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Mariah Carey’s vacation trip rolls into the Colosseum

You need to assume Christmastime is always the most wonderful time of the year for Mariah Carey, whose traditional 1994 track “All I Desired for Christmas Is You,” is one of the most significant pop strikes ever and likely the single most-dominant song playing no matter where you’re holiday shopping. But Mimi got an early present this year to sweeten up the season, a nomination for the uncommon award she hasn’t already gathered. The title track to animated nativity motion picture The Star, which Carey co-wrote with Marc Shaiman, is up for Best Original Tune at the Golden Globes in January.

Carey has actually turned her yearly New York City vacation shows at the Beacon Theatre into a full-on Christmas tour with dates in the U.K. and Las Vegas. On the Strip, the natural venue was the Colosseum, where this previous summer she concluded her two-year “Number 1 to Infinity” residency. Reports of a brand-new headlining production at a different Strip location have actually been circulating for months, but just time will tell if this unforeseeable and considerably skilled superstar will keep her Vegas program going. All we want for Christmas is a bit more Mariah, however a lot more in 2018 sounds great, too. Mariah Carey at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, December 14-22.

Celine Dion’s dominant Colosseum program is not slowing down


Denise Truscello Celine is back at Caesars Palace through Thanksgiving.


The Who goes beyond expectations for the Colosseum’s first rock residency


Ethan Miller/Getty Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend throughout The Who’s very first residency show at the Colosseum on July 29.

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2 right away striking things from The Who’s program at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, Aug. 1:

1. This is the first rock-band residency to strike the Colosseum given that the venue made its launching in March 2003. That may not be entirely unexpected, considering this is the house that Celine developed, which the other highly successful headlining programs feature more pop-oriented entertainers like Elton John or Rod Stewart. However there were 2 country music residencies (Shania Twain and Reba McEntire with Brooks & & Dunn) registered prior to rock got here with The Who on July 29. It’s another mark in the continuing development of live home entertainment on the Strip, but it most likely might have occurred several years back.

2. At 72 years old, Pete Townshend is still doing the power slide. That’s amazing. Townshend has many classic guitar stage relocations in his toolbox– he utilized the windmill a number of times on Tuesday night, too– however the power slide is the one, plastered all over YouTube with videos entitled “The Coolest Thing Ever,” and further immortalized by Jack Black in his Solid D motion picture. There’s never ever been any report of Celine power-sliding across the Colosseum phase.

Notoriously fronted by enduring original members Townshend and Roger Daltrey, 73, The Who’s present visiting band is 8 strong, anchored by Zak Starkey on drums and John Button on bass. Its residency setlist is extremely similar to the band’s first program at Caesars in Might 2016, although one distinction from Tuesday night was opening with 1964’s “I Can’t Describe.” Townshend and Daltrey both sound great and powerful, with the charming frontman Daltrey easily hitting strong, high notes in “Love, Reign O’er Me.” The audience was on its feet for the majority of the program, with “Pinball Wizard” serving as the greatest singalong. The hits exploded, but the band was at its finest during “Behind Blue Eyes,” and the rollicking “5:15” from the band’s second rock opera, 1973’s Quadrophenia.

Townshend’s in between song banter was dominated by jokes and sarcasm about playing Vegas, and whether or not The Who fits on the Strip. After a fun gone through “Pictures of Lily” early in the set, he playfully jabbed, “They just like those rarities, the Las Vegas audience.” Earlier, introducing “My Generation,” he questioned whether anybody in the Colosseum was anywhere near his age, but there were a lot of pleased concert-goers in their 40s, 50s and 60s. Townshend has shown The Who could have a longer future in Las Vegas, and after all the joking around, he enhanced that while they are so effective they do not need to be here, they’re here because they wish to be. Then, after “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” they presented the band and left the phase to enormous applause, leaving– in the meantime– 5 more Colosseum shows.

The Who wraps up its this run at Caesars Palace with concerts on Aug. 4, 7, 8, 9 and 11. Find details and tickets at thecolosseum.com.

Steve Martin and Martin Short keep the Colosseum in laughter

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Steve & Martin & Martin Short July 23, the Colosseum.

It’s not fair. They make it look too simple. That’s how it chooses funny legends Steve Martin and Martin Short, who don’t appear to have to try really tough to obtain a near-capacity Colosseum audience to laugh at every single joke.

That holds true despite the fact that lots of jokes are about why they don’t really have to be playing Vegas. “I call this program, ‘If we saved, we would not be here,'” reveals Short. (Actually, the huge majority of jokes were at each other’s expenditure, aka “Hollywood compliments.” Short says to Martin: “I look at your work, and I’m whelmed.” Martin states to Brief: “I consider you as a renaissance man, and by that I indicate you carry smallpox.”)

However simple and easy amusing is a technique. It’s why they’re both fantastic. There’s a lot of energy on phase for this program, which returns to Caesars Palace August 25 and October 29 and ideally again after that. Short, obviously, is manic and sweaty, culminating in his naked bodysuit-clad efficiency of “Stepbrother to Jesus” from his Fame Becomes Me musical, which is absolutely nothing except hilarious. Martin conserves his effort for banjo jams with the Steep Canyon Rangers and completely timed punchlines to cover fast anecdotes. His wacky story about conference Elvis (and his guns) in Las Vegas (“Boy, you have an oblique funny bone”) brought the house down, but a couple of lines about his mother’s failing memory was simply as amusing and certainly more relatable. When mom inquires about her husband–“Where’s Glenn?”– and her child explains that daddy died three years ago, she fires back, “Well, that explains a lot.”

Martin and Short invest a lot of time on stage together and apart, and in spite of their excellent chemistry and contrasting styles, the show doesn’t dip when just one is performing. Audience members turn up for a quick 3 Amigos shoutout, Short does a human bagpipe bit, and Martin pretends to be a puppeteer so Brief can do his Jiminy Glick character. It’s almost 2 hours of effortless enjoyable for all.

Comedy at the Colosseum produces a grand experience

Current and uncommon Vegas appearances by leading funny names like Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock might suggest there’s a funny boom taking place here. In reality, there’s a Vegas boom happening; the Strip has built enough top-tier locations to accommodate the greatest names in any category of live home entertainment.

One of those rooms, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, definitely wasn’t built for stand-up performances. However in between its ideal environment and a diverse slate of reservations, it might be the most grand location for huge laughs on the Strip.

“I don’t think there was ever a mindful decision to do more funny, however we want to do more [at the venue],” says Bobby Reynolds, senior VP of entertainment at AEG, the special booker at the Colosseum. “With the local artists therein, it’s a congested calendar, which is a great issue to have. It would be challenging to generate a band, for instance, throughout Celine Dion’s run, moving and filling up all that equipment. A comedian generally needs a stool and a mic. So all of a sudden, we have another sold-out show on a Friday or a Sunday night, frequently with an iconic artist.”

Jerry Seinfeld (June 17 and 18) is at the top of the Colosseum’s comedy roster, but the location has included more icons this year with return performances by Steve Martin & & Martin Short (July 23, August 25 and October 29). Strip stalwart Jeff Dunham is always in the mix, and rising funny stars Jim Gaffigan and Sebastian Maniscalco– the latter set to make his Colosseum debut in October– bring more variety to the fun at Caesars.

“Funny has actually constantly been in demand,” Reynolds says. “Chappelle and Rock have actually been selling out venues for over a years. With Steve Martin and Martin Short, a lot more believed went into scheduling that and producing a new model for that program, and it has a lot to do with the Colosseum [being] the classiest room in the area. I’m biased, however as an entertainment location, there’s simply a wow element when you stroll into that place, and that’s the same whether you’re Elton John or Reba McEntire or Sebastian Maniscalco.”

Celine Dion talks about go back to Colosseum at Caesars Palace in August


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Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli perform throughout the 2015 Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” gala Saturday, June 13, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Canadian super star chanteuse Celine Dion goes back to the Colosseum in Caesars Palace in August after a nearly yearlong break from her residency to take care of Rene Angelil, her partner and former supervisor who is battling cancer for a second time, as well as to rest her own vocal chords.

Dion, whose first residency in Las Vegas began in 2003, has actually hit the media circuit ahead of her long-awaited return.

In a story published by Rumor Repair, Dion goes over with NBC Nightly News her “risky” transfer to the Entertainment Capital of the World 12 years ago, which has produced $500 million for Caesars Home entertainment, and how “you take opportunities, and you go all out.”

Hello there! Canada ran a comparable story of Dion’s return, with Angelil completely supporting the “My Heart Will Go On” singer’s go back to the Strip stage.

And in a story on E! Online, Dion summarized, “Thank you for providing me this time I needed to spend with my household.”

During her hiatus, Dion has made a small handful of public appearances in Las Vegas, consisting of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Might and the 2015 Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” Gala honoring Andrea Bocelli in June, both at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s entertainment and luxury senior editor and has been a journalist for almost 20 years.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous popularity” has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has invested the previous 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play area.

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The Colosseum The Colosseum is one of the most famous venue’s in Vegas, hosting names more famous than Caesars himself.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and extreme Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and gambling establishment is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can anticipate in a Vegas resort experience.

Caesars Palace includes 3,348 spaces and suites in 5 towers, consisting of the new luxury store Nobu Hotel and Dining establishment, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars includes 129,000 square feet of pc gaming area, including the Strip’s biggest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities consist of about two dozen dining establishments, a four-level shopping mall, four swimming pools, a day spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.

Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Person Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.

You never understand exactly what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with routine entertainers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and perhaps even the emperor himself.

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Boot scootin’ enjoyable: Country strikes the Colosseum with Reba, Books & & Dunn

Merle Haggard once asked Kix Brooks why The Last Rodeo had to be the last. “We had him out for the last two weeks of our tour, which was a big honor for us,” Brooks said last week throughout a round-table media session at Caesars Palace. “We were resting on his bus in Woodstock in New York, watching out at this sold-out crowd, and he stated, ‘Damn, Kix, exactly what are you doing?’ I said, ‘What do you suggest?’ And he said, ‘Take a look at all those people. Why would you want to leave this?'”

This remained in 2010, on the last leg of exactly what was to be the last tour headlined by Brooks & & Dunn, a duo that debuted in 1990 and had delighted in more success than they ‘d ever imagined. Which resulted in Brooks’ answer to Haggard’s questions.

“I stated, ‘Damn, Merle. I loved Pancho & & Lefty,” Brooks said, referring to the 1983 album recorded by Haggard and Willie Nelson. “You and Willie did one freakin’ album and stop! Ronnie and I made it Twenty Years! Are you kidding me?”

Today, Brooks & & Dunn are refrained. They are now two-thirds of a trio headlining the Colosseum, in addition to nation legend Reba McEntire. The table-setting title of this production, Reba and Brooks & & Dunn: Together in Vegas makes the point clear: These are stars of equivalent billing sharing a phase on the Strip. The triune launched its residency on June 17, with shows continuing this month, in early July once more in mid-December.

It’s a reintroduction to Las Vegas for all 3 super stars. Reba debuted in the city in the mid-1980s, opening for Roy Clarke at Caesars Palace’s Circus Maximus. Brooks & & Dunn also played that space, and in 2006 all 3 played the Las Vegas Hilton, though the dates staggered, with Reba playing spring and summer gigs that year and Brooks & & Dunn carrying out in December.

As the return to Vegas has already suggested, the Reba and Brooks & & Dunn residