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Fremont Street Experience Announces Concert Series Schedule for 2019

Fremont Street Experience has announced its Downtown Rocks summer concert series schedule for 2019. Which we sort of just said in the headline, but we needed an opening sentence before the graphic, so there you go.

Fremont Street Experience concerts

The word “free” is music to our ears.

2019 Fremont Street Experience free concerts schedule:

googie May 24 – Good Charlotte
googie June 15 – Nelly
googie June 29 – Sugar Ray
googie July 4 – Eli Young Band
googie July 20 – Fuel, Toadies and Sponge
googie July 27 – Pop 2000 Tour hosted by Lance Bass, with O-Town, Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera and Tyler Hilton
googie Aug. 10 – Collective Soul
googie Aug. 17 – Buckcherry
googie Aug. 24 – Cheap Trick
googie Aug. 30 – The Wallflowers
googie Sep. 1 – I Love the ’90s featuring Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan, All-4-One, Tone Loc and Coolio
googie Sep. 28 – Smash Mouth
googie Oct. 19 – Muddfest featuring Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Trapt, Saving Abel and Tantric

Most of the free Fremont Street Experience concerts start at 9:00 p.m.

Fremont Street concerts

Free rocks. Shout-out to Mermaids.

When you’re visiting downtown for these free shows, look up. The Viva Vision canopy at Fremont Street Experience is getting a $32 million upgrade.

The upgrade is expected to begin in early May 2019, and will officially debut on New Year’s Eve. The light shows will continue to run during the upgrade, which will be done in eight phases, in 150-foot sections (starting at the west end of the canopy, near Golden Gate).

Here’s a look at what’s being replaced on the Fremont Street Experience screen.

Viva Vision LEDs

Fremont Street Experience debuted in 1995 and got an upgrade to its old-timey LEDs in 2004. They’re old-timey again.

Full disclosure: We work in digital marketing at Fremont Street Experience as our day job. Our opinions are our own, despite the fact we haven’t really expressed any in this blog post. Though, we like Cheap Trick a lot. And that “All Stars” song from “Shrek.” And we are also a big fan of light shows.

Get details about the free concert series at the official Fremont Street Experience Web site.

“Atomic Saloon Show” to Open in Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes

The twisted geniuses at Spiegelworld, the team responsible for “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, are bringing another show to the Las Vegas Strip.

“Atomic Saloon Show” will open at Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian on Sep. 8, 2019.

Atomic Saloon Show

They had us at “saloon.”

“Absinthe,” of course, is one of the all-time greatest Las Vegas shows, ever, so everyone’s ears perk up when Spiegelworld says it’s creating a new Las Vegas show.

Spiegelworld’s “Opium” at Cosmopolitan hasn’t quite gained the momentum of “Absinthe,” but the quirky, sci-fi variety show is still alive and kicking.

“Atomic Saloon Show” is being described as “Blazing Saddles” meets “America’s Got Talent” meets “Westworld.”

Hey, two out of three ain’t bad.

Please enjoy this baffling promotional video for “Atomic Saloon Show,” and we apologize in advance. Props for the nod to Ennio Morricone, though.

As with all Spiegelworld news releases, the one announcing “Atomic Saloon Show” is brimming with WTF.

“Her first hotel was acquired by the government as an atomic bomb test site, but, decades later, Boozy Skunkton has returned to take over the Kraken Music Hall, a hidden saloon bar in the heart of Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort,” the release shares.

Exciting, especially because until just now we didn’t know there was a Kraken Music Hall at the Grand Canal Shoppes.

It continues, “Boozy has collected the most abnormally sexy but sensationally amoral troupe of entertainers on Earth and is determined to create the greatest saloon show the world has ever known.”

Translation: It’s a variety show.

The show will feature comic actors, variety acts and acrobats.

Atomic Saloon Show

Spiegelworld thinks differently.

The show will be directed by “Britain’s leading comedy director Cal McCrystal.” Sometimes, you just have to take their word for it.

According to the Spiegelworld, McCrystal is best-known as the director of a well-received stage play, “One Man, Two Guvnors,” starring James Corden.

The release also states McCrystal is known for his “direction and role” in the “deeply moving and hilarious” movies “Paddington” and “Paddington 2.” While he didn’t direct either film, McCrystal apparently served as “Physical Comedy Consultant” for both “Paddington” films. Here’s his Web site.

McCrystal seems to have a solid pedigree in live theater direction, so we have high hopes for “Atomic Saloon Show.” We also expect there to be nubile performers, as there are in “Absinthe” and “Opium,” so there’s that.

Fun fact: McCrystal directed comedy routines featured in “Zumanity.”

While the success of “Absinthe” is hard to replicate, there’s no denying the team at Spiegelworld offers a refreshing alternative to the Cirque and magic and topless revues so common in Las Vegas.

All due respect to topless revues.

“Atomic Saloon Show” will run six nights a week, dark Wednesdays. The show will be restricted to those 18 or older. Tickets start at $69. Note: They actually start at $68, but what’s the fun in that?

