It seems only yesterday that I began peppering Matt Goss’ Twitter page with such terms as “Goss-tastic,” “Goss-ome,” and “Goss-a-Riffic.”
From his first, brief stop at the Lounge at the Palms in 2009 to the opening of the Gossy Room at Caesars Palace in March 2010, Matt-Matt-Matty has delivered a consistently fun, fervid and — yes — fragrant production at the former Cleopatra’s Barge.
Goss is set to close out that run, we say in bittersweet fashion, on Sept 24. Rumblings around the scene are that the Gossy Room is to be redesigned and reopened under a famous nightclub brand specializing in live music. Don’t expect a single, resident headliner in that room in its new configuration.
“I have a deep love for Las Vegas and the people who live and visit here. Since I was a kid, I have always been in awe of its iconic entertainment history. I have seen shows come and go, and realize how hard it is to sustain a successful one, so I am beyond proud and honored to be part of the rich heritage of Caesars Palace,” Goss said in a news release issued this afternoon by Caesars Palace officials. "I have sold millions of records and have played some of the greatest venues in the world, but I pride myself on this beautiful room that I created with so much love and respect for its history. Let's all celebrate together at my final shows.”
Added Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner:
“Matt Goss has been an incredible addition to our lineup of headliners. We thank him for showcasing his dynamic talents and entertaining our guests here at Caesars Palace. Matt is a world-class entertainer who has brought his renowned style and glamour to Las Vegas, and is a modern day symbol of what makes this city so daring and irresistible. In addition, he has been a tireless spokesman for Caesars Palace and Las Vegas in general. I can’t thank him enough for his many contributions and look forward to the next chapters for Matt and the room he graced for the past six years.”
As for Goss’ future, he will be as busy as he likes. The Gossy has some tantalizing live dates on the horizon (including his return to London for an Oct. 1 show at Wembley’s SSE Arena), and other fittingly regal announcements to be made soon enough.
Goss deserves credit, across the board, for his 6½-year run at the 165-seat groove haven at Caesars Palace. He delivered a sexy and stylish show in a room that has always been an aesthetic challenge for its awkward design. His was a satisfying, live-music experience in an intimate venue, effectively mixing classics with his own catchy originals. The band was consistently terrific, and Goss also emphasized costumes and choreography with the Robin Antin-inspired Dirty Virgins dance troupe.
The Gossy production made its mark, and you can’t ask more from that from a show or a showman. We’re looking forward to moving this topic forward, soon enough.