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Folks disappointed to hear that The Harmon would not be imploded now have not one, but two explosive events to choose from this February in Vegas.
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Set to span two weekends this May as part of the mega-concert event's first US production, Rock in Rio will be the inaugural event for the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds currently under construction across from SLS on the north Strip (recent photos above and below). Today, officials released proof (in a roundabout way) that the most buzz is for Metallica out of a lineup that also touts No Doubt, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars as additional marquee acts -- they've sold out of VIP tickets for the day Metallica will perform, May 9.
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Weird Al Yankovic finally managed to top the charts (Billboard’s top comedy albums and top 200) with his newest album, Mandatory Fun. Despite this being his first chart-topping album, the kooky comedic singer has been cranking out silly and beloved hits for the better part of the last four decades. New videos released last summer made waves on the interwebs including "Foil," his parody of Lorde’s “Royals.”
Now that their accompanying album has come out, Weird Al is hitting the road in support of it with his aptly named tour, the “Mandatory World Tour.” If you missed his previous Vegas shows at The Cannery, you’ll have to cough up double or triple the price to catch him this time around at Planet Hollywood. He'll kick off his world tour in Las Vegas May 12-16 with showtimes at 8 p.m.
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The annual NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas is more than just a race. A week-long celebration leads up to a race weekend set for Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8 this year.
Reader Ryan K. asked if we could keep him up-to-date on NASCAR week events. Since most won't be announced until after the Big Game we’ll start today and continue to update this list as driver appearances, specials and other events are announced.
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As reported last month, a soccer stadium in Downtown Vegas moved one step closer to reality after securing a 4-3 vote from the city council in favor of funding. It may have taken yet another step after opponents of using public funding recently learned they need to collect four times as many petition signatures as originally anticipated to put the matter before voters. Wherever the votes, signatures and funding ultimately fall, Las Vegas needs to secure an MLS (Major League Soccer) franchise before a shovel comes anywhere near hitting the ground.
While the drama plays out off the field, MLS is, in fact, coming to Las Vegas. And, as soon as next month, at that. Las Vegas Pro Soccer will host a pre-season MLS match, dubbed the inaugural Las Vegas Pro Soccer Challenge Cup, between the Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes in February.
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Rock in Rio is having a tough time satisfying with its first US lineup. A new round of artists was announced on Tuesday, but the response likely wasn't what organizers had hoped.
Sam Smith, Magic!, Jessie J, Empire of the Sun, Foster The People, Charli XCX, Gary Clark Jr, Echosmith, Hollywood Undead, Ivete Sangalo, Bleachers, Tove Lo, Saints of Valory, Of Mice & Men, James Bay, Mikky Ekko, Sepultura and The Pretty Reckless will all join the two-weekend mega-concert event in Vegas. Those artists will join already announced headliners, No Doubt, Metallica, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Joss Stone, Deftones, Mana, Coheed and Cambria and Ed Sheeran.
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The annual festival of nonstop card-playing known as the World Series of Poker has come a long way since its beginnings at Binions Horseshoe way back in 1970. That inaugural year saw the winner decided by a vote among the seven players who participated. It wasn't until the following year that a tournament format was introduced, with a whopping six players ponying up $5,000 to determine who the best poker player was. In 1972, the buy-in was raised to $10,000, which attracted eight gamblers, and since then what is known as the Main Event of the WSOP has grown by leaps and bounds. Last year’s event drew 6,683 participants.
Every now and again, the Mob Museum hosts guest speakers and is home to interesting discussions surrounding the mob and law enforcement. Their next engagement, “Beating the Line: The Inside Story on Sports Betting in America,” is on Wednesday, January 21 and discusses, obviously, the history of sports betting in Las Vegas and America in general.
Speakers at the event will include a professional sports bettor, a casino executive, and a legal expert:
Pete Bernhard: A former gaming control board official from 2001 to 2014, Bernhard was part of everything from granting casino licenses to regulating online poker.
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If you’re a motorcycle aficionado then you may already know about the big auction happening at South Point this weekend. Mecum Auctions will present MidAmerica’s 24th annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction January 8-10. The auction, think of it as the equivalent of Barrett-Jackson for cars, is considered the most anticipated of the year.
The Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction will feature a record 750 participants from all 50 states and around the world, with motorcycles spanning a full century of production from 1903 to 2003. Individual highlights include a 1966 Harley-Davidson CRTT driven by National Champion Racer Mert Lawwill and the actual stunt bike used in the 1990 Marvel Comics' Captain America movie.
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Though, the Vans Warped Tour isn’t coming through Vegas this year and Extreme Thing has come to an end (sorry, pop punksters), there will be plenty of music festivals and events to keep music lovers of all varieties busy on and off the Vegas Strip in 2015.
Where: Rock in Rio’s Las Vegas edition takes place at the City of Rock at the north end of the Strip across from SLS.
When: May 8-9, 15-16
Details: MGM Resorts is building a massive festival space and will launch it with Rock in Rio. For the two-weekend, mega-concert event, the space will feature a “Rock Street” with different areas dedicated to the sights, sounds and tastes of various parts of the world like London and Brazil. Headliners announced so far include No Doubt, Metallica, Linkin Park, Rise Against and Mana (first weekend) plus Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran (second weekend). Stay tuned for another round of performers to be announced soon.
Tickets: Start at $298 per weekend, per person
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When we’re used to seeing our favorite MMA fighters dressed in sweats and workout gear, it can be a bit of a system shock to see them in gowns and tuxes. The Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards aims to give fighters a night in the spotlight and likes to call itself the Oscars of MMA. While it’s not quite to that level, despite the immense popularity of the sport, it is nice for fighters, their coaches, trainers and other industry affiliates to have a moment to reflect on the past year’s events.