After a postponement last year, Debby Boone returned to Niagara Falls for a performance in the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on February 22 with a performance worth waiting for.
Playing before a full house, Boone spoke often of family as she performed a mix of songs from her most recent album – “Swing This” – and from artists who have influenced and inspired her throughout her life.
After opening the show with “You and the Night and the Music” and “Sway” from her CD “Swing This”, Boone spoke on her first visit to Las Vegas when she was only eight years old when her dad Pat Boone performed there.
Next was a performance of “More than You Know” before talking about Las Vegas being the marriage capital of the world – you don’t need a marriage license – and some of the famous people who got married three before singing “Get Me to the Church on Time” while a video of famous couples who married in Las Vegas aired.
She sang “I’m Going to Live til I Die” and then noted that the female crooner Rosemary Clooney was her mother-in-law. A doting grandmother, Clooney had one song she always sang to grandson Jordan – “Blue Skies”. One day Clooney made a cassette tape recording of the song, Boone still has that tape and played it for the crowd before performing the song herself.
Continuing the theme of family, Boone spoke on her deep Country music roots and noted that Country music pioneer Red Foley is her maternal grandfather. She sang the Hank Williams song “I’m So Lonesome I Could Die”.
She performed “Home” while images of a young Debby showed on the video screen; followed by an edited video of Pat Boone on the “Ed Sullivan Show” performing a special song about the birth of his girls – he wanted a boy but got four girls.
After a costume change, Boone returned to the stage to perform “I’m Waiting Just for You”, “A Song for You”, “How Sweet it Is” before talking about singing with her sisters and her mother’s love of tight harmonies. She sang the Barry Manilow hit “One Voice” harmonizing with herself.
Noting that prior to her hit song she had never had a voice lesson. Boone said she was given a song by a voice coach that was really hard to learn; so now she always sings the song and performed the very fast paced “Cloudburst”.
Saying that you can’t speak about Las Vegas without the Rat Pack, Boone talked about Dean Martin and his family before singing his hit “Everybody Loves Somebody”.
She talked about working with Frank Sinatra and his generosity, she sang a medley of “It Never Entered My Mind” and “In the Wee Small Hours”.
Boone ended the show with “From This Moment On”.
She began walking off the stage but turned around and came back saying that people would be mad if she didn’t do the song and performed her hit song “You Light Up My Life”.
After the show Boone met with a long line of fans for autographs and photos.