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Celebrity preview: Drake, Jason Derulo, Kevin Hart, Chris Brown, Nelly, Lil Wayne, Flo Rida, Incubus
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
The world’s top DJs are all here this LDW to put rival European hotspots to shame. No question that Las Vegas is No. 1 in the world for the next 96 hours. They will be doing battle behind the wheels of steel with everybody from Tiesto to Calvin Harris.
Helene Neville, about to complete U.S. perimeter run, is diagnosed with cancer again
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
It has taken five years, but at high noon Saturday, Las Vegas nurse, grandmother and four-time cancer survivor Helene Neville will set a world record for running around the perimeter of the U.S.
Celine Dion: Rene has made certain that the best people surround me
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
“Rene (Angelil) is passing along his strength to me. He doesn’t stop amazing me. We have talked about things. It’s time for him to be heard. When he talks to me, I take notes. This is his time, this is his way, and it’s going to be the way he wants it to be.”
Photos: What a relief! The D Las Vegas unveils downtown attraction
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
A replica of one of the world’s most iconic — and amusing — statues is set to become the newest tourist attraction downtown. Derek Stevens, owner of The D Las Vegas, has signed a 100-year contract, the longest in Las Vegas history, for Manneken Pis.
Photos: ‘American Ninja Warrior’ finals in L.V. begin airing on NBC; ‘West Texas Investors Club’
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
Two Las Vegas heroes are among the crazy contestants taking on television’s toughest challenge of all on the Season 7 finals of “American Ninja Warrior” to be seen starting tonight for the next three Monday broadcasts on NBC.
Celine Dion’s return to Caesars: Rundown from start to finish
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
Said Celine Dion: “I’m not on top of anything. It happens every second around the world. A lot of people go through what we’re going through. But I’m staying as grounded as possible. I want to show my children that this is part of life, and I’ve got their backs.”
Jesse Waits confirms move to Alon opening on the Strip in 2018
Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015
Nightlife guru Jesse Waits has joined Alon Leisure Management, the new hospitality company with a focus on developing one-of-a-kind luxury resorts. Jesse will work with Andrew Pascal, James Packer and Rob Oseland on the company’s first project, Alon Las Vegas.
Celebrity preview: Ariana Grande, Celine, Tyson Beckford, Miguel, K-Fed, AFAN, Queensryche
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
The incredible Las Vegas entertainment scene continues this weekend on the heels of one of the greatest emotional showbiz successes of all times Thursday night with Celine Dion’s extraordinary return to Caesars Palace. Her 40-show run continues Saturday.
Photos: Celine Dion’s night of victory and triumph — unparalleled and unforgettable
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Celine Dion appeared like an angel onstage in a silver, floor-length, sparkling, thigh-high-slit gown, and the audience broke into a standing ovation for her bravery and courage. The setting of Celine all alone onstage was akin to a religious apparition.
Miss Nevada Katherine Kelley packs for 2015 Miss America Pageant
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
Katherine Kelley, a 23-year-old high school mathematics teacher for Clark County School District, flies out Saturday to compete. “I’m trying not to get nervous, but it is a high-pressure situation,” she told me.
Red carpet king Ross Mathews previews AFAN’s Black & White Party
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015
“This is my first time with AFAN, so I’ve been doing my research,” the host of Ryan Seacrest’s new show “Knock, Knock” told me. “It’s the 29th anniversary on Saturday, and, even in black and white, we’ll still make a splash.”
What to expect in Celine Dion’s return to Caesars Palace
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015
Insiders reveal that the show will be more contemporary in feel. Yves Acoin, production designer, explained: “The bones are still the same. We changed the recipe — more uplifting, more uptempo.”
Celine Dion: ‘Rene wants me to be here; I’m excited to get back to perform for my fans’
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015
As of today, Celine Dion told her management team that it would be a last-minute decision if Rene Angelil would be strong enough to travel from their Lake Las Vegas estate to watch Thursday’s premiere. “It’s so fragile. It’s really day by day,” she explained.
Television: ‘Las Vegas D.A.,’ ‘My Fab 40th,’ ‘Thrill Factor,’ Mario Batali
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
Las Vegas continues to be a powerful magnet for TV producers and cable networks, and more of our residents are becoming reality-TV regulars.
Strip Scribbles: Hacking conference, Kid Rock, ‘Bath Boy,’ Helene Neville
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
It turns out that the recent cheaters website Ashley Madison hacking is nowhere near as serious as the fact that hackers can now control car systems remotely.
Celine Dion on husband Rene Angelil: He wants to die in my arms; we don’t know how long he has
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
In a highly emotional and teary interview before her return to a new residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, superstar Celine Dion has revealed that her cancer-stricken husband, Rene Angelil, and she have worked out the details of his funeral.
