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Mystery Surrounds Issues Behind Key Hard Rock Executive’s Suicide in Las Vegas

Randy Kwasniewski, the President and COO of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas was found dead in his home last Tuesday.  He died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Clark County coroner’s office said Wednesday. 

Kwasniewski’s body was found at his residence in Summerlin, Nevada. Metropolitan Police were called to the home Tuesday morning. 

Kwasniewski was married with two children, family friend and attorney David Chesnoff said. 

Kwasniewski, 56, had been in his current position as president and chief operating officer at the Hard Rock Hotel since New York-based boutique hotel operator Morgans Hotel Group bought the resort in February 2007. 

Kwasniewski had been overseeing a $750 million expansion at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas that recently added two hotel towers, casino space and a larger concert hall to the property. 

Kwasniewski’s death comes amid mounting issues and speculation of an imminent management shakeup is in the works for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  

A source who talked with Kwasniewski last said he appeared stressed out, fatigued and lost a lot of weight.  

Prior to his death there was much talk that Hard Rock management has been on thin ice since the property has been dealing with a very challenging transition since Morgans Hotel Group bought it from Peter Morton for $770 million fours years ago. 

Morgans owns 14 percent of the hotel-casino and operates the off-Strip property. DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, an affiliate of Credit Suisse, owns the remaining shares.

Morgans Chief Executive Officer Fred Kleisner will oversee operations at the Hard Rock Hotel for the time being, the company said.  

Kleisner became interim CEO in September 2007 upon the resignation of Ed Scheetz. 

Scheetz resigned his position after a 23-year-old woman was mysteriously found dead of a drug overdose inside a Turnberry Towers condominium in Las Vegas leased by Scheetz and Morgans. 

Though Scheetz was never charged with a crime in connection to the death, a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the woman’s family in 2009 was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money.

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Where are the Super Bowl Parties in Las Vegas? Everywhere!

Why spend thousands of hard earned dollars to go to Miami when you catch all the action literally everywhere in Las Vegas for a comparative mere pittance? 

Apparently, thousand of people are of the same persuasion. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority anticipate 278,000 people to visit Las Vegas this weekend- that’s a whopping 13.5 percent increase from last year’s visitor totals.  The nongaming impact from all those visitors is expected to be up 2.4 percent to $89.7 million. 

So, why don’t you see advertising on Las Vegas’ Super Bowl activities?  It’s simply because of the National Football League’s half-baked and business-choking stance against sports betting, the league has threatened legal action against Las Vegas casinos that use the Super Bowl name in their promotions of parties and events surrounding Sunday’s game. But that hasn’t deterred casinos from promoting “Big Game” activities at their properties or kept Super Bowl bets from becoming a major draw at local sports books. 

Station Casinos, South Point and The Orleans, for instance, will show the game in a ballroom that is open to the public. NFL rules do not allow companies to charge admission to rooms where the game is being shown. 

Las Vegas casinos also can have free but private viewing parties for invited guests and VIPs away from the sports book. 

Station Casinos, which owns 10 Las Vegas casinos, are holding viewing parties for invited guests and are offering $1 hot dogs and $1 Budweisers. 

The Las Vegas Hilton is also having a huge viewing party. 

The Palms will hold its football viewing party for VIPs in its Fantasy Suites, including the Hardwood Suite where guests can relax and shoot hoops during breaks in the game. 

The Hard Rock Hotel, which just opened 824 new hotel rooms and 40,000 square feet of new casino space, is having a public party in Wasted Space and a party for invited guests at The Joint. 

For Boyd Gaming Corp., whose properties include Sam’s Town, The Orleans and Suncoast, this weekend is one of the biggest on its winter calendar. 

“It’s far more than just the sports book,” Boyd spokesman David Strow said. “On Sunday, you’ll be able to see the game pretty much in every nook and cranny of the casino.” 

MGM Mirage is also expecting a big weekend even without a lot of extra hype. The gaming company said it has sold out or is near selling out at its 10 Strip properties even though it is not holding any special game-day parties or promotions, other than offering free T-shirts at Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s with $25 parlay bets. 

