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We can feel it in our bones, there's not much going on in Vegas this weekend, but if you needed more accurate proof, the Las Vegas Sun's Guest Gauge says these next few days are going to be "Very Slow."
Garth Brooks is in town again but those tickets sold-out back in July, at the original price of $125. If you're hoping to get in, remember you can always stalk the Box Office for tickets starting at 6pm.
Yet while things are snoozy as far as events go (well aside from the Mustachio Bashio at the Silverton), room rates are rather high, averaging $283 at the Strip's most popular resorts, according to the LV Sun.
We guess people are just content with the same old routine of dining, boozing, gambling, boozing, dancing, boozing, gambling and blacking out. And truthfully, that's why we love Vegas. Things change but yet always remain the same!
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We had previously wondered if the Garth Brooks ticket policy was a little too harsh. In attempt to circumvent ticket scalping, Wynn had instituted a policy of requiring ticket pick-up in person and ID of at least the ticket purchaser, if not everyone in the party.
We attended a Garth show at Encore Theater last weekend (at the previous high-end price of $143) and while we only had to show one ID, there is another policy in effect to be aware of if you attend the show.
Entering the theater is a warning sign that rivals what you might encounter at airport security. The sign spells out show policy that strictly prohibits cell phones, video and audio recording, as well as photography of any kind.
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Would you pay $225 for this seat? To be fair, he does take requests.
Which is why we thought you'd get another chance when we saw a new set of Brooks concert dates from Wynn in our mailbox today from December 3 to February 27. But the excitement quickly dissipated after seeing ticket prices are now a staggering $225. Per person. And, that's without the service charge and tax. (Tickets were previously $143.) Oh and we don't think there are any changes to that already-harsh ticket holder policy either.
The Wynn folks must have already anticipated the price hike backlash, because they included a statement from Mr. Wynn himself.
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But they went fast, selling out pretty much right after the dates and times were announced. Yet most Garth fans probably suspected that if they failed to buy 'em from the Wynn Box office, they could pursue other ticket sites. Wrong.
From the get-go, Encore and Wynn announced a strict policy regarding any tickets not bought from their own box office. In short, they would void any ticket not bought from their box office. They would also void any ticket bought over the asking price of $143 (again, a way to weed out tickets not bought from their own box office.)
The Wynn has put some extra tickets for Garth Brooks on sale today for this weekend's show. KXNT reports that the tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and only two tickets can be sold per person. The shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a second show on Saturday night at 10:30pm. Visit or call the Wynn Box Office at 702-770-1000 to purchase.
Tickets will also be available on the day of the concert with lines starting at the Box Office at 6pm. These are for returned or unclaimed tickets. Also, we once attended the 10:30pm Saturday show and Garth definitely ran over by quite a bit. So if you want more Garth, you may want the later show.
Here's what else is on in Vegas:
· WTF VINCE NEIL AVIATION? [VegasDeluxe.com]
· Sprint 4G service is being tested in Vegas [PC World]
· As if tattoos and gold chains weren't enough, mullets can now be seen poolside in Vegas [DailyFiasco.com]
· Hard Rock Employees stole over $830,000 from the casino [LV Sun]
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Didn't get to see Garth Brooks the last time both he and you were in town? Or more specifically, were you one of the three drunk cowboys that were sitting in the front row on December 12 and promptly got kicked out for being too rowdy? Well, here's your chance to redeem yourselves.
Garth is back with a new round of concert dates that go on sale this Saturday, February 27 at 8am PST.
· March 26, 27, 28
· April 9, 10, 11
· June 25, 26, 27
· July 16, 17, 18
· August 6, 7, 8
Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., Sundays 8 p.m.
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After we took this photo, Purple People yelled at us.
If you find yourself strolling around the Wynn and Encore properties these days, chances are the one and only song you will hearing blaring from the Wynn's outdoor speakers is "Friends in Low Places." And yes, that's because country superstar Garth Brooks has officially kicked off his semi-permanent residency here. (Wynn might be playing his other songs but the four different times we were outside the hotel, it was that ultimate bar crowd pleaser playing.)
We were invited along with several other Vegas media folk to attend the 10:30pm showing of Garth's concert on Saturday night, his second night in town.
With tickets at a healthy rate of $143 (including tax) for any and all seats, front row or back row, we're here to tell you exactly what you're gonna get. Well, not exactly since Garth might be taking different requests when you go. Yes, he takes requests.
