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January 2015

It’s great to be home.

And it’s even better to be home after having had tremendous success with all of the projects and events in Dallas…the parade, the shows…spectacular. And now, I rest.

…But wait! There’s more! It’s a new year…new projects, more work, more travel…all with “resolve.” Yes. It’s a time to make resolutions and to be (indeed) resolved to do…something else; something different, something more, or something less. I have usually set very lofty goals (and thrilled when some of those are actually achieved.) Resolutions (for a lot of people) seem to be centered on getting rid of something in your life, and I have usually looked at it as something to gain and achieve. I realized, however, that all resolutions are really about the same thing…working to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. Of course we want to work on these things all year, but the New Year always marks a great starting point. Yes, there are the ends of fiscal years and school years, but nothing is like the New Year. It’s a beginning. It is a chance to face ourselves and look forward to the best of ourselves. Go Ducks!

Looking over the events in Las Vegas entertainment in 2014…I feel as though I want to characterize it as a lot of ants trying to move that rubber tree plant. There were many hopes and many aspirations…a few successes, but a lot of trying. It was good to see people investing money on projects. There is hope out there; there are still dreamers that want to create things. It is great to see because over the past several years there has certainly been a dearth of that.

RockTellz & CockTails was formed and brought us a couple of headlining acts to Planet Hollywood…The Jacksons and Grammy Award-winning musician and acclaimed actor Meat Loaf. Meat Loaf did well on his limited run…the Jacksons did not.

“Raack N’ Roll” quietly closed at the D.

Jubilee shut down for a while and underwent a major transformation. While the best of the show’s main elements were preserved as a nod to the original production, the choreography, staging and music was refreshed for today’s audience.

Vegas’ First Family of Entertainment, The Scintas, rebranded themselves as only, “Frankie Scinta.” It basically remained the same show only with Frankie as the recognized front man.

MAMMA MIA! A highly anticipated production to really reopen the showroom at the Tropicana which had been mostly dormant…abruptly closed after a couple of months.

PAWN SHOP LIVE!, a comedic nod to the story behind HISTORY’s reality smash hit “Pawn Stars,” at the historic Riviera. The show played for a really short time…and closed. Then…it was rewritten and re-opened as Gold & Silver…and also failed.

Reynold Alexander Magia – The Greatest Latino Illusionist of Modern Times and the first Latino illusionist to make his mark on Las Vegas: Opened at Clarion Hotel and then, closed.

Then…the Clarion Hotel closed. The Clarion opened as the Royal Inn in 1970, in 1980, the hotel-casinos name was changed to Royal Americana but was closed by 1982. Under new ownership, the hotel was reopened as the Paddlewheel, which catered to families who were looking for an option other than Circus Circus. The hotel was purchased by Debbie Reynolds in 1992. Under her direction, the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel served as an ode to great films and movie legends featuring much of her extensive memorabilia collection. But Reynolds struggled to fund the project, which led to state gaming regulators to refuse to grant her a gaming license at the hotel. Reynolds wound up filing for bankruptcy in 1997 and selling the property at auction a year later to the World Wrestling Federation. That organization held ownership for a year, but plans for a full-scale wrestling venue were scuttled because the building was deemed too small. The WWF then sold to a group that renamed the hotel the Greek Isles. The hotel fell into foreclosure in 2009 and then fell into the hands of the resort’s creditors in a partnership with the Clarion hotel chain. We’re waiting for the implosion.

“Georgia On My Mind,” the Ray Charles tribute, ran at The Venetian for two weeks of a limited six-week run.

Comedian George Wallace ended his run of his highly popular “Best 10 PM” show in Las Vegas on April 26, 2014 after marking his 10-year anniversary at Flamingo.

SPI Entertainment and Australian pop artist Belinda Chapple announced the American debut of Australia’s sexiest and most provocative female revue Sydney After Dark. It played for a couple of weeks in previews…and then closed.

VIVA VERACRUZ! THE SHOW never opened at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Celine Dion canceled all of her performances through March 22, 2015. She postponed all of her show business activities indefinitely, in order to focus 100% of her attention on her husband Rene, their family, and health issues.

"LIMELIGHT," at the Plaza in downtown Las Vegas ran for a limited engagement. A good show, great dancing, but it was underfunded.

For a while, the big thing in Vegas seemed to be the small show…Rose, Rabbit, Lie; Vegas Nocturne, 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque…one has closed, one is closing, and one…we’re still waiting to see.

