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Hits keep coming for ‘Showstoppers’; Michael Grimm unveiled at Silverton
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Two numbers have been added to “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” beginning Thursday night. Michael Grimm is opening a new autobiographical music showcase, titled aptly “Grimm,” at the Silverton’s Veil Showroom beginning Saturday night.
Mariah Carey: Facts and figures as she sets up to play the Colosseum
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Mariah Carey has been a top-selling singer since the release of her self-titled album in 1990 and is recognized as the bestselling female artist ever.
John Payne, ‘Rock Vault’ settle it down; 1923 summons DJ duo in official ‘relaunch’
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
The lawsuit filed by John Payne against his former “Raiding the Rock Vault” collaborator Sir Harry Cowell and officials with the former operators of LVH has been settled.
Sam Smith, Charli XCX in latest wave of Rock in Rio USA acts
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
The great block on the Strip party just jacked up the volume. Sam Smith, Charli XCX, The Bleachers, Jessie J, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, Hollywood Undead, Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr., Saints of Valory and ...
BBR’s ‘Alice’ to open its trunk of surprises at Hard Rock Hotel
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
The famous lyric talks of a world of pure imagination, and at first blush the production “Alice — A Steampunk Concert Fantasy” seems just that.
Monday By the Numbers: Alice Cooper’s golf handicap and lapse in shows at Versailles Theater
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
The latest installment of our Kats Report Monday By the Numbers column culled from our scampering in VegasVille. Ring ’em up.
Live music gets boost with Lon Bronson-David Perrico; Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s $6.2M rides; ‘Showstoppers’ summons ‘Grease’
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau over the weekend was stationed at two Station Casinos hotels on opposite ends of the valley, Sunset Station’s Club Madrid on Friday and Red Rock Resort on Saturday.
Billy Johnson’s new goal has nothing to do with hockey
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Having left the Las Vegas Wranglers after more than a decade as its president and COO, Billy Johnson has taken the position as director of the University Medical Center Foundation.
Strip club’s new owner actually prefers to be out of spotlight
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
“No, I really don’t want to be known in this industry,” said the slender man born in Seoul, South Korea. “I try not to be so out front. I am in this business to make a living, not to socialize.”
Imagine Dragons, The Killers kill it for Alice Cooper; Roger Clemens shakes off Hall of Fame questions
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
On the topic of work, talent and imagination — at legendary levels — Alice Cooper likes to say, “There are not a lot of great rock bands out there. If you have a banjo and an accordion in your band, you’re probably not a rock band."
Imagine Dragons, Killers kill it for Alice Cooper; Roger Clemens shakes off HoF questions
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
On the topic of work, talent and imagination — at legendary levels — Alice Cooper likes to say, “There are not a lot of great rock bands out there. If you have a banjo and an accordion in your band, you’re probably not a rock band."
Review: ‘Re-Animator’ makes a splash, but volume needs to be brought to life
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
The show that just opened at the Smith Center is where we watch Norm from “Cheers” spit blood into the audience. But that is not the whole story, just the start, of “Re-Animator: The Musical” at Troesh Studio Theater.
‘Re-Animator’ makes a splash, but volume needs to be brought to life
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
The show that just opened at the Smith Center is where we watch Norm from “Cheers” spit blood into the audience. But that is not the whole story, just the start, of “Re-Animator: The Musical” at Troesh Studio Theater.
Journey embarks on nine-show escape at the Joint; Hakkasan bolsters DJ roster
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Journey and a series of EDM artists are set to perform at major Las Vegas resorts this year. The Hard Rock Hotel is bracing for Journey. MGM Grand is prepped for a lineup of DJs at Hakkasan.
Strong to the finish on the Strip, Steve Wynn’s Popeye moving to Massachusetts
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
This Popeye sculpture is no ordinary statue. It is made of stainless steel, weighs 2,000 pounds and stands 6-feet-5 inches. And last spring, Steve Wynn paid $28.2 million for the gleaming piece of pop art by Jeff Koons.
Monday By the Numbers: New rooms at Westgate, John Legend’s birthday, and Boyz II Men add dates
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
As someone once said, you can’t take it with you, and we believe that was in reference to otherwise useless numerical information. So, we’re test-driving this new feature.
