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[Obsession]

Boyz II Men’s Nathan Morris is all about his downtime

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Nathan Morris plays 34 weekends a year at the Mirage.
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When Boyz II Men stole the show performing “Beauty School Dropout” on Fox’s Grease: Live broadcast on January 31, the rest of the world witnessed what Vegas audiences have been discovering (and rediscovering) for almost three years now—these guys can really bring it, and they haven’t missed a beat.

“Las Vegas is one of those rare cities where you have a different audience every single night, and you have to find a way to focus not only on having a great show, but learning to respond to whatever that audience wants that night,” explains Nathan Morris, the founding member and baritone voice of the best-selling R&B group of all time. “We weren’t sure how we were going to take Las Vegas, but it is what you make it. It’s one of those places you turn into whatever you want it to be, and we enjoy being there.”

But there’s one place Morris enjoys being even more—home. Playing 34 weekends a year at the Mirage in addition to touring and studio time brings Morris an even greater appreciation for his new house in Apollo Beach, Florida. “I’ve got these 20-foot ceilings with huge windows along the back of the house, and the ocean’s right there,” he says. “When you’re around this much, you don’t get a chance to think. Here, I’ve got the sunset every day. As I’m getting older I’ve learned how to slow down and relax, to be patient. Our society moves so fast now, we don’t take the time.” That kind of relaxation sounds like an obsession we should all develop. Boyz II Men at Mirage, February 26-28, April 1-3 & 15-17.

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Brock Radke has been writing about Las Vegas for almost two decades. He currently serves as editor-at-large covering entertainment and ...

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