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    Everything Las Vegas Issue # 877

    Rod Stewart extends Caesars Palace residency into fifth year
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vgas Sun


    Photo Credit: DENISE TRUSCELLO

    Rocker Rod Stewart isn’t saying goodbye to his Caesars Palace residency when he wraps his fourth year at the Colosseum this month.

    The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician who is readying the release of his 30th solo studio album, “Another Country,” this fall confirmed this morning that he’s signing on for a fifth year on the Strip.

    AEG Live and Caesars Entertainment today announced a Spring 2016 run of “Rod Stewart: The Hits” at Caesars, with tickets for the first nine concerts of his extended 2016 residency on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

    More here:
    http://lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2...sidency-fifth/

    Las Vegas Club closing begins Sunday, may finish Thursday



    For five years, owners of The D Las Vegas talked to officials with the Tamares Group, expressly GM Jonathan Jossel, about buying the Las Vegas Club. That back-and-forth finally intensified about a month ago, and Friday it was announced that Greg and Derek Stevens snapped up the old hotel-casino at Main and Fremont streets.

    What’s next? A wait, shutdown and review of the property.

    That shutdown is happening sooner than expected. Though Derek Stevens said today that it would be 60 days before the Las Vegas Club would close, Jossel said plans are in place for the hotel’s table games to close by Sunday night, and the full casino would cease operations by Wednesday night, pending approval by the state Gaming Commission.

    More here:
    http://lasvegassun.com/blogs/kats-re...as-vegas-club/

    Shannon McCallum of Aria: We have redefined the concept of resort destination in L.V.
    By Shannon McCallum/Las Vegas Sun

    As an award winning hotel-within-a-hotel, Aria Sky Suites offers an unparalleled stay from start to finish. Beginning with a seamless arrival, our staff starts by picking up guests in a limousine powered by compressed natural gas and delivering them to our exclusive Sky Suites porte-cochere, where a greeter escorts each guest to a private check-in lounge. This allows guests direct access to their suites without ever entering the casino.

    And that is just the beginning! Sky Suites has some of the most unique features on the Strip such as floor-to-ceiling corner views in every suite, 24-hour Sky Suites concierge to assist with details throughout the guest stay, one-touch control of the lighting, room temperature, daily housekeeping and nightly turndown service and more.

    Aria Sky Villas, located within Aria Sky Suites, offers the most discerning guests an exclusive experience unlike any other. In addition to extravagant amenities, each Sky Villa has its own dedicated butler. Our Sky Villa butlers have completed a highly specialized and extensive certified training program.

    More here:
    http://lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2...ed-concept-re/

    ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ reaches a grand mark at Harrah’s
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun


    Photo credit: L.E. BASKOW

    The Kats Report this week focuses on “Million Dollar Quartet,” the musical at Harrah’s that is celebrating its 1,000th performance Tuesday night. We met the cast in January 2013 during their first full rehearsal.

    Since that initial assembly of the band and actors, we’ve grown quite fond of the crew that delivers the story of the night of Dec. 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry... read more
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    Rod Stewart extends Caesars Palace residency into fifth year
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vgas Sun


    Photo Credit: DENISE TRUSCELLO

    Rocker Rod Stewart isn’t saying goodbye to his Caesars Palace residency when he wraps his fourth year at the Colosseum this month.

    The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician who is readying the release of his 30th solo studio album, “Another Country,” this fall confirmed this morning that he’s signing on for a fifth year on the Strip.

    AEG Live and Caesars Entertainment today announced a Spring 2016 run of “Rod Stewart: The Hits” at Caesars, with tickets for the first nine concerts of his extended 2016 residency on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

    More here:
    http://lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2...sidency-fifth/

    Las Vegas Club closing begins Sunday, may finish Thursday



    For five years, owners of The D Las Vegas talked to officials with the Tamares Group, expressly GM Jonathan Jossel, about buying the Las Vegas Club. That back-and-forth finally intensified about a month ago, and Friday it was announced that Greg and Derek Stevens snapped up the old hotel-casino at Main and Fremont streets.

    What’s next? A wait, shutdown and review of the property.

