Category Archives: Vital Vegas Podcast

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 108: The Comeback Trail

It’s time to talk about what’s next for Las Vegas, because things pretty much suck at the moment.

Catch our award-worthy interview with international entertainment titan, Ross Mollison, producer of three hit shows on the Las Vegas Strip: “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, “Opium” at Cosmo and “Atomic Saloon” (see below) at Venetian.

Atomic Saloon

Bawdy and brazen, Ross Mollison’s shows have turned the world of Las Vegas entertainment on its head.

Mollison shares his insights about the impact of the Strip shutdown on shows, as well as scoop about his latest Vegas production currently in the works.

Ross Mollison

They broke the mold before, during and after making producer Ross Mollison.

Plus, we read some mean reviews of our podcast and share the first 10 things we’re doing when Las Vegas gets back online.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 107: Everything is Ruined

It’s the wrong podcast at precisely the wrong time, but you’re not our mom and we’re doing it, anyway.

While coronavirus isn’t the only thing happening in Las Vegas right now, it sure feels like it.

In this episode, we talk about the Las Vegas shut-down, the impact it’s having on the casino industry and what the future of Las Vegas is likely to be once the suck has subsided and the bug  has moved on.

social distancing craps

Craps players rooting against the shooter are playing the “dark side.” They’re also referred to as “don’t” bettors, or “buzzkills.”

We also provide Captain Morgan-fueled answers to tons of questions from Twitter. What could possibly go wrong?

This might not be the most feel-good episode of the podcast, it’s not like you have anything better to do while you’re sheltering-in-place, so take a listen.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 106: Hard Rock’s Swan Song, Circa’s Restaurants and More

It’s been a minute, but we’re back with a shiny new episode of the Vital Vegas podcast. Sorry!

In this over-stuffed episode, we bid a fond farewell to Hard Rock casino. The resort closed on Feb. 3, 2020, and will soon become Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

We snagged an exclusive interview with Richard “Boz” Bosworth, President and CEO of JC Hospitality, co-owner of the resort, along with Richard Branson.

During our interview (at 13:05 in the podcast), you can actually the music go quiet at Hard Rock. The last song to play at Hard Rock closed: “Trouble” by Coldplay. That’s some badass Las Vegas trivia right there.

Hard Rock Las Vegas closed

We find ourselves between a Hard Rock and a Virgin place.

We also hear from Derek Stevens, owner of The D, Golden Gate and the under-construction Circa Las Vegas.

Stevens shares his thoughts about the new restaurants coming to his new downtown casino, set to open in Dec. 2020.

Circa

We already reserved a spot at the bar inside Barry’s Prime at Circa. We made the reservation with some construction guy walking by, but we figure that’s solid.

Because we procrastinated so long, the episode is jammed with not only exclusive scoop, as is our way, but also a cubic ass-ton of Las Vegas news.

We talk Elon Musk’s tunnel. The Sahara poker room. Battista’s Hole in the Wall. CEO Jim Murren’s upcoming departure from MGM Resorts. The end of “R.U.N.” at Luxor. Residency rumors at Resorts World. ATMs on casino table games. Nobu moves. Shark Reef’s virtual reality experience. Sex doll brothel problems. New shows. Wynn’s new convention center. Upgrades coming to The D. Chick-fil-A’s debut at Planet Hollywood. The Go-Go’s lip slip. Atari’s pipe dream. Bellagio Conservatory’s slimmer schedule. MSG Sphere’s budget bump.

All that and a controversial, hastily slapped-together “Listicle of the Week.”

It’s everything you’ve ever wanted in a podcast and less. Purge your earholes by taking a good, long listen!

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 105: Final Episode of the Decade

This is it. Our final show of the “tens,” or whatever the kids are calling them.

In this relentlessly tedious episode, we take a look back at 2019, an unforgettable year in Las Vegas, sometimes in a good way, even.

Vital Vegas Podcast

Ooh, the Vegas sign, so original.

For starters, we take a long, hard look at how people somehow manage to use the term “long, hard look” without blushing.

We also take a deep, probing look at some of the things that filled 2019 with so much WTF.

We would list some of those awesome things here, but that would involve “remembering what we said” or “listening to the show again,” and we all know that’s not happening. Read them here.

While we wrote about the awesome things that happened in Las Vegas in 2019 on this blog, we didn’t share the stupid and sad things that happened. We saved all that for this episode of the podcast, so strip down to your skivvies and immerse yourself in the glorious schadenfreude. A word, by the way, no one has ever successfully spelled without the use of Google.

