OK, so last night (9/23/10) I saw Greg London at the Riviera, and the night previous I saw Larry G Jones at The Harmon Theater (Planet Hollywood), so I’ll make a number of comparisons between the two impressionists.
Greg London has superior “production values.” He has three leggy singing/dancing girls that flit around the stage, and a decent four-piece band (featuring a blonde, female lead guitarist). He has twin video projectors showing videos and stills at various times.
Larry G Jones has himself, a few props, and his light and sound man. No dancing girls. No video projection. If you just gotta have leggy girls then advantage Greg London.
Greg London does a better Elvis than Jones, but I suspect that the reason his band cranks up the sound so high for his big Elvis finale is that his extended Elvis weakens the longer he goes. You can barely hear it over the band, so you think he’s doing great. Tiny advantage London.
London’s Neil Diamond is very fleeting, and very poor. Jones does an extended Diamond (and an entire CD which I have listened to twice in two days) and it’s spot on. At times, listening to the CD, I forgot I was hearing Jones. Big advantage to Jones.
They both do a gag song parodying Tiger Woods. Jones’ is cleverer and funnier. Advantage Jones.
They both do Sammy and Dean. Big advantage Jones.
They both do the Temptations, but Jones switches between all four voices several times, spot on. Huge advantage Jones.
Jones does a duet featuring Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole, that’s incredible. Then he adds some Gordon Lightfoot and a superb Michael Crawford from Phantom. None of the above from London. Massive advantage Jones.
London did a decent Billy Joel and a nice Rod Stewart. None of the above from Jones. Advantage London.
London did an extended Ozzie Osborn, slurring his way through a costumed bit, which went on for a long time. He also did a “staggering-around-the-stage-stoned” Jim Morrison. None of the above from Jones. Huge advantage to Jones.
London’s show featured a walrus-like bass player who engaged in some bantering, comic chicanery and some singing. None of the above from Jones. Advantage Jones.
London did Tina. So did Jones. Jones has a massive voice with a three octave range. His Tina is incredible. Huge advantage Jones.
They both did Johnny Cash. London played a guitar, Jones didn’t. Jones’ Cash was much “bassier,” and gravely. Advantage Jones.
Overall, my take is that if you gave Larry G Jones the same room, and the same “production values” that Greg London is blessed with, he’d blow London right out of Vegas. As it is, his voice beats London any day, no contest, hands down. End of story.
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