Vital Vegas Podcast, Episode 22: Big Elvis, “Jason Bourne” Reviewed and More

This episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast is so full of Las Vegas, it may need a fresh pair of Spanx.

First, we share our boundless disappointment in “Jason Bourne,” filmed partly in Las Vegas. This ridiculous cavalcade of “meh”┬áis by far the worst installment of the Bourne film series, and we’re even including that awful Jeremy Renner one nobody went to see.

Jason Bourne

Even a flashy Strip chase can’t save this hot mess.

We’ve also got an interview with a Las Vegas legend, Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee. Vallee was a fixture at Barbary Coast and Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, and his show continues to draw legions of fans at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Vallee talks about his Las Vegas journey, challenges with his health (including a death-defying car accident in 2015) and an upcoming honor. In October, he’ll join such Las Vegas luminaries as Wayne Newton, Liberace, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley as a recipient of a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

Big Elvis Las Vegas

Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee hangs out after his free shows to schmooze with fans. He’s got a heart as big as his talent.

Of course, we give our slightly inebriated take on all the latest Las Vegas news, and share a metric hell-ton of exclusives, because that’s how we roll.

Test your ability to endure the mediocre and take a listen.

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  • Bouldersteve

    Scott thanks for your review of the latest Jason Bourne film. Have heard mixed reviews but I will take your advice and skip this one. You saved me a few dollars and a couple of hours. Never was a BIG Elvis Presley fan but I am a BIG fan of Pete Vallee aka BIG Elvis fan. Seen him preform several times and he always delivers. He engages and connects with the audience..a must for any lounge act.

    • Yeah, “Bourne” was disappointing, but some people don’t seem to care. I’d say see it for the Vegas, just not in a theater.

      • Bouldersteve

        I will wait for it to come to Redbox. Probably be there sooner than later.

  • Ron Villemaire

    enjoyed the podcast and I especially enjoyed your interview wih Pete Vallee AKA Big Elvis….He is what brings me back to Vegas again and again…i have know Pete for 13 years now and i consider him to be a friend….I’ve attended over 100 of his shows and it’s never enough..each show is unique and special…and as you said Pete is the Last Man Standing….I was never fortunate enough to see Elvis in concert But Pete more than makes up for it….his voice and personality are something Special and not to be nissed….

    • Thank you. Pete’s a sweetheart and if anyone represents the Vegas vibe, it’s him.

  • Kevin McShane

    Question for the podcast or you can answer here, thanks Mr. Vital.

    Scott a couple weeks ago you ran a piece on your podcast of you talking on a local radio show about the NFL building stadium in one of the various locations that has been proposed. I don’t have your direct quote but you said something along the lines you don’t think the NFL bringing a team and stadium being built will necessarily be a slum dunk of economic positive impact for LV. I was curious if you could expand on why? Is this because of past impacts on local economies when the NFL comes? Just curious on why?

    • Hi, Kevin, sorry for the delay in responding. There’s quite a bit of evidence public funding for stadiums leads to private profit, rather than the betterment of the surrounding area or citizens whose tax money goes into that funding. Here’s a great resource: http://www.fieldofschemes.com/