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Country singer Waylon Jennings takes stage

Apr 16, 2001 4:19 AM

For one night only, you can see a legend of country music, Waylon Jennings, as he steps to the stage at Sam’s Town Live!, located inside Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, on Friday, 8 p.m.

A true pioneer of country music, Jennings career stretches over 40 years with Grammy-winning smash hits like "Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys," "Rainy Day Woman," and "This Time." Earning his first Grammy in 1969 for his version of "MacArthur Park," Jennings has continued to electrify his fans, as well as help shape the country music of today.

In the early 1970s, Jennings teamed up with fellow mega country star, Willie Nelson. The two produced several top albums together, as well as performed hit duets like "Take It To the Limit," and "Highwayman." In 1976, the dynamic duo scored it big at the Country Music Awards, raking in Best Album (Wanted: The Outlaws), Best Single and Best Vocal Duo.

Well respected in the music business, Jennings has been a part of a well-known foursome since the mid 1980s: The Highwaymen (Jennings, Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson). The successful foursome has produced several hit records and toured the globe together. Jennings has also starred in a number of film projects like "Stagecoach," a CBS TV movie, and guest appearances in TV shows like "Married With Children."


Tanya Tucker returns to Orleans

Country superstar Tanya Tucker returns to the Showroom at The Orleans, Thursday through Sunday. Show times are 8 p.m.; tickets are $39.95, $44.95 and $49.95 plus tax.

Tucker’s music has endured for three decades, beginning in Wilcox, Arizona, where, as a 6-year-old, she sang Hank Williams tunes at the kitchen sink. Her incredible success when she was just entering her teen years continued into adulthood and she is among the all-time best-selling female vocalists in country music.

Her father, Beau Tucker, recognized her talent and when she was just 10 years old, took her to Nashville in hope of signing her with a major record label. Met only with rejection, Beau eventually moved his family to Las Vegas where her father thought connections could be made. There a Columbia Records VIP decided to take "a gamble" on Tanya, handing her a song called, "Delta Dawn." She recorded it at the age of 13, and it became her first No. 1 hit.

Two years later, after four albums, a Grammy nomination and the cover of Rolling Stone, she signed a contract for nearly $2 million with MCA Records.

Tanya has also put her life experiences down on paper, in her autobiography, Nickel Dreams (Hyperion Books). The book takes an uncompromising and honest look at her life. She is also the youngest woman in pop or country history to have a boxed set of her music.


TV’s D.L. Hughley to appear ‘Live!’

Long before he was making movies and starring in his own TV sitcom, D.L. Hughley was on stage making people laugh. And now, this comic will be performing live for one night only at Sam’s Town Live!, located inside Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Hughley got his big break by appearing on HBO’s "Def Comedy Jam" and then by hosting "Comic View" on Black Entertainment Television. "One of the most beautiful things in the world I’ve seen or heard is people laughing, even when there seems to be so little reason for them to laugh," said Hugley.

After approaching Hollywood with an innovative idea, Hughley landed his own UPN Network sitcom, "The Hughleys."


‘Fame’ makes stop at Aladdin

"Fame - the Musical," renowned for its energy and passion, will play the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, Wednesday through Sunday.

The genesis of the show was the smash hit motion picture, then the long-running popular TV series and now Fame - The Musical the red-hot, emotionally charged, spectacular stage musical.

Ticket prices range from $20 to $70, and are available at the Aladdin box office.


Rare and historic cars hit the auction blocks

The "Star’s" cars will be out in full force for The Auction, Saturday and Sunday, at the Imperial Palace. In the midst of one of the strongest markets for collector cars, the organizers of The Auction are anticipating a wide variety of vehicles crossing the auction block, many tied to famous names.

Among the highlights of cars previously owned or used by the powerful, rich and famous, will be Elvis Presley’s personal 1976 Cadillac Eldorado hardtop, the very car he used on his last vacation. Also featured on the auction block will be a rare 1952 Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton (pictured above) that was used extensively by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and a pair of exotic Stutz Blackhawk coupes, one purchased new by the legendary entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., and the other from the most exciting dare-devil ever to ride, Evel Kneivel.

Other cars that will be offered include cars owned or used by Pope Paul VI, John F. Kennedy Jr., Howard Hughes, and a special Chevrolet Camaro used by the teen group "New Kids on The Block" in a promotional tour.

The Auction will have a free preview of 350-plus cars on Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. Bidding begins on Saturday, at 10 a.m. and resumes again on Sunday at the same time. The Auction is located in the giant tents at the rear parking lot of the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino.


Storm to thunder into Mandalay Bay

By MONTI ROCK III

After weeks of fanfare, delay, anticipation and speculation, Storm is finally ready to debut at Mandalay Bay. The big time, big budget show is not your daddy’s Vegas revue. The show is on the cutting edge with creative direction from the best artisans in the music and multi-media industries. It’s definitely a bold new step for Las Vegas entertainment.

Storm combines elements of MTV, Broadway, Cirque du Soleil and Lost in Space, and, although some hapless observers will say it’s another Generation X derivative, that’s not entirely true. The show will appeal to anyone who enjoys entertainment, even if it’s a hallucinogenic version of Singing in the Rain.

It’s been confirmed that Ricky Martin will be there. And why shouldn’t he? He’s contributed money to the show, as well as his own artistic people. Ooh la la, Ricky Martin! If that doesn’t give Storm a jolt, nothing will. Unless, of course, Ricky decides to jump on stage and lapse into a chorus of La Vida Loca!

My friends over at Mandalay Entertainment are about to turn out a new group called the WesZide, consisting of two male and two females. According to insiders in the music industry they may be the next biggest act to hit the market.

Although not of the same genre as Storm, the new musical Fame will play this week at the Aladdin’s Theater for the Performing Arts. The production is part of the Aladdin’s Broadway touring series, an excellent concept, with future shows to include Fosse and Les Miserables.

At New York-New York, I am told by the guys in the tailored suits that Lord of the Dance will run until the end of the year, and in no way is it closing. Also at the Big Apple, Rita Rudner opens at the Broadway Theater for an indefinite run. Good news on both counts!

At Caesars Palace, the Park Place hierarchy made a great decision by keeping the Magical Empire. As reported earlier, L.A.’s Congo Room, owned by Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Smits, had wanted to take over the Empire with a Latin nightclub. But Park Place decided that the Magical Empire has the right ticket, at least for now. The Congo Room may look for another location in town, but as long as its high-profile owners are steeped in controversy, the pickin’s may be slim.

Over at the San Remo, Melinda’s brother, David Saxe, is revamping the Showgirls of Magic. Does that seem odd? Kind of like Macy’s deciding what goes in Gimble’s window. The quirky little revue at the San Remo has always been popular. Let’s hope it remains that way.

At the Las Vegas Hilton, they’re looking for a permanent replacement for the Scintas. Bob Anderson is playing there now, and a couple of other artists have been booked for May.

But there’s a good chance that Sheena Easton - yes, that Sheena Easton! - will sign a deal to play the Hilton’s NightClub for an extended run. She was spotted at the Hilton the other night, as a guest of the Hilton brass.

Sheena wants to make Las Vegas her permanent home, and a gig at the Hilton could be her welcome mat. And this time, there won’t be David Cassidy to kick her around.

This is still a rumor, but my spies tell me that Celine Dion, who is buying a house here, is in negotiations to have her own showroom. I can’t say which property it is now, but I am sure it will be a great Forum for the silver-throated songbird.