By Heather Turk
Bobby Hatfield may have passed away in November 2003, but audiences never lost that lovin’ feelin’ for the Righteous Brothers.
“My friends were always on my case,” said Bill Medley, who along with Hatfield made up the beloved Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo. “They were like, ‘People want the Righteous Brothers. Go do the Righteous Brothers,’ but I turned down a million offers. I sang with a couple of guys, but it never felt right until I ran into Bucky Heard.”
Performing at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Medley brings the music of the Righteous Brothers back to the stage with the help of one of the most versatile vocalists in America. During the unforgettable concert, Medley and Heard perform some of the Righteous Brothers’ biggest hits, including the most played song in radio history: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” Medley also takes the stage to sing “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” with his daughter and to perform a heartwarming tribute to Hatfield while singing “Unchained Melody” by himself.
“I probably shouldn’t say this, but I’m surprised the show is doing so well,” Medley humbly stated. “Bucky and I went to Laughlin for five days to break the show in and we were turning away people every night.”
Although Medley said he knows Hatfield would be “knocked out” by how well Heard sings, that’s not the only reason he chose Heard to help carry on the Righteous Brothers’ legacy.
“It’s all about the like factor,” Medley explained. “I had to find someone I wanted to be onstage with again.”
The fact that Medley is 75 and still singing “Little Latin Lupe Lu” isn’t lost on him, either. Medley knows he’s truly blessed.
“People ask me, ‘When are you going to retire?’ and I always say I have to have a job first before I can retire,” Medley stated. “This isn’t work to me—this is a 15-year-old boy getting to live out his dream. I love music and I love performing; it’s what drives me. When I walk out onstage, I’m not 75-year-old Bill Medley, I’m 25-year-old Bill Medley. Something magically takes over my body and I think the audience feels the same thing.”
The Righteous Brothers: Bill Medley & Bucky Heard perform Wednesday through Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39, plus tax and fees. For more information, visit caesars.com/harrahs-las-vegas/shows/therighteousbrothers.