Brian Jones/Las Vegas News Bureau
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.
Rumors are growing of more shows for entertainment legend Diana Ross at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace to fill in the dark days due to Celine Dion’s absence through at least March. They picked up intensity this week when producer AEG West confirmed that her Sept. 19 date there is already sold out.
“They’re definitely together looking at possible other dates,” I was reliably told — and might Katy Perry be there for the New Year’s Eve Weekend dates Celine will miss after her successful secret high-roller show there last Dec. 31?
No word yet on the superstar to be booked for that big holiday attraction, but Katy is definitely at the top of the list of gets. Resident headliner Rod Stewart is there from Sept. 20- Oct. 5 and again Nov. 5-23.
Resident headliner Shania Twain completes her two-year engagement starting Oct. 8, with her final night Dec. 13. Daryl Hall & John Oates play a special night there Oct. 22. We await the official word on Diana and Katy.
Meantime, we pray for progress and recovery in Rene Angelil’s battle with throat cancer and for Celine, who is dealing with her own throat ailments, at her husband’s side during the ordeal.
NEW TEAM IS OFFICIAL: It’s official for Motley Crue singer and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil that he now is an Arena Football League team owner.
The commissioner made the official announcement at the 27th Arena Bowl finals where the Arizona Rattlers beat the Cleveland Gladiators, confirming our exclusive from weeks ago.
Vince and the Vegas Outlaws now join Paul Stanley and KISS with the L.A. Kiss and Westgate timeshare titan David Siegel, who has purchased the Orlando Predators.
Vince winds down his co-KISS tour over Labor Day Weekend to return here Monday for four vacation days before the Motley Crue world tour trek continues to Asia and Australia.
DIRTY WORK: Even though the Uber limo-rideshare app on your phone won’t produce their service in Las Vegas because of tight licensing controls in place by our taxi and limousine authorities, a new Ride Genie app operated by eight of our limo and taxi fleets is now up and running.
Hopefully we don’t have a house-cleaning commission to block it because a new Uber-styled app is launching to make cleaning homes as easy as pushing the app. Handybook promises a vetted home cleaner confirmed within 90 seconds of pressing the logo on your cell.
NHL DEAL? It’s a developing story Canadian sports insiders are saying is “a done deal” from the National Hockey League to allow a new Las Vegas expansion team, with five parties reportedly seriously interested in being the first to land a major league team deal for our long-shunned city.
We’re betting that the new NHL Las Vegas skaters will wind up on the ice at the new MGM arena now into its fourth month of construction on the site behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo opening next spring.
IN THE NAVY: Following up on my “Limelight” show opening news posted Tuesday for dancer Amy Toliver and my story from February 2013 about her juggling showgirl duties and Phoenix nursing studies: Amy has now officially started work as a nurse and is close to obtaining her direct commission into the U.S. Navy to serve as a nurse reservist officer. Congratulations, Amy!
While she awaits assignment, she’ll dance in the new “Limelight” saluting the burlesque world of silent movies debuting next month through November downtown at the Plaza. I saw Amy in the original pitch production auditioning for investors and hotel entertainment agents last year at the Tommy Wind Theater. Although it’s changed significantly and is now more focused on The Roaring ’20s, it has the look and feel of a winner.
NEW TATOO RIVALRY: Here’s an advance look at the new season of “Ink Masters” on Spike TV premiering Tuesday. Artists will do battle against rivals who’ve crossed paths in bad blood over the years. Las Vegas is represented by Cleen Rock One, owner and artist at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo. He’s pitted against Tim Lees of San Diego who helped him build and open the Las Vegas salon but left one month after the opening. Neither has forgiven the other.
Next Tuesday’s premiere is preceded by a special hosted by chief judge Dave Navarro featuring the craziest moments, most insane feuds and wildest fights on the series to date. Cleen Rock is battling for the $100,000 prize and “Ink Master” title following in the footsteps of Las Vegas contestants champion Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton and, in another season, runner-up Walter “Sausage” Frank.
GOING GLOBAL: Celebrity Fight Night has always been a successful charity event in Phoenix with Las Vegas celebrity and VIP supporters. Now it’s going global for six days thanks to tenor Andrea Bocelli, who will be back at MGM Grand this holiday season. Next Tuesday, Andrea will be joined by Muhammad Ali, Lionel Richie, Sinbad, David Foster and Reba McEntire in Florence, Italy, near my annual summer hideaway, to host Europe’s Celebrity Fight Night debut.
A private charter 767 jet with all-first-class seating will fly directly to the city with limo rides onto Pisa and Andrea’s home in Forte dei Marmi, which I visited this July. Sophia Loren will join the group there for Andrea’s concert on Minerva Beach. Before the return flight home, supporters will dine at the Florence home of Roberto Cavalli. Price: $50,000. Details: CelebrityFightNight.org.
LIGHTS ON: The newly completed sign officially signaling the end of LVH and the official arrival of Westgate gets lit up tonight in a lighting ceremony.
BUSY NIGHT: The crowded pre-LDW calendar features country king Brad Paisley’s “Moonshine in the Trunk” concert at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan with Love and Theft, Leah Turner and Dee Jay Silver. Brad will perform tracks from his new ninth studio album, and the show will air on CBS Radio.
ALL SAINTS WELCOME: The new Las Vegas All Saints store in the Forum Shops at Caesars debuts its 17-piece collection of high-quality designer handbags today each made from premium Italian leather. The store will be the only Las Vegas outlet with the entire craftsman’s collection.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. welcomed billionaire Warren Buffet to his Las Vegas gym on Tuesday but kept him waiting due to a late arrival. After their meeting, Floyd used Twitter to proclaim that he wants the investment banker to turn his $100 million fortune into at least $1 billion.
Rio magician headliner Penn Jillette, star of two TV magic series, dined at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria at Fashion Show and enjoyed pepperoni pizza and a hot side of anchovies. Of course he made it disappear!
The Westgate lighting ceremony is at the former LVH.
Brad Paisley is at Boulevard Pool.
The Offspring, Bad Religion and Pennywise are at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Two partygoers will win a trip to the EDM island of Ibiza at Light in Mandalay Bay with Clockwork on the decks.
RNR debuts its new “Growing Pains” EP with a punk release party and set at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.
Jordan Kate Mitchell has a special performance at Social in the Palms.
And proof that summer is drawing to a close: It’s the final regular season home game for the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field.
Ryan Growney of South Point and Greg Costello of Las Vegas Party Petition pen our guest column, plus, our review of Brad Paisley’s concert as we get ready for LDW of blowout excess to mark the unofficial end of summer.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.