It was an amazing night that I barely remember. The two memories I have of that night were my friend kissing or being kissed on the cheek by Paris Hilton and Britney Spears’ 3 song performance that I was just a few feet away from. It may have been the vodka (it probably was) but something happened.
Britney Spears will be raking in HUGE STACKS in Vegas this winter — a ridiculous $310,000 per show … nearly $15 million per year — but she still doesn’t hold a candle to Celine Dion.
TMZ is privy to the financial details of Britney’s deal. The 2-year contract calls for 48 shows a year at Planet Hollywood. According to the contract, Britney will earn $310,000 per show.
TMZ also looks deeper into the contract.
Britney’s cut of the gate is huge — projected sales per show are $508,514, meaning Brit will be snagging more than 60%.
If the projected gate for the show is correct and the 4,500 seats that the PH Theater now has (according to Johnny Kats) is correct then simple math says that the average ticket price to see Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood will be $113.
The price to see Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood is a little high but it’s not outlandish given today’s ticket prices for shows on the Vegas Strip. For comparison tickets to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at The Venetianbegin at $187.50 on Vegas.com while tickets to see Celine Dion at Caesars Palacebegin at $102.
I’m pretty sure the only way I’ll see this Britney show is if someone gives me a free ticket but you never know. This is Las Vegas and things happen. I’m sure I’ll love the show because I love me some Britney but her new song is a steaming pile of dog crap. Maybe I’m just old. Get off my lawn. Bitch.
But from the Palms’ perspective, Heraea is the latest upgrade — and, so far, the most prominent gearing up — in the hotel’s new direction. Many of the amenities the Palms was known for (including Gardunos, the original sports book, Little Buddha and Island Bar in the middle of the casino) have been taken apart in favor of freshly designed venues. The next highly anticipated opening is Xi Shi, replacing Little Buddha, which is expected to open by spring.
I used to visit Palms every trip when I first started visiting Las Vegas. It was on MTV and it’s where the good looking girls went….it was where Britney performed and hung out. I’m not sure exactly when but Palms lost its spark but at some point my friends and I stopped making it a point to visit Palms and nobody ever gave us a reason to go any longer.
Since I’ve been living in Las Vegas I’ve visited Palms twice. Once for steak and N9NE and once to see a band. I figure if I’m in that area to gamble I’ll get some B-Connected points at Gold Coast or Total Rewards points at Rio. If I want fun I’ll just head to the strip for the chaos.
I’m not sure that the new additions to Palms are going to change the general blah feeling many have but I’m curious to check out Heraea. I’m just not sure that one bar/restaurant is enough to have me, or anyone I know like me, visit Palms regularly but they get a shot. As the poker players say “all you need is a chip and a chair.” That’s about all Palms has right now, a chip and a chair.
I’m not much of a nightclub guy, but I’ve spent a few awesome nights at Rain Nightclub at Palms. It’s lasted a long time, but it closes for major renovations after this weekend. It will re-open as something different in the future, but it won’t be Rain.
The casino and 9Group announced Monday that Rain Nightclub will close early Sunday to make way for a multi-million dollar renovation….Renovations begin next year. The Rain announcement follows the closure in June of the Playboy Club at the Palms — also to allow space for renovations. New tenants haven’t been identified.
Rain opened in 2001, which is shortly before I first started visiting Las Vegas. At that time Rain was the only club to go to. While I’d rather eat, drink and gamble I could always take a short break from the tables to hang out with the good looking and famous people in Vegas.
I’ve written about seeing Britney Spears at Rain before so I won’t go into it again but it’s needless to say I’m listening to Britney while I write this.
There are many places in Las Vegas that are tied to very specific memories that are amazing parts of life. Rain was a part of some of those Vegas memories that I’ll never forget and will always hold a special place in my heart.
Rain will probably reopen as something awesome next year, but it doesn’t matter to me. I still have those awesome memories. I can’t imagine that the new Rain will challenge Marquee and XS for the current title of best clubs in Vegas. We’ll see.
The audio in the video below is not good quality, but that’s about how close I was when Britney first performed at Rain. If you can stomach her audio the fan reaction is awesome.
Britney Spears’ first multiweek deal as a Las Vegas resident headliner is being discussed with the Hard Rock Hotel.
Vegas Confidential has learned Hard Rock President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Pusateri and Spears’ manager, Larry Rudolph, have been talking.
Britney Spears isn’t quite rock music, but does it really matter any more? The theme’s of the hotels in Las Vegas, don’t really matter anymore. For years the Hard Rock has been playing non-rock music.
I’ve had a thing for Britney for years (you may know that already) and I hope this happens. My first run in with Britney was at Rain at Palms waaaaaaay back in the day when she did a few short 3 song sets preparing for a tour. My friends and I also met Paris Hilton that night. There may have been a Dennis Rodman sighting that night, but it may have been John Sally. Things got a little fuzzy.
Britney had a breakdown shortly thereafter and was difficult to watch. The soft spot in my heart sunk. Watching her gaze without, seemingly, knowing where she was looking wasn’t easy to watch. In recent year her performances have been more sad than anything else.
I’m hoping that if this Hard Rock residency happens and is better than Motley Crue’s. I’m also hoping that it brings her closer to the performer I enjoyed back in the day. Watch the intro to the concert I saw (then “Toxic“) and tell me it isn’t awesome.
My taste in almost everything (besides steak) is questionable. Since day one I’ve been a fan of Britney Spears. Not all of her music has been awesome and fun, but she will always have some JAMS. This past weekend she was in Vegas, with some last minute hype for her new CD Femme Fatale. She did 2 announced “surprise” shows at Rain at Palms this weekend. She did this 8 years ago, also at Rain, for In The Zone. It really was unannounced back then and I was there. It was awesome.
Surprisingly the people of Las Vegas (both media and humans) didn’t seem to know she’s been lip syncing this whole time. It’s Britney Spears, if you don’t know that you’re either dumb or ignorant or both. It doesn’t matter because she has JAMS!
Anyway, Britney may not be the highest quality musician or artist but there is a place for her in this world and in my life. She will always have a special place in my heart because of the amazing night she and I spent together 8 years ago at Rain in Las Vegas and that will always be one of my favorite memories of my trips to Vegas. Click the album cover below if you want to buy Femme Fatale on CD or download on iTunes.