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November 18, 2017

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Strip Scribbles: $350,000+ nightclub fun, Cher’s ‘Dressed to Kill,’ and Garth and Wynn reunite



Garth Brooks.

Cher Woman’s World

It’s been nearly a decade since superstar singer Cher said goodbye after her “Farewell Tour,” but this morning she announced on NBC’s “Today” show that she’s going back on the road next year with her “Dressed to Kill Tour,” starting in Phoenix on March 22.

Here’s her new single, “Woman’s World,” complete with a shredded-newspaper headpiece from her new album, “Closer to the Truth,” out Tuesday. The former Caesars Palace headliner is at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 25.

After Garth Brooks’ sold-out summer performances, hotel mogul Steve Wynn is inviting him back to Encore Theater for eight shows over four October and November weekends. Tickets go on sale Tuesday for the Oct. 18-19 and Nov. 8-9 shows.

I never expected Steve to be on the line when my cellphone rang at dinner. Wife Andrea and he were dining with our friends Larry and Camille Ruvo at Botero in Encore and were off to watch Justin Timberlake’s sound check at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Larry’s Southern Wine and Spirits distributes Justin’s tequila.)

“But we don’t want to call it a night, and we need one of your Tonight’s Tips for where we go afterward. Something relaxed with music?” asked Steve. I sent them to Piero’s for the opening night of Pia Zadora and Vincent Falcone’s show. They told me later that they loved her singing and his trio’s music.

Also: Robin Thicke, who is here more often than a local, will kick off the Palms’ New Year’s Eve week with a Dec. 29 concert at Pearl at the Palms.

RAINING THOU$AND$: The tab for the Champagne alone ran more than $250,000 for guests at one Strip nightclub when an Internet company chief let loose. First, he ordered bottles of bubbly as a gift for all the VIP tables around him. Then he threw $100 bills in the air for dancers and guests to grab, $100,000 in all.

It’s one of those “Only in Vegas” stories, and it gets better. He and his buddies then played a shopping mall game with young ladies to see what sexy stuff they’d buy with $10,000 apiece.

GALLERY SAGA: The nightmare for Gallery employees continues. They still say that Billy Richardson and his hospitality group Block 16, who operated the Planet Hollywood nightclub that suddenly closed over Labor Day Weekend, hasn’t paid them for hours worked.

They not only say that they haven’t been given any information, but also that they have been threatened with trespassing by security guards hired at the company’s offices. “We feel absolutely helpless,” one told me. “It’s so frustrating and caused incredible hardships. We worked, and we didn’t get paid.” Block 16 successfully operates other businesses in town.

NIGHTLIFE WORLD: Is a large, worldwide restaurant group partnering with a respected, out-of-town hospitality conglomerate for a Las Vegas invasion? That’s the inside word from King of Nightclubs’ Joe Vargas, who told me that they want to create a “mega-nightlife world” of clubs and restaurants as a multi-themed experience. Millions in funding are committed to the project, which will either go into a hotel they’d acquire or real estate within a hotel. This is definitely a project to watch for Strip development.

NEW STRIP SKYLINE: MGM Resorts brass plan to unveil the first set of renderings for the new sports arena to be built behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo in two weeks.

Caesars Entertainment execs confirm that their newly decorated 756 rooms at Bally’s will be in the newly named Jubilee Tower. We also can expect details of the proposed new shopping mall of boutiques and restaurants carved out of the empty Strip frontage at Bally’s within the month now that it has the green-light.

NEW TV SHOWS: Jon Taffer’s “Bar Rescue” has reportedly converted the former sex-play-zone bar Underground into a Zombie’s lounge attraction for a new episode on Spike this fall.


• Britain’s popular and outrageous reality TV show “The Only Way Is Essex” is filming on the Strip this week. The wild women arrived over the weekend with camera crews “very happy” from the Champagne send-off in London. The show is known for nudity and sexual scenes and innuendos, and doubtless whatever happens in Las Vegas will wind up on TV screens all over Britain when they return.

“Pin Up” beauty Claire Sinclair filmed an episode of the new six-part series “Naked Vegas,” which begins airing on SyFy in October. The show follows the amazing work of body-painting artists, and Claire and Playmates Kayla Collins, Crystal McCahill, Viteliva Vita and Jonavae Senftner were decorated for filming. On Tuesday, Claire gets to wear more clothes modeling the new, sexy, thigh-high stockings Kixies at the International Lingerie Convention in the Rio.


• Chef Herb Wilson will return to “Top Chef” for a second time this fall. The Sushi Samba chef who won the Venetian’s Golden Fork & Spoon Award last December in the hotel’s cooking challenge has left for Phoenix and Scottsdale to open three restaurants there. Dan Doherty, the just-named Britain’s Rising Chef of the Year from the sister Duck and Waffle restaurant in London, voted one of the world’s Top 10 24-hour restaurants, is taking his place for a limited run.

• Planet Hollywood kingpin Robert Earl filmed a new cable TV food series, and Holly Madison was his guest at Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. I joined Robert to film a segment at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Paris before he surprised a honeymoon couple at the Eiffel Tower with a celebration meal at GRS. Robert also filmed at Old Homestead in Caesars.

• Executive chef Nicole Grimes, who was a James Beard Award nominee while at Rao’s in Caesars, has headed West to open Rao’s in Hollywood, which has been slammed with advance reservations by movie stars and moguls.

Lingerie Convention

Direct to Consumers Convention


Undies of every description are on show at the International Lingerie Convention at the Rio.

“As Seen on TV” manufacturers meet to discuss the $350 billion industry and next year’s inventions and products at the Electronic Retailers Direct to Consumer Convention in the Wynn.

Brad Garrett continues headlining at his MGM Grand comedy club with Debi Gutierrez.

Madonna’s favorite DJ, Benny Benassi, who spun at Night 1 of iHeart, is at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.

All Time Low, Pierce the Veil and A Day to Remember are at Henderson Pavilion.

The premiere of StartUpGrind at the InNEVation Center tech business complex hosts Brock Pierce, “The Mighty Ducks” star turned godfather of virtual currency.


Barrett-Jackson car auction chief Craig Barrett gives us a preview of what 70,000 visitors can expect from 40 auctioneers at the mega-bucks attraction Thursday through Sunday at Mandalay Bay Events Center, with nearly 1,000 collectibles, some eclipsing $1 million. And Paris headliner Taylor Hicks wants to open a Southern-style Las Vegas restaurant, plus, a roundup of all that’s new with star chefs in our Counter Intelligence.

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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