Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Caesars Entertainment holiday greetings
Superstar Shania Twain returned to singing on the Caesars Palace stage this month after an eight-year touring hiatus, and now that triumph is translating into plans for recording a new album. It would be her first since “Up” in 2002 and the recent duet with Lionel Richie on the remake of “Endless Love.”
Shania, who is enjoying big success with sold-out shows at the Colosseum, is on this month’s cover of our colleague Vegas Magazine. In the story, she discusses how star residencies here have changed the city’s perception.
“Celine (Dion) turned the perception of Vegas as where artists go to retire all around because she brought in the true potential of what Vegas has to offer: the most remarkable, state-of-the-art technology that could be used for concert performing, and not just Cirque du Soleil shows. Bringing together the best quality production with a performing artist concert changed everything.
“To be invited to do it, that’s quite an honor. Vegas is the Mecca right now for the most qualitative performing arts anywhere in the world. There are huge numbers of country music fans, and they deserve to come to Las Vegas to see the top, first-class spectacles in their genre.”
Shania also talks candidly about the fight with her dysphonic vocal condition and her resilience and comeback: “I really pushed myself out the door and said, ‘You’ve got to try to find out why your voice is not there for you.’ It’s been such a huge, long process. When I recorded with Lionel Richie, and the Christmas duet with Michael Buble -- and those being more out of my range than I would normally sing anyway -- they came out great. I was so happy with them and thought, ‘OK, well if I can do that, then I can do anything.’
“I’m so confident how my voice is coming across, I know I am ready to go back in the studio and record an album. I just don’t have the time yet. I don’t want to lose contact with my fans. I don’t want to lose that element of being able to touch people and connect with them and not be separated from them. For me, it’s like a dream.”
NEW WILDSIDE: Hometown rocker and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil got the green light today to open Wildside Saloon, a rock ’n’ roll club and sports book, at Hooters casino. He tells me it’ll open in about 30 days.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller joined several Strip showbiz friends at Caesars Entertainment for a sing-along in the season of good tidings and good will. Happy Holidays!
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Mayor Carolyn Goodman was joined by Santa to flip the switch to light the Christmas tree on Fremont Street Experience, and D casino owner Derek Stevens joined in the festivities. A day earlier, she lit a Menorah to mark Hanukkah.
WOUNDED WARRIORS HOLIDAY: There were many emotional moments during the four-day, all-expenses-paid holiday that Venetian and Palazzo head honcho Sheldon Adelson provided for 40 wounded warriors, the first time his eight years of gestures took place during the holidays, as he wanted them to see Winter in Venice and attend the opening of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s new mini-run of “Soul2Soul.”
Sheldon flew them here on a private 747 from two East Coast military hospitals. More than 1,000 hotel team members greeted the service folks after a police motorcade escort from McCarran. There were gondola rides, services at Canyon Ranch SpaClub, a fan experience at Lagasse’s Stadium, poker tournaments, an Omaha Steaks cookout at Madame Tussaud’s and the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas show.
Please support our two Chippendales heroes Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis in the kissing booth at their “Kiss for a Cure” benefit at the Act in the Palazzo. Guests from their just-completed stint on CBS’ “The Amazing Race” (they finished 2nd) will join with Lorena Peril and her “Fantasy” cast members, “Jubilee!” and Las Vegas Tenors in the fundraiser for Jaymes’ father Ed’s cancer battle. Also there, fabulous dancer Tara Palsha and her “Vegas! The Show” cast mates. If you can’t attend, please generously support these great guys at ForgetCancerNow.com.
On Day 7 of the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center, it’s the coronation of the new Miss Rodeo America and a salute to our armed forces with the Marines band, and Sarah Darling performs at Cowboy Fan Fest.
It’s free admission and vodka drinks for today’s 12-12-12 newlyweds at LAX in the Luxor.
Skateboard champion Tony Hawk opens his Rad Science exhibit at the Sahara West Library.
21 Strong, Hellyeah and Lamb of God play House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
And Tom Segura headlines Cabo Wabo Cantina’s L.A. Comedy Club through Sunday.
Singer LeAnn Rimes lets loose in a candid interview before her weekend concerts at LVH, plus, more coverage of the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant.
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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