Nothing boosts business at Las Vegas sports books like the Super Bowl.  With a record haul predicted for the contest (previous article on Feb. 4, 2010 by Las Vegas Backstage Access), still wagering has never reached the elusive $100 million mark.  It has steadily increased over the years, from around $50 million in 1989 (when the San Francisco 49ers nipped the Cincinnati Bengals) to $71.5 million in 2002 (when the New England Patriots upset the St. Louis Rams) to a record $94.5 million bet on Super Bowl XL in 2006, when Pittsburgh beat Seattle.   Maybe this will be the year?

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New Las Vegas Nightclubs Opening Doors

Despite high Las Vegas unemployment, foreclosures, and a stifling recessionary environment, that’s not stopping Las Vegas casinos from pulling out all the stops and opening new nightclubs this New Year’s Eve. 

The 25,000-square-foot Haze nightclub, the newest offering from the Light Group, will be opening its doors tomorrow night at Aria in the new CityCenter.  Also at CityCenter, Eva Langoria Parker’s Eve nightclub will be opening. 

The new rock bar Smokin’ Hot Aces is also having its grand opening in The Venetian’s retail shops on New Year’s Eve, following a soft opening that started Monday. 

The 14,000-square-foot Vanity nightclub – featuring a $1 million chandelier with 20,000 crystals and another 20,000 LED lights – will open on New Year’s Eve at the base of the Hard Rock’s new HRH tower (previous article by Las Vegas Backstage Access). 

For fans of the Hard Rock’s Body English nightclub, the basement club will fade into oblivion on Jan.1, having its last hurrah on the same night Vanity opens.

One of the Vanity club partners is Las Vegas major leaguer Jason Giambi says celebrities will have to earn their keep.  “Gone are the days where you would pay a celebrity $200,000 to just show up and you had a chance to make your make your money back,” says Giambi, adding, “I’m thankful that’s over.”

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New Hotel Rooms Aplenty in Las Vegas Create Buyer’s Nirvana

Recession?  What recession?  Apparently, Las Vegas is being true to its persona- betting heavily that 1,575 new hotel rooms are just what the doctor ordered- if not now, maybe in the future? 

A mere two weeks after the debut of the Aria at the $8.5 billion new CityCenter, two more casino properties have entered the Las Vegas lodging fray in a market already straining to fill the rooms it already has, witnessed by an average mid-80 percent fill rate and drastically declining room rates. 

The 52-story PH Towers at Planet Hollywood Resort have just added 1,201 rooms yesterday.  The rooms are being marketed at $229 midweek and $349 weekends.   And the top four floors will be 16 condominiums for sale, ranging from 6,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet.

Not to be outdone, the Hard Rock Hotel also yesterday added their HRH tower, bringing 374 more rooms that include seven penthouse suites and eight spa villas.  Opening with their tower is the 25,000-square-foot Reliquary Spa, a new parking garage with a porte-cochere and 40,000 square feet of new casino space.  Think it ends there?  Hardly.  A new Hard Rock nightclub, the 14,000-square-foot Vanity, waits opening on Dec. 31, which will also mark lights out for the venerable celebrity hangout, Body English.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs to Open Las Vegas Nightclub

Sean “Diddy” Combs is about to open a new nightclub in Las Vegas.  Well, at least he’s going to help open one. 

“(The) Hard Rock is opening a club and I’m supposed to be opening up that new club for them,” so says the versatile artist. 

The new nightspot, Vanity, is set to open on New Year’s Eve. 

Still, the rapper formerly known as Puff Daddy won’t necessarily be at the Hard Rock when the ball drops on 2010. 

Instead, he said he is scheduled to host a day or two after the grand opening celebration, on or around Jan. 2. 

Still, he may very well be there at the Hard Rock on NYE. 

Maybe. 

“I may be out here, I may be shooting a television special,” he teased, adding with a smile, “I can’t give you any more details, that’s breaking news.” 

Still, it’s pretty safe to say Puffy is planning to party somewhere in Las Vegas on Dec. 31. 

The hip-hop heavyweight is no stranger to the Las Vegas club scene and likely has a litany of lucrative hosting offers on the table for New Year’s Eve. 

“I’m the Black Sinatra,” he said. “I’m supposed to be out here.” 

It wasn’t always this way for the rapper/actor/producer/fashion designer/fragrance developer/father/vodka czar.  Whew! 

