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Branson with myself: Billy Idol announces his (inevitable) Las Vegas residency
11.10.2015
12:16 pm
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Last we checked in with Billy Idol, almost exactly a year ago, he was declaring punk rock politically irrelevant, after himself having spent the ‘80s transforming it into arena pop for casuals, thus creating a nearly perfect irony loop. Now, he’s embarking on the penultimate stop for an aging, aesthetically irrelevant entertainer before owning an eponymous theater in Branson, MO—a residency gig in a Las Vegas hotel.  Via WTOP:

The punk rocker announced Monday a new Sin City residency with 12 dates in March and May.

It will be at the House of Blues venue inside the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel.

Tickets for the “Billy Idol: Forever” show go on sale this week and start at about $80, plus fees.

This makes Idol the first figure associated with punk to join the rarefied company of Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Liberace, Donnie & Marie, and Elvis by God Presley. We can think of no one more fitting to break that seal. Here he is in headier days, fronting Generation X, on T. Rex singer Marc Bolan’s short-lived ITV series Marc, the run of which was cut short when Bolan died in an auto accident. Had he lived, HIS Vegas show I’d love to have seen.
 

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Billy Idol says punk ‘didn’t make a dent in the political system’
Holiday music from Hell: Billy Idol sings ‘White Christmas’

Posted by Ron Kretsch
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11.10.2015
12:16 pm
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‘The Las Vegas Tapes’: Remarkable footage of Sin City from 1976
08.22.2013
02:54 pm
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In 1976 Scott Jacobs and Valjean McLenighan decided to do a video documentary of life in Las Vegas, and the resultant 29-minute movie was made with the title The Las Vegas Tapes. To accomplish their goal they chose the simplest strategy imaginable—they simply went around with a video camera and asked people questions.

And what a fruitful idea that would prove to be! The resultant slice-of-life footage is pretty darn engrossing. A guy with a huge cigar wins at a slot machine, and as he scoops up his quarters predictably credits the video crew with bringing him good luck. But the secret lies elsewhere: “I believe that I’m going to win, so I’m going to do it! ... Thought creates reality. Let’s do it again!” Exactly! Because Vegas is all about mind over matter. He invented “The Secret” you might say.

Says one woman, in what might serve as a permanent slogan for Las Vegas, “I came in a Cadillac, and now I’m going back on the Greyhound Bus.” You get a glimpse of some Hare Krishnas (where have they all gone?) and a young magician purveying his trade for anyone who’ll watch—he calls magic “a con game.” A paramedic talks about a woman he just picked up, saying that she was suffering from “casino syndrome”—people forget to sleep, eat, take their meds and so they collapse.

A middle-aged woman on the street talks of working with Ann-Margret at The Dunes before she was famous, and sending her to George Burns to boost her career, as he had previously done with Bobby Darin.

There are no great revelations herein, merely a pungent documentation of Fremont Street before it became the “other” strip in Las Vegas, which today is dominated by Caesar’s Palace and the Luxor and that huge neon Paris balloon.
 
Watch the video after the jump…

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Posted by Martin Schneider
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08.22.2013
02:54 pm
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Life beneath the neon: The Las Vegas tunnel people
11.04.2010
09:20 pm
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I lived in Las Vegas from 2000 to 2003. It’s a karmic hellhole, a crespusculating asshole made of bad vibes and plasterboard. The air is radioactive. It tastes like braised metal and smells like a bedpan being broiled in a toaster oven. The morning sun lays despondently on the horizon, a fat sweltering whore stuffed into a bright orange body stocking. By noon it’s so hot you can’t touch the steering wheel of your car without searing the flesh off your hands. The ‘Strip’ is a shimmering skidmark on the underwear of absolute reality, Fruit Of The Doomed. From my perfectly sculpted Liberace lawn off Flamingo Dr., I could see the Luxor Hotel & Casino jutting into the sky, a giant cancerous nipple spewing a fluorescent stream of toxic milk from its blackened tip. I hate Vegas. The collective I.Q. of the local politicians is less than that of a lobotomized mongoloid suffering the aftereffects of a bad crack habit. I hate the metallic death rattle of the slot machines and the desperate guttural moans of suicidal gamblers as they force feed the blingy machines of certain death. I hate the women in Vegas. I hate the men. I hate the dogs that yank at chains in the backyards of suburban tract houses located on dismal little streets with Disneyesque names like Pirates Cove and Whistling Waters. I hate the people of Vegas because they’re there, too brutalized by the soul deadening aura of the place to lift themselves up and get the fuck out. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas because there’s only room enough for one Hell on this fucking planet…and Vegas is that Hell… a Devil’s circus, Dante’s Cirque Du Soleil.

Underneath the suffocating slab of the city, there is a culture of people who couldn’t get out, who got caught in the teeth of Sin City and now they’re being devoured. Good people in a bad place.

“Deep beneath Vegas’s glittering lights lies a sinister labyrinth inhabited by poisonous spiders and a man nicknamed The Troll who wields an iron bar.”

Read about Vegas’s denizens of the deep at the Mail Online.

Las Vegas journalist Matthew O’ Brian’s book ‘Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas’ is available here.  Oddly, the book is published as a ‘Travel Holiday Guide’.

 
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Another article on the Vegas tunnel people previously posted on DM here.

Posted by Marc Campbell
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11.04.2010
09:20 pm
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Liberace Museum is closing
10.15.2010
03:31 pm
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I visited The Liberace Museum in Vegas and loved it. Too bad it’s closing. Las Vegas is no longer the Vegas I dig.

For Immediate Release:
LIBERACE MUSEUM TO CLOSE ITS DOORS OCT. 17
Las Vegas – After 31 years of operation, the Liberace Museum will close its doors Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 to focus its monetary contributions on the Liberace Foundation.

Due to the economic downturn and the decline in the number of visitors, the Museum is forced to close the space and focus primarily on its dedication to the Foundation and the donation of scholarships.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we feel it is important to close the Museum to ensure the future of the Liberace Foundation and to keep the legacy of Liberace alive through its continued scholarship program,” said Jeff Koep, chair of the Liberace Foundation. “Since the inception of the foundation 34 years ago, more than $6 million in scholarships have been awarded to 2,700 students, and we will continue to award scholarships to deserving individuals.”

The memorabilia at the Liberace Museum will be maintained. A national touring exhibit is planned, and details will be announced at a later time. The board will also continue to research options for a location change to make the Museum more accessible to potential patrons.

“The traveling exhibit is an exciting way to share the life and legacy of Liberace while providing an income stream for the Foundation,” said Koep. “In no way do we intend to close the doors and not continue to explore options that will allow us to reopen at a later date.”

Posted by Marc Campbell
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10.15.2010
03:31 pm
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Las Vegas City Council Pranked
07.30.2009
10:51 pm
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Bust-a-gut funny video of Second City performer Michael Lehrer pranking the Las Vegas city council. If you laughed at the inadvertently funny remarks from the Santa Cruz city council meeting, you’ll like this, too. Totally deserves to be a hit on Funny or Die!

“I knew I would be very disappointed in myself if I didn?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.30.2009
10:51 pm
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