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August 20, 2014

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Mark Shunock (Aug. 15)

John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone talk to Mark Shunock, who plays Lonny in "Rock of Ages" at the Venetian. Listen »

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Clint Holmes’ ray of sunshine is a Charles tribute at the Venetian

In his first residency on the Strip since leaving Harrah’s in 2006, Clint Holmes is part of the artistically robust lineup delivering “Georgia On My Mind” to the Venetian Theater from Sept. 18-Oct. 29. …

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On fight night, singer Amanda Avila also comes away with a split decision

Amanda Avila likens the experience to climbing into a roller-coaster. “You know it’s going to be fun and scary, all at the same time,” she says. “There’s so much energy. It’s amazing.” Avila gained national fame as a Season 4 finalist on “American Idol.” …

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Shout it, shout it, shout it out loud: KISS rolls into the Joint in November

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and one of rock’s most enduring live acts, are celebrating their 40th year as an active band with a set of shows aptly titled “KISS rocks Vegas,” running Nov. 5-23. That’s a total of nine dates. …

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Its future uncertain, ‘Vegas Nocturne’ counts out its final canto at Cosmopolitan

Made official this morning with a release from the show’s host hotel, the Cosmopolitan, is that “Vegas Nocturne” indeed played its last shows Saturday night at the restaurant, lounge and entertainment fortress Rose. Rabbit. Lie. …

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Proposal at Hard Rock, separation at Cosmo and dalliance with Wendy Williams at Venetian

The Kats Report Bureau has been an uncommonly mobile unit today, starting with Rehab Pool at the Hard Rock Hotel and winding up at the Cosmopolitan. Rehab was a celebratory experience, as I’m helping judge the Ultimate Bikini Contest. …

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Frankie goes to Hollywood (Bowl) for a reunion with Joshua Bell

In a serendipitous quirk of scheduling, Las Vegas headliners Frankie Moreno of the Stratosphere and Clint Holmes of Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center performed on consecutive nights last week at the Hollywood Bowl. …

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Star-spangled banner yet waves for a host of Las Vegas performers

The Kats Report Bureau at the moment is the lounge at Loews Hollywood Hotel, where for the past three days I have been hanging with Frankie Moreno and Clint Holmes. In an odd piece of scheduling, the two …

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The Book of Myron: Outgoing musical ‘far, far exceeded’ expectations

Most touring musicals require a few performances to generate positive buzz in a community. But not “The Book of Mormon” in its boundlessly successful run at the Smith Center. …

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Rumors — and one report — have ‘Vegas Nocturne’ closing at Cosmopolitan

Amid chatter about the unsteady future of “Vegas Nocturne” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan, an online report posted today says the show is effectively being put to sleep. The same story said the show might surface at the soon-to-open SLS. …

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Coolly confident Belinda Chapple is ready to throw a light on ‘Sydney After Dark’

Every one in “Sydney After Dark,” opening tonight at Planet Hollywood, is a classically trained dancer who has performed before being cast in the topless revue, and each stands taller than 5 feet 8 inches. Chapple is an ex-model and a …

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Notes from the scene: Sammy (Shore) keeps the beat; Sammy (Hagar) pours it on

The Kats Report Bureau on this Independence Day is Terrace 1 (which is the only terrace) at our Newport Lofts office. Sirens have been blaring already today, and from our high perch, we feel the heat of another 110-degree …

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For Life Is Beautiful, Patrick Duffy has a great Western forum

Patrick Duffy, one of the busiest art collectors anywhere, is hopscotching around Europe right now. But that has not stopped him from igniting the art program for the upcoming Life Is Beautiful festival. …

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No panic at this disco as Rehan Choudhry summons Lionel Richie

Though Life Is Beautiful is entering just its second year downtown, it has achieved something of a rock identity. Highlights a year ago on the main stage included Las Vegas rock bands The Killers and Imagine Dragons and alt-rocker Beck. …

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David Siegel’s Westgate seizes LVH: ‘Rock Vault’ rocks on, but it’s bye-bye, Shimmer

David Siegel, a 79-year-old towering figure and the master of the manor at the redubbed Westgate Las Vegas, made his formal debut Tuesday morning ceremonially pulling the “L” off the old LVH sign facing Paradise Road. …

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Westgate ready to change marquee as purchase of LVH is official

Announced this morning is the sale of Las Vegas Hotel (LVH) from Goldman Sachs to David Siegel’s Westgate Resorts. No terms of the deal were disclosed, but it is believed that …

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