Monthly Archives: September 2019

“RuPaul’s Drag Race Live” to Sashay Into Flamingo Las Vegas

Flamingo Las Vegas has announced a new show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race Live,” to launch in early 2020.

It’s hard to imagine a harder left turn for Flamingo, considering the drag show will replace Donny and Marie Osmond’s long-running production when it closes in November 2019.

You go, Flamingo.

Honestly, has anyone ever not had a good time at a drag show?

RuPaul's Drag Race Live Flamingo

If you can’t love a drag show in Las Vegas, how the hell are you ever gonna love a drag show?

We’re resolute in our enthusiasm for the new show even after seeing RuPaul describe it as “an immersive, interactive thrill-ride.” He gets a pass, because he’s just so damned funny.

From the news release, “Each live performance is packed with outrageous comedy, eye-popping fashions, over-the-top singing and dancing, heartwarming moments, plus twists and turns that will leave the audience ‘gagging’ for more. The atmosphere of the show is interactive and encourages audience members’ participation, as if they were attending a live episode of the
world-famous competition.”

Big props to Flamingo for signing off on a news release with a “gagging” joke in it!

“RuPaul’s Drag Race Live” will feature seven performers plucked from a rotating cast including Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Coco Montrese, Derrick Barry, Eureka O’Hara, India Ferrah, Kahanna Montrese, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Shannel and Yvie Oddly.

RuPaul's Drag Race Live Las Vegas

We may or may not be using chicken cutlets right now. Don’t judge.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race Live” will perform Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 p.m. starting in January 2020. Tickets will start at $49. Get tickets at the official site.

Having a drag show at Flamingo is a fairly cunning move on the part of the resort and its owner, Caesars Entertainment.

First, the appeal of drag is much broader than you’d expect. Also, the main target demographic for this type of production hits a sweet spot for casinos as customers tend to have disposable income to eat, drink, gamble and take advantage of other amenities at a hotel-casino.

It’s one of the reasons Lady Gaga, Elton John, Britney Spears Cher and Celine are so appealing to their host casinos.

The bottom line: When “RuPaul’s Drag Race Live” opens at Flamingo, expect copious lip-syncing, over-the-top costumes and a metric hell-ton of shade.

Vegas Vic Neon Sign Gets Much-Needed Repairs

An iconic Las Vegas neon sign, Vegas Vic, was recently repaired following months of neglect.

The Fremont Street fixture, first erected in 1951, looks better than ever thanks to the efforts of the YESCO sign company. (Before you point it out, we understand “YESCO sign company” is redundant, as YESCO stands for Young Electric Sign Company, so it’s like saying “ATM machine.” We love your freakish attention to detail.)

Here’s a look at Vegas Vic following his rejuvenation surgery!

Vegas Vic Las Vegas

The neon king of smokin’ and cow-pokin’ is back! Speaking of cowpokes, awkward fact: Bestiality was legal in Nevada until 2017.

Vegas Vic made his debut in 1947, first at the Chamber of Commerce building. Shortly thereafter, he began to stand watch over the Pioneer Club.

Vegas Vic neon sign

Don’t be alarmed if you experience southerly moistness after gazing into Vegas Vic’s piercing blue eyes.

The Pioneer Club casino closed in 1995. Now, it’s a gift shop.

In fact, it was the Pioneer gift shop owner, Haim Gabay, who paid to have Vegas Vic repaired. Gabay is the former owner of the Bonanza Gift Shop, touted as the world’s largest gift shop. He sold Bonanza for $50 million in 2016.

Technically, the responsibility for maintaining Vegas Vic falls to the owner(s) of the building, in this case Schiff Enterprises. The owners have apparently been unresponsive to ongoing requests to get Vegas Vic back up to snuff. Duly noted, Schiff Enterprises.

Vegas Vic Fremont Street

When Vegas Vic first went up, he was the biggest neon sign in Nevada.

While the 40-foot-tall Vegas Vic is looking infinitely better than in recent months, he’s not the man he used to be.

Originally, Vegas Vic had a moving arm (it stopped moving in 1991) and featured audio saying, “Howdy Podner,” among other things.

In addition, a portion of Vic’s cowboy hat was trimmed away when the Fremont Street Experience was build in 1995.

Vegas Vic

Look closely and you can see where Vic’s hat was trimmed to accommodate the curve of the Viva Vision video screen.

Worth noting: The red circle in Vic’s pocket is a Durham Tobacco tag hanging from a yellow string. Vic presumably rolled his own.

Vegas Vic’s repair has sparked questions about his counterpart, Vegas Vickie.

Vegas Vickie was taken down in July 2017 (see below), and was recently transported to YESCO for a renovation. Vickie will return to Fremont Street in the new Circa Las Vegas resort in December 2020.

Vegas Vickie

Oh, like we were going to miss a chance to share this photo. Do you know this blog at all?

Vegas Vic and Vegas Vickie were married in 1994.¬†We can’t wait to see the pair reunited again following their legal separation.

Big thanks to the entities, governmental and otherwise, who kept the pressure on to get Vegas Vic back to his former glory.

Vegas Vic is an irreplaceable part of Vegas history, like the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, and it warms our cockles to see him looking so sharp again.