Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Celebrates 25 Years of Rocking Vegas with Memorabilia Exhibition, Opening Sept. 27

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Hard Rock Las Vegas (Photo Hard Rock Facebook)

Press release: LAS VEGAS – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas has announced a specially curated memorabilia exhibition to celebrate the hotel and casino’s 25 year history in Las Vegas from 1995 – 2020.  The Hard Rock Memorabilia Exhibition will open to the public on Friday, September 27 and is the kick-off of the property’s “Farewell Tour” of activations before it begins its transformation to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in February 2020.

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The exhibition will feature artifacts such as costumes, musical instruments, props and artwork not seen by the public in decades by iconic performers including, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, Elvis, Lady Gaga, The Beatles and more. New items will be added to the collection on a regular basis, giving attendees something new to see during the exhibition’s expected four month engagement through January 2020.

“When we assumed ownership of the property more than a year ago, we always wanted to create an exhibit that showcased the memorabilia and history of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas,” remarked Richard “Boz” Bosworth, President and CEO of JC Hospitality, LLC and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. “Our goal of this space is to tell the stories of some of the most iconic pieces of the artists that rocked this joint over the years.  I think you will see our team has done just that.”

The Hard Rock Memorabilia Exhibition will be located near Pink Taco, off the Paradise parking garage. The exhibit will be open Thursday – Monday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sept. 27 – Jan. 31, 2020. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas continues with a full slate of entertainment events through early 2020 at The Joint and Vinyl. The property will also celebrate Las Vegas locals with a 20 percent discount on dining at their most iconic restaurants, Mr. Lucky’s Café and Pink Taco. Nevada residents just need to show valid I.D. to receive the discount when they purchase an entrée and a beverage at the restaurants. The offer is valid Sept. 27 through Dec. 30, 2019.  To learn about upcoming events, visit www.hardrockhotel.com.

Lionel Richie Returns to Wynn Las Vegas with All-New Show, “Lionel Richie – Las Vegas” in March 2020

Lionel Richie Las Vegas
Lionel Richie Las Vegas

Press release: LAS VEGAS (Sept. 16, 2019) – Following his two-night, sold-out Wynn Las Vegas debut in Aug. 2019 with his celebrated “Hello” Tour, international music icon Lionel Richie will return to the Encore Theater for a three-night engagement in March 2020. Richie will present his all-new show titled “Lionel Richie – Las Vegas” March 11, 13 and 14, 2020 at 8 p.m. VIP packages for each performance will be available for purchase starting Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. PDT, and standard tickets for all performances go on sale Friday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. PDT.

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The Oscar®, Golden Globe®, and four-time GRAMMY Award® winner will share stories from his multi-decade career and present his iconic hits such as “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “Easy,” and others in this exclusive production. Richie has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and is one of only two songwriters in history to have charted No. 1 records for nine consecutive years.

“Hello again Las Vegas,” said Lionel Richie. “I can’t wait to perform in one of the best music venues in the U.S. at the Encore Theater. This new show is going to be so much fun!”

Richie released his latest album, Hello From Las Vegas, on Capitol Records on Aug. 16, 2019, placing him at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The collection marks Richie’s first release on Capitol Records and features Richie performing material from throughout his career, including beloved songs from his solo albums (“Hello,” “Dancing On The Ceiling” and “Truly”) and his time with The Commodores, where he developed a groundbreaking style that defied genre categories, penning smash hits such as “Three Times a Lady” and “Easy.”

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“Lionel Richie is an iconic performer and we are honored to have him debut an exclusive production at Wynn,” said Wynn Las Vegas president, Marilyn Spiegel. “We look forward to his return to the Encore Theater this spring.”

Ticket Information
Dates: March 11, 13-14, 2019 at 8 p.m.
VIP Package On-Sale: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 at 10 a.m. PDT
Public On-Sale: Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at 10 a.m. PDT
Price: Standard ticket prices range from $69.50 to $350, plus applicable fees
Points of Purchase: Wynn Las Vegas Box Office (702-770-9966) or WynnLasVegas.com

Oyo Hotels Partner With Highgate To Create Its First 657 Room Flagship Oyo Hotel & Casino In Las Vegas

Hooters - Oyo Las Vegas
Hooters – Oyo Las Vegas

Press release: LAS VEGAS (August 23, 2019) – OYO Hotels & Homes, the world’s third-largest and fastest-growing hotel chain, today announced that it has partnered with Highgate to create its first key flagship property in Las Vegas, OYO’s first property in this lively city – OYO Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Located near the corner of the famed Las Vegas Strip on Tropicana Ave., OYO Hotel & Casino provides 657 rooms across 19 floors and a 35,000 square-foot casino. This hotel was earlier operated as Hooters Casino Hotel. Additional amenities include two signature restaurants, four bars, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool. The property will undergo an exciting transformation to be completed this year, which will bring the dynamic OYO brand to life in the most recognizable tourist destination in the world. Highgate will assume management of the hotel, and Paragon Gaming will continue to operate the casino.