J.T. plays to cameras at MGM Grand; Marie Osmond announces D&M world tour; Felice Garcia leaving ‘MDQ’
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
During an appearance on NBC’s “Today” on New Year’s Day, Marie Osmond told affable co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford that she and brother Donny (preach it, Brother Donny!) will take on a world tour in 2015.
Three to Watch: Outdoor festival visionary, would-be Strip resort mogul and Las Vegas radio star
Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
Ever since 2011, we have compiled and shared a Three to Watch list of newsmakers for the upcoming year. Jonathan Segal, Myron Martin, Jeri Crawford and Mayor Oscar Goodman have been past subjects. So has a nonliving entertainment legend ...
Offered free limo ride, stranded Slotzilla rider says he’d rather walk
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
It was a Las Vegas hangover of a different order, as the tourist who hung high over Fremont Street while stuck on the Slotzilla zip line ride on New Year’s Day was returned to Earth unscathed.
It started on Super Bowl Sunday for Paul McCartney bandmade Brian Ray
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
The song was “Freedom,” quickly written by Paul McCartney in the aftermath of 9/11. He performed it on tour and in the 9/11 tribute concert in late 2001 at Madison Square Garden.
It’s the J.Lo show as the Colosseum sets the stage for something big
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
This was a one-night-only production that was not built for one night. It’s very title, “The Best Is Yet to Come,” is practically an announcement that Jennifer Lopez is in the plans for 2015 — and perhaps beyond — at Caesars Entertainment.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga swing across the ages at the Cosmopolitan
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
For a moment, you have to wonder if he’s still got it. Is he still great, or has he become a figure from an era long passed? Then Tony Bennett sings, really sings, at times so forcefully that in the rows closest to the stage, you ...
The pairing of Lipshtick comics and the Venetian is a social thing
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
It’s funny how social media can help fill a showroom with comediennes. Ed Huckfeldt, director of entertainment marketing at the Venetian whose very surname reminds of laughing, has found the funny on Twitter ...
Pairing of Lipshtick comediennes and the Venetian is a social thing
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
It’s funny how social media can help fill a showroom with comediennes. Ed Huckfeldt, director of entertainment marketing at the Venetian whose very surname reminds of laughing, has found the funny on Twitter and YouTube.
2014 in Review: Triumphs, closings and litigation in Las Vegas
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
We’re gearing up for a thunderous opening to 2015 with the Jennifer Lopez performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. This is a full-scale production, and the feeling is that it is a prelude to something residential with Caesars Entertainment.
2014 in Review: Triumphs, closings and litigation
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
We’re gearing up for a thunderous opening to 2015 with the Jennifer Lopez performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. This is a full-scale production, and the feeling is that it is a prelude to something residential ...
Holly Madison splitting from 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque at Mandalay Bay
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
A burlesque club at a major Strip resort has lost its star attraction. The club in question is the former 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque by Holly Madison at Mandalay Bay.
Holly Madison splitting from 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque at Mandalay Bay
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
A burlesque club at a major Strip resort has lost its star attraction. The club in question is the former 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque by Holly Madison at Mandalay Bay.
Events boss: 40 million visitors is not enough
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
Pat Christenson talks about the tourism record broken in 2014 and the opportunity Las Vegas has to set the mark even higher.
In 2014, the Word of the Year in VegasVille was …
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
"Activation" was mentioned at every groundbreaking and rendering unveiling in the city in 2014. It was used most frequently to reference unused parcels on the Strip and downtown that became the site of festivals and special events.
Billy Johnson, Las Vegas Wranglers team president, exits after 11 years
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
About a year ago, Billy Johnson announced that the Las Vegas Wranglers were leaving Orleans Arena. Today, Johnson, the team president, said that he has left the Wranglers.
Viva, Idaho: Holiday tales of hot baths, a sweat lodge and a volunteer greeter
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
The morning after attending the premiere of “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” and attending a press conference on the stage of Encore Theater, I had flown into Boise and then drove through heavy winds across the state toward Pocatello ...
Steve Wynn throws his haymaker as ‘Showstoppers’ bows at Encore Theater
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
“Showstoppers” is personally pertinent to Steve Wynn. He’s been an impassioned fan of musical theater since his days as a student at Penn (where he studied English lit) and was introduced to great Broadway musicals ...
