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June 26, 2016

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Robin Leach

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Strip Scribbles: Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Mark Shunock and Playboy Playmates
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and musician Tim McGraw is returning to town at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Dec. 10. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Photos: Cherry Boom Boom at Tropicana ‘fierce and strong, sexy and sultry’
Thursday, June 23, 2016
At Nevada Ballet Theatre studios in Summerlin, I sat watching seven of the 12 dancers of the new show Cherry Boom Boom arriving at the Tropicana in September. This is ferocious, fiery and fierce dancing.
Tonight in L.V.: Kesha at Intrigue, Arrested Development, Sublime tribute, Plaza pool
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Kesha starts her mini-mini-residency at Intrigue in Wynn Las Vegas. She is back at Intrigue on Saturday and July 23, as well. Arrested Development headlines Throwback Thursdays at LAX in the Luxor.
Q+A: ‘Puppet Up!’ mastermind Patrick Bristow — ‘Trading one insanity for the other’
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Sixty naughty and outrageous puppets from Jim Henson’s collection of misfits are getting ready to travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for stardom on the Strip. But as with all things in show business, the actual date for the relocation is in the hands of their agents.
Photos: Chef Bryan Ogden opens The Mixx Grill & Lounge
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
It has to be one of the largest circular grill centerpieces in America, a whopping 4,400-pound steel surface (a giant griddle ) called “The Iron.” It has a massive circular vent built into the ceiling.
Strip Scribbles: Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis at Fizz; Facebook; Beer Pong; Hip-Hop; Circus Circus
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Sidney Crosby, captain of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, celebrated his ice hockey team’s championship win against the San Jose Sharks in the NHL Finals with a stop at Fizz champagne lounge at Caesars Palace on Tuesday night.
Tonight in L.V.: Britney Spears, George Clinton, DJs Slander and Neva, Miss Asian Pageant
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Pop princess Britney Spears is back with her hit “Britney: Piece of Me” at Axis at Planet Hollywood. Funkadelic furor from George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic with Fishbone is at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas in the Linq Promenade.
Q+A: David Saxe celebrates sixth anniversary of ‘Vegas! The Show’
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
When prolific producer David Saxe decided to risk everything on his project “Vegas! The Show,” even he thought that he was insane. He had to sell out every single show every day and still could lose money. Now six years later, he’s celebrating its anniversary all month long.
Jim Dunbar: Caesars Palace’s only employee from first day 50 years ago
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Jim Dunbar has been right at the front door of Caesars Palace for five decades meeting and greeting hotel guests, and he’s helping Caesars celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer. Jim is the only employee there from Day 1.
Witnessing attempted attack on Donald Trump at T.I. was surreal
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Metro Police officers were the epitome of arrest perfection when they took down 20-year-old Michael Steven Sandford at Donald Trump’s rally Saturday at Mystere theater in Treasure Island, and it all happened mere feet from where I was sitting.
Celine Dion’s concerts in Belgium and France are sold out
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The summer tour of our Caesars Palace headliner superstar Celine Dion kicked off Monday in Antwerp, Belgium. Celine is ignoring heightened security in Europe due to ISIS terrorists thought to live there en masse.
NHL preview: Countdown to awards — and expansion team announcement?
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The clock is ticking with two times for Wednesday when history will be made: 1 and 2 p.m. The countdown is on, and we are now 24 hours from knowing the result of one of the biggest bets ever made in Las Vegas sports history.
Q+A, Part 2: Clint Holmes, co-producer Ken Henderson open Palazzo show July 16
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
“I am very excited about this project with Clint Holmes. It is not often in my business that you are friends before you work together. I have known Clint for many years and even collaborated and performed with him on a song.”
NHL Awards at the Joint: Stanley Cup, Gordie Howe tribute, X Ambassadors
Monday, June 20, 2016
Actor Will Arnett, who is a hardened Toronto Maple Leafs fan, said: “As host of the broadcast, I’m not looking for the brunt of this to fall on my shoulders. I can handle it, though. We’ll give it the appropriate response and just play it as it comes.”
Donald Trump invites Wayne Newton to sing at his inauguration
Monday, June 20, 2016
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump issued an invitation to entertainment legend, Bally’s headliner and Las Vegas resident Wayne Newton to sing at his inauguration ball in Washington, D.C., next January.
Confirmed?! UFC is reportedly sold for $4.2 billion; UFC denies sale
Monday, June 20, 2016
Yahoo Sports confirms our Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor of imminent sale last Wednesday with this afternoon’s news that the UFC reportedly has been sold for a whopping $4.2 billion.
Tonight in L.V.: ‘We Stand With Orlando,’ ‘Mondays Dark,’ Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Lil Jon
Monday, June 20, 2016
The Las Vegas community takes part in “We Stand With Orlando,” a walk from the Mirage to the Cosmopolitan, starting at 7 p.m. in solidarity with the victims of the gay nightclub shootings in Florida.