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“I am really excited to announce the commencement of the OYO’s operations in our newest city – Las Vegas. We are excited to be here as we believe Las Vegas is an exciting city in which to invest as the market continues to evolve with projects such as the new Las Vegas Raiders NFL stadium and the $1 billion expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. As we continue to focus on bringing to life our popular concept of ‘comfort design’ and delivering chic hospitality experiences, we are increasingly exploring new ways to connect with our customers, from millennials, to young executives and families, in every city we enter. With our newest hotel in Las Vegas, we are furthering our commitment to enable our guests to experience #Livingthegoodlife, and are certain we will become their preferred place to stay and truly enjoy Las Vegas in the coming months,” said Abhinav Sinha, COO and Partner, OYO Hotels & Homes USA. “We will be undergoing a renovation and will come up with some of the most loved amenities and experiences that are sure to please Las Vegas visitors from around the world. We can’t wait to welcome you to our first hotel in Las Vegas.”

“Earlier in June, we announced our plan to invest $300 million in the U.S. As a new-age hospitality company, we currently offer great living spaces throughout our 112+ OYO Hotels in more than 60 cities and 21 states. With our newest hotel in Las Vegas, we are excited to cater to a completely different audience segment and are certain that this will be the perfect start to OYO’s journey in Las Vegas,” said Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes.

“OYO Hotel & Casino offers a tremendous opportunity for Highgate to partner with a visionary company like OYO in one of the world’s most dynamic hospitality markets,” said Neil Luthra, a Principal of Highgate. “We believe OYO’s philosophy of dynamic hotel experiences, combined with our management expertise, will make for a long and successful partnership.”

“We’ve had great success managing the Hooter’s casino and look forward to continuing on as the Casino Manager and partnering with Highgate to introduce OYO’s hotel brand in Las Vegas,” said Diana Bennett, Paragon Gaming Chairwoman.

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OYO Hotels started with the belief that a beautifully designed, chic and comfortable living space appeals to everyone. Since then it has consistently innovated and focused on creating lasting experiences – starting from living spaces to event spaces, with exciting food and beverage options, and more. All of this will come to life in the OYO Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, where Highgate’s expertise and experience will further improve the quality standards.

Known worldwide for its innovative chic offerings that have impacted hospitality experiences positively, OYO Hotels has attracted some of the world’s leading investors, including Airbnb, SoftBank Vision Fund, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greenoaks Capital, Sequoia India, and Hero Enterprise. The company is increasingly evolving into a real estate service platform with 1 million-plus rooms under its management, globally.

Vegas News | Circus Circus Rumor, Airbnb and More Changes at Plaza

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It’s race day in Las Vegas! Beastmode – Marshawn Lynch – will be driving the pace car at the South Point 400 today. This is the second NASCAR race in Las Vegas this year and the first race of the NASCAR playoffs. Enjoy!

Billy Idol Extends Vegas Residency at The Pearl Into 2020

Billy Idol Las Vegas
Billy Idol Las Vegas

Press release: LAS VEGAS (Sept. 16, 2019) – Palms Casino Resort and Live Nation announced today the extension of Billy Idol: Las Vegas Presented by SiriusXM. The announcement comes just as Idol prepares to return to The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort for the final 2019 performance dates.

From punk pioneer to global superstar, Idol has created an unparalleled niche in popular music and has remained a household name for more than three decades. Billy Idol: Las Vegas has received numerous accolades since launching in 2019. The performances have featured material from throughout Idol’s career, from Idol’s days fronting the seminal British punk band Generation X to his hits the world has come to know and love, including “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” “Dancing With Myself,” and many more. Billy Idol will be joined by his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens and the rest of the Billy Idol band.

