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Strip Scribbles: Vince Neil’s arena football team expansion; Jeff Dunham’s $100,000 donation

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Vince Neil’s new strip club Vince Neil’s Girls, Girls, Girls in Las Vegas on Friday, March 16, 2012.

Vince Neil's Girls, Girls, Girls

Vince Neil's new strip club Vince Neil's Girls, Girls, Girls in Las Vegas on Friday, March, 16, 2012. Launch slideshow »

2013 AFL season highlights

Las Vegas will get a new Arena Football League expansion team in time for the 2015 season. Hometown rocker Vince Neil, now away starting the final farewell Motley Crue tour, has won approval from AFL officials and rival team owners to “build a Las Vegas team from scratch.”

The AFL previously had the Las Vegas Gladiators here from 2003-2007 and the Las Vegas Sting in the 1994-95 season. I learned from East Coast league sources Tuesday night that Vince, who is one of the owners of the Jacksonville Sharks, got the go-ahead last week. I reported rumors of a deal on April 21.

Vince now be able to look for an arena home and select uniforms and cheerleaders for the team. The AFL, founded in 1987, is the highest level of professional indoor American football in the United States as the third-longest-running pro football league in North America.

There are 14 U.S. teams divided in two conferences, which each have two divisions. They play a 20-week regular-season schedule that starts every March and runs weekly through late August. Each team has a 20-man active roster with eight players on the field, which is 50 yards long and 85 feet wide. Goalposts are 9 feet wide with a crossbar height of 15 feet.

Games are divided into four 15-minute quarters with a 12-minute halftime. Average attendance has been about 13,000 per game. CBS Sports has been the league’s national broadcast partner the past two years, with ESPN added this year.

Vince has already asked for AFL approval of Las Vegas Outlaws as the team’s name to join other clubs such as the Arizona Rattlers, Portland Thunder, L.A. Kiss, New Orleans VooDoo and Pittsburgh Power. Playoffs for 2014 are underway with Arena Bowl 27 set with ESPN coverage on Aug. 23.

Jeff Dunham and Diane at Rao's

Jeff Dunham and Diane at Rao's in Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

SECRET $100K GIFT: Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham kicked off his new residency deal at Planet Hollywood with an extraordinary goodwill gesture that was supposed to be kept secret.

Upon arrival here to become the newest member of the community, he learned about Metro Police Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo slain in the recent shooting at CiCi’s Pizza.

He decided to quietly and anonymously donate $50,000 and challenged his new show partners at AEG Live, Planet Hollywood for Caesars Entertainment and Base Entertainment, which owns the Planet Hollywood theater lease, to match the amount. And they did! So without any press hullaballoo, Jeff anonymously and quietly gave $100,000 to the fund for the officers.

My Q+A with Jeff was posted this morning, and I promise you that he made absolutely no mention of his generous gift. What a great way to show love for your new hometown. Tickets for his new residency at Planet Hollywood starting in November go on sale today.

Jabbawockeez’s ‘Regenerate’ Premiere at Luxor

Austin “Chumlee” Russell, left, and friends attend Jabbawockeez’s premiere of “Regenerate” on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Luxor.

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ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY: The amazing hip-hop dance crew the Jabbawockeez will celebrate the first anniversary of their show “Prism” at their Luxor theater next Thursday, June 26. They also have signed on to perform between competition rounds of the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships at Orleans Arena on Aug. 10.

They Jabbawockeez reunite with Lil Mama, who was a judge all seven seasons of MTV’s hit “America’s Best Dance Crew” — the Jabbawockeez won Season 1. The actress and rapper will perform with her own crew of dancers and serve as a judge.

BACK ON TOUR: It’s official that former Flamingo headliner for the past 10 years George Wallace is going back on tour. George has signed on with powerhouse New York-headquartered Universal Attractions Agency and hits the road this summer and fall with cross-country dates.

Universal was founded in 1949 and was the exclusive agency for James Brown’s incredible 21-year touring career.

Paris Hilton at Color Salon

Paris Hilton and Michael Boychuck at his Color salon in Caesars Palace on Aug. 27, 2010. Launch slideshow »

STAR SURVEILLANCE

Paris Hilton was at hair guru Michael Boychuck’s salon Color in Caesars Palace prepping for her weekend Electric Daisy Carnival appearances at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Six-time Grammy winner Dr. Dre was at Hakkasan in MGM Grand to celebrate the birthday of his wife Nicole Threatt before heading upstairs to the nightclub for DJ Steve Aoki’s set, where he partied until nearly 3 a.m.

“Basketball Wives” reality TV star Evelyn Lozado celebrated daughter Shaniece’s 21st birthday at Tao in the Venetian in a group that included comedian Michael Yo (“Chelsea Lately”) While in town, Chelsea and her castmates partied at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan after her two nights of back-to-back standup shows at nearby Chelsea.

Rap legend and new Las Vegas resident Snoop Dogg also was at Marquee after relaxing in a dayclub cabana with DJs Dash Berlin and Cash Cash.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Strip stars will turn out in force at Lounge at the Palms to salute the heroics of one of their own in his return from a complicated hospital stay.

Madeon spins at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore ahead of his EDC stints.

Nicky Romero is behind the dueling decks at Light in Mandalay Bay.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

William Shatner slows down from warp speed to bring his one-man enterprise to MGM Grand so that we can live in his world for the weekend. Plus we’ll preview the three-day EDC at LVMS with weddings and online video of DJs and attractions.

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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