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October 21, 2014

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Rob Garrett (Oct. 13)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Neil Diamond impersonator Rob Garrett, who preforms at the Westgate. Listen »

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Rock in Rio, the ‘City of Rock,’ lures Taylor Swift, Metallica, No Doubt, Linkin Park to L.V.

If the Rock in Rio festival staging is anything like what we saw in Manhattan today, this should be a remarkably impressive event. Efficient, too. The Rock in Rio team built a fully functional, LED screen-backed stage with a booming sound system …

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Mike Tyson makes a scene — as a Good Samaritan in L.V. and animated TV star in L.A.

On Sept. 16 in Las Vegas, Mike Tyson came to the assistance of a motorcyclist who was injured on I-15 after being cut off by a taxicab. And, no, this was no cartoon. …

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Taylor Williamson talks ‘Last Comic Standing’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’

Taylor Williamson is one quirky individual. He’s even quirky on the phone. You wonder, “Is this quirkiness an act?” and the answer would be, “I feel it is not.” …

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Jerry Lewis is no fan of rent in Las Vegas showrooms

We’ll be running a lengthy piece about J.L. over the next few days, but one of his many memorable and pointed comments: “If I owned a joint, there would be a star in the showroom, and I would pay for it.” …

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In one magic stroke, Trop lures ‘Rock Vault’ and Jan Rouven

In a sweep affecting three hotel-casinos — so far — “Raiding the Rock Vault” is vacating the theater at Westgate Las Vegas and moving to Tropicana Theater. …

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Elvis meets Jerry Lewis, Wayner talks of the Fremont, Cirque bounds, and Sinatra returns at 150th anniversary show

The night opened with a greeting from Penn & Teller and a burst of artistic acrobatics from Cirque. It ended with Clint Holmes’ ascending version of “Hallelujah” backed by the Las Vegas Mass Choir and Wayne Newton remembering …

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‘Georgia on My Mind’ deserves a full house, but will it get one?

The sound of singers is fueled by the band behind, and the artists turn to one another as if carrying on an animated conversation rather than singing a song in the Ray Charles tribute show “Georgia on My Mind” at …

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Fire it up — Usher and Motley Crue sure did — on Night 1 of iHeartRadio Music Festival

The first night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival has closed, and the evening ended with an impromptu dance-off at the back of the arena floor just off the MGM Grand Garden …

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Jaymes Vaughan takes a turn for the dramatic; Lacey Schwimmer reunites with ‘DWTS’

What is especially groovy about Jaymes Vaughan at the moment is he is to be featured on the CBS soap “The Young and the Restless” on Sept. 30. …

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Pia bemoans ‘Louboutin separation anxiety’; Newton to cap 150th anniversary all-star show

In the days since Pia Zadora was injured in a golf cart accident, the entertainer has regained her sense of humor, if not her actual footing. She is to undergo surgery to repair her ankle on Tuesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. It …

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Michael Monge, Steve Wynn’s handpicked crooner, extended through ’15 at Encore

In February, Michael Monge was singing at Bice Italian restaurant and lounge in Boca Raton, Fla. Steve Wynn happened to be in the audience that night and noted the vocal and even physical similarities between Monge and Wynn’s old friend …

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Jeff Leibow to leave ‘Jersey Boys’ for role with NF Network

Entertainer Jeff Leibow told the sold-out crowd at Composers Showcase in Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center on Wednesday night that he will be leaving “Jersey Boys” when his contract expires in November. …

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Felice Garcia’s career spans Aguilera, ‘MDQ,’ Betty Boop and Laughlin — and she’s not finished yet

Felice Garcia is a little bit country, rock ’n’ roll, pop, showgirl and now even burlesque, and she is keeping busy all over the city (Harrah’s and Plaza) and beyond (Laughlin). …

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Keith Evans, the city’s lion king, still working to keep his habitat alive

It was in July 1999 when I met Keith Evans and a few of the big cats he had just led into the then-new MGM Grand Lion Habitat. The attraction was about a week old then, a $9 million operation just off the casino floor. …

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It’s a cabaret doubleheader this week as ‘Cast Party,’ Composers Showcase give Cabaret Jazz a workout

In the vicinity of these two showmen, no open mic is safe. We talk of the esteemed Jim Caruso and the similarly esteemed Keith Thompson, both of whom are bringing showcase performances to Cabaret Jazz this week. …

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