Sorry Tony Bennett. You and Don Rickles are both 86, but he got a year’s head start on you in Las Vegas and so still holds the lead for the longest still-working Las Vegas performer, at 53 years.
Also sorry, Tony Bennett, about those Italian jokes.
Rickles hasn’t changed his stripes since “The Merchant of Venom” started working three sets a night – the last at
4:15 a.m. – at the Sahara.
“They had a plank, and I used to cross over onto the bar and work on this tiny little stage,” he once recalled.
The Orleans will not make him walk the plank Saturday and Sunday.
Contact reporter Mike Weatherford at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0288.
8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Showroom at The Orleans, 5625 W. Tropicana Ave.