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    Everything Las Vegas Issue # 870

    The News

    Sixty years of the Riviera began with Liberace on opening day April 20, 1955
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun



    It is without doubt the end of an era.

    At noon Monday, May 4, the doors to the Riviera will be shut, and gamblers, tourists and regulars will no longer be able to enter the historic and venerable Riviera.

    Sadly, that’s just two months away, and it will bring to a close after 60 years some remarkable highlights of Las Vegas history at the Strip’s first high-rise hotel and casino.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...race-opening-/

    Official confirms Celine Dion’s return to Colosseum at Caesars Palace
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    For the first time, superstar singer Celine Dion’s management has officially confirmed her return to the Las Vegas stage with a new and refreshed show. Plans have begun to move forward with Celine’s return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace as I reported last week.

    This morning, her new manager, Aldo Giampaolo, head of her production company Feelings, confirmed through his press representative Francine Chaloult in Montreal: “I want to reassure the media, the public and her fans that Celine is returning, although no actual date has yet been determined.”

    He also confirmed the news that four of her musicians, musical conductor Claude “Mego” Lemay, who has been with her for 28 years, will depart the band along with Yves Frulla, Andre Coutu and Jean-Seb Carree when their contracts end this weekend.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...-caesars-pala/

    THE GRAND BAZAAR SHOPS SHOWCASES DIVERSE COLLECTION
    BY MATT KELEMEN/Las Vegas Magazine

    It was once considered one of the most valuable underused pieces of land on the Strip, but the puzzle of how to best use the parcel at the southeast corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard in front of Bally’s is coming together in the form of The Grand Bazaar Shops. The new shopping destination was initially inspired by world-class shopping destinations such as Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar or London’s Portobello Road and developed to suit Vegas sensibilities. Dozens of vendors inhabit stalls and small shops laid out in several rows, with a wide-open promenade dominating the layout and adjoined by islands and covered alleys that offer everything from... read more
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    The News

    Sixty years of the Riviera began with Liberace on opening day April 20, 1955
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun



    It is without doubt the end of an era.

    At noon Monday, May 4, the doors to the Riviera will be shut, and gamblers, tourists and regulars will no longer be able to enter the historic and venerable Riviera.

    Sadly, that’s just two months away, and it will bring to a close after 60 years some remarkable highlights of Las Vegas history at the Strip’s first high-rise hotel and casino.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...race-opening-/

    Official confirms Celine Dion’s return to Colosseum at Caesars Palace
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    For the first time, superstar singer Celine Dion’s management has officially confirmed her return to the Las Vegas stage with a new and refreshed show. Plans have begun to move forward with Celine’s return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace as I reported last week.

    This morning, her new manager, Aldo Giampaolo, head of her production company Feelings, confirmed through his press representative Francine Chaloult in Montreal: “I want to reassure the media, the public and her fans that Celine is returning, although no actual date has yet been determined.”

    He also confirmed the news that four of her musicians, musical conductor Claude “Mego” Lemay, who has been with her for 28 years, will depart the band along with Yves Frulla, Andre Coutu and Jean-Seb Carree when their contracts end this weekend.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...-caesars-pala/

    THE GRAND BAZAAR SHOPS SHOWCASES DIVERSE COLLECTION
    BY MATT KELEMEN/Las Vegas Magazine

    It was once considered one of the most valuable underused pieces of land on the Strip, but the puzzle of how to best use the parcel at the southeast corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard in front of Bally’s is coming together in the form of The Grand Bazaar Shops. The new shopping destination was initially inspired by world-class shopping destinations such as Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar or London’s Portobello Road and developed to suit Vegas sensibilities. Dozens of vendors inhabit stalls and small shops laid out in several rows, with a wide-open promenade dominating the layout and adjoined by islands and covered alleys that offer everything from ...
    by Published on 03-06-2015 10:01 AM
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    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 40 YEARS, ELVIS IS BACK IN THE BUILDING

    Elvis Presley’s Graceland and Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino announced today that they will bring the authentic Elvis Presley back to Las Vegas for the first time in 40 years. “Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience” will include an expansive, new permanent exhibition featuring hundreds of artifacts never before displayed outside of Graceland, and live entertainment shows that celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. Graceland Holdings LLC Managing Partner Joel Weinshanker and Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel together made the historic announcement that Elvis will be back in the building, and unveiled specific details of the upcoming exhibition and entertainment, which are scheduled to debut April 23, 2015. The press conference took place on the 46th anniversary of Elvis’ first press event at the construction site of the same venue, then known as the International Hotel, where Elvis performed over 600 record-breaking, sold-out shows.