Photos: Cleveland Cavaliers toast NBA championship at XS
Monday, June 20, 2016
It was definitely my kind of a champagne blowout party! The Cleveland Cavaliers certainly know how to celebrate an NBA championship: In all, 75 bottles of bubbly and one 6-liter magnum were imbibed and sprayed by the barons of basketball.
Celebrity preview: EDC, Phillip Phillips, Steve Winwood, Steely Dan, Steven Wright, WWE
Friday, June 17, 2016
If you want electronic dance music this weekend, plan on getting out of town — well, at least 16 miles off the Strip. It seems as if for the next three days starting at sunset today through sunrise Monday that the EDM world — more than 400,000 total — will be headquartered at LVMS.
Q+A, Part 1: Clint Holmes discusses his show at Palazzo opening July 16
Friday, June 17, 2016
Ask Clint Holmes to ponder his new residency at Palazzo starting July 16, and he describes it as “exciting, frightening and fulfilling — all at once.” It’s not that Clint has never performed on the Strip before.
Strip Scribbles: Bridesmaid Britney Spears, EDC, Bobby Flay, Caesars’ 50th
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Pop princess Britney Spears is so excited about being a bridesmaid this weekend in Las Vegas for her best friend’s wedding that she posted it to her Instagram page while driving across the desert on I-15, adding “I’m so excited!”
Celine Dion receives warm welcome in French capital on European tour
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Our Caesars Palace headliner superstar Celine Dion has arrived in strike-torn Paris, France, to a loving welcome from hundreds of her fans camped outside her hotel the Royal Monceau.
Criss Angel’s 2-year-old son Johnny is in remission
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Great news to report today: Luxor headliner magician Criss Angel’s 2-year-old son Johnny is in remission after tough cancer treatments, and Criss believes that he will eventually be healed. This is a miracle — not magic!
Tonight in L.V.: EDC parties galore, ‘Circus Extreme,’ Todd English, Borgore
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Culinary king Todd English is the first guest-star chef at Roy Ellamar’s Snack Wagon culinary series in his restaurant Harvest at Bellagio. The Snack Wagon dinners run monthly through December with chefs guiding the roaming wagon around the Harvest dining room.
2016 EDC preview: 300+ DJs, Tiesto film, 8 stages, 72 weddings
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The EDM beat is on! The rides are ready! The fireworks are finished for firing. The wheels of steel are set to spin. The wedding vows of the nation’s first legal same-sex marriage broadcast at the festival are in place. This mother of all parties is just 24 hours away.
Review: Dazzling, dark ‘Cabaret’ with beautiful girls, horrors of Hitler
Thursday, June 16, 2016
There’s a powerful moment in the musical “Cabaret” that premiered Tuesday at the Smith Center that made the audience recoil in a collective sigh of horror. It comes as Ernst Ludwig (Ned Noyes) takes off his overcoat to show the repugnant Nazi swastika.
Is UFC up for sale again? Will Dana White stay or go?
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
It’s another one of our Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors that will be denied up and down until it comes to pass, but I am told on good authority that negotiations are nearly wrapping up for two wealthy Los Angeles investors to take over UFC.
Rick Leventhal and Beth Shak’s L.V. wedding is no longer a secret
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
I kept the identities of my friends Rick Leventhal of Fox News and professional poker queen Beth Shak secret when I joined them for their surprise nuptials at Graceland Wedding Chapel here last week.
Strip Scribbles: Britney Spears, Monty Python, Steve Wynn, Marvel STATION
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Britney Spears’ best friend is getting married, and it is timed for Britney’s return to her Axis at Planet Hollywood hit show “Britney: Piece of Me” resuming Friday through July 13.
Mario Batali’s dinners tonight benefit Red in global fight against AIDS
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
In 2006, U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver teamed up in the fight against AIDS with their nonprofit organization Red, and to date it has generated more than $350 million for the global battle.
Tonight in L.V.: Trevi pizza cook-off, Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike, Skrillex, Marshmello, Markus Schulz
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Local news personalities battle it out in front of a celebrity judging panel of Anthony Cools and the topless temptresses of “Fantasy” at the Luxor in a pizza cook-off for charity at Trevi Italian restaurant in the Forum Shops of Caesars Palace.
Photos: Monaco Tower at Riviera is imploded with fireworks and fanfare
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Cascading, colorful fireworks that erupted early this morning truly were a display of beauty. Moments later, as the 24 stories of Monaco Tower of the Riviera fell to the ground in a perfectly controlled explosion, the choking dust was everywhere.
Strip Scribbles: DJ Pauly D, After Romeo, KNPR’s band break, ‘Millionaire’
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
It’s the premiere tonight of E! Entertainment’s “Famously Single” with hometown DJ Pauly D and girlfriend singer Aubrey O’Day (Danity Kane, “Peepshow”). Relationship expert Dr. Darcy Sterling hosts the reality-TV series.
Second show for Rolling Stones in L.V.? Wynn-Adelson merger? Plus, Kanye West, ‘Baz’
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Rolling Stones are likely to OK a second show while in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena in October in between appearances over two weekends at the new desert music festival Desert Trip in Indio, Calif. Will The Who follow them here right after their Desert Trip concerts?