    That shutdown is happening sooner than expected. Though Derek Stevens said today that it would be 60 days before the Las Vegas Club would close, Jossel said plans are in place for the hotel’s table games to close by Sunday night, and the full casino would cease operations by Wednesday night, pending approval by the state Gaming Commission.

    More here:
    http://lasvegassun.com/blogs/kats-re...as-vegas-club/

    Shannon McCallum of Aria: We have redefined the concept of resort destination in L.V.
    By Shannon McCallum/Las Vegas Sun

    As an award winning hotel-within-a-hotel, Aria Sky Suites offers an unparalleled stay from start to finish. Beginning with a seamless arrival, our staff starts by picking up guests in a limousine powered by compressed natural gas and delivering them to our exclusive Sky Suites porte-cochere, where a greeter escorts each guest to a private check-in lounge. This allows guests direct access to their suites without ever entering the casino.

    And that is just the beginning! Sky Suites has some of the most unique features on the Strip such as floor-to-ceiling corner views in every suite, 24-hour Sky Suites concierge to assist with details throughout the guest stay, one-touch control of the lighting, room temperature, daily housekeeping and nightly turndown service and more.

    Aria Sky Villas, located within Aria Sky Suites, offers the most discerning guests an exclusive experience unlike any other. In addition to extravagant amenities, each Sky Villa has its own dedicated butler. Our Sky Villa butlers have completed a highly specialized and extensive certified training program.

    More here:
    http://lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2...ed-concept-re/

    ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ reaches a grand mark at Harrah’s
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun


    Photo credit: L.E. BASKOW

    The Kats Report this week focuses on “Million Dollar Quartet,” the musical at Harrah’s that is celebrating its 1,000th performance Tuesday night. We met the cast in January 2013 during their first full rehearsal.

    Since that initial assembly of the band and actors, we’ve grown quite fond of the crew that delivers the story of the night of Dec. 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry ...
    by Published on 07-16-2015 01:35 PM
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    It’s ‘L.V. Live,’ and a new Monte Carlo, as MGM Resorts reshapes the Strip
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun



    The L.A. Live vibe is moving to the Strip.


    That is the simplest way to describe the strategy behind MGM Resorts International’s development of a 5,000-seat theater at Monte Carlo formally announced Wednesday. For anyone who has visited the L.A. Live entertainment district in Los Angeles, the renderings appear unmistakably familiar to that city’s entertainment complex.

    The Monte Carlo theater is to be positioned adjacent to a gleaming arena (Las Vegas Arena) in the same way Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theater) has been built adjacent to Staples Center. MGM Resorts also is developing the Park, an 8-acre entertainment promenade leading to the arena. L.A. Live encompasses a similar complex of entertainment venues, restaurants, theaters, the Grammy Museum in a promenade separating Microsoft Theater and Staples Center.

    And MGM’s Strip and L.A. projects share the same development partner, AEG Live. Thus, the inspiration for the venue at Monte Carlo is not incidental.

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    MGM Resorts Announces Development Plans For 5,000-Seat Theater at Monte Carlo

    MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), one of the world’s leading presenters of live entertainment, today announced plans for an approximately 5,000-seat theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. The new concert venue will amplify the vibrant entertainment district taking shape on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip with a robust calendar featuring special engagements by many of the music industry’s most-celebrated performers.

    With more than 7 million entertainment tickets sold in 2014 alone, MGM Resorts’ offerings are unrivaled. The Company owns and operates two arenas; two Las Vegas Strip festival lots (62 acres); seven theaters housing Cirque du Soleil production shows; 14 theaters for concerts, headliners and comedy performances; and more than two dozen lounges and nightclubs. Additionally, it is currently developing a new world-class Las Vegas arena as well as integrated resort projects in Macau and National Harbor, Maryland, each of which will feature entertainment venues as central amenities.

    “From Las Vegas to Maryland, Macau to Massachusetts, presenting the biggest and most sought-after names in music, sports and special events is a core focus for MGM Resorts. This new theater will enable us to host performers in Las Vegas who we previously haven’t had a home for, broadening our entertainment offerings and providing the opportunity to expand those relationships to our properties around the globe,” said Bill Hornbuckle, President, MGM Resorts International.

