David Hasseloff, “The Hoff,” acclaimed singer and television demigod of such 80s TV hits as “Baywatch,” Knight Rider,” and “America’s Got Talent,” who turns 58 in July, attends his namesake’s Knight Rider Festival with other actors and producers of the series, riding up in a K.I.T.T. car to the cheers of thousands of his fans at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas on March 18, 2010. (Prior article on March 19 by Las Vegas Backstage Access.)
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Trashing those late night sordid drinking and hamburger affairs, “The Hoff,” appears for now, to be sloshing onward and upward.
His namesake Knight Rider Festival will be hosted in Las Vegas this weekend. And, different than the first festival last year, this one will be graced by his presence. Hasselhoff plans to be at the festival on Fremont Street Experience on the First Street Stage tonight at 5 p.m., ushered in by Elvis impersonator Paul Casey, who created the Las Vegas event, dressed up as The Lone Ranger and riding up the street on a white horse signifying, Casey says, the original “Knight Rider” television show’s intent of being a modern-day version of the “The Lone Ranger.”
Following Casey and his white knight horse will be a parade of 20 K.I.T.T. cars from the series. The first one will be driven by Jack Gill, the main stunt driver for the series.
Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as “The Most Watched TV Star in the World,” Hasselhoff, who has been on television for more than 30 years, will be joined in the Las Vegas event by television show creator Glen Larson and actors Ann Turkel and Justin Bruening.
Allegedly, there will also be a drive-through wedding chapel with K.I.T.T. serving as best man.
Then it’s off to London for Hasseloff, where the WWE is having him guest host WWE Monday Night RAW on April 12.
And while that’s going on, the fun-loving-in-excess actor, who has also morphed into an internationally renowned singer receiving incredible kudos for his singing skills, especially in Europe, will be on a concert tour in Europe.
Hasselhoff is also on the road of making other endeavors a success too.
The folks at Abercrombie & Fitch hope are banking on the brand and image appeal of The Hoff to change their fortunes in the United States. So far, the traveling salvation show is working- his image is increasing sales revenue by 5 percent, while many of their industry competitors are down by 5 percent.
A&E also sees the shining rebounding light of Hasseloff, hiring him for a 10-epsisode deal for a new reality show with his two daughters. The docu-series, currently unnamed, slotted to air later this year, will take a behind-the-scenes look into the life of The Hoff focusing on his multiple entertainment and business endeavors, as well as his most important role as a single dad trying to help his teenage daughters’ break into the recording industry.
The Knight Rider Festival is March 19-20, all day, free. Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. www.knightriderfestival.com
Everything in Las Vegas does not need to emphasize the new and expensive ritzy venues. Take for example the Fremont Street Experience in “old” Las Vegas. For only $10 (locals) to $20 (visitors) they’re offering a “TributePalooza” this New Year’s Eve featuring the tribute bands of INXS, U2, Depeche Mode, Van Halen, No Doubt, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses.
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will lead the countdown in a fireworks show in a specially designed New Year’s show that will take place under the street-long video screen canopy.
Only people age 21 and older will be allowed.
The concerts start at 6 p.m. For more information, please call 702-678-5600.
Another legendary landmark Las Vegas hotel has put up a permanent no vacancy sign. Binion’s announced Monday it will shut down its 365 rooms on Dec. 14. The casino and other operations, though, will reportedly remain open.
Binion’s officials have said the reason for shutting down the hotel operations was because of the ever slumping economy which has forced room rates to drop and vacancies to rise.
Even though the casino will stay open, there’s no question the decision will be a blow to a downtown that has struggled — even during the talks of revitalization.
It’s been a staple on Fremont Street for more than half a century. Word of the closure spread quickly.
Binion’s original coffee shop and Keno operation will also close, but the entire casino operation — including the Sports Book and the famed poker room which hosted the World Series of Poker from 1970 to 2005 — will stay open.
But the hotel closure could impact gaming.
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is trying to help Binion’s owners and lenders hammer out a deal to keep the hotel open. He said he does not think this will impact his plan to revitalize downtown.
“Once you start saying you’re not going to do those things, then you recede. Vegas is a very funny place. We go through these ups and downs. We’ve been here before, perhaps not to this level, but I don’t blame this on Las Vegas. Las Vegas has the infrastructure in place. We’ve got the best hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment,” Goodman said.
Goodman said it’s hard to find investors to come in with fresh money to refurbish rooms, but he’s not giving up. “We have to keep pushing forward, now more than ever,” Goodman said.
About 100 people will be laid off when the hotel closes.
Anyone who has a reservation after Dec. 14 is being referred to Binion’s sister property across the street, The Four Queens.
Most of the restaurants, including the famed Binion’s Ranch Steakhouse, will remain open.
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.
Forty years ago the Woodstock music festival featured tie-dyed bedecked hippies that espoused peace, love, happiness, fused with lots of freebies – speech, sex and pot – and a plethora of equally mind-blowing music. Now Las Vegas plans to vicariously relive those groovy days and, hopefully, provide a much needed boost to Las Vegas’ sagging economy as well, reeling in more visitors that spend more money on food, entertainment and gambling.
That’s the hope.
And the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas (three miles north of the end of the Las Vegas Strip) is banking on it, spending about $1.7 million on the promotional campaign between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends- $500,000 more than it normally would during the season.
They’ll be paying tribute to 1969 all summer long with free rock concerts and seasonal themes that feature the likes of yesterday’s music heavy hitters Blood, Sweat and Tears; Three Dog Night; the 5th Dimension; Rare Earth; the Grass Roots and Canned Heat.
John Van Hamersveld – artist known for his artwork for “The Endless Summer” in 1966 and for making the cover of the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” album in 1967 – will be painting two buses, one to be used as a stage.
Special videos shows are being planned for a giant screen hanging over the street that include rolling credits memorial for the 58,000 Americans killed or missing in action from the Vietnam War.
Each of the 10 casinos on the Fremont Street Experience are also making plans to tie to the 1969 theme.
“It started with a promise…it will end with a cure.”
The 14th annual Susan G. Koman Southern Nevada Race for the Cure will be held on May 2 in Las Vegas. The route will begin at Las Vegas Blvd. and Clark and continue through downtown to Las Vegas Blvd and Fremont – the Fremont Street Experience.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation was established by Nancy Brinker after her sister, Suzy, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978. Treatment options were limited and there was little if any public recognition of the cause or impact of breast cancer. Suzy died at the age of 36 and her sister Nancy made it her goal to fund health care options, develop treatments and raise awareness of this deadly disease. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation officially opened its doors in 1982.
The Race for the Cure is the largest single fundraiser for the Koman organization. Proceeds from the race help fund breast health education, cancer screening, patient support and treatment.
On average, 75 percent of the funds raised in Nevada stay in Nevada to help local women.
Online registration will be available through Monday April 27, however you may register up to and including race day and there is still time to be a sponsor or volunteer at the event.