The Who to rock Las Vegas for six-show residency this summer

Who’s next in Vegas. The Who have announced a Sin City residency. “Vegas! We're coming to rock The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with a six-show residency July 29 - Aug 11, Tickets go on-sale Fri at 12pm,” the band announced on its Facebook page. So much for dying before they get old. The “Who Are You” rockers are led by 71-year-old guitarist Pete Townshend and 73-year-old singer Roger Daltrey. The Who’s Facebook page stated that the band has not yet made any decisions regarding the set list or type of show they’ll bring to Las Vegas, though the group will certainly have plenty of options. Since forming in 1964, the band has sold more than 100 million records and established a reputation as one of rock ’n’ roll’s loudest and most explosive live acts. Past band members include wild man drummer Keith Moon, who died of a drug overdose in 1978, and bassist John Entwistle, who died of a cocaine-induced heart attack in Las Vegas, one day before The Who was slated to begin a 2002 U.S. tour. The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Since opening in 2003, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has hosted residencies by artists including Celine Dion, Cher, Elton John and Mariah Carey. The venue holds just under 3,000 people. The Who performed the final show of their “The Who Hits 50!” tour on May 29, 2016. Continue Reading

Las Vegas officials trying to clean up X-rated litter

LAS VEGAS — Some tourists try to dissuade them by directing icy glares their way. Others stare, zombie-like, into the Las Vegas Strip's ubiquitous video screens and light displays in an effort to ignore the pushy handbill distributors. But some tourists accept the pamphlets and glossy cards that advertise all-but-nude exotic dancers. Then, more often than not, they toss the material in the trash. Or if a trash can isn't nearby, onto the sidewalk — creating an endless X-rated litter problem that Las Vegas officials are now trying to clean up. A new ordinance requires handbillers to pick up litter within a 25-foot radius on the sidewalk. But there's a hitch: The law might run afoul of the First Amendment. "If someone takes some material, regardless of what it is, and then walks down the street and decides to drop it, that's the person who is littering. That's the person that is responsible, not the person who gave it to them originally," said Allen Lichtenstein, general counsel for the Nevada American Civil Liberties Union. Mead Gruver/AP An unidentified couple on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk push a toddler in a stroller past a discarded pamphlet advertising exotic dancers. Las Vegas police aren't enforcing the ordinance yet. The ACLU has been meeting regularly with the exotic dancer businesses and police to talk about how that will happen, as well as encourage handbillers to help keep the Strip clean. The group has not yet challenged the law in court. Meanwhile, handbillers — they're also called "card-slappers" for the noise they make to get people's attention — are as in-your-face as ever. "They're totally annoying," John Marquez, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, said on a recent evening. "I pretty much take them and toss them in the first garbage can I see." One card he'd just grabbed near the Monte Carlo advertised a nearly nude woman named "Giesele" and a "$35 Special" but offered no other details on what the deal involved. Continue Reading

Farmville vs. Las Vegas: Which is 2016’s best debate town?

Tuesday’s vice presidential debate marks the only setting in which we’ll see a clash between the two gray-haired, 50-something white guys who want to be almost-president.And Tim Kaine and Mike Pence’s first and last battle unfolds in the equally wholesome town of Farmville, Va., population 8,000. The community sits 2,000 miles and worlds away from Las Vegas, where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s last battle will unfold on Oct. 19.With the VP debate expected to be 90 minutes of televised Ambien, OnPolitics decided to jazz up our coverage with a face-off between the debates’ most disparate cities.Las Vegas vs. Farmville.Sin City vs. Farm City.The Entertainment Capital of the World vs. the Farmvilling Capital of the World.Let’s do this.When it comes to iconic signs, Vegas is unparalleled. Visitors recognize this light-up neon cowboy, this light-up neon cowboy on a horse and this light-up neon cowgirl from some place called Glitter Gulch (do not Google “Glitter Gulch”).But Vegas’ most Vegas-y sign is this one:Farmville, on the other hand, has this:The sign depicts a bridge in town where a Civil War battle unfolded, with Union and Confederacy trains on its track. Local artist Al Buczek made it from locally sourced materials in 2014.This is the more noble sign. Winner: FarmvilleAgain, tough to beat Vegas, where you can, for some reason, see Britney Spears in residency at Planet Hollywood and then eat at the Harley-Davidson Cafe.For a Yelp-approved day, debate attendees can down Kobe-style beef at Gangnam Asian BBQ before getting their mind read on stage by mentalist Frederic Da Silva and crashing at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where a few hundred bucks gets a luxury terrace suite complete with a “bubbler tub.” #bubblertubFarmville’s most Yelp-worthy attractions include the Fishin’ Pig, a non-Asian BBQ joint with apparently delicious tacos. The top-rated Continue Reading

