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Cliff Richard may stage Las Vegas show with Olivia Newton-John

November 1, 2011

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Sir Cliff Richard is reportedly in talks with Olivia Newton-John to stage a series of shows together in Las Vegas.

Over the past six decades, the 71-year-old singer has had hits all over the world and has sold over 250 million records worldwide. But he has so far failed to crack the American market (although his single ‘Living Doll’ promised much when it reached No. 30 on the US charts in 1959).

Sir Cliff is hoping that a residency in Las Vegas will increase his chances of success with US audiences.

“Acts like Elvis and Little Richard were the reason I started, so it would mean a great deal to have at least one success over there,” Sir Cliff recently told Women’s Weekly magazine. “I’ve had nine Top 30 hits in America but never an identity. If I could just have one big hit I’d feel so much satisfaction.”

He added: “Olivia Newton-John and I have talked about joining forces to find a Las Vegas venue to perform at. Elton John recently told me: ‘I can’t understand why you never cracked it’. And I can’t either. It’s the land of rock ‘n’ roll – like Wimbledon is to tennis.”

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Little Richard, Nils Lofgren and Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir star in real-life ‘ER’

October 2, 2008

 

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Some veteran rockers are starting to pay the price of decades on the road, it seems. In the space of a few days, rock ‘n’ roll icon Little Richard, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and Bruce Springsteen’s longtime sideman Nils Lofgren have all ended up in hospital.

 

Little Richard, who will be 76 in December, has had to undergo emergency heart treatment after falling ill ahead of a hip replacement operation. A friend reportedly told US magazine National Enquirer that the rock legend – real name Richard Wayne Penniman – has been in poor health for some time and now often has to use a wheelchair.

 

Meanwhile, Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir – 61 in a couple of weeks – is suffering from broken ribs, after taking a tumble on his tour bus. Weir fell awkwardly when the driver of the band’s famous ‘Deadmobile’ braked suddenly on the way to a post-tour fundraising concert. The show had to be postponed and Weir is said to be in pain when he tries to “breathe, hold the guitar, and laugh”.

 

At the same time, 57-year-old Nils Lofgren – a long-time member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and a former member of Crazy Horse – is currently recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery on both his hips on September 30. The guitarist blames his hip problem on 40 years of touring.

 

On his web site (www.nilslofgren.com), Lofgren states that “a long, beautiful life on the road that’s included back flips with guitars, dive rolls, leaping off drum risers and trying to break stage floors with pounding legs … and thousands of hours playing aggressive basketball” made the operation necessary. However, he plans to be back on his feet for an acoustic solo tour early in 2009.

 

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