Parrotheads in Las Vegas can breathe a deep sigh of relief- paradise, at long last, is coming! Jimmy Buffet and his Coral Reefer Band will be serving up a grand buffet with way more then cheeseburgers and margaritas when they take the stage at the MGM Grand Gardens Arena in Las Vegas on Sat., Oct. 23.
The 63-year-old singer/songwriter is ageless. On April 24 in Tampa, Florida, Buffet will kick off his “Under the Big Top” tour, which will find the veteran entertainer backing a new live double-album and trekking across over 16 U.S. cities in 2010.
“Buffet Hotel” was his latest studio release and first since 2006’s “Take the Weather with You,” surfaced late last year.
Tickets for the Las Vegas performance will go on-sale Mon., April 26 through TicketMaster.com A word to the wise: Strive to be the first as tickets go quickly.
Until then, you’ll have to be content to just nibble on sponge cake and watch the sun bake in good ol’ Sin City.
Michael Legrand is a virtuoso musician with few equals. The three-time Academy Award winner and five-time Grammy winner started his lifelong dedication to music at the ripe age of 11, where he began his study at the Paris Conservatoire.
Legrand has composed more than 200 film and television scores for directors, including Jean-Luc Godard, Richard Brooks, Clint Eastwood and Robert Altman, and has recorded more than 100 albums with international music celebrities.
On March 27 he will be blending his magic for his 50th Anniversary Concert Tribute at 8 p.m. in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Legrand will conduct a 66-piece orchestra and be showcasing the evening’s entertainers: George Benson, Melissa Manchester, Jerry Lewis, Dionne Warwick, Andy Williams, Patti Page, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Steve Lawrence.
Actors Jon Voight and Jennifer O’Neill will host the gala, which will air at a later undetermined date as a made-for-TV concert special.
Perhaps the biggest news is the rumored surprise appearance by Sting.
Tickets range from $62.50 to $150 (plus fees); www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com For more concert details: www.MGMLegend.com
If you were not one of the 40,000 or so raving fans fortunate enough to watch U2 perform at Sam Boyd stadium on Saturday or you weren’t lucky or fast enough to get tickets for one of Garth Brooks first 20 shows, then you, sadly, were not part of the Economic Revival of lethargic Las Vegas.
U2 not only sold out, but it created the biggest revenue blip ever in the history of Sam Boyd stadium.
On Saturday tickets for Garth Brooks’ first 20 shows at the Wynn Las Vegas resort sold out in less than five hours. The resort said it reached maximum capacity for callers at 141,934, with many just getting busy signals for their effort.
Officials also say the ticket Brooks’ Web site had more than 5.4 million page views with 40,000 waiting to buy tickets online at one point.
Brooks announced a five-year deal with casino owner Steve Wynn last week that includes 15 weeks of shows a year in the Encore Theater, which seats about 1,500. Tickets were $125 plus fees. Feel free to do the math.
Brooks, the best-selling solo act in history, plays Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of select weeks beginning Dec. 11.
Las Vegas Backstage Access says to keep the momentum going- it’s great as a start for reviving entertainment fervor and revenues in Las Vegas!
Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Mariah Carey will be making history Saturday, October 10, 2009 despite that her album “Memoirs Of An imperfect Angel” didn’t make #1 on the Billboard Charts. Mariah Carey will be the first concert to simulcast to internet enabled mobile phones and other electronic digital devices for her performance “Mariah Carey Live In Las Vegas.”
The concert will be presented by GDE Partners at www.iviago.com in association with Mariah Carey’s label home, Island Def Jam Group.
To catch the concert, virtual tickets will have to be purchased at $9.99 and can be obtained by texting the message Mariah to 313131 or by visiting Mariah Carey’s official site, Facebook or Myspace by clicking the link “Mariah Carey Live In Las Vegas” or by visiting iviago.com.
Once you purchase your ticket for the “Mariah Carey Live In Las Vegas” you’ll be able to stream the concert on October 10th and view it at that time or save it later for a one-time viewing. The concert will have the ability to be paused and also continued at a later time, but the down-side is that it cannot be rewound or replayed once the ticket buyer has viewed it.
In addition, on October 20, downloadable video clips of Mariah Carey’s Las Vegas concert which was recorded September 11 and September 12 from her exclusive concerts at Palms Resort in Las Vegas will be made available through select mobile phone carriers around the globe. The video clips will also include Mariah’s two concerts from October 9 and 10 and will be sixty minutes long.
On October 24th, the digital broadcast will be available in HD (high definition) and will be made available via Iviago’s virtual global stage which will broadcast to over 200 countries in partnership with over 200 partners (mobile and digital) which includes iClips and iTunes.
If you’re interested in catching a preview, a 60-sec preview is available at www.iviago.com for those interested in knowing more about the “Mariah Carey Live In Las Vegas” or those looking to purchase virtual tickets.
It was only a matter of time: Ticket prices have dropped in two price ranges for Carlos Santana’s return engagement at The Joint in the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas. The bottom two prices are now $55 and $95, a discount of at least $20. Top tickets for floor seats remain at $155.
The promoter, AEG Live, didn’t play up the news, just saying the prices were dropped to entice more Las Vegas residents. The straightforward price cut is in stark contrast to the various short-term discounts that attempt to preserve the face value of tickets at the same promoter’s Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
There is also a prior Las Vegas Backstage Access article on Carlos Santana. Please use search.
Tie-dyed shirts, peace, free love and lots of spirits will be the free flowing order for this weekend’s merriment, as Las Vegas honors today through Sunday the 40th anniversary of Woodstock at the Fremont Street Experience.
Although that historic crowd of a half a million won’t be hanging around this weekend, nevertheless “Woodstock TributePalooza” should be packed with a similarly frenzied crowd that will be treated to a variety of musical acts representing some of the more iconic performers from the past — Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, among others –that graced the stage during the historic concert and almost instantly became the hallmarks for a generation.
Among the performers will be Dead Ahead, a band that performs the music of the Grateful Dead; Randy Linder, performing Credence Clearwater Revival; Byron Bordeaux playing Jimi Hendrix music; Alan Kaye doing Joe Cocker’s music; The Wholigans performing music from The Who and Cara Lee, who will pay tribute to Janis Joplin.
A movie, “From Havens to Hendrix,” will play on the lighted canopy. Music and performances are scheduled to start every day of the tribute at 6:30 p.m., with acts planned through midnight. For a full schedule of events, visit www.vegasexperience.com or call 702-678-5777.
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson may have been out of the spotlight for the past few years but he will take center stage at The Joint next month. Manson, 40, whose real name is Brian Warner, will appear at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on August 21.
The controversial actor-musician, who was once both married to burlesque star Dita Von Teese and engaged to actress Rose McGowan, is best known for his 1996 hit, “Beautiful People,” from his second and controversial major release, “Antichrist Superstar.”