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David Siegel’s Westgate seizes LVH: ‘Rock Vault’ rocks on, but it’s bye-bye, Shimmer
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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. ...
Westgate ready to change marquee as purchase of LVH is official
Monday, June 30, 2014
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 ...
Don’t believe everything you see on reality TV
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Don't feel too bad about "Big Hoss" having his credit card chopped up on "Pawn Stars." Financially, he's doing just fine ...
After ‘Vegas! The Show,’ Eric Jordan Young eager to connect with audience
Friday, June 27, 2014
Eric Jordan Young left his role as Ernie the Janitor in “Vegas! The Show” in March with a plan to tell the story of classic Vegas in a, shall we say, more traditional way. ...
Post-‘Grease’ tour, Lorena Peril and Ray Jon Narbaitz are lounging around
Friday, June 27, 2014
Lorena Peril left “Fantasy” at the Luxor in April 2013 to tour Europe in “Grease: The Arena Spectacular,” in which she was cast as Sandra Dee. That show played to crowds of tens of thousands in the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, ...
Las Vegas scores highly for vocal groups on a scale of 1-to-tenors
Thursday, June 26, 2014
If Latin club music is your thing, well, opportunity knocks at LVH. If tenor-fashioned vocal groups are your thing, there are two to note — one of whom plays Shimmer Cabaret across the way, the other at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel tonight for free.
On a scale of 1-to-tenors, Las Vegas scores highly for vocal groups
Thursday, June 26, 2014
If Latin club music is your thing, well, opportunity knocks at LVH. If tenor-fashioned vocal groups are your thing, there are two to note — one of whom plays Shimmer Cabaret across the way. ...
Bill Burr’s latest Las Vegas comedy stop is the Mirage
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Bill Burr remembers those days 15, 16 years ago when he was a young comic performing at comedy clubs on the Strip. Not fondly, in every instance. But he does remember. “I had a horrific run at the Comedy Stop at the Trop, just horrific,” says Burr. ...
Unofficial honors from the 2014 NHL Awards at the Wynn
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the media center of the 2014 NHL Awards at Encore Ballroom. The awards, being broadcast live on NBC Sports Network from Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas, caps days of frivolity and victory-lap parading. ...
Ex-‘Zumanity’ star Wassa Coulibaly takes on the world with ‘Tribal Night’ at Baobab Stage
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Wassa Coulibaly was one of the standout performers in “Zumanity” at New York-New York until leaving in October at the peak of her acrobatic acumen to focus full time on her true passion, Baobab Stage at Town Square.
Ex-‘Zumanity’ artist Wassa Coulibaly takes on the world with ‘Tribal Night’
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Wassa Coulibaly was one of the standout performers in “Zumanity” at New York-New York until leaving in October at the peak of her acrobatic acumen to focus full time on her true passion, Baobab Stage at Town Square. ...



‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ opts for Payne relief
Monday, June 23, 2014
“We can confirm that John Payne is no longer with ‘Raiding the Rock Vault,’ ” read a statement issued by what is described as “the show.” Payne was suspended indefinitely beginning May 18; his firing reportedly came down a week ago. ...
Pop Evolution puts Cab Jazz to the test — and vice versa
Monday, June 23, 2014
While the big room at the Smith Center, Reynolds Hall, has flourished with a first-class series of Broadway touring shows, Cabaret Jazz has tried to keep pace with the best productions suited for a small venue. ...
Entertainment legend Steve Rossi of Allen & Rossi dies of cancer at 82
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Steve Rossi, half of the legendary comedy team of Allen & Rossi, died this afternoon of cancer at age 82 in Las Vegas. Rossi had been in hospice care since June 11. The two were an immensely popular duo on TV variety, game and talk shows.
Las Vegas entertainment legend Steve Rossi dies of cancer at 82
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Steve Rossi, half of the legendary comedy team of Allen & Rossi, died this afternoon of cancer at age 82 in Las Vegas. Rossi had been in hospice care since June 11. ...
Secret’s out: LVH will be sold, and soon
Sunday, June 22, 2014
John Katsilometes gets the scoop on who is buying the old Hilton nee International.
Maverick’s top guns deliver a high-flying experience at EDC
Saturday, June 21, 2014
At 4 a.m. the text flashed on the iPhone, a message from a friend of mine on the Las Vegas entertainment scene. It read, “Besides the cool helicopter ride, maybe you can explain ...
It wasn’t the Jeff Bridges show, but the surprise Jazz Spider Tour event was a roaring success
Thursday, June 19, 2014
In early April, Jerry Jones suffered a serious infection in his right leg. He was singing backup for Clint Holmes at Cabaret Jazz during the first weekend of that month. After the show on April 6, he was in such pain that he checked into the emergency room. ...
