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May 24, 2015

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Anne Martinez (May. 19)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Anne Martinez, co-lead singer of ALICE, a Steampunk Rock Opera Fantasy, at Vinyl inside Hard Rock Hotel. Listen »

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Buzz around Life Is Beautiful has Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran joining Imagine Dragons this year

As Rock in Rio USA sets its footing for Pop Weekend at MGM Resorts Festival Grounds, there is some percolation about the next major entertainment festival in Las Vegas. We speak of the third Life Is Beautiful …

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B.B. King was an international, and Las Vegas, treasure

B.B. King lived in Las Vegas in a way that was not so apparent. “I don’t think most people in Vegas know that I live there. I never do hear anything about B.B. King living in Las Vegas,” King said in a lengthy phone interview in August 2010. “I see where a lot of other people …

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Clearance sale, sizzling party in the works as Penn Jillette vacates the Slammer

Penn Jillette and his family have moved out of his famous Las Vegas home, where the verbose half of Penn & Teller has lived since relocating to the city in 1994.

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Neal Schon amped up over Journey residency, new album, tour with Santana

These are the instruments of Neal Schon’s life: A lineup of electric guitars he played on rock classics that last for infinity and for which there seems no escape.

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Chloe Crawford revs up Simon Cowell in ‘BGT’; comedy showcase planned for Flamingo

Aside from the entertainment booked in relation to the Rock in Rio duel weekends, SLS is fired up about its Foxtail Pool parties. The old Sahara aquatic retreat is barely recognizable.

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Monday By the Numbers: Human Nature’s hop across Australia; artificial turf blankets Rock in Rio USA

This week, Monday By the Numbers has action in Australia and Rio. Human Nature is back at Sands Showroom in the Venetian, having just finished a tour of their homeland, which happens to be Down Under.

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Metallica brings the pyro and power as Rock in Rio USA closes its first weekend

Rock in Rio USA served as what it was destined to be during the weeks of preparation, a fine marketing performance for what would come in future shows. The countermarketing of Las Vegas …

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Handcuff can boost Mob Museum, CSI attraction

Five years ago, there was a question of whether the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas would agree to enter into a cross-promotional partnership with the in-development Mob Experience being planned at the Tropicana. The concept was that a single ticket might be offered to both attractions, given they were exhibiting such similar subject matter …

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Rock in Rio USA hits its stride on second day

The key component to Rock in Rio USA’s theme park of music — the completed theme park — was finally in slow rotation at about 5 p.m. today. La Grande Wheel, the 150-foot-high Ferris wheel in the middle of the 50-acre MGM Resorts Festival Grounds, wasn’t operating during Friday’s opening day and night of Rock Weekend.

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Maná, No Doubt among big draws on Rock in Rio USA’s first night

Maná, which owns a huge international following, was among the highlights of the first night of the Rock in Rio USA festival Friday night on the Las Vegas Strip …

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Hooters Casino Hotel is snapped up for $53.8 million

The Las Vegas resort famous for its wings, and other things, has been sold. Hooters Casino Hotel, just east of the recently sold Tropicana, has been snapped up by the resort investment company Trinity Hotel Investments of New York.

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As Rock in Rio USA opens, we still have a lot to learn

The latest indication from the event is that no more than 50,000 people will be in attendance for each of the festival’s four days, and some reports put that number at around 30,000.

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Mariah reaches for her best pitch in Colosseum debut

Mariah Carey makes the instinctive ear-press move quite a lot in her new show at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace as she climbs the keys toward those sky-high notes that have soared over her 18 No. 1 hits.

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Sandoval ‘absolutely confident’ in progress at Resorts World Las Vegas

Activity is taking place on the northern end of the Strip, where darkened parcels are becoming animated with development or plans for such.

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Larry Ruvo: Visionary Roberto Medina reminds of Sarno, Kerkorian, Wynn and Adelson

“Roberto Medina is one of those visionaries who comes to Las Vegas very, very infrequently,” Larry Ruvo said after Medina presented Keep Memory Alive with a $50,000 check at the Rock in Rio USA VIP fortress at MGM Festival Grounds.

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