Olivia Newton-John and Jeff Dunham were both crowd-pleasers in 2014. They were both safe and comfortable for Caesars Entertainment, and Britney Spears extended her contract at Planet Hollywood.

The real success story of this past year was David Saxe’s “Zombie Burlesque” in the V Theater at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops. It’s a great little show.

The Las Vegas High Roller officially opened and is the World’s Tallest Observation Wheel recognized by Guinness World Records.

VooDoo Zip Line at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino opened.

Las Vegas’ longest-running headliner, Frank Marino, celebrated his 25,000 performances on the Las Vegas Strip, the first entertainer to reach this milestone, on Saturday, May 31.

SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino opened its doors to the public in August.

The Australian Bee Gees Show – A Tribute to the Bee Gees will continue to celebrate five decades of memorable music written by the Brothers Gibb through January 2018.

Mac King has extended his contract at Harrah’s.

The Tropicana snagged a couple of the Best of Las Vegas entertainment. “The New Illusions” starring Jan Rouven and “Raiding the Rock Vault.”

Since same sex marriage was legalized in Nevada, a lot of chapels are now offering special packages to encourage people to get wed at their chapels.

JFK Boeing 707 Air Force One Fuselage was installed in Front of The New Tropicana Las Vegas in Honor of “The JFK Exhibition”.

Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions! opened at the Starlite Theatre inside the Riviera Hotel & Casino.

We had our sad times in Vegas as well…we lost some great people.

Hypnotist Dr Scott Lewis fell from a Sydney balcony landing six floors below resulting in his death. Lewis was touring to Sydney in a show entitled The Illusionists 2.0. He headlined in his own hypnosis show at the Riviera Hotel for more than nine years.

Robin Williams passed away. He died on the morning of August 11, 2014, at his home in Paradise Cay, California.

Lauren Bacall, another legend, died on August 12, 2014.

And, we were all saddened by the passing of longtime friend and Las Vegan, Joanie Spina. Joanie died Sunday, August 17th, at a Houston hospital while awaiting lung and liver transplants. She was a longtime assistant to magician David Copperfield, who for the last three years, provided spiritual and medical support for Joanie, who had been on 24-hour oxygen therapy because of her illness.

Now, coming in 2015…

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino announced the addition of Las Vegas’ newest topless review appropriately titled, “Sexxy.” Suggesting show-goers leave their inhibitions at the door, the show features the talented Jennifer Romas and will debut on January 4 inside the 300-seat Shimmer Cabaret.

The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) will host the most famous faces in adult as more than 500 performers come together at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino January 21-24, 2015 for the most infamous gathering ever in adult. Of the stars appearing at AEE, some of the top names include Jessica Drake, Asa Akira, Joanna Angel, Bonnie Rotten, Skin Diamond, James Deen, Jessie Andrews, Anikka Albrite, Dana DeArmond, Veruca James, Maddy O’Reilly, Marica Hase, Joslyn James, Dakota Skye, Samantha Saint, Lisa Daniels, Tori Black, Layla Price, Alana Luv, London Keyes, Dana Vespoli, Alexis Texas, Aiden Starr, Penny Pax, Chanel Preston, Kimberly Kane, Dani Daniels and many, many more. For a full list of talent appearing go to http://fan.adultentertainmentexpo.com/talent

The adult industry's most celebrated event, the AVN Show in Las Vegas, is joining forces again with Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club for three blowout parties filled with the adults industries biggest stars January 22, 23 and 24, 2015 at10:00pm.

One of the most popular acts on the Las Vegas Strip, Donny & Marie, who recently celebrated their six year anniversary at Flamingo Las Vegas, signed an extension to entertain sold-out audiences through the end of 2015. Additionally, a new building wrap of America’s most-loved brother-sister duo has been installed on the front of the property.

Iconic rocker Jon Anderson postponed his performance scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22 at Boulder Station, due to laryngitis. The performance has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. at The Railhead inside Boulder Station. Jon Anderson is one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock, as the lead vocalist and creative force behind the legendary band Yes. With Yes, Anderson helped produce 17 studio albums, many of which achieved gold certification or higher, including The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Tormato, all of which received platinum certification. The band’s album, 90125 featured the single, “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and achieved triple-platinum certification, the band’s most successful album to date.

