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April 27, 2015

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NHL franchise expansion team nears reality in Las Vegas?
Thursday, April 9, 2015
The goal of a Las Vegas NHL franchise expansion team seems to have become a little more realistic today. Hockey Vision officials reported that the ticket drive has gone “very well” and “progress in the campaign has been phenomenal.”
Mariah Carey fans flood and crash Caesars Palace website
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Mariah Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and surpassed Elvis Presley as the top solo artist with the most No. 1 singles in America.
Preview: Coachella artists also rocking Entertainment Capital of the World
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Nearly 200,000 music fans will pour into Southern California’s Coachella Valley in the Inland Empire for the next two weekends to its annual music and arts festival.
Q+A, Part 2: Chef Alex Stratta — ‘I’m going to take the food as seriously as I can’
Thursday, April 9, 2015
“I still want to have the intensity of the basic technique and the discipline and that culture, but just stress it down a bit. Let’s just dress it down, and here’s what it’s supposed to be like without all those bells and whistles on it.”
Strip Scribbles: Las Vegas Sin, Hooters at the Palms, National Association of Broadcasters
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Fans of our lingerie-clad Legends Football League team the Las Vegas Sin will have to travel to Ontario, Calif., for their future home games because no arena here was available for their dates.
‘Duck Commander Musical’ begins previews at Rio; grand opening April 15
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Upcoming Caesars Palace headliner Mariah Carey’s former husband, record producer Tommy Mottola, is one of the producers of the new musical at the Rio.
Criss Angel’s ‘Mindfreak’ DVDs include disappearing elephant, Mark McGrath, Carrot Top
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Luxor headliner magician Criss Angel has released a three-set DVD of highlights from his Season 2 of “Mindfreak” on A&E, and it is edge-of-the-seat viewing for 7 1/2 hours from the Cirque du Soleil “Believe” star.
Taylor Swift, Sam Smith lead Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand on May 17
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The three-hour 2015 Billboard Music Awards returning to MGM Grand Garden Arena and airing on ABC on May 17 will produce a battle between Taylor Swift and Sam Smith akin to the fireworks expected in the same arena two weeks earlier.
Q+A, Part 1: Strip culinary king Alex Stratta surprises with suburban tapas bar
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Ever since two-star celebrity chef Alessandro Stratta was brought to Las Vegas by Steve Wynn to open Renoir at the Mirage, Alex, as he is better known, has been the Las Vegas chef to watch.
Q+A: Gene Simmons book reveals behind-the-scenes secrets, sex of KISS rocker
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
KISS legend Gene Simmons admits in the book to sleeping with 5,000 women because he wanted “to get all the girls.” “There was only one reason why I made the decision to become a rock god: Girls!”
Jennifer Romas’ ‘Sexxy’ is renewed at Westgate Las Vegas
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Executives at Westgate Las Vegas have given Jennifer Romas and her “Sexxy” showgirls their first “indefinite” contract renewal. “We are very happy with the show and look forward to its continued success,” Westgate COO Mark Waltrip told me.
Strip Scribbles: Britney Spears vs. Smartflash; Priscilla Presley; Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Pop princess and Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears is in the middle of a battle between rivals Apple and Samsung involving Texas-based company Smartflash.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon reunite for Easter with their twins
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mariah Carey has talked for the first time about her new Caesars Palace residency, which starts May 6. She will perform all 18 of her No. 1 songs.
‘DWTS’ photos: Suzanne Somers safe, Michael Sam exits in emotional night
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
As predicted, it was gay football star Michael Sam who was eliminated with his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd on Monday night’s Week 4 of Season 20 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
Sixty years of the Riviera: Making a ‘Splash’ with Las Vegas’ first water show
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Week five of RivFacts honors the long-running aquatic show “Splash” by producer Jeff Kutash. Premiering June 22, 1985, “Splash” was billed as an “aquacade” of music and dance.
