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March 30, 2015

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Celebrity preview: XS’ 6th with Avicii, ‘Vanderpump Rules,’ Warren G, Widespread Panic, Andre Rochat
Friday, March 27, 2015
The Strip will go dark this weekend. The lights will go out. The neon signs will switch off. Las Vegas won’t look the same even if you can see some of it in its lights-out state. It’s Earth Hour on Saturday night,.
Suzanne Somers talks health, ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Westgate residency
Friday, March 27, 2015
Suzanne Somers’ new show “Suzanne Sizzles” will be a cool, sexy return to the heyday of The Rat Pack and The Great American Songbook complete with her own band. The former Shimmer Cabaret is being transformed into her own venue, Suzanne’s.
Are Britney Spears and Charlie Ebersol engaged?
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Gossips spotted a new and dazzling diamond ring on the fourth finger of Britney Spear’s left hand as she strolled the beach there today with beau producer Charlie Ebersol and her sons Sean Preston, 9, and Jayden James, 8.
DJ Mag names Hakkasan No. 1 nightclub in U.S.; Life is No. 21
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Hakkasan also jumped from the No. 10 spot on the Best Nightclub in the World rankings to No. 3. Green Valley Club from Brazil narrowly beat our Strip mega-club at No. 1 and the 25-year-old Space Ibiza in Spain at No. 2.
Strip Scribbles: Chris Brown, Giada, new Westgate execs, Miss Nevada, Alex Stratta
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Chris Brown, who has ended his legal saga after the attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna before the 2009 Grammy Awards, has signed a residency artist agreement with Victor Drai to perform at Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub atop the Cromwell.
Steve Wynn tries his hand as commentator on conservative talk radio
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn is about to become a radio star. The casino chief has joined “Morning in America” as of today on Salem Radio Network. You can hear Steve’s debut broadcast at BillBennett.com.
Photos: Sabina Kelley + Claire Sinclair = Naughty + Nice in ‘Pin Up’
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Put two glamorous and gorgeous sexy girls together under the spotlight, and you would think there would be backstabbing, jealousy and a sharpened nails catfight. No so, if you believe Claire Sinclair.
Q+A: Jesse Waits — Las Vegas nightlife ‘getting stronger every year in every way’
Thursday, March 26, 2015
For Jesse Waits, XS managing partner and co-owner who presides over the $100 million mega-club, it’s a majestic milestone, but he’s got his eye on even more success as he heads toward a decade of glory.
Q+A: The Gazillionaire celebrates four outrageous years of ‘Absinthe’
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
“Absinthe” host The Gazillionaire remains an enigma. His crass and vulgar language, his unsophisticated wardrobe, and his treatment of audience members and hapless assistants all brought about by his untold millions.
Strip Scribbles: Britney Spears’ fairy-tale life, Diana Ross, L.V. Outlaws, Michael Boychuck
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Pop princess Britney Spears says that “life has never been better” in a new People magazine at-home cover story to be distributed Friday. “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been,” she says.
Celine Dion returns to Caesars on Aug. 27 with 40 shows through Jan. 17
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
A tearful Celine Dion confirmed on this morning’s “Good Morning America” on ABC and on her fan sites Vegas DeLuxe stories that a limited run of her shows will resume at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Aug. 27.
‘Pawn Stars’ star’s Pawn Plaza in Las Vegas announces first three tenants
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
In anticipation of a summer grand opening, Rick Harrison, star of “Pawn Stars” and owner of Pawn Plaza, has revealed his first three tenants: Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ and Tavern, Poutine Vegas of Ontario’s Smoke’s Poutinerie and Rita’s Italian Ice.
Strip Scribbles: Shania Twain ticket scalpers; Elton John’s 100th show; our chefs are cheated?
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Tickets for former Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain’s summer tour are selling so briskly that fans are complaining ticket scalpers in some cities have boosted prices to as much as a whopping $10,000 per ticket for great seats.
Celine Dion reveals cancer-stricken husband Rene Angelil eats via feeding tube
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
In a preview, I’ve learned that Celine Dion, 46, revealed to ABC News interviewer Deborah Roberts that her 73-year-old husband and former manager Rene Angelil has to be fed via a feeding tube because of his throat cancer.
Sia attends fellow Aussie Olivia Newton-John’s show at Flamingo
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Australian singer-songwriter Sia (“Chandelier,” “Titanium”) had a dream come true when she met her idol and fellow Aussie, singer-songwriter Olivia Newton-John, after attending the latter’s “Summer Nights” headliner show at the Flamingo.
Sixty years of the Riviera: Dolly Parton becomes Strip’s highest-paid star in 1980
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The doors to the legendary Riviera close to the public on Monday, May 4, and in a countdown to its final weeks, we take a continuing look back at highlights, fun facts, celebrity sightings and rarely seen photos.