    The first-ever permanent Graceland exhibition outside of Memphis will encompass over 28,000 square feet and include hundreds of artifacts from the Presley family’s treasured Graceland Archives, showcasing the man, the performer and the music that revolutionized popular culture around the world. Visitors will experience an unprecedented journey through Elvis’ life and career, beginning with his early days in Tupelo, Miss., through his first recording session in Memphis, rise to fame, Hollywood career, life at Graceland, the Las Vegas years and more. Graceland-produced videos will immerse guests in the experience, concluding with a 26-minute retrospective film featuring Elvis’ greatest performances.

    Some of the rare artifacts include Elvis’ high school yearbooks, his first Gold Album, his 1957 Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 1962 Lincoln Continental, 1971 Stutz Blackhawk, jewelry and iconic stage wear from Elvis’ live performances, including the first outfit worn on stage for his first concert at the International Hotel in 1969. Select artifacts will be rotated regularly with artifacts in the Graceland Archives, to keep the exhibit constantly evolving and fresh. The exhibition will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets are priced at $22 plus taxes and fees, and available for purchase now.

    The newly renamed and renovated Elvis Presley International Showroom will present Elvis-themed live shows for limited engagement runs on the very stage where Elvis performed for millions of guests during his record-breaking, seven-year stint from 1969 through 1976. The debut show will be “The Elvis Experience,” a large-scale production replicating one of Elvis’ legendary Las Vegas shows, starring actor Martin Fontaine and featuring 24 musicians and eight choir members portraying the original musicians and artists on stage with Elvis. The Elvis Experience is scheduled to open with the exhibition on April 23 and perform Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49 plus taxes and fees. After this limited engagement, the property will feature other limited-run, Graceland-produced live shows in the Elvis Presley International Showroom.

    Another exciting feature will be the new, “Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel” which will be the first-ever wedding chapel in Las Vegas to be operated by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Additional information on the chapel and special packages will be announced in March. The chapel is also scheduled to open on April 23.

    The grand opening of the exhibition, live show and wedding chapel will be marked with a star-studded celebration, with Priscilla Presley joining the roster of VIPs and celebrities on the red carpet. Tickets for the exclusive opening celebration and opening weekend are on sale now.

    “Elvis is synonymous with Las Vegas and this property, so we are tremendously excited to have this new attraction and live show here to entertain Las Vegas visitors,” said David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts. “It is a true honor to join forces with Elvis Presley’s Graceland to bring Elvis to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. We are thrilled to have Elvis back in the building.”

    “After a 40 year absence, it’s time for the authentic Elvis Presley to return to Las Vegas,” stated ...
    by Published on 02-11-2015 12:32 PM
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    ‘Ka,’ technical marvel of entertainment and acrobatics, celebrates 10 years
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    The athleticism and gymnastics are extraordinary. The agility is more than amazing. The computer technology and machinery to bring Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka” to life twice nightly at MGM Grand are exceptional.

    It’s all about fearless courage and tenacity in a unique family of performing artists. They’ve been defying the laws of gravity for 10 years and are still climbing.

    Tonight is the start of the 10th anniversary celebration shows, and it’s good to take a look back at the spectacular that still has audiences confounded and wondering if what they saw was real.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...-acrobatics-c/

    Even at its implosion, plan goes awry at the Clarion Hotel Casino
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun


    Photo Credit: Steve Marcus

    The building was never known for its cooperation.

    From when it opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn to its days as the Paddlewheel, Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel, WWF hotel-casino and Greek Isles, nothing ever worked out as planned at the old Clarion Hotel Casino.

    Monday night and early this morning brought more of the same from the hotel just west of Piero’s on Convention Center Drive. Doomed for implosion around 3 a.m., the Clarion is still not totally destroyed.

    The elevator tower on the west side of the building, the strongest component of the structure, stood tall after owner Lorenzo Doumani hit a ceremonial plunger to set off the explosives designed to drop the old hotel.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/kat...rion-hotel-ca/

    With a few final tugs, the Clarion Hotel is history
    By CHRIS KUDIALIS/LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

    After a post-implosion delay lasting nearly 12 hours, the final piece of the Clarion Hotel and Casino collapsed into Las Vegas history on Tuesday afternoon.

    Originally scheduled for a 2:30 a.m. implosion, most of the 200-room Clarion came down in 10 seconds, tossing up a cloud of dust as 1,100 pounds of dynamite sent the 44-year-old resort crumbling to the ground at 2:57 a.m.

