Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 | 3:34 p.m.
Viva Elvis at Aria
Superstar Celine Dion plans to release the first single from her upcoming English-language album next month. The Caesars Palace headliner says two new albums will be released in November.
One will be the English CD titled “Water and a Flame,” and the French-language album will be titled “Sans Attendre (Without Waiting).”
DANGEROUS MAGIC: Each night on the Rio stage, off-kilter headliner magicians Penn & Teller perform a multitude of dangerous tricks. Forget catching bullets fired from guns in their mouths; that's the easy stuff! One illusion calls for the silent one (Teller) to inhale helium in order for him to make high-pitched, squeaky sounds. Teller admits that the other night, he took three breaths that were deeper than normal and nearly passed out.
MISS NEVADA USA RECRUITING: Miss USA Pageant owner Donald Trump and 2012 Miss Nevada Jade Kelsall, who finished third runner-up in the 2012 Miss USA Pageant at Planet Hollywood, have begun the search for 2013 pageant contestants. Open calls for women wanting to take part in Miss Nevada USA 2013 and Miss Nevada Teen USA 2013 are underway.
’DWTS: LIVE IN LAS VEGAS’ RENEWED: Just as Vegas DeLuxe first reported during the initial run, Tropicana has confirmed today that “Dancing With the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” is returning in March. ABC’s new all-star Season 15 premieres Sept. 24 and includes Las Vegas favorites Kelly Monaco, Pamela Anderson, Joey Fatone (who starred in the Tropicana show) and more. Still to be chosen: contestant No. 13, with viewers voting among Sabrina Bryan, Carson Kressley and Kyle Massey, all of whom are in the Tropicana show.
21 DAYS FOR ELVIS: It’s difficult to believe, but the Cirque du Soleil cast and crew of “Viva Elvis” really leave the house Aug. 31, and the load-out of scenery and special-effects machinery begins Sept 1. There are 21 days left to watch “Elvis.”
Cirque’s “Zarkana” from New York’s Radio City Music Hall ends its run there Sept. 3, with preview performances here beginning Oct. 25 and a Nov. 8 premiere. We are genuinely “all shook up” that Elvis is leaving the Strip.
NEW LOOK FOR KNIGHTS: New costumes and sets with more elaborate designs and brighter colors have debuted at Tournament of Kings in the Excalibur -- still the only dinner and theater show on the Strip. Designer Frederick Pinaud, has created dazzling gowns for maidens, vibrant tournament attire for the Knights and a majestic robe for Merlin. The castle facade has been enhanced with rotating doors, stairs and towers. A red-and-gold throne has been added for King Arthur, and the round table has been repainted with gold lions, Celtic designs and red, green and blue sections. As Merlin would say, “Huzzah!”
Piano great, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock watched Celine’s show Wednesday night. Comedian George Wallace dined at Smashburger for lunch Wednesday. When Smashburger first opened in Las Vegas in 2010, George served as the celebrity burger smasher with Austin “Chumlee” Russell of “Pawn Stars.”
When Toby Keith brings his tour stop with Brantley Gilbert to Red Rock Resort on Saturday, it will be his third performance at the amphitheater. He promises while here to visit his I Love This Bar & Grill in Harrah’s and doubtless will sing his hit “Red Solo Cup.”
Yellow Ostrich plays Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and Dom Irrera starts his run at Empire Comedy in the Paris through Sunday.
It’s a shootout with heavy metal, country, rap and alternative when Motley Crue, KISS, Pitbull and All-American Rejects compete against one another in our Weekend Celebrity Preview. And make sure you don’t miss Diana Krall at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Monday.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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