Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 | 6 p.m.
“Pawn Stars” hero Rick Harrison with his TV and gameshow duties is one very busy Las Vegas resident, yet he’s taking time out to raise awareness about the medical problem of very high triglycerides, which he battles on a daily basis. His new national awareness campaign to be launched in October will be titled “Lower My Trigs.”
Having worked in the pawnshop business much of his adult life, Rick gets to the bottom of every story before making a buy or no-buy decision, so when he was diagnosed with high triglycerides, the “forgotten fat,” he was surprised to learn that dietary fish oil supplements and prescription products used for lowering high triglycerides do not contain the same ingredients.
In fact, many of these products contain DHA, which actually increase bad cholesterol levels in patients like Rick — one of the concerns millions of others and he are trying to avoid.
Rick is partnering with a major pharmaceutical company to launch the national awareness campaign now that he realizes he has a medical condition that requires a drug, not a dietary deficiency that needs to be supplemented.
SEX TAPES: Former Skid Row rocker and current Saigon Kick drummer turned porn director and performer Phil Varone will show viewers what goes on with groupie sex backstage at concerts and inside hotel rooms. The Las Vegas-based musician estimates that he’s bedded more than 3,000 women and says he’s nowhere near stopping.
He told me: “Let’s face it, the three reasons why guys dream of being rock stars is for fame, fortune and women. The questions I get asked most often are how many girls have you had? How do you get girls? Is it easy to get them? Can you tell us some stories?”
Now he’s filmed a series of four videos on tour stops: “Phil Varone Groupies: The Music From Behind,” in which he answers all those questions and curiosities. The Vivid video releases start Sept. 9, but the first episode is available at Vivid.com now. Phil promises to introduce some very hot girls and visits places never-before-seen except by rock stars.
His first book “Un-Philtered: Real Life On and Off the Rock ’n’ Roll Tour Bus” is available through RiverdaleAveBook.com and his website PhilVarone.com featuring some of his sexiest adventures.
BIG GIFT: Congratulations to our wonderful Mayor Carolyn Goodman who was named top winner by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in its Climate Protection Awards. The annual program co-sponsored by Wal-Mart recognizes mayors for their innovative programs that increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Carolyn promptly named our beloved Opportunity Village to benefit from the $25,000 award.
TOURISM PROMOTER: Richard Dunn, who amassed more than 20 million views with his McCarran Airport music video tribute to Celine Dion, was wooed by a scam artist who claimed copyright on the “I Heart Las Vegas” T-shirt he wore in its filming. Richard’s lawyer put a stop to the scam, but maybe our Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority should sign him up for the real thing? Richard told me: “I love Las Vegas, more so since the whole Celine Dion phenomenon began. I would love to promote your city.”
The Delano made new out of Mandalay Bay’s old The Hotel, and it will be open for business next Tuesday with a ribbon cutting. The grand-opening celebration is Sept. 18.
Brad Garrett’s annual celebrity poker tournament, which attracts dozens of Hollywood star players to benefit his Maximum Hope Foundation, is set for Sept. 27 at MGM Grand.
GLOBAL MODEL BEAUTY INVASION: Gorgeous swimsuit models from across America and around the world will invade MGM Grand for a full week starting Oct. 14 for the International Model Search pageant. MGM Grand headliner David Copperfield will host the glamor girls at his show and afterward the beauties will walk to Beacher’s Madhouse. They will take part in a sexy Halloween costume party, with DJ Tiesto hosting another party before the final competition on a poolside stage Oct. 19. I’ll be there with Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips as two of the judges.
Fans, execs and dancers celebrated Coyote Ugly’s 21st birthday with a party at New York-New York. The original Coyote Ugly in NYC opened its doors in 1993. Founder Liliana Lovell flew in for the Las Vegas celebration. Made famous in the 2010 movie of the same name, Lil thanked the group saying, “This is a great bar, and I’m proud of 21 years.” Each night atop the long bar, sexy, sassy and tough-talking “Coyotes” perform choreographed dance numbers, body shots, clogging and more.
Crooner Brian Evans will open for Erasure at Pearl at the Palms on Halloween, his first return to Las Vegas for a full show in two years after unexpectedly losing his mother in 2012. Brian will debut his Halloween song “Creature” during the show. Erasure booked him after his guest appearance opening for Carrot Top, and another opening-act announcement involving Pet Shop Boys, Elton John or George Michael is expected shortly. His agent and a film studio are discussing Brian’s bestselling book “Horrorscope” for it to become a TV series and big-screen movie.
“Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer, who is headquartered in Las Vegas, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his annual Nightclub & Bar show here from March 30-April 1, 2015.
Spanx is coming to Las Vegas with the company’s first West Coast store at Fashion Show. Christine Moeller of “I Can Style U” hosts the opening Sept. 5 with showgirls in Spanx.
Red Bull unveil plans for its world championship air race in Las Vegas from Oct. 11-12 with a party at Drai’s After-Dark Beach Club swim party atop the Cromwell.
“Absinthe” star Penny Pibbets debuts her band Koocheckoo with Amos Glick at the reopening of Bunkhouse Saloon downtown. Puddles the Clown also is performing.
Restaurant Week continues through Thursday, so please support the Three Square food bank fundraiser meals.
Shayma Tash, Henry Phillips and Don McEnery are at the Improv in Harrah’s through Labor Day Weekend.
Country superstar Brad Paisley is at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan, and the Westgate sign is illuminated. Our guest columnists are Mark Brandenburg with stories of our city’s oldest hotel, Golden Gate, and the fun folks at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Mandalay Place have a special drinking tour of Ireland planned.
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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