A decade in the making, BPONG.COM brings you a celebration of beer pong greatness at the 10th Annual World Series of Beer Pong. Held at the renowned Riviera Hotel & Casino, the annual event will take place Thursday, January 1, 2015 through Monday, January 5, 2015. Held for the first time inside the spacious Riviera Hotel & Casino Convention Center, the 10th Annual World Series of Beer Pong will feature thousands of beer pong enthusiasts from around the world, where players, young and old, will lay it all on the line as they compete for the $50,000 grand prize and ultimate bragging rights as the World Beer Pong Champion.

Rockers Styx return to The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on Jan.18, 2015 at 8 p.m. Styx – Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips, along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo, have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances and Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, to name just a few, two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.

Remember, too, Elvis' Birthday is on January 8th. He would be 80!

It is always interesting to look back at an entire year...it is amazing to see the things that you forgot.

January is going to be a fun month…

The CES convention will be the big news for January...it comes in the first part of the month. It is a huge time in the city, and the Adult Entertainment convention runs this month, too...always interesting to see...

January 1 – 4

David Copperfield
MGM Grand: January 1, 2015 - January 26, 2015

Olivia Newton-John
Flamingo: December 30, 2014 - January 3, 2015

Lipshtick Comedy Series presents Whitney Cummings
Venetian: January 2, 2015 - January 3, 2015

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino: January 1, 2015

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas: December 12, 2014 - May 30, 2015

Paul Revere's Raiders
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: January 3, 2015 - January 4, 2015

The Ice Rink at Boulevard Pool
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: November 21, 2014 - January 4, 2015

UFC 182
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: January 3, 2015

Michael Grimm
Silverton Hotel and Casino Lodge: January 3, 2015

The Roots
Brooklyn Bowl: December 31, 2014 - January 3, 2015

Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience World Tour
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: January 1, 2015 - January 2, 2015

52 Fridays - The Ultimate Doo Wop Show
Golden Nugget: January 2, 2015

La Sonora Dinamita y Las Sonora Tropicana
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: January 3, 2015

January 5 – 11

Grand Funk Railroad
Orleans: January 10, 2015 - January 11, 2015

Willie Nelson
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: January 9, 2015 - January 10, 2015

Bobby Rydell
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: January 10, 2015 - January 11, 2015

Steve Byrne
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: January 9, 2015 - January 10, 2015

Tuesday Blend Anniversary Awards
Brooklyn Bowl: January 6, 2015

Zelzah Shrine Circus
Orleans Hotel and Casino: January 8, 2015

Celebration of The King's Life
Cannery Casino & Hotel: January 9, 2015 - January 10, 2015

Masterworks III: Rising Star
The Smith Center: January 10, 2015

Brooklyn Bowl: January 11, 2015

Tuff-N-Uff Fighting Championships
Orleans Hotel and Casino: January 9, 2015

Body Art Expo produced by GUI Corporation
Cashman Center: January 9, 2015 - January 11, 2015

UNLV Runnin' Rebels Basketball vs San Jose State
Thomas & Mack Center: January 10, 2015

Re-Animator The Musical
The Smith Center: January 6, 2015 - January 18, 2015

An Intimate Evening with Diane Schuur
The Smith Center: January 8, 2015 - January 9, 2015

52 Fridays - Foghat
Golden Nugget: January 9, 2015

Donny Edwards The Next Best Thing to The King
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: January 9, 2015 - January 11, 2015

Gospel Concert w. The Stamps Quartet Feat. Johnny Fortuno
Cannery Casino & Hotel: January 11, 2015

North of the Border Latino Comedy Jam
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: January 10, 2015

January 12 – 18

Palms Casino Resort: January 18, 2015

The Adam Carolla Show
Treasure Island - TI: January 17, 2015

Eric Church w/ Halestorm
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: January 16, 2015 - January 17, 2015

Ira Glass: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
The Smith Center: January 17, 2015

52 Fridays - Gary Puckett
Golden Nugget: January 16, 2015

Mary Wilson of The Supremes
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: January 17, 2015 - January 18, 2015

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Brooklyn Bowl: January 18, 2015

Rob Schneider
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: January 16, 2015 - January 17, 2015

Soul Men Starring Spectrum
The Smith Center: January 17, 2015 - January 18, 2015

Bridal Spectacular Bridal Expo
Cashman Center: January 16, 2015 - January 17, 2015

