Blink-182 are bringing “The Rock Show” to Las Vegas with their 16-date “Kings of the Weekend” residency at the Palms Casino Resort’s Pearl Concert Theater, which takes place on select weekends from May 26 through November 17.
“When the Palms asked us to do a residency here in Vegas, we said ‘Absolutely!’” singer and bassist Mark Hoppus said in a statement. “Now, we just have to cast our showgirls, create our set list — a true throwback of Vegas classics with Sinatra, Liberace. Maybe we can even marry someone on stage … The possibilities in Vegas are endless.”
With their extended stay in Sin City, the snotty pop-punk trio — composed of Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker and singer/guitarist Matt Skiba — follow in the footsteps of countless classic rock bands, from The Who to Guns N’ Roses, as well as pop stars like Britney Spears and country icons like Shania Twain. Celine Dion effectively kicked off the residency trend with her A New Day… engagement, which ran from 2003 to 2007 at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace and grossed over $385 million, becoming the most successful residency of all time.
Blink-182 topped the Billboard 200 albums chart with their latest album, California (their first without founding guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge), and played a slew of U.S. amphitheater and festival dates throughout 2016 and 2017 on the accompanying tour. They’ve scored several multiplatinum albums over the course of their nearly 25-year career, and the “Kings of the Weekend” residency finds them transitioning into, essentially, a classic rock act.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, either: It reduces the rigors of the road for the band while allowing them to charge more money for tickets and potentially customize each show, treating hardcore fans to a deep dive through their discography. At the very least, it’ll give nostalgic tourists the chance to wail “All the Small Things” at the top of their lungs one more time.
Tickets for Blink-182’s “Kings of the Weekend” residency go on sale to the general public on Friday and can be purchased on the band’s website.
Posted: Feb 08, 2018 7:23 PM PST Updated: Feb 09, 2018 12:17 AM PST
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Walking into the Raiders Preview Center, it’s like a blast from the past, almost like a time machine with the old pads, the old pictures, and the old video past Raider greats. Walking farther, the current state of the franchise, and a look the future of the Raiders in Las Vegas are visible too.
Most NFL teams who built a stadium in the past decade have opened a preview center for fans, similar to the one the Raiders opened this past week, but the silver and black are the only ones who added a public element.
“We felt that was important so that people in Las Vegas and those that don’t know that much about the Raiders, as well as all the Raiders fans who will fly in, get a chance to see some of the history, some of the memorabilia we have here and get excited for the stadium project,” Raiders President, Marc Badain said.
Marc Badain had a big say in the design and look of the Raiders preview center, but he said what’s been done there is only the start.
“At some point we’ll do a Raiders Hall of Fame,” Badain said. “I wouldn’t say this is a Hall of Fame, but this is a good test for what a Hall of Fame could look like and the type of information we could share and the type of environment we could create for Raiders fans around the world as they come to Las Vegas.”
One of the big features in the preview center is a live and interactive firsthand look at the soon-to-be Raiders stadium on Russell Road. Set to open in the summer of 2020, Badain said it is right on schedule.
“Steel is going in the ground around April, the progress has been absolutely astounding and it’s been exciting for everyone on staff and everyone with the organization,” Badain said.
Excitement has grown in Las Vegas not just for the Raiders, but for future Super Bowls. The NFL begin to finalize future host cities as soon as next month.
Everyone knows the house always wins in Las Vegas. Oddsmakers just had the wrong house.
The Vegas Golden Knights have dominated opponents with a league-best 19-2-2 home record. In a city where fans can show their enthusiasm in the form of a wager before heading to T-Mobile Arena, the dominance has an added dimension.
“We’ve been getting our butts kicked,” South Point oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro said. “We should rename it ‘free date night.’ A guy invites a girl out to dinner and stops at the sportsbook on the way to the game. What she doesn’t realize is we are paying for everything.”
A $100 wager on every Knights home game in 2017-18 to date would have net a bettor $1,395. That is an extraordinarily profitable return. And, though hockey losses typically amount to little more than a rounding error for a casino’s bottom line, the phenomenon that has been the first season for the first big-league team based in the only U.S. city where you can make a legal wager has created a perfect storm effect for the books.
“Hockey is usually a very poorly bet sport,” William Hill director of trading Nick Bogdanovich said. “But all of a sudden we have big decisions and we keep losing them. Players just keep rolling over their winnings.”
Local properties are booking between 10 and 15 times the handle on Golden Knights home games than for any other NHL team. And that number increases during the game, as fans can bet from their seats on mobile devices. In total, the handle represents the equivalent of an average NFL game, which is in the six-figure neighborhood for each sportsbook.
