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Strip Scribbles: Celine Dion ‘the biggest act since Elvis,’ Newsweek says


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Celine Dion’s opening night at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 15, 2011.

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3/15/11: Celine Dion at The Colosseum

Celine Dion's opening night at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 15, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Criss Angel Launches

Criss Angel launches at Bare Pool Lounge in the Mirage on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Barry Manilow at the Paris Las Vegas

Barry Manilow at the Paris on March 6, 2010. Launch slideshow »

Congratulations to Celine Dion and husband and manager Rene Angelil on Billboard’s Boxscore rankings as the No. 1 show in North America for her 54 consecutive sold-out performances for 230,000 fans from the March premiere through August at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Additionally, Newsweek has deemed Celine “the biggest act since Elvis.”

As a result of the overwhelming demand, Celine is adding 52 performances next year from Feb. 22 through Aug. 19. Tickets go on sale Saturday. “We did not know how Celine could top her first five-year run in The Colosseum, but she has certainly done it,” said John Meglen, president and co-CEO of AEG Live/Concerts West. “She is a force of nature and has brought to us an extraordinary show. It’s selling stronger than the first run.”

Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace, added: “Fans from all over the world have traveled here to experience her show, and I am confident that we will continue to see this in 2012.”

*Seven of Criss Angel’s custom collector cars will be a highlight under the auctioneer’s hammer at the Fourth Annual Barrett-Jackson automotive event at Mandalay Bay from Sept. 22-24. The three-day Worlds Greatest Collector Car Auction caps the company’s yearlong 40th anniversary celebration.

It’s the fourth annual return here with exotics, customs, classics, hot rods and original collector vehicles. Criss’s cars include his 2006 Hummer H2 Custom, a 2006 Dodge Viper Custom 2 Door Coupe and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Custom 2 Door Coupe. Celebration events kick off next week with a road rally of the collectibles from the Las Vegas Hilton to Mandalay Bay, and enthusiasts will throw their opening-night party at LAX at the Luxor.

Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors

Did a local beauty spend a secret, two-week European vacation with not one but two heavy-hitter TV executives, one of whom then spent Labor Day weekend here? … Expect an announcement soon of the closing date of Barry Manilow’s two-year contract run at the Paris. Fans, don’t fret, as the inside word is that he’s moving to Harrah’s with a new contract. … Which Strip personality has plans for a visit to Disneyworld in Tokyo?

*Every year, the race is on for the first white truffles from Alba, Italy, truly a gourmet and gastronomic delight. My Las Vegas restaurant guide writer friends Al Mancini and John Curtas were lucky enough to taste the first ones that arrived over Labor Day weekend at Guy Savoy in Caesars Palace. “They were amazing,” Al told me.

Franck Savoy’s fiance Leigh imports truffles and was fortunate enough to be the first in America to get them. New Caesars Palace Chef Michel Richard, who has opened his 24-hour Central 24 there, joined foodies and fellow French chefs in the salute to the treasured truffle.

Wayne Newton's Once Before I Go: The Show

Wayne Newton and Cheryl Burke during his Once Before I Go grand opening show at the Tropicana on Oct. 28, 2009. Launch slideshow »

Justin Bieber at Planet Hollywood

Justin Bieber at Planet Hollywood on July 24, 2010. Launch slideshow »
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Jay Cutler celebrates his fourth Mr. Olympia title at Blush in the Wynn on Sept. 25, 2010.

*Rave reviews and great applause for superstar and Las Vegas resident Wayne Newton as he premiered his documentary about Arabian horses at Utah’s leading documentary film festival DocUtah. He performed with his 21-piece orchestra and walked onstage with one of his horses featured from Native American Legend.

Wayne’s film, which was completed over 18 months, was chosen to headline the 100 films from 36 countries being shown during the 10-day festival in St. George. The film also will be shown regularly at his ranch Casa Shenandoah when it opens to the public at year’s end. I’m told that construction for tour bus and car parking is nearing completion.

*Spies tell me that Justin Bieber did sneak into Las Vegas over the weekend and hid backstage at Mandalay Bay Events Center while his sweetheart Selena Gomez performed with her band The Scene. Her dressing room was filled with a massive candy and confectionary gift presentation from Sugar Factory at the Paris.

*Boxing legend and Las Vegas resident Mike Tyson became a vegan nearly two years ago, and he’s so enthusiastic about it that he’s now promoting it on a new billboard. The ad near McCarran Airport is a partnership with L.A.-based nonprofit Last Chance for Animals. It shows Mike kissing a dove with the caption, “Love Animals, Don’t Eat Them.” He’s tweeted, “Being vegan = happy. I feel like I am going to live longer.”

*The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open has kicked off, with 2010 champion Jonathan Byrd revealing the details of this year’s games. UNLV graduate and PGA pro Charley Hoffman hosts the Sept. 26 charity pro-am for Justin.

*Singer Courtney Love had to fill in for Motley Crue frontman and hometown hero Vince Neil when he was taken ill and lost his voice during a New York Fashion Week show.

*Las Vegas fashionista and designer Joey Galon has departed for New York, where he’s filming the new Lifetime reality TV series 24-Hour Catwalk. It pits budding fashion designers for a cash prize and a launch of their own clothing line. Each episode features four designers given 24 hours to create a collection, with two finalists getting a star-studded runway show. “It’s a dream come true. It’s just the next step in coming closer to launching my line. I’m really excited about it. Bring it on!” Joey said.

Tonight’s Tips

Naughty by Nature is down with O.P.P. at LAX. … Milkman performs cuts from his new album at Ghostbar in the Palms. … And 4 Lads From Liverpool open a run at the Riviera through Sept. 25 with a tribute show of Beatles hits.

Tomorrow’s Teases

Don’t be confused with Cinco de Mayo festivities: It’s Mexican Independence Day celebrations all weekend long. Plus, Las Vegas’ Jay Cutler competes for another Mr. Olympia title at the Orleans.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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