Tonight in L.V.: ‘Cabaret,’ Afrojack, Marvel STATION, EDMbiz, Makj, Mike Attack
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Marvel Avengers STATION (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) attraction has its official opening at Treasure Island with an extensive range of equipment on display.
Las Vegas chefs mourn death of Roger Verge, father of ‘nouvelle cuisine’
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Las Vegas culinary community breathed a collective sigh of sadness over the weekend hearing the news that one of the most influential chefs of the 20th century died Friday. Roger Verge, 85, was one of the founding fathers of “nouvelle cuisine.”
Willkommen! ‘Cabaret’ remains relevant half a century later
Monday, June 13, 2016
My first taste of Broadway was watching the musical “Cabaret” in 1966 shortly after arriving in New York from England. It was outrageously shocking even by free world standards.
Strip Scribbles: Bobby Flay, Leonardo Da Vinci, WSOP, Restaurant Week, EDC
Monday, June 13, 2016
A win is a win — even if only by a nose. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay, who has outposts at Caesars Palace and Mandarin Oriental, bought a minority share of Creator, the horse that won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
Photos: Chris Phillips is joined by Mark Shunock, Travis Cloer, Dennis Bono at South Point
Monday, June 13, 2016
Las Vegas entertainer Chris Phillips dropped his stage name, Zowie Bowie, in favor of his everyday name to begin his run of every other Saturday night shows at Grand View Lounge at South Point on Saturday night.
Jennifer Lopez notes Orlando victims; Frankie Moreno, Lacey Schwimmer attend show
Monday, June 13, 2016
Superstar Jennifer Lopez paused in the final show of her current run at Axis at Planet Hollywood on Sunday to express her thoughts and prayers to the victims of the Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub shooting.
Tonight in L.V.: Riviera implosion, GTA, RL Grime, Las Vegas 51s vs. Reno Aces
Monday, June 13, 2016
The new nightclub Jewel at Aria kicks off its first EDC Week with the DJ duo GTA behind the wheels of steel. DJ RL Grime spins for EDC Week’s start at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Riviera implosion takes with it 60 years of Las Vegas showbiz history
Monday, June 13, 2016
It truly is an explosive end to an era as Monaco Tower of the Riviera tumbles 24 stories to the ground. The remaining tower comes down in mid-August. Two parking structures and asbestos have already been removed.
EDMbiz headliners include Moby, Armin Van Buuren, Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella
Monday, June 13, 2016
Ahead of the three-night Electric Daisy Carnival this weekend at our Las Vegas Motor Speedway — the 20th anniversary year of EDC and the sixth consecutive year at LVMS — the EDMbiz Conference and Expo is about to begin at Caesars Palace.
Christina Grimmie of ‘The Voice’ is remembered in L.V. for her Venetian debut
Monday, June 13, 2016
The senseless tragedy of the death of “The Voice” Season 6 singer Christina Grimmie hit home hard over the weekend. The 22-year-old mesmerized with a performance in December at the Venetian’s Ultimo dinner as she made her Las Vegas debut.
Celebrity preview: Drai’s 2nd year, Three Doors Down, Billy Gardell, Pat Benatar, Zowie Bowie
Friday, June 10, 2016
The triple-digit oven temperatures we’ve withered the last week cools down into the high 90s for the weekend, so it should be perfect for low 80s after the sun goes down. Let’s check this week’s Royal Robin Rundown to see what’s to enjoy.
Q+A: DJ Pauly D finds love with Aubrey O’Day on E!’s ‘Famously Single’
Friday, June 10, 2016
DJ Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio has never found a perfect love mate despite the fame and fortune from “Jersey Shore.” Now having fallen in love, he’s juggling maintaining a relationship with being a hot, in-demand DJ who’s busy with summer party season bookings.
Strip Scribbles: Celine Dion, Strip parking mess, Vince Neil, Carrot Top, Ali, Battle of the Bands
Thursday, June 9, 2016
When delegates to the International Licensing Expo arrive at their Mandalay Bay show from June 21-23, Celine Dion will be in the spotlight there and not at her usual Caesars Palace home.
NBC’s ‘American Ninja Warrior’ to film finals on Las Vegas Strip
Thursday, June 9, 2016
The heart-pounding “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC returns to the Las Vegas Strip for its thrilling Season 8 finals next week. The finals and four-stage course modeled after Japan’s Mount Midoriyama is being built at Las Vegas Village.
Dolly Parton, Carl Dean toast 50 years; Las Vegas Strip surprise nuptials
Thursday, June 9, 2016
My New York friends exchanged vows at Graceland Wedding Chapel, one block from the “Pawn Stars” shopping arcade, moments after midnight this morning. He proposed Sunday during dinner at Beauty & Essex.
It’s Nina Waldman’s Bootylates to stay bootylicious like Jennifer Lopez
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Las Vegas professional trainer and celebrity fitness expert Nina Waldman has developed Bootylates, a workout for mind and body. Download the app from iPhone or Android or streaming at Bootylates.net.

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