A few months after opening, SLS has a new beginning
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
The face of the resort's rebranding has been replaced ...
Frankie Moreno hitting Carnegie Hall in 2015; Wynn gives ‘Showstoppers’ dancers room to stretch legs
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau this week made a stop at an open terrace just outside the 50th-floor Voodoo Steakhouse at the Rio for announcement of the New Year’s Eve fireworks show on the Strip. Seven hotels will fire pyrotechnics during …
Mark of ‘Mark & Mercedes in the Morning’ leaves; J.C. Fernandez steps in Jan. 5
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Half of the long-running and market-topping KXMB 94.1 “The Mix” morning radio team has announced a departure. Mark DiCiero, who teamed with Mercedes Martinez for 18 years ...
Human Nature heats up and cools off for holidays; Extreme Thing dumped for ’15; ‘Mondays Dark’
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. I am positioned on the actual floor seating area of the music hall, in which The Killers played on opening weekend and Imagine Dragons performed just last week.
Human Nature heats up, cools off for holidays; Extreme Thing dumped for ’15; ‘Mondays Dark’
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. I am positioned on the actual floor seating area of the music hall, in which The Killers played on opening weekend and Imagine Dragons ...
Hakkasan’s takeover of Light Group is another step toward company’s dominance of the Strip
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Well, it seems as if Hakkasan Group has finished its holiday shopping. The entertainment conglomerate that seems to want for nothing has produced an embarrassment of riches ...
Theater scene feels ripple as ‘Rat Pack,’ ‘MJ Live’ move to Riviera
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
They may have been given a later checkout time, but the shows “MJ Live” and “The Rat Pack Is Back” are leaving the Rio and headed to the Riviera.
Penny Pibbets, fired by Gaz and leaving ‘Absinthe,’ takes shot at solo show
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Penny Pibbets is done as the assistant in “Absinthe,” having performed for the final time as a full-time cast member last week. Her energy is now directed to “The Penny Pibbets Show.”
Fired by Gaz and leaving ‘Absinthe,’ Penny Pibbets takes shot with her own show
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Penny Pibbets is done as the assistant in “Absinthe,” having performed for the final time as a full-time cast member last week. Her energy is now directed to “The Penny Pibbets Show” ...
Lawsuit against Westgate owner dismissed, for now
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Heather Atwell vows to continue the fight ...
Wayne Newton is making a return to Casa de Shenandoah
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Mr. Las Vegas is ending 2014 by making some major news in his Old Vegas neighborhood. Returned to the corner of Sunset and Pecos roads is the famous Casa de Shenandoah sign ...
Flexibility key to ‘Showstoppers’ setlist; Frankie Moreno has scant shows left at Strat
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Those who have seen “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers,” and read early accounts of the lineup of numbers to be performed in the show, have noted some famous shows not represented.
Piff the Magic Dragon fires up Rose. Rabbit. Lie.; Brian Wilson without pier at Venetian
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
A member of “Vegas Nocturne” performed at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. last week. Lest you get all giddy over this concept, it was actually a former member of that wildly imaginative production, Piff the Magic Dragon, along ...
It’s Jeff Dunham and Terry Fator in voice-throwing throwdown on the Strip
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
“I started doing this when I was 10 years old, and I really had an obsession with it. When I was about 15, I told myself that I wanted to be one of the greatest ventriloquists ever,” Terry Fator once said during an episode of “Kats With the Dish.”
Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator in voice-throwing throwdown on the Strip
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
“I started doing this when I was 10 years old, and I really had an obsession with it. When I was about 15, I told myself that I wanted to be one of the greatest ventriloquists ever,” Terry Fator once said ...
Oscar Goodman hungry to celebrate pre-Venetian Venetian Pizzeria
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
One could argue, and Oscar Goodman would, that the spine of Las Vegas’ history is the pork neckbone recipe of Angie Ruvo.
The PRCA strategy: Rope ’em while they’re young
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Karl Stressman finished his annual NFR Week news conference. Stressman has been the PRCA commissioner for seven years now, and I’ve only known him during the times when his organization was bulldogging ...

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