“I used to come to Vegas maybe once every other year,” the outspoken 40-year-old icon said. “I’ve been out here already four times this year … This is the most I’ve been out here.”

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World Extreme Cagefighting Expected to Return to Las Vegas on Dec. 19

World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) is expected to remain in Las Vegas through the end of the year, as the promotion’s rumored WEC 45 event will reportedly take place on December 19 in Las Vegas, likely at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Cagefighting

The Versus-televised event follows November’s WEC 44 card, which will be held at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas and is headlined by featherweight champ Mike Brown vs. challenger Jose Aldo. 

Originally expected to feature the return of lightweight champ Jamie Varner against recently-crowned interim title-holder Ben Henderson as well as the return of former featherweight champ Urijah Faber, it remains to be seen what matchup will headline the event as Henderson’s injuries suffered in last weekend’s win over Donald Cerrone will sideline him until early next year and Faber’s return is currently slated for January. 

During the latest installment of ESPN’s “MMA Live,” Cerrone’s teammate Rashad Evans said “The Cowboy” could get his anticipated rematch with Varner with Henderson hurt, and the Cerrone-Varner matchup appears to be a possibility to headline WEC 45, though a non-title bout, including the return of former bantamweight king Miguel Torres, could be tapped for the WEC 45 main event. 

One confirmed participant for WEC 45 is Bart Palaszewski, who returns to the WEC after scoring a knockout win outside the promotion earlier this month.

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Las Vegas Nightclubs Gone Too Wild?

Even in wild, anything goes Las Vegas, apparently, there are limits on what can and can’t be done in nightclubs.

In July, gaming regulators slapped the Planet Hollywood casino with a $500,000 fine for its Prive nightclub’s bad behavior, including “topless and lewd activity” and dumping club-goers in the casino “in various states of consciousness.”

The same month, the Rio closed its Sapphire topless pool, managed by a local gentleman’s club, after authorities arrested 10 people on suspicion of prostitution and drug crimes. Over Labor Day weekend, eight more arrests on similar charges were made at the Hard Rock Hotel’s pool club party, Rehab.

It’s all part of a crackdown by Las Vegas authorities on what they see as clubs gone wild.

“The quarrel is not, ‘You guys are offering entertainment that’s going to offend Middle America.’ We all want to keep Middle America coming to us to have fun. But we have rules,” said Randall Sayre of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. During the heyday of the “What happens here, stays here” tourism campaign, the must-have accessory for any Las Vegas Strip casino was a pulsating nightclub that lured Hollywood starlets and drunken tourists willing to pay for a few hours of shimmer.

That has sometimes proved to be an ill-fated mix. Though the clubs are reliable moneymakers and publicity machines, some have vexed officials with their fraternity-style antics — including stripping contests, fistfights, and alleged drug use and sexual assaults.

In the last decade, smoky lounges on the Strip gave way to three-story mega-clubs and booze-drenched pool parties. Out on the cutting edge of trendy are clubs such as the bronze-walled XS, the centerpiece of casino magnate Steve Wynn’s resort Encore.

Most of the clubs, which pull in tens of millions of dollars from high-volume sales of alcohol and special seating, successfully keep thousands of tourists under control. But the venues, jostling for the same young crowd, have a penchant for envelope-pushing — and the casinos, Sayre said, have mostly kept their hands off the cash machines.

In the last two years, Clark County has warned clubs about a wet-boxer-shorts contest and women shedding shirts at events named “Lose the Tan Lines” and “Boobs or Bust.” Some clubs launched stripping contests; others tried to sneak around no-nudity ordinances by slathering women in body paint.

Many nightlife problems are far graver, however, which could prove problematic for casinos in the long run. Gaming regulators can hold them responsible for most anything that unfolds on their properties.

In 2006, the state Gaming Control Board told casinos it was concerned about reports of violent, excessively drunk and underage club-goers. In the last year, authorities have noticed an uptick in prostitution and narcotics crimes at Strip hot spots, said Officer Bill Cassell of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

But it was “Prive-gate” that truly rattled the town’s after-dark scene and it appears no end is in sight for the enforcement and creation of new clubbing rules to govern Las Vegas partygoers.

