Monday, April 21, 2014 | 7:34 p.m.
Motley Crue frontman and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil has confirmed that he’s become part owner of the Arena Football League team the Jacksonville Sharks.
The rocker joined with other rock stars to buy the team, and, as soon as the ink was dry on the contracts, Vince promised me that he will bring an AFL team here in the next two years.
“It’s a great action sport growing in popularity with every game. There are some incredible players. I love the game,” he said. “It will be perfect to have an AFL team in Las Vegas.
“I sense the city would love it. I know that I will because it’s on my home turf.”
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Which headline entertainer lit into the front row with expletives for talking loudly during a show over the weekend?
Why did so many people who had flown in from around the world express disappointment and demand refunds for a 50th anniversary auto show over the weekend?
The battle for the Cosmopolitan has begun, but the real estate group from New York that I whispered three months ago has been joined by Australian billionaire James Packer in the race to acquire the $4 billion property owned by Deutsche Bank. Potential buyers have until Tuesday to express interest.
MORE HOTEL NEWS: I reported last week that chef Jose Andres would open two dining concepts at the eagerly awaited SLS Las Vegas on the site of the demolished Sahara. Here’s Jose on video to confirm the news and describe his offerings. SLS Las Vegas will reinvent its own popular L.A. nightspot Sayers Club for the hotel opening Labor Day Weekend.
* Today became the day that the $80 million Stratosphere tower celebrated a milestone with its 40 millionth visitor. English tourist James Kennedy from Birmingham on his first-ever visit here won a prize package that includes tickets to headliners Frankie Moreno and 2012 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair in “Pin Up,” plus $1,149 in slot play, accommodations, dinners and limo service.
The 1,149-foot tower opened in April 1996 and provides a panoramic view from the tallest freestanding observation tower in the country. The tower is the tallest structure in Las Vegas, the tallest building West of the Mississippi River and the tallest freestanding observation tower in the country.
It is home to thrilling rides, including Big Shot (Level 112), Insanity and X-Scream (Level 109). Sky Jump Las Vegas (Level 108) is the Guinness World Record holder for highest commercial decelerator descent. It’s almost double the height of the Space Needle, almost four times higher than the Statue of Liberty and beats the Eiffel Tower in Paris by 100 feet.
* It was 59 years ago Sunday that the Riviera opened its doors, and executives are celebrating with anniversary offers. In 1955, it was a $10 million construction investment, and Liberace was the first entertainer with a record paycheck then at $50,000 a week. Actress Joan Crawford was official hostess for the opening, and Dean Martin and two of the Marx Brothers, Harpo and Gummo, were minority partners.
It was home to the first “Oceans 11” movie in 1960. Barbra Streisand made her Nevada debut there. Neil Scartozzi is still cutting hair in the barbershop there after 39 years. Prince Albert of Monaco was just one of a thousand VIPs and celebrity guests to see the “Crazy Girls” burlesque show there. Producer Norbert Aleman’s friends Ann-Margret and Roger Smith wed there in 1967.
TELEVISION FOOD: Spike TV has moved up the premiere of its original series featuring “Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer, along with expert chefs John Besh and Tiffany Derry, as they take their search for “diamond-in-the-rough” restaurants — establishments that are struggling, despite having amazing potential to succeed — across the country to Dallas, L.A., Las Vegas and New Orleans. The premiere is now set for Sunday, May 4.
* Chef Sammy DiMarco’s “Chow Masters” premieres Tuesday on the Travel Channel as best buddy Hollywood director Frank Coraci and he eat their way across America in the TV series pitting chefs in cities with the same creative comfort meal. The first episode was filmed in Nashville with BBQ sandwiches.
“Pawn Shop Live!,” the spoof based on the world’s most famous and televised Gold & Silver Pawn on “Pawn Stars,” opens with its new run at the Riviera.
Ron Kenney and Greg Vaccariello headline at Riviera Comedy Club through Sunday.
Graveyard and Bombus are at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
“Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock, who joined the musical’s cast for today’s “The Queen Latifah Show,” is back to host the April edition of Mondays Dark at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel. It will be a musical journey through the movies with John Robert Hall (“Glee”), Bella Electric Strings, Graham Fenton (“Jersey Boys”), Maren Wade (“Vegas! The Show), “Million Dollar Quartet,” Stephanie Calvert (Starship) and Shayma Tash.
Rich Vos and Vargus Mason headline Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club.
Irish painter Graham Knuttel, who has a gallery at the Venetian, began work with a class of Las Vegas Academy art students today painting for the next two weeks a mural that will hang on Neonopolis.
Tickets go on sale today for Crosby Stills & Nash on Sept. 27 at Pearl at the Palms.
Our preview of uber-chef Daniel Boulud’s new Venetian brasserie DB Brasserie and advance secrets from my stint on ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” airing Tuesday.
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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