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Matt Goss does take the Las Vegas residency seriously. His 11-year run at three Vegas resorts proves as much. So does his actual residence in town.
“People come in and do four shows and call it a residency,” Goss says. When I laugh at that reality, he adds, “See?” as if delivering a punch line.
But seriously, Goss is at once a Strip headliner and Las Vegas local. During this week’s episode of “PodKats!” he buttressed his Vegas affiliation when recalling “Lovely Las Vegas,” which he issued nearly a decade ago as his own love letter to the city.
“You hear all these things, like ‘Viva Las Vegas,’ and don’t get me wrong, I love the song,” Goss says. “But I wanted a song that captured the charm, the community, the history — Howard Hughes, those are the references I use in the song.”
Goss is, of course, out of action in his adopted hometown. There is no path for him to return to the former 1 Oak Nightclub room at the Mirage, where his Sunday night series had run its course. He’s most likely bound for a Caesars Entertainment property — there were verified reports of Goss reviewing spaces at the property, pre-COVID, with Caesars officials.
Goss is exploring a multileveled partnership with someone he hasn’t yet identified. He’s returned to the studio with his brother, Luke; he hopes to turn his fascinating Instagram Live wellness chats in to a TV talk show, and is investigating a documentary of his life in Vegas to follow up on the success of “After the Screaming Stops.”
Goss also specified interest from Dubai and London for his upcoming projects.
At age 51 with a decade in the bank in Vegas, and 27 years as a solo performer, Goss has honed his opinions about show business. He knows of the suffering throughout the Vegas entertainment community, as a front man who supported an operation of 36 musicians, dancers and staff. He leased 1 Oak for his show, as a de facto producer.
Thus, Goss says entertainers in this city have been back-burnered, to use a kitchen reference.
“I do believe there needs to be a certain level of respect for artists in this town,” Goss remarks. “This town will not survive on restaurants alone. I think one thing we’ve realized about this time is that people want to come and see shows, and the byproduct is going to dinner. But the event is the show.”
Goss expressed a “genuine love” for Vegas musicians, even those he has not even met. During COVID, he says of his fellow entertainers, “They haven’t given us any information. They expect us to turn on a dime … We are part of the four walls of the casinos we are in.”
Asked what he would say to the governor, if he had that audience, Goss said, “We need intelligent stimulus packages for self-employed subcontractors, so they can indeed to turn on a dime, to actually go back to work. The entertainment industry depends on volumes of people. We need to cater toward entertainers. Music isn’t made for free. You need a set number of people in the room, or you lose money.”
Goss adds, “I would say to the governor, actually have a forum with entertainers, so he understands. But he’s in a very, very hard position, and I think he is handling it well. I just don’t think there has been a discussion that solely looks after entertainers, people like my band and my dancers, ushers, who we expect to just come back. We need to look after them.”