Monthly Archives: January 2019

Shocker: Celine Dion Could Move to Park MGM

Did the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority just drop a huge entertainment bombshell?

If it’s not a monumental gaff, it seems Celine Dion isn’t done in Las Vegas when her show at Caesars Entertainment ends on June 8, 2019. She’ll jump ship to the competition, Park MGM.

Here’s the premature post to the LVCVA’s Instagram account.

Celine Dion Park MGM

Let’s hope whoever posted this gets a raise, not a pink slip.

Note: The post on Instagram has since been deleted.

A Celine residency at Park MGM hasn’t been officially announced by Celine’s people or Park MGM, but the LVCVA might know something the rest of us don’t.

You’ll recall Britney Spears couldn’t announce her plans for Park MGM until her contract ran out at Planet Hollywood (Caesars Entertainment).

The cancellation of Spears’ residency at Park MGM leaves a gaping hole in the Park Theater schedule, and Dion’s move would send shock waves through the world of Vegas entertainment.

We were the first to share Jennifer Lopez has also been poached by Park MGM.

The pattern has been Park MGM (MGM Resorts) making lavish offers these performers can’t refuse. Britney Spears was going to make $500,000 per show, and Lady Gaga is reportedly making $1 million per show.

Celine

Define “final.”

Celine’s run at Caesars Palace has resulted in the two highest-grossing residencies in Las Vegas history, but it’s entirely possible she’s not done yet.

It’s worth noting Celine attended Lady Gaga’s premiere at Park MGM. It was thought she was merely being supportive of her fellow diva, but if Dion is making the move to Park MGM, lots of pieces of the puzzle fall neatly into place.

It’s also rumored Celine Dion is building a new house in Las Vegas. That doesn’t sound like somebody who’s hanging it up.

At this point, Celine Dion’s move to Park MGM hasn’t been officially confirmed, but if it is, remember you heard it here first.

Thanks to @Celiniacs for pointing us to this scoop.

Update (1/15/19): The LVCVA says their post was a goof. They didn’t go so far as to say Celine won’t be doing another Vegas residency, however.

We’ll take them at their word, but trust and verify (in June 2019).

“The Naked Magicians” Will Get Fully Frontal at MGM Grand

A new show is headed for MGM Grand, and it’s about as Vegas as you can get.

“The Naked Magicians,” quite simply, perform magic naked.

The only downside is they’re dudes. All due respect.

Australian magicians, and extraordinarily brave souls, Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne will perform at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club inside MGM Grand starting Feb. 13, 2019.

It’s the duo’s first Las Vegas residency, but they’ve performed in more than 200 cities.

Naked Magicians Las Vegas

If only these guys could come up with a marketing hook.

In a news release, Christopher Wayne says, “It’s kind of crazy because magic is the second-oldest profession and we couldn’t believe no one had combined the two things that everyone loves: magic and nudity.”

Define “no one,” magic boy. It’s Vegas!

Ever hear of “Showgirls of Magic”? It had a decent run at Hotel San Remo, now called Hooters.

And let’s not forget the sheer awesomeness of “Centerfolds of Magic” which ran at the Plaza for 15 minutes. (Three weeks, actually, but who’s counting?)

History lapses aside, “The Naked Magicians” has potential, and we’d see it despite our longstanding loyalty to “Puppetry of the Penis,” mainly because the cast was on our podcast.

We’re definitely looking forward to seeing “The Naked Magicians” perform the classic cups and balls.

Oh, like you didn’t know we’d make that joke.

Tickets for “The Naked Magicians” start at $55. This is a 21-or-older only show. See more at the show’s official Web site.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 92: Circa Revelations and Beyond

It’s the podcast your mother would’ve warned you about had she not been spending so much time planning your intervention!

We’ve jammed a metric hell-ton of Vegas into this episode, so flair yourself a frosty cocktail, kick back and indulge in a buffet of Sin City scoop.

The announcement of Circa Las Vegas (formerly the 18 Fremont project) grabbed all the headlines this week, and we’ve got an in-depth interview with Circa’s owner, Derek Stevens.

Stevens shares details about how Circa Resort & Casino came to be, including a jigsaw puzzle of deals that made the improbable project possible.

Circa Las Vegas

This ain’t your grandpa’s downtown.

Despite the fascinating interview with Derek Stevens, we still manage to deliver yet another disappointing installment of the podcast, complete with puerile humor and reckless speculation.

We’ve got the latest about the sale of Bonnie Springs Ranch, drama surrounding the closure of “A Mob Story” at Plaza, the next chapter in the feud between Resorts World and Wynn Resorts, Raiders owner Mark Davis’ new home (with its nine bathrooms) and more.

Bonnie Springs Ranch

Bonnie Springs Ranch was fun while it lasted, and it lasted a long, long time. The place was originally built in 1843.