“When the [Chicago] Blackhawks came to town, my handle on that one game was more than the entire Stanley Cup Final last year,” Golden Nugget sportsbook director Tony Miller said. “It’s a good thing because they’re betting other games but, man, it gets to a point where it’s a love/hate relationship.”
The Golden Knights surpassed their preseason over/under of 26.5 wins on Jan. 2. They can go over their projected season point total of 68.5 Thursday night against the New York Islanders. This unexpected run has collectively cost sportsbooks well over a million dollars combined, and the damage is more significant if you factor in adjoining parlays.
“The betting public found a new ATM,” says Westgate Las Vegas Superbook oddsmaker and manager John Murray. “It’s called the Golden Knights.”
The “Vegas Flu?”
Like the fairy tale, this Cinderella story also involves danger after midnight. Some have theorized that the Golden Knights’ impressive home record can be attributed to the “Vegas flu” — visiting teams enjoying the city’s temptations and perhaps not recovering properly.
“This is, uh, a pretty entertaining city to be in for teams,” Tampa Bay Lightningcaptain Steven Stamkos conceded to ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, following a loss in Las Vegas. He would not elaborate.
If you subscribe to the “local distractions” theory, you could argue that the NHL schedule can serve as an enabler. In October, the Chicago Blackhawks arrived two days early and then lost as -175 favorites. The Colorado Avalanche chose to spend the night in Las Vegas before a 3 p.m. (local time) faceoff on Oct. 27. They lost 7-0. Both defeats came at the hands of a newly formed expansion roster of NHL castaways, including a third-string rookie starting at goalie.
“We hear the rumors but unless you have private detectives that say [players] were at [the legendary strip club] Spearmint Rhino or shooting dice all night, I don’t know if that’s the case,” Bogdanovich said.
The stories are prevalent on social media but unconfirmed. One team nearly drank a prominent restaurant out of champagne in one night. Another team had a slush fund of $30,000 for a single night in Sin City. Are the stories true? Would it matter if they were?
“Billy Martin and Mickey Mantle would go out drinking all night,” Wynn executive director of race and sports John Avello countered. “Guys would see them out and bet against them. They’d still get three hits the next day. For some guys, it doesn’t affect them.”
But Las Vegas is unlike any city visited by the Yankees of yesteryear — no last call, and it never shuts down. Understandably, this narrative has resonated throughout the league and caused some teams to take precautions with hotel location or other restrictions. However, current Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella challenged the hoopla, questioning the toughness of modern-day players and mocking how “carrot juice” has replaced alcohol.
In years past, the Consumer Electronics Show could be mistaken for the world’s largest Best Buy, with row upon row of giant, glowing, wall-filling television sets.
TVs still play a big part of the show, though the energy and excitement in Las Vegasthis year is tilted toward smart speakers and intelligent connected devices and the powerful Silicon Valley companies whose technology powers them.
As the doors open today on the world’s largest electronics trade show, the Consumer Technology Association expects that voice computing, artificial intelligence and connectivity will be the dominant themes. That’s reflected on the show floor, where Google will have an outsized presence.
Voice-controlled smart speakers, including the Amazon Echo and Google Home, sold like crazy this past holiday season, with unit sales increasing 279% from a year ago, according to the CTA. The trade group expects similarly stratospheric numbers this year, with unit sales approaching 44 million in the U.S. alone.
The galloping popularity of devices that respond to the sound of our voice will have a ripple effect on the smart-home market, spurring consumers to experiment with a host of new “smart” products — from connected thermostats, WiFi-connected security cameras, smart locks and doorbells and the like.
“These devices are growing rapidly with lots of consumer interest,” said Mike Vorhaus, president of Magid Advisors consultancy. “Overwhelmingly, people want these devices not only as ‘assistants’ but as household safety hubs — alarms, cameras, etc.”
Television manufacturers have been eager to jump on the talk-to-me bandwagon, with Samsung Monday announcing it would bring the Bixby voice assistant now found on its Galaxy phones to its television sets in 2018, and LG opting for an assist from Google Voice.
Beyond televisions, voice assistants are lending an assist to Schlage Sense deadbolts, Whirlpool washers and dryers, and even a mirror that talks back to you (mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?).
The car companies, which in years past figured prominently at the show if largely to highlight aftermarket products, are expected to highlight work with autonomous vehicles. Newcomer Byton unveiled its concept car at the show, a smart car designed by former BMW and Apple executives.
Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Jim Hackett delivers a show-opening keynote this morning, where he is expected to offer an update on plans for self-driving cars. Lyft’s co-founder and president, John Zimmer, will speak at the annual Leaders in Technology dinner Thursday night, a high-profile show event where he’s likely to tout the ride-hailing company’s autonomous efforts.
