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Hello From Las Vegas! Harrah’s Entertainment (Harrah’s, Ballys, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Paris Las Vegas, Imperial Palace, Rio Suites, and about 35 other casino properties worldwide) has received a $15.05 billion buyout offer from a couple of investment firms. This is very recent news, and not much fall-out yet. I’ll give you my take as we learn more.
In a much more interesting note, Harrah’s (the company) is going to acquire the Barbary Coast from Boyd Gaming (the people soon to blow up the Stardust and build the $3.5 billion Echelon Place on that area).
For those wanting more details and my take on how this will affect visitor room rates, you can read my recent blog post Harrahs Getting Bought Out, Las Vegas Condo Hotels Good For Visitors?
We say goodbye to Clint Holmes and the show Splash as this month begins. We’ll say more about Splash next week, but we can’t say enough about Clint Holmes. He was one-of-a-kind, in the mold of Sammy Davis, Jr. (with talent to match).
Many move to Las Vegas and simply count their money, but Clint was out and about, available for charity and always engaged in the community. He’s off to London to fulfull a life-long dream of starring in a play he’s written and we wish him all the best. We leave you with a couple of Clint Holmes tidbits to check out:
Clint Holmes leaving Las Vegas to make the world his stage (streaming video news report)
“What Kind Of Fool Am I” (streaming audio from his 2006 PBS special, courtesy of PBS)
We are running our review of Gerry McCambridge – The Mentalist, but if you want to see him (and you should), act fast. He is playing at The Stardust, and the hotel does close at the end of this month. We arranged to see the show before the hotel closure was moved up, and had an internal delay as our shows writer Nancy is expecting her first child! We are excited for her, but for obvious reasons, we’ve been giving her some extra time to get assignments done to cope with the ups and downs of a first pregnancy.
Bottom Line: Go see the show if you are coming in the next month. If not, read about it here as the show is very popular and certain to find a new Las Vegas showroom soon. We’ll keep you posted!
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Show Review: Gerry McCambridge – The Mentalist
Reviewed September, 2006
by Nancy Dickinson
It’s plain good ol’ Las Vegas tradition to capture the awe of viewers with dynamic props, extravagant effects, unconventional talent, and unparalleled showmanship (though often an overkill). One man, however, opens doors to the hearts, emotions, and spirits of people using entertainment weapons that far surpass the need for a stage crew: His mind and the minds of those he encounters.
Gerry McCambridge, better known as “The Mentalist,” has the undeniable ability to get into the heads of any and everybody. So much so that his 20 year cerebral career journey has taken him from celebrity events to a major NBC television series to his own full blown show at The Stardust. This man knows what is going on in the head of any person at any given time, facts ranging from their specific idiosyncratic personal habits to the exact name of their very first crush…and he is so freakishly accurate. Click to Read The Full Review, Buy Tickets, Watch New Preview Video …
Larry G. Jones – The Man of 1002 Voices Show: Hilarious Clean Comedy… Dead-on Voices, combined with Singer, Celebrity, and Presidential Parodies! – More dynamic than stand-up comedy, & more legendary voices and laughs than 4-dozen impersonators! Blazing through impressions and song parodies, there can be as many as 75 voices in a 75-minute show. Larry G. Jones delivers a Fast Moving Impressionist/Comedy Show that will Amaze Every audience! Click to Read The Full Story, Buy Tickets, Watch New Preview Video …
Local Entrepreneurs Expand Empire and Release First Wine From Amplified Wines – Reggae Rhapsody Is The First Release From Amplified Wines, A Subsidiary of Rock ‘n Roll Wine – Following the first ever Rock ‘n Roll Wine Amp’d Festival which brought more than 2,900 Rock ‘n Roll Wine fans to the beach at Mandalay Bay for wine tasting and live music performances, the team behind Rock ‘n Roll Wine, releases the first vino from their Oregon winery, Amplified Wines. Chris Hammond and Sonny Barton are excited for the release of Reggae Rhapsody, the first wine to come out of their winery, Amplified Wines. Click to Read The Full Story …