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Garth Brooks comes out of retirement tonight for his first concert at the Encore Theater. We hope some of you were lucky enough to get tickets (even day of tickets too) but if you aren't, you can always pick up some Garth Brooks swag just outside the theater which is daintily modeled by a hand mannequin. There you can find the obligatory concert swag like keychains, CDs, and t-shirts. But we're still waiting for a black cowboy hat that has Wynn written on it.
Here's what else is on in Vegas:
· Haze at Aria to have a $25,000 drink (that no one will ever buy) [San Fran Chronicle]
· M Resort to light gigantic Xmas tree tomorrow [M Resort]
· CityCenter's own fire station has opened [We Do it All Vegas]
· Don't Forget about BB King! His blues club opens in The Mirage tonight [VegasDeluxe]
Another pic of Garth swag after the jump.
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There reportedly are some tickets available due to ticket cancellations and the discovery that some tickets belonged to scalpers and other unscrupulous folks., etc.
Ok, let's be clear here: your chances of getting Garth tickets for this weekend are SLIM TO NONE. But if you feel the "thunder roll" and you know that you've got "friends in low places" working magic behind the ticket booths and that God will not leave you with this "unanswered prayer" and that "somewhere other than the night", these Garth tickets were meant to be yours, there is a way to try.
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How could this be? The retail shop devoted to all things culinary at Wynn and Encore had just opened on October 1. Well, the official word is that the shop closed to make room for an entertainment store that will feature merchandise from Le RÍve, the property's nightclubs and the forthcoming Garth Brooks concerts. A rep for Encore tells us:
Given the proximity to the theaters, this made the most sense. The Taste of Wynn store was a great success and we intend to relocate the concept to Wynn LVNV in the near future. We will continue to explore other opportunities for Taste of Wynn at both properties.
In the meantime, you can buy your Wynn/Encore-branded goodies at not only Wynn LVNV, but at the XS store (while it's still around) and either one of the Wynn/Encore sundries stores. But may we suggest skipping the purchase of an Encore t-shirt and taking a chance on the tables instead? This is Vegas. You're supposed to "risk it all!" not come home with a hotel-branded t-shirt.
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If you weren't up at 8am on Saturday to buy your tickets to Garth Brooks for his first five weekend shows at Encore, then you probably didn't get squat. Wynn Las Vegas said the shows were sold out by 1pm. Is it too soon to call Garth the savior of Vegas? Probably, yeah but if he can replicate these numbers for every weekend show, then we may change our position. The LV Sun writes:
During the course of the day, Wynn Las Vegasí box office Web site received more than 5.4 million page views. The resort took more that 140,000 calls for tickets and had 40,000 people waiting for tickets in the online queue at any given moment.
Your only hope of getting tickets for this first batch of shows--Dec. 11-13, Jan. 1-3 and 22-24, Feb. 12-14 and 26-28--is picking up returned or unclaimed tickets. The price will still stand at $125. Or you could hit up eBay for two tickets at $460 on January 23. Hmmm...yeah, we're gonna pass on that offer.
UPDATE: Word on The Strip is that Wynncore may void tix that were bought for over $143 (the total ticket price after taxes.)
Earlier today, Garth Brooks and Steve Wynn were on a stage in Western gear confirming Garth Brook's new gig at the Encore Theater. The show will run for 16 weeks, starting in December and Garth will be doing this sort of weekend stint for the next five years.
The Kats Report says specific dates for the first batch of shows are Dec. 11-13, Jan. 1-3, Jan. 22-24, Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 26-28. Show times start at 8pm, with a second show on Saturdays at 10:30pm. Prices for all seats will be $125 but there will be no "tiered" ticket pricing.
To which we say, WTF? We pay $125 even for the worst seats in the house? Hmm...we bet there's gotta be a way around that. Tickets go on sale October 24. And that's the biggest news in Vegas today. Here's what else is on:
· CityCenter's Aria will get a fantastic looking sculpture designed to make us think about our water consumption. [LV Sun]
· Tweens of drinking age can party with the Twilight vampires at the TAO Halloween Bash [Jaunted]
· Versace opens in Caesars Palace [Twitter]
· Yet another round-up of high roller suites in Vegas [Dallas Star Telegram]
· The best Garth Brooks joke of the day via Fox8NewsDesk:
Just realized, Wayne Newton + Garth Brooks. "Wayne and Garth" on the Vegas Strip!