody! Some chickin' pickin' between Brian and Taylor was a change and fun! Taylor is really great with the jokes and his performance is terrific, as usual! all know that the Miss USA contestants were at last nights show. ( the 8th ) Taylor serenaded Miss Alabama with "Hell of a Day"! That was a real treat for us, needless to say. The girls seemed to really enjoy the show though I think they would have had more fun dressed in casual clothes with comfortable footwear! I spied several band aids being worn with the God awful heels that are "fashionable" now!! Taylor looked fabulous in a "new" black shirt! He walked into the M&G and we looked at each other and said, "New shirt!" in unison! :)
All in all, it's been quite a week and I'd do it over in a heartbeat!! On to Atlantic City.....!
While it may seem trivial, let's pray he gets that HIT SINGLE with this up coming album cause no one deserves it more! He works his butt off and he has soooo much talent!!

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5. Sandy Mouat

@taylorhicks Amazing show at Napoleons @ParisVegas last night! Fantastic performance and so gracious to his fans!

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6. Chris Goodrich

Here's the deal, @taylorhicks in person, ranks right there w/ @ChrisIsaak - off the chart!
Gotta tell ya @taylorhicks is "really" good!!
No @taylorhicks is "crazy good" in person

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Taylor performs a song for Miss Alabama at the June 8, 2013 Concert

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7. RealMissAZUSA

Had an amazing time at the @taylorhicks show tonight! So much better in person than on #americanidol !! #

8. Facebook photos from Miss American contestants :

Teeny weeny snippet of " Hell of a Day " sung to Miss Alabama

9. A group of Miss USA contestants came to see Taylor Hicks’ show at Paris Las Vegas on Saturday night. He pulled the representative from his home state of Alabama, Miss Alabama USA 2013 Mary Margaret McCord, up on stage during the show and serenaded her with his original song, “Hell of a Day.”

Immediately after the show, the 25 Miss USA contestants, along with the reigning Miss USA Nana Meriwether, went backstage to meet Taylor and take photos. The girls are in Las Vegas this week preparing to win the coveted Miss USA crown. Miss USA will be broadcast live from PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort on Sunday, June 16.

10. Vacation_Goer

7 June 2013
Went to a tiks4tonight booth (which claims to be half off day of ahow.. the booths are all,over rhe strip.. and it is more like.1/3 off) and decided to see Taylor Hicks at Paris. The cost was $34 was was not much of a discount than $39 regular admission. Once we got there we had a great seat in a very intimate lounge. To sit at a table was for VIP tickets. So I inquired about paying extra to sit at a table and they said another $15 a piece. Then we got escorted back to visit Taylor in the adjacent room. He was very gracious when we walked in, said he would take as may pictures as you wanted and would sign "anything but flesh." The show was great. Very intimate. Talks to the audience. Humble guy, great voice, great harmonica player. And really enjoys what he sings. He played an original song he wrote called "19" -- very moving! Then he did a song that he wrote which is "on hold" by Faith Hill & Tim McGraw. This song "may" eventually be recorded by them. He also did that "In the Ghetto" song by Elvis and branched out into an amazing melody of other songs, including "Get Back" by the Beatles. The guy sings, writes, play a fantastic harmonica. And talks about how he lives at the Paris Hotel and eats in the buffet. This was the 2nd time my wife has seen the show. She was worried that I wouldn't like it. But the show was great! Short (only about an hour) but great!

11. Third time and going again!
Jun 3, 2013
by 1super1

We have seen Taylor's show three times and he never disappoints. We will
definitely see him again. We will plan our next trip to Vegas around Taylor's show

Taylor gives 150% every time he is on stage. It is obvious he loves to perform.

We would have given the show five stars except the venue is too small.
The "good" seats are limited.

Favorite moment: Taylor's version of "In the Ghetto"

12. Great energy!
June 4, 2013
by Soulthang

So good that I went twice. Great venue. Meet & greet!

Favorite moment: Love the one your with/ nineteen

Setlist: Well rounded

13. Best kept secret in Vegas!
by Maryqtpi

NOT really a secret but if more only knew how awesome his show is, it would be
standing room only! Amazing singer, songwriter and musician. Up close and
personal with a venue that will bring you a fabulous taste of what Taylor Hicks has
to offer. Highly recommend! Sound and songs along with his talent are worth the
price and that time to check it out! Taylor looks great, sounds great and is so

Favorite moment: From the very first note to the last!

14. Taylor Hicks is a MUST SEE
Jun 18, 2013
by ScubaGirl78

I've been to Vegas at least 12 times and I've seen a lot of people in concert
and I've been to most of the shows, but seeing Taylor was by far the most
AWESOME experience I've had in Vegas, he was phenomenal!!! I had VIP
tickets so I got to meet him before the show and then my seat was directly in
front of him. He is so talented and his band is too. Seriously the best show in

Favorite moment: The last song they played they were all just playing
their hearts out on the guitars, drums and piano, could have listened all night.