Luxor Presents Hot International Latin And Ballroom Dance Sensation Burn The Floor – Displaying the talents and passions of the world’s best dancers, the sizzling dance sensation Burn The Floor debuts at Luxor Las Vegas. The high-energy, 70-minute show, seen by more than three million people in 32 countries, features a variety of dance styles, including salsa, samba, cha cha, tango and rhumba, all with a sexy, modern edge. “Burn The Floor combines elements of a rock n’ roll concert and Broadway theater with the sensual and dynamic energy of Latin and ballroom dance into a powerful, one-of-a-kind stage performance,” said Jason Gilkison, Burn The Floor’s director and choreographer and three-time World Champion Latin Ballroom dancer. Click to Read The Full Story and Buy Tickets …
Bobby Darin Turns Back the Clock in ‘Legends’ – Art Vargas Sings Pop Idol’s Classics in Celebrity Tribute Show – Audiences at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino’s “Legends in Concert” will relive the late ’50s and ’60s when Art Vargas re-creates Bobby Darin in the celebrity tribute show. Vargas will belt out Darin classics “Beyond the Sea,” “Dream Lover,” “Splish Splash” and “Mack the Knife.” Click to Read The Full Story and Buy Tickets …
Will He Leave His Heart At The Las Vegas Hitlon? – Tony Bennett, who has more than 100 recordings to his credit and has sold more than 50 million albums world-wide, will headline at the Las Vegas Hilton on Friday and Saturday, October 20 & 21 at 9 p.m. The 13-time Grammy winner celebrated his 80th birthday on August 3 and will have a new CD out on September 26, “TONY BENNETT DUETS: An American Classic.” Click to Buy Tony Bennett Tickets
Jeff Hobson ‘The Hilarious Host Of Las Vegas’ Plays In ‘V’ The Show – Emcee, Comical Magician Is The Glue That Holds “The Ultimate Variety Show” Together – Comedy/magician Jeff Hobson who likes to be known as “The Hilarious Host of Las Vegas” is no ordinary performer but has the ability to take a series of world-class acts and make them into an A+ show in “V — The Ultimate Variety Show” in the V Theatre at the Aladdin’s Desert Passage. Even though he’s one of the best watch thieves you will ever witness his most entertaining talent is hosting “V” with his comical barbs and lightning tongue. Click to Read The Full Story and Buy Tickets …
Manilow Tickets For 2007 – Tickets for the first four months of Barry Manilow’s 2007 schedule at the Las Vegas Hilton are on sale. Barry also has added four shows to his December 2006 schedule. Click for Barry Manilow Tickets!
Gambling Talk: Video Slots – I Dream of Jeannie – with Victor H. Royer. This terrific game from IGT comes packaged in hot pink, of course, with the cartoon illustration of Jeannie on the front of the machine’s cabinet. The game is a five line 9-reel video slot machine, which in this version features the Jeannie Bottle Bonus. You may have already played a similar game where there is a bonus wheel mounted at the top of the game, similar to the Wheel of Fortune game, also made by IGT. Click to Read Complete Article
Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Paris Las Vegas – Paris Las Vegas Brings the Parisian Experience To Life. Guests Are Invited To Stroll Down the Cobblestone Sidewalks of the Shopping District Enjoy the 85 000-Square-Foot Casino Dine in One of the Resorts 8 Distinct French Restaurants Rejuvenate in the European Health Spa Relax by the Two-Acre Casino-Roof-Top Swimming Pool and Enjoy the Aroma of Freshly Baking Bread and European Coffees.
Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas. Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas is a place where the neon of the strip is just a soft glow. On the horizon at twilight, where the mountains serve as a Sweeping backdrop to mediterranean-inspired villas – abundant Foliage and majestic waters. Here – at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas – the world is your very own – as you indulge your senses in our spa, perfect your serve on our tennis courts or enjoy a few rounds of golf on exceptional championship courses.
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Can you tell me if Celine Dion will stil be performing next year (2007) at Ceasars Palace, as we have been trying to get to see her, but each time we get to Las Vegas she is on a break? We saw Elton John last year instead and he was brilliant.
Is there a way to find out about Shows in Vegas for the week or Weeks we plan on being out there! We really try to come out to Vegas depending on who we can see! We love Comedians, Singers, Groups, Bands & Etc.!
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Our readers are the greatest! Thanks for the tip/info on the flights from Scotland.
Celine is indeed playing the first few months of 2007, and ticket are available (last chance to catch her show in the Las Vegas run):
Celine Dion Las Vegas Tickets
On the left hand side of our shows page at Las Vegas Shows, we have a shows search box for shows. Plus, our newsletter lists coming concerts to your right as you read this.
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