“Jersey Boys” band member Jeff Ray, a highly accomplished and respected guitarist, is to be honored at a celebration of his life, music and legacy at Vinyl by many of the artists with whom he collaborated before his tragic death in March.
Financial and artistic investment is evident in everything. The show’s set was designed by crafty Brit Andy Walmsley (who is having quite a successful run here in VegasVille, as reflected by the happy posts on his Facebook page), with the famous “Jacksons” logo at the back and searing, colored lights flashing over the performers.
Josh Bell writes TV and film criticism for Las Vegas Weekly, but his really challenging task is appearing on our radio show, “Kats With the Dish,” partly because co-host Tricia McCrone somehow finds a way to bait Bell into an argument.
Criss Angel’s shoulder surgery has shelved “Believe” at the Luxor, but a clip of the operation is now in “Magic Jam” in the same theater. After undergoing the major procedure Jan. 9, Angel was told to take it easy for six months.
Former Mayor Oscar Goodman spent the balance of his three terms in office trying to lure a major-league franchise to Las Vegas. Now the restaurant with his name is sharing space with the Wranglers.
Tom Green has interviewed Dan Rather and Carrot Top and also can rap and tell jokes that draw laughs from Las Vegas to Edinburgh. “I’ve noticed how universal our sense of humor has become, and it’s kind of a sad thing, really,” he says.
Jason Alexander’s new show at Harrah’s, “An Evening With Jason Alexander and His Hair,” hints to the status of his scalp. Alexander often refers to this new hairpiece he’s been sporting over the past couple of years as “revenge hair.”
John Payne, who has developed a beyond-credible interpretation of the vocal stylings and stage manner of AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, co-wrote the original template for “Raiding the Rock Vault,” which is still playing with gleeful power at LVH.
Wranglers President Billy Johnson said today that Las Vegas’ entrant in the ECHL has reached an agreement with owners of the downtown Plaza to play home games in a leased facility to be built on that property for five years beginning with the 2014-15 season in October.
Melody Sweets is known as a burlesque performer who inhabits the role of the songbird Green Fairy in “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. But on Feb. 25, she will join the throwback, 1956 rock ’n’ roll musical “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s.
Frankie Moreno is planning to put his show recorded Tuesday night at the Stratosphere in front of a national TV audience. One interested party is PBS. The idea, too, is for the performance to be issued as a live DVD.
A river of marinara runs through Las Vegas, where the famous and rich convene to deal and pitch. Deals are made, relationships are cemented, and news unfolds (eventually) at throwback Italian restaurants in Las Vegas.
All this craziness turned into some serious business, as a pair of Las Vegas strip clubs have tussled for months over the application of the word “crazy.”
Holly Madison and her new artistic director, former “Viva Elvis” director Gene Lubas, are busy prepping for her new show at Mandalay Bay. Lubas held that title in the Cirque du Soleil partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Las Vegas’ Allen & Rossi (Marty Allen and Steve Rossi) were featured during The Beatles’ first run through the U.S., as the comedians were popular guests on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”