New Linq headliner magician Mat Franco: ‘I’m nervous, I’m anxious, I’m excited, and I can’t wait’
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
“America’s Got Talent” Season 9 winner magician Mat Franco is set to start his Las Vegas residency in June. He is the first magician to win the NBC talent show, and he defeated nearly 100,000 contestants to win the top prize of $1 million.
Priscilla Presley to take part in first wedding at new Elvis chapel in Westgate
Monday, April 6, 2015
Priscilla Presley has agreed to be the matron of honor at the first marriage ceremony in the new Elvis Presley Graceland wedding chapel here at Westgate Las Vegas on April 23, the 59th anniversary of Elvis’ first performance in Las Vegas in 1956.
Strip Scribbles: Bikini face-off at dayclubs; Lago at Bellagio; second Shake Shack; Seahawks
Monday, April 6, 2015
A total of $160,000 is up for grabs to the winner at Drai’s, and Wet Republic says it is offering $1 million in cash and prizes divvied up among the Top 40 finalists after eight qualifying rounds of competition.
Come and knock on her door: Suzanne Somers to pay tribute to ‘Three’s Company’ on ‘DWTS’
Monday, April 6, 2015
It’ll be an emotional night in the ballroom as the contestants celebrate “My Most Memorable Year.” I cannot wait to see injured military veteran Noah Galloway dancing to Toby Keith’s “American Soldier” with pro partner Sharna Burgess.
Las Vegas Outlaws upset defending AFL champions Arizona Rattlers 70-53
Monday, April 6, 2015
It was a victory few expected or thought possible, but the brand-new Las Vegas Outlaws went from being a 19-point underdog to a 17-point victor over three-time defending Arena Football League champions the Arizona Rattlers.
Celebrity preview: Kenny Chesney, Diana Ross, Uncle Kracker, Brody Jenner, Jay Cutler Classic
Friday, April 3, 2015
Music rules this Easter Weekend with the sensational Diana Ross soaring at the Venetian with the first weekend of her new Venetian residency and country king Kenny Chesney at the Joint for two nights, with two days of pool parties with Uncle Kracker at nearby Rehab.
Review: Diana Ross is a soaring angel in ‘Memories’ debut at Venetian
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Miss Ross is a perfectionist when it comes to music, and she was absolutely perfect on opening night. Her new show is a bare-bones, no-distraction production. There are no acrobats or athletes leaping across the stage, no stripped-down sexy dancers.
Strip Scribbles: Large Chinese restaurant at Venetian; Rockabilly Weekend; SLS; Imagine Dragons
Thursday, April 2, 2015
At just under 19,000 square feet, the new Meizhou Dongpo restaurant opening around New Year’s at the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shops is likely to be one of the largest in America, if not the largest. It’s gigantic and will be the flagship of the brand.
Photos: ‘Absinthe’ celebrates four years with toga party, marching mariachi band
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Impresario Ross Mollison told me: “Caesars President Gary Selesner went out on a limb for us four years ago. If it hadn’t been for him rooting for us and overruling other Caesars executives, we wouldn’t be here.”
Sixty years of the Riviera: Pia Zadora weds the boss; new Engelbert Humperdinck CD
Thursday, April 2, 2015
To date, we have looked at Liberace, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Dolly Parton’s connection with the Riviera that closes its doors May 2 after 60 years. Now we turn the spotlight on the young lady who married previous Riviera owner Meshulam Riklis.
‘America’s Got Talent’ winner magician Mat Franco conjures Strip residency
Thursday, April 2, 2015
“America’s Got Talent” Season 9 winner Mat Franco will start his run of magic shows June 24 at the Linq Hotel joining the crowded battlefield of Las Vegas magic that includes headliners Criss Angel, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller and Jan Rouven.