Naturally, we round up the latest casino and restaurant news, including items about Downtown Grand’s new hotel tower, the 60-foot sculpture coming to the pool at Palms, plus a cavalcade of updates about shows both new (“The Naked Magicians”) and making moves (“Magical Dream”).

Our “Listicle of the Week” reveals which slot machines have the lowest casino holds, giving you the illusion of control over your gambling destiny.

Listen and learn. Or probably just that first thing. You know how you are.

Circa Resort & Casino: Name, Details Revealed for New Downtown Resort

It’s been a long time coming, but now we know the name of the new casino resort coming to downtown in 2020: Circa Resort & Casino.

The owners of Circa, Derek and Greg Stevens, revealed the name and details of the resort at their Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The Stevens also own The D and Golden Gate casinos.

Here’s a good look at Circa, and it’s about time!

Circa Las Vegas

Boom as the kids say. Not very many of them say that, but some.

Not going to lie, we got warm feelings in our special places when we first saw that rendering, and it’s just the beginning.

Ready to experience some warmth?

Circa Las Vegas

Circa will be the tallest building in downtown Las Vegas. “Circa” comes from the Latin, “circum,” so you might say it will be circum-sized.

The new resort, expected to cost in the neighborhood of $1 billion, will sit on the former site of the Las Vegas Club, Mermaids casino and the Glitter Gulch strip club.

Circa casino is touted as the first ground-up resort development since 1980. That was the Sundance, which later became Fitzgerald’s and then The D.

The name Circa is meant to “celebrate the timeless spirit of the city while leading the charge for a bold new era with game-changing guest offerings.”

Here’s a slick video about this new Vegas offering.

According to the official news release, Circa “will mix the glamour of vintage Vegas with modern luxuries and cutting-edge technology, honoring the golden age of the city. Guests can expect top-notch entertainment while enjoying honest, attentive and friendly service.”

Shockingly, we actually love the name and we hate everything.

Circa Las Vegas

We’re just going to keep sharing renderings until you make us stop.

The only moment of pause we had when we first heard the name (after which we were sworn to secrecy, and it’s been weeks of agony ever since) is it sounded a little like “Circus Circus,” but the feeling quickly passed. We suspect the chances of confusion between these two casinos will be slim to none.

Now, we’re more interested in diving into what in the hell the Stevens and their team of geniuses have been up to. (Disclaimer: We are friends with many of the aforementioned geniuses, and we also work at Fremont Street Experience downtown, however, our opinions are our own.)

From the renderings, it appears they’ve been up to a lot.

Circa Las Vegas

Here’s the entrance on Fremont Street where Mermaids used to be. Please stop whining about missing the fried Oreos, they were gross. We know because we had the last one ever sold.

Circa will have 777 rooms, “a range of eclectic restaurants” (to be announced later), the longest outdoor bar on Fremont Street, a spa (we got to break that one on our podcast in Feb. 2016) and, understatement of the year, a pool.

In our 2016 interview with Derek Stevens, he described downtown as “underpooled,” and it’s clear Circa will seek to remedy that.

The hotel will feature a huge, multi-tiered pool amphitheater, which isn’t something we knew existed until pretty much right now.

There will be six pools and a huge video screen, as well as the anticipated beverages, food, beverages, private cabanas, beverages and DJs. But most beverages. The pool complex will accommodate 4,000 people.

Circa Las Vegas

They’re going to need a really big remote.

But wait, there’s more.

If you know anything about Derek Stevens and his crew, you know they love the sportsball (and the puckball also, especially since the Vegas Golden Knights came to town).

It’s not surprising, then, that Circa will have a multi-level, stadium-style sportsbook. Since it’s Las Vegas, you know it will also have “the biggest screen in sportsbook history.”

Circa Las Vegas sportsbook

Not your everyday man cave.

The Stevens recently announced a partnership with sports gaming media organization Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) to bring an in-house broadcast studio to Circa.

While we’re not a sports person, we’re going to just roll with the punches on this one. Which, it should be noted, is a sports metaphor.

We also snagged this sweet rendering of the casino bar at Circa.

Circa Las Vegas

Longbar at The D is shaking in its boots right about now.

Check out this shot of the Circa Las Vegas casino. It will have two levels, rare in Las Vegas, although The D has a two-floor casino as well.

We suspect a good number of our hard-earned dollars will be devoted to beating the pants off the Stevens brothers. They’ll be fine.

Circa Las Vegas

Dibs on Wheel of Fortune, wherever it might end up.

The D and Golden Gate recently combined their loyalty clubs, and The One card will work at Circa when it opens as well.

As if that’s not enough sensory overload, you should get a load of the parking garage.

The parking garage will be named, wait for it, Garage Mahal. Told you there are geniuses involved. When we shared that scoop back in July 2018, complete with a misspelling, people thought we were kidding. Rude.

Circa Garage Mahal

The Taj Mahal was named for an emperor’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, making this the most useless caption in the history of ever.

Why tout a parking garage? Or give it a name? It’s because it’s fun. Remember when Las Vegas casinos did nutty stuff just for entertainment value? Well, there you go.

