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Celine reminds: ‘I live here’; Moreno toggles Cabaret Jazz, Kennedy Center; Santana in tune with Isley
Friday, May 22, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is The Beatles Revolution Lounge at the Mirage, an uncommon posting station, but it’s not exceptionally busy right now as it is about eight hours before the club opens.
A frothy Eagles remembrance featuring beer, JuneFest and ‘Love’ seating chart
Thursday, May 21, 2015
A long spell ago, I recall it being in 1984, Glenn Frey was a guest on “Late Night With David Letterman.” The charter member of The Eagles had just released “The Allnighter.”
Light to be turned on with ‘Baz,’ a full-sensory experience
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The 90-minute “Baz” is a partnership of the production company For the Record and Cirque du Soleil’s theatrical division headed up by former Base Entertainment exec Scott Zeiger.
Suzanne Somers sizzles; ‘Alice’ at Vinyl in benefit; Michael Grimm also turning up at HRH
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Wednesday’s latest performance of “Alice: A Steampunk Rock Concert Fantasy” at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel is a benefit for “Vegas! The Show” dancer Lauren Clark.
Stevie Wonder, Imagine Dragons, Duran Duran, Kendrick Lamar confirmed at 2015 Life Is Beautiful
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
In keeping with its tradition of throwing a wide net over its music programming, Life Is Beautiful has announced its lineup of acts for this fall’s festival.
Rock in Rio USA says expect a bigger, better Las Vegas event in 2017
Monday, May 18, 2015
As it was, Rock in Rio USA’s success is measured by the fact that what was presented on that parcel matched the detailed model unveiled publicly for the first time in September.
Blackstone adviser talks future plans for the Cosmopolitan
Monday, May 18, 2015
UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration alumnus John Ceriale recalled humbler moments early in his career — in particular, his first job at Caesars Palace. He worked as ...
Celine presents, Mariah performs, Taylor lauded at Billboard Music Awards
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Las Vegas continues to serve as the center of the pop music universe, as the 2015 Billboard Music Awards telecast is rumbling through MGM Grand Garden Arena. The show hits town less than 24 hours after Rock in Rio USA closed its two-weekend run at MGM Resorts Festival Grounds.
Bruno Mars delivers uptown funk to the Strip in fiery sendoff to Rock in Rio USA
Sunday, May 17, 2015
For a night, the embodiment of Elvis and The Rat Pack on the Strip was the guy in the white fedora and Hawaiian-print shirt. He spun and shimmied and smiled and stopped to notice his face on a billboard overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard.
Cirque artist Sami Saula will hold concert fundraiser Friday for his son
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Elann Saula is a little boy with a lot of fight. But even he needs help in his battle against a serious immune-system disorder. The 4-year-old Elann is ...
Nine Groovy Things from Rock in Rio USA pre-Bruno Mars
Saturday, May 16, 2015
You might be wondering, from this Rock in Rio USA experience on the Strip, “Whither the groovy-ness?” It is all around us ...
First night of Rock in Rio USA’s Pop Weekend is Taylor-made
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Taylor Swift uses 1989 as the cornerstone of her career, which makes sense as that was the year she was born. As she took the stage at Rock and Rio USA on Friday night, ...
Funneling the clouds, the ‘weather guru’ reigns over Rock in Rio USA
Friday, May 15, 2015
Around these grounds there has been talk of a “voodoo weather guy” or “weather guru” who has protected Rock in Rio USA from any debilitating wind, rain or even ...
Riviera signs to glow anew at Neon Museum; L.V. Phil to reprise Sinatra’s Reprise era
Friday, May 15, 2015
Just about to haul The Kats Report Bureau back to the Rock in Rio USA festival. Pop Weekend is upon us, with the most significant latest news that John Legend has been moved from the Mercedes Benz Evolution Stage ...
Buzz around Life Is Beautiful has Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran joining Imagine Dragons this year
Friday, May 15, 2015
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 ...
B.B. King was an international, and Las Vegas, treasure
Friday, May 15, 2015
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 …
Clearance sale, sizzling party in the works as Penn Jillette vacates the Slammer
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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.
Neal Schon amped up over Journey residency, new album, tour with Santana
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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.
Colosseum resident Mariah Carey opts for elegance over adrenaline
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Mariah’s performance is generous, fulfilling and familiar. If it’s a dance party you’re after, you’ll find it across the street.
Chloe Crawford revs up Simon Cowell in ‘BGT’; comedy showcase planned for Flamingo
Monday, May 11, 2015
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.
Monday By the Numbers: Human Nature’s hop across Australia; artificial turf blankets Rock in Rio USA
Monday, May 11, 2015
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.
Metallica brings the pyro and power as Rock in Rio USA closes its first weekend
Sunday, May 10, 2015
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 ...
Handcuff can boost Mob Museum, CSI attraction
Sunday, May 10, 2015
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 ...
Rock in Rio USA hits its stride on second day
Saturday, May 9, 2015
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.
Maná, No Doubt among big draws on Rock in Rio USA’s first night
Saturday, May 9, 2015
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 ...
Hooters Casino Hotel is snapped up for $53.8 million
Friday, May 8, 2015
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.
As Rock in Rio USA opens, we still have a lot to learn
Friday, May 8, 2015
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.
Mariah reaches for her best pitch in Colosseum debut
Thursday, May 7, 2015
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.
As MGM’s new arena takes shape, plans come into focus
Thursday, May 7, 2015
NHL hockey remains a distinct possibility, but the venue will go beyond the puck.
Sandoval ‘absolutely confident’ in progress at Resorts World Las Vegas
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Activity is taking place on the northern end of the Strip, where darkened parcels are becoming animated with development or plans for such.
Larry Ruvo: Visionary Roberto Medina reminds of Sarno, Kerkorian, Wynn and Adelson
Monday, May 4, 2015
“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.
Monday By the Numbers: ‘Crazy Girls,’ Charo, Dolly Parton and a little Shecky as the Riviera closes
Monday, May 4, 2015
Today’s Monday By the Numbers column focuses on the Riviera, which closed about noon today. Figures related to the place that, upon opening, said it was “The New High in the Sky.”
Riviera Comedy Club hosts one last blowout before blowing up
Monday, May 4, 2015
The history of entertainment at the Riv is as rich as any hotel-casino to ever conduct business on the Strip. It is where Liberace debuted at the hotel anointed as “The New High in the Sky” in April 1955.
Celebrities stream into MGM Grand Garden Arena for Mayweather-Pacquiao
Saturday, May 2, 2015
The total take on the fight from Nevada sports books should approach $80 million ...
‘Duck Commander Musical’ facing May 17 closing at the Rio
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Sources in the show and those close to the production team said today that calls were made to the crew today informing them the show would close.
The $16 million watch says it’s time for Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao to make more money
Thursday, April 30, 2015
If MGM Grand were not already hued in green, it would be repainted that color for Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao bout at Grand Garden Arena. 
Money is what sets this fight apart.
Mayweather-Pacquiao: Burning questions, bold predictions and everything you need to know
Thursday, April 30, 2015
At last, the main event has arrived. Find out why it took so long to get Manny vs. Floyd, what records will be broken, and what's at stake Saturday Night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
‘The Rat Pack Is Back’ eyeing new spot — T Spot at Tuscany; Penn shops ‘The Slammer’
Monday, April 27, 2015
I’ve been writing about T Spot quite a lot over the past several months, or even year, with good reason. There is a lot happening in that entertainment den just off the casino floor.
ACM Awards returns in 2016; MGM Resorts Festival Grounds to join party
Sunday, April 26, 2015
After spending its 50th anniversary in spacious AT&T Stadium, the Academy of Country Music Awards is back in Las Vegas for 2016, and three country stars are already booked.
Was number of Elvis’ consecutive sold-out shows in Las Vegas 636 or 837?
Sunday, April 26, 2015
The number has grown into the rock ’n’ roll equivalent of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak: 837 consecutive sold-out shows performed by Elvis Presley at the International and Las Vegas Hilton from July 1969 through December 1976. But Graceland’s chief archivist, Angie Marchese, dove back into the family’s files and counted every performance in the showroom. She arrived at 636.
Elvis revival isn’t the only comeback special at Westgate Las Vegas
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Not so long ago, the only evidence Elvis Presley was at the hotel where he famously headlined was a bronze statue at the entrance and tribute show in Shimmer Cabaret.
Lisa Marie Presley on return to Las Vegas: ‘This was like a second home’
Saturday, April 25, 2015
As Graceland was turned into an international tourist destination celebrating Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley all but forgot about the hotel where her father performed 636 consecutive sold-out shows during her childhood.
Cirque du Soleil is ready for some ‘multisensory’ action at Rock in Rio USA
Thursday, April 23, 2015
From the moment Rock in Rio USA was announced for Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has been listed solely as an equity partner in the music festival. But what about an artistic partner?
Her voice is heard: Veronic set for May 14 return to Bally’s
Thursday, April 23, 2015
There’s been a lot of talk about Veronic’s band at Bally’s. At least, we’ve talked about it, because she doesn’t have a band. Unless you consider all those voices she uses in her act.
Cirque du Yankovic: Weird Al readies for May’s Planet Hollywood run
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
“What could be a better Vegas show than this? It’s family-friendly, it’s funny, it’s musical and my audience spans every demographic imaginable."
J.Lo to follow Mariah Carey in Caesars Entertainment’s super-diva lineup
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Set for a mid-May announcement is Jennifer Lopez’s headlining run at Axis, which has been anticipated with great zeal ever since her knockout performance at the Colosseum on New Year’s Eve.
Priscilla Presley ready to return Elvis — for real — to Las Vegas
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The core question for fans of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll has long been: “How can we bring Elvis back to Las Vegas?” Priscilla Presley has long asked that herself.
To Betty Willis, Las Vegas was forever ‘Fabulous’
Monday, April 20, 2015
The word “fabulous” was chosen because it was the one word Betty Willis always used to describe Las Vegas. “It was just a word a whole lot of people liked, and we liked it, too,” Willis said. “We really thought Las Vegas was a fabulous place.”
Monday By the Numbers: 1 dominates Pacquiao conference call; 0 prevails at Mayweather-Pacquiao ticket office
Monday, April 20, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers collects statistics from AFAN’s AIDS Walk, “Marvel Universe Live!” at the Thomas & Mack Center and the sale of Cirque du Soleil.
Guy Laliberte swings deal with TPG, sells interest in Cirque for $1.5 billion
Monday, April 20, 2015
The famed founder of Cirque du Soleil has sold controlling interest in the company, and the new majority ownership company is familiar around the world and ...

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