Slump hits sin city

This is not just a place people are born and live. Las Vegas is an enterprise. It is a deal people enter, a set of givens agreed upon: More is better. Biggest is best. To live in Las Vegas is to stake your future on this enterprise — for better or worse. For the past 20 years, it has been for better. The unemployment rate was minuscule. Gleaming new casinos were built on "old" casinos like so many sandcastles on a beach. Hundreds of neat stucco houses promised a palm tree or a pool or both for nearly everyone with a paycheck. In Las Vegas, average people are versed in the statistics that impress relatives from back East and testify to the success of this enterprise: 39 million visitors, almost 140,000 hotel rooms, 10 new schools a year. It was a place that not only believed its own hype, but depended on it. And so, it has been a shock as, quietly and slowly, everything has changed. Like many U.S. cities, Las Vegas is watching its economy reel. Home values have plummeted. Foreclosures have exploded. Unemployment is the highest it's been in at least 20 years. For the first time in decades, the population has stopped growing. Casino projects are on hold. Planes full of free-spending tourists are landing with less frequency. Long the embodiment of American confidence, the city is now in limbo. In Las Vegas, the economic mess is also an identity crisis. ___ "Jackpot Town!" the headline read. And above it was the smiling face of Jesse Grice. He was just 27, six years into his career as an Elvis impersonator. A young Elvis Presley. A fit, fresh, gold lame Elvis, on the cover of Time Magazine. As he tells it now, even then in November 1998, he could not believe his luck. He'd loved this town since he was a teenager in Dallas, when his father, a salesman, sold enough Tropicana orange juice to win a trip to Sin City, then returned with tales of the fantasy land in the desert. By the time Grice arrived in 1993, the fantasy had grown larger. The Continue Reading

NHL will explore expansion, possibly to Las Vegas; Carey Price wins Hart, Vezina and Lindsay trophies

The NHL's board of governors formally requested after a Wednesday meeting in Las Vegas that prospective owners place their bets on a franchise — be it through expansion or relocation. The league has 30 teams now. By the fall of 2017, that number could increase. "Over the past several years we have received numerous expressions of interest from potential markets and ownership groups that have indicated an interest in joining the National Hockey League," commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The board decided today to examine those expressions more formally and also to welcome any other groups or markets that may be considering pursuit of an NHL team." Follow The Daily News on Facebook. Click here to "Like." Specifically, the board authorized "the undertaking of a formal process to evaluate expressions of interest from markets and ownership groups interested in obtaining NHL clubs," and requested that parties interested in an expansion franchise file applications by Aug. 10. The league will make applications available starting on July 6. RELATED: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE NHL'S SWITCH TO 3-ON-3 OVERTIME Bettman clarified that "the fact that we are beginning this process does not necessarily mean that any expansion teams will be granted as a result of this process." However, it was no coincidence that he made this announcement from Sin City. In an expansion process that likely would add two franchises to balance the league's two conferences at 16 teams apiece, Las Vegas is the leading contender to land a new team. An arena is under construction just off the strip. Prospective owner Billy Foley reportedly has taken deposits for more than 11,500 season tickets. Bettman reportedly told the NHL board about interest from ownership groups in three cities: Las Vegas, Seattle and Quebec City. Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, who first reported the NHL's intentions to open a formal expansion process early Wednesday afternoon, said the minimum expansion Continue Reading

Las Vegas doctor hosted drug-fueled swingers sex parties: cops

Dr. Feel Good has some explaining to do. A Las Vegas surgeon and his wife hosted swingers parties at their swanky suburban mansion, fueling the lurid festivities with psychedelic drugs, sexy costumes and guest lists that topped a hundred free-wheeling revelers, authorities said. Dr. Andrew Scott Martin, 47, is now facing 10 drug charges and the possibility of prison after unwittingly inviting undercover cops to join the fun, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. His 36-year-old wife, Jennifer Martin, was also charged along with six others and has pleaded guilty to one drug count. Officers from a Las Vegas organized crime unit hunted the hard-partying doc for months, donning sexy outfits for exclusive galas with themes that included “Frost and Furs,” “Neon Kitties” and “Eyes Wide Shut.” The cops, posing as a couple, earned their first invitation after setting up a phony account on an adult website, authorities said. Six partygoers, including Jovan Sanita Smith (left) and Shannon Grammer, were arrested along with a Las Vegas doc who allegedly hosted free-wheeling bashes for sexy swingers. “Dr. Scott, he was very friendly with us,” Officer Cynthia Hurtado told a grand jury, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. “It was a swingers lifestyle party, which means people, couples had sexual intercourse with each other. We portrayed ourselves that we didn’t participate in any of that. We were just wondering what it was all about.” Rebuffing the handsy surgeon wasn’t always easy, cops said. Martin allegedly tried twice to deliver a dose of the party drug MDMA with a kiss, authorities said. When she said she needed something to loosen up, he reportedly replied, “I will get you loose once I have sex with you later.” Martin opened ASM Ortho after an impressive career as an orthopedic surgeon in the Navy, including a Continue Reading

