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Strip Scribbles: Madonna performer Andy Lewis to highline walk 63 floors above the Strip

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Madonna backstage at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Madonna Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

Madonna performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Launch slideshow »

It will be a new world record if daredevil athlete Andy Lewis lives to tell about it. On Oct. 16, to kick off the World Slackline Federation’s world-cup finals at Mandalay Bay, he will attempt a highline walk 63 floors above the Strip outside the casino resort towers.

That’s 480 feet high off the ground! Andy, who amazed football fans with his Super Bowl XLVI Halftime performance with Madonna, has to travel 360 feet to claim the longest urban highline ever walked.

Simultaneously, three other of the world’s top slackliners — Hayden Nickell, Josh Beaudoin and Mickey Wilson — will perform tricks on other individual slacklines at the same breathtaking height.

Igor Zambelli and Gabriel Amaral of Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” will showcase their act the next day in their theater for the world cup athletes. Executives at Gibbon Slacklines say Andy’s attempt will defy gravity.

Rehearsal for ‘Dancing Queen’ at Planet Hollywood

Rehearsal for David King's Launch slideshow »

WORLD RECORD? British producer David King chalks up some kind of a world record Friday by opening two shows across the world from each other on the same night. “Dancing Queen” opens at Planet Hollywood, while 6,500 miles away, David has “Red Hot Broadway” opening a 10-week tour on the same night in China.

As if that’s not enough, his second tour of “Dancing Queen” will set off from London for another 10-week tour of China. That’s two simultaneous tours of China with more than 60 artists. He says it’s the first time in history that’s ever happened.

CASINO AWARDS: Las Vegas is well represented among the world finalists for the G2E Global Gaming Convention Entertainment Awards to be hosted on Sept. 25 by comedian Louie Anderson in his historic downtown Plaza Showroom. I have agreed to be one of the award presenters.

Our Rita Rudner and George Wallace go up against Ron White for Comedian of the Year, and Vinyl at our Hard Rock Hotel and MGM Grand Garden Arena are nominated for Showroom of the Year. Las Vegas resident Vince Neil and Motley Crue are up against Ronnie Dunn and Lynyrd Skynyrd for Entertainer of the Year.

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Vince Neil at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013.

COUNTDOWN ON: Vince took his seven pack of sexy sirens (clad in devil attire) to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign to start the countdown to the group’s opening night of their new residency run “Intimate Evening in Hell” at the Joint next Wednesday. After two weeks of 16-hour rehearsal days in L.A., Vince welcomed the group’s other members back to his hometown on Wednesday.

They move into the Joint on Friday and continue rehearsing right up until show time, except for a day off Monday when I’ll have dinner with him for our preview of the show to post here on Tuesday. Their all-new pyrotechnic robots spectacular runs through Oct. 6.

DISAPPOINTMENTS: The star judges on “America’s Got Talent” were shocked that our Las Vegas comedic hand-and-head-balancing strongman athletes the KriStef Brothers were KO’d from Wednesday night’s near finals. The judges voted them into the final six on next week’s last shows of the current season, but at-home viewers nixed it.

Our Mirage headliner Terry Fator, who won Season 2, was at Radio City Music Hall in New York as a stunned Howard Stern holding his head told them that their act was phenomenal and was shocked they’d been voted off. Judges Heidi Klum, Mel Brown and Howie Mandel also were bewildered.

I was thrilled that our Miss Nevada Diana Sweeney made it as one of the five finalists competing for two of the Miss America $5,000 STEM scholarships today in Atlantic City. But I’m sad that the judges awarded the prizes to Miss California and Miss Mississippi. Diana deserved to win!

MISS AMERICA PAGEANT: Diana competes in tonight’s last of three preliminary competitions before Sunday’s ABC telecast. She also will be seen in the one-hour “Countdown to the Crown: Pageant Confidential” show that airs beforehand. 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan, who had only an eight-month shortened reign since winning the title and the tiara at Planet Hollywood here in January, will crown her successor.

“The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison and “Good Morning America’s” Lara Spencer host the pageant with our pal Lance Bass on its return to Atlantic City after seven years here. Diana takes part in the “Show Us Your Shoes” parade down the Jersey Shore Boardwalk on Saturday evening, which you can follow live on phl17.com at 2 p.m. PT. I’ll tweet the winner about 8 p.m. PT on Sunday.

Meat Loaf at The Joint

Meat Loaf at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Aug. 20, 2010. Launch slideshow »

WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS

Meat Loaf is adding even more of his hits and music to his upcoming show “Rocktellz & Cocktails” starting Sept. 26 at Planet Hollywood.

Filming here for Season 5 of “Gigolos” on Showtime starts next month, and who knew Diablo Cody was a fan of the hunks?

What musical still playing in London and on Broadway might have a return run here on the Strip starting in February? Negotiations are underway

Has a veteran country queen been in talks about a limited run on the Strip?

Which Strip hotel in two weeks will announce it has redesigned a previously nixed market-mall concept of boutique stores and restaurants? Construction will start the day after in front of its set-back entrance.

What shamed and not very busy comedy actor demanded an outrageous nightly six-figure fee for a string of Strip shows and was promptly turned down?

Season 31 of 'Wheel of Fortune' at Venetian

Pat Sajak and Vanna White record episodes of Season 31 of Launch slideshow »

UPCOMING EVENTS

* “Wheel of Fortune” stars Pat Sajak and Vanna White taped six weeks of episodes at the Venetian and Palazzo. The game show’s season premiere starts Monday, and other broadcasts follow Sept. 23, Oct. 20, Dec. 30, Feb. 10 and Feb. 17.

* Headliner singer Matt Goss has extended his show at Caesars Palace through March 1, and tickets for the 15 weekend performances go on sale today. Matt’s new Las Vegas-inspired album “Life You Imagine” gets its U.K. release on Oct. 14.

* For Hakkasan at MGM Grand, it’s never too early to plan ahead: They’ve tapped the world’s highest paid DJ, Calvin Harris, for New Year’s Eve to lead the countdown to ring in 2014.

* Starting Sunday, Korea’s nationally prominent and prolific sculptor Wook Jang Cheung displays his 10-feet tall sculptures of animals at Crystals in CityCenter. Deer, camels and elephants will be on display through Oct. 13.

* New first-ever-resident running concierge Chris Heuisler makes his debut for Westin Hotels & Resorts at the Las Vegas Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon on Nov. 17 with its nighttime run on the Strip. Chris will be on duty at marathons in Canada and the U.S. to provide training tips, share race advice and of course help with emergency hotel-room needs and race-recovery tips. Westin, a division of Starwood, has 1,162 properties in nearly 100 countries, including our Westin on East Flamingo. Chris defeated 1,000 rivals in the nationwide search to land the unique job.

TONIGHT’S TIP’S

“So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley hosts runway festivities at Fashion Show to celebrate her cover story on the new fall fashion edition of our sister publication Vegas Magazine.

It’s heavy metal, not an English garden party, with Iron Maiden and Megadeth at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Minus the Bear is at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Dada Life and DJ Fergie are at Hakkasan.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

A galaxy of stars have ringside seats for the big Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena, with our Las Vegas champion expected to earn a $40 million-plus payday. Everybody from Jack Nicholson to Jon Voight to Nelly and Diddy will be in the crowd. Plus, it’s Mexican Independence Day Weekend, and we have our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview of all the action.

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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