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February 26, 2015

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Rockin’ Las Vegas with Elvis, Imagine Dragons, Roseanne and Jim Rogers’ cars
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Fresh off a remarkably vigorous spree of performances tied to the Destination Dragons promotion with Southwest Airlines, Imagine Dragons is prepping for its upcoming tour beginning April 12 in Santiago, Chile.
Wings over America: Imagine Dragons jam on jammed Southwest flight; album debuts at No. 1
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Wearing a grin and plain white T-shirt you’d buy three-to-a-pack at Target, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds returned to the stage — which is to say he returned to his spot at the head of the cabin just in front of the cockpit.
A ‘proponent of spectacle,’ director Philip William McKinley goes organic in ‘Showstoppers’
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
The vast majority of audience members who file out of Encore Theater say that they would recommend “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” to their family and friends, and the recommendation here, too, is to check out this talent-laden effort.
Monday By the Numbers: How Rascal Flatts have sold, how they’ll need to sell; fair time at MGM Resorts; Imagine Dragons’ Target ad cost
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers targets Rascal Flatts, which is beginning its series of performances at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Wednesday night; the MGM Resorts International job fair; and, yes, Target.
After 60 years, a Las Vegas classic is folding
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Take a long last look at the Riviera, a resort with a Las Vegas Boulevard address that doesn’t quite fit the Strip mold. The Riviera is headed for demolition as it celebrates ...
One little boy focus of support from Cirque, St. Baldrick’s and Children’s Specialty Center
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
As he leads you to a small circle, the little boy grins as if revealing a secret treasure, maybe the meaning of life itself. And for Elann Saula, who has fought a mysterious array of illnesses for most of his young life, the port under his skin is …
Forever nimble, Frankie Moreno partners with NBT in Nancy Houssels tribute
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Frankie Moreno’s versatility has always served him well. He’s at home on the range, as it were, for his dexterous skills as a musician, composer and performer.
Approaching 30 years on the Vegas stage, Frank Marino remains a savvy showmaker
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
"You have to work to be noticed. ... Maybe I should change the name of my show to Cirque du So Gay.”
J.Lo still in the mix at Axis (for ’16); Rock in Rio USA sales still brisk
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Jennifer Lopez performing a New Year’s Eve show in anticipation of a Strip residency in a Caesars Entertainment venue? Hasn’t that happened? Yes, on Dec. 31, at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
No Elvis show at Elvis’ old hotel; ‘Shades!’ booked into ever-challenging Windows at Bally’s
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
As I look across the floor toward what used to be Quarks, I see a painting of Elvis priced at $1,800. Around the bend are some Elvis artifacts — an Indian-style jumpsuit, a squash-blossom necklace from his arrival ...
Monday By the Numbers: An 80-foot snake, 110 flying arrows and more about ‘Ka’
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Today’s Monday By the Numbers focuses on the Cirque du Soleil spectacle “Ka” at MGM Grand celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. The show opened officially on Feb. 2, 2005.
NHL boss applauds our enthusiam, at least
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
Gary Bettman’s visit was as remarkable for what it didn’t represent as what it did ...
Attending events at MGM Resorts Arena might be a walk in the park
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
The parking plan at the under-construction MGM Resorts Arena is thus far fairly simple to impart: Use the existing garages at the resorts near the facility. And there are several thousand spots available, if you don’t mind the …
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Riviera focus of LVCVA purchase, implosion reports
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
In a world where resort sales are not official until the involved parties sign documents, it’s safe to say that one famous Las Vegas hotel might not survive the summer. That hotel is the Riviera.
Frankie Moreno sets dates at Cabaret Jazz; Coastal Luxury still wants to run Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Coming off a quickie tour of Paris and Zurich, in which he was promoting the city on behalf of the LVCVA, Frankie Moreno has found a temporary venue. Well, it’s actually a permanent venue, but temporary for him as ...
Willie Robertson heeds the call of Las Vegas in ‘Duck Commander Musical’
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
“Duck Commander Musical” charts the unlikely path to fame of the Robertson family of “Duck Dynasty” fame, the clan from Monroe, La., who parlayed a duck call — the Duck Commander — into a retail and entertainment empire.