15. Razorbackbuz

Heart & Soul in the Country at Paris Casino! Jun 7, 2013

What an electrifying performance by Taylor Hicks! He showed his skill not only vocally, but also at the guitar, harmonica, and keyboards. This was a surprisingly intimate venue, the music was played with great energy and soul by the Taylor Hicks and the band. The choice of the music set was terrific, displaying his own music and his take on cover songs as well. For those of you that aren't familiar with Taylor Hicks, his style is clearly influenced by artists such as Michael McDonald, Elvis Presley, and Ray Charles - with country thrown in for good measure. Because of the size of the venue (Napoleon's), my only recommendation would be to alter the volume of the music to fit the surroundings - it was at times too loud because of the accoustical limitations. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this show - you will be entertained! Certainly the best entertainment value on the strip.

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2. Staldawg

Taylor Hicks concert was GREAT!
Jun 18, 2013

We has VIP tickets and went to the concert for our 30th anniversary.
Taylor is very genuine and loves what he does. We sat right in front of the
microphone and were close enough we could touch Taylor.

3. ljk1812


I love Taylor

I may be biased because I have always loved Taylor's music. I think he is really
authentic and a very talented artist. I loved his young electric guitar player
and his pianist/organist was terrific.

I felt sorry that Taylor was so limited by a very small stage. Obviously he
doesn't rise to the category of the talent that demands a bigger venue.

Overall I think most will enjoy this event.
The song he has written is terrific and I hope he finds an artist worthy of making it a hit.

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4. MarkM
from: Orlando Florida
Age: 55 to 64
Gender: Male

Great Show and Performer

June 23, 2013

If you love music and down to earth performer who loves his fans this is the
show for you. Taylor Hicks loves to perform. Not your typical celeb who hides
behind an army of security. Book the VIP ticket and take your photos with
Taylor and your I phone. CD;s, Shirts and photos are available to have Taylor
personalize for you. He takes his time with every single guest. His band is the
same group of people he had with him long before American Idol. Not someone
who forgets the people who started out with him. He deserves a much bigger
room with a full production. I hear a lot of Adam Clayton Thomas the Blood
Sweat and Tears lead singer in his voice but a lot of Elvis and a host of great
deep south R&B performers with a little country thrown in as well. He is
someone that peforms for the thrill of being on stage in front of his fans. And
his love for our country and those men and women who serve in the military is
evident. Spend the money to see his show and you will come away with a new
appreication for his music and style. He won all of our votes on American Idol
and now we can show our support for him by getting the word out about his
show at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Taylor is a true American Icon that
connects with everyone attending his show in this intimate theater. You won't
get more entertainment for the dollar in Las Vegas and be this close to the

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5. Geneva Hobbs

Great show last night! Amazing musicians to accompany your awesome vocals. Thanks for being such a gentleman :)

6. tish 6/28-29/13

....One couple was from Canada and knew him from the show. The husband talked a lot about knowing from the minute he saw Taylor on TV how he was talented and experienced. The wife in another couple said she had all his CD's, including the pre-Idol ones but hadn't seen him live yet.
Of course I filled everyone in on all the great concerts we've been to since he won AI.
One of the couples sat next to us and before the show the husband said he couldn't believe we were seeing Taylor 2 nights in a row. I told him that Taylor was worth it.
After the show was over, he leaned over and said, "now I understand, he is so worth it!" And the lady that said she had all his CD's came up to me and hugged me after the show. I guess she just needed to share the joy with someone she knew was a big fan.

....Taylor is very slim and trim.....I don't care what the pictures look like, there isn't an ounce of extra flesh there!! He joked about eating at the buffets and then having to do press the next day, then he made a face with his cheeks all puffed out......but he's very aware of how the pictures put on pounds and is staying very slim.

....If you get a chance to see
Taylor in Vegas, get there somehow. He will give you 110% of his soul on
stage and you will come away filled with joy! Taylor's voice just keeps getting
better and better. He can belt out a song for sure but unless you attend a
concert you won't get to see how well he controls his voice. There are plenty of
quiet tender moments in his songs also, especially Maybe You Should which he
co-wrote with Mike Reid and Gary Nicholson. Taylor is personable both
onstage and off. He talks about each song, jokes with his audience and also
signs merchandise and takes pictures with every fan after the show. You can
bet I'm being pulled back to Vegas by Taylor Hicks once again!

Favorite Moment: Joking with Taylor about the contents of his drink onstage

7. gahobbs 6/27/13

Taylor Hicks was awesome!!

Taylor has surrounded himself with some pretty amazing musicians to go along
with his awesome vocals! He can also play the harmonica like nobody I have
seen before. He is a real class act.

Favorite moment: From beginning to end

8. BillnTrudy 6/27/13

Taylor Hicks was better than advertised.

The show was a highlight for the trip. Taylor Hicks was personable and his
show was great. The venue was intimate and the VIP seating was next to the
stage. Taylor Hicks set was a mix of blues, country, pop, and a few ballads.
The meet and greet was not rushed and Taylor Hicks took time to sign some
memorabilia and take a few photos. Highly recommend you check out the show
at the Paris Hotel in Vegas.

