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Hello From Las Vegas! Lots of newsáfeaturing a few very well known Las Vegans so we’ll jump right in:
Holly Madison Peeping Through Fall Of 2010 – No one will fault Holly Madison’s work ethic or love of Las Vegas. Since moving here after her reality show “breakup” with Hugh Hefner, she’s turned herself into Miss Las Vegas. Many performers who come for a run here (whether a few months or a few years) often do their show but otherwise have no real interest or involvement in the community. In fact, at least one very prominent Las Vegas headliner is reputed to fly in for each show and flies right back out again the same evening (and does this multiple nights per week).
Others seem to embrace and enjoy Las Vegas. Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil were known for not only settling here (in Lake Las Vegas, about 17 miles southeast of The Strip) but were pretty active in the community and local charities. Celine was even spotted a couple of times shopping at the Henderson Wal-Mart!
Holly Madison has even stepped it up a notch from that. It isn’t “where has she been seen” but where “hasn’t” she been seen. Baseball games to bikini walks to charity events… she is seeminglyáeverywhere. (Holly can still usually go out without being mobbed. We aren’t making trying to compare her activities to Celine, who would have been mobbed walking down The Strip). Every writer who has interviewed her, both big and small, has glowed at the access she gives and how down-to-earth she is.
Disclaimer: I have a soft spot for her because we are both native Oregonians and both studied psychology at Portland State University (a few years apart… she’s just turning 30… and that number is firmly in my rear view mirror).
Madison has now signed on to continue her “Bo Peep” roll in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood through fall of 2010, both an indication that Peepshow will continue to enjoy a long, successful run here and that the love affair between Las Vegas and Holly Madison might have an equally long run as well.
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Vince Neil Ink Opens This Weekend At The Rio – Vince Neil (infamous lead singer of Motley Crue) moved to Las Vegas not long after I did, and hasn’t exactly been a stranger himself.
This weekend, he’s opening his second Vince Neil Ink Tattoo Shop at The Rio (the original is at O’Sheas) in partnership with rock star chopper builder Danny Koker (known as Count) of CountÆs Kustoms. The whole thing kicks off this Saturday evening with a free Vince Neil concert at 8:30 PM in the Masquerade Village, and the tattoo shop opening to the public at 11:00 PM.
We were able to get our own tour over a week ago, and got a great photosáof the shop, Vince Neil memorabilia, and the bikes on display. All can be viewed in our new Vince Neil Ink Tattoo Rio Las Vegas 2009 photo set.
Click to read full Vince Neil Ink At The Rio story.
Speaking of Mr. Las Vegas – According to Norm! of the Review-Journal, Wayne Newton is back in negotiations to be a permanent headliner at the revamped Tropicana in 2010. Given that the Trop is a quick and easy 6 mile drive from Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah and current rumbles that Newton could use the cash (plus the fact that both the hotel and Newton are embedded in the legacy of Las Vegas), I’d bet we’ll see this deal happen.
One Cool Photo – Leaving The Rio and Vince Neil Ink, we captured the following picture:
It is now my computer wallpaper and I want you to enjoy it as yours also (obviously at no charge). Instructions are simple:
- Click on the above photo which will take you to our photo gallery for this specific photo.
- On that page under the image is a small link that says Full View. Click that link.
- The full size photo will fill your browser. (It might appear too big… don’t worry about that).
- Right-click your mouse on the photo. A menu will pop up. Choose “Set As Desktop Background” (Vista only: use the “Stretch” option in the drop down menu).
- Mac users: I have no clue how to do the above on a Mac, but since you guys are smarter than us Windows users, I’m sure you already have it nailed.
Enjoy This Issue!
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Las Vegas Show Reviews
Lion King Las Vegas – Truly A Spectacular Event
“The Lion King” is truly a unique addition to Las Vegas. By bringing this award winning show to a town that is not always “kid friendly,” Disney has given visitors and locals alike an opportunity for a truly unforgettable night with the entire family. It is also an excellent choice for a romantic night out.
As the story progresses, we see young Simba fall into trouble as his evil Uncle, Scar, would like to be king. Scar readily admits that he is no physical match to Simba’s father, Mufasa; however, he insists that he got the brains in the family and should be the rightful king. Unfortunately for Scar, Simba’s birth meant that he would never have the opportunity.
R&B Superstar Jamie Foxx To Take Over The Colosseum At Caesars Palace – Jamie Foxx will bring his Blame It Tour to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for an evening of live music on Friday, October 9. With Intuition, Foxx’s newest musical release, he sought to create a state-of-the-art R&B album that will solidify his place among music’s elite.
Click to read full R&B Superstar Jamie Foxx To Take Over The Colosseum story.
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Photo Credit: Jacob Andrzejczak
Phantom Fans Week – Don’t Miss Out On The Chance Of A Lifetime To See Phantom Up Close And Personal – In less than a month Phantom Fans from all around the globe will gather in Fabulous Las Vegas to take part in the first ever Phantom Fans Week. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the most well known musical masterpiece of all time like never before. Phantom fans from all over the world will join together September 16 û 20 at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino and enjoy the production, get exclusive access to the show at special Insider Sessions and hear from the biggest names in the Phantom world, including honorary guest and legendary director, Hal Prince.
Click to read full Phantom Fans Week story.