“Lyft is going to be here in a significant way. That’s really interesting,” said Brent Weinstein, a partner at UTA. “Historically it’s been the car manufacturers and manufacturers of stuff in the cars taking up the oxygen.”
By Michael Scott Davidson Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 21, 2017 – 2:16 pm
What has 12 bands, more than 80,000 firework devices and some 330,000 guests from all over the world?
“America’s Party” 2018.
Las Vegas’ recurring New Year’s Eve bash is back and better than ever, officials say. Specifics for the event, which occurs on the Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas, were unveiled Thursday at Fashion Show mall.
“No one does it better than Vegas,” Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Chairman Lawrence Weekly said. “Some people get great pride in dropping a ball. But guess what? We take great pride in throwing America’s Party.”
For the 11th year in a row Fireworks By Grucci is orchestrating the launching of fireworks across seven hotel-casino rooftops stretching from the Stratosphere to the MGM Grand.
The theme of the display is Midnight in Vegas.
Beginning at midnight, pyrotechnics will light up the Las Vegas skyline for eight minutes. The explosions will be choreographed to songs by artists including Eric Clapton, Judas Priest and Bruce Springsteen.
The soundtrack can be heard live on radio stations KOMP 92.3 and 97.1 The Point.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said the city and Clark County are ready to welcome international travelers to celebrate alongside locals.
“You feel you’re part of a family here,” she said. “Everything is at your fingertips. The best food, the best shopping, the best bands.”
Las Vegas—known for its bright lights, lush colors and vibrant nightlife—serves as an adult playground for people from all over the world. To showcase the city’s past glitz and charm, a newly released book features life in Sin City from 1950 to 1980.
In Vegas Gold, David Wills shares over 125 photographs of old-school Las Vegas, including quotes and short essays that profile the city during its post-World War II boom.
The volume features views of Fremont Street, the Golden Nugget, the Stardust Hotel and many other recognizable Vegas landmarks.
Moments highlighted in the book include Elvis Presley‘s wedding in 1967, the Muhammad Ali-Ron Lyle fight in 1975 and scenes from various films and shows. Other Vegas icons like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Liberaceand the Vegas showgirls also make appearances.
Take a step back in time and click through the photo gallery to take a peek at all things Vegas Gold.
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite things about Las Vegas. Here they are in no particular order:
We’re the most fun city in the U.S.
This one comes as no surprise. Thanks to its vibrate nightlife and party scene, along with other entertainment and recreation options, Las Vegas beat out 149 other cities to top WalletHub’s list of the most fun cities in America.
Our state is great for women’s equality
Nevada ranks first in “workplace environment” and “political empowerment,” which helped the Silver State earn the number two spot on the list of best states for women’s equality. (Hawaii topped Nevada largely because of its “education and health” rank.)
We’re one of the best big cities to live in
Las Vegas ranks third in “quality of life” compared to 62 other big cities. That includes factors like average number of hours worked per week, commute time, number of parks/playgrounds, number of bars and coffee shops, etc. We were also ranked 8th overall as the best city in the U.S. to live in, according to WalletHub. Not too shabby!
Gamers love it here
Those who play video games have plenty of choices to get their fix in Sin City. We have more video game stores per capita than any other city, and we’re also tied with Orlando, Florida for the most arcades per capita. Overall, Las Vegas ranks seventh on WalletHub’s list of best cities for gamers.
Holidays are more fun in Las Vegas
The sheer number of attractions, restaurants, parties, and more puts Las Vegas over-the-top when it comes to celebrating the holidays. We’re ranked sixth overall on the list of best cities for Valentine’s Day, fourth when it comes to Halloween, and 14th for Easter celebrations.
Life is good for our seniors
Compared to 150 cities across the U.S., Las Vegas ranks tenth for the best places to retire. According to WalletHub, our city’s best qualities are “affordability” (factors like taxpayer-friendliness and adjusted cost of living) and “activities” (including senior centers, golf courses, bingo halls, volunteer opportunities and more).
The Vegas Golden Knights: for real, or a desert mirage?
The NHL’s first expansion team in 17 years has been virtually unbeatable, amassing an 8-1-0 record heading into Monday night’s game. Rolling as well as they are, players are admitting that they can imagine their team in the Stanley Cup playoff mix in the spring.
“Yeah,” alternate captain Luca Sbisa told Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com on Friday, after the Golden Knights wrapped up their seven-game homestand with a 7-0 shutout of the Colorado Avalanche. “Hundred percent. ”
Born in Italy, raised in Switzerland and acquired in the expansion draft from the Vancouver Canucks, Sbisa perhaps hasn’t lived in Vegas long enough to know that there are no sure things in Sin City. But based on history, the Golden Knights’ playoff odds are indeed very good.