Favorite moment: Taylor Hicks playing guitar and jamming with his band.

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Great show tonight at Paris - @taylorhicks” thanks! Come back soon!

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3. TLynn737

If you get a chance, go take in Taylor Hicks at Napoleon's Lounge in the Paris.
Fantastic! The seating is awesome, the staff was great and Taylor is wonderful~!
Very relaxed format and a great voice - thoroughly enjoyed this show. He is just
as nice and humble as he seemed to be when he won AI - always nice to find out
the 'real' person is just how they appeared to be.

4. Rhodes26105

July 17, 2013
Age:55 to 64

My wife and I were looking forward to the show very much. Needless to say we
were not disappointed. The music and story of his background were great.
The band was amazing. If we return to Las Vegas in the future, we will
certainly attend another performance of Taylor Hicks.

5. . Vacati0n_G0er Jun. 6, 2013

Went to a tiks4tonight booth (which claims to be half off day of ahow.. the booths
are all,over rhe strip.. and it is more like.1/3 off) and decided to see Taylor Hicks
at Paris. The cost was $34 was was not much of a discount than $39 regular
admission. Once we got there we had a great seat in a very intimate lounge. To
sit at a table was for VIP tickets. So I inquired about paying extra to sit at a table
and they said another $15 a piece. Then we got escorted back to visit Taylor in
the adjacent room. He was very gracious when we walked in, said he would take
as may pictures as you wanted and would sign "anything but flesh." The show was
great. Very intimate. Talks to the audience. Humble guy, great voice, great
harmonica player. And really enjoys what he sings. He played an original song he
wrote called "19" -- very moving! Then he did a song that he wrote which is "on
hold" by Faith Hill & Tim McGraw. This song "may" eventually be recorded by
them. He also did that "In the Ghetto" song by Elvis and branched out into an
amazing melody of other songs, including "Get Back" by the Beatles. The guy
sings, writes, play a fantastic harmonica. And talks about how he lives at the
Paris Hotel and eats in the buffet. This was the 2nd time my wife has seen the
show. She was worried that I wouldn't like it. But the show was great! Short (only
about an hour) but great!

6. Chaz Lipp from The Morton Report

Spotlight on Keyboardist Brian Less - Musical Director for Taylor HicksAugust 18, 2013
By Chaz Lipp, Contributor

Several nights a week, Brian Less can be seen working up a sweat behind his keyboards at Napolean’s, an intimate, ornately-decorated lounge in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. For the past several years, Less has been the musical director, tour manager, and a musician for Taylor Hicks. He was firmly established as Hicks’ keyboard player years before the soul belter won American Idol and rocketed into the national spotlight in 2006. But his incredible technique and improvisatory skills have ensured his importance in Hicks’ musical conception ever since.

Currently, Less has been playing in Hicks’ band for the duration of a Las Vegas residency that began at Bally’s in 2012, transferred to Paris in 2013, and has expanded out for select dates at other Caesars Entertainment properties around the U.S.

With a playing style that is equally adept as an accompaniment to Hicks’ bluesy vocals or as a solo feature, Less represents the center of a musical storm every time the band is on stage. Sometimes he’s busy striding along on piano during old school R&B tunes, other times he’s trading solos with Hicks on harmonica. Whatever he’s doing, you can rest assured it’s worth listening to. Having seen him as Hicks’ right-hand man in concert numerous times, I wanted to know more about the Memphis-born musician’s background.

First off, how do like living and playing in Vegas for this extended residency?

I like Vegas, but I’m getting tired of living on the Strip. At first it was cool, but now I want to be able to wake up in the morning and go to a kitchen and cook breakfast. But at the same time, you can’t do that on a tour bus. When you’re on a tour bus, you go out for a couple months and then you go home. Basically the hotel is our home. We’ve been there since last June [2012]. It’s the same thing as being on tour, except instead of being on a bus, going city to city, you stay in one place and other cities come to you.

Initially at Bally’s last year, you guys were backed up by a great blues rock band, the Jamie McLean Band. Now you have some excellent musicians—Cody Farris on guitar, Jason Parker on bass, Eric Schauer on drums—accompanying you. How did they come to join the band?

Basically what happened is the Jamie McLean Band had to go their separate ways. Taylor told me, as musical director I need to find the best players I can. I already had Cody and Jason in mind for guitar and bass. But I wanted to use at least one local player, from Vegas, because being part of a residency is becoming part of the community.

Taylor is a big on, you know, if you go into someone’s home you don’t just bring your own crew and tell everybody to get screwed. We wanted to create jobs for people in Vegas, too. We have five people from Alabama. But our sound guy, our light guy, our house manager, our drummer—they’re all from Vegas. I think that’s an important thing. It’s a way to embed yourself in the community. It’s like going to a new school. You want to start new relationships.

When did your career as a professional musician begin?
When I started playing my first few gigs, I think I was 15 or 16 years old. I played in a bar, so my parents had to go with me because I wasn’t old enough to be there. It probably sounded a lot different than what I sound like now.

What kind of music was influencing you early on?
When I was a kid, I thought Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead were like, heavy metal, punk rock, “have your hair in a Mohawk”-type bands. I didn’t really know. I guess my parents didn’t really introduce me to that [music] until I was probably 17. My dad gave me the Grateful Dead, live at Cornell in 1977, cassette that he had. That changed my life. Before that, I was all about Jerry Lee Lewis and Texas blues.

After high school, you left Memphis for college. A big change, I take it?
I went to college in Alabama and I didn’t know anybody. I was this dorky kid with my keyboard—it almost didn’t even fit in the dorm room. My goal was to find a band that played in a bar with people screaming, having a good time. I joined a band called Big Brother Blues. That was the first band that I stayed in that was successful. We played the biggest bars on the biggest football game nights in Tuscaloosa. I was surrounded by really good musicians. You have to surround yourself with better musicians all the time. So I played with them for about five years and then we all took off to Nashville.

How did that go?
For a year and a half I was working at T.J. Maxx as a loss prevention investigator. I get this phone call from Clay Conner [Hicks’ assistant], and he said, “Hey man, I want you to sit in tonight at 12th & Porter with a friend of mine, his name’s Taylor Hicks.” I was like, “I’m really tired. I just got home from work.” I had no idea who Taylor was, you know?

I take it you summoned the strength to go to the gig anyway?
Yeah, I set up my keyboard and we start playing. He got up there singing, and I heard his voice for the first time. That would’ve been 2001 or 2002. So I moved to Birmingham. Taylor and I, right from the get-go, had a musical chemistry. We started doing duo gigs, acoustic gigs, where I played piano and sang backups and he played acoustic guitar and sang lead. Then we played as The Taylor Hicks Band for however many years.

So The Taylor Hicks band was playing a lot in Alabama and surrounding areas and suddenly in 2005, you get a surprising phone call.

Taylor called me one night and said, “Hey man, I’m in Las Vegas and I’m about to try out for American Idol.” And I said, “What’s that?” I had no idea what American Idol was. He was like, “It’s a TV show. If you win you get a record deal.” I was like, “Dude, whatever you want to do, we support you 100%.” As he progressed on the show, I took over the band so the guys could still work. He had been the bandleader. So I got with the band, “Hey guys, let’s start booking gigs. But I don’t know what we should call the band—we’re sitting in limbo right now.” And a light went on, because my nickname is “Little Memphis.”

So “limbo” became Little Memphis Blues Orchestra. It was a very fitting name. LiMBO started doing shows every Wednesday and Thursday and Fox affiliates would come. As Taylor went farther and farther [on Idol], more cameras showed up at our gigs each night. They would interview the band, asking about Taylor and stuff. That’s when life started to change for the band. I can only imagine what Taylor was going through, but the band changed too. LiMBO shows were sold out. Then we ended up at the convention center in downtown Birmingham for the finale. When Taylor won, everyone wondered what would happen next.

That must have been a seriously exciting time.

Yes, when Taylor did the American Idol national tour, LiMBO booked a shadow tour in the same cities the Idol tour played. Taylor would do an Idol concert. LiMBO would start an hour after the concert was over, we would do two sets. And for the third and fourth sets, when Taylor got there, we were back to The Taylor Hicks Band again. And every one of those shows was completely packed out. We were playing places like the Viper Room in L.A. and Hard Rock Café, really top notch bars that normally, if we’d sent a demo in, we’d never have heard from.

And your partnership with Taylor continued, obviously, well beyond that Idol tour?

After the American Idol tour was over, Taylor called and said, “Do you want to go on tour for this first album?” He had Jeff Lopez already playing saxophone with him, so Jeff and I were the two guys from the original band to go on tour. As time went on, Jeff went his separate way and I stayed in there. As time went by, I started seeing all these people Taylor was hiring and all the money he was paying them, and I thought, “I can do that. That’s prime management organization. Man, I can do that.”

What gig stands out in your mind as a highlight, one of the coolest shows you’ve played so far?
My birthday on the first [post-Idol] tour, we were in Universal Studios Orlando. And they closed the park down because everybody came to the concert. That was pretty wild.

I’ve been able to live my dream. When I was a kid going to concerts with my dad I’d be like, “I want to do that. I want to be on that stage working with those bands.” And now I am. And my ultimate dream is to have my own band one day. Taylor has opened up a lot of doors for me. I’ve learned a lot from him, he’s learned a lot from me. I couldn’t be happier right now, but all I can say is there’s a lot more to come.

6. coco1999 Aug 22, 2013

5 Stars
great show

Fairly intimate setting - maybe 100-200 people. Taylor sang mostly covers that
he sang on idol as well as a that he co-wrote. In between songs, he
told short stories/anecdotes. Overall, a great show.

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September 5, 2013 -10 millionth visitors surprised in typical Vegas fashion

Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-JournalThe Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas celebrated it's 10 millionth guest with an event that included cast members from The Jersey Boys, performer Taylor Hicks, champagne, showgirls and a free trip to Paris France presented by Regional President David Hoenemeyer.


