I couldn’t really avoid this one! For my final song in the Las Vegas Trilogy before I head home tomorrow, here’s Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas from the 1963 film of the same name. I only really knew the famous chorus of this song so it was a bit of an eye-opener when I recorded this!
The second of my three songs inspired by my visit to Las Vegas is the epic power ballad It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, made famous by Céline Dion whose three-year residency at Caesars Palace (officially no apostrophe, for info!) saw her perform 70 shows featuring “the songs everyone wants to hear”, including this one. She’s due to return to Vegas in August 2015.
The song was written by Jim Steinman and was inspired by the Kate Bush song Wuthering Heights. Meat Loaf had wanted to record this song, but Steinman felt it was “a woman’s song”, so it was first recorded by girl group Pandora’s Box in 1989, and then in 1996 by Dion. Meat Loaf finally got his way in 2006 when he recorded it with Norwegian singer Marion Raven.
I’m currently in Las Vegas for the NAB Show and New Media Expo and I’ve prerecorded three songs which I felt suited my location. First up is Britney Spears’ Toxic. Britney Spears has been in residency at Planet Hollywood since 2013. I’ll not be seeing her on this visit, but I’ve given this song a bit of a jazzy treatment and I hope you enjoy it!