Spiegelworld gets bonus points for the names of its ticket packages: Fallout Shelters, Bikini Atoll Booths, Rodeo-Active Reserve and Reactor VIP Reserve.

Learn more (not really, though) at the official Web site.

Also on the horizon from Spiegelworld, a disco-themed show, “We Are Here.”

We Are Here

We don’t know where “We Are Here” will be, actually.

“We Are Here,” according to the official Web site, “mines the music bedrock of disco’s iconic tracks to explore the rise of a popular movement, and the stunning backlash against it. Forget white suits and mirror balls, this is a celebration of the beat that set the world on fire and continues to unify generations and cultures at a time when we need it more than ever.”

Long live disco, we say.

There’s no word yet on where that production will land, but expect to hear more details soon.

Christina Aguilera’s Las Vegas Residency Is a Lock

Christina Aguilera will start a Las Vegas residency on May 31, 2019 at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood.

The official announcement of the residency was made Jan. 29, 2019, but that’s not when fans knew it was happening.

Christina Aguilera

We like this version of Christina Aguilera more than the flashy one.

One of the more interesting aspects of Aguilera’s residency announcement is the fact vigilant fans caught a post on the singer’s Web site listing her 16 performance dates prior to the official announcement.

The schedule was swiftly removed from the site, but the Internet never forgets and the word was already out in a big way.

Christina Aguilera

Don’t worry, Web intern. Hopefully, you find a gig working for someone relevant next time.

Christina Aguilera’s Las Vegas residency follows on the heels of successful residencies at Planet Hollywood by her fellow pop princesses: Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani.

A planned residency by Britney Spears at Park MGM resort was recently canceled due to family issues.

Fans even caught wind of the show’s artwork.

Christina Aguilera

You go, fans.

Here are her 2019 show dates for Planet Hollywood.

  • May 31
  • June 1, 5, 7, 8, 13, 15, 16
  • Sep. 20, 21, 24, 27, 28
  • Oct. 2, 4, 5

While we’re sure the folks at Caesars Entertainment, owners of Planet Hollywood, and some in the media (“You promised us an exclusive, Xtina!”) are pulling their hair out about somebody on Aguilera’s team jumping the gun, buzz is buzz and the gaff generated as much or more publicity than the actual announcement.

Social media goofs are an ongoing headache for performers. Obsessive fans never miss a thing. Just ask Celine Dion.

Aguilera’s Vegas residency is further evidence, as if we needed more, A-list entertainers no longer see Sin City as a place where careers go to die. For those who do it right, there’s big money to be made in Las Vegas.

Time will tell if Christina Aguilera gets it right.

Our suggestions: 1) Price it right. 2) Make it good (as few backing tracks as possible, please). 3) Don’t overstay your welcome.

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.

Britney Spears Pulls the Plug on Park MGM Residency

We broke the story Britney Spears would do a residency at Park Theater following her successful run at Planet Hollywood, but even we didn’t see this coming.

Spears announced she’s canceling her “Domination” residency at Park MGM, presumably due to her father’s illness.

Technically, Spears is claiming the residency is just on hold “until further notice.” The residency was scheduled to start Feb. 13, 2019.

Britney Spears Las Vegas

You know what it means when there’s a red line through something.

When we first learned the string of shows would be canceled, we suspected it might be a case of bailing due to lackluster ticket sales.

Slow ticket sales were reported widely, and it appeared Spears and MGM Resorts may have over-estimated her ability to draw audiences following her stint at Planet Hollywood.

That 248-show run surprised everyone by selling more than 900,000 tickets and pulling in $137 million.

The “I’m dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family” line is, of course, a cliche used by celebrities to step away from their gigs, often taking advantage of outs in their contracts in order to save face as well as avoiding steep penalties for not fulfulling their contractual obligations.

The other feeble go-to excuse when ticket sales are flagging is “exhaustion.” Looking at you, Salt-N-Pepa.

We began to set our skepticism aside with Britney Spears, however, when we learned more about the seriousness of her father’s medical condition. He’s expected to recover.

Spears relationship with her father is a complicated one, to say the least. Her assets have been supervised by her father since her breakdown in 2008. He makes $130,000 a year as her conservator, and Spears can’t make legal or financial decisions without her father’s approval.

Beyond the medical element, we’ve received reliable information her ticket sales weren’t as abysmal as reported. While not as brisk as sales for Lady Gaga and Aerosmith, those are new residencies, so it’s not a fair comparison.

It’s possible Spears will be on the hook for millions in costs related to the cancellation of “Domination.”

At this point, we’re split on whether Britney Spears will return to fulfill her residency commitment at Park MGM.

Cancellations of this type have a huge ripple effect on those involved with the production and the resort involved, as well as surrounding businesses.

Spears had a $500,000-per-show guarantee (even more than Celine Dion makes) for her upcoming Park Theater residency, so even one of the best-paid female artists in the world would find it hard to walk away from that.