Last night, my husband and I had the privilege of hearing Wayne Newton in concert at Hard Rock’s “ The Joint”, near Tulsa. From the start we were impressed with the excellent customer service from the employees and servers….and it just got better. If you’ve never been to a concert at The Joint, it is awesome. No matter where you sit, they are perfect seats. A very comfortable, intimate setting. On stage was an orchestra with an amazing sound and two well rehearsed backup singers that could have stolen the show.( The majority of the orchestra had been pulled from Oklahoma!) Finally, Wayne Newton made his stage appearance. He was funny, adorable and his goal was to give the audience his all. And he proceeded to do just that.
At one point, my guess was this was strategically placed so that his voice could rest a bit, a big screen dropped down from the ceiling. He shared on this screen “days gone by” with clips from “The Lucy Show”, “The Dean Martin Show”, and even his singing on the White House Mall in a rain storm. As I was trying to take all of this in, suddenly the screen split, and he was singing and dancing a duet with the late Sammy Davis, Jr. It gave me chills. So much history was on that stage. My mind kept drifting back to my younger days where I grew up listening to these glorious tunes. How can music make you homesick. I don’t know, but it did.
Wayne Newton is definitely a showman. He made the decision when he was just four years old that THIS was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Though his voice is weaker now, he is still quite the entertainer, and we left wanting to hear more. (I kept waiting for an encore! But when the orchestra started leaving too, and the place was practically empty, hubby finally convinced me it just wasn’t gonna happen.)
Just before he sang his last medley “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah”, he left us with a couple of lines he’d written. He said he might just turn them into a song one day,…” I can’t promise I’ll love you for the rest of your life. But I promise I’ll love you for the rest of mine.” Sweet, sweet Wayne. Thanks for an awesome night.