    Adjacent to The Park and 20,000-seat arena currently under construction on Las Vegas Blvd. between Monte Carlo and New York-New York, the theater will anchor the dynamic new entertainment district currently taking shape. While The Park and Arena are expected to open in April 2016, the Monte Carlo theater is projected to welcome its first act at the end of 2016. Unique to the market, the theater will offer dynamic seating that allows for easy transformation into multiple configurations, reflecting the flexibility of the space.

    The development of this new theater at Monte Carlo creates opportunities for two beloved shows within the MGM Resorts family to get back to their roots, returning to the properties where they first wowed Las Vegas ...
    by Published on 06-05-2015 09:13 PM
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    This Week's Las Vegas News

    Your First Look Inside the Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino
    BY: Bradley Martin/www.vegas.eater.com



    When the north Strip's Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino began construction last month, there were no visits from the governor, drummers, acrobats or Steve Wynn to herald the progress. The $373 million, 206-room boutique hotel and 19,000-square-foot casino project simply got on with the job and are now working full tilt for a 2016 debut.

    Spearheaded by the PENTA Building Group and a stunning vision from EV&A Architects, the laying of the foundation for the 10-story, ruby-red, Asian-themed resort is rapidly progressing. Project owners, The Las Vegas Economic Impact Regional Center, have now released more visions of their lush design plan for the resort, as they hope to lure final rounds of foreign investment money.

    More here:
    http://vegas.eater.com/2015/5/21/863...casino#4746292

    Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Announces its First Ever
    New Member Guaranteed $1,000 Rebate Promotion


    Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino announces the debut of its new MY POINTS DOWNTOWN GRAND incentive play program, a generous $1,000 rebate program where members are guaranteed to “Get a Grand from the Grand”. Previously offered in only a handful of casinos, Downtown Grand is offering this rare gaming program for the first time ever, now through the rest of the year, ending on December 31, 2015.

    The only Las Vegas casino to currently offer this new member promotion, “Get a Grand from the Grand” provides new members with up to $1,000 back for play on all reel and video reel games. Open to both visitors and Nevada residents, the promotion requires a minimum loss of $50 to receive rebate. Rebate will be split up over three difference redemption periods totaling 100% of player’s loss. Players will have their Free Slot Pay automatically loaded onto their MY POINTS DOWNTOWN GRAND card.See the Downtown Grand Players Club for more information and official rules.

    “This casino program was designed with the player in mind, and is a very rare and generous promotion in the world of gaming,” says Seth Schorr, CEO of Downtown Grand. “We want our guests to feel excited ...
    by Published on 05-27-2015 11:21 AM
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    Jennifer Lopez: ‘It’s going to be the best J.Lo show you’ve ever seen and heard’
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Global superstar singer, actress and dancer Jennifer Lopez says “the sky’s the limit” when it comes to creating her new residency at Axis at Planet Hollywood that begins Jan. 20. In an exclusive one-on-one interview, J.Lo told me that she’ll do 40 shows a year for the next two years on the Strip.

    “Everything I’ve ever done has led to this. I’ve spent my entire life waiting for this moment to create my own show,” she said excitedly.

    J.Lo says work on the setlist and music is only days away. She said that she’ll officially start the project June 1:

    More here:
    http://lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2...show-youve-ev/

    Hear that? Impressionist Veronic returns to Bally’s with her 50 ‘Voices’
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Incredible French-Canadian singing-sensation Veronic DiCaire, who was discovered by French-Canadian superstar Celine Dion, returned to Las Vegas over the weekend from a European tour. She resumes 14 “Veronic Voices” shows at Bally’s starting today through June 15.

    “I missed Las Vegas while I was away traveling,” she told me as she was still unpacking from her touring. “We’ve been traveling a lot since the beginning of the year. We were in Quebec for the winter for two months, then we went to Europe for six weeks — Belgium, Switzerland and France.

    “I have to say I’m happy to be back and settle down and have my luggage and everything in my apartment and do what I have to do for the shows. It’s a luxury to be able to do that. I’m very happy to be back.“”

    More here:
    http://lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2...her-50-voices/

    ‘X’ marks the spot for Flamingo burlesque beauties toasting 13 years
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun


    Photo Credit:EDISON GRAFF / STARDUST FALLOUT

    Call it Lucky No. 13: That’s the good luck charm number for Angela Stabile’s saucy, sassy and provocative show “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo. To celebrate its 13th anniversary on the Strip, Angela created new, sexy and barely there costumes and seductive dance routines.

