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Strip Scribbles: ‘X Rocks’ at the Rio; four nightlife spaces at new Drai’s; Miley on Twitter


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Dancers perform during “X Rocks” at the Rio on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.

New ‘X Rocks’ at the Rio

Dancer Moorea Wolf performs during “X Rocks” at the Rio on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Angela and Matt Stabile, producers of topless-dance shows, have now opened their third Las Vegas production. Following the success of “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo and “Raack ’n’ Roll” at the D downtown comes the edgy and theatrical “X Rocks” at the Rio.

It features 17 dance routines set to 17 rock numbers with five of the sexiest temptresses: Jessica, Emilie, Jennifer, Moorea and Alexandria. Jessica and Jennifer thrill and chill in a double-stacked chair number that only shows their synchronized and stockinged legs move. Emilie is the “Alice in Wonderland” muse, Moorea sparks with her grinder and fire guitar, and Alex is inside the wild cage.

Angela brought in new sound, lights, trusses and HD video to convert the former Fiore’s, which Prince once used as a jazz club. “All three of our shows use different music, sets and ideas but are the same in that we have beautiful and talented girls. ‘X’ is traditional burlesque; ‘X Rocks’ is only heavy rock — Whitesnake, Metallica, Phuture Primitive and Adrenalize, with sets including the electric chair, an ice-cream truck and a spider web; and ‘Raack’ showcases classic rock and current hits to give it a fun rock-concert vibe.”

She loves small and intimate stages: the original Flamingo stage is 25x40, the D stage is 12x20 and the Rio stage just 15x25. “We can create a sexy topless revue on the smallest of stages. There’s one in town that was just 3x15. Give us a venue, and we can do it!” she laughed.

THE NEW DRAI’S: Nightlife czar Victor Drai will operate three clubs in the new boutique hotel Gansevoort being built out of the shell of the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon opposite Bally’s and Bellagio. On the roof, he will have a dayclub beach with pool, a 65,000-square-foot nightclub and in the basement a slightly remodeled after-hours’ club.

The after-hours’ club relocated during the construction to Bally’s, and Victor plans to remodel that into a fourth club when he moves back to his original home. He told me that his pool will be closer to the Bellagio Fountains than their own hotel guests. Victor promises the most beautiful club in Las Vegas when opened and in his words “better” than XS that he created at Encore.

Karl Bushby

Karl Bushby in his walk around the world. Launch slideshow »

WALKING MAN: Karl Bushby loaded up with 16 liters of water as he began his five-day hike through Death Valley, Calif., beginning Monday for the first campground. We posted his walking-the-world odyssey story on Monday. CalTrans gave him two routes because of possible flooded or washed-out back roads. If all goes well, he’ll arrive in Beatty, Nev., and then trek for another 10 days into Las Vegas. He plans an average 15 miles per day and has a fully loaded iPad for company. His two-wheel carriage of supplies includes solar panels for him to power his cell phone and computer for emails and the GPS signal that you can follow him on at and Twitter and Instagram at @Bushby3000.

Followers are encouraged to meet up with Karl along his route — to walk with him, bring him a sandwich or even put him up for a night. He’s hoping to see Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” while staying overnight here before his USA Walk 3000 continues on to Washington, D.C.

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Miley Cyrus.

JUICY GOSSIP: Did provocative pop princess Miley Cyrus know guests at a raunchy Las Vegas party over the weekend after her 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival performances at the Village and MGM Grand Garden Arena used cell phones to capture video and photos of her?

One guest told me this morning as her sensational nude Rolling Stone pictorial was released that it was a near-orgy with Miley twerking some of the guests and simulating sexual moves on the floor while a pet monkey danced on her back. I’ve seen two of the photos and a video clip, and there’s no doubt that Miley was living up to her current wild sexy reputation. Miley herself tweeted out a photo of part of the fun.

* When the Rabbit TV USB port folks hit the huge Consumer Electronics Show for the first time here in January, they will unveil a “super set-top box” that will revolutionize how your home TV can get programs from around the world.

* Las Vegas entrepreneur Brett Brinsfield launches for a series of monthly parties for 75 couples all married the same week in our Marriage Capital of the World. He’s hoping that “Real Housewives” stars will be in attendance. “It will be a glitzy, glamorous ball,” says Brett.

* Master illusionist Michael Turco has completed his best trick yet with a YouTube all-access pass into his life onstage and off. The eight-week series going behind-the-scenes of rehearsals and his live shows will be released every Monday. The Las Vegas magician performed on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” headlined with his own show here and starred on Italian TV’s “La Grande Magia.” He took cameras with him for his around-the-world shows for the YouTube series.

Michael Turco

* Las Vegas entertainer Clint Carvalho and His Extreme Parrots from “V — Ultimate Variety Show” in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood was seen on FX on Monday night in the “DVD on TV” series with the movie “Rio.” Clint appeared with co-hosts Jennifer Lothrop and Dave Holmes to show his parrots’ tricks of skateboarding and bike riding.

* Las Vegas twin “Property Brothers” stars Jonathan and Drew Scott are making mischief. Jonathan has photo shopped an image of himself wearing white underwear alongside Miley Cyrus from her new video and No. 1 hit “Wrecking Ball.” He’s so confident he looks better that he’s asking people to tweet their pick.

* Zappos chief Tony Hsieh, Harry Shum Jr. (“Glee”) and P90X co-founder Tony Horton will be joined by three UFC fighters and Cirque du Soleil members as speakers at the debut Life Is Beautiful festival learning program from Oct. 26-27.

Bruno Mars Hosts and Parties at Tao

Bruno Mars hosts and parties at Tao in the Venetian on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Launch slideshow »

* The Cosmopolitan officially confirmed this morning my exclusive from last week that Bruno Mars and his band The Hooligans has signed a mini-residency and will open the new venue the Chelsea. Bruno starts Dec. 29, plays New Year’s Eve and then perform weekends in February, May and August — and certain to be successful after his upcoming Super Bowl Halftime Show, so they will be expanded into next fall.


Please join five local celebrities and me for the charity opening of the new 24-hour Sammy’s Restaurant, Bar & Lounge in Green Valley in Henderson. Each of us has selected a charity. My pal Michael Boychuck is boosting the Animal Foundation, and I’m there supporting Keep Memory Alive.

Actor Alan Alda had a lecture at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. His topics will include his second chance at life after a near-death experience on a Chile mountaintop in 2003 when he had to be airlifted for emergency surgery.

Celebrity chef Angela Sosa will host a screening of his debut “Top Chef” appearance at his new restaurant Poppy Den in Tivoli Village.

Red Rocker fans will celebrate Sammy Hagar’s new album at his Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile, where multiple HD TVs will show a behind-the-scenes video of the making of “Sammy Hagar & Friends.”

John Caponera, Erik Passoja and Gilbert Lawand headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.

Dash Berlin spins at Lavo in Palazzo.


Do not miss our candid and explosive interview with rock-music legend Meat Loaf as he previews his new show “Rocktellz & Cocktails” at Planet Hollywood. Plus, our amazing, acrobatic hometown KriStef Brothers lost out at the last minute on “AGT” but landed one of the top spots on the touring show that kicks off this weekend.

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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