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John Varvatos Celebrates Grand Opening of his new Bowery NYC Store in Las Vegas Tonight with Performance by Cheap Trick

True legends of epic proportions will come together tonight, Thursday, Sept. 24, in Las Vegas as John Varvatos, right, JohnVarvatosand hard rockers Cheap Trick join forces and team up to celebrate the opening of John Varvatos Bowery NYC at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  Action kicks off at 7 p.m.. 

Fresh off a recent tour promoting their newest record, “The Latest,” Cheap Trick, comprised of Bun E. Carlos, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Robin Zander, will perform at the boutique’s grand opening celebration.

Varvatos’ new 3,000 square-foot Hard Rock boutique is where fashion and music can live and groove together.  The store features a stage with top-of-the-line gear for planned events like the opening party, as well as for impromptu jam sessions from visiting rockers, stars and shoppers alike.  

In addition to offering all three John Varvatos brands (Collection, Star USA and Converse), the new store is the exclusive Nevada dealer of James Trussart guitars.  Made from custom shaped metals, these high-end guitars have landed in the hands of well-known collectors such as Billy Gibbons of ZZ-Top, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and Rick Neilson of Cheap Trick. 

If you’d like an article reviewing the venue, interviews with the talent, or professional photography for your publication, please fill out a comment to this post and Las Vegas Backstage Access will get back to you later today.

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Prices Drop for Carlos Santana Show in Las Vegas

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. CarlosSantana

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.

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Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s Relationship is . . . On-Again!

Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s on-again, off-again relationship appears to be on again. The hot-and-cold couple was all smiles this weekend as they were spotted enjoying each other’s company, swapping gooey spit at Body English nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. tommyleepamelaanderson

The former husband and wife hit the town after Lee and the rest of Mötley Crüe performed at The Joint. Instead of laying low or attempting to shun the spotlight,  the attention-loving couple made their presence hotly known. Surprised fans cheered as the couple literally took center stage amidst an onslaught of blinding paparazzi cameras.

Lee, 46, and Anderson, 42, have a long history of giving their relationship another go.  “We’ve only given it a try 800 times – 801, here we go,” Lee told People in June of last year, as he and Anderson acknowledged they were giving things yet another try. 

“It’s awesome. It’s definitely working,” Lee said, noting that Pammy and their two sons had moved back in with him. 

Unfortunately, 801 proved to not be the magic number for the tumultuous couple and they soon went their separate ways again.

The Anderson-Lee saga dates to 1995, when the couple got married on the beach in Cancun after a short yet hot-and-heavy courtship. 

They had two sons, Brandon and Dylan, before they divorced three years later.

Anderson didn’t just file for divorce in 1998; she also filed charges of assault against her then-husband after he allegedly kicked her while she was holding their son, Dylan. Lee later pleaded no contest, was sentenced to six months in jail, and ultimately served four months behind bars. 

The couple gave things another go after Lee was released from prison, but the reconciliation was unsuccessful. 

They have since engaged in a seemingly never-ending game of cat and mouse, officially and unofficially. They have also dated – and, in the case of Anderson, married – others in the interim. 

Lee’s highest-profile, post-Pammy relationship was with Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia. They lived together in 2001 and were engaged at one point, too, but despite the ring they didn’t make it down the aisle before things went south. 

Hard rocker Lee had been married twice before, to a woman named Elaine Bergen for a month 25 years ago and to actress Heather Locklear from 1986 until 1993. 

Anderson, meanwhile, has been married twice since, to Kid Rock and Rick Salomon. She has also been engaged a time or two, too, including a brief diamond-encrusted encounter with model Marcus Schenkenberg, in 2001. 

Rock gave the former Playmate a rock on the outskirts of Las Vegas when he proposed in the outlaying desert in 2002 (he even borrowed the late Buffalo Jim Barrier’s pink 1961 Cadillac Eldorado convertible for the event). They broke up in 2003 before they exchanged their vows but got back together in 2006.

Once reunited, the couple picked up where they left off and were married in St. Tropez, France, that July. At the time, Anderson called the wedding plans “spontaneous but well thought through.” 