Taraji P. Henson twerks in a bikini during holiday getaway in Las Vegas

Cookie gone wild! Taraji P. Henson sure knows how to celebrate a holiday weekend. The "Empire" star headed to Las Vegas with some of her famous friends to party for Memorial Day Weekend. One such friend is her director Lee Daniels, 55, who caught Henson twerking in a bikini in a video he posted on Instagram. "She's troubled," he jokingly captioned the clip posted to his page Sunday. Lee Daniels posts an Instagram video of Taraji P. Henson twerking in a bikini in Las Vegas over the Memorial Day Weekend. In another photo Daniels sits between his daughter, Clara, and Henson with the caption, "We up to no good now … It's time to go." The 44-year-old actress also documented their fun-filled holiday getaway in Sin City, where she was also joined by comedian Kevin Hart and his fiancée Eniko Parrish. Taraji P. Henson partied in Las Vegas over the Memorial Day Weekend with director Lee Daniels, his daughter, and his boyfriend. "NEVER a dull moment with this fool!!! @kevinhart," she captioned a video on Instagram Sunday. "I love him sooooo much!!!" In another video Henson posted, Hart's lady can be seen dancing among a bevy of other bikini-clad beauties. "I'm telling YOU, we are ALL TURNT WAAAAAAYYYYY (UP)," she wrote. In another snapshot Henson appears to have partied just a bit too much as she sits with glassy eyes staring at Daniels. "@theoriginalbigdaddy is trying to direct me in Vegas," she wrote. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Jennifer Lopez announces Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood

Jennifer Lopez is saying goodbye to American Idol, and hello to Las Vegas. The performer announced on the show that she would be getting a residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Tuesday. She not only shared the big news during "Idol," she took to her Instagram and posted a high-energy promo for her Vegas show. "This is going to be the show I've always dreamed of creating," she captioned the video, which announced tickets would go on sale Saturday. "I've been preparing for this moment my entire life," Lopez said in a statement. "The show is going to be a multifaceted high energy Jenny from the Block party, mixing all aspects of what my fans and I love—Dance, Hip Hop, Latin and Pop. It's going to be the show I've always dreamt of creating." The "American Idol" judge follows in the footsteps of many other pop divas who have made their way to Sin City for a Vegas residency tour including Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain and Olivia Newton-John. The show begins January 2016. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Britney Spears announces plans to extend Las Vegas residency following on-stage fall

Britney Spears said "the show must go on" after taking a spill on-stage in Las Vegas last week. In fact, the pop star appeared on "Ellen" Tuesday to announce she's extending her Sin City residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino "for three more months." "I just think you should give our entire audience tickets," she told the daytime talk show host while wearing a black supportive boot with her black mini-dress. "I tore some ligaments," she explained. Spears hurt herself during one of her sold out Las Vegas "Piece of Me" performances on Wednesday when she fell on stage. "I actually wasn't doing anything that hard. I was just kind of bopping around," the "Crazy" singer recalled. The outcome of the fall wasn't Spears' biggest concern. It was the fact that she hasn't taken a tumble like that during any of her Vegas performances since the beginning of her residency. "I've done like eight years worth of shows. Plenty of shows and I've never actually fell on stage so it was really kind of embarrassing," she confessed. She first showed off the medical boot on Instagram Friday, two days after the on-stage fall. "This boot was made for walkin'," she playfully captioned the pic. Despite the injury, Spears' Vegas residency, a 113-performance deal that began on Dec. 27, 2013 and was originally slated to conclude in September, has been extremely successful and has already garnered the pop star some awards. "So you won these awards, which are really cool," DeGeneres said. "You won best show in Vegas, best bachelorette party in Vegas, so people come to your show and you must see wild things." "A lot of wild things," Spears replied before providing an example. "Tattoos of my face on people's arms, which is really kind of crazy." ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Chris Brown threatens Tyson Beckford over selfie with Karrueche Tran in Las Vegas

Chris Brown ain't loyal. But the R&B bad boy still wasn't happy to see his ex Karrueche Tran's selfie with supermodel Tyson Beckford. "Saturday with @Karrueche #Vegas #Palms #Blasian," the sexy 44-year-old model captioned the pic on Instagram. The pair was among several celebrities that spent the Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas, but Brown was not pleased to see his ex-girlfriend having so much fun without him. "U wanna keep walking them runways," the "Loyal" singer reportedly tweeted Sunday in a series of threatening posts that have all been deleted. "I need ta legs for that. Keep playing like I ain't wit the bullshit." But Brown, 26, is actually "wit the bulls--t" which is why he and Tran are no longer together after a long tumultuous love affair. The 27-year-old model ended the relationship in March after she found out through social media that Brown fathered a baby girl named Royalty with another woman, whom they both know. "There ain't no making up right now," she told Iyanla Vanzant in a recent interview. "There's no making up." Since then Tran has been spotted out and about looking quite happy and at peace. In the selfie with Beckford she is blowing a kiss to the camera as he smiles. "I'm done all this internet talking blood," Brown reportedly tweeted. "Be in Vegas soon. Keep playing ima f--k ya baby momma and then whoop yo child like he mine." Seemingly unfazed, Beckford quickly responded, "@officialchrisbrown it's all about fun in vegas. Come thru papa." Critics were quick to point out that Beckford tweeted the wrong account and called him out for being scared while others just had fun with the comical feud. "@TysonCBeckford scared he didn't even have the balls 2 tag the real chris brown!" one fan wrote. Another poked fun at Brown, writing, "@TysonCBeckford @chrisbrown won't hit you cuz you ain't a girl." Continue Reading