Earlier Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), Queen + Adam Lambert made their grand entrance into Las Vegas by private jet at the MGM Resorts aviation hangar. Immediately after arriving, Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert headed straight inside to a press conference to speak with media about their new Las Vegas show, “The Crown Jewels.” Also, in attendance were Bill Hornbuckle, president of MGM Resorts International and Kurt Melien, president of Live Nation Las Vegas.
Queen + Adam Lambert will rock the Las Vegas Strip with a 10-date limited engagement, “The Crown Jewels,” at Park Theater at Park MGM. Shows are scheduled for September 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets ranging in price from $79 to $350, as well as a limited number of On-Stage seats, are on sale now at ticketmaster.com.
Queen + Adam Lambert have come a long way since first sharing a stage for the “American Idol” finale in May 2009. The critically acclaimed creative partnership has since proved to be a global phenomenon, having played more than 150 shows in all corners of the world. Filling stadiums and festivals, Queen + Adam Lambert’s awe-inspiring show has drawn across-the-board rave notices.
In an incredible career spanning more than four decades, Queen’s indelible influence on rock history is unrivalled. The band has amassed a staggering archive of accolades and honors including seven Ivor Novello awards, an MTV Global Icon Award and three songs enshrined in the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. With record sales in the hundreds of millions – their Greatest Hits collection has sold over 6 million copies in the UK alone, meaning one in three UK households own a copy – plus a string of chart-topping albums and singles, Queen are undoubtedly one of the UK’s most successful and best loved national treasures. With one of the most enduring song catalogues of all time, including “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Somebody To Love,” and of course “Bohemian Rhapsody,” their musical repertoire is second to none. The glittering legacy created by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon lives on through the ongoing partnership of May and Taylor, now joined by Adam Lambert. November 2, 2018 will see the release of the feature film “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The bio epic is a celebration of Queen’s meteoric rise through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.
After blowing everyone away on the eighth season of American Idol, Adam released his debut album ‘For Your Entertainment’ which featured collaborations with Lady Gaga, Pink, Max Martin, and Muse’s Matt Bellamy. It spawned the International hit “Whataya Want From Me,” which earned him a GRAMMY nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. His second album ‘Trespassing,’ featuring collaborators Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard charts and became the first album to reach the number one spot in the U.S. and Canada by an openly gay artist. In 2013 he appeared as a guest star on the hit TV series ‘Glee.’ Adam released his highly anticipated third album ‘The Original High’ in 2015, which entered the worldwide chart at no. 3 and featured the hit single ‘Ghost Town.’ The album, his debut for Warner Bros Records, was executive produced by Max Martin and Shellback. After a sold-out world tour to support the album, he went on to play Eddie in the Fox version of the ‘Rocky Horror Show’ and later that year finished his stint as a winning judge on The X Factor Australia. Adam has been working on his fourth solo album for the past year and will release new music later this year.
The 5,200-seat Park Theater, with its cutting-edge audio and visual technology, provides artists of diverse talents with a dynamic space to create one-of-a-kind productions where every seat allows guests to feel up close and personal. From comedy shows and live concerts, to sporting events and award shows, the theater is specially designed to transform seamlessly for any occasion.
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NASCAR fans will be cool and comfortable when they attend the South Point 400 weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As part of its “Keepin’ It Cool” initiative, the speedway is underscoring its expanded cooling plans that call for misting stations, cooling zones, shaded areas, and ways for fans to stay cool and hydrated throughout the weekend. In addition to extra water sales locations, LVMS is adding water “bubblers” that will allow fans to get free cups of cool water at a number of stations around the property. The speedway will have 100 misting machines set up at various locations, as well as large shade tents in the Neon Garage, the Vegas Village in Turn 4 and in the Fan Engagement Area. Extra-large port-a-cool fans will be used to circulate air through the concourse underneath the grandstands, and the Dream Racing Gaming Garage in the infield will be set up as a cool zone as well. Fans also can purchase towels that will be dipped in ice water at the LVMS merchandise areas, and several vendors in the Fan Engagement Area also will be selling cooling supplies.
And speaking about Turn 4 where Vegas Village is located, there will be new section where folks can gather in a continuing effort to enhance its fan experience, the speedway is rolling out the “Turn 4 Turn Up.” The special gathering spot – located on the concourse level outside Turn 4 – will feature everything from a Ferris wheel to a swimming pool, food trucks, music with a live DJ, games, and drink specials during the Sept. 14-16 race weekend. Turn 4 Turn Up will serve as one of several cooling zones LVMS is implementing throughout the facility, and the festival-like atmosphere will give fans the chance to see NASCAR racing like never before.
“We’re always looking for creative ways to enhance the race-day experience, and the Turn 4 Turn Up is certain to be a big hit among our fans – especially those who consider themselves millennials,” LVMS President Chris Powell said. “People come to sporting events searching for new and unique experiences, and this new festival area will be a great spot for our visitors to do exactly that. I don’t think any other speedway can offer the variety of activities we do, and this new area gives us an even wider array of ways to entertain our visitors.”
Turn 4 Turn Up will be open to all ticketholders during the weekend. It will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, South Point 400 weekend begins with the Star Nursery 100 NASCAR K&N Series West race at the Dirt Track on Thursday, Sept. 13, before moving to the superspeedway for three consecutive days. The World of Westgate 200 Camping World Truck Series race is set for Friday, with the DC Solar 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series event following on Saturday and the South Point 400 MENCS playoff kickoff capping the weekend’s racing on Sunday. To order tickets or specialty passes for race weekend, call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to www.LVMS.com.
Magician Mat Franco celebrated the third anniversary of his award-winning show, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY, last Friday, Aug. 24 in the Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Mat and the crew commemorated the milestone performance backstage with champagne and cupcakes before the show, which was attended by a packed house of enthusiastic guests. “How did he do that?” is just the beginning. Laugh, cry and be amazed, all in one spectacular performance by the winner of America’s Got Talent, Mat Franco. Voted “Best Magic Show in Las Vegas” for two-years running by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Mat Franco’s immersive live show leaves audiences awe-struck with his unique feats of illusion. Matt is redefining the genre with his signature interactive magic as seen on TV, and never-before-seen creations.
FRANCO performs Thursday – Friday at 7:00 p.m. with an additional 9:30 p.m. performance on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, and is DARK Wednesday and Thursday. The performance schedule is subject to change without notice. The VIP Experience includes a personal meet & greet and photo with Mat directly following the performance, a VIP laminate, a signed keepsake souvenir and a complimentary beverage; subject to availability and schedule change. Tickets can be purchased online at MatFranco.com, by calling 702-777-2782 or in-person at The LINQ Theater box office.
Well, gang, that’s about it for this week. Only 17 days until the NASCAR Playoffs hit our village and all the Thunder in the world will be heard. Love it!
I’m outa here!!!