Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 19, 2000

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This Issue: Crazy Girls

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

COCKTAIL WAITRESS CONTROVERSY – We have one week left in our poll “Do you believe a cocktail waitress job involves there looks?” As noted last week, a judge ruled in favor of waitresses who were transferred to other jobs at the Imperial Palace, but a letter to the editor of the Review-Journal at seems to reflect they way most of you are voting in the poll.

$25 HOTEL REBATE – Our partners at Hotel Reservations Network are giving you $25 back on any 2+ night stay in Las Vegas or any major city they reserve! Claiming your cash is simple:

1. Go to and print out that page
2. Book a room online at by July 31
3. Send in for your rebate when you get home.

It doesn’t get any easier than that, and you get their low price guarantee to boot!

AIRLINE HOTEL CHECK IN – IF you are flying America West, Continental, Delta, Southwest and Sun Country and staying at Bally’s Las Vegas, Paris, Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas Hilton, Luxor, Mandalay Bay or the Sahara Hotel you can not only check in for your flight but check your bags at the hotel for a modest $6 fee. Full story at

SET YOUR VCR – for this Saturday night as the Travel Channel (cable) has 3 hours of great Vegas specials: Rat Pack, Las Vegas Uncovered, and King of the Strip. They first ran last Sunday night and every one is fantastic.

THE ALADDIN – is set to open on schedule Aug. 17. Story at We will not be publishing an Aug 16 issue, but will have a special issue a couple days later highlighting the hotel opening. Discount Aladdin room reservations are already available at (Aladdin link).

XFL – The new no-holds-barred football league kicks off this February. Brainchild of infamous World Wrestling Federation owner Vince McMahon, the league has chosen Las Vegas as one of it’s eight cities to field a team. Story on the Las Vegas franchise at and general Q&A about the XFL at

END OF LEGAL PROSTITUTION? – Contrary to popular belief, prostitution is very illegal in Clark County (the New Jersey – sized county containing the Las Vegas Metro area, Laughlin, Primm, and Mesquite). However, it has thrived for decades 60 miles away in Nye County. With its quieter lifestyle, inexpensive housing, and close proximity to Las Vegas, Nye County is growing like mad and community residents are circulating a petition to ban legal prostitution. Full stories at and

SCENIC BYWAY – The Las Vegas Strip is now an official, national scenic byway. Yes, right up there with historically beautiful roads like San Juan Skyway in the Colorado Rockies. Story at


Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at

Brian Evans — the crooner who performed at The Desert Inn last year to rave reviews and whom debuted as a headliner at the sold out Tropicana Hotel in December, has inked a deal to perform at the venue once again on October 5th. The show will be taped for broadcast on Bravo!, and in the process will create “Brian Evans — Live in Las Vegas” on DVD for distribution in Taiwan, ROC, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Full story at

Hard Rock Hotel – L.A. Guns, Ratt, and Warrant on July 22, “Weird Al” Yankovic on July 27, Lenny Kravitz on July 28, No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31, B-52’s on Aug. 5, K.D. Lang Aug. 11, Deftones on Aug. 13, Jimmy Page plus The Black Crowes on Aug 16, and Culture Club on Nov. 14. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at (Hard Rock link).

Las Vegas Hilton – Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour July 28-29, Reba McEntire Sept. 14-17, Kenny Rogers Sept. 22-23, Face To Face Sept. 30, Steven Wright Oct. 7-8, and Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour Oct. 19-21 (return engagement) and Jeff Foxworthy Nov. 30 – Dec. 3. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at (Las Vegas Hilton link).

Mandalay Bay – Hall and Oats on July 21, The Fixx on July 22, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on July 29, the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1, Kiss with Ted Nugent Aug. 2, Psychedelic Furs Aug. 5, D’ Angelo Aug. 7, Brian Setzer on Aug. 8, Paula Cole Band Aug. 9, Rollins Band Aug. 11, Unwritten Law Aug. 12, Earth, Wind, and Fire on Aug. 16-19, Ziggy Marley Aug. 19, Duran Duran Aug. 25-26, Isaac Hayes Aug. 25-26, Jethro Tull Aug. 27, Godsmack on Aug. 31, Static X Sept. 1, Savage Garden Sept. 10, Steve Miller Band Sept. 17, Luther Vandros with Boyz II Men Sept. 22, Little Feat Sept. 22, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Sept. 29. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Penn and Teller July 27 – Aug. 9, Sting on Aug. 19, Carrot Top Sept. 7 – 13, Pearl Jam on Oct. 22, and Tina Turner with Joe Cocker Nov. 18. Tickets available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at (MGM link).