    But the remains of an elevator shaft and stairwell withstood the blast. The demolition crew eventually brought in a crane that attached cables to the tower and then trucks. With some hard tugs, the rest came down around 2:30 p.m.

    VIDEO HERE: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/la...-hotel-history

    Seven of Top 10 U.S. nightclubs are in Las Vegas; XS is No. 1 again
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    For the fifth consecutive year, XS at Steve Wynn’s Encore Las Vegas has been ranked as the top-grossing nightclub in the country based on $100 million-plus annual revenue in Nightclub & Bar’s new Top 100 list for 2015.

    XS’ claim on No. 1 for the fifth year in a row is a first in industry history. Hakkasan at MGM Grand is right on its heels with $100 million in revenue.

    Here’s the Top 10 with Las Vegas with seven of the largest-grossing nightclubs in America, with The Tao Group owners hitting $150 million-plus in revenue at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan, Tao in the Venetian and Lavo in Palazzo, although add another $30 million-plus from sister club Lavo in New York, and they come out the big dogs in the nightlife fight.

    More here:
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    ‘Jubilee’ dancers join Rod Stewart to toast his 100th show at Caesars
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    It’s a major milestone when you amass 100 shows on the Strip, and British rocker Rod Stewart accomplished it this weekend as he continues with the fourth year of his residency of sellout shows “Rod Stewart: The Hits” at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

    Eight of the gorgeous, leggy dancers from “Jubilee” at Bally’s across the Strip made a surprise appearance onstage at the Colosseum to congratulate the 70-year-old superstar who has sold more than 200 million ...
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    Here's When White Castle Opens on the Las Vegas Strip
    BY: Bradley Martin/www.vegas.eater.com


    Photo credit: Troy Herbst

    Nine months since Eater Vegas first broke the news White Castle was bringing their first Nevada outpost to Strip, the chain has officially announced it will open for slider sales at 2 p.m., Jan. 27. From then on, it will be serving around the clock 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Located at the front of the Best Western Plus Casino Royale, next door to the nation's number one earning Denny's restaurant, this will be the furthest west location for the cult East Coast burger favorite.

    The castle's signature sliders come in original beef, chicken breast, fish and, as of this month, the new "Veggie Slider." They are also noted for their crinkle cut fries and the ability to buy the sliders in a "crave case" of 30 mini-burgers.

    http://vegas.eater.com/2015/1/22/787...as-vegas-strip

    Confirmed! Diana Ross returns to Las Vegas with start of mini-residency
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    The Supremes superstar singer Diana Ross has inked April dates for the first nine performances of her new mini-residency contract at the Venetian. Soon to follow in this new entertainment lineup set for the former “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular” theater will be Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie and Ricky Martin, all exactly as we revealed in an exclusive story posted Jan. 5.

    The decade of the solo-superstar entertainer returning to the Strip is underway.

    Diana, named “Most Successful Female Vocalist of All Time,” takes the stage for her new show “The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade” as of April 1, and this ain’t no April Fools Day joke. Tickets go on sale Friday for three weekends of shows April 1, 3-4, 7-8, 10-11, 15 and 17-18.

    More here:
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    NINE PLACES TO GET YOUR SPORTS FIX IN LAS VEGAS
    NOTHING BRINGS THE ELEMENTS OF THE PARTY TOGETHER QUITE LIKE THE BIG GAME

    BY SUSAN STAPLETON/Las Vegas Magazine

    Whether you want to watch the Super Bowl, NCAA Tournament action, your favorite football club or even horse racing, Las Vegas has a sports bar for you. Grab some suds and good grub at these bars, restaurants and entertainment meccas up and down the Strip.

    More here:
    http://lasvegasmagazine.com/dining/2...-las-vegas/#/0

    TROY HEARD WANTS TO CHANGE WHAT THEATER MEANS IN LAS VEGAS
    BY: Jacob Coakley/Las Vegas Magazine

    After an early morning spent sketching outlines for an original production that will have audiences following military personnel, prostitutes and preachers through different rooms at a Downtown motel, Troy Heard has just enough time to grab a cup of coffee before heading to the dark theater to paint sets for his holiday show, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant. But right now, he’s not thinking about edgy, new-form theatricalism. He’s talking about the old chestnut Harvey, with its invisible 6-foot-tall rabbit.

