Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 9, 2003

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This Issue: Platters, Drifters, Coasters

Also In This Issue – July 9, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, Cheap Rooms, Giveaway, News Of Interest To Tourists, More

Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! Lots and lots to get to this issue. If something doesn’t interest you, just scroll down. This issue is jam packed!

Cheap Rooms – Our readers are finding some hot deals. Among them, Las Vegas Club at $19 and Hard Rock Hotel for $74.95. It is worth the $74.95 just to hang around their beautiful Hard Rock resort pool complex. Peak times and weekends may be higher, but these are actual prices people booking on our site have paid this past week. No better time to book Las Vegas!

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Casino Magic Giveaway – As we upgrade and expand, we are still a few weeks away from our revamped contest/giveaways section being functional. In the meantime, we want to note that our friends at Tripsmarter.Com are giving away a great stay in Biloxi: Casino Magic Giveaway. Enter To Win!

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Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Largest Las Vegas Photo Galleries – We now have what we believe is the largest free Las Vegas online photo gallery. Over 1600 photos arranged by category:

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Name Changes – The Aladdin has been officially purchased by Planet Hollywood. The name will change to Planet Hollywood with accompanying theme change. The front of the building will be altered to make it more inviting.

Steve Wynn has dumped the “Le Reve” name for his new resort (under construction just north of The Venetian). It will simply be Wynn Las Vegas. Among other things, he reportedly got tired of people mispronouncing it.

Playboy Search – Playboy brought the sin to Sin City recently as their 50’th Anniversary Playmate Search rolled through town at Jillian’s Las Vegas. Of course, we were there to bring it to you (no charge, no registration):

National Finals Rodeo – 2003 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo turns the town country December 5 – 14 at Thomas & Mack Center. Tens of thousands of country music/lifestyle fans converge upon Las Vegas. Tickets are very hard to come by, and many come just for the citywide party. However, our broker has a limited number of premium seats available for this coveted event. Click to Premium Tickets for NFR.

More News: So much is happening in Las Vegas! Click on a headline to read more:

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Featured Story: Platters, Drifters, Coasters

The Platters, Beary Hobb’s Drifters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters

I was fortunate enough to have my parents in from out-of-town town, and have number relatives who live here so I rounded parents, aunt and uncle, cousin and even Grandma (ranging in age from around 30 to well past retirement) and away we went to see the Platters, Drifters, and Coasters. Wouldn’t you know it: everyone had a great time. I mean a really great, really fun time … as did the entire audience.

The late Cornell Gunter was the comic genius of the Coasters, and made the original group the “Clown Princes of Rock and Roll.” This continuance performs much of the comedic material he originally created, as well as treating us to memorable hits such as Lucy Brown, Love Potion #9, Yakty Yak, A capella, Twist, Poison Ivy and more.

The Platters kept the energy level up with their smooth renditions of some memorable classics and ballads. Only You, Great Pretender, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, My Prayer, Higher and Higher and more. Their smooth, uplifting performance really left everyone feeling great.

The late Elsbeary Hobbs was the original bass singer for the Drifters. It was his deep bass notes that are featured on There Goes My Baby, the hit that started a long line of great Drifters hits and many feel helped influence what became the Motown sound.

Hobbs carried on performing into the 90’s. After his death, remaining members of his group continue the legacy. Radio staples such as This Magic Moment, Save the Last Dance For Me, Under the Boardwalk, There Goes My Baby and more spring to life in front of your eyes.

As noted, these aren’t the original member versions of the groups. Death and time have retired many of the greats who made the music famous. These continuations have various ties to the originals, and keep the tradition alive with sharp outfits, the great choreographed moves famous during this era, and a top-notch level of professionalism and showmanship.

Whether this is the “soundtrack of your life” or you’ve just always enjoyed these time-tested classics, The Platters, Beary Hobb’s Drifters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters show is well worth enjoying.

Show Dates / Times / Reservations: Platters, Drifters, Coasters
Hotel Information: Sahara Las Vegas

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Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

Senior Content Editor

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July 9, 2003 ISSN: 1529-2770