Thursday, July 11, 2013 | 8 a.m.
The stars and dancers in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood bare their breasts, and now come the rock stars ready to bare their souls in the new show “Rocktellz & Cocktails” already set to replace it.
Vegas DeLuxe has learned exclusively that the unique production to be officially announced this weekend will combine rock performances and confessional conversations with top music headliners.
It will premiere in late September at the Planet Hollywood mezzanine theater where Holly Madison and Coco Austin went topless nightly the past four years for the adult burlesque cabaret. Our Editor at Large John Katsilometes reported its official Labor Day Weekend closing on Wednesday morning.
“Rocktellz & Cocktails” will put audiences up close with legendary rock stars as they reveal secrets of their private lives and the ups and downs of their careers. The rockers also will perform in acoustic and full-on music blasts.
“It’s a totally unique format,” said producer Adam Steck. He admits that he was inspired by his own Mike Tyson one-man show “The Undisputed Truth” that he created and premiered at MGM Grand. It moved on to Broadway before a nationwide tour that led to Spike Lee filming it for an HBO special.
“I wanted to create a show that was Old Vegas in the sense that legacy rock acts would be in an intimate situation with their audiences. It would also be interactive so fans or general audiences could directly get into Q&A sessions with the performers while they relaxed over a few drinks,” Adam told me.
“Think of it as ‘VH1 Storytellers’ meets ‘Inside the Actors Studio.’ The rockers are ready to spill their stories. They love the idea and revel in the tell-all format. There’s no shortage of rock stars and sensational revelations they’re willing to tell in their own words.”
Adam says his format has met with a great reception from the first four rock headliners. His first music superstar begins Sept. 26 and performs three shows a week for six weeks, and then he has three others already lined up on a similar appearance schedule.
He has agreements in place with the rock stars for the sit-down confessions and revelations fueled by cocktails and their music performances to be filmed for a future TV series.
“They will have very reasonable ticket pricing,” Adam said. “We have seen too many Las Vegas shows affected by the combination of steep pricing and discounting to combat the high admission prices and huge bottle-service charges at nightclubs.
“These shows, I truly believe, bring in major stars on an intimate, one-on-one basis with an audience who will be happy to pay a very reasonable ticket price to get up close with them. The stories they will tell will be candid, emotional and often tear-jerking and heart-wrenching.
“It will give all music fans a very inside look at the price of fame and fortune and how it can disappear as fast as it was won. It’s the rise and fall and rise again behind the scenes they’d never, ever hear except from the stars themselves. Then we add in the music performances of their hits. You get the sensational stories and the super songs.
“Having heard some of these confessions and revelations, I can safely say people will go back home and tell their friends they’d never seen a show in Vegas like it before. It’s totally new and totally unique. They’ll get really close to the star, talk with the star as if they were in their own living room and be front and center for solo performances they’d only seen previously in distant arena seats.”
Adam, who moved to Las Vegas in 1999, has a series of hit shows on the Strip, including Human Nature at The Venetian, Thunder From Down Under and “The Australian Bee Gees” at the Excalibur, Frank Marino’s long-running “Divas Las Vegas” at The Quad and Boyz II Men at The Mirage.
He is the founder and CEO of SPI Entertainment Inc. and a well-respected entrepreneur who has promoted and produced live entertainment in the U.S. and overseas for the past 18 years. His clients have included everybody from Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash to Tina Turner. Internationally, he’s produced several shows, including the legendary Liza Minnelli in Moscow.
“I am very aware we had to create a unique form of big-name entertainment at a reasonable ticket price for the current theater scene in Las Vegas and help it hold on to its rightful title of The Entertainment Capital of the World. These will be two shows in one, stories you would never hear anywhere else and music you’d never, ever get that close to.”
The first performer is a longtime friend of mine from my music and TV days on the East Coast. Vegas DeLuxe will have an exclusive interview with him this month when Adam reveals his first headliner names. I guarantee you it will be quite a story he tells over a few drinks and a series of hit songs he’ll perform.
When I first heard of this show replacing Bo Peep and the Peep Diva two weeks ago, I thought this time it will be a real–life peepshow, and, instead of a nursery rhyme, it will be truth laid bare.
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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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.