WWE Live
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: January 17, 2015

Rickey Smiley
Orleans: January 17, 2015 - January 18, 2015

Las Vegas Legends Soccer
Orleans Hotel and Casino: January 16, 2015

Jon Anderson
Boulder Station Hotel-Casino: January 17, 2015

Led Zeppagain - Tribute to Led Zepplin
Cannery Casino & Hotel: January 16, 2015 - January 17, 2015

KIX and Vixen
Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel: January 17, 2015

ANISONG World Tour - Lantis Festival
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: January 16, 2015 - January 17, 2015

Sunset Station Hotel Casino: January 17, 2015

MLK "Inspiration" Performance
Silverton Hotel and Casino Lodge: January 15, 2015

Tribute to Lennon & McCartney
Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel: January 16, 2015

Stiverne vs. Wilder
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: January 17, 2015

January 19 – 25

An Intimate Evening with SANTANA Greatest Hits Live
Mandalay Bay: January 21, 2015 - January 31, 2015

Helen Reddy
Orleans: January 24, 2015 - January 25, 2015

AVN Expo 2015
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: January 21, 2015 - January 24, 2015

Euge Groove
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: January 23, 2015

Daniel Tosh
The Mirage Hotel & Casino: January 23, 2015 - January 24, 2015

Lights Out - A Tribute To Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Cannery Casino & Hotel: January 23, 2015 - January 24, 2015

52 Fridays - 1964 The Tribute
Golden Nugget: January 23, 2015

Dennis Wise - King For A Night
Sunset Station Hotel Casino: January 24, 2015

AVN Awards Show 2015
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: January 24, 2015

Winter Home Improvement,Outdoor & Spa Expo
Cashman Center: January 23, 2015 - January 25, 2015

Michael Lington
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa: January 24, 2015

Tommy Roe
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: January 23, 2015 - January 25, 2015

Aries Spears
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: January 23, 2015 - January 24, 2015

UNLV Runnin' Rebels Basketball vs New Mexico
Thomas & Mack Center: January 21, 2015

UNLV Runnin' Rebels Basketball vs Utah State
Thomas & Mack Center: January 24, 2015

Las Vegas Gun Show
Sport Center of Las Vegas: January 24, 2015 - January 25, 2015

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Smith Center: January 20, 2015 - January 25, 2015

Tony DeSare's Night Life
The Smith Center: January 23, 2015 - January 24, 2015

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: January 22, 2015

Miranda Sings
Plaza Hotel & Casino: January 24, 2015 - January 25, 2015

I'll Make You Famous Presents Richard Torrance's "Lord, Why Can't I Do Right?"
Cashman Center: January 24, 2015

Cody Canada and The Departed
Brooklyn Bowl: January 19, 2015

Sonny Turner
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: January 24, 2015

Antique Arms, International Sporting Arms & Custom Knifemakers Show
Riviera Hotel & Casino: January 23, 2015 - January 25, 2015

Boyz II Men
Mirage: January 16, 2015 - January 25, 2015

January 26 – February 1

Rod Stewart
Caesars Palace: January 27, 2015 - February 10, 2015

Orleans: January 30, 2015 - January 31, 2015

Tim Allen
The Mirage Hotel & Casino: January 31, 2015

Joe Rogan
The Mirage Hotel & Casino: January 30, 2015

An Evening with Burt Bacharach
The Smith Center: January 30, 2015

Jackie Evancho
The Smith Center: January 31, 2015

52 Fridays - Herman's Hermits
Golden Nugget: January 30, 2015

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: January 31, 2015

Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: January 26, 2015

Las Vegas Legends Soccer
Orleans Hotel and Casino: January 30, 2015

Successful Aging Expo produced by Las Vegas Review-Journal
Cashman Center: January 31, 2015

UNLV Runnin' Rebels Basketball vs Air Force
Thomas & Mack Center: January 31, 2015

FRANK The Man, The Music
The Palazzo Resort - Hotel - Casino: January 27, 2015 - April 30, 2015

Simple Mobile Simply Nothing Tour
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: January 27, 2015

An Evening with Indigenous
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: January 28, 2015

Bobby Slayton - Kevin Pollak
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: January 29, 2015 - January 31, 2015

Benjamin D. Hale – A Night of Cosmic American Music
The Smith Center: January 31, 2015

Keller Williams & The Motet
Brooklyn Bowl: January 31, 2015

Britney: Piece of Me
Planet Hollywood: January 28, 2015 - January 31, 2015

For dates and times, be sure to log onto the Las Vegas Online Entertainment Guide: lvol.com.

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