Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 24, 2000

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This Issue: Elvis-A-Rama

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BINION TRIAL – is finally over, and quite the spectacle it was! For those that haven’t been following it with our daily updates at we have the final stories:

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HURRY – As noted last week, the Bellagio public gallery viewings are coming to an end, and they pull the plug this Sunday so if you are in town this weekend, get over there in the morning to get your reservations for later in the day. Full story at

HOT, HOT, HOT – Don’t even pack a sweater or a coat on your visit here until September or October. Monday we broke a record with 108 degrees and while it’s easing back a bit, it’s just not going to get cold for the next four months period. Full story at The good news for you? Hotel rates drop in the summer, and the action at the pools heats up!

SHRIMP COCKTAIL – I’ve always been partial to our cheap shrimp cocktails and the Review-Journal hit the Strip and downtown, testing 8 of them. Full story at We differ with them on the Golden Gate. Although infamous for it’s 99 cent shrimp cocktail, the quality has been terrible the past few months. They also failed to note The Plaza’s 50 cent shrimp cocktail right across the street. All shrimp, no filler, crackers included.

ELLIS ISLAND – just behind Bally’s on Koval is having a Memorial Weekend bash this Saturday with all you can eat barbecue from 2-11 PM. For $10.95 you get baby back ribs, barbecue chicken, corn on the cob, cole slaw, and all their micro brew beer you can drink.

POOLSIDE BBQ – every Thursday evening at The Plaza from 6-10 PM. Admission is $10 for men, $2 for women and includes 1 free hot dog or hamburger and all you can drink free draft beer plus live music and a $500 cash drawing.

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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

Thunder from Down Under – the male review makes it’s yearly visit to the Stardust Wed. – Sun. at 8 PM (additional later shows on weekends). Tickets available at (702) 732-6325 and Stardust discount rooms are available at (Stardust link).

Hard Rock – Robin Trower on May 26, Ozzy Osbourne on June 15, Ringo Starr on June 17, Don Henley on July 10, and No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at (Hard Rock link).

Junefest – This annual classic rock festival is the party of the year for many locals and tourists alike. This year’s lineup: Sammy Hagar, George Thorogood, Pat Benatar, Paul Rodgers, BTO, and Mark Farner plus a “huge fireworks display” after the show. Tickets are only $25.96 and available at (888) 464-2468.

Mandalay Bay – Toto on May 26, Jerry Lee Lewis on May 26, Jefferson Starship on May 27, The Young Dubliners on May 28, Pato Banton on Jun. 1, Cowboy Junkies on Jun. 3, Chaka Khan and The Village People on Jun 5, Megadeth on Jun. 23, Queensryche on June 16 and 17, Cheap Trick on July 3, Boz Scaggs on Jul 8, Dan Folgerberg on Jul. 14, Hall and Oats on July 21, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, and the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Jay Leno June 1-3, Louie Anderson on June 1-5, Carrot Top June 6-13, Penn and Teller June 15-21, Marc Anthony on June 16, Rodger Waters on June 17, Carrot Top June 22 – July 5, Blink-182 and Bad Religion on June 24, Rodney Dangerfield on July 6-12 and again on Aug. 24-Sept. 6, Penn and Teller July 27 – Aug. 9, and Carrot Top Sept. 7 – 13. Tickets available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at (MGM link).

SJ2K – KLUC Summer Jam 2000 features SisQo, Nu Flavor, Kumbia Kings, Pink, Voice V, Angelina and more on June 10 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Tickets available at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is 2 blocks from the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at (Hard Rock link).

The Orleans – Air Supply on May 26-28. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at (The Orleans link).

The Venetian – Andrew “Dice” Clay May 26-28. Tickets available at (800) 283-6423 and Venetian discount rooms are available at (Venetian link).




“Viva Las Vegas”! Few performers are as linked to this city as Elvis. You can still get married by “Elvis”, see performers doing Elvis tributes, and even catch the Flying Elvis jumpers made famous in the film “Honeymoon In Vegas.”

Now, thanks to Elvis collector Chris Davidson, you can actually get as close to the real thing as possible at the Elvis-A-Rama Museum. Just a couple of blocks from the Strip, this $3.5 million collection is like nothing else on earth.

elvis-1.jpgAfter being greeted by Elvis in voice, you enter the museum area to see the music wall, showcasing every commercially released 45, EP, and LP ever recorded by the King along brief year-by-year history of his life.

This isn’t some small “county fair” type of display. The permanent museum has 8200 sq. feet full of memorabilia, including 3 cars and Elvis’ first speedboat. Among the cars are his 1955 black Cadillac limo reportedly used to haul guitars and drums between tour stops and ElvisÆ Glastron speedboat.