They reportedly tied the knot twice more, just to make things official, in both Beverly Hills and Nashville. But while three weddings might be a charm for some, they were not for Anderson and Rock: They couple filed for divorce a few months later, in November 2006. 

Anderson was officially single again in early 2007. 

She soon began dating Paris Hilton’s ex-boyfriend, Rick Salomon, and the two got married in Las Vegas on Oct. 6, 2007. Unfortunately, that marriage, which took place at the Mirage, was destined to be little more than a mirage itself, as Anderson filed for divorce two months later. The union was annulled a few months after that, after both bride and groom cited fraud as the reason for the split. 

While Anderson and Lee reunited for what seemed like (and may very well have been) the umpteenth time last year, Cupid’s arrow went astray and they soon went their separate ways. 

Still, reports surfaced of a nervous and still-very-much-in-love Lee who apparently was urging his former flame to reconsider after Anderson fell for former “Baywatch” star Jamie Padgett this year. 

While Lee was never cited as the reason why things didn’t work out for Anderson and her surfer boy, it would appear that it didn’t take her long to find her way back to her longtime, on-again, off-again, man.

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Shock Rocker Marilyn Manson Craves New Las Vegas Gig

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. MarilynManson

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.”

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Blink 182 Kicks Off Reunion Tour in Las Vegas

It’s been four years since Blink 182’s extended hiatus, but now the time is ripe, according to singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker to breathe new life into Blink 182 and kick off their reunion tour in Las Vegas.Blink182

Possible talks of a new tour occurred at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in February, and now, five months later, Blink 182 is back.  The band has already started a new album and spent three months preparing for a 52-date reunion tour, which kicks off this week with back-to-back nights at The Joint this Thursday and Friday at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.

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Professional Bull Riders Partner with Hard Rock in Las Vegas

The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) announced a new partnership with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The partnership will bring two marquis events to Hard Rock’s brand-new venue, “The Joint,” a 4,000 seat entertainment facility which held its Grand Opening in April 2009. Hard Rock Hotel will also be the official host of PBR’s pre-event VIP Parties during the second weekend of the PBR World Finals. bullriding

As part of the new partnership, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will play host to PBR’s Next Round Drafts on Friday, October 30, and Thursday, November 5, where the top 40 bull riders will select which bull they will take on during the next round of competition. The hotel will also host two Official PBR After-Parties which will immediately follow the drafts. Both the drafts and After-Parties will be held at the “The Joint,” where legendary musical acts such as Santana, Paul McCartney, Kenny Chesney, and others have played.

PBR and Hard Rock will work together to prepare hotel package promotions for World Finals attendees. Premium “access” items such as special lines or seating areas at After-Parties, drink specials, Meet & Greets, autographed merchandise, and other benefits are being planned for those that choose to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel during their World Finals experience. 

The Hard Rock Hotel will also be the official host of VIP Pre-Parties during the second weekend of the World Finals. PBR’s VIP guests will be treated to entertainment and hospitality prior to each night’s performance and then shuttled to and from the hotel. The Hard Rock Hotel is located close to Thomas & Mack arena providing VIP guests with easy access to and from the venue. 

The 2009 Built Ford Tough World Finals will showcase the bull riding athletes on in Las Vegas as they vie for more than $3 million in prize money. For the sixth time in its 16-year history, the PBR World Finals will span two consecutive weekends, Oct. 30-Nov 1 and Nov. 5-8. This marquee event represents the crown jewel of bull riding and culminates the 31-city 2009 BFTS tour.

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2,000 Jobseekers Show up at Las Vegas Job Fair – for Housekeepers!

In a sign reflecting our continuing hard economic times, more than 2,000 people came looking for work on Monday at a job fair for housekeepers at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas- twice as many as as the hotel-casino expected to show up for the 200 openings. 

Executives, master’s degree applicants, and other high powered candidates had no qualms in looking their best, trying out for the elusive offers.  

And if that’s not enough job applicant competition, yesterday the job fair continued. 

The housekeepers are planned to start work in two weeks. 

The Hard Rock in Las Vegas, which is currently undergoing a $750 million expansion that is scheduled to be completed in November, is also planning on future job fairs to fill another 600 positions, including front-desk clerks, bartenders and casino dealers.  That is if the current job fairs don’t yield enough qualified candidates. 

