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January 17, 2018

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Strip Scribbles: Tao Group scores gold at London Summer Olympics


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Carmelo Anthony, right, parties at Club Bud presents Tao/Marquee with Swizz Beatz at the Roundhouse in London on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.

Call it the smartest marketing ever when Tao Group Managing Partners Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg decided to open Club Bud, a “pop-up nightclub,” for this past weekend’s Olympic final events and Closing Ceremonies in London.

LeBron James and his gold-medal Team USA teammates were there in the DJ booth jamming as Nas performed on the final night. Earlier, LeBron had welcomed Jason and Noah courtside for the gold-medal win against Spain.

Among the crowd partying at Club Bud was former Las Vegas model and Miss Indiana Brittany Mason. Sports and music stars turned up after the Olympic Stadium concert including ex-“Peepshow” star Mel Brown and her Spice Girls, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Lolo Jones, Hope Solo, Sam Mikulak, John Orozco, Trey Hardee, Apolo Ohno, DJ Gareth Emery, Swizz Beatz, Carmelo Anthony, Ryan Bailey, Gabrielle Union and former “Spamalot” at the Wynn star Eric Idol.

Club Bud at 2012 London Olympics

LeBron James parties at Club Bud presents Tao/Marquee with Swizz Beatz at the Roundhouse in London on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.

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I’m reliably told that Jason and Noah, who run Tao at the Venetian, Lavo at the Palazzo and Marquee at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, won LeBron’s commitment to celebrate his victory here on his next visit to the Strip before the new Miami Heat season begins. Ex-Lavo GM Andrew Goldberg, who now runs Lavo in Manhattan, was tapped to create Club Bud.

LIBERACE SHOW UPDATES: The Liberace musical “I’ll Be Seeing You” is now on a fast track to begin its pre-production in London this November for a West End run before being brought to Broadway. I learned that pianist and composer Marvin Hamlisch, who died unexpectedly last week, was its composer during its early development.

Producer Barbara Carole Sickmen told me: “Much of what I leaned from Marvin was so valuable. I will treasure those memories and be forever grateful for our witty conversations, his love for Liberace and the way he played ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ on my Yamaha piano. He was our ‘Singular Sensation.’ Music will always be what Marvin did for love!”

BALL UP STREETBALL: Ball Up Streetball wrapped its tour with the last championship game at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion featuring legendary streetballers the Professor, Sik Wit It, Air Up There, Bone Collector, AO, Pat the Roc and Special FX. The streetballers played against MVPs from each of the tour cities in the past: Andre Mack (Indianapolis), Deondre Starling (Boston), G. Smith (New York), Deandre Bray (Atlanta), Hassan Stephens (L.A.), Kirkpatrick McCauley (L.A.), Myron Howe (Baltimore), Mike Purdie (Phoenix), Jesse Lebeau (L.A.) and Haron Hargrave (New York).

Chauncey Billups was the celebrity coach for the game. Up next, Ball Up Tour 2012 will be on every Sunday for 12 weeks on Fox Sports. Nine MVPs from the nationwide tour will compete against the Ball Up All-Stars in a championship game to become the newest member of the professional Ball Up team to receive a player contract. Check out the sneak peek of the show.

Ball Up Streetball

BETTIE PAGE GOES PUBLIC: Wall Street opened this morning with a new stock. For 20 days now, the Bettie Page fashion and boutiques company headquartered at Planet Hollywood will trade under the ASOD symbol and then switch over to its full-time TATD symbol. Its merger that we first reported two weeks ago is completed, and the initial vision of the owners has come true. Designer Tatyana Khomyakova was a guest columnist last month, and 2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair has been the face of the line.

TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS? Local musicians have produced a fun Las Vegas video that’s on its way to going viral. Louis Prima Jr. has the starring role, but the players don’t want anyone thinking they’ve got too much time on their hands between gigs!

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HORROR HOTEL ON THE STRIP: Director Eli Roth has given fans a first look at his terrifying Sin City horror experience Goretorium with a gruesome trailer that debuted over the weekend. The 30-second video provides a peek into what guests will be experience when they take a tour through Las Vegas’ first year-round haunt opening next month.

Eli Roth’s Goretorium

The mythical Hotel Delmont comes to life on the Strip near Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops entrance. The self-guided horror experience begins in the lobby and unveils gruesome sights of past hotel guest victims and the serial-killing family behind the dirty deeds. Eli is best-known for creating the “Hostel” and “Cabin Fever” horror franchises and starring in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards.”

DANCE PARTNERS: Former “Peepshow” star Kelly Monaco will be teamed with Valentin Chmerkovskiy on the new season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” premiering Sept. 24. Joey Fatone, who has been starring in “Dancing With the Stars: Live From Las Vegas” at the Tropicana, will be reunited with Kym Johnson. Las Vegas regular Pamela Anderson will dance with Tristan McManus, who was partnered last season with our hometown sweetheart Gladys Knight and also guest starred in the Tropicana show. Melissa Rycroft, who is a Venetian and Palazzo regular, is teamed with Tony Dovolani, and Shawn Johnson will dance with Derek Hough.


The incredible music talents of Diana Krall are on display when she performs at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and Kivi Rogers, Frances Dilorinzo and Jonny Loquasto headline at Harrah’s Improv tonight.


KISS legend Gene Simmons spills details of the Rock Fantasy Boot Camp coming to the Strip, plus, stunning photos of the beautiful ICandy dancers from their show and party lounge at Miracle Mile.

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