Billy Ray Cyrus Signed to Return to the Riviera Hotel & Casino In Las Vegas November 21 & 22

Jul 13, 1998, 01:00 ET from Riviera Hotel & Casino

    LAS VEGAS, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Singing star Billy Ray Cyrus will
 headline two concerts, Saturday, and Sunday, November 21 & 22 at the Riviera
 Hotel & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The announcement was made by Director
 of Entertainment for the Riviera, Steve Schirripa.
     Even though Billy Ray was well-known in country music circles, he didn't
 gain national notoriety until the release of "Achy Breaky Heart."  The catchy
 single hit the charts like a bombshell and occupied the number one spot in
 country music for seven weeks.  The debut album, "Some Gave All," ignited the
 Billboard pop and country album charts at No. 1 for a record-breaking and
 record-holding seventeen weeks.  Country dancing fans were doing the "Achy
 Breaky" and the record sales hit platinum.  It was a craze that rivaled the
 hula hoop and quite possibly the Twist.
     Despite his sudden rise to fame, Cyrus was anything but an overnight
 sensation.  Before making five albums, before selling 15 million copies,
 before the steady rain of music industry accolades (Country Music Association
 Single of the Year, Nashville Songwriter Association Song of the Year, six TNN
 Music City News Awards, two American Music Awards, two Billboard awards, five
 Grammy nominations, a BMI awards, etc.,) before the TV specials and the Billy
 Ray Cyrus Charities Foundation and even before carrying the Olympic Torch, the
 Flatwoods, Kentucky native was living in his car, knocking on the doors of
 Nashville power brokers, trying desperately to get that illusive break.  His
 success came only after his refusal to give up.  He has paid his dues.
     A career artist, Cyrus has regrouped and returned with his sixth CD to
 round out a double trifecta that so far includes the above "Some Gave All,"
 and "It Won't Be The Last," "Storm in the Heartland, Trail of Tears" and "The
 Best of Billy Ray Cyrus: Cover to Cover."  The album hitting stores in
 September, features the first single and video, "Time For Letting Go" to be
 released July 27.
     Cyrus recalls, "Keith Stegall, my producer, found that song and everyone
 agreed it was the one to lead off with.  The songs remind me of ones I played
 early in my career, back when I was playing four sets a night in 1986 at the
 old Ragtime Lounge."
     Known for his big heart and boundless loyalty, he recorded this one in the
 long-standing Cyrus tradition of music equals fun, bringing the credo to the
 new collection of songs, as well as taking it to the stage on an in progress
 world tour, of which the famed Riviera is now a part.
     "The music has never been about my hair or clothes, but to some it was.
 There's a new song on the album called 'Under the Hood' that will get people
 out on the dance floor, but it's about how you can't judge a book by its
 cover.  I've always wanted to be respected as a singer, songwriter and
 entertainer.  So I have to live my motto of 'some gave all' to achieve that."
     Billy Ray Cyrus concerts will be at 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, November
 21 & 22 in the Riviera's Grand Ballroom.  Tickets are $35 and $45 plus all
 applicable fees and service charges.  For more information or reservations
 call the Riviera Box Office at (702) 794-9280.

SOURCE Riviera Hotel & Casino