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August 31, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: Magazine honoring the best in the rock biz; Bradshaw getting ready for stage show

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William “Billy” Gardell met the cast of “Jersey Boys.”

The 4th annual Vegas Rocks! Magazine music awards show is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 25, in the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. It's tied in with the publication’s 9th anniversary. This year’s celebration of classic rock salutes some of the most legendary artists in the music business. Vegas DeLuxe has learned that Jon Anderson of Yes will be honored with the Voice of Progressive Music award, Carl Palmer from Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Asia will receive the Drum Legend Icon award, Zakk Wylde will receive the Riff Monster award and newcomer Laura Wilde will receive Best New Female Artist award. Other artists scheduled to participate include Geoff Tate of Queensryche, Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, Simon Wright of AC/DC, James Kottak of the Scorpions, Mark Kendall and Michael Lardie of Great White, and Carmine Appice, with more guests to be announced next month.

TERRY BRADSHAW VIDEO: Legendary NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw is closing in on his song and dance comedy debut at the Mirage. Vegas DeLuxe has the behind-the-scenes video as he preps for his Vegas show, "America's Favorite Dumb Blonde, A Life In Four Quarters." He’s hoping it will lead to some form of a regular run here on the Strip.

DITCHED, DUMPED, DIVORCED! Everybody is familiar with the F-word -- and some other alphabet letters. Now comes "The D*Word: A Musical," a show from comedy producer Jeanie Linders that starts next month at the LVH’s Shimmer Theater. The 90-minute show will follow four single-again women who sing their way through the ups and down (mostly downs) of being ditched, dumped, divorced and dating again. “The D*Word" is a party show,” said Jeannie, “and Las Vegas is the perfect party city to launch my second comedy show that spans the experiences of women (and men) of all ages who’ve experienced the joys and jerks of dating!"

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Steve Wyrick poses with his plane.

JUICY JOTTINGS: Magician Steve Wyrick turns up on the season premiere of A&E's "Shipping Wars." The reality series filmed the Herculean task of shipping his jet plane engine prop to Atlantic City. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and singer-guitarist Sammy Hagar filmed a TV commercial the other day at Emeril’s Delmonico restaurant for Sammy’s Beach Bar Rums with cocktails newly created by mixologist Max Solano. Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb partied in a Encore Beach Club cabana with 14 pals. Prior to taping a comedy special downtown, "Mike & Molly" star William (Billy) Gardell and wife Patty watched "Jersey Boys" at the Paris and met the cast backstage. The couple also had dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s nearby steak restaurant, selecting different red wines to pair with their meals.

TONIGHTS TIPS: The two-time Tony Award winning punk-rock-opera "American Idiot" from Green Day opens at the Smith Center; you can click here for our story posted earlier today. Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat will dominate ultralounges and sports books up and down the Strip. Rodney Carrington continues his comedy run at David Copperfield’s Hollywood Theater while the master magician takes a vacation. Wendy Liebman, Don Barnhart and Traci Skene open at the Improv Comedy Club in Harrah's through Sunday.

TOMORROW’S TEASE: It’s the preliminary pageant for Miss USA and we’ve got the preview, plus Caesars Palace throws a star-studded poolside party to wrap up the world travel convention visit. In our regular Counter Intelligence feature, it's groundbreaking day for the new "Dinner in the Sky" restaurant project nearly 200 feet above the Strip!

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