Welcome to Kimo’s Vegas … the Player’s edge!
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S Beatles Love celebrates its fifth anniversary and it’s the closest thing to a Beatles reunion since the show opened. in house for the June 8 Beatleversary are Paul McCartney, John Lennon’s widow Yoko ono, George Harrison’s widow Olivia, producer George martin and his son Giles martin (the duo created the Grammy-winning soundtrack). ringo Starr touring, but will be present in a videotaped message. the hot ticket: Paul McCartney’s private after-party.
ACT 3, SCENE 1: “to be or not to be” – that’s the question that’s got investors and retailers spinning … Skyvue, the 500-foot London eye-style wheel, needs $175 million to construct the gigantic attraction and its associated 200,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space (it already has government approvals). But Caesars entertainment corp. has a similar idea titled Project linq. the company has already secured $450 million (but not the needed government green light) to build its 500-foot wheel. You’re not alone if you think two wheels is one Ferris too many on the Las Vegas Strip.
MORE VEGAS MATH … the Venetian/Palazzo saw a 36 percent decline in slot play, table play fell 13 percent overall, the casino had a 47 percent decline in revenue, and the hotel an 84 percent decline in occupancy after instituting a change in the casino’s comp policy toward low-rollers.
HOW DID CEE LO GREEN levitate then rotate his bad self and his sparkling grand piano at the Billboard music Awards? it’s magic, and the moment was the vision of illusionist David Copperfield, who can be seen in the theater bearing his name at the MGM Grand … tip: ladies, don’t grab the pickle if you’re shy.
CO-OWNER RICK NAKASHIMA is extra busy with ruby Tuesday Hawaii and Gyu-kaku restaurants and putting together his VIP Sept. 17 tour for the UH vs. UNlV game. rick is chartering a fully loaded bus from l.A. and travelling with former uH players Gary Allen, David Toloumu, Nicky Clark, basketball standout Garland Hughes, Howard Dashefsky and advertising exec ED Nishioka. With a gang like that, you guys will be in Vegas before you can say “two Way Yo!”
SPEAKING OF ED … His daughter, “Las Vegas” Sarah, a junior at unlV, can now join him at the tables (uh-oh). She celebrated her 21st birthday with Grandma and Grandpa Nishioka and a five-night celebration that included nobu at the Hard rock, Joe’s Stone crab, carnegie deli in the mirage,Terra Rossa in red rock, Martorano’s and World Buffet at the Rio, olive Garden and Grand luxe in the Palazzo … Whoa, can you adopt me?
THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS Burlesque Saloon opens June 4 in Planet Hollywood with a guest performance by carmen electra. Founder robin Antin says, “She is an amazing dancer and performer, and i am so honored to have her as our special guest for the grand opening.”
SINCERE CONDOLENCES to the family of don Barden, the first African-American to own a national casino company that included the Fitz downtown, who recently passed.