    Celebrating with the cast of “X Burlesque” last Thursday night: Their curvy colleagues from “X Rocks” at the Rio, rival dancers from Jennifer Romas’ “Sexxy” at Westgate Las Vegas; Rich and Fitchy from “Puppetry of the Penis” at Erotic Heritage Museum; pro BMX rider and reality-TV star Ricardo Laguna; and Piff the Magic Dragon, formerly of the Cosmopolitan.

    More here:
    http://lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2...e-beauties-to/

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    A final look: The Riviera shuts its doors after 60 years on the Strip
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun



    Another one bites the dust.

    At high noon today, the doors to the renowned Riviera shut tight, and the life of a 60-year legendary icon comes to a bittersweet end.

    It truly is the end of an era, and it goes out with an ironic bang raking in all-time record room rates with sold-out occupancy because of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight.

    The 2,000-room building, which was the Strip’s first high-rise property, will officially die when it’s imploded this summer to make way for the new $2.3 billion Convention Center business district facility.

    More here:
    http://lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2...ter-60-years-/

    Riviera ends 60 years on Strip, closes for good
    By KIMBERLY DE LA CRUZand RICHARD N. VELOTTA/LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

    In a surrealistic, you-don’t-see-that-everyday kind of way, the storied Riviera, a fixture on the north end of the Strip for 60 years, closed its doors for good Monday.

    Representatives of Paragon Gaming, the company managing the property for its previous owners, Starwood Capital Group, ushered late well-wishers out the door at noon as representatives of the state Gaming Control Board oversaw the closure.

    An hour before the 11 a.m. checkout time, men pushed carts of stage lights through the hotel lobby as the final hotel guests stared.

    Outside the casino’s Strip-facing doors, only about 10 passers-by stopped to photograph the landmark at 10:30 a.m. Crews working to remove the gold “R” door handles quickly caught the attention of others.

    More here:
    http://www.reviewjournal.com/busines...ip-closes-good

    Longtime employees helped make memories at the Riviera
    BY: John L. Smith/LVRJ

    Closing time at the Riviera was less than four hours away, but Monday morning found Ernesto Caro in a familiar place at the once-fabulous Strip casino resort.

    While visitors came and went, Caro sprayed glass cleaner on the mirrors of the men’s room located between the Java Shop coffee kiosk and the Riviera Grande Ballroom. Once the foam covered the glass, he worked the cloth with vigor: once, twice and a third ...
    by Published on 04-29-2015 11:14 AM
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    Penn National to pay $360 million for the Tropicana
    BY: J.D. Morris/vegasinc.com



    Penn National Gaming said this morning that its acquisition of the Tropicana will cost $360 million.

    The day after the sale was first reported by VEGAS INC, Penn began to shed light on its vision for the classic property. Penn, a regional gaming company that operates the M Resort in Henderson, reiterated in a statement that it had long wanted to break into the Strip market and laid out a two-part plan for the Tropicana.

    Timothy Wilmott, Penn’s president and CEO, said in the statement that the acquisition was a “prudent transaction” that would allow Penn to run a “premier Strip asset at an attractive price of entry.”

    More here:
    http://vegasinc.com/business/gaming/...774.1425659818

    Longtime Riviera headliner ‘Crazy Girls’ moves to Planet Hollywood
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Days before the closing of the Riviera next Monday at noon and its 60-year run on the Strip comes exclusive news that the 28-year-old Riviera adult cabaret headliner “Crazy Girls” will move to Planet Hollywood.

    The topless beauties get their own Crazy Girls Theater in the new Strip location, which also is the home of Britney Spears and her “Britney: Piece of Me” at Axis at Planet Hollywood and the future home of Jenifer Lopez at the same Axis theater.

    I’m reliably told that Caesars Entertainment executives will transform the current Sin City Theater into Crazy Girls Theater on the mezzanine level of the casino resort. They hope to have it reopened for a May 13 premiere of the new “Crazy Girls” show.