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Las Vegas Deals
- Get Into Something Good With Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone And The Turtles Featuring Flo And Eddie At The Cannery Casino & Hotel
- Primm Valley Casino Resorts Offers 2-For-1 Concert Tickets Through 2009 For Nevada Residents
- Enjoy $2 Frozen Margaritas Or Spiked Lemonade All Day Every Day At The Rub æBBQ Inside The Rio!
- Get 10% Discount Off Of Lunch At The Springs Cafe By Wolfgang Puck!
- El Cortez Extends Free $15 Dining Credit For All Active Military Personnel Available Now Through Sept. 30
- Enjoy $1 Bud & $1 Hot Dogs At Station Casinos Sports Books All Football Season Starting September 12!
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Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!
Members Mania is the last thing I do before sending this out. I had some great letters and answers to send out today… only to wake up to a house without water! The water company was reading my meter and noticing it was using 6 gallons of water per minute. Which would only make sense if you were filling a swimming pool.
So… I spent much of the day dealing with the preparations to locate and fix the leak. Finding the leak is complicated by the fact that with our sandy/rocky soil, water doesn’t saturate and end up bubbling out of the ground. It simply seeps down and down and down into the earth.
I don’t want to delay this issue as we have so much great news and info (plus some of you will want to hit the free concert at The Rio on Saturday).
Since I don’t have any water coming out of my taps… I guess I’ll have to go look for something else to drown my sorrows in. This section should return next week.
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More Las Vegas News – Concerts – Events
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Tequila Fest Sept 11-12 At The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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Holly Madison, Penn & Teller Support Human Rights Campaign
Floyd Mayweather vows to bring excitement to Vegas
Scarlett’s new magic showcase feels like it’s stuck in the past
Las Vegas Bowl gets tier that it deserves
Labor of ‘Love’ yields amazing Beatles treasures
Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Ka’ still an adventure you can’t find anywhere else
Breaking the law on Vegas’ new tourist attraction (with video)
Las Vegas Sales Down Nearly 22%
Hundreds remember founder of Station Casinos at funeral
Las Vegas Pays Birthday Tribute to Michael Jackson
Las Vegas Club Pays Tribute to DJ AM
Vintage neon signs to be displayed in Las Vegas
Vail to Vegas, the scenic route
Trying times force Trump International to adapt
Vacant valley land prices stabilize in second quarter
Light Group to run CityCenter nightclub, pool
Supporters Push For DesertXpress Train
American Idol Finalist Joins Vegas Act
New Security Scanners Installed at McCarran Airport
The subtle pleasures of Tinoco’s move to loud and proud downtown
Moapa Valley Wildlife Refuge reopening near Vegas
Mayor Makes Anniversary A Public Affair
Vegas Santa Run Moves To Town Square
Plan moves forward for giant desert refuge
Springer Brings ‘Talent’ To Vegas Strip
An Oasis of Vintage Cars in Las Vegas (IP Auto Collection)
What happens in Vegas… does not stay in Vegas
Moapa Valley Wildlife Refuge reopening near Vegas
You’re never too old for Vegas
T. rex for sale: Dinosaur fossil on block in Vegas
Vegas dreamers go all in – a losing gamble
Luck runs out on Vegas boom
Old Vegas vibe gets new life
Local time share industry facing most sluggish climate ever
North Las Vegas could see ‘impossible’ foreclosure rate, says local analyst
New Hard Rock Cafe Debuts On The Strip
You shouldn’t have to wait until you have guests in town to enjoy Peppermill
Stoney’s Rockin’ Country puts even city slickers at ease
Eastside Cannery celebrates 1-year anniversary
Goodman defends museum – LV mayor says story about display untrue
Coyote Ugly Saloon offers experience much like the movie, but within reason
Poll suggests Danny Tarkanian, Rory Reid owe ups, downs to daddies
MGM Mirage seeks growth, fewer risks
Danny Gans book tells of glory, pain
Employers taxed by new levies
Tuscany Gardens scores with tasty marinara, proper pasta and flavorful meatballs
Revolution Lounge at Mirage celebrates Beatles with music, videos
Fremont Street still struggles
Coming Hot Holidays – The following dates are huge times to be in Las Vegas, and rooms are in high demand. Booking in advance is the best way to save. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:
- Jewish New Year September 19
- Halloween October 31
- Veteran’s Day November 11
- Thanksgiving Day, U.S November 26-29 (4 day weekend)
- Hanukkah Dec. 2 – Dec. 9
- Christmas December 25
- New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 2 (3 day weekend)
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed) January 18-20 (3 day weekend)
- Super Bowl Sunday February 7
- Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
- President’s Day, U.S (Observed) February 13-15 (3 day weekend)
- Chinese/Lunar New Year February 14
- Valentine’s Day February 14
- Mardi Gras February 16
- Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22
- St. Patrick’s Day March 17
- Easter Sunday April 4
- Cinco de Mayo May 5
- Mother’s Day May 9
- Memorial Day, U.S May 29-31 (3 day weekend)
- Father’s Day June 20
- Independence Day July 4
- Civic Holiday, Canada July 31-August 2 (3 day weekend)
- Labor Day, U.S September 4-6 (3 day weekend)
- Labour Day, Canada September 4-6 (3 day weekend)
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