More changes for north Strip

Jul 11, 2005 12:56 AM

The next hotel to be imploded on the Strip will be most likely be the Frontier, but your humble columnist has learned that the Stardust will be just a memory within 18 months and replaced with a mega resort.

A formal announcement by Boyd Gaming (Stardust’s owner) is forthcoming, and once it is officially revealed, the hotel’s entertainment lineup will be scurrying for new homes.

Ann-Margret, for instance, who has one more date on her contract with the Stardust, is already departing having signed a deal to return to The Orleans next year. Look for a number of artists — Joan Rivers, Tim Conway & Harvey Korman, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme and Bill Engvall — to follow suit to the Coast properties (The Orleans, Suncoast and upcoming South Coast), which are also owned by Body Gaming but have a different entertainment director and booker.

I sure hope that our Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt doesn’t leave me off her nuptials list when she eventually ties the knot with her wannabe star Dennis Bono. I’m hearing that jewelers around town are in a bidding war to come up with the best "rock of Gibraltar" for the eye-popping engagement ring.

Just wanted to share the wonderful news with you all that my darling Celine Dion is the number two-grossing concert of ’05, having taken in $43.9 million with an average tickets of $136.70. U2 is the leader so far with $48.4 million.

Krave, billing itself as the first alternative nightclub on the Strip, is turning bisexual starting Monday when "Men of Russia" revue debuts in the 7 p.m. time slot. The show was called "Candyman — From Russia With Love" during its run at Fitzgerald’s. These men are straight and cater to the bachelorette crowd, but they better be prepared for my kind of folk now.

You can tell that business falls off locally during the summer when Sushi Roku and BOA Steakhouse at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace offers a 20 percent discount to locals for lunch and dinner through the end of August.

Mirage headliner Danny Gans has cancelled his engagements for 12 weeks starting Nov. 1 to undergo rotor cuff surgery. I guess it’ll improve his golf swing.

The longdelayed premiere of "As Worlds Collide" — combining rock music, a saga of good versus evil, non-stop action, large-scale illusions, and pyrotechnics — will finally take place July 22-23 at Planet Aladdin’s Theatre for the Performing Arts. The production, created by Paul Haynes, was originally scheduled to play The Orleans Arena earlier this year but was cancelled due to lackluster tickets sales and production problems.

On Stage: Paul Casey, the LVCVA’s official Elvis impersonator, brings his American Trilogy show back to the Cannery, Aug. 12-13”¦Willa Ford, who toured with the Backstreet Boys and had a hit single, "I Wanna Be Bad," has joined the Pussycat Dolls through Aug. 13”¦Aretha Franklin, the first woman elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, plays the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sept. 4”¦Hootie & the Blowfish return to the Silverton’s Hideaway Theatre tomorrow followed by rock band Loverboy July 23”¦Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers rock the Hard Rock Aug. 16”¦Lance Burton is back at the Monte Carlo with 7 p.m. shows Tuesday — Sunday plus a 10 p.m. performance on Tuesday and Saturday”¦"Ba-Da-Bing" has departed the Stardust and is now headquartered at Capozzoli’s restaurant on Maryland Parkway”¦Former TV hunk Jack Wagner sings at Santa Fe Station Friday”¦Veteran pop star Bobby Goldsboro visits Boulder Station July 29”¦Karin Denise, a lead singer in "Splash" for 10 years, will bring her "Sin City Angels" show to the Sahara’s Casbar Lounge at 11 p.m. starting Aug. 9”¦The Eagles farewell tour returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Oct. 15”¦Trisha Yearwood headlines the Hilton Sept. 30-Oct. 1 followed by Juan Gabriel Oct. 14-16”¦Eminem and 50-Cent appear at the Thomas & Mack Center July 24”¦The Las Vegas International Mariachi Festival will be held Sept. 17 at the Thomas & Mack Center”¦Previews for "Avenue Q" at Wynn Las Vegas start Aug. 27”¦Karaoke has returned to the Tropicana Tropics Lounge through Sept. 11”¦The Chain Gang rocks the Stardust Lounge July 19 — 24 and Woolihan’s Irish Pub in the Rampart Casino July 29-30”¦American Storm, "America’s Hottest Male Revue!," plays the Riviera July 29”¦Elton John returns to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace July 26 — 31”¦Natalie Cole performs on the floating stage at Lake Las Vegas’ Reflection Bay July 30.