    More here:
    http://lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2...s-moves-plane/

    GET LINQ’ED AT VEGAS’ NEWEST HOT SPOT: THE LINQ HOTEL & CASINO



    It’s more than a hotel. It’s the Las Vegas connection.

    Parked right in the center of the Strip, The LINQ Hotel & Casino is the meeting of all worlds — European charm and American cool, the familiar and the creative, high tech and old Vegas. At the entrance to The LINQ Promenade where the Quad Hotel once stood is the shopping, dining and entertainment district’s namesake ...
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    Mariah Carey fans flood and crash Caesars Palace website
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun


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    Fans of pop superstar Mariah Carey, who debuts her Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace from May 6-24 and again July 8-26, crashed the resort’s website Wednesday after she encouraged fans to read her cover story of its magazine Vegas Player.

    Mariah has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and surpassed Elvis Presley as the top solo artist with the most No. 1 singles in America.

    Fans by the thousands caused the website to freeze and then shut down. Caesars officials confirmed that for hours afterward when it went back online, it was experiencing a “very slow” situation and that they will have to reconfigure it for possible future overload.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...sars-palace-w/

    ‘Duck Commander Musical’ begins previews at Rio; grand opening April 15

    The official red carpet gala premiere of “Duck Commander Musical” isn’t until next Wednesday at the Rio, but today is its first run of previews. Broadway veterans and Las Vegas locals have joined together to celebrate the Robertson family’s rags-to-riches story aired on A&E’s “Duck Dynasty.”

    The Louisiana bayou has been transported to the Las Vegas stage in a 90-minute show with Southern spirit and down to Earth humor from some of America’s most famous rednecks. Upcoming Caesars Palace headliner Mariah Carey’s former husband, record producer Tommy Mottola, is one of the producers of the new musical.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...s-rio-grand-o/

    Jennifer Romas’ ‘Sexxy’ is renewed at Westgate Las Vegas
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun


    TOM DONOGHUE/WWW.DONOGHUEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

    Executives at Westgate Las Vegas have given Jennifer Romas and her “Sexxy” showgirls their first “indefinite” contract renewal.

    “We are very happy with the show and look forward to its continued success,” Westgate COO Mark Waltrip told me.

    Jennifer originally launched the sexy dance adult cabaret show just before New Year’s with three weeks’ notice.

    Sixty years of the Riviera: Making a ‘Splash’ with Las Vegas’ first water show
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun



    The Riviera moves closer and closer to its final days. The doors shut to the public on Monday, May 4. To date, we have looked at Liberace, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton and Pia Zadora’s connection with the hotel as it ends its 60-year run as a legendary Las Vegas icon.

    Time now to turn the spotlight on producer Jeff Kutash as we continue our look back at some of the highlights, fun facts, celebrity sightings and rarely seen photographs that helped build the Strip’s first high-rise hotel and casino.

    Week five of RivFacts honors the long-running aquatic show “Splash.” Premiering June 22, 1985, “Splash” was billed as an “aquacade” of music and dance.

    More here:
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    BLUE MAN GROUP LAUNCHES REVAMPED VERSION OF CLASSIC PRODUCTION
    BY: Susan Stappleton/Las Vegas Magazine

    Back in 1987, three friends put together a comedic performance art piece that started with small shows in New York clubs and grew into a full-fledged production four years later housed in its own showroom, the 300-seat Astor Place Theatre. Blue Man Group still performs there to this day.

    For Las Vegas, something much more dramatic is required in a 1,200-seat space at the Monte Carlo. The men in blue just revamped their show to stay fresh with the times, retooling about half of the acts, adding new vignettes and removing others. Only two pieces remain the same, says Michael Dahlen, one of the two creative directors of Blue Man Group.

    “We’re constantly looking at our shows and thinking, ‘What’s next?’ It’s a real luxury as an organization to do that,” Dahlen says. “I just don’t think Blue Man Group survives if that’s not part of our DNA.”

    He says the whole 105-minute show flows better with these upgraded acts. Crazier instruments and snazzier lighting add to the dramatic way the new show unfolds.

    More here:
    http://lasvegasmagazine.com/entertai...onte-carlo/#/0

    ‘Duck Commander Musical’ review: Before fame, money and beards
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Now don’t misunderstand me: I don’t want the new “Duck Commander ...
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