Q+A: Star chef Andre Rochat celebrates 35 years in Las Vegas
Thursday, April 2, 2015
In 1980, Andre Rochat changed the face of our restaurant industry introducing Las Vegas to its first freestanding fine-dining experience. Decades before Fremont Street Experience and Zappos arrived to put downtown on the map, it belonged to Andre.
Strip Scribbles: MSA Awareness Month for Kerry Simon; ‘Duck Dynasty’; ‘Shark Tank’
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
To mark the first anniversary of our initial chef Kerry Simon fundraiser for his continuing battle of Multiple System Atrophy, this is MSA Awareness Month at our Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in downtown’s Symphony Park.
Preview: ‘Absinthe’ at Caesars Palace toasts 2,000 shows, four years
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Melody Sweets, as The Green Fairy, has used 4.2 miles of top-stick tape to keep her pasties in place, and The Frat Pack has consumed 900 bottles of Jack Daniels while going across the high wire.
Hotel chiefs line up to bring presidential debate to L.V. in 2016
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Hotel honchos include Charles Bowling, president and COO, Mandalay Bay; George Markantonis, president and COO, Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo & Convention Center; Keith Smith, president and CEO, Boyd Gaming; and Maurice Wooden, president, Wynn and Encore.
Diana Ross: ‘All my songs are really about love’
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Diva songbird Diana Ross doesn’t do red carpets or media interviews. She prefers to let her fans hear her songs for themselves. Her music of love dominates the new show at the Venetian titled “The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade.”
Strip Scribbles: Derek Stevens’ $20,000 bet on Michigan State would equal $1 million win
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
It’s an underdog wager, but now Derek Stevens, owner and CEO of the downtown D Las Vegas and Golden Gate, could win $1 million for a $20,000 bet he placed at the rival Golden Nugget. Derek wagered big Dec. 5 at 50-1 odds.
Photos: Las Vegas Outlaws show heart in 59-41 debut loss
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
For a first-time outing, it looked as if disaster was about to fell the new Arena Football League expansion franchise team the Las Vegas Outlaws. But the players came roaring back to show a lot of heart and in the second half went from scoreless to within two touchdowns.
‘DWTS’ photos: High praise, low scores for Suzanne Somers; Charlotte McKinney exits
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Suzanne Somers, with pro partner Tony Dovolani, scored 25 points, putting her ahead of singer Patti LaBelle with just 22 for her cha-cha and football star Michael Sam, who scored 24 with his salsa.
Photos: New construction on the Strip alters Las Vegas cityscape
Monday, March 30, 2015
Progress on construction of the new MGM Arena behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo and the Rock in Rio USA site at the other end of the Strip is changing the Las Vegas skyline.
Strip Scribbles: Suzanne Somers on ‘DWTS’; Garth Brooks; Victor Drai; ‘Pawn Stars’
Monday, March 30, 2015
It’s Latin Night on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” and the shirts come off — so expect to see a bare-chested Tony Dovolani dancing with sexy Suzanne Somers, our new Westgate Las Vegas resident headliner.
Preview: Las Vegas Outlaws debut tonight with Vince Neil, Carrot Top, Zowie Bowie, ‘Sexxy’
Monday, March 30, 2015
“It’s great entertainment, a real running, high-scoring game,” Vince Neil told me Sunday. “When people leave after 2 1/2 hours of excitement, energy and entertainment, they are going to say wow! This is a case of going for it all the time.”
Happy Birthday wishes to Caesars Palace songbird Celine Dion
Monday, March 30, 2015
I’m told that it will be a quiet family affair as she continues caring for her husband and former manager Rene Angelil, who is battling throat cancer. Their sons, Rene-Charles, 12, and 3-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy will be at her side.
Nightclub & Bar preview: Nelly, Nick Cannon, Avicii, Tiesto, Jell-O shot maker
Monday, March 30, 2015
The show features more than 700 nightlife suppliers, thousands of products spanning more than 100,000 square feet of exhibits and more than 80 sessions and workshops.
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.

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