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February 19, 2019

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Strip Scribbles: Celine Dion, Strip parking mess, Vince Neil, Carrot Top, Ali, Battle of the Bands

50 Years of Caesars Palace

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Four of the five employees who have been with Caesars Palace since 1966 attended Celine Dion’s resident show at the Colosseum and met Dion on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. From left, Caesars Palace General Manager Sean McBurney, Pete George, Pamela Price, Dion, Jim Dunbar, Benny Figgins and Caesars Palace Regional President Gary Selesner.

2016 BBMAs: Celine Dion

Celine Dion, with her son Rene-Charles, 15, attends the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

When delegates to the International Licensing Expo arrive at their Mandalay Bay show from June 21-23, Celine Dion will be in the spotlight there and not at her usual Caesars Palace home.

Celine will launch an all-encompassing lifestyle brand in partnership with Epic Rights that includes home goods, active wear, beauty products and more modeled after the superstar singer’s values: “Family, music, entertainment and style.”

Epic Rights CEO Dell Furano said: “In today’s world, you need a coordinating and consistent branded approach to everything. On a global level, artists have to combine all areas — their music, performances, touring, website, social media.

“Launching a lifestyle brand was just a natural extension for Celine at this point in her career, particularly because it’s all from her point-of-view.” Epic confirms that the initial stages of conceiving the multiple lines and rollout planning were timed simultaneously with the expo.

Celine’s licensing execs have three days of meetings with department store buyers wanting her brand, which will be rolled out for sale in fall 2017 over an 18-month period. It will be active wear, followed by eyewear, beauty and travel products. Product lines will be released for three years after the initial launch.

Motley Crue at MGM Grand

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

OUT WITH VINCE & CARROT TOP: Rocker Vince Neil was the subject of a fundraising war this morning that resulted in realtors bidding as much as $5,000 to join him along with pal Carrot Top for a night out in Las Vegas. The party would start at the zany prop comic’s Luxor show.

Vince opened his Circus Circus Tatuado bar and grill for Habitat for Humanity and promised that he would help build the next home in October in Henderson for a needy family. He roped me in to join the hard-hat crew, too. Vince promised that if I held the nails, he would do his best not to hammer my thumbs.

Now that Motley Crue has disbanded after nearly four decades, Vince performs solo with his new band. He plays Palm Springs this weekend and the Paiute Indians arena near Mount Charleston on July 4. Vince told me that he starts horse-riding lessons Friday for two new horses, Peso and Holly, his girlfriend, makeup artist Rain Hannah, and he recently bought.

Vince stars in the new season of “Celebrity Apprentice” with Arnold Schwarzenegger replacing Donald Trump. Vince told me that the NBC premiere is Monday, Jan. 2, with boardroom advisers including Warren Buffett, Jessica Alba, Tyra Banks and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

The late Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali, actor and comedian Jon Lovitz, reality-TV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Culture Club lead singer Boy George, TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet and MMA fighter Chael Sonnen are among the celebrity competitors.

Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas

Muhammad Ali poses atop a Blue Bird Wanderlodge motorhome at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Thursday, Feb. 1, 1973. CREDIT: Tony King/Las Vegas News Bureau. Launch slideshow »

SPEAKING OF ALI: The boxing legend’s funeral will be streamed live at on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. PDT. Hosted by NPR anchors, KNPR’s feed also is being made available to KCEP-FM.

PARKING MESS: The chaos and confusion over MGM Resorts’ new parking charges was to be expected. Valet at the front drive-in area of Circus Circus has been removed so that all valet is now at the center interior section of the property.

A sign detailing charges is at its entrance, but because it doesn’t say “pay upon departure,” drivers shell out money upon arrival to parking attendants in exchange for a claim-check ticket. In my case, it was $8 and “keep the change” from the tended $10.

Fifty minutes later upon return to pick up my car, I was hit with another $8 fee and suggested tip when valet pulled it up. Normally I wouldn’t balk, but this time I did mainly because I was MC’ing a charity event without compensation, and I don’t want to see our visitors hassled like this.

Fortunately, a parking supervisor overruled the second $8 fee for the short stay. MGM, though, has to get this sorted out properly because more stories of confusion are inevitable, and it really leaves a bad taste in customers’ mouths.

ARTHRITIS FIGHT: Mirage headliner Terry Fator hosted hundreds of guests Wednesday night for the seventh-annual Voices for a Cure fundraiser for The Arthritis Foundation.

Terry met supporters at a VIP reception and invited lucky donors to a private meet-and-greet with this year’s youth honoree, T.J. Stephens, an 11-year-old who was diagnosed in 2013. Terry’s guests then headed into his theater to watch his show.

The event raises awareness and funds to assist the 464,000 adults and 2,300 children diagnosed with arthritis in Nevada. It’s a cause dear to Terry because last year, he lost his sister to complications stemming from her battle with arthritis. She was diagnosed at age 18 with rheumatoid arthritis.

Steve Wynn at Gambling & Risk Taking

Steve Wynn listens to a question during his keynote speech opening the International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking at  the Mirage on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Launch slideshow »

DELAYED: Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn has pushed back the planned 2018 opening of his 33-acre, 629-room Wynn Boston Harbor resort to late 2019. He denies reports that the delay is because of legal actions by neighboring municipalities.

Construction will still start this summer on the project, which Steve says will now have an even bigger “wow factor” than first envisioned.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: The deadline for Las Vegas acts to enter the 2016 Road to Life Is Beautiful Battle of the Bands at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at the Linq Promenade from Saturday, June 25, through Friday, July 10, is Sunday at 11:50 p.m. PDT.

The winner of the 16-act tournament-style battle earns a spot in the LIB lineup Sept. 23–25. Submissions are available at The 16 acts invited to participate will be notified no later than 5 p.m. Monday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Greetings to Flamingo headliner wacky comedy wizard Piff the Magic Dragon, who with his pet dog Mr. Piffles were at Topgolf Las Vegas to celebrate his birthday with Penn Jillette and Emily Jillette, Angela Stabile and Matt Stabile, Maren Wade and more.

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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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