The Hard Rock’s job fair is one of the few good signs in the current Las Vegas job market, with Nevada reporting 11.3 percent unemployment in May, one of the leading unemployment states in the nation. 

The Hard Rock has a great reputation as a Las Vegas employer, reportedly not laying off a single employee last year. 

In addition, construction progress on the expansion is ahead of schedule, with the 490-room hotel tower planned to open the third week of July, a couple of months early.    

The second 375-room hotel tower, three new restaurants, a spa, and new casino space and amenities is planned to open by the end of November.

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Holly Madison Turned Away from Las Vegas Nightclub

Holly Madison’s night on Las Vegas turned sour last Sunday when it was revealed that one of the girls in her entourage was underage. 

Madison, 29, was looking forward to a much-overdue girls’ night out prior to the run-in. “Girls night out 2night! Haven’t had one in so long!  Can’t wait!” she posted to her Twitter account on Sunday evening. 

A few hours later, however, the former “Girls Next Door” star was apparently “turned away” by security at the Body English nightclub inside the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas “because a fellow playmate she was with was caught sneaking in for being under age (sic).” 

The situation was made public via the Hard Rock’s official Twitter page. 

The identity of Madison’s young friend has not been released.

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Expanding, Hiring in Las Vegas

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is hiring a total of 1,200 employees before the end of this year to fill a variety of positions due to the property’s current expansion.

 

Hard Rock recently hired 400 employees and plans to hire approximately 800 more before the end of 2009. Positions in all areas still to be filled include on call dealers, housekeeping staff, bellmen, front desk agents, room reservation agents and EVS attendants. A series of job fairs will be held on property throughout the summer. Specific dates and times will be announced soon.

 

Hard Rock is hiring due to the current $750 million expansion. When completed, the property will be more than triple its original size.

 

Most recently, Hard Rock celebrated the opening of its new $60 million concert venue, The Joint, Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co., 51,000 additional square feet of meeting and convention space and the sleek, contemporary steakhouse, rare 120º.

 

Still to come is an all-suite 15-story south tower, a new 17-story north tower, approximately 30,000 square feet of additional casino space, a new nightclub, multiple new retail outlets and a new spa and health club. Hard Rock’s award-winning pool is also being expanded. The project, which began in 2007, is expected to be fully complete in early 2010.

 

Check out the job postings at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino by visiting www.hardrockhotel.com <http://www.hardrockhotel.com> or logging on to Twitter <http://www.twitter.com/Hardrocklvjobs> and visiting www.twitter.com/Hardrocklvjobs

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450-pound Drag Queen Voted Best Joan Rivers Look-Alike in Las Vegas

Cher Impersonator Tiny Bubbles, a 450-pound drag queen, was voted best Joan Rivers look-alike at Annie Duke’s Hard Rock poker benefit in Las Vegas last Wednesday. 

The event featured 20 Rivers impersonators.   Frank Marino, who headlined as Rivers in “An Evening at La Cage” for two decades walked the red carpet with Duke, who finished second in “Celebrity Apprentice” to Rivers. 

Rivers previously labeled poker players as “white trash” and “mafia” during “Apprentice,” as written on  May 27  by Las Vegas Backstage Access.

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Crazy Pool Parties in Las Vegas

It’s that time of the year to temporarily cast worries and responsibilities aside and have some fun in the sun in Las Vegas.   Here’s a listing of major Las Vegas pool parties: poolparties

Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Every Sunday through September from 11 a.m. to sunset at 4455 Paradise Road.  DJs and celebs galore perform and mingle with ordinary folk.  Cover costs could vary depending on special events, but generally $20 for women, $40 for men.  Local women get in free.  Cabanas by reservation, 702-693-5555 

Ditch Fridays at the Palms.  On Friday from noon to 7 p.m. plan to skip work and really have fun at 4321 W. Flamingo Road.  In addition to offering cabanas and daybeds, a variety of special events are on tap through the season, including concert and DJs.  Admission is $25 for men.  All women get in free.  Cabanas by reservation, 702-938-9999 

Sapphire Pool at the Rio.  This pool is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3700 W. Flamingo Road.  Admission for men is $30 Sunday through Thursday, $50 Fridays and Saturdays, and $60 on holidays.  Local women receive free admission and local men receive half-off admission with valid ID.  Cabanas by reservation.  702-777-7709 

