ALL TIPS ARE DONATIONS TO THE LIBERACE FOUNDATION, SUPPORTING THE ARTS.
Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco,
Chairman of the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts,
50 years in Las Vegas,
Citizen of the world.
The news came yesterday that we have lost the last of the great Las Vegas Showmen. Eight months ago we said goodbye to Roy Horn due to Covid 19. Now Siegfried Fischbacher has left us as well. Siegfried and Roy are gone.
When I joined the board of the Liberace Foundation, I had never been in the Liberace Museum, nor the Liberace Museum Gift Shop. I knew of the museum, but as a young man I had heard that the staff denied that Liberace was gay, or that he had died of AIDS, which I felt that did a disservice. Whether or not staffers were actually denying these facts I never found out for myself, but the societal denial surrounding his legacy had a negative feeling about it, and I was, unfortunately, not inspired to visit.
Liberace created the brand of showmanship on which the Las Vegas Strip was built. The Las Vegas Weekly in 2013 called him the greatest Vegas headliner of all time, noting he had so many 'firsts,' that virtually all Las Vegas Headliner acts could be traced to, or through Liberace.
Liberace's name first appears in the lyrics of popular music in 1958 with Mr. Sandman by the Chordettes, and later the Maguire Sisters. It was an innocent time, when Liberace was seen as a heartthrob. The Lyrics say it all, sung in harmony by smiling young beauties.
The influence of Liberace was evident again in 2018, when recording artist Macklemore spent a morning at Liberace Garage, during his Gemini tour.
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