FOF #834 – The Legacy of Liberace

Sep 5, 2008 · 1985 views

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  1. Gary T says:

    I’m definitely checking the museum out next time I’m in Las Vegas. Darin is a hottie.

  2. Weird thing: I just used that exact picture of Liberace as a Majorette in a blogcast last week.
    I was looking for a picture that screamed “gay” so I Googled “Gayest picture ever” and that is what came up. Gosh bless ya, Liberace, wherever you are.

  3. Dave says:

    I’m also a big fan of Liberace and think he gets overlooked a lot when people examine GLBT people in enterainment. I’m sure he would have come out as gay had his kidneys held out (the cleaning agents of his costumes poisoned him) and of course, HIV.

    Look how far Elton John and other once-closeted now happily-gay living legends like him have come in the past decades.

  4. RcktMan says:

    Darin looks a little like a young Victor Garber, who played Liberace in a biopic that was done for TV in the 90s sometime.

    I haven’t heard the show yet, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting its arrival! I will listen tonight and give my full report! 🙂

  5. Wow, the pics really show what words can not convey. Can’t wait to see the video of this.

  6. Shaunessy says:

    Ha ha, I remember Fausto and how obsessed he was with that Liberace documentary. Great show guys!

  7. Rick says:

    I really enjoyed this show and all the others about gay history. I would like to add another gay icon from the past – Virgil Fox. He was a very popular organist in NYC and me and my friends loved to attend his organ concerts. He was not as popular as Liberace, but he had and still has a very dedicated fan base. we used to joke and call him Virgil Cocks.

  8. Rhea says:

    The moment when Fausto goes all giddy upon realizing that he’s actually surrounded by Liberace’s rhinestones and extravagance– absolutely priceless!

  9. It’s like being surrounded by pure joy. I think some people sometimes held Liberace to impossible standards. He LOVED his costumes, and even when it put his own health at risk.

    The guy was a character, but I appreciate the over-the-top decadence he created, and how he worked hard to make it accessible to everyone.

    I’m wondering how many dazzling treasures of royalty are locked away in some vault or mansion never to be seen by the eyes of the general public.

  10. CharlesVer33 says:

    Glad you guys did this show, the Liberace Museum is one of the best and wackiest places to visit in Las Vegas. It’s also wonderful how Darin is so honest and forthcoming with the controversy of Liberace.

  11. Right on Liberace…another Milwaukee native… time your up I will show you his home.

  12. Antz says:

    ANOTHER interesting show!

  13. Robert says:

    I have not listened to this cast yet but checked out the photos. I was there last summer and you got all the same shots I did. It was a blast.
    They did not allow people to use flashes but I sweet talked one of the employees and got all the shots I wanted.

    To this day I am using my Liberace matches I purchased at the gift shop to light my tapers and votives.

  14. Here we are in front of that costume- That’s a whole lot of pink turkey feathers!

    Greetings from the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas!

  15. DantheMan says:

    That’s a great looking photo Marc! Would be fun to see you guys wearing it.

  16. RcktMan says:

    What a delightful show!

    Darrin made a comment about people coming into the museum who maybe had a connection to Liberace through their parents or grandparents, and it touched a nerve with me… my Nana was a HUGE Liberace fan. She would fly to Vegas with her friends every so often and see Liberace in concert when I was a kid, and come home with stories and souvenirs from her trips. In fact, the last time she saw him was not too long before he died – I believe it was either 1984 or 1985. She bought his book, “The Wonderful Private World of Liberace” and I remember looking through it in awe at the costumes and the decadence.

    So I imagine if I ever do make it out to Las Vegas to see the museum — and I would absolutely make it a stop on my trip — I would have the same reaction as these other people, because Liberace touched my Nana’s life and subsequently mine, I would feel a connection to her by visiting.

    See… good things do come from Wisconsin. 😀

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us! 🙂

  17. Yeah I think it’s one of the best things to do in Las Vegas. Ironically it’s the most genuine place I saw.

    For a city known for it’s disposable nature and attraction to the latest craze, it’s nice to see a solid piece of living history (and a very gay one to boot) still living and breathing on 1775 East Tropicana Avenue.

  18. matt says:

    Fausto, quit saying “sensibilities”!

  19. corey says:

    Perhaps it’s time for a rhinestone-studded FOF T-Shirt…

  20. I haven`t known much about Liberace before this show. It was very interesting to get to know more about him and his career.

    I love those costumes!

  21. Fishsauce says:

    This was one fantastic show. I’ve driven by the Liberace Museum tons of times but always felt it was too kitschy to actually check out. Now I can’t wait to go! Thank you, boys, for another wonderful episode!

  22. davidsw8 says:

    For the first time since I started listening to FOF in April, I was going to skip this episode as I’m not a big fan of Liberace. I’m still not, but I was glad I listened to the show, you guys can make anything sound interesting! It was a very engaging, informative show and your guest was so passionate about his job it was a joy to listen to. Well done guys.

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