With 16 of a possible 18 points already in the bank, Vegas has claimed 88.9% of its available points so far, tops in the league. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, per Cotsonika, only two teams in NHL history have ever earned 16 points in their first nine games but missed the playoffs — the 1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins and the 2015-16 Montreal Canadiens.
That Canadiens team won nine straight before their starting goaltender Carey Price was lost to them with an injury for most of the season, but a similar misfortune hasn’t slowed the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury suffered a concussion in Vegas’ fourth game of the season, the team’s only loss to date. Remarkably, Fleury has been ably replaced so far by unproven greenhorns Malcolm Subban (five career NHL games played, now also injured) and Oscar Dansk (three career NHL games played, currently leads all goalies with one or more games played with .959 save percentage and 1.35 goals-against average).
Injury issues aside, the Golden Knights came into the season with a leg up over past expansion teams thanks to more favourable rules for building their inaugural roster. Their first-month schedule was also team-friendly. The 18-day homestand not only allowed for plenty of practice and team-building opportunities, it also seemed to give the hosts an edge as visiting clubs navigated the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip for the first time in a business setting — leading to an outbreak of what is being dubbed the “Vegas Flu” by observers like local blogger Jason Pother of The Sin Bin.
A winning culture in a non-traditional hockey market helps to build buzz, sell jerseys and incubate a local supporters’ group to go up against the strong travelling fanbases from cities like Boston and Chicago that have already made their presences seen and heard at T-Mobile Arena.
But are the Golden Knights running the risk of being too good?
Based on past history, owner Bill Foley was looking at a best-case scenario when he suggested back in 2015 that his team could reach the postseason in three years.
Consider the last nine teams to join the NHL:
NHL Expansion Team
Years to Make Playoffs
Columbus Blue Jackets
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Tampa Bay Lightning
San Jose Sharks
Of those nine teams, the only ones to win a Stanley Cup so far have been the Tampa Bay Lightning (2003-04, their 12th season) and the renamed Anaheim Ducks (2006-07, their 13th season).
On behalf of all the managerial staff, supervisors and employees, Spearmint Rhino Las Vegas continues to send it’s most sincere condolences to all the victims, their families, and friends due to the horrendous and senseless shooting which occurred. Our prayers and good wishes are sent to all of you for a speedy recovery. Most especially, we also want to send a special THANK YOU to all the first responders, the medical staff, the “unsung heroes” and all the volunteers who gave so much in answering the demands of this tragic event. Las Vegas is a better place because of all of you.
If roulette makes you dizzy and losing money leaves you queasy, don’t worry: Las Vegas has more to offer than eye-popping casinos and opulent floor shows
BY RUDIE OBIAS
National Atomic Testing Museum
If you think you know what an atomic explosion sounds like, you might want to read this. And then plan a trip to the National Atomic Testing Museum, which features artifacts and exhibits dedicated to nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site, located just north of Las Vegas during the 1950s. The museum—which became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 2011—also features a Ground Zero Theater that shows guests what it feels like to watch a nuclear test. There’s also an exhibit about the infamous Area 51.
Neon Museum and Boneyard
If you’re a fan of neon America, Las Vegas is the place for you. (You might also appreciate these top retro burger stands.) Founded in 1996, the Neon Museumfeatures old neon signs from defunct casinos and restaurants in the town’s past. The Boneyard refers to the six acres of land in which the signs are restored and put on display for the public. Some notable classics include the La Concha Motel and the Stardust Hotel and Casino.
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun) has been putting big smiles on spectators’ faces for more than 20 years in Vegas. Their unique brand of theatrics and acrobatics has branched off into a number of new shows, such as The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, and Zumanity. Cirque du Soleil even has a partnership with Criss Angel MINDFREAK, who mixes magic and wonder into one big mind-blowing theater experience.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
For people who can’t get enough about this tragic piece of history, check out these 13 little-known facts about the Titanic and then plan a trip to Vegas. Located inside of the Luxor Hotel & Casino, the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibitionshowcases the complete journey of the RMS Titanic from construction to sinking to recovery. On display are actual artifacts recovered from the “unsinkable” ship, such as floor tiles from the first-class smoking room, passengers’ luggage, a window frame from the Verandah Cafe, the ship’s whistles, and an unopened bottle of champagne from 1900. There are even some full scale re-creations like the “Grand Staircase” that might make you feel like you are on the former luxury ship liner itself, or on-set of the James Cameron movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.