Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 | 3:59 p.m.
Motley Crue frontman and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil says his new Arena Football League team the Las Vegas Outlaws will be all about “having fun” right from its first game March 30 against the San Jose Sabercats at the Thomas & Mack Center.
“I’d love to make the playoffs this first season,” Vince told me at the weekend filming of first promos. He also revealed the first 10 picks for his cheerleading squad The Posse:
* D Las Vegas and Coyote Ugly dancer Erin, who was a cheerleader for the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit AFL team Shock & Fury
* English-born Chelsea, who has danced as a showgirl at Caesars Entertainment properties
* Sarah, who has danced in Big & Rich concerts and music videos
* Beacher’s Madhouse babe Hope, who was featured in the Pharrell Williams music video “Happy”
* Luxor’s “Fantasy” dancer Mariah
* Rio’s bevertainer Natasha
* Former UNLV cheerleader Miki
* “Raiding the Rock Vault” dancer and Sin City Comedy burlesque star Victoria
* Freelance Las Vegas dancer Danielle
* Ashley, who teaches dance to children
Allison Kylee, who is the lead dancer in Motley Crue concerts, will be their choreographer.
“We’ve got the most gorgeous of talented dancers,” Vince told me. “They will all look stunning in their black-and-gold fringed outfits with rhinestones and cowboy boots.
“Each home game, they will be firing confetti guns loaded with dollar bills at fans, and hidden among them will be several $100 bills. Winning fans will also be able to sit up front in a convertible with The Posse to watch games,” Vince added.
“We’re also going to have a live band play at every home game. I’ll perform with my band, but I can’t speak for Motley Crue because they aren’t really into sports.”
Sponsors have signed on to support the Outlaws, and tickets are selling well, General Manager Bob Hewko told me. “We are very encouraged by the pace of ticket sales, and we haven’t even begun promoting yet.”
After Vince celebrates his birthday here on Feb. 8, he leaves for the Asian leg of the final Motley Crue world tour hitting Japan, Australia and then three European music festivals. He’s planned it so that he will be at nearly all the home games here.
“I’ve bought a Falcon jet,” he said. “I’m going to travel to as many away games as fit into the tour schedule. As an incentive, we’re going to pick two MVPs from our Outlaws fans per game, and they will fly back to Las Vegas with me on the private jet instead of going commercial with the team.
“I’m thrilled how we’ve built the team. We have secured three of the top receivers and the top quarterback in the league.”
When the Outlaws were added as a franchise expansion, the AFL held a draft for only the second time since 2006. Vince, his partners, his GM Bob and his coach Aaron Garcia signed Tanner Varner and Gerald Young from Orlando; Ernest Owusu and Jeff Nady from San Jose; Abe Markowitz and Dion Turner from Portland; Julius Williams from Philadelphia; Donovan Henley and Will Wright from Arizona; B.J. Bell from Los Angeles; Bert Reed from Jacksonville; and Robert Rose from Cleveland.
For B.J., who played for the rival L.A. Kiss team owned by rival rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, it’s a homecoming because he is a former UNLV player.
Said Vince: “I am a football nut. I am 100 percent into the sport. The game is fast and furious. We are marketing it as rock-and-roll football. This will be all about having fun. Monday night football is going to have a whole new meaning to it.”
Former Las Vegas hotel executive Scott Butera (Cosmopolitan, Tropicana Entertainment, Trump Entertainment) has been appointed the new AFL commissioner after a two-year stint as CEO at Foxwoods casino resort in Connecticut, where former Luxor and Mirage executive Felix Rappaport is now president.
Scott is moving league headquarters to Las Vegas because he believes the Outlaws will help bring prominent attention to the game and the league. “What happens in Vegas will be watched across America,” he said.
Vince flies to New York for a Jan. 22 appearance on Jimmy Fallon to perform with Motley Crue. The group’s farewell tour will wind up with MGM Grand Garden Arena concerts here followed by the closing show in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve.
“I hope we can have our final after-party at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip where we began 34 years ago if it hasn’t been torn down by then. It would be a fitting place to celebrate the beginning and the end.”
Practice for the Outlaws begins here three weeks before their March 30 debut game against San Jose, and rehearsals for The Posse cheerleaders began one week before the first game.
Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor: I’m told that we will have to keep our eyes peeled shortly for a controversial ad campaign for The Posse. It’s so hot that it’s likely to be protested and then banned.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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