LVCVA starts its ace as Wayne Newton takes the mound at Wrigley Field
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Wayne Newton is taking the mound at the Cubs-Pirates game Friday afternoon in Chicago amid a busy promotional schedule on behalf of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. ...
Ace Wayne Newton takes the mound at Wrigley Field as part of team LVCVA
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Las Vegas resident and entertainment legend Wayne Newton is taking the mound at the Cubs-Pirates game Friday afternoon in Chicago amid a busy promotional schedule on behalf of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority.
Jeff Bridges and The Abiders ready to roll through Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
During a recent phone conversation with Jeff Bridges, I asked him a question that had been preying on my brain for several years: Is it true that whenever he comes across “The Big Lebowski” on TV, he watches at least until a certain moment?
Jeff Bridges and The Abiders are ready to roll through Rocks Lounge
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
During a recent phone conversation with Jeff Bridges, I asked him a question that had been preying on my brain for several years: Is it true that whenever he comes across “The Big Lebowski” on TV, he watches at least until the moment when ...
Weekly Q&A: 'Jersey Boys' star Erich Bergen on leaving Las Vegas and how Clint Eastwood made him a better actor
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
He's really looking forward to a movie role where he doesn't sing.
‘Jersey Boys’ at Paris Las Vegas and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ are not in sync
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
“Jersey Boys” from director Clint Eastwood is a general retelling of the tale of the Tony Award-winning musical at Paris Las Vegas with far more emphasis late in the film on Frankie Valli’s family life and the death of his daughter, Francine. ...
Celine by the numbers: How 917 turns into half a billion
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
When AEG Live/Concerts West and Caesars Entertainment were entertaining the concept of bringing Shania Twain into the Colosseum as a recurring resident headliner, they took a look at who bought tickets to Celine Dion’s shows in Las Vegas ...
Some true and false pretenses as Lon Bronson’s All-Star Band blasts back into the Smith Center
Monday, June 16, 2014
Lon Bronson and the All-Star Band he describes as “industrial strength” has been performing in Las Vegas for 24 years, from the Riviera to Golden Nugget, Green Valley Ranch, M Resort, Boulder Station, Aliante and, if memory serves, the Paddlewheel Inn. ...
Jim Rogers’ passion for classic cars never idled
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Jim Rogers and my family in Idaho were connected by a shared affection of old vehicles and the restoration of such. My uncle was Rogers’ mechanic and property manager at the latter’s Indian Hills estate. ...
Media mogul Jim Rogers’ passion for classic cars never idled
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Longtime philanthropist and media mogul Jim Rogers and my family in Idaho were connected by a shared affection of old vehicles and the restoration of such. My uncle was Rogers’ mechanic and property manager at the latter’s Indian Hills estate.
Recharged Ian Ziering plugs in once more with Chippendales at the Rio
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Ian Ziering, 50, is an actor who seems electrically charged, rejuvenated by a jolt of volts as he enters his second run as a guest host of Chippendales at the Rio. Ziering returned to the production Thursday night and fronts the show.
Venetian headliners Human Nature take on the Apollo: ‘I think we earned their respect’
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Human Nature, the spinning, sweet-voiced Aussie quartet who performs Motown hits at the Venetian, was in the all-star lineup for the 80th Apollo Spring Gala fundraising production of the storied music hall in New York City on Tuesday.
Rebirth of resort starts with the right name
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Naming hotels and hovels in downtown Las Vegas requires a special sense of environment. Downtown Grand, which for a time was named something else, is the latest example. A bundle of names were tossed around to reflect the building’s classic décor and familiar position in the heart of the city, on 3rd and Ogden streets. At one time, Seth Schorr, who presides over the property as CEO of ownership company Fifth Street Gaming, was swayed by...
Human Nature take on the Apollo: ‘I think we earned their respect’
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Human Nature, the spinning, sweet-voiced Aussie quartet who performs Motown hits at the Venetian, was in the all-star lineup for the 80th Apollo Spring Gala fundraising production of the storied music hall in New York City on Tuesday. ...
A recharged Ian Ziering plugs in once more with Chippendales
Friday, June 13, 2014
Ian Ziering is an actor who seems electrically charged, rejuvenated by a jolt of volts as he enters his second run as a guest host of Chippendales. Ziering returned to the production Thursday night and fronts the show ...
‘The Book of Mormon’ at the Smith Center: Do you know the way to Sal Tlay Ka Siti?