Veteran Vegas rocker Franky Perez fights off his demons and returns to the road
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
Perez leaves this month for a tour with Finnish cello/metal rock outfit Apocalyptica.
Tark’s original Runnin’ Rebels were the Globetrotters of college hoops
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
The 1976-’77 Runnin Rebels, the university’s first Final Four squad, were a team that surpassed 100 points 23 times that season and averaged 107 points per game. This high-octane output was produced in the grainy era before the advent of a shot clock or 3-point line.
Even at its implosion, plan goes awry at the Clarion Hotel Casino
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
The building was never known for its cooperation. From when it opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn to its days as the Paddlewheel, Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel, WWF hotel-casino and Greek Isles, nothing ever ...
Monday By the Numbers: $3,000 wedding cakes, $30,000 ceremonies and more from Valentine’s Day
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
It’s all about the romance, to a point. As The Beatles once said, “All You Need Is Love.” But they also said, “Money (That’s What I Want).” Nonetheless, enjoy this lovely data.
Imagine Dragons: ‘If there’s a way to bring Las Vegas more on the map, we’ll do it’
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015
Months before they were to unleash the rock ’n’ roll from a temporary, cylindrical, Target-stamped enclave on Fremont Street, members of Imagine Dragons took to a tour bus and talked about their new album and love for Las Vegas.
For Clarion owner, implosion is the easy part
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015
Our city’s latest implosion isn’t the most massive undertaking on the to-do list of Lorenzo Doumani, owner of the Clarion resort and its surrounding property. In fact, the implosion, scheduled for Tuesday, isn’t even the biggest project for Doumani this month.
‘Titanic’ displays a long-lost piece; Sammy Shore splashes down at Laugh Factory
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
A rarity among rarities has been installed at “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at Luxor. A cherub that was one of two such pieces flanking the grand staircase leading to the ship’s first-class deck has been restored …
BBR’s fantastical ‘Alice’ is breaking theatrical rules at Vinyl
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
“Honestly, what they’re going to see is nothing they have ever seen before, let alone in Las Vegas. We wanted an adventure.”
Andy Walmsley’s inspired talk series ‘ENTSpeaks’ speaks for itself
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
Monday’s show starred “Fantasy” producer Anita Mann; Smith Center President Myron Martin; Harrah’s comedy magician headliner Mac King; “Frank: The Man, The Music” star Bob Anderson; “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” singer Nicole Kaplan; and my colleague the Ubiquitous Robin Leach.
Holly Madison takes after former business partners at 1923; Cosmopolitan seizes control of Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
What is happening this week strays from a pure business dispute, delving into unsettling allegations of surreptitious videotaping of disrobing dancers and terse denials by the accused.
Imagine Dragons’ Grammy performance downtown is not a public event
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
It turns out the hubbub on Fremont East for Sunday’s Grammy Awards telecast starring Imagine Dragons is more akin to a music video than rock concert.
Monday By the Numbers: Stat data from Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Molitz Super Bowl party and ’N Sync
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
As they say on the streets of VegasVille, it’s all a big numbers game. Maybe they don’t say that. But we do work with the figures, statistics-wise, in The Kats Report. Some numerical data from the week gone by:
Grammys descending on Fremont East for live concert
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
The live performance will accompany a report about Container Park, highlighting Sunday's Grammys Awards on CBS.
Joey Fatone shows up just in time for ‘Rock of Ages’; Felice Garcia adds five weeks to ‘MDQ’
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the 19th annual Jeff Molitz Super Bowl Party and Fried Food Extravaganza. This is the most prominent gathering of influential people anywhere in VegasVille, or Green Valley, which is ...
Merger, public trading can expand empire of PT’s parent company
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
Blake Sartini talks about what’s to come for the new Golden Entertainment, which was forged by the merger of Golden Gaming and Lakes Entertainment.
Dean Martin carpet controversy, nightlife shakeup the latest from SLS
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
We are at the moment in the evolution of SLS Las Vegas where, if the hotel were a blackjack table, I would not want to be sitting at third base.
