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Having never seen Jeff Dunham’s show or TV performances before, this VegasChatter writer wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. All I knew was he was famous for a puppet named Achmed the Dead Terrorist and people had said he used a lot of racial humor in his act.
In his newest stage production at Planet Hollywood, “Not Playing with a Full Deck,” the ventriloquist and stand-up comedian definitely does employ racial humor. It’s nothing overly offensive, in a stand-up context at least, but do be prepared for some off color remarks, or rather, about color remarks.
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Hard Rock is going the little bit rock 'n' roll, little bit country route for its residencies moving forward. After successfully hosting multi-week engagements by Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Motley Crue and KISS (that one's still underway), the off Strip resort has announced its next resident headliners: Rascal Flatts.
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VegasChatter reader @paperposter recently checked out the newly launched KISS residency at The Joint at Hard Rock and shared his thoughts with us. His only real issue with the show is that it's only about 90 minutes. With the massive catalog KISS has, the show’s length leaves fans wanting more.
He noted Def Leppard and Gun ‘N Roses, who had similar residency stints at The Joint, played for closer to double the time of the long-tongued ones. On the plus side, KISS did bring the expected pyrotechnics and special effects they are known for.
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After a spate of recently cancelled performances, Las Vegas' long-reining lady of song, Celine Dion, has officially struck all performances from her schedule; and, not just at Caesars' Colosseum, but everywhere, including an upcoming tour of Asia.
Celine, who has been battling a throat aliment, cites her health as well as her husband's (Rene Angelil had a cancerous tumor removed last year) as impetus for the move. A press release states she will "postpone all her show business activities indefinitely, in order to focus 100% of her attention on her husband Rene, their family and recent health issues." The couple have three young children, aged 13 and three-year-old twins.
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The Vegas PR machine was in high gear today cranking out entertainment news from up and down The Strip. From the coming end of Twain's resident twang to another new show for the Riv, here's a roundup of what's closing and what's just ahead:
○Shania Twain will stop stealing the limelight from Celine Dion by year's end. (Twain was recently named best resident performer by a Vegas publication so you know sh*t was getting serious.) Her two-year residency at Caesars Palace will officially mark its last night December 13. Tickets for the final 16 shows -- ten dates in October and six in December -- are on sale now. She's also here for a short run beginning tomorrow. Catch Shania July 22-23 and 25-26 if you can't wait that long to see her feel like a woman. Tickets begin at $55.
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A Vegas residency isn't over yet, a bit of Vegas past meets Vegas present and a Vegas parody aims to garner more laughs. Here's how Vegas is entertaining us now:
○Olivia Newton-John wouldn't mind a little more love at Flamingo. Her Summer Nights residency, originally due to run through August, has been extended into January 2015. Tickets for new dates go on sale this Friday, July 11. (Although, Total Rewards members can purchase beginning tomorrow.) Pricing ranges from $70 to $350 if you add in a meet-and-greet.
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Now that word is officially out on Jeff Dunham's upcoming residency at Planet Hollywood (it'll be our secret that you heard it here first in May), all the fine print has been released. The ventriloquist will perform six shows a week November 28 through May 31, 2015.
Entitled "JEFF DUNHAM: Not Playing with a Full Deck," tickets are now available. To access yours before they go on sale to the general public this June 18, visit Ticketmaster and use the code "ACHMED." Admission is priced at $72, but once you add in tax and fees that ends up being 98 bucks (rounding up from $97.65).
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KISS has long been rumored to be doing a Vegas residency and those whispers were rekindled recently. Going back to last December, KISS frontman, Paul Stanley, mentioned they were considering a Vegas residency. That rumor surged back to life last month when Stanley didn’t deny the possibility when asked by a fan:
Over the weekend, this poster at the Hard Rock really amped up the discussion.
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If you're a fan of rock 'n' roll or heavy metal, you're probably aware that Guns N' Roses has returned to The Joint at the Hard Rock for a second residency called No Trickery! An Evening of Destruction. There are a couple more shows of this mini-residency set for this weekend, if you're in town.
Rock 'n' roll is always best experienced in person, but don't worry if you're unable to make it to see GnR in person. Beginning June 18, you'll be able to see a 3D concert film from Guns N' Roses called "Appetite for Democracy" in theaters. The film also will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD starting July 1.