Here’s a quick overview of some stupid and sad things that happened in Las Vegas in 2019.

1. “R.U.N.” opened at Luxor. Long story short, it’s a dumpster fire wrapped in a train wreck wrapped in a hot mess.
2. Paper straws became a thing. Even turtles think paper straws suck.
3. Service bartenders were replaced by machines at MGM Resorts casinos.
4. Bleutech Park was announced and our Las Vegas media couldn’t seem to get their arms around the fact it’s a scam.
5. They also seem to believe Virgin’s train project is happening. You might say the year 2019 wasn’t the best for clue-having.
6. Surge pricing in gift shops became a thing. That’s right, no prices tags. Because buying Doritos at casinos should be a gamble, too.
7. Resorts World said it plans to have a nightclub. We predict Kaos.
8. Kaos imploded at Palms.
9. The Forum Shops replaced a gorgeous water feature for a restaurant that is taking 46 years to complete, True Food Kitchen.
10. “Blanc de Blanc” opened and closed at Sahara.
11. The Drew pretended to be a thing. It’s not.
12. All Net Arena pretended to be a thing. It’s not.

There were many, many more stupid things that happened, but our New Year’s resolution is to be more positive and stay in denial whenever possible.

Anyway, thanks for a glorious 2019. Take a listen and help us start 2020 with a bang. Because heaven knows that isn’t in the cards for us this year, if you get our drift.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 104: Front Yard, Solo Bubble Craps and Sheer Kaos

It’s been a minute since our last podcast episode, but we’re making up for it with a non-stop cavalcade of incoherent blathering.

We’ve got the inside scoop on Elon Musk’s tunnel project, the closing on Kaos at Palms, the sales of Rio, Bellagio and Circus Circus and the closure of “Blanc de Blanc” at Sahara, for starters.

The Las Vegas Convention Center is getting drilled. Hey, it’s Vegas.

Then, we blaze through all the Las Vegas news you need to sound like a know-it-all at your local bar.

It’s all the stuff we don’t have time to blog about because we have a life: B.B.D.’s at Palace Station closes, Resorts World’s opening has been pushed back to 2021, China Tang will close at MGM Grand, Carnegie Deli closes at Mirage in February, Red Square closed at Mandalay Bay, Chick-fil-A and Saltgrass are coming to Golden Nugget, Steaks & Alibis will replace Center Cut at Flamingo, Vortex is dead at Linq, Starburst is done at Grand Bazaar Shops, Naked City Pizza closed at El Cortez and more.

We also chat with Christina Ellis about the just-opened Front Yard at Ellis Island, and find out more about the new solo “bubble craps” game from Joseph Friedman of Interblock Gaming.

Front Yard Ellis Island

“Long-awaited” is an understatement when it comes to the Front Yard.

There’s something for everyone on this episode of the podcast, including a listicle, “12 Meh Restaurants in Las Vegas.” Hey, somebody has to say it.

Kick back, hit “play” and be transported to Sin City through the highly overrated magic of podcasting.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 103: Vegas is a Circus

It’s time for another bromidic episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

Yes, people listen to podcasts. Your insolence is duly noted.

In this installment, we’ve got all the Circus Circus sale scoop you can fit into your lateral orbitofrontal cortex, whatever that might be.

Circus Circus Lucky clown

Not all clowns are creepy. Probably.

We also chat about the sale of the Rio, finally in the homestretch, as well as Hooters transitioning into Oyo.

There’s also a perfunctory rant about the ridiculous service fees being added to cocktails in venues like Mama Rabbit and Sahara’s showroom.

Expect a cavalcade of Las Vegas news stories, as well as our inebriated opinions about them.

Cheetahs strip club has been sold, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris gets a renovation, Cleo and Umami Burger close at Sahara, Palms builds a dome, RuPaul’s show hits Flamingo and a “Friends” takeover (including a new Bellagio fountain show and life-sized “Friends” set made from 900,000 Legos) is headed to The Strip.

Gordon Ramsay Steak

We’re not seeing what needed renovating at Gordon Ramsay Steak, but it’s a great excuse to visit again.

This week’s listicle is “10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Wynn’s Renovated Golf Course.” Yes, we did a sports adjacent listicle. You’ll live.

Listen and get your daily allowance of Sin City.