Blue Oyster Cult at Talking Stick Resort, “I need more Cow Bell”

There was a famous comedy sketch aired on Saturday Night Live with cast members playing Blue Oyster Cult (BOC) and Will Ferrell.  Will played a cow bell on BOC’s hit single, “The Reaper”.  Christopher Walken played Bruce Dickerson (Lead Singer for Iron Maiden) the studio manager/producer and kept demanding “More Cow Bell” during the song.  If you haven’t seen it, check it out here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x64iyhl.  I bring this up because when BOC played that song tonight, guitarist Eric Bloom mimicked playing a cow bell.  The crowd loved it.

The show started with Danny Zelisko coming out on the stage to announce upcoming shows.  He then asked the crowd how many times they had seen BOC.  One person said 68 times and then another person said over 300 times.  Now those are real diehard fans.  This was my first time to see BOC.  I remember them from back in the 70s and early 80s, but for some strange reason I never got around to seeing them.  I have loved their music and this time around I was lucky enough to see them at Talking Stick Resort Showroom which is a great venue to see concerts.  It is small and intimate and the lighting and sound are very good.  An you can even get drinks, yeah…

Read the rest of the review and see concert photos by clicking here!

WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH DANNY ZELISKO PRESENTS!

WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH DANNY ZELISKO PRESENTS

 Veteran promoter to begin promoting shows for the Westgate International Theater

 LAS VEGAS – February 8, 2018Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino has announced a partnership with veteran promoter and longtime Las Vegas impresario Danny Zelisko, who will begin promoting concerts for the famed Westgate International Theater.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Danny Zelisko Presents,” said Geno Iafrate, President & General Manager of Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. “Danny’s experience in working with the ‘who’s who’ of musical acts, in venues of all sizes, makes him an ideal partner to continue the tradition of bringing first-class musical acts to the famed Westgate International Theater.”

“I’m honored and excited to be booking events for the Westgate International Theater – the room Elvis performed in,” said Danny Zelisko. “The venue and resort are both treasures of the musical legacy of this incredible city.”

As a highly respected promoter since 1974, Zelisko has solidified strong relationships with all major agencies, management companies and ancillary entertainment support service companies. From arenas, events centers and amphitheaters to intimate venues, Zelisko has an all access pass to the music industry’s contact book. With an extensive history at casino venues, Zelisko knows about booking acts of all genres and sizes, as well as retaining his focus on putting the right acts in the right places at the right time. Since his start in Vegas in the early 1980s, Zelisko helped change the face of live music presented all over Las Vegas, helping establish it into the world class music city it is known as today.

ABOUT WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, a legendary world-class destination, offers a unique blend of amenities and excitement with all your favorite table games, hottest slots on the market, incredible restaurants, endless entertainment, more than 225,000 square feet of meeting space and the world’s largest Race & Sports SuperBook®, which is home to Nevada’s largest wagering system and more than 4,488 square feet of state-of-the-art HD video screens, in a comfortable, smoke-free environment. Westgate Las Vegas provides a range of culinary adventures with eight restaurants, including the world-famous Benihana, the award-winning Edge Steakhouse and Fresco Italiano.

The property features entertainment options in the International Theater and the Westgate Cabaret and has recently undergone a more than $150 million renovation, that has encompassed every square inch of the property, including the addition of 300 timeshare villas, the all-new International Bar, a fully renovated pool deck, 1,200 remodeled Signature Rooms and the luxurious Serenity Spa, which was recently awarded the 2017 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award. For more information or to book accommodations, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to WestgateLasVegas.com.

Linda Ronstadt coming home to Tucson for a little conversation

More than three years after her last public appearance in Tucson, Linda Ronstadt is coming home in April for an encore to her 2014 “Sunday Evening Forum” conversation.

Tucson native Ronstadt, the multiple Grammy-winning, iconic pop singer with more than 100 million records sold and countless hits on the country, pop, rock and Americana charts, returns to Fox Tucson Theatre for “A Conversation with Linda” on April 29. The event, presented by über Arizona promoter Danny Zelisko, builds on Ronstadt’s 2014 “Forum” event. But in addition to a Q&A with the audience, “Conversation” includes a multimedia, big-screen journey into her musical and personal life .

Ronstadt, 71, is known for being open and in her last “Forum” appearance, she answered every question posed from the nearly 600 people in the Fox theater that Sunday afternoon. Back then she recounted childhood experiences growing up in a musical family in the Tucson home her parents built by hand, and the early days of her musical life, which has few female rivals.

That event came more than a year after she released her self-penned “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir,” which came out several months after she confirmed publicly in summer 2013 that she had Parkinson’s Disease. By then Ronstadt, who moved to San Francisco in 2005, had stopped performing publicly; her last Tucson concert was in 2007 at the AVA at Casino del Sol.

