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A lot of sh*t comes and goes in Las Vegas and some of it actually sticks. Since the flow of updates can come fast and furious, each month we'll point out Sh*t You May Have Missed as an easy way to keep score of what's new, who's coming soon, which doors may have closed and what you better catch now before it's gone forever.
Sometimes readers give us sh*t about features that have fallen into the Gone category. In this case we've gotten our sh*t together to present once again our monthly list of Sh*t You May Have Missed giving the Riv a proper teary sendoff. Now, enough shooting the sh*t - we've got some sh*t to catch up on:
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Miss Mariah Carey kicked off what will be a two-year residency (over 50 shows) last night at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Mariah #1 to Infinity includes all 18 of Carey’s number one hit singles in chronological order from 1990 to 2008, beginning with Vision of Love. She also debuted a new song Infinity, which she sang live for the first time.
Carey had six costume changes and one hair change during the almost two-hour performance. On-stage entrances included a pink 1950’s style car car for Dreamlover, and a jet ski for Honey (because, of course.) We didn’t attend the show last night (we will at a later date) but we do have spies all over town who attended. Word is she interacted with audience, made fun of herself, walked through the crowd, brought an audience member on stage, and was humble throughout the whole show.
April 30, 2016. That's the new official opening date of The Las Vegas Arena (or according to the countdown clock on the Arena's website--361 days, 11 hours, and 50 minutes. MGM Resorts International and AEG broke ground almost exactly a year ago and they have hundreds of staff members working extra hard to meet the finish date deadline on time.
During a recent construction update, we were able to get a tour of the facilities (wearing hard hats, construction vests, and all. Serious stuff). The Las Vegas Arena is located behind New York New York and to the south of The Monte Carlo. But despite the heavy construction going on, the Arena is taking shape and looking good.
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With the US debut of Rock in Rio just seven days away, the festival grounds where it will take place are almost done taking shape on the north Strip.
The two-weekend mega-concert event is set for May 8-9 and 15-16 on what, until recently, had been a long abandoned plot of land at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara, across from SLS. (Vegas geeks will remember when plans for the acreage once called for a mega-resort.) VegasChatter photographer Greg Clarke captured what the space looks like now. Gone are the tumbleweeds and in their place are stages, turf, a zip line, a DJ platform resembling a mechanical spider, an expansive VIP tent (capable of holding up to 4,000) and curving, white speaker towers. He did not, however, see the promised Ferris wheel, though. There's still some time, however, to erect that, too.
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With the shutter of the Riviera just days away (doors close at noon on Monday), at least one of its resident shows has found a new home.
The Las Vegas Sun is reporting Crazy Girls will live to see another cheeky (ahem) day with an agreement in place to appear center Strip at Planet Hollywood. Vegas gossip Robin Leach reports the long-running show will take over the Sin City Theater beginning May 13.
Shania cantered up by horse. Olivia Newton-John pulled up in a 1940s Ford Mercury Cadillac convertible from Grease. Now, another iconic singer has made a splashy Vegas debut for her residency.
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Elvis is back in the building. That’s the slogan Westgate Las Vegas is going with, though, they seem to forgotten about headliner Trent Carlini who performed as Elvis for a long run before the new "Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience." Their newest, multi-faceted Elvis extravaganza has gotten the stamp of approval from Graceland and both Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley were on hand for opening night.
The full experience includes the new Elvis Presley’s Graceland wedding chapel (featuring wedding and vow renewal packages) and the first permanent Elvis exhibition outside of Graceland. More on the exhibition in a forthcoming post. The third part of the Elvis overload is a stage production show. On the 59th anniversary of Elvis’ first performance in the building, then the International, the new show kicked off.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of April 20:
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Friday, Hard Rock Live on The Strip will host the regional finals of its global battle of the bands, Hard Rock Rising. Hundreds of acts from around the world hope to emerge victorious at the finale set for July in Barcelona. Two previous rounds were held at the Paradise Road Hard Rock Cafe location, where 12 bands fought it out onstage to advance to the regional finals and, potentially, much more. Around the world, similar events were held in Malta, Helsinki, Johannesberg, New Delhi, and dozens of other locations, as well as every major American market.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of April 13:
50 Years and Counting: What do you do to celebrate your 50th anniversary? Add a new Airbus H130T2 helicopter to your fleet. Papillon is celebrating its golden anniversary with a golden bird. It was blessed by the Hualapai Nation and christened earlier today. Papillon is the world's largest and longest-running helicopter touring company. Head to its website for a list of tours and pricing. Grand Canyon flights start around $359.
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Blue Man Group is one of those Las Vegas shows that's always been around (15 years in Vegas) and has moved around a bit (most recently from Venetian to Monte Carlo a couple years ago), but rarely seems to land atop a majority of must-see lists. While I'd seen a Boston version several years ago, I couldn't have said the same for the Vegas installment until a couple recent events changed that.
Visiting friends who had also seen the Boston blue men were excited to see the Monte Carlo show and loved it. They relayed that, while the concept was the same and several show bits similar, enough was different to keep it fresh. Not long after, Blue Men Group announced some new bits to their Vegas show. So, it was time to finally see if it was Pappagiorgio-worthy.
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The 1993 movie, Rudy, consistently rates as one of the best sports movies of all-time and still earns a deserving spot in any man cave more than two decades after its release. The film, about current Las Vegas resident Rudy Ruettiger, chronicles a 5' 6", 165-pound underdog who dreamt of playing Notre Dame football in the 70s.
The film and Rudy's story remains so popular that the sixty-something Ruettiger continues to be a motivational speaker today. His current show, Voices of Rudy: The Journey to the Movie, hits The Smith Center April 25.