Matt Goss hasn’t lost a step in the year he’s been away from the Las Vegas Strip, and The Mirage’s newest headliner feels right at home inside 1 OAK Nightclub.
How could he not, as everything from the stage to the cocktail menu is tailored to his performance style and Rat Pack-esque persona?
A member of 1980s pop group Bros, the British-born Goss was an established star overseas but arrived at The Palms as an unknown eight years ago. He nevertheless carved himself a niche among the city’s headliners—with help from his “Dirty Virgins” dance troupe—and enjoyed a lengthy stint at Caesars Palace that ended in 2016.
After a summer Bros reunion with movie star brother Luke, Goss went to work plotting his Las Vegas comeback, this time at 1 OAK. The venue announcement immediately sent hands in the air, as we wondered what Goss’ show would look like reimagined in a nightclub setting.
From an audience perspective, it’s a very good match, and might inspire similar size venues to experiment with early evening headliners. Why waste all that empty space?
Goss’ stage, large enough for the singer, his two backup vocalists, and seven-piece band, rolls out from under the DJ booth on the 1 OAK dance floor. With the exception of a few tables and chairs, the audience is primarily seated in the surrounding VIP areas.
This puts you within selfie distance of Goss and his band and offers enough room for Goss to work his way through the crowd, shaking hands and occasionally pulling someone from their seat to the stage.
The Dirty Virgins are still part of the act, and the dancers appear throughout the show in various stages of dress, taking advantage of the ledges and poles throughout the club. If you’re seated close, you might be treated to a private dance, as one audience member did during a recent performance.
Goss thrives in this environment; the show would never work if he were 100 feet away on a stage. You want to see him mix and mingle, improvise and encourage audience participation as he works his way through a catalog of original tracks and covers—the latter a mix of Sinatra standards and impressive renditions of “Hotel California” and Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.”
The singer is also fond of raising a glass throughout the evening, and the menu consists of several drinks that bear his name, including the Matt Goss Mule, Matt Goss Martini and Matt Goss Tuxedo (highly recommended).
However, there’s no need to overdo it. With a 7:30 p.m. start time, the night’s a puppy, and Goss is the perfect warm-up act for whatever comes next.
Matt Goss at The Mirage runs on select dates January 12 through February 3, 2018. For tickets, go to mirage.com.