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    by Published on 05-06-2015 11:50 AM
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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.

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    Riviera ends 60 years on Strip, closes for good

    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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


    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.

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    ‘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.

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


    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.

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    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.

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    ‘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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    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.

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    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.

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    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 ...
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    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.

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    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.

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    With a few final tugs, the Clarion Hotel is history

    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.

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    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.

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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 ...
    by Published on 01-28-2015 11:26 AM
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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.


    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    April 21-28 2015 "mission"

    Great report, I also drove through red rock when I was down and saw people rock climbing, I am too lazy for that kind of activity. LOL

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    April 21-28 2015 "mission"

    Wonderful! More future Las Vegas locals. You'll love it here, and you'll find even more bargains as locals. Except on myVegas, the Facebook game.

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    April 21-28 2015 "mission"

    Our April 21 – 28 2015 Vegas trip was planned and executed is more of a “mission” than a “vacation” it was weird, fun, and productive. I’m sorry but this

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    That is awesome Steve! That is an accomplishment that is not easy to do. I know I've been at Weight Watchers for almost 4 weeks and have only lost 7

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    Congratulations to Lori! That's a big accomplishment! This will be a special celebration for you to in Vegas this year! I'm counting down too and very,

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