Bare at The Mirage.  Bare is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.  It’s a European-style sunbathing venue, featuring the typical pool party amenities and music.   Asset Thursdays are for locals, targeting workers in the hospitality industry.  On Sunday, they host a backyard barbecue with local guests receiving complimentary grilled faire.  Admission Monday through Thursdays is $10 for women, $20 for men.  On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, admission is $20 for women and $40 for men.  Local women receive free admission with valid ID; local men receive complimentary admission on Sundays through Thursday.  Cabana reservations, 702-791-7442 

Daydream at M Resort.  Daydream is open form 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays at 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South (actually in Henderson, not Las Vegas.)  Local women receive free admission with valid ID; all other women pay $10, while all men pay $20.   Mondays and Thursdays are Daydream’s industry days.  Themes vary, from free facials to free gift bag giveaways.  www.daydreamlv.com

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Carlos Santana to Headline The Joint in Las Vegas Hard Rock

Iconic guitarist Carlos Santana, 61, and his band, including drummer Dennis Chambers and keyboardist Chester carlossantanaThompson, has just signed a two-year deal through 2010 to do 36 shows a year in the newly refurbished The Joint, which opens on April 17.   Their Supernatural tour starts on May 27 and continues through June 14; they’re scheduled to return in September. 

Santana said he will approach his upcoming The Joint residency “from the point of bringing a spiritual confidence,” philosophically musing “a sunset and sunrise is never the same.  Making love is never the same unless you’re doing something wrong.”

Produced by media production company Frank the Plumber, the group will do four shows a week for three weeks per run.   Tickets go on sale today.

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Bye-Bye to Jeff Beacher & The Scintas – Good Luck!

Jeff Beacher and his entertaining band of crazy misfit zanies, dubbed “Beacher’s Madhouse,” have long been Las Vegas jeffbeacherentertainment icons, performing at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas and elsewhere.   Beacher partied at Tao nightclub last week and in his farewell he said he will be touring with his entourage throughout Midwestern U.S., playing to smaller and enthusiastic audiences as he earns enough money, hopefully, to supposedly open his own house and show when he later returns to Las Vegas at some unspecified future time.

scintasSimilarly, The Scintas are sadly ending their nine-year run as Las Vegas headliners and taking their show on the road, at least for now. “With the economy where it is and people not traveling as much as before, we’re going to the people,” says Frankie Scinta, who fronts the four-member family group that includes brother Joey, sister Chrissy and longtime member Peter O’Donnell. The group is reportedly not moving out of Las Vegas, is currently working on a sitcom pilot, and they vow to return in April to the Suncoast for their thank-you to their Las Vegas fans.

Las Vegas Backstage Access wishes the best for Jeff Beacher and his entourage and The Scintas.

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Lindsay Lohan Goes Bonkers in Las Vegas

lindsaylohan1With Paris Hilton’s 28th birthday celebration just this past Saturday, March 7 and all her zany friends and guests showing up at Body English nightclub in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, we at Las Vegas Backstage Access predicted it wouldn’t be long until her other buds would soon follow suit. 

We were right. 

Lindsay Lohan joined her girlfriend Samantha Ronson in the DJ booth at Prive nightclub at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas on March 9.   Later, Ronson was seen taking off in a car at the valet about 3:15 a.m. and a few moments later a “visibly upset” Lohan retrieved her car and took off racing after Ronson.  No other cars, thankfully, received any bruises. 

Now, for the hat-trick- we really need some kitchy Las Vegas antics from Britney Spears.  But who knows, maybe her Circus tour is tiring her out?

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Happy Birthday, Paris Hilton!

Paris Hilton’s 28th birthday celebration is this weekend in Las Vegas at the Body English nightclub inside the Hard parishiltonRock Hotel and Casino on Saturday, March 7th  and she is inviting 50 of her closest Hollywood friends. The social maven is always controversial.  Earlier in February she received THREE losing awards at the Razzies, a spoof on the Oscars.  However, Parlux Fragrances just named Hilton as their celebrity of the year, where she will be honored on May 27 in New York.

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