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Strip Scribbles: Neil and Bagans’ ‘Adventures’ at Riviera airs Friday


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Ghost Adventures” stars Nick Groff, Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin attend Blush’s fourth anniversary hosted by Holly Madison at the Wynn on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011.

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“Startling! Overwhelming!” Friday’s Season 6 finale of “Ghost Adventures” is being billed as the scariest episode yet. Las Vegas-based producer and series creator Zak Bagans says fellow resident and Motley Crue rocker Vince Neil underwent “an overwhelming physical experience.” He added: “Our crew with Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin have investigated some of the scariest and most notoriously haunted places in the world during dusk-to-dawn lockdowns. This one tops them all.”

The Motley Crue frontman told me: “After what we experienced, I now really believe in this paranormal phenomena. When you watch, you, too, will be scared out of your pants.” Vince was joined by Bruce Westcott, Frank Sinatra’s former pianist, and Jamie Gold, 2006 World Series of Poker champion, in their investigation at the Riviera.

Frank was perhaps its most well known guest who had his own penthouse suite where he often threw lavish parties. The “Ghost Adventures” team with Vince’s entourage attempted to channel Frank by re-creating a party in his suite that produced startling results. Vince told me: “We experienced unexplained, first-hand encounters, including scratch marks on one woman’s back, cold sensations, voices and knocking. Zak, Nick and Aaron documented the multiple EVPs and unexplained events. But when we went into Room 908, we really had the shocking, overwhelming physical experience of our lives.”

The “Ghost Adventures” finale with Miss Nevada USA Jade Kelsall airs on the Travel Channel at 9 p.m. ET/PT Friday. Zak is currently completing production of his new series “Paranormal Paparazzi.”


The intimate Broadway Theater, a new performance venue featuring afternoon and evening shows at New York-New York, opens Tuesday as the new home for various shows presented by British producer David King. He’ll turn on the neon lights for “Spirit of the Dance” with Dublin’s Irish Tenors as special guests for the May 1 premiere. His second show, “Dancing Queen,” one of the most popular ABBA shows worldwide, debuts May 15.

The dynamic Irish show will fill the 4 p.m. slot and the Swedish musical nightly at 8. David, the executive producer of Spirit Productions, said, “It’s incredibly exciting for me to bring my hit shows to Las Vegas and open them in a brand new venue at New York-New York. I love the feel of the intimate space that will provide the audience a new, up-close-and-personal experience.”

The Gazillionaire has done it again -- and kept a promise. Amid its smash-hit run of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, Spiegelworld is preparing for a return to New York with an all-new show, “Empire.” A dress rehearsal of “Empire” will be held May 13 at the “Absinthe” Spiegelworld tent before the all-new production heads to the Big Apple for its world premiere in Times Square on May 31, with proceeds donated to our beloved Keep Memory Alive that raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Gaz said “Empire” will be a reinvention of the traditions of circus, cabaret, variety and burlesque for a 21st century audience. He says that he might well steal some of the acts for his own show here when he hosts the preview and send some of the cast who annoy him here to Manhattan!

Not content to retire after a successful business career, Houston MacPherson decided to fulfill his bucket list dream of Las Vegas stardom. The upstate New York executive discovered that he had an uncanny knack for comedy and singing impressions of more than 50 famous voices, from Clint Eastwood to Julio Iglesias to George Burns and President Obama.

Now the 60-year-old is taking the ultimate business gamble and opening May 8 at the new Wolf Theater in the off-Strip Clarion hotel. “When I hit 50, I gave up a successful corporate career to follow my dream to perform -- finally now when you are in Vegas, you can see Houston. I was so passionate about it, I was willing to take whatever the risks.” He won raves from critics when he tested the show in Nashville before heading to Sin City.


Actor James Franco dined at Tao in the Venetian with three female friends. He’s in town to promote his 2013 film “Oz: The Great & Powerful” at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace but will first play Hugh Hefner in “Lovelace” out later this year. The cast of “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo celebrated their 10th anniversary at Pure in Caesars Palace on Tuesday night. The gorgeous glamour girls dazzled on the VIP stage and were presented with a three-tiered pink cake to congratulate them on the milestone.


TV host Jerry Springer, now in his 21st year of hosting “The Jerry Springer Show,” returns to host “The Price Is Right Live” at Bally’s through May 6. Flamenco guitar great Paco de Lucia is at Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried starts a run at Starlite Theater in the Riviera. Magazine tycoon and onetime Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes lectures at UNLV Concert Hall. Kathleen Dunbar and Kevin Downer Jr. are the comedy headliners at Big Al’s in the Orleans through Sunday. Mastoon, Ghost and Opeth rock House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. “CSI” writer David Lewman will launch and sign copies of “CSI: The Experience” books, at Clark County’s new Windmill Library, based on Las Vegas junior high students inspired by the hit CBS series.


Look! Up in the sky! It’s UFOs. Or at least a new exhibit on them.

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