Neil Maxa

Las Vegas Review Journal

Paul Shaffer and the Shaf-Shifters wrap their nine-show engagement at Caesars Palace’s Cleopatra’s Barge on Saturday night.

Shaffer said after Thursday’s show he’d love to return.

So would his band.

The lineup built by trumpet ace and veteran bandleader David Perrico is a Vegas all-star lineup: Noybel Gorgoy on vocals, Jim Buck on guitar, Keith Nelson on bass, Rocco Barbato on sax, Neil Maxa on trombone, and Pepe Jimenez on drums.

Gorgoy shines as the front vocalist, swapping songs with Buck and Shaffer in a set list peppered with such rock classics as the Rolling Stones’ “Going to a Go Go,” Booker T & The MG’s “Green Onions,” and the show-closing Blues Brothers’ (and, before them, Sam and Dave’s), “Soul Man.”

Shaffer, who connects the show with anecdotes and film clips (including a revival of his Artie Fufkin character from “This is Spinal Tap”) clearly relished the chance to host a show on the Strip, announcing, “We are at CaesarsPalace, on the corner of Sin and City.”

During “Please Please Please,” Brown starts to stagger from the stage as one of his assistants drapes a cape around his shoulder. Brown, naturally, is overcome by the music and returns to finish his furious performance.

It’s a heartfelt homage to Vegas entertainment, and it plays well on the corner of, yes, Sin and City.