When you’re the most technologically sophisticated performance venue in the entire Palm Springs Valley—not to mention the one preferred by artists on the worldwide road, as is the case with The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage—it’s natural that you attract the best bands on tour. Unveiled in 2009, this awesome, 76-million-dollar space, which won “Best Casino Showroom/Theater of the Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference’s Casino Entertainment Awards in Las Vegas just last year, is able to accommodate more than 2000 guests. And yet, it feels intimate, chiefly due to the fact that no seat is farther than 150 feet from the stage.
It should therefore surprise no one that avid desert concertgoers await each subsequent season of The Show with baited breath. Just in the next eight weeks, a simple sampling of the acts slated to appear there includes Boyz II Men (“I’ll Make Love to You,” “One Sweet Day” with Mariah Carey) on September 12, powerhouse sister duo Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart (“Alone,” “Never,” “What About Love?,” “These Dreams”) on September 19, the Goo Goo Dolls (“Iris,” “Slide,” Here is Gone”) on November 7, and the B-52’s (“Rock Lobster,” “Planet Claire,” “Love Shack”) on November 13.
I take it you’ve heard that the October 3rd appearance by ’80s British glam band Duran Duran sold out in record time. But don’t despair. You just never know. Some fantastic seats held until the very last minute for high-rollers may be released just prior to curtain if not claimed. And that means you could be among the lucky diehard fans to hear Simon Le Bon and his fellow pretty (and musically gifted) boys intone their solid goldie oldies “Save a Prayer,” “The Reflex,” “Rio,” “Notorious,” “A View to a Kill,” and “Hungry Like the Wolf.” I mean, what a lineup! “Is There Something I Should Know?” Please, please tell me now.
Of course, this is just the beginning. Later seasonal bookings will surely be announced soon. So see you there!