How does entertainer Matt Goss love his audiences? Let us count the ways. First, he works diligently to establish an intimate connection with those in the audience. He also finds a way into their hearts, and sings songs that are relevant to everyone’s life. Plus, he encourages his guests to remind their significant other that romance is alive and well.
And, lastly, he makes it his “soul” purpose to ensure the venue in which he performs is conducive to pure escapism and inclusion for his audiences. Add it all up, and it’s easy to see that for this very talented performer — who calls himself a hopeless romantic — love truly is a many-splendored thing.
Following six-and-a-half-years of entertaining enthusiastic crowds at Cleopatra’s Barge inside Caesars Palace, Goss began a five-year residency in December at the 16,000-square-foot 1 Oak Las Vegas Nightclub inside The Mirage. There he proclaims his emotions accompanied by nine band members, two backup singers and four dancers called the Dirty Virgins.
The singer-songwriter’s show is composed of half his original songs and half standards, including Frank Sinatra classics. In many ways, it is Goss’ love for Las Vegas that permeates the evening as he sings, and swings, and displays his sense of humor.
His show is a throwback to the golden days of the city when The Rat Pack headlined the Strip, providing truly one-of-a-kind, up-close-and-personal entertainment.
“I encourage my audiences to undress their souls,” Goss said. “We all go through things, and whether you’re 21 or 81, you want to connect with the entertainer. Everything has to be reciprocal. I reach out to them and am truthful about my life. I have an expression: ‘Never waste good agony.’
“Everything that affects me deeply inspires me to write,” he added. “It can be something like an old lady crossing the street and not getting help. Everything affects my sensibility.
“I have four words that define my way of looking at the world. They are good morning, please, thank you and good night. If you live life with those four things, they will permeate your life. I feel that acknowledging people and being cognizant of their feelings improves your day.”
The British-born entertainer has been in the states more than 17 years and has appeared in Las Vegas for the past nine. His Vegas debut was at The Lounge at the Palms inside the Palms Casino Resort Spa.
Goss has been performing for 30 years and had his first No. 1 hit in 22 countries simultaneously when he was only 17 years old. To date, he has sold 17 million records and is in the middle of recording a new album featuring mostly his original songs.
The singer also is working with James Corden and film company Fulwell 73, of which Corden recently became a full partner, on a documentary about his life. He also has a children’s book coming out at the end of the year.
With it all, Goss is thrilled to be in his new home at The Mirage, where his show has received acclaim from the get-go. He loves the fact that the room is bigger and has more old Hollywood glamour plus two full-service bars, making for a full evening out both during and after the show.
Sounds like a night you’ll simply love.