Photos: Shania Twain hopes to return to Las Vegas, extends ‘Rock This Country Tour’
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
“The tour is tiring, but I’m loving it. It’s become far more meaningful than I thought it would be. So many young people are turning out. We are getting an interesting cross-section of people in our audiences that makes it really great,” Shania Twain told me.
Celebrity preview: 50 Cent, Jamie Foxx, Ja Rule, Brody Jenner, Dave Koz, Pauly D, Cheap Trick, D’Angelo
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
If the oppressive heat hasn’t wiped you out this week, there’s a “something for everybody” weekend ahead that includes Dave Koz (jazz); Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick (rock); 50 Cent, Wale and Ja Rule (rap); DJs Pauly D and Brody Jenner; and much, much more.

Lavo in Palazzo to add Lavo Casino Club in September
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
The star-studded Italian restaurant Lavo in Palazzo will expand mid-September into gaming with Lavo Casino Club, a modern experience mixing blackjack with VIP bottle service, mixology and cuisine.
‘Le Reve’ cast to perform at Radio City Music Hall on ‘America’s Got Talent’
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
“Le Reve — The Dream” will be a specially curated rendition for “AGT” featuring more than 30 Las Vegas performers and showcasing the show’s signature elements with its aerial acrobats, synchronized swimmers and high divers.
Photos: Stacey Linde’s Las Vegas swimwear makes splash at MAGIC
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
Former Playboy beauty Stacey Linde is making waves at the huge MAGIC fashion convention underway in her hometown of Las Vegas — and not because of those long-ago layouts in the sexy magazine.
10 Questions: Shoe designer Steve Madden celebrates 25th anniversary
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
Fashion king Steve Madden is enjoying a monthlong celebration of his 25 years as sultan of the shoe business. He’s a coast-to-coast hero and respected headline leader in the industry with five stores in Las Vegas.
AFAN’s Black & White Party: ‘Eat, drink, be merry — and get married’ with Ross Mathews
Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
For the first time at AFAN’s Black & White Party, the benefit at the Hard Rock Hotel will include a pop-up wedding chapel and ordained officials to perform weddings and vow renewals.
Geovanna Hilton of Las Vegas prepares for 2015 Miss Teen USA Pageant
Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015
It’s the first trip out of the country for 18-year-old Geovanna Hilton, our 2015 Miss Nevada Teen USA. With her first and new passport in hand, Geovanna departs Las Vegas on Tuesday for the Bahamas and the national pageant Saturday, Aug. 22.
PBR moves Built Ford Tough Series World Finals to new Las Vegas Arena in 2016
Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015
The Professional Bull Riders have signed a multiyear agreement to make the new Las Vegas Arena the long-term home of the PBR Built Ford Tough Series World Finals. The state-of-the-art, 20,000-seat, $375 million indoor arena is behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo.
Celebrity preview: Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix, Heart, Mat Franco, Hello Kitty, Kabuki at Bellagio
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
In no way think that the Japanese art form of Kabuki is a spinoff of karaoke. This weekend’s spectacle of Kabuki in and around the Fountains of Bellagio will be a spectacular vision and not a sing-along!
10 Questions with Wayne Allyn Root, ‘Capitalist Evangelist’ and ‘Mr. Relentless’
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
Wayne Allyn Root is a former vice presidential nominee and well-respected international business speaker. His newest book, “The Power of Relentless,” went on sale Tuesday and is available on
Photos: Lingerie Fighting Championships 20 at the Joint set new standards for MMA
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
The curtains had barely been drawn on Saturday night’s Lingerie Fighting Championships 20: A Midsummer Night’s Dream before MMA pundits were calling it a game-changer for the popular women’s league.
Mirage headliner Terry Fator is engaged to Dallas girlfriend
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015
Vegas DeLuxe first revealed their blossoming romance in mid-June when Terry introduced Angie, a Dallas catering event planner and chef, to his friends while celebrating his 50th birthday.
Photos: Sneak peek at 2016 ‘Fantasy’ calendar; Mandy Moore to direct opening
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
“This year, we decided on a real after-dark fantasy,” said Anita Mann, producer and director of the long-running adult burlesque revue at the Luxor. “A fantasy lingerie shoot inside LAX at our home hotel.”
Holly Madison: ‘I am very happy to have left the Playboy world behind me’
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
Holly Madison has made headlines again with her explosive debut book, “Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.” It’s described as a shockingly candid and surprisingly moving memoir.
Rod Stewart extends Caesars Palace residency into fifth year
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician who is readying the release of his 30th solo studio album, “Another Country,” this fall confirmed this morning that he’s signing on for a fifth year on the Strip.
Vince Neil clears the air on team's ouster
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
Team owner and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil told me while taking a day off in Detroit after seven consecutive farewell tour concerts: “This goes against everything the league stands for. The thought of it is mind-boggling. If you deserve to go, you go.”