    “It’s beautiful. It’s so good,” Heard gushes. “First of all, it’s funny as hell. It’s totally screwball and has these great characters that are completely over the top. But the message—it’s a salute to the happiness in insanity and the blissful ignorance of a cynical, grasping world.” We pick up our coffees and head outside so he can enjoy the crystal-blue sky for a minute. Heard squints into the sun, and it’s as if his glare turns to the play. “But it’s dark, too. I mean, Christ, there’s Jimmy Stewart, about to receive shock treatments! If you’re starting out and trying to be all artistic in theater, the idea of Harvey leaves a bad taste in your mouth—it’s not edgy enough. But if you read it!”

    He shakes his head and dismisses the idea of producing it any time soon. “It’s a well-made play, but it’s not what audiences want right now. Audiences—especially younger, millennial audiences—want experiences. They don’t want to just plop their money down to be entertained. They want to be involved, they want to be a part of the story and feel it that way, not just by watching it. How do you take them to that point? Not everything can do that. Not everything lends itself to that. But whatever can is worth trying.”

    More here:
    http://lasvegasweekly.com/ae/stage/2...950.1422296826

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    They belong together: Mariah Carey is newest Caesars Palace headliner
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Pop diva Mariah Carey made it official this morning that she will be the new headline star added to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace lineup filling in during Celine Dion’s prolonged and delayed absence.

    The 44-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and producer tipped her own hand Wednesday when she promised “big news” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that aired first today on the East Coast. You can catch the syndicated talk show at 4 p.m. today here in Las Vegas on Fox 5.

    It’s exactly as we were first to report on Jan. 1 when we tipped that it would be Mariah and not Jennifer Lopez who would sign on as the next Colosseum superstar.

    Mariah will perform 18 shows this summer titled “Mariah Carey Number 1’s” starting May 6 and wrapping in July. The 18 dates: May 6, 9-10, 13, 16-17, 20 and 23-24 and July 8, 11-12, 15, 18-19, 22 and 25-26.

    More here:
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    Palazzo's Trying To Do It His Way With New Sinatra Show
    From: www.vegaschatter.com



    Over the course of many years of writing about Las Vegas entertainment, this VegasChatter writer has often been asked something akin to, “where can I find a good Frank Sinatra act?” Since the legend passed in 1998, the best we can hope for is a solid tribute act. As with most tribute acts, there is a wide variety of quality, degree of physical and vocal similarity and, of course, overall production value.

    Matt Goss at Caesars Palace was sort of like the second coming of Sinatra on the Strip in that his voice could mimic Sinatra’s well and he has the good looks and swagger similar to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Steve Wynn produced a dance-centric “Sinatra: Dance With Me” back in 2011 featuring a live orchestra. “Shades of Sinatra,” last at the Clarion, was a well-received show that lived up to its title.

    Many have attempted to recreate the magic and now Palazzo is giving it a go with “FRANK -- The Man. The Myth.” The show will feature vocals from Bob Anderson and a 32-piece orchestra under the musical direction of Vincent Falcone, Sinatra’s own musical director.

    More here:
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    In 2014, the Word of the Year in VegasVille was …
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/kat...egasville-was/

    2014 YEAR-IN-REVIEW: LOCAL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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    2014 in Review: Triumphs, closings and litigation
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    STATE OF THE STRIP: A LOT WENT DOWN AND CAME UP IN 2014. WHAT MATTERED MOST?
    http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/column...ear-in-review/

    WEEKLY’S 10 MOST-READ STORIES OF 2014
    http://lasvegasweekly.com/as-we-see-...243.1418328213

    A Look Back At Gambling In 2014
    http://www.vegaschatter.com/story/20...mbling+In+2014

    CONFESSIONS OF A SHOWGIRL: A SHOWGIRL’S TOP 10 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
    http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/ae/201...n-confessions/

    It’s the J.Lo show as the Colosseum sets the stage for something big
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun

    The great casino showed its cards right from the top. That’s how confident Caesars Palace was that it would win this hand and this night, New Year’s Eve, at the Colosseum.

    Flashing across the giant indoor LED screen that seems as big as the great outdoors were legends of yesterday and today. These were superstars who who have played the Colosseum or the famous showroom that stood for decades in the same spot, Circus Maximus. Lola Falana. Diana Ross. Celine Dion.

    And the next name, and the next star, to be ushered to the stage was Jennifer Lopez.