Billy Idol was an early architect of the sound, style and fury of punk rock. His lip- curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, making him one of the most recognizable faces in pop music, while selling out arenas everywhere he played. He has sold 40 million albums while scoring numerous platinum albums worldwide, nine top 40 singles in the U.S. and 10 in the U.K. including “Dancing With Myself,” “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” “Mony Mony,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy” and “Cradle Of Love.”

Idol was responsible for some of punk rock’s most memorable, literate and evocative moments, and created a pioneering new sound by bringing the spirit of ’77 to the dance floor, going on to fashion an immediately identifiable musical blueprint that integrates club-land throb, rockabilly desperation and rock ’n’ roll decadence.

More than 30 years after his groundbreaking Vital Idol compilation cemented the vibrancy of the dance-rock remix genre in the second half of the 1980s, Idol’s Revitalized collection, Vital Idol: Revitalized, features 11 brand-new remixes of Idol’s most classic and enduring hits. Lending their hands to the Revitalized proceedings are electronic dance luminaries Moby, The Crystal Method and Paul Oakenfold as well as current innovators including RAC, Tropkillaz, Shiba San, Juan Maclean and CRAY.

Idol also hosts an exclusive SiriusXM show, Billy Idol’s Live Transmission, that can be heard on SiriusXM’s 1st Wave, channel 33. For all Billy Idol information, visit BillyIdol.net.

Tickets for Billy Idol: Las Vegas are $39.50 – $159.95, plus applicable fees and go on sale Friday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. SiriusXM listeners will have the opportunity to purchase tickets before the public on-sale date during a SiriusXM pre-sale from Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. PT until Thursday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. PT. Doors at 8 p.m., show time 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Pearl Concert Theater box office, any Station Casinos Rewards Center or online at Ticketmaster.com.

“The One Back In Vegas!” Friends Scores in Vegas with an Epic 25th Anniversary Celebration

Friends TV Show

Press release: Burbank, CA & Las Vegas, NV (September 12, 2019) — Fly, drive, take a train, or even a cross-country road trip via taxi (like Phoebe & Joey in her Yellow Cab) to Las Vegas for a one-of-a-kind Friends 25th Anniversary celebration in the Entertainment Capital of the World, October 18-19. Warner Bros. Television Group joins AT&T and MGM Resorts International to offer fans a phenomenal Friends 25th Vegas takeover in all its glory, including new fan experiences powered by AT&T 5G.

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In the fifth and sixth seasons of the hit comedy series, the Friends gang headed west to Las Vegas to visit Joey on the set of his movie. What happened there 10 years ago, however, did not stay there. In the two-part season five finale, Monica and Chandler took a roll of the dice and impulsively decided to get married –– only to discover that they were beaten to the chapel by a very drunk Ross and Rachel. In the season six premiere, the gang faced the consequences of the night before, while Joey and Phoebe headed back to New York in her grandfather’s Yellow Cab.

Visitors to Las Vegas can relive some of those moments –– minus any last-minute weddings –– in a weekend celebration of all things Friends October 18-19. Experiences planned for the Friends in Vegas weekend include:

Friday, October 18

The Fountains of Bellagio

“I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour…” On Friday, Oct. 18, the iconic Fountains of Bellagio will unveil a brand-new show set to the catchy Friends theme song, “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts. Created by WET Design, the show will debut at sunset on Friday and run on rotation throughout the weekend and beyond. There will also be exclusive photo opps with the Central Perk couch, which will be on site in front of The Fountains.

Saturday, October 19

AT&T 5G Friends Fan Experience at The Brooklyn Bridge, New York-New York

AT&T is bringing Friends to life in brand new ways, giving fans opportunities to interact with their six favorite friends in a massive and immersive custom built experience that’s more 2019 than 1994 –– but not without nostalgia!

Many of the experiences will be powered by AT&T’s live 5G network and its 5G Innovation Program members, including Ericsson’s 5G network equipment, Nokia network infrastructure and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphones. The Fan Experience includes:

Phoebe’s Yellow Cab Escape Room

“It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear…” But for Friends fans, this will not only be their day, their week, their month, but also their year! Located outside New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Phoebe’s Yellow Cab Escape Room offers the challenge of an escape room with the fun of a Friends trivia game, in a fully operational taxicab. Parked –– where else? –– on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Friends Escape Room allows fans to test their knowledge of the series inside Phoebe’s iconic mode of transportation.

