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January 28, 2015

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Benjamin D. Hale (Jan. 23)

John Katsilometes talks to Benjamin D. Hale, who plays Jonny Cash in "Million Dollar Quartet" at Harrah's. Listen »

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Monday By the Numbers: Alice Cooper’s golf handicap and lapse in shows at Versailles Theater

The latest installment of our Kats Report Monday By the Numbers column culled from our scampering in VegasVille. Ring ’em up.

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Live music gets boost with Lon Bronson-David Perrico; Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s $6.2M rides; ‘Showstoppers’ summons ‘Grease’

The Kats Report Bureau over the weekend was stationed at two Station Casinos hotels on opposite ends of the valley, Sunset Station’s Club Madrid on Friday and Red Rock Resort on Saturday.

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Billy Johnson’s new goal has nothing to do with hockey

Having left the Las Vegas Wranglers after more than a decade as its president and COO, Billy Johnson has taken the position as director of the University Medical Center Foundation.

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Strip club’s new owner actually prefers to be out of spotlight

“No, I really don’t want to be known in this industry,” said the slender man born in Seoul, South Korea. “I try not to be so out front. I am in this business to make a living, not to socialize.”

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Imagine Dragons, The Killers kill it for Alice Cooper; Roger Clemens shakes off Hall of Fame questions

On the topic of work, talent and imagination — at legendary levels — Alice Cooper likes to say, “There are not a lot of great rock bands out there. If you have a banjo and an accordion in your band, you’re probably not a rock band.”

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‘Re-Animator’ makes a splash, but volume needs to be brought to life

The show that just opened at the Smith Center is where we watch Norm from “Cheers” spit blood into the audience. But that is not the whole story, just the start, of “Re-Animator: The Musical” at Troesh Studio Theater.

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Journey embarks on nine-show escape at the Joint; Hakkasan bolsters DJ roster

Journey and a series of EDM artists are set to perform at major Las Vegas resorts this year. The Hard Rock Hotel is bracing for Journey. MGM Grand is prepped for a lineup of DJs at Hakkasan.

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Strong to the finish on the Strip, Steve Wynn’s Popeye moving to Massachusetts

This Popeye sculpture is no ordinary statue. It is made of stainless steel, weighs 2,000 pounds and stands 6-feet-5 inches. And last spring, Steve Wynn paid $28.2 million for the gleaming piece of pop art by Jeff Koons.

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Monday By the Numbers: New rooms at Westgate, John Legend’s birthday, and Boyz II Men add dates

As someone once said, you can’t take it with you, and we believe that was in reference to otherwise useless numerical information. So, we’re test-driving this new feature.

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J.T. plays to cameras at MGM Grand; Marie Osmond announces D&M world tour; Felice Garcia leaving ‘MDQ’

During an appearance on NBC’s “Today” on New Year’s Day, Marie Osmond told affable co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford that she and brother Donny (preach it, Brother Donny!) will take on a world tour in 2015.

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Three to Watch: Outdoor festival visionary, would-be Strip resort mogul and Las Vegas radio star

Ever since 2011, we have compiled and shared a Three to Watch list of newsmakers for the upcoming year. Jonathan Segal, Myron Martin, Jeri Crawford and Mayor Oscar Goodman have been past subjects. So has a nonliving entertainment legend …

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Offered free limo ride, stranded Slotzilla rider says he’d rather walk

It was a Las Vegas hangover of a different order, as the tourist who hung high over Fremont Street while stuck on the Slotzilla zip line ride on New Year’s Day was returned to Earth unscathed.

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It started on Super Bowl Sunday for Paul McCartney bandmade Brian Ray

The song was “Freedom,” quickly written by Paul McCartney in the aftermath of 9/11. He performed it on tour and in the 9/11 tribute concert in late 2001 at Madison Square Garden.

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It’s the J.Lo show as the Colosseum sets the stage for something big

This was a one-night-only production that was not built for one night. It’s very title, “The Best Is Yet to Come,” is practically an announcement that Jennifer Lopez is in the plans for 2015 — and perhaps beyond — at Caesars Entertainment.

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga swing across the ages at the Cosmopolitan

For a moment, you have to wonder if he’s still got it. Is he still great, or has he become a figure from an era long passed? Then Tony Bennett sings, really sings, at times so forcefully that in the rows closest to the stage, you …

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