    More here:
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    ELVIS PRESLEY: WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN?
    BY KIKO MIYASATO/Las Vegas Magazine

    The old man wanders through the halls of Graceland. Up on the walls, gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums framed and hanging, serving as a chronological history of success. More than 600 albums sold, 91 gold records, more than any other artist. The day is Jan. 8, and the old man takes a deep breath—today he turns 80. He casts a last glance towards his records, continues down the hall and into his bedroom to go to sleep. He’s lived a long life. The pelvis that belonged to Elvis is only a fond memory. He’s tired.

    Is that how it would be if Elvis Presley were still alive today—turning 80 this year, and living peacefully at Graceland? Would the King of Rock ’n’ Roll be shuffling in his slippers through his vast castle of luxury?

    Or would Elvis at 80 be in good enough physical shape to able to stage late-in-life Vegas performances a la Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett? After all, country singer Willie Nelson packs his concerts with fans (he plays Vegas this week), and he turned 81 last year.

    Nazarian out of day-to-day operations at SLS
    BY: J.D. Morris: www.vegasinc.com

    Sam Nazarian will no longer have any involvement in the day-to-day operations of SLS Las Vegas, the resort said Tuesday.

    Nazarian has been the driving force behind the property — his company SBE Entertainment bought it when it was still the Sahara in 2007 — but he encountered serious difficulty two weeks ago at a public hearing before Nevada gaming regulators.

    In a statement today, the private equity firm that owns 90 percent of SLS cited that hearing as motivating the change.

    “Sam brought the leadership, vision and creativity needed to revitalize the former Sahara into the new SLS Las Vegas,” said Terry Fancher, executive managing director of Stockbridge Capital, in the statement. “Following a recent hearing by members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, we have made a collective decision to change the operating structure for the property, which Sam and I agree is in the best interests of the SLS Las Vegas.”

    More here:
    http://www.vegasinc.com/business/gam...perations-sls/

    ‘Rock of Ages’ at Venetian toasts two years, is better than ever
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    A surprise, commemorative 1980s-themed cake replicating the set of the hit musical “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian was wheeled onstage after the finale to celebrate the show’s second anniversary and its renewal for a third year through December 2015.

    There was a standing ovation from the crowd, and raucous narrator Mark Shunock, who plays Lonny, thanked the audience and Las Vegas community for their continued support of the production.

    Carlo’s Bakery, made famous by TLC’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, designed the monster cake, which featured members of the cast.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...s-better-ever/

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    The future of Las Vegas: See what’s coming on the Strip in 2015
    BY: J.D. Morris/www.vegasinc.com



    2014 was a big year for development on the Strip, as a number of big resorts and attractions — including SLS Las Vegas, the Cromwell and the Linq promenade — opened their doors.

    Next year isn't expected to bring any big new brands like that to the resort corridor, but 2015 development will be important in other, perhaps more subtle, ways. Several projects that are changing the Strip’s physical dynamic will finish or edge closer to completion.

    The mix of tourism attractions will continue shifting more toward nongaming — in some cases even outdoorsy — spaces. Brent Pirosch, director of gaming consulting at CBRE’s Global Gaming Group, said that was especially true coming on the heels of already-opened attractions like the Linq and the Rio ziplines.

    “It’s not CityCenter, it’s not Encore in terms of development dollars, but in terms of driving visitation and setting Las Vegas apart from every other gaming jurisdiction in the world, then yeah, I do find it pretty exciting,” Pirosch said about next year on the Strip. “These things we’ve been seeing have been right in that kill zone. Are they subtle? Yeah, but they’re also exciting in the things they’re trying to do and the customers they’re trying to attract.”

    Here’s a look at how the Strip’s biggest projects are predicted to progress next year.

    More here:
    http://vegasinc.com/business/2014/de...ing-strip-2015

    NYE in Las Vegas: 80,000 fireworks
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun


    Phot Credit: Steve Marcus

    More than 80,000 fireworks will explode into the night sky above the Las Vegas Strip for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration. The lucky numbered 7-minute-11-second “America’s Party” performance will be fired from the rooftops of MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, the Venetian and Stratosphere.

    This morning, the pyrotechnic princes of Fireworks by Grucci joined with city leaders, officials from Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at Voodoo Lounge in the Rio to unveil plans that have been a year in the making.

    At midnight Dec. 31, more than 11,000 electrical circuits will be initiated to fire the intricate sequences from the seven locations along the Strip. Each circuit is controlled to deliver split-second pulses of electricity to ignite more than 80,000 pyrotechnic devices loaded on the rooftops.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...itney-one-re/?

    MORGANS HOTEL GROUP ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO SELL THE LIGHT GROUP TO HAKKASAN GROUP FOR $36 MILLION

    Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) ...

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