Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 | 3:02 p.m.
Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel
Even before they play the first note of their mini-residency tonight, Guns N’ Roses are in a controversy over an ad for their Hard Rock Hotel concerts at the Joint. Our Clark County commissioners are disturbed over what they say is “female violence” portrayed in posters.
Named for their new album “Appetite for Democracy,” the ads feature a battered, disheveled woman with a torn dress exposing one breast and with her panties pulled down past her knees under the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. It appears as if the pictured mechanical ghoul attacked her.
Just hours after presenting the rockers with signs changing Paradise Road to >Paradise City Road, commissioner Mary Beth Scow said she found the posters inappropriate and that the board regretted honoring the group. GNR is at the Hard Rock through Nov. 24.
Meantime, “Dancing With the Stars” host Tom Bergeron described it as “the most shocking elimination” since the ABC show began 15 seasons ago. Our Tropicana headliner Sabrina Bryan scored a perfect 30 with pro partner Louis Van Amstel on Monday night for their rumba during the Country Week (s)hoe-down.
Even Wynn odds maker Johnny Avello “wagered” that it would be Kelly Monaco or Kirstie Alley getting the western boot. Instead, viewers turned on Sabrina. Judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli were stunned, and Carrie Ann Inaba clutched her stomach.
It was the second time Sabrina had been ousted unexpectedly from the series just as she looked a hot contender for the mirrored disco ball prize. She was teary-eyed but gracious: “Every single person can understand what it feels like to get a second chance at something, and this was my second chance. ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ honestly, has been just an absolute dream.”
FOURTH ANNIVERSARIES: It’s four years tonight that magician Criss Angel opened his Cirque du Soleil illusions show “Believe” at the Luxor, and it’s still going strong. Happy anniversary, and congratulations from everybody at Vegas DeLuxe. Criss is busy editing a new TV commercial about the show to launch in tandem next year with a new levitation illusion described by magicians as “the ultimate.”
On a personal note, many sincere thanks to Senior Editor Don Chareunsy, who joined Vegas DeLuxe also four years ago today for his dedication and long hours daily of hard work to bring our stories to you.
VICTORY LAP: The NASCAR Spring Cup Series Champions Week is set for Nov. 26 through Dec. 1, and this morning NASCAR said the Victory Lap Parade will again shut down our Strip for burnouts and blowouts Nov. 29 in a loop from Planet Hollywood north to the Palazzo and back. I’ve been invited again to handle driver introductions for the Top 12 racers.
Incidentally, the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be the exclusive stock car driving experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a new multi-year agreement. It’s open more than 200 days a year offering the NASCAR experience.
FOOD DRIVE: Our 14th Annual Food Drive had a great turnout with donations of nearly 4,000 pounds of nonperishable food items. Singer and actress Pia Zadora, “Fantasy” and Thunder From Down Under were some of the entertainers who joined me at Smiths in Summerlin to donate to the Salvation Army.
Philanthropist Mary Vail, who makes this part of USA Weekend Magazine’s Make a Difference Day, organizes the food drive. She was presented with a key to the city by Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony in recognition of her efforts that have collected nearly 50,000 pounds of items in 14 years. The Salvation Army Food Bank services more than 200 families a day 52 weeks a year.
PINKTOBER AT HRC: Artist Michael Godard and “America’s Got Talent Live” stars sand artist Joe Castillo, escape artist Spencer Horsman and MC and comedian Tom Cotter teamed up to support Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip’s 13th Annual Pinktober breast cancer awareness campaign.
Michael donated a piece titled “Angel Hair” for the Pink Heals Foundation to be auctioned off. Luxor comedian headliner Carrot Top is there today.
BEDAZZLED BRAS: It’s not often one sees grown men parading on a runway in bras! But this was for the Third Annual Battle of the Bras to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hotel executives and Strip stars joined with Editor at Large John Katsilometes to create and model brassieres to beckon bidders. The underwear lifted up $9,000 for the American Cancer Society from the Caesars Entertainment endeavor.
Strip headliners and media took to their glue guns and beads to decorate the 61 lacy lingerie cups donated from Frederick's of Hollywood. The casts of “Peepshow,” “Jubilee!,” Chippendales, “X Burlesque,” Show in the Sky, Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding and “Jersey Boys” created designs.
HOLLYWOOD SHOW: Stars will help fans take a trip down memory lane during the Hollywood Show at LVH. The list is growing daily with Jimmie Walker, Linda Blair, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas and Adrian Paul signed up. The show started in 1979 and is here Nov. 9 and 10.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder goes solo to headline the Pearl at the Palms for two nights with Glen Hansard.
Don’t forget the preview opening of Bagatelle Beach and Supper Club at Tropicana, the Las Vegas Halloween Parade downtown and GNR’s opening at the Joint; the full Royal Robin Rundown of Halloween happenings was posted today.
Meet the creative team and directors behind Cirque’s newest arrival, “Zarkana” at Aria, as it opens for previews, plus, our Halloween reports and photo galleries.
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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Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.