Las Vegas Sun
Monday, April 22, 2013 | 6:02 p.m.
A few Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors on this manic Monday:
*How many people knew Elvis Presley had a son? I saw the Texas birth certificate dated July 3, 1961, for John Dennis Roach, who was Elvis’ first child born out of wedlock to Elvis and Zona Marie, a nursing student.
John has written a book, “Elvis Is My Daddy: Let the Boy Sing,” which he will promote in Las Vegas next month. We’ll have a preview closer to the launch.
Incidentally, Tuesday marks the 57th anniversary of The King’s first local show, and Madame Tussauds at The Venetian marks it with a wax figure that even speaks a few phrases.
*Which star living in a luxurious condo building was shocked to see one of his neighbors cavorting in the co-ed Jacuzzi with a lady that was not his reality TV starlet wife? The Jacuzzi is no longer co-ed.
*Are there going to be headlines this week with indictments forthcoming for top casino execs?
*Magician David Copperfield has won a three-year contract extension at his MGM Grand home, and President Scott Sibella says The Hollywood Theater might be renamed The David Copperfield Theater when it’s redesigned, reconfigured and converted after a month’s shutdown in September. By year’s end, David will present a new show and illusions.
*Neither “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto or The Mirage made an expected official announcement of his new restaurant at The Mirage, but attendees at UNLVino’s “Sake Fever” confirmed it. The Food Network star is sworn to secrecy. I congratulated him Sunday, and he shook my hand with a big grin but never uttered a word.
*Blue Man Group from the Monte Carlo have joined with our state’s Public Safety and Transportation departments to film public-service campaign spots to make April Distracted Driving Awareness Month to encourage drivers not to text while driving. The video is at BlueMan.com/drivesafe.
*Expect the official announcement shortly that the World Food Championships will be held for a second year at Bally’s from Nov. 7-10.
*Red Bull’s world b-boy contest is here May 18 with the battle to find the best b-boys on the continent. The U.S. Finals are in Houston on Aug. 17, and the world finals are in Seoul, South Korea, in November.
CONGRATULATIONS: The cast and crew of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood celebrated its fourth anniversary, and Coco Austin, Josh Strickland, Cheaza and the cast marked the milestone with baby blue cupcakes from CupKates.
Also to Isabella of The Alizma Triplets on her July marriage at home in Poland to Timothy Parsons. How long before her two identical sisters follow suit?
RETIRING: After 10 years and 3,000 performances, “Defending the Caveman” star Kevin Burke has decided to call it quits. His final performance at Harrah’s will be May 25. He said: “It’s official. My kids are 10 and 14 and because they live in the Midwest, I want to see them finish school and growing up. I’ve given my notice and am heading home. There’s no secret behind this. I know it makes no sense for a performer to walk away from a hit show, but when have I ever done anything that made sense. … It’s time for me to do something new.”
Kevin retires his spear after just breaking the Guinness World Record for the most theatrical performances in a 50-day period. “Playing the role of caveman has been a huge, rewarding part of my life and has given me some fabulous memories. I have made life-long friends at the show here in Las Vegas, and I will miss them all,” said Kevin. “Retiring from the show I love is one of the hardest decisions I ever made, but, after 10 years, it’s time.” Second City comedian Chris Allen takes over the role.
TERRY BRADSHAW VIDEO: Thanks to readers of my Terry Bradshaw interview last week who emailed me their appreciation for the story of the NFL legend’s new show “Life in Four Quarters” headed to The Mirage in June. We have a behind-the-scenes rehearsal video and funny moments from the chat.
BILLBOARD AWARDS: Billboard Magazine announced its award finalists following yearlong tracking of sales today, and they include Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Rihanna and Carly Rae Jepsen for the Fox broadcast May 19 hosted by Tracy Morgan at MGM Grand. There will be EDM categories for the first time.
HOT DOG: Two Nevada champions won the qualifying contest for the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on July 4. Jeff “The Beast Man” Butler and Miki Sudo were named champions at New York-New York. In just 10 minutes, Miki ate 40 hot dogs, and Jeff 31½. In the local heroes competition, Nellis AFB defeated Clark County Fire Department by devouring 31 hot dogs and winning $1,000 for the Air Force Assistance Fund.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: One of the Strip’s hardest-working showgirls, Chloe Crawford, celebrated her 25th birthday Sunday. The English-born topless beauty performs in her husband Murray Sawchuck’s magic show at the Tropicana and then heads to “Fantasy” at Luxor as one of its featured dancers.
The couple celebrated with a massage, sushi at Hamada and then watched the AIDS benefit Broadway Bares on Sunday night at Planet Hollywood. Said Chloe: “It’s been an amazing year, and I am so lucky to be doing what I love in a city that has really accepted me!”
Brad Garrett returns as headliner at his comedy club in MGM Grand through Sunday with Steve Trevino.
The weather’s perfect for the start of the topless summer season as Venus Pool Club opens at Caesars Palace.
We have wonderful photo galleries from all four events of this year’s 39th Annual UNLVino that honored Morimoto, Thomas Keller, Elizabeth Blau and MGM Grand President Scott Sibella. Plus, our interview with Ian Ziering as he prepares for his guest-hosting stint at Chippendales in The Rio.
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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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.
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.