Yes that is Taylor Hicks and a mime and the Jersey Boys and those are showgirls and they are all standing on the platform at the top of the Eiffel Tower Experience on the Las Vegas Strip drinking champagne because they have just serenaded this cute couple from England.


Because Vegas.

“Here we are,” said Martin Layton, half of the cute English couple. “I still can’t believe it.”

Who would?

Layton and his fiancee, Sarah Connell, came to Las Vegas last week, with plans to get married today. They’ve both been married before, so they figured why not do it in Vegas this time? They toured the sites. They’ve still got the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam to visit before they leave next week.

They’ve both seen the real Eiffel Tower because, you know, it’s right around the corner from their house. But they wanted to see our half-sized version because that’s the sort of thing you do when you’re here. You watch the fountain show and you see the dolphins and you shake your head at the crazy people who actually ride the rides at the top of the Stratosphere.

They went to the Paris Las Vegas on Thursday morning, bought their tickets and, little did they know, the resort’s marketing team was spying on them.

Because Layton is the attraction’s 10 millionth visitor since it opened in 1999.

“Gray shirt. Camera over his shoulder,” Nick Tillinghast, one of the marketing guys breathlessly called out.

So there came Layton in his gray T-shirt and Connell and Layton’s nephew, Richard Layton.

And they got into the elevator and, oddly, a marketing team with a video camera and a pretty girl with a microphone got on, too. The girl asked, as if it was just a regular Thursday morning thing, if she could interview them “for a marketing promotion.”

What are you gonna say? You say yes, of course.

And then they did the interview and they got off the elevator and they walked around and it wasn’t that hard to tell they were a bit weirded out.

“Are they still following us?” Layton quietly asked Connell.

They were, indeed, still following them.

So Layton and Connell kept walking and they turned a corner and there were these two showgirls just standing there as if they were part of the scenery. You know, Bally’s over there and Caesars over there and two unnaturally tall showgirls over here. Huh. Layton side-eyed them.

“I saw the showgirls and I thought they were with somebody else,” he said later.

But then the showgirls actually approached him and they led him around another corner and, whoa. The cast of the Jersey Boys, the musical that chronicles the life of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, was there. Taylor Hicks, the former American Idol winner who is playing nightly at the Paris, was there. And there was champagne and television cameras and a bunch of people in suits with gigantic smiles plastered to their faces.

Which is when it got weird, because Hicks and the Boys started to sing.

“You’re our 10 millionth guest,” they sang.

It was all a bit overwhelming. There was a round of applause and many congratulations and Layton was told that he’d just won a trip for two to Paris, the real one, with the real Eiffel Tower.

“Are we really the 10 millionth?” he said.

“Yes,” one of the marketing folks told him. “We’ve been waiting all day for your arrival.”

One of the Jersey Boys noted that maybe it was Layton’s lucky day. “He should go play the progressives,” he said. “He really should.”

But there was no time because there were photo ops and a giant boarding pass and television cameras and a balloon release to get to.

Which was all very fun, in an only-in-Vegas kind of way.

“This is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” whispered Vearn Rogers, a tall, thin man who serves as the attraction’s ambassador. He’s a walking Wikipedia page, riffing off stats about Las Vegas like a kid who’s memorized baseball cards.

Rogers didn’t know anyone was listening. He was just amazed. He was really amazed.

He said he started working for Caesars, which owns the Paris, on Aug. 3, 1984. He applied there, he said, because he has a brother named Caesar. He moved to the Eiffel Tower Experience four years ago.

“I’ve watched this town go from a circus to Disneyland,” he said.

He said he’s loved every minute of it. “Vegas,” he said, “is nothing but a big sensory overload.” Thursday’s event was among the highlights, he said. The gimmicks and the spectacle are not what he was talking about. He meant the people. The cute couple from England, getting serenaded by Las Vegas Strip headliners, completely free of cynicism and genuinely surprised by all of it.

“I had to hold back the tears,” he said. “I was just too happy for them. So happy.”

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1. lenesha

The best night !! With @taylorhicks .,. Go see his show at paris in vegas #funkinGoodtime

The Line at the Sold Out Show 9/10/13
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2. Rachel Palmer

HANDS DOWN! The most fun I've had in a loooong time! So PROUD to be a member of the #SoulPatrol! I freakin LOVE me some #TH

3. @JoeVargas
Nice change of pace in music for me. @taylorhicks winner of season 5 American Idol is GREAT!

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4. David Moreira

Paris Hotel, Las Vegas to see @taylorhicks. Sitting with a @JackDaniels_US on the rocks watching a great show.

5. Leeforever Sept. 12, 2013

Taylor is always entertaining. Great, singer, performer and musician. Taylor is a gracious man and very generous with his time who supports charities.
Favorite moment: His total performance

6. September 13, 2013

Go see Taylor's show! You won't be disappointed!

