Matthew and Gunnar Nelson are returning to the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa with their very personal “Ricky Nelson Remembered” show Nov. 22-24, 2013. Ricky Nelson’s rare mirror-image twin sons have done this show showcasing their father’s life, career and music more than 100 times.
“This show is a labor of love and our own personal music mission,” said Matthew on a phone interview. “Now were getting more requests to do a different second show around his Stone Canyon Band music (1969-1976) that featured legendary country-rock musicians.” Ricky Nelson was actually a founding father of country rock and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Both boys, now 46, actually have their own highly successful careers and are trying to stay musically active and diverse. It’s been a long time since they experienced complete pandemonium with their band NELSON’s number one hit song “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection.” This song landed America’s iconic Nelson family (bandleader Ozzie Nelson, rock legend Rick Nelson, and twins Matthew and Gunnar) into the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family in entertainment with three generations of No.1 hit makers. Each twin has intuitively expressed how much they understand what their dad experienced in life and both have said he was amazingly shy.
For starters, Ricky Nelson’s looks were beyond comprehension and often an obstacle. “He was stupefying good looking and charisma was falling off of him,” Matthew recalls. “My brother’s 18-year-old girlfriend was running late and came upstairs at the house out of breath. We asked what was wrong. She said she just saw the most beautiful man she’d ever seen.” His band would poke fun at him over reactions to his looks.
Matthew and his brother enjoy telling their dad’s story. Having been pawns in their parents’ divorce, they were only 18 when they had to make a decision to go to college or follow music, which meant moving into their dad’s home on Mulholland Drive. Music was the lifelong bond with them and their dad and the route they took. Tragically that same year, their dad died along with his whole band in a plane crash on way to a New Year’s Eve concert in 1985.
While the boys admit there are blesses and curses with being their dad’s son, they enjoyed the bond they had. They are being approached by a family network to do two different shows next year; one around the iconic television series “Ozzie & Harriet” and the other around effervescent Matthew and Gunner. They are also looking to take a stab at the charts for themselves again.
Show times will be 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $30 (not including tax and fees) and can be purchased in person at the South Point Casino Box Office, via phone at 702-797-8055 or 1-866-796-7111 or online at TicketReturn.com.