Wayne Newton will Sing The National Anthen @ the Raiders August 14, Pre-Season Football Game
Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, at 80 yrs. old, will sing the National Anthem one more time. Newton has appeared at more Las Vegas sporting events than most Las Vegas Athletes.
Mr. Las Vegas has sung the national anthem at the Thomas & Mack Center during the Jerry Tarkanian years. He’s served as honorary starter at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, performed a Vegas-fashioned medley before the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, been a celeb guest at the National Finals Rodeo, and cranked the siren for the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.
Sunday, August 14, Newton is performing the national anthem, along with 43 guest stars. He’ll be joined by the Las Vegas Academy singers prior to the Raiders preseason opener against
It is Newton’s first appearance in a formal role at Allegiant Stadium. But a painting of him wearing a No. 20 Raider jersey is displayed inside the venue. (he’s wearing the white jersey, we guess looking for a road victory).
“It’s an honor to represent my home town whenever and however I can,” Newton said. “I’ve become an avid Raider fan, and also a fan of Mark Davis and his support of Las Vegas."
The moment is a boon to the LVA choir, which has performed a few memorable shows of its own and picked up a dozen Grammy Awards over the years. LVA has backed Hugh Jackman, Barry Manilow, Foreigner, the “Star Wars” concert tour, Boston Brass, violin virtuoso André Rieu, members of the “Memphis”
David Perrico and the Raiders House Band is performing on a new stage at Allegiant Stadium. The platform is raised about 2 to 3 feet. But the band stature over the past year has been lifted a lot higher than that.
“We were named the house band just about a week before preseason last year,” Perrico says. “Now we have more than 100 songs we can plug in. We have a good rapport with the Raider team, knowing what flows and works. It will continue to evolve.”
The band is performing “We Are Family” behind Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge, for the reunited Raiderette's celebrating the dance team’s 60th anniversary this weekend.
Look for an exciting game with an equally exciting half-time show.
NFL preseason: Minnesota at Raiders, 1:25 p.m. KVVU-5, NFLN, KRLV-AM (920), KOMP-FM (92.3)
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