Engelbert Humperdinck in the Las Vegas Sun

Engelbert Humperdinck Readies for a Weekend of Shows at The Orleans in Las Vegas

“The King of Romance,” Engelbert Humperdinck will be getting Las Vegas ready for Valentine’s Day this year with a pair of live shows this weekend at The Orleans Hotel & Casino. Currently on his Prodigal Son Tour the legendary singer will be performing on Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th.

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Engelbert is touring in support of his latest album, ‘The Man I Want to Be‘ which he described to The Las Vegas Sun as, “one of the best albums I’ve ever made.”

“I’m especially proud of it because I normally do cover songs, and this album has seven brand-new songs. I’ve tested some of the songs on the album on the road and so far they’re all very well-received, especially ‘Just the Way You Are,’ which is Bruno Mars’ song that I’ve given with a new treatment.” – Engelbert Humperdinck

Las Vegas Sun writer, Brock Radke chatted with Engelbert about his upcoming weekend in a city that could be seen as his second home in the US.

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Radke: You’ve been performing in Las Vegas since the late ’60s so you’ve seen a lot of change here over the years. 

Humperdinck: I started in 1968 and it’s been a very eventful place for me, because I was taken there in the beginning. I was shown all the hotels to see which one I wanted to play, and I would up at the Riviera when Dean Martin was there [as an entertainer and with a minority ownership]. He took a big hand in it and I was the only one he did that for. I had a home in Las Vegas for about eight years, starting in 1978. It certainly has changed a lot because I remember a time when it took you five minutes to get across town. I also remember coming over for a month and doing 50 shows, two a night, and frequenting Lake Mead for waterskiing and playing a lot of golf.

Radke: You’ve been spending a little less time on the road so you can be at home with your wife more frequently. How has that affected your performances? 

Humperdinck: I’ve decided to do about 80 concerts this year and I suppose that’s a bit of a different routine than what I normally would have done. There was a time I’d do 300 shows a year. But this takes me to all the parts of the world I need to be and I find it’s enough at this point.

My wife is doing fine. I’ve played the album for her and she recognizes my voice and these songs and looks at me a certain way sometimes and smiles and it’s wonderful to see. It does change how I perform because there are times I get a bit more emotional. Some of the lyrics mean more to me now, and it’s not that I haven’t been an emotional performer before because I do consider myself a thespian of music and try to interpret the songs in the most sincere way I can. But I do feel people understand and feel it in different ways.

The Man I Want To Be is available now on OK!Good Records. You can order the CD along with a limited edition signed copies and bundles in the OK!Good Records Shop. The album is also available on AmazoniTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayBarnes & Noble and at music retailers worldwide.

Find out if Engelbert Humperdinck will be touring in a city near you at http://www.engelbert.com/tour



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