Displays are tastefully full of every kind of memorabilia imaginable! Record contracts, identification (including his signed Social Security card), address books, clothing, scarves, guns, sporting goods and much more. There are also interactive displays where the touch of a button plays various clips from interesting and important events in his life, including a 1968 TV special.

elvis-2.jpg (23539 bytes)His Army years are chronicled with one of only two Army trunks that he shipped back from Germany containing a set of his fatigues and 8 pages of personal, hand written correspondence between Colonel Parker and Elvis dated 1959 and 1960. You can feel the presence of Elvis through the many and varied personally scripted items. Not just a few autographed record jackets, but things like car insurance applications, the address book containing names and phone numbers of the likes of Natalie Wood, Nick Adam, and Colonel Tom Parker, and even an autographed pair of blue suede shoes.

Rings and jewelry are featured, both from his early days and more flashy (and expensive) diamond studded gold bands owned and worn by Elvis later in life. Also displayed and chronicled were items relating to his TCB motto (Taking Care of Business) which was the rally cry for his “Memphis Mafia” whom took care of what he needed, and quickly.

The museum houses a number of Elvis’ trademark jumpsuits, including the “Cisco Kid” black and green leather-trimmed one worn in 1971 that was pictured on the “He Touched Me” album sleeve. A recent purchase (and only on display for the rest of the summer) is the dark blue two-piece sleeveless jumpsuit with jewel-studded jacket and ornate blue leather belt that Elvis wore during performances at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1975.

The museum is open 10 AM – 6 PM daily. It is located at 3401 Industrial Rd. just behind the Fashion Show mall. Admission is a very reasonable $9.95 (NV residents and seniors $2 off, children under 12 free). As an added bonus, an live Elvis tribute by one Las Vegas’ noted impersonators plays almost every hour at the top of the hour. Call ahead (702) 309-7200 for show times. The gift shop contains the largest and most diversified number of Elvis licensed merchandise and we are giving a away a couple of museum T-shirts in our giveaway section this week. Ticket info at Elvis-A-Rama Museum.




Cra wrote:

>Just returned from Las Vegas and I must say all the information that I
>received from you really helped out. We stayed at the Paris las vegas
>and what a wonderful, romantic place. The staff so nice and helpful.
>Our room so tastefully decorated and just happen to look out over the
>dancing waters . We found the casino fun and exciting. The food,
>while a little more expensive than other hotels, was worth every
>penny. In short we can’t wait to return in august. So for a great
>time, great food, and all around great everything see Paris las
>Thanks for all the tips

Jane Beisner of Troy, Ohio wrote:

> Hi Ted, My husband and I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Las
>Vegas. We stayed at Treasure Island again because of our slot club
>rates .. penthouse room… beautifully decorated and never a bad view.
>Three other couples joined us and we all enjoyed our stay. We rented
>a car for our Grand Canyon road trip three days prior to our arrival
>in Las Vegas and it was worth every penny and every minute. We do
>suggest that for anyone thinking about renting a car for Las vegas
>driving only, then think again. It is simply not worth it (traffic is
>crazy all the time). Taxi’s are everywhere and the only way to get
>around quickly and easily. I have been to Las Vegas (5) five times in
>the past (4) four years and have never had a bad cab ride. Fast,
>efficient and very entertaining. The Venetian was our favorite
>gambling spot this year for we all had fabulous luck. All personnel
>were friendly and attentive. The long walk to the gondola ride was
>tiresome and as always, we were routed through the elaborate maze of
>expensive shops. However the entertainment of the Italian opera
>singers (staged throughout the day) was magnificent. Very impressive.
>The Gondola ride was fun and entertaining and highly recommended. We
>are anxious to start planning our next trip. We will continue to stay
>updated to all the news of Las Vegas with your newsletter. It is
>always full of great tips and info.

Glad you had a nice time. Renting a car is personal preference. I know people who refuse to do it (citing traffic, etc.) and others who won’t even think of going without (citing the easy valet parking, cost of cabs, and convenience). To help people decide if they should rent a car in Las Vegas, we have put some guidelines on our page (scroll down to the rental car section).

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ONLINE POLL – “Have you ever considered moving to Las Vegas?” Let’s hear your opinions at — results will be published next week!


Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 20’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

Two Elvis-A-Rama Museum T-shirts (awarded separately). Enter at (contest closed) We have one L and one XL so you MUST note L or XL in the subject line.

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May 24, 2000