Celebrity preview: Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa, Ringo Starr, Christina Milian, ‘Star Trek’
Friday, Aug. 7, 2015
Olivia Newton-John is here this weekend for the 35th anniversary of “Xanadu.” With gorgeous daughter Chloe Lattanzi, the duo will premiere their first music-video collaboration, “You Have to Believe,” at Share Nightclub on Saturday.
Q+A: Taylor Dayne discusses her voice, big hair and ‘Millionaire Matchmaker’
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Taylor Dayne knows that she’s been blessed with an extraordinary voice. “It’s just as thrilling to me as it is to the audience that tells me they get so emotionally wrapped up in it,” she told me ahead of her appearance at Orleans Arena on Friday.
Handwriting analysis of Britney, Mariah, J.Lo, Elton John, Rod Stewart
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
We’ve invited back handwriting analyst Grace Thompson to take a look at five of our beloved Strip entertainers who are residents for Caesars Entertainment.
10 questions with magician Mat Franco, ‘AGT’ winner and new Linq headliner
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
Mat Franco is the first and only magician to win NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and now he’s following in the footsteps of ventriloquist and Season 2 “AGT” winner Terry Fator with his own Las Vegas Strip residency.
Marisol Nichols talks ‘Vegas Vacation,’ ‘24,’ L.V. weddings, children’s rights
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
Las Vegas holds a special place in the heart of “NCIS” and “24” actress Marisol Nichols, and she returned here over the weekend to mark the 18th anniversary of the Chevy Chase and Beverley D’Angelo hit comedy movie “Vegas Vacation.”
Hulu parody ‘The Hotwives of Las Vegas’ premieres Aug. 18
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
It is a parody, but it is so shocking and outrageous that Las Vegas officials will certainly be offended — or amused? — with the new Hulu TV series antics of “The Hotwives of Orlando,” who are headed to Las Vegas.
Review: Johnny Mathis, 79, still reigns supreme after 60 years of love songs
Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
In a day and age of thumping electronic backbeats and vocal contortions manipulated by recording studio engineers, it’s refreshing to hear a superb singer thrilling a 2,000-strong audience in a spectacular concert hall where you could hear a pin drop in between songs.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Lee ‘Q’ O’Denat attend ‘Absinthe’ at Caesars
Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler celebrated the success of his raucous, sold-out Saturday night concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena by, well, relaxing at the just as raucous and raunchy “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace on Sunday night.
Sugar Factory to open largest location yet at Fashion Show
Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
Six years after the brand’s debut on the Las Vegas Strip, Sugar Factory now has locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Bahrain. When Sugar Factory had an outlet at Paris Las Vegas, the venue played host to celebrities galore and their Couture Pops.
Photos: 30 models compete in Miss D Legs Contest at The D Las Vegas
Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015
There were legs everywhere as the ladies posed while laying on Longbar and kicking their red high heels up in the air. They also were photographed outside on Fremont Street at The D Bar with Derek Stevens.
Suzanne Somers ends run of ‘Suzanne Sizzles’ at Westgate Las Vegas
Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015
In the wake of entertainment and executive changes at Westgate Las Vegas, new headliner star Suzanne Somers has decided that her show, “Suzanne Sizzles,” will not continue. “The timing was off,” Somers said.
Celebrity preview: Aerosmith, Johnny Mathis, Danzig, Ziggy Marley, Chromeo, Jay Leno
Friday, July 31, 2015
When you have music legends Aerosmith and Johnny Mathis appearing in the same city in the same weekend, you know it’s going to be a blockbuster experience. Two different music formats and longtime top-of-the-charts winners.
Photos: New Planet Hollywood headliners ‘Crazy Girls’ ride Flowrider
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
In addition to posing for photographs with guests and judging a bikini contest, the glamour girls had a blast Friday afternoon taking turns learning to surf on the Strip’s only standalone wave machine.
Britney Spears considers two-year renewal at Axis at Planet Hollywood
Friday, July 24, 2015
Caesars Entertainment executives are “very eager to have her back.” I was told: “There’s a new two-year-residency offer on the table after negotiations were concluded last week.” What does Britney Spears do next?
Photos: Romance for Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, Khloe Kardashian in Las Vegas
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Love was in the air during Paris Hilton’s honeymoon-style visit over the weekend when she turned up with new beau Swiss multimillionaire Thomas Gross. They were seen kissing, hand holding and in warm embraces throughout their 72-hour getaway.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Wife Swap,’ ‘Ninja Warrior,’ ‘Masters of Illusion,’ Lenny Kravitz
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Hosted by Dean Cain, “Masters of Illusion” on the CW features magic performed by illusionists, escape artists and performers displaying interactive mind magic and comedy in front of a studio audience.
Strip Scribbles: Diana Ross returning to L.V., Kanye West, Olivia Newton-John
Monday, July 6, 2015
Back by popular demand, the legendary Diana Ross once again takes the stage and returns to the Venetian Theater for another residency in November. The exciting encore performances were announced this morning.

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