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Strip Scribbles: Steve Wynn’s $1.6B lake project, Vince Neil, Celine Dion, ‘Follow the Leader’



A massing model showing the general layout of a new project by Wynn Resorts that would include a 38-acre lagoon, 1,000-room hotel tower, small casino, restaurants, nightlife and meeting space.

Steve Wynn EFI Keynote

Steve Wynn, chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, gives a keynote address during the annual Electronics For Imaging (EFI) users conference at Wynn Las Vegas Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Launch slideshow »

News of hotel mogul Steve Wynn’s ambitious plans to transform his Wynn Las Vegas golf club into a 38-acre Disney World-type attraction wasn’t a total surprise to Vegas DeLuxe readers.

Last year, we reported that Steve was meeting with California water-display technology company design experts and former Disney execs to map out a $1.6 billion recreational lake project with nightly fireworks and white sandy beaches for swimming, parasailing and water skiing on the Strip.

There will be entertainment attractions there for daytime and nighttime hours. Steve also plans a 1,000-room hotel, restaurants, small casino and nightclub.

Steve revealed the plans, which are subject to Board of Directors approval, during a conference call Wednesday to Wall Street investors, saying, “This is really a reinvention of Las Vegas.”

This morning New York’s bankers gave the plans a vote of confidence, boosting Steve’s stock price by 12 percent. They also liked MGM Resorts’ posture with the new T-Mobile Arena that opened Wednesday night, with a 3 percent uptick in stock.

BUSINESS SECRETS: CNBC premiered its business show “Follow the Leader” on Wednesday night with former Las Vegas resident and hair products king John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell.

Journalist Farnoosh Torabi spent 48 hours embedded with J.P. to learn his business secrets and how he also built his Patron Spirits Co. into a second blockbuster success. J.P.’s debut on the show revealed what makes the most successful business people different.

Farnoosh filmed J.P. at his corporate offices in Beverly Hills, Calif., and his home office in Austin, Texas, where he’s attempting to build his third billion-dollar brand Aubio Life Science, plant-based gels that are treatments for cold sores, shingles and pre-cancerous skin conditions.

J.P. has been a friend since the early 1980s, and I respect him greatly for the fact that he gives half his wealth to charity, and each of his companies have philanthropic ventures to continue his commitment of giving back.

His Paul Mitchell hair care products, which number more than 100, are sold in more than 80 countries, and his Patron tequila dominates the U.S. with 70 percent of tequila sales. J.P., who holds his quarterly and annual Paul Mitchell sales conventions here, also had Patron buy a suite at T-Mobile Arena.

Motley Crue at MGM Grand

Motley Crue at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

VINCE GOES OUT ON TOUR: Rocker and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil is going back out on the road with his own band now that his Motley Crue bandmates of nearly 35 years have split.

Vince told me Wednesday night that his tour of America starts April 29, and 70 dates are locked in place, with more to come. Vince also will perform at pal Criss Angel’s Sept. 12 Heal Every Life Possible children’s charitable concert at the Luxor honoring his young son Johnny Crisstopher, who is fighting cancer in an Australian hospital.

Vince said: “I know first-hand the grief of a parent losing a child to cancer.” His daughter Skylar died from the disease in 1995 when she was 4 years old.

CELINE REUNITES: Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion has chosen former Las Vegas impressionist and headliner Andre-Philippe Gagnon to open her touring shows this summer in Paris, Montreal and Quebec City.

Celine Dion Returns to Caesars Palace

Celine Dion returns to the Colosseum on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

Andre-Philippe, the man of 2,000 voices, was the opening act of several of Celine’s shows in Europe, the United States and Canada during the “Let’s Talk About Love Tour” of 1998.

Celine’s late husband, Rene Angelil, was a big fan of Andre’s, who headlined his own residency at the Venetian in 1999 through July 2001 and again at Paris Las Vegas in 2002 and 2003.

MISS NEVADA SUPPORTERS: Venetian and Palazzo kingpin Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, along with Jill and Frank Fertitta, have become the largest scholarship donors to the newly run Miss Nevada Scholarship organization run by Jodi Hale Fonfa.

Caesars Entertainment, Tropicana and Aria also have come onboard to support the beautiful Miss Teen Nevada and Miss Nevada contestants vying for their respective titles. The winner of the Silver State pageant here May 5 will represent Nevada in Atlantic City in September.

Locally, nearly $100,000 will be awarded in scholarships. The new Miss Nevada will have a choice of $10,000 at the university of her choice or a full, four-year ride to UNLV or a similar four-year ride or half ride to Nevada State College. Jodi told me: “We are excited to bring the Miss Nevada program to a whole new level and crown the first-ever Miss America from Nevada.”

EGGS-CEPTIONAL: Here in Las Vegas this week, the McDonald’s Eggs for Education fundraiser has set a goal of $50,000 for Ronald McDonald House scholarships, and Las Vegas celebs and politicians have turned out to serve breakfast to the community.

One dollar from each sale of eggs and sausage McMuffins on the all-day breakfast menu benefits the charity. The casts of Thunder From Down Under, “Pin Up,” “Rock of Ages,” “Fantasy” and Jennifer Romas with her “Sexxy” burlesque dancers have all gone behind the counter during breakfast.

On Friday, Luxor comedy headliner Carrot Top joins Ronald McDonald at the grill and service counter to close out the week with his zany antics.

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Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame 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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