‘DWTS’ photos: Suzanne Somers moves up; Redfoo receives devastating news
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
On an emotionally charged night at ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday evening, it was a case of “do you want the good news or the bad news” for our Las Vegas contestants.
Strip Scribbles: Jeff Dunham extends run; Penn & Teller AIDS Walk grand marshals for 14th year
Monday, March 23, 2015
Comedian Jeff Dunham had added four months to his Planet Hollywood residency “Jeff Dunham: Not Playing With a Full Deck,” and tickets for the new shows from June 10 through Oct. 4 go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Celine Dion says she will return to Caesars Palace in August
Friday, March 20, 2015
Celine Dion will reveal the August start date and details of ticket sales on ABC’s “Good Morning America” next Wednesday. She says that she’ll perform more of her hits and fewer covers in the reimagined show.
Celebrity preview: Miley Cyrus, Kourtney + Khloe, John Legend, ‘Newsies,’ Afrojack, Dan + Shay
Friday, March 20, 2015
The third-annual “One Night for One Drop” spectacular with Oscar- and Grammy-winning John Legend and a 110-strong cast of Cirque du Soleil performers at the Mirage is set to dominate the entertainment scene.
‘One Night for One Drop’ preview: Third production is a genius achievement
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Just 24 hours remain now until the curtain goes up on the third-annual Cirque du Soleil “One Night for One Drop” spectacular featuring the largest cast of any Cirque show anywhere in the world.
Strip Scribbles: Elton John’s 100th show; Barry Manilow; Sheri’s Ranch; Redfoo on ‘DWTS’
Thursday, March 19, 2015
On Monday, Sir Elton John will celebrate the 100th performance of his critically acclaimed resident show “The Million Dollar Piano” at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace with a sold-out crowd of fans.
‘Mondays Dark’ photos: Mark Shunock, Joey Fatone and 15 dazzling ‘Divas’
Thursday, March 19, 2015
It was two men and 15 “Divas” at Monday night’s “Mondays Dark” fundraising show at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel hosted by Mark Shunock, of “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, to benefit Dress for Success.
‘Whale hunter’ Steve Cyr: Still in search of Las Vegas’ biggest bettors
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Even in the tighten-your-belt Las Vegas economy, high-rollers and VIPs are still invading the Strip every weekend and filling our nightclubs and their coffers with outrageous sums of money spent on dance-floor booths and big-ticket bottle charges.
Memories of 60 years of the Riviera: Michael Jackson’s stamp of approval
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
For many years, the Walk of Fame outside the Riviera featured handprints and autographs by celebrities including Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, The Smothers Brothers, Robert Goulet, Sugar Ray Leonard and Don King.
Review: Dancing, music propel high-energy ‘Newsies’ at Smith Center
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
You will marvel at the dance number on torn newspaper front pages. You will wonder where the energy and enthusiasm come from racing up and down those sets. Why they never tripped, fell or collided was a miracle unto itself.
Strip Scribbles: Comedy-hypnotist Justin Tranz; ‘Alice: A Steampunk Rock Opera’; Ressler’s ‘Brave’
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
For more than 40 years, comedy-hypnotist Justin Tranz has put more than 150,000 people “to sleep” in his more than 8,000 stage shows. He also headlined on the Strip for more than a decade.
Q+A: Loanne Miller Parker talks former husband Col. Tom Parker, Elvis Presley
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Loanne Miller Parker was married to Col. Tom Parker from 1990 until his death in 1997 here after catching his eye during the Elvis years. Tom had previously been married to Marie Mott from 1935 to 1986. I talked with Loanne about the new Elvis attractions.
Walk — don’t drive — to Rock in Rio USA, organizers say
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
In a city where valet parking is taken for granted and limo and taxi front-door drop-off is a given, there’s going to be grumbling that fans must walk to Rock in Rio USA during the weekends of May 8-9 and 15-16.
Did Omnia pay $500,000 for Justin Bieber and Martin Garrix?
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor is that as many as 2,000 revelers were given free admission to ensure Omni’s hot reputation as the only place to party and that as a result the company’s flagship club Hakkasan at MGM Grand suffered an attendance dip.
Strip Scribbles: Terry Fator’s new doll; Joe Jonas; Russell Wilson; Patrick Dempsey
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Congratulations to Mirage headline entertainer and ventriloquist impressionist Terry Fator, who celebrated his sixth year at the Mirage on Monday night with the debut of the doll Rusty the Robot.
Preview: Will Bill Gates drop in on ‘One Night for One Drop’ at Mirage?
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The third edition of “One Night for One Drop” is set for Friday night at “The Beatles Love” theater in the Mirage, and Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Legend is among the stars taking part in the annual Cirque du Soleil fundraiser.
Preview: Breaking news! Award-winning ‘Newsies’ is at the Smith Center
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Stop the presses! Extra, extra, read all about it! In the olden days, those were the war cries that sold newspapers on the streets — decades before an Internet was even imagined. When I started out in my journalism career, keyboards clattered in noisy newsrooms.