Friday, June 13, 2014
The concept of sending two apple-cheeked Mormon missionaries to Uganda (especially when one, Elder Price, has made Orlando his own promised land since age 9) is hilarious because we know that is the place where LDS lads would fit least. ...
Nicolas Cage, Andrew Dice Clay and Carrot Top: How GNR closes a run at the Joint
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Guns N’ Roses attracted an impressive array of celebs in their latest stint at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, including Andrew Dice Clay, who surprised GNR fans with an unannounced standup set. ...
Long after ‘Bat Night,’ Frankie Moreno is still having a ball
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Frankie Moreno’s run at the Stratosphere opened in November 2011 and hits the 500-show milestone Thursday. The show arrives amid a year of great percolation for Moreno, a subject of interest as fans wonder when he will leap from being a showroom headliner. ...
Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno is still having a ball long after ‘Bat Night’
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Frankie Moreno’s run at Stratosphere began in November 2011 and hits 500 shows Thursday. The show arrives amid a year of great percolation for Moreno, a subject of interest as fans wonder when he will leap from being a showroom headliner.
Who wants ‘The Book of Mormon’? Myron Martin had to raise his hand
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Myron Martin has been on a mission on behalf of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. But instead of the Book of Mormon, he’s packing his Tony Award voter’s card. And he played it expertly to land ...
‘Piano Man’ Billy Joel shows at MGM Grand that this music vocation is a pretty cool job
Monday, June 9, 2014
Billy Joel gazed at the thousands in attendance at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night and leered mischievously, as if he’d just been given a paycheck for doing what he loved instead of doing work. And that was the case, naturally.
Billy Joel shows that this music vocation is a pretty cool job
Monday, June 9, 2014
Billy Joel gazed at the thousands in attendance at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night and leered mischievously, as if he’d just been given a paycheck for doing what he loved instead of doing work. And that was the case, naturally. ...
Women fitting into influential roles on the Strip
Sunday, June 8, 2014
With women occupying the top three executive posts at the Cromwell, and three women serving as presidents of major resorts on the Strip, girl power is on the rise in Las Vegas.
Clint Holmes writes sequel to ‘Great American Songbook’; Penn & Teller spend $250K on elephant/cow trick
Friday, June 6, 2014
Clint Holmes is back at Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theme of his show is “The Contemporary American Songbook” filled with songs that might well be the classics of tomorrow. ...
Cultivating Success
Singer Frankie Moreno celebrates 500 energetic performances at Stratosphere
Friday, June 6, 2014
Singer Frankie Moreno finds opportunity keeps growing.
How one performer — a fabulous diva — can alter the Las Vegas Skye-line
Thursday, June 5, 2014
One of the city’s most electrifying performers, Skye Dee Miles learned that she has lost one gig and is on hiatus from another just in the past week. Oddly enough, Miles’ travails at least peripherally involve venues and shows at three hotel-casinos.
How one performer can alter the Las Vegas Skye-line
Thursday, June 5, 2014
One of the city’s most electrifying performers, Skye Dee Miles learned that she has lost one gig and is on hiatus from another just in the past week. Oddly enough, Miles’ travails at least peripherally involve venues and shows at three hotel-casinos. ...
Tara Palsha of ‘Vegas! The Show’ leaving Las Vegas to roll the dice in the Big Apple
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
One of the most dynamic and accomplished dancers here is leaving, at the end of this month, for parts uncharted in New York City. Tara Palsha arrived here in 2003, winning a part in “Jubilee!” at Bally’s and spending 12 months learning something new.
Tara Palsha of ‘Vegas! The Show’ leaving the Strip to roll the dice in New York
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
One of the most dynamic and accomplished dancers in VegasVille is leaving, at the end of this month, for parts uncharted in New York City. Tara Palsha arrived here in 2003, winning a part in “Jubilee!” at Bally’s and spending 12 months learning something new. ...
Overcoming his mother’s death, Matt Goss is still sticking and moving
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Matt Goss has been firing in combinations over the past several weeks to overcome the illness and death of his mother, Carol. She died after a long battle with cancer, on Memorial Day in Los Angeles, with Matt and his twin brother Luke at her side. ...
Caesars Palace star Matt Goss, overcoming his mother’s death, is still sticking and moving
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Matt Goss has been firing in combinations over the past several weeks to overcome the illness and death of his mother, Carol. She died after a long battle with cancer, on Memorial Day in Los Angeles, with Matt and his twin brother Luke at her side.
Business dispute ices John Payne in ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ at LVH
Monday, June 2, 2014
During a phone conversation, “Sir” Harry Cowell said that he could not say much about why John Payne, a longtime friend, was removed from the show. But it is clearly a business dispute within the band that does not directly involve its relationship with LVH. ...

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