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Mariah Carey Opened At Ceasar’s Palace, Las Vegas, May 6th, 2015

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“First there was Britney Spears, now in her second year of an extended las vegas Residency, and now Mariah carey has joined the city of brotherly gambling for her own if the mountain won’t come to Muhammed moment. Elton John began it a coupla years ago and ask yourself this: can U2 be far behind (hey maybe it will force the guys to roll out a Greatest Hits package, which is all anybody wants from the damn band).

Me? I prefer new Mariah to new U2, so what do I know. I may be the only person in the world to adore last years Me. I Am Mariah The Elusive Chanteuse, a fine album marred by a crap name and way way way too many songs. But I loved it any way and regret blowing off the Beacon Theatre Christmas run (the bad taste from a lousy New Year’s Eve 2010 gig lingered), if it had been the show that just opened at the Coliseum in Ceasar’s Palace, I’d have found a way to catch it, “Mariah #1 to Infinity” seems like a cracker (keeping in mind I am a big fan.).

In the wake of Celine Dion ending her long standing residency to take care of her ailing husband, the Rat Pack day seems further away (though not, perhaps, the Liberace days). This isn’t even Presley and it is hard to imagine a Presley figure (really, maybe U2… maybe Ringo, Paul is too big, Bruce too loud…)  doing this. Maybe Taylor Swift in 30 years.

But Mariah is a fine choice, nice crossover between the 50 somethings and the 30 somethings. “It is scheduled to begin on May 6, 2015 and conclude on July 26, 2015, with shows scheduled for Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays. The show will feature all the singer’s eighteen US number-one hits” I’d love to catch it (I wouldn’t mind seeing Britney either though the times I’ve seen brit she has sucked big time -once with Nicki Minaj opening, who also sucked).

The best time I ever saw Mariah was when The Emancipation Of Mimi tour reached Radio City Music Hall, changed me from a borderline shrug to a fan overnight.

Here’s some of Kimberly Pierceall’s thoughts off her AP review of Tuesday’s gig.  (here):

The soundtrack began with “Vision of Love” and Carey, in her first of several glittering gowns, arriving center stage on a moving platform in between two giant butterflies, the singer’s signature.

“I love you more, don’t even try it,” she told one audience member, among many, who shouted messages of love from their seats.

Tickets cost $55 to $250 and Carey is scheduled to perform three nights a week in May and July for a total of 18 shows.

Carey’s voice wasn’t always up for hitting the highest notes, opting for a deeper sound at times that wasn’t there when she came to fame in the 1990s.

High notes or note, the fans in the crowd were almost always on their feet.”

Here is the PR release:

Mariah Carey proved to be a ‘Vision of Love’ during her premiere performance of ‘MARIAH #1 TO INFINITY.’

Marking the beginning of her headlining residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Mariah unveiled her new show to a sold-out theater and multiple standing ovations.

Conceptualized by Mariah, directed by legendary Grammy Awards Producer Ken Ehrlich and brought to life with the help of Creative Director Raj Kapoor, ‘MARIAH #1 TO INFINITY’ embodies the true meaning of Vegas glitz and glamour. The breathtaking production designed exclusively for The Colosseum features a six-piece live band, three back-up vocals, two DJs and ten incredible dancers choreographed by Nappytabs, the double Emmy Award-winning married choreographers Tabitha D’umo and Napoleon D’umo.

Performing 18 of her timeless and beloved Number One Hits in chronological order, Mariah takes fans on a spectacular journey through her life and career in an unforgettable evening filled with fan-favorite singles, new musical arrangements, her new song ‘Infinity’ performed live for the first time, and many more surprises. ‘Vision of Love,’ ‘Hero,’ ‘Fantasy,’ ‘We Belong Together’ and ‘Touch My Body’ to name a few, are among Mariah’s 18 songs to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a feat that has not been achieved by any other solo artist in music history.

In tandem with her headlining residency and groundbreaking record, Mariah will release her first album with exclusive collaboration with Epic Records, celebrating her remarkable career. For the first time ever, the album, ‘ Mariah Carey #1 To Infinity,’ will be one career-spanning chronological collection of her 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (17 self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. Arriving in stores Monday, May 18, the final track on the collection is Mariah’s breathtaking new single, ‘Infinity,’ co-written and produced by Mariah herself.

Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 866-320-9763, or online at thecolosseum.com or axs.com. Orders are subject to additional service charges and fees. Ticket prices are $250/$175/$140/$95/$55 (prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax). For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851. All shows are scheduled for 8:00 p.m.
Set list

 
1.”Vision of Love”
2.”Love Takes Time”
3.”Someday”
4.”I Don’t Wanna Cry”
5.”Emotions”
6.”I’ll Be There
7.”Dreamlover”
8.”Hero”
9.”Fantasy”
10.”One Sweet Day”
11.”Always Be My Baby”
12.”Honey”
13.”My All”
14.”Heartbreaker”
15.”Thank God I Found You”
16.”We Belong Together”
17.”Don’t Forget About Us”
18.”Touch My Body”
19.”Infinity”

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