Riviera – Rich Little on Oct. 6 and 7, Tony Orlando on Oct. 13 and 14, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling on Oct. 20 and 21. Tickets at (702) 794-9433 and Riviera discount rooms are available at (Riviera link).

Station Casinos – Paula Poundstone on July 28 at Sunset, and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Dukes Aug. 4 at Sunset. Tickets at (888) 464-2468 and Station Casinos discount rooms available at (various Station Casinos links).

The Orleans – Lorrie Morgan July 21-23, Smothers Brothers July 25-30, Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell now through Aug. 7 (Fri. – Mon. nightly): one drink min., The Little River Band on Sept. 1-3, and The Everly Brothers Oct. 25-29. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at (The Orleans link).

Thomas & Mack – Korn, Powerman 5000 and Papa Roach on Aug. 9, Up In Smoke tour featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Eminem on Aug. 11, Red Hot Chili Peppers with Stone Temple Pilots on Sept. 13, AC/DC on Sept. 14, and Phish on Sept. 29. Tickets at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is within walking distance of the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at (Hard Rock link).

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crazy-girls-02.jpg (11569 bytes)This is an hour of old style burlesque and raunchy comedy that doesn’t pretend to be anything else. The costumes and sets change as the dancers “sing” (the voices are taped) and dance to both modern hit songs as well as a couple of vintage “tongue-in-cheek” numbers. Except for the first set, they are topless throughout the entire show.

Carole Montgomery is the MC and also performs short comedy pieces during set and costume changes. Her style? Think of a female version of the shock comedian Andrew “Dice” Clay. The talk is all sex, and nothing is sacred. It was “revenge” of a sort, with many of the jokes having the women howling with laughter poking fun at men.

crazy-girls-03.jpg (11802 bytes)If you are coming to town, you promised your wife you wouldn’t go to a strip club (probably a good idea — those places are designed to part you with your money faster than the roulette table), and you and the guys are looking for something a little racy, this fits the bill. There were also a significant number of couples who seemed to be enjoying the show quite a bit. In an age of “child friendly” Las Vegas and production shows for all ages, this does put some of the sin back in “Sin City.”

Crazy Girls is presented at the Riviera twice nightly (extra late show on Saturday) except dark Monday. Tickets are $19.25 plus fees. More info and online ticket purchase available at

Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


This week, a letter from the editor!

Because I make my living online, people regularly express concerns and ask me about purchasing things on the internet. In fact, a recent national publication poll noted that 41% of all people online don’t buy online because they are scared their credit card number and info will be stolen. I answer by saying …

Let’s look at two purchases — one online and one off:

1. Offline – You see an infomercial on TV, something you like in a catalog, or book a hotel room over the phone (after spending hours on the phone checking rates, the time on hold, the processing time, etc.). You call up and talk to a near minimum wage employee whom you will never meet, and you reveal your name, address, phone number, credit card number and expiration date to this live human.

2. Online – You go to a site like (not an advertiser, just an example) or our partner Hotel Reservations Network at where you can compare the lowest prices for a product in one click. A computer confirms availability instantly. You enter your sensitive information and it is securely delivered to another computer (not a human) who confirms it with a third computer at the credit card company, approves the purchase, and confirms your purchase about 90 seconds after clicking the “buy” button.

I realize that many will say “you are biased because of your business,” but it’s actually the other way around. A number of years ago, I worked for a shipping company who fired an employee for using customer credit card info to call phone sex numbers. Besides the speed and ease, I doubt that a computer somewhere is going to run off and commit fraud with your credit card! Also, I was booking all my airline flights online well before I signed any deals to offer online reservations.

I have met people who have been victims of credit card fraud, but none from an online transaction. I comfortably have purchased books, office supplies, furniture, sundries and more online the past year without a glitch. Just food for thought next time you worry about online security!

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.

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ONLINE POLL – “Do you believe a cocktail waitress job involves there looks?” Let’s hear your opinions at — results will be published next week! This is controversial — remember you are anonymous when you vote. I’m simply going to report the results.


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Coming soon … free tickets to Viva Las Vegas at The Sands. No misprint here. I have two mint condition tickets to this long-running Las Vegas show from back when it was at The Sands. (For those new to Las Vegas, The Sands was imploded in Nov. 1996 to make way for the Venetian, and is the hotel that the Rat Pack made famous). I’m working on a good contest to give these rare collectibles away.

On-line Video Poker Tournament – Primadonna Casino in Primm is holding a free online tournament and giving away room, food, and more. Details at

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July 19, 2000
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