Seminole Casino Hotel Welcomes Las Vegas Legend Wayne Newton
“Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal” is a show unlike any Newton has done before, boasting a compilation of all of his extraordinary talents. Newton will sing crowd favorites including platinum record hit “Danke Schoen” as well as engage with the audience by answering questions, making for a truly extraordinary experience.
Recognized worldwide as “Mr. Las Vegas,” Newton is known for his signature song, “Danke Schoen,” plus many hit singles, including “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast,” “Red Roses For a Blue Lady” and “Years.” He has recorded and released 165 albums to date. In a business that is, at best, volatile, and success sometimes short lived, Newton has performed live to more than 40 million people and has performed more than 25,000 shows in Las Vegas alone. Without reading a note of music, he plays 13 instruments. He exemplifies the talent, glamour and energy that is Las Vegas.
Born in rural Virginia, Newton knew from a young age he wanted to entertain. At age six, he had his first radio show. At age nine he had his first television show in Phoenix, Ariz. where his family had moved due to his asthma. Starting at the young age of 15, Newton performed six shows a night, six nights a week, at the Fremont Hotel.
His heartfelt patriotism leads to the very core of who Newton is. He has entertained troops in every major confrontation the United States has been in since Vietnam, and he was there twice. One of Newton’s highest honors was announced in October 2000, when Bob Hope and the USO passed the torch naming him the “Chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle.” From 2001 through 2004, Newton took 16 USO tours overseas and was the first performer to entertain U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. President George W. Bush honored Newton at a private White House reception in 2001, thanking him for his patriotism. The U.S. Department of Defense bestowed upon him its highest civilian award for being the only American entertainer to perform in all of these places.
The people of Las Vegas and Nevada have given him their highest honors. He is one of only two people in Las Vegas history to receive the city’s Medal of Honor and he has been named “Ambassador of Goodwill” for the state of Nevada. The Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport’s main thoroughfare was renamed “Wayne Newton Boulevard.” He was also named one of the “Top Three Entertainers of the Century, in Nevada and Around the World,” along with Frank Sinatra and Elvis. There is a Wayne Newton star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he was bestowed the very first star on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame.