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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 ...
Steve Wynn revives ‘Li’l Abner’ in ‘Showstoppers’ moment at concierge gala
Monday, April 20, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau was earlier positioned at the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Concierge Choice Awards.
Entering 25th annual AFAN AIDS Walk, Penn Jillette talks ‘Duck,’ ‘Fool Us,’ Broadway plans
Friday, April 17, 2015
Lately, Penn Jillette has been musing about curtailing Penn & Teller’s long commitment to AFAN, as the organization preps for its 25th annual AIDS Walk. When checking the dates in the duo’s performance calendar, ...
‘Duck’ is an odd dish at the Rio, but it is well prepared
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The enormous investment of resources, experience and ingenuity bubbles over in “Duck Commander Musical,” which is based on the Robertson family of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” reality-rooted TV series.
Priscilla Presley talks preserving the King’s legacy at Westgate’s Graceland and beyond
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Priscilla is ready to unveil the only authorized Graceland exhibit to open outside of the Memphis estate.
Ready to ruffle feathers, ‘Duck Commander Musical’ sets down at the Rio
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The oddly matched musical features the family famous on A&E’s reality-TV series “Duck Dynasty” and is based on Willie and Korie Robertson’s book, “The Duck Commander Family — How Faith, Family and Ducks Built a Dynasty.”
Monday By the Numbers: Taking a drag at Hard Rock Cafe; welcoming expensive equines to the Thomas & Mack
Monday, April 13, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers celebrates one of the great civic achievements ever in VegasVille, the Guinness World Record for the largest staged drag show.
Frankie Moreno cuts loose in Carnegie Hall debut
Sunday, April 12, 2015
The Frank Sinatra tribute show is titled “Let’s Be Frank” featuring the New York Pops orchestra, 80 musicians strong, with a quartet of guest stars, among them Las Vegas headliner Frankie Moreno.
Dominoes are falling into place for Las Vegas’ tourism industry
Sunday, April 12, 2015
May 5 is a pivotal point in our city. The groundbreaking of Resorts World Las Vegas is scheduled for that day, more than two years after plans for the resort development were announced.
The Act space looks like ‘Dead’ zone; Priscilla Presley recalls discarded items that helped inspire Graceland
Friday, April 10, 2015
During a walk through Times Square, we took notice of a Mazda commercial starring Penn & Teller running on an endless loop on a giant Sony LED screen.
Unique Vladimir Kush-Tommy Ward event to raise money, and awareness, for Lou Ruvo Center
Thursday, April 9, 2015
In the latest fundraising effort for Keep Memory Alive, artist Vladimir Kush is partnering with Las Vegas singer-songwriter Tommy Ward for an event billed “Kush & Ward: Sights & Sounds” set for April 25 at Kush Fine Art Gallery.
Early reports have Diana Ross headlining in style at the Venetian
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Curious about backstage? Sometimes you gotta talk to the band.
DJ Ashba is deep into Sixx:A.M., but GNR is not finished; record-setting drag event is taking over the Strip
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba is not the GNR guitarist this weekend. Rather, he’s performing with SIXX:A.M. at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday night.
Frankie Moreno to evoke Frank Sinatra in first Carnegie Hall appearance
Monday, April 6, 2015
Frankie Moreno is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall’s main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium and Ronald O. Perelman Stage, as a guest star in the Frank Sinatra tribute show “Let’s Be Frank.”
Monday By the Numbers: Sir Elton John and his 12 standing O’s
Monday, April 6, 2015
This week’s Monday By the Numbers statistical raking centers on Sir Elton John and his “Million Dollar Piano” show at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. He needs no further introduction. Let’s play.
Uber controversy highlights complaints about cabs
Sunday, April 5, 2015
John Katsilometes talks with a limo driver who loves the ride-sharing app ...
Matt Goss still riding waves at Barge; Claire Sinclair, Sabina Kelley toggle sultry in ‘Pin Up’
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Every so often, I hear murmurs that the Barge will be disassembled (and, likely, dried out) in favor of a new concept, but the Goss show continues to power along like a Beneteau luxury yacht.
‘Absinthe’ to Cosmopolitan? Ha! And dual VegasVille action with Kelly and Clint Holmes
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Ross Mollison promised a surprise announcement before midnight at the fourth-anniversary performance of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace on Wednesday night, and he followed through.
MGM Resorts Festival Grounds is looking a lot less like a lot
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The big-wow features of Rock in Rio USA are the Ferris wheel and zip line in the middle of the festival grounds’ footprint. The City of Rock blueprint has the same homey facades that have been used in Rock in Rio’s other cities.
The Blue Man Group dumps its Showbot pal for a more streamlined approach
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
A Blue Man does not readily warm to a woman, especially if the woman is a robot.
Imagine Dragons playing a Las Vegas festival would be … Beautiful
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
One of the hottest rock bands on the planet is from Las Vegas and as such has become a huge festival draw. Concurrently, Las Vegas has become a hotbed of festivals and is hungry for any huge festival draw.
Monday By the Numbers: XS grows up and out; marshmallows fly at Blue Man Group
Monday, March 30, 2015
Jesse Waits and the sixth anniversary of XS at Encore Las Vegas top this week’s Mondays By the Numbers purging of data. The event was celebrated Saturday night with a splashy poolside extravaganza hosted by DJ Avicii.
Famed Westgate venue shimmers with history; ‘Duck’ director drives Lincoln musical
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Catching up while looking down on the city from The Kats Report Bureau at the SBP in Newport Lofts. Let’s gun it (in a figurative sense):

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