We loved the small venue. Like Taylor said during his show "Welcome to my
living room" We were three feet from the stage and it was like it was our own
private show for us and a few friends. He puts so much emotion and energy
into his show, he's a true performer. We enjoyed some of his personal stories
he shared with us. Go see the show before he gets too big and they are forced
to change the show to a bigger venue.

7. Juliet
September 13, 2013

This show has great potential and future.

The performer and the songs are excellent! He is charming, his narration of
incidents in between his performance are great. It makes the show more

8. September 14, 2013
Taylor Hicks gave a great performance.

We really enjoyed Taylor Hicks' show. He is a very talented musician which we
didn't realize from the American Idol show. Had great energy and stage
presence and seemed to enjoy entertaining the audience. His band members
were great musicians as well. We would recommend seeing his show when you
are in Vegas.

9. Karen63

Superb show happy all round.
Was excellent... couldn't fault it... hicks was fab... great venue.

10. Leeforever

Great show!
Taylor is always entertaining. Great, singer, performer and musician.
Taylor is a gracious man and very generous with his time who supports

11. Gbs1111

Taylor Hicks a true perform and muscian!

Taylor Hicks is a performer who loves his craft and would likely play and sing for
free as that is who he is in his soul! The first and only legitimate artist to have
won American Idol! I truly hope his career continues to rise as he DESERVES all
th fame and fortune to come his way! And, he combines a great sense of humor
in his act as well. Wish he had played Joe Cocker tunes, but that is just me being
selfish. I would go see him perform daily if I were local.

Thank you Taylor for a great evening!

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13. 6packjoe 9/16/ 13 show

My wife and I saw Taylor Hicks at the Napoleon at Paris. The show was AWESOME! It lasted about an hour and forty minutes and was more guitar and keyboard jammin' than we've seen in a long time. I never saw Taylor on Idol so I was skeptical. His band stole the show and he gave them all the opportunity and the credit. It was loud so if that bothers you take some ear plugs. Well worth it in a small intimate setting. Go see it, well worth the money!


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14. Gotta see Taylor in person! Chooowy

really enjoyed his show. Paid a few more dollars for the meet and greet and he is a really nice guy in person, signed our Taylor Hick item purchases with no complaints. Genuinely nice guy. His show is in an intimate setting and he is well spoken and a talented musician.
Favorite moment: His story about how he arrived at American Idol, touching story.

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15. dennis63

My wife and I were in Las Vegas last weekend (Sept. 20 - 22), and got tickets
for Saturday night's Taylor Hicks show at Paris Las Vegas. She is a big fan of
Hicks after rooting (and voting) for him on American Idol. I wasn't sure what to
expect musically, but I remembered that I liked Hicks, since he wasn't the
typical teen pop singer on American Idol.

Frankly, the performance blew me away. Taylor is an incredible performer with
a high-energy show that was non-stop for more than 90 minutes. The music
was a mix -- some blues, some country, some original music and some
standard tunes from great writers, but 100-percent original style throughout.
He did an amazing job, on stage with a three-piece band of talented
musicians. For the last four or five songs, his AI competitor, Elliot Yamin, came
up on stage to join him.

I think it may be the most underrated show in Vegas right now, but the
evening wasn't over when the music stopped.

Hicks set up outside the theater and greeted fans as they came out. My wife
bought a CD -- she always does, after all. He signed it for her, and he got a
photo taken with her. When the lighting wasn't right for the cell phone
camera, he asked someone to turn a spotlight around to get a better picture
for her. Amazing!

So, a great show worth seeing, and a real gentleman who is all about his fans.

16. Coder 9/ 26/27/28

Taylor put all he had into Saturday Night's show. He was awesome! At the end of show for Viva Las Vegas he told us that his friend Nick was celebrating his birthday and he wanted him to come up and sing backup with him. It was so funny, the Birmingham group cheered him on and he did get up to perform. LOL he didn't sing backup but actually sang right along with Taylor and Taylor was loving every minute of it.

....Coder1951 All three shows that I attended were fabulous and I would recommend anyone vacationing in Las Vegas go to see Taylor Hicks performance at Paris!
Favorite moment: Song, Country Living, which will be on Taylor Hicks' new album that he is working on!
Setlist: Country Living, Maybe You Should, Takin' It To The Streets, On and On, Moving On Up, Why Can't We Live Together, Love The One Your With, Via Las Vegas

17. Amanda Assey Lewis

Best show in Vegas. Loved seeing @taylorhicks rock Paris tonight. Sexy and sweet. #saltandpepperlove

18. Jenni Jac

". His stage banter was especially good and funny that night. If you go back and watch Whomp at the Warfield, you will see that he used to introduce his songs with a simple "this is a tune called ____", but now he has an intro for every song, with a few jokes thrown in here and there. It's like he has acquired a whole new skill in his career. Add to that the fact he was just very happy and in great voice and it was a great show.

I was very impressed with Cody. This was my first time I had seen him play and we were right in front of him. I think he has a great career in front of him as a guitarist. Brian was as awesome as always. The drummer Eric Shauer rounded it was very good. All of the players were just so good, even though I thought the bass and horn (and percussion) were definitely missing from the rich sound I heard at Bally's last year.