Lombardi’s poolside rant, Rozelle’s suite press conference, ‘The Beast’s’ sweaty palms, more from Super Bowl I
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
Asking Jerry Izenberg for his favorite Super Bowl memory is like asking a parent to name his favorite child — if that parent has 49 children.
Wranglers finished in Las Vegas as options, time run out
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
In the end, the Las Vegas Wranglers skated full circle. Vanquished from their home ice at Orleans Arena in December 2013, the team crisscrossed the Las Vegas Valley in search of a new home.
The Shortinos’ famed Caddy: Gone in 60 minutes
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Carmen Shortino's Cadillac is something of a family heirloom and also sports a famous license plate. Or, rather, sported one ...
A ‘Diva’ nabs a diva: How Frank Marino moved heaven and earth (and his schedule) to meet Diana Ross
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Frank Marino, the star of “Divas Las Vegas” at the Linq Hotel, is all agog over superstar diva Diana Ross, who remains one of the very few subjects to be in “Divas” during its entire run.
Amid changes, Spiegelworld’s ‘Improssario’ continues expanding his empire
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
“I can’t keep up with what’s going on. I have no idea. We have no plan. It’s management by haphazard luck.”
Judy Alberti, popular longtime entertainment exec, splits with Station Casinos
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
One of the most influential behind-the-scenes figures in Las Vegas entertainment over the past two decades is stepping down.
Bob Anderson comes face-to-face with his idol in ‘Frank: The Man, The Music’
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Bob Anderson is a wonderful vocal impressionist and an expert conveyor of art by any estimation. But here, he is the tableau for another artist, makeup master Kazu Tsuji, one of the highest-regarded individuals practicing this craft in the world.
Monday By the Numbers: NBT’s live-music outlay; ticket targets for ‘Showstoppers’ and ‘Frank’
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
The latest data culled from our scrambling around the scene. This week’s Monday By the Numbers column touches on ballet and a helicopter. Enjoy this stat parade:
Goodman: Black Book is unconstitutional
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will dedicate the next of his dinner series talks to the infamous book that bans people from casinos in Nevada.
VIP tickets flying fast at Rock in Rio; Michael Grimm expands his playground
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
The Season 4 champion of “America’s Got Talent,” Michael Grimm has always said he just wants a place to play, and he has found that.
No ‘Mr. Roboto’ for Santana; Brad Garrett turns cool in ‘Fargo’; ice follies at Sin City Theater
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Carlos Santana, given the Key to the Strip during a ceremony at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay on Wednesday, said work is continuing with the long-anticipated album “Santana IV.”
A royal meet-and-greet: ‘ENTSpeaks’ producer Andy Walmsley and Queen Elizabeth II
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Ever have one of those text exchanges where a friend and you are playing “top this,” and you suddenly receive a photo of your friend shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth II?
1923 edges back toward Ivan Kane vibe; Gold Coast pulling apart showroom
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Yard House at Town Square, just a handspring from Baobab Stage Theater, where the venue’s proprietor, Wassa Coulibaly, is heading up another of her “Midnight Cabaret” burlesque shows.
Monday By the Numbers: Wynn and Encore’s half-billion profit haul; what ‘Sexxy’ jams into an hour
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
The latest data culled from our scrambling around the scene in Las Vegas. It’s a column called Monday By the Numbers. Enjoy these statistical synapses:
Sports book, typically ahead of its time, is due for an update
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
There is a lot of wasted space above the crowd at the Westgate Superbook. That will change.
Hits keep coming for ‘Showstoppers’; Michael Grimm unveiled at Silverton
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Two numbers have been added to “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” beginning Thursday night. Michael Grimm is opening a new autobiographical music showcase, titled aptly “Grimm,” at the Silverton’s Veil Showroom beginning Saturday night.
Mariah Carey: Facts and figures as she sets up to play the Colosseum
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Mariah Carey has been a top-selling singer since the release of her self-titled album in 1990 and is recognized as the bestselling female artist ever.
John Payne, ‘Rock Vault’ settle it down; 1923 summons DJ duo in official ‘relaunch’
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
The lawsuit filed by John Payne against his former “Raiding the Rock Vault” collaborator Sir Harry Cowell and officials with the former operators of LVH has been settled.

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