Organizers said “Conversations” will feature multimedia accouterments including her music, rare videos, photos and behind-the-scenes events that informed and influenced her art. At a sold-out “Conversations” event last year on New York’s Long Island, the Huffington reviewer said the evening “took me by surprise as I didn’t realize how funny Linda is. Linda was so captivating that I forgot to take notes.”

Read the original article at Tucson.com, click here.

Tickets for “A Conversation with Linda Ronstadt” on April 29th in at Fox Tucson Theatre are available now. Click here to purchase.

Danny Zelisko Discusses Tour Trends on Arizona PBS!

Our very own Danny Zelisko discusses why huge artists like Kendrick Lamar & Ariana Grande decide to start their tours in our home state. Check out the full segment on Arizona PBS below!

Many music artists are choosing to kick off their concert tours in the Valley. Kendrick Lamar kicks off his highly anticipated tour for his album, “Damn.” Queen, Imagine Dragons, and Ariana Grande also kicked off tours here. Longtime concert promoter, Danny Zelisko will join us to talk about this trend, why artists are making this choice, and how it benefits concertgoers and the artists. He will also discuss the Valley’s concert scene and the changes over the years and what to expect in the future.

Danny Zelisko on Sonoran Living discusses Fall 2016 lineup!

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Danny Zelisko joined __ on ABC 15 Sonoran Living to discuss our Fall 2016 line-up of amazing concerts plus the history of Danny Zelisko Presents and how he chooses the best artists to bring! Watch the entire interview by clicking here!

Who can you look forward to for Fall 2016?
August 18th at Celebrity Theatre: The Gipsy Kings | CLICK FOR TICKETS
August 23rd at Celebrity Theatre: Culture Club | CLICK FOR TICKETS
September 15th at Mesa Arts Center: The Monkees | CLICK FOR TICKETS

Don’t miss a beat by following Danny Zelisko Presents on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Danny Zelisko joined Alice Cooper, Alex Lifeson (RUSH), Danny Seraphine (Chicago) and more on stage to perform “Wild Thing!”

Danny Zelisko joined Alice Cooper, Alex Lifeson (RUSH), Danny Seraphine (Chicago) and more on stage to perform “Wild Thing!” Find out more about Danny Zelisko Presents shows at www.dannyzeliskopresents.com. Bringing the best acts to the best venues in the Southwest!

FNN: Danny Zelisko Remembers Prince!

Concert Review: Joe Satriani at Talking Stick Resort

“If you are looking for a concert of extraordinary musicians producing amazing instrumental harmonies, then this is most definitely for you.”

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Beneath a Desert Sky featured Joe Satriani’s show at Talking Stick Resort on their website. Read the full review here. All photos by Fred Kuhlman.

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The “Surfing To Shockwave” setlist included:

Set 1: Album

  • Shockwave Supernova (Shockwave Supernova)
  • Flying in a Blue Dream (Flying in a Blue Dream)
  • Ice 9 (Surfing With The Alien)
  • Crystal Planet (Crystal Planet)
  • Not of This Earth (Not of This Earth)
  • On Peregrine Wings (Shockwave Supernova)
  • Friends (Single)
  • Time
  • If I Could Fly (Is There Love in Space?)
  • Butterfly and Zebra (Shockwave Supernova)
  • Cataclysmic (Shockwave Supernova)
  • Summer Song (The Extremist)

Set 2: Album

  • Drum solo (Marco Minnemenn)
  • Crazy Joey (Shockwave Supernova)
  • Lost in a Memory (Shockwave Supernova)
  • Keyboard Solo (Mike Keneally)
  • Luminous Flesh Giants (Joe Satriani)
  • Always With Me, Always With You (Surfing With The Alien)
  • Guitar,Bass and Keyboard Jam.
  • God Is Crying (Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards)
  • If There Is No Heaven (Shockwave Supernova)
  • Goodbye Supernova (Shockwave Supernova)
  • Satch Boogie (Surfing With The Alien)

Encore:

  • Big Bad Moon (Flying in a Blue Dream)
  • Surfing With the Alien (Surfing With The Alien)
  • Ending Jam

 

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Concert Review: Styx at Talking Stick Resort

Beneath a Desert Sky featured Styx’s show at Talking Stick Resort on their website. Check out the review here.

All photos by Fred Kuhlman

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R5 in the Press

We were fortunate to have our friends from azCentral and the Mesa Examiner join us at the R5 performance at mesa Amphitheatre last Saturday, August 22nd. Read below at their review of the show, as well as their previews.

PREVIEW
azCentral – “This is the best R5 tour yet.”
Mesa Examiner – “Getting along with your siblings is a difficult thing to do, but pop-rock quintet R5 manages to do just that.”

REVIEW
azCentral – “The screams of teenage girls throughout made it clear that the new songs are already big hits with Arizona fans.”
Mesa Examiner – “There was not a single low point of the show, and each member complimented the others onstage perfectly.”