Taylor had several special friends in the audience that night. The first was his friend DJ Logic, and the second was a friend from . If I understood him right, this friend was involved getting him at the National Memorial Day parade. Now his performance of Nineteen was probably his best of the night.

I truly believe Taylor has an extended future in Las Vegas and I think there is a more ideal venue in his future, and perhaps the wheels are already in motion for that. Something for sure has him very happy because it was radiating from him....

It was a great show and the crowd loved him. And the room was probably 99% full on a Monday night no less

19. snowescapee

.My wife and I went to se Taylor's show while on vacation in Vegas. We saw several shows while in town and his was one of our favorites.
Great music, sense of humour, stage presence, and the interaction with the audience during and after the show was awesome!
Will definitely go back when we are next in Town.... Highlight of our week!
Date of Stay:09/13/2013

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1. concentricks

The most authentic southern rock on the strip. - 09/30/2013

This show is different because it isn't the overly polished production you usually see in Las Vegas. The music is the centerpiece here, along with the engaging personality of Taylor Hicks. He delivers gritty southern rock, 70s pop, mixed in with Muscle Shoals soul and a little Alabama country. He performs some original songs along with classic favorites and a few favorites from his winning run on American Idol. His band is top notch, and Taylor plays along on guitar, tambourine, and guitar, but his harmonica skills are simply stellar.
Without a doubt the most original artist to ever come out of American Idol. Even if you don't like or have never watched the show, this is not to be missed.

Favorite moment: "Nineteen"

2. Brittany @FarmasaurusRx
Thank you for an amazing night! You are the best
He was amazing live and so, so sweet! Love him!

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3. Thomas C


Wonderful, intimate setting for this show. Seats just around 200 people max, so
there is no such thing as a BAD seat.

Enjoyed the show immensely. Some old stuff, some new stuff. But any Taylor
Hicks stuff is good stuff in my book.

We spent a few minutes (10, maybe 15) with Brian Less (the pianist) after the
show. He's a great guy to talk to. Hard to image his short stubby fingers can tickle
the ivories the way they do.

Hard to believe this is one of the cheapest shows on the strip. It's worth the
money and more!

4. Jamie d

Taylor Hicks in a very intimate setting”

I went here to watch Taylor Hicks and also added the meet and greet. This lounge
added to the intimacy that Taylor always makes you feel when he sings. I hope
he performs here when I come back in a couple of years. It was my favorite part
of my trip.

5. Tyler999

Loved meeting Taylor. He really is great live! Best part of my Vegas experience!

6. eagleskull44
October 22, 2013

Worth every penny and than some.

My wife wanted to see him but I was skeptical.. American Idol person and stuff
but I said sure.

Right from the beginning he showed how amazing he is his vocals are
astounding his keyboard and harmonica playing are truly amazing. This man
truly enjoys what he does.

Also very gracious about being in front of everything thanking us for voting
how he wouldn't be there with out the ones who voted for him.. Made him very

After the show he took pictures with people signed auto graphs it was great to
see that.

7. taxaccountant 11/4

Taylor has something special going on. He can't hide his southern roots from his voice.
Favorite moment: Harmonica playing

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8. Peter Kibiuk
Taylor HIcks outstanding !

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10. @ParisVegas

hanging w/ #Marinecorps fans after his show last night at @ParisVegas. #MarineBall #Semperfi #SoulPatrol
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11. Shelley Lehner

Taylor, wow. So enthralled tonight, once again. Great show. Can't seem to wipe my smile off my face.

12. PDfromATL

Felt like Taylor Hicks in my living room! Nov 15, 2013 @
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Taylor Hicks concert at the Paris Hotel in Vegas last week. The intimate setting at Napoleon's Bar was incredible. Truly not a bad seat in the house. We bought the General Admission ticket and we were still only 10 feet from the stage. Taylor played for about and hour and twenty minutes and performed some great songs. We love his soulful style. His keyboard player and guitarist were incredible. Great show and a great experience at a low price for Vegas($40/ticket)!

13. UtahBear

Taylor Hicks was fantastic...The show is in an intimate venue with all seats
being very good...The music was superb with a mix of original and covered
songs..The covered ones were mostly from the 70's of popular tunes and
Taylor put his own artistic touch to the sound...The musical group was very
good and Taylor showed off his own versatility with guitar, organ and a very
powerful harmonica..He was engaging and nice on stage and very personable
when we met him after the show...It was a wonderful evening..Thanks You Taylor!!!
- Sat, Nov 16, 2013
Favorite moment: Meeting him afterwards was great..He was happy to hear our thoughts on the show..

14. Wilm28405

I enjoyed Taylor on Idol and bought his first album. I wasn't that impressed. But since he was playing at the Paris where we were staying I read the reviews and decided to see him. What a pleasant surprise!! It was one of the best shows I've seen recently. The room holds about 150 people. If you pay to meet him you sit right in front and get a table to put your drinks on (all night drinks 2 for 1). But no seat is bad and anyone can meet him afterwards and get pictures taken. I loved that he played an assortment of old songs that I knew. He was very personable and his voice was incredible. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Favorite moment: He sang a song he wrote which Tim and Faith are about to record. It will be a big hit.

