Scalping for free city concert?

May 2, 2005 3:41 AM

By May 16, 50,000 tickets (35,000 online, 5,000 via Ticketmaster and 10,000 through hotels) will have been distributed for the free Red Hot Chili Peppers centennial concert on July 2. When officials were asked at the press conference announcing the event what they planned to do when the tickets would end up being sold on eBay, they avoided the issue. "Will just have to deal with it at the time though we don’t feel the fine people of our city would do such a thing" was the quick response before moving on to another question. Today, Mayor Oscar Goodman is outraged and says resellers may be prosecuted as tickets are, in fact, being resold on eBay. He did think those vying for the tickets had taken vows not to make a quick buck.

How embarrassing for our city especially since all of the hoopla is about its 100th anniversary. PBS has picked a television special (there’s also a DVD) entitled "The Rat Pack — Live from Las Vegas," which sounds great. The mark against us, the anointed entertainment capitol of the world, is the fact that the special is British and stars the cast of the musical that has been playing to sold out audiences in London’s West End for three years! A 15-piece band and a company of singers and dancers support the evening at the Sands celebrating the talents of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin. Now, wouldn’t this make for an interesting local show if all the estate squabbling could be put aside?

Steve Wynn is the Golden Boy to our city. He is a visionary; a master showman unlike no other. Though the local media was not invited, as your columnist I felt obligated to sneak in to Wynn Las Vegas to see what all the fuss was about. Simply said, it is spectacular, extraordinary from the restaurants to shopping to the shows. As your columnist, I pride myself with having an inside track in the wonderment of what is to come and what trends we hope to see. Steve Wynn, you’ve done it again. Stay tuned.

The Amazing Jonathan has officially moved to the Sahara Hotel, performing Friday thru Wednesday at 10 p.m. in the hotel’s Congo Room, where "legendary comedians including Johnny Carson, George Burns and Buddy Hackett have performed" according to a release. Part of that statement is true, the classic comedians did perform in the Congo Room, but it is not the present location of the room. The "original" Congo Room was larger and classier than the current location.

Crooner Matt Dusk is the initial replacement for Downtown Gordie Brown at the Golden Nugget. Dusk with his five-piece ensemble returns May 16 for a month long engagement at 5:30 p.m. in the Theatre Ballroom. He’s off May 27 — 29 and June 10 -11. Brown’s year-long run ends May 24. He’s a good guy and a good act and should find a home elsewhere very quickly but it won’t be downtown so look for him to drop the moniker.

According to the Kentucky-based International Spa Association, the spa industry is booming, and, of course, Las Vegas is a major player. In 1997 the industry grossed $2.2 billion, last year the figure grew to $11.2 billion. The Mobil Travel Guide, for the second year, recently rated America’s top spas and four local facilities received four-star ratings. They were Canyon Ranch Spa Club at the Venetian, Spa Bellagio, The Spa at Four Seasons and Spa Vita de Lago at the Ritz Carlton, Lake Las Vegas. Only one spa, The Spa Montage at Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, Calif, received a five-star rating. Don’t they sound divine? Where’s a FAM tour when you need it?

In my new Rock Mobile, I’m off to Los Angeles this week for the debut screening of the UCLA student documentary about me! It’s produced by young film graduate student Danny Lairmore and shows me as an entertainer, columnists, star of stars and a man who enjoys his own brilliance”¦modesty has never been my greatest attribute. Naturally, there will be Las Vegas screenings as we prepare for the 60th annual Monti Rock III birthday bash, The White Party. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll be fortunate enough to be invited to this unique gathering.

News And Notes: The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure takes place Saturday”¦Clark County commissioners have approved changing the name of Industrial Road from Twain Avenue south to Southern Highlands Parkway to Dean Martin Drive. A condominium tower project on Industrial made the request and will pay for the new signage”¦Tom Kaplan, senior managing partner of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, has been named "Restaurateur of the Year" by the Nevada Restaurant Association”¦ The Tangerine Lounge at TI has opened its outdoor deck.