Garage Mahal promises to be state-of-the-art, designed specifically with rideshare in mind.

Circa Las Vegas

Nobody ever thinks to give props to the graphic artist who does these renderings, but we owe them a cocktail.

It will have 1,200 spaces and will be across Main Street between the Plaza and Main Street Station. It will be connected to the main hotel by a bridge. We took a photo of the space awhile back, to help get your bearings.

What’s left to say, other than please dive into the renderings and if you don’t feel things you might be a cyborg.

One final note: Vegas fans will be pleased to know the Stevens have confirmed news we’ve shared previously. The iconic Vegas Vickie statue will be making her way back to Fremont Street as part of the Circa Las Vegas resort.

Vegas Vickie is the counterpart of Vegas Vic, and she once sat above the Glitter Gulch strip club. Read more.

Vegas Vickie will be refurbished and will be a key design feature of Circa’s hotel lobby. Vickie’s coming back, Vegas Vic, so better clean up your act. (Looking at you, Pioneer gift shop.)

Learn more by visiting the official Web site for Circa Resort & Casino Las Vegas.

Update (1/15/19): You heard it here first! The address for Circa Las Vegas will be 8 Fremont Street. Lucky number!

Circa Las Vegas

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Bonnie Springs Ranch Reportedly Sold, Set to Close

A popular Las Vegas attraction, Bonnie Springs Ranch, has been sold and will close.

Upon news of the sale, we contacted the Bonnie Springs Motel and were informed while employees haven’t been officially notified of the sale, the motel won’t take reservations beyond Feb. 2019.

Bonnie Springs Ranch

Bonnie Springs Ranch was a portal to another, much sweatier, time.

According to sources, Bonnie Springs Ranch will be leveled by April, including its zoo and buildings.

Bonnie Springs Ranch is touted as a replica of an Old West town and is located in the Red Rock Canyon area, 20 miles west of Las Vegas.

The ranch spans 63 acres.

Bonnie Springs Ranch

Let’s just say Bonnie Springs Ranch has a lot of old-timey charm.

The “Bonnie” in Bonnie Springs Ranch comes from Bonnie McGaugh, the woman who purchased the ranch in 1952.

McGaugh, a one-time dancer and showgirl, passed away in 2016.

While she purchased the ranch in 1952, the ranch’s history dates back to 1840, or approximately “like a bajillion years ago” in Millennial years.

Fun fact: The zoo at Bonnie Springs Ranch started when the owner took in two two pygmy goats from (wait for it) Wayne Newton.

Bonnie Springs Ranch

Tweren’t nothing fancy, but people seemed to like it.

Wikipedia mentions speculation Bonnie Springs Ranch is haunted, but we won’t elaborate because ghosts don’t actually exist and there’s already plenty of stupidity in the world.

Here’s us talking about the rumored sale of Bonnie Springs Ranch on Channel 8, because we sort of always have to make things about us.

Bonnie Springs Ranch

Racial sensitivity, be damned, we’re having a rootin’-tootin’ good time!

It’s unknown what plans the buyer of Bonnie Springs Ranch might have for the sprawling site, or its zoo animals or Old West artifacts.

Update (1/8/19): A source tells us Bonnie Springs Ranch was sold for $30 million. Following our scoop, NevadaCurrent.com shared plans have been filed with Clark County to divide up the ranch into 22 parcels for residential housing. Documents show the buyer of Bonnie Springs Ranch is Joel Laub, former CEO of Astoria Homes.

Update (1/9/19): Our story has been confirmed by a number of sources. It’s expected the sale will be finalized in March 2019 when demolition will begin, but the buyer has agreed construction will not start until the zoo animals are relocated. Plans call for 20 homes to be built (each 2-3 acres), as well as a 25-room motel and 5,400-square foot event barn, whatever that might actually be.

 

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 91: So Inside Vegas, It May Require Forceps

Fair warning: This isn’t your average podcast. It’s below average. By a substantial amount. But that doesn’t mean it won’t help kill an hour, so there’s that.

In this episode, get exclusive scoop about the upcoming sale of Rio Las Vegas, big changes in store for Hard Rock and the latest in the Wynn Resorts lawsuit against Resorts World.

You’ll also get several earsful of opinions about the opening of the sprawling Eataly at Park MGM.

Eataly Las Vegas

You could call it a food court, but you’d be right.

Of course, you’ll get perfunctory news about Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, “Legends in Concert,” the sale of Therapy restaurant, a new location for Tacos El Gordo, upcoming restaurant changes at SLS and more, but you’ll also hear us winning lots of money at Wheel of Fortune, which sort of supersedes all the rest of that nonsense.

We also snuck into the Liberace mansion, which is a thing.

Liberace bathtub

If Liberace’s tub could talk. That would be weird. It’s an inanimate object.

Enjoy the final episode of the first season of the Vital Vegas podcast and, as always, we apologize in advance.