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Here’s a sample to get you started: Which of the following is not true? A. Phoebe inherited the cab from her grandfather. B. Ross named it the “Death Cab” because of Phoebe’s driving abilities. C. Princess Consuela Banana-Hammock also owns the vehicle. D. None of the above. If you guessed D, you’re a natural. Head to Vegas to try your luck!

Central Perk LEGO®

Go big…or go home! At nearly 700 square feet, this re-creation of one of the series’ signature sets will be on display exclusively at New York-New York. Built out of 900,000 LEGO bricks over a period of four months, this life-sized re-creation from acclaimed artist Nathan Sawaya features everything from the iconic sofa to the latest menu board.

Fun Facts: No one has ever built a life-sized TV set out of LEGO bricks before. Although the creators binge-watched every season of Friends, it took them longer to build the set than to watch the series. The furniture is all fully functional –– allowing visitors to sit on the couches and chairs. The signature orange couch took the longest time to build –– as the most challenging part of the process was replicating the patterns in the upholstery.

A miniature version of the LEGO Central Perk set is now available at retailers nationwide.

The 7th Friend Experience

Fans can record a 3D version of themselves doing Chandler’s happy dance or their own favorite move. Using AT&T’s 5G with Ericsson’s 5G network equipment, fans can drop their virtual twin into a miniature replica of Monica and Rachel’s apartment. This experience uses data-intensive volumetric video to put you in the center of the action, which can be viewed on Samsung tablets and the Galaxy S10 5G.

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Performance by The Rembrandts

“I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before…” The Rembrandts will perform an exclusive live set at The Park, the immersive outdoor dining and entertainment district located adjacent to New York-New York. Famous for their iconic theme song, the musical duo will be on hand to perform their hits and other Friends-related songs. The concert will also be livestreamed over AT&T 5G with Nokia to a big screen onsite to make sure you have the perfect view as you belt out those memorable lyrics.

Give it Your Best

What better way to celebrate Friends in Las Vegas than with a Friends-themed karaoke booth where fans can sing along to iconic music from the show.

Marcel!

Also in the neighborhood, keep an eye out for Marcel, Ross’s onetime pet Capuchin monkey. Although Marcel has gone on to a successful film career with Jean-Claude Van Damme and more, he’ll be on hand to meet and greet fans. Autographs are discouraged.

Friends in 4K & Download Station

The show first aired in 1994 using 35mm film, but has since been remastered in Ultra HD quality. Check out the release of Friends in 4K as it’s streamed using new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphones with its immersive 6.7” Dynamic AMOLED screen over AT&T’s 5G network with Nokia. Fans can also stream their favorite episodes or download them in a matter of seconds – much faster than 4G speeds. Compare the difference in a side-by-side 5G and LTE download station. Working with Nokia and Samsung, AT&T is offering these experiences on Galaxy S10 5G devices to let fans enjoy the show in new ways.

Friends Tech Timeline

It’s clear technology has changed since the show first aired –– remember voicemails and dating IRL? Guests can follow an interactive timeline that shows how Friends has used technology over the years and how different it is today.

Blue Man Group – Blue Friends Couch

The world-famous Blue Man Group may not be able to pivot a couch, but they sure can paint one. From their home at Luxor Hotel and Casino, the enigmatic Blue Men will transform the iconic orange Central Perk sofa in a way that only this bald and blue trio could. Their newly painted creation will be on display inside Luxor on Saturday, Oct. 19.

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And Much, Much More!

Visit the MGM Resorts Friends webpage for the latest news about the weekend’s events and special limited-time experiences; and to book your upcoming Las Vegas getaway with your friends.

Can’t Make It to Las Vegas?

AT&T is giving Friends fans a variety of other ways to join in on the celebration, including a chance to win a replica of the iconic orange couch for their home through AT&T THANKS®. Eligible customers just need to follow @ATTTHANKS on Twitter and retweet the pinned tweet at top of the page from now through October 7 for their chance to win1.

Are You An MGM M Life Rewards Member? How Its New Changes Affect You

Are You An MGM M Life Rewards Member? How Its New Changes Affect You

MGM Resorts International will be updating and streamlining its M Life Rewards loyalty club beginning October 1. The changes to M Life Rewards will make it so that earning comps will be the same in Las Vegas and their other casinos around the country.

