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May 31, 2016

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The Kats Report Podcast — Purple Forever (May. 25)

Las Vegas vocalist Michelle Johnson has quickly put together a powerhouse lineup of Vegas entertainers for the June 7 “Forever Purple” tribute to Prince at Cabaret Jazz, on what would have been his 58th birthday. Johnson talks of that effort, and of her years in town as Las Vegas’ First Lady of Jazz. Listen »

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Who cares? Yes, the rockers do, in electrifying show at the Colosseum

Being a legend affords a certain latitude: You get to make fun of whatever and whomever whenever you like. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend reminded of that status Sunday night at the Colosseum …

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How many houses can one city keep full?

How many arenas are too many? How many are enough? In Las Vegas, we’re about to find out. Announced last week was a partnership between Las Vegas Sands and Madison Square Garden for a 17,500-seat entertainment venue to be built on the …

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Holly Madison makes the dates in ‘Vegas Diaries’ rollout

There are literary deadlines, and there are the deadlines of life. Holly Madison understands both. The due date for her second child and second book have been inconveniently aligned, with Madison initially facing a June release date for …

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Bill Medley totally righteous at Composers Showcase; Penn Jillette’s latest book to diet for

The Kats Report Bureau once again was ensconced at Composers Showcase of Las Vegas on Wednesday night, and it was a genuine Hall of Fame experience. For the first time, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performed …

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It’s Vegas … Straight Up as Chris Phillips opens gig at South Point

Sometimes we refer to him as Zowie Bowie, other times just Chris, but regardless he always brings the party. Chris Phillips-as-Zowie Bowie filled …

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Bob Arum: I am ready to promote Trump vs. Sanders

Bob Arum knows weird. In 1973, he promoted Evel Knievel’s attempt at clearing the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho, in a rocket cycle. The entire spectacle …

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Unshakable Tommy Wind stays steady as Vinnie Favorito bolts for Hooters

Tommy Wind Theater is a cozy family operation housed in the 21,000-square-foot fortress that was once Club Utopia and most recently Boulevard Theater across from Monte Carlo in the strip mall …

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Claire Sinclair and ‘Pin Up’ notch three years at the Stratosphere, but what’s next?

Pin Up remains property of the Stratosphere and won’t close unless Strat officials authorize such a move. But with the success of MJ Live, and the ease with which hotels can turn a profit as a landlord versus a show producer, any outcome is possible for Pin Up.

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Segway antics, Brad Garrett on fumes (and NBC) and more from ‘Power of Love’ Gala

It was a uniquely Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” Gala type of moment when the guy on the Segway custom-painted with metallic flames arrived on the red (or make that purple) carpet. …

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Monday By the Numbers: ‘One Night’ film and Joan Jett’s show at FSE

Monday By the Numbers is a mix of clipped hair, concrete, champagne and, most important from our friends at Cirque du Soleil, a healthy splash of water. …

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At T-Mobile Arena, our own Billboard Music Awards go to …

The Billboard Music Awards telecast is more than just an awards show. It’s a live-performance spectacle, fashion show, means to make a cultural/political statement and great arena spectacle. …

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Electric Daisy Carnival announces monster lineup — 250 acts — for 20th anniversary

The lineup of the 2016 Electric Daisy Carnival has been announced, and the field of artists rivals the great expanse of the host venue, Las Vegas Motor Speedway. More than 250 acts …

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Tony Bennett’s medley ramps up the power at ‘Power of Love’

He kept saying it, in the run-up to the party, during and after: “This is overwhelming.” We know the feeling because when Tony Bennett closed “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” and hit the final, …

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Steve Wynn makes quick change at Intrigue; Red Mercury scales Stratosphere

When we refer to the scene in VegasVille as a participation sport, the overnight opening-night party at Jewel is what we’re talking about. The club has overtaken the former Haze nightclub, closed 18 months ago, and …

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Bill Boyd’s passion for hometown burns bright as ever

Taking the lead from his legendary father, Bill Boyd, the founder and executive chairman of Boyd Gaming, continues to enrich the community with his vision and generosity. On Saturday night, he was honored at the …

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