‘DWTS’ photos + recap: It’s a shaky start for Suzanne Somers and Redfoo
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Our two Las Vegas stars, actress-singer Suzanne Somers and DJ Redfoo of LMFAO, wound up in the bottom slots of the leader board on Monday night’s Season 20 premiere of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas: Green beer, parades, firefighters, High Roller
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Las Vegas literally becomes a suburb of Ireland with fountains — and beer — dyed green for what is one of the biggest and luckiest parties of the year. Call this a revered and rowdy holiday.
Boyz II Men add guitars to show after residency renewal at the Mirage
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
I stopped in to see them Saturday, and once again they were mobbed at the front of the stage by a stampede of fans fighting one another to get the red roses the guys hand out at every show.
Photos: Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament red carpet at Aria
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
MLB star Derek Jeter’s first Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament at our prestigious Shadow Creek Gold Course for his Turn 2 Foundation brought out a slew of stars last week and over the weekend.
Photos: Chicago Cubs sweep Oakland A’s at Cashman Field
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Chicago Cubs were in town over the weekend at our Cashman Field, and they swept the Oakland A’s, winning 5-3 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday.
Photos: Vince Neil’s Arena Football League team Las Vegas Outlaws practice
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Practice makes perfect! Motley Crue rocker and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil was up early Thursday morning for the first full pads and helmets practice of his new Arena Football League team the Las Vegas Outlaws.
Photos: Madame Tussauds unveils Miley Cyrus atop wrecking ball
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
It’s likely one of the wildest wax figures ever created by Madame Tussauds at the Venetian, and it’s understandably stopping traffic. It shows pop superstar Miley Cyrus balanced provocatively on a wrecking ball.
At Rascal Flatts show: Vince Neil, Carrot Top, Dakota Meyer proposes to Bristol Palin
Monday, March 16, 2015
USMC veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer proposed to his girlfriend, Bristol Palin, during the second-to-last Rascal Flatts “Vegas Riot!” residency show at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday night.
Photos: Justin Bieber toasts 21st birthday at Omnia grand opening
Monday, March 16, 2015
After the cake presentation, the birthday boy, who turned 21 on March 1, was escorted to the exclusive Heart of Omnia, where Miguel, Kris Jenner and “Scorpion” stars Katherine McPhee and Elyes Gabel joined him.
Strip Scribbles: Kerry Simon on ‘The Doctors’; Clint Eastwood; ‘Pawn Stars’
Monday, March 16, 2015
Celebrity chef Kerry Simon’s incredible fight against the neurological disease Multiple System Atrophy is set to receive national coverage on the TV series “The Doctors” this week.
‘DWTS’ preview: Suzanne Somers gets ‘Physical’; Redfoo’s ‘Juicy Wiggle’
Monday, March 16, 2015
In a salute to her new Las Vegas home and fellow stars, actress, singer, dancer and author Suzanne Somers will perform the cha cha to Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton-John’s 1980s hit “Physical” on tonight’s two-hour season premiere of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
Celebrity preview: Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz, Korn, Whitney Cummings, Ludacris, Ringo Starr
Friday, March 13, 2015
All eyes this weekend will be on the madness and mayhem that Justin Bieber is certain to cause with his Bieber Fever fans when he celebrates his belated 21st birthday in tandem with the opening of the $100 million-plus Omnia nightclub at Caesars Palace.
L.V. flick ‘The Three Es,’ shot with $11,000 in two years, has first film society screening
Friday, March 13, 2015
It’s difficult to believe that you can make a great movie for just $11,000. It’s even more difficult to believe that it took three years out of the lives of the filmmakers here in Las Vegas to capture the story.
Vegas Uncork’d is ‘here to stay’; Adam Rapoport predicts fine-dining changes
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The lineup of chefs includes Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, Guy Savoy, Hubert Keller, Michael Mina, Rick Moonen, Steve Martorano, Julian Serrano, Masa Takayama and Frank Pellegrino Jr.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Wheel of Fortune’ rolls into L.V.; ‘Wizard Wars’; Elaine Wynn
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The “Wheel of Fortune” Wheelmobile will be in town for two days this weekend, and the long-running game show is looking for energetic, enthusiastic, fun and good game players.
Shania Twain says of former best friend: ‘I wish I’d never met you’
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Shania was asked by Andy Cohen about the betrayal when her best friend Marie Ann Thiebaud ran off with her longtime record producer husband Robert “Mutt” Lange, father of their son Eja.
Derek Jeter takes over for Michael Jordan at Shadow Creek, Aria
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Derek Jeter has taken over the Michael Jordan mantle at the Celebrity Golf Invitational at Aria, and none other than the NBA great himself is here to turn over the clubs to the MLB star.

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