Caesars Las Vegas Upgrades

Caesars Las Vegas Upgrades – Front Desk Tip

Over the past couple of years, we’ve shared information about hotel room renovations at various Caesars Entertainment casinos in Las Vegas. The last two hotel room renovation projects are taking place this year at Paris Las Vegas and Harrah’s. By the end of this year, approximately 90% of Caesars’ rooms will have been updated in …

David Lee Roth ROCKS VEGAS! Residency at House of Blues Begins January 2020

David Lee Roth Las Vegas
David Lee Roth Las Vegas

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Press Release: Las Vegas (Sept. 9, 2019) – David Lee Roth – front man and voice of Van Halen – is coming to Las Vegas. Toastmaster general of the immoral majority Diamond Dave is bringing the rock to the House of Blues Las Vegas with a residency beginning on Jan. 8, 10, and 11 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

David Lee Roth: ROCKS VEGAS will delight fans with an explosive two-guitar sound, bringing his long list of mega familiar hits to life that you’ve only heard on the radio till now. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com with presales beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10.

With a changing set of 26 instantly recognizable songs, including “Jump,” “Panama,” and “California Girls,” it is the sound of a generational prison break.

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“A weekend with me,” laughed Roth, “is interactive way beyond just music. It starts with the best food on earth. The fellas smoke their three cigarettes for the year and we all stay up way past our bedtime!”

“House of Blues Las Vegas is known as an intimate venue where fans can see huge, legendary acts and that tradition continues with David joining our family,” said Chief Operating Officer of Live Nation Clubs and Theaters Division Ben Weeden.

ROCKS VEGAS 2020 performance dates (Doors 7:30 p.m., Show time 8:30 p.m.; Ages 18+):

Jan. 8, 10-11
March 18, 20-21, 25, 27-28

Tickets for David Lee Roth: ROCKS VEGAS start at $63.50, plus applicable fees and go on sale Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available by visiting HouseofBlues.com/DavidLeeRoth, MandalayBay.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. A Citi® Card Member, SiriusXM, Fan Club and M Life presales begin Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. The House of Blues, Blabbermouth and Live Nation presales begin Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.

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Sinatra, Gaga, Elvis, Roth – only the most 3-dimensional and colorful performers take up residence in the showbiz capitol of the world. Most bring great shows to Vegas – David Lee Roth IS Las Vegas. Sin City, where we love, laugh and live it up. Las Vegas is where we celebrate and do the victory dance. Diamond Dave at the House of Blues Las Vegas is the perfect soundtrack.

Twitch Partners with Raiders & Allegiant Stadium

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Allegiant Stadium

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Press release: SAN FRANCISCO – Sept. 9, 2019 – Twitch, the leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, today announced a partnership with the Raiders as a founding partner of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas starting in 2020. The partnership will include a Twitch-branded lounge in the lower level of Allegiant Stadium, featuring interactive elements that are native to the Twitch experience, including streamer stations, Twitch viewing screens, esports competitions and future Twitch events. The Twitch lounge will also bring Twitch’s unique live streaming capabilities and active community to a variety of entertainment experiences that will take place at the Allegiant Stadium, such as top-billed sporting events, concerts, esports competitions and more in the years ahead.

“At Twitch, we are constantly looking for new ways to engage with our community online and IRL. Being a founding partner at Allegiant Stadium is a perfect opportunity for Twitch to converge our passionate gaming and live esports community with the world of traditional sports,” said Sara Clemens, Chief Operating Officer at Twitch. “As part of our long-term vision for multiplayer entertainment, we are excited to elevate the spectator experience at live events in the heart of the Entertainment Capital of the world.”

Among the many events and experiences coming to Allegiant Stadium and sponsored by Twitch are the following:

• Esports Competitions: Twitch is the home of esports and will be leveraging the company’s partnership with Allegiant Stadium to host a variety of real-world events and cement Las Vegas as the global hub for esports
• Twitch Events: Twitch will host a wide range of live events at Allegiant Stadium

“We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Twitch as the Official Streaming Platform of the Raiders and Allegiant Stadium,” said Raiders President, Marc Badain. “The Twitch Lounge will elevate the spectator experience for Raiders fans in a brand new way — bridging the connection between fans in the stadium and at home unlike ever before.”

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Legends Global Partnerships represented the Raiders to secure the Founding Partnership with Twitch as a part of their duties as the stadium’s official premium ticketing and sponsorships agency.