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15. dnjmorton

Taylor was on FIRE!! Nov 21, 2013

When Taylor bounded onto the stage, the atmosphere became electric. Taylor is a fantastic live performer. On this night, he was very chatty, happy, smiley and in top form. You just never want the show to end. The band was also amazing...Cody, Eric and Brian all had their solo moments. Taylor's harmonica playing is unbelievable!! If you get the chance, GO SEE TAYLOR!

Nov. 22, 2013 You must see this man! He is a fantastic live performer. You will not be disappointed. We did not want the show to end as we were having so much fun watching Taylor and the band. Taylor has a unique way of interpreting the music. He sings songs he has written as well as covers with multiple "tags".
Favorite moment: The story of Simon encouraging Taylor to sing In the Ghetto on Idol and Taylor's bluesy version of the song

16. LadyLaw126

Taylor Hicks was AMAZING!!! Nov 23, 2013 @
The man is incredibly talented. He played 5 different instruments and sang. Bad sound system which was too bad but he still belted it out. He had a killer band with him. I would definitely see him again. Also, Taylor was very accommodating with his time and photos at the meet & greet.

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17. deejay 11/23/13

Freakin' Fabulous!

Once again, Taylor Hicks does not disappoint. High energy, fun rapport with
the audience, really tight band. It's not one of those huge mega-shows in
Vegas. It's a small, intimate venue. You really feel like part of the show.
Although I've seen him live before, at the show I saw Saturday night, 11/23,
he was at the top of his game.

I encourage everyone to see him while he's still in this venue. Taylor is more
than American Idol, harmonica and crazy dances. He is an entertainer on par
with some of the greats of all time.

What I enjoyed: Atmosphere, Location, Service

Yes, I recommend this

18. DeniseH

This show was so great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

..I was a little leery at first. The venue at Paris was small and kind of got the feel of a bar band at first. Then he kicked it up, and the band rocked!! They band sounded great, every single one of them! Talked to the promoter, I think, and he said how much Taylor does for the troops. It was a great thing! Great show, great entertainer, great person.
Date of Stay:11/4/13

19. shelbsroo

..My brand new husband and I were wandering through the Paris on our wedding day looking for somewhere to have a few cocktails after our wedding meal.
We enquired about who Taylor Hicks was when we saw the queue (sorry we're from UK so we hadn't much of a clue), and the guy out front kindly sorted us a VIP table!
Amazing vocals, super talented musician and a brilliant performer! Made my day extra special. Would love to see him again.
Also the bar itself is great - well worth a visit


Remember that wild finish to the Iron Bowl last Saturday? Taylor Hicks does.

The Paris Las Vegas Napoleon's headliner was in attendance at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium for one of the great football games, or great sporting events of any kind, ever. The Tigers’ Chris Davis’ 109-yard return of a missed field goal attempt by Alabama’s Adam Griffith as time expired gave Auburn a 34-28 victory and set off bedlam in the stadium.

One of those who rose to his feet during Davis’ mad dash was Hicks. Born and raised in Birmingham, the “American Idol” Season 7 champ has always presented himself as a huge Crimson Tide fan. He is summarily mobbed anytime he is in attendance at games in Tuscaloosa, and usually needs a police escort just to reach Bryant-Denny Stadium. But Hicks also holds some Auburn loyalty, as he attended the university briefly to study business and (yes) journalism before ditching that career path and focusing on music.

I asked Hicks, via text, what he was feeling after the Tigers’ wild Iron Bowl victory. It took some time and thought for him to assemble just the right words, but he came back with, “The Iron Bowl is the greatest sports rivalry in history, and the games are an example of that. I hope that Auburn jumps a mediocre Ohio State team that plays in a weak conference (the Big 12, ouch). The playoff system next year will take care of all the doubters. Congrats to the Tide on a great season.”

Totally agree with him on that playoff comment. Back in Hicks’ days at Auburn, that would have made a great subject for an editorial.

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22. Anonymous Dec. 14, 2013

Wonderful musician and artist. His soulfulness is unmatched among
contemporaries, he gets lost in the music and takes you with him! I only wish
the concert was longer (1 hour 15 minutes approx).

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23. Kristen Campbell

Thanks for a great show @ParisVegas last night!! 👍 Y'all are awesome.

24. jonibug

Monday's show was great, but last night's was fantastic! The crowd loved it and it was pretty much a full house!

25. Gig Salad , The Blog

As the day wrapped up, we got ready to go see American Idol Winner, Taylor Hicks! It was a fabulous show. I must say, I didn’t know he was so talented on so many instruments.

26. GweninKC

Taylor Hicks live is an experience not to be missed. His high-energy performance, heartfelt slow songs and raspy vocals are a combination that made for a fabulous show. I can't wait to see him again.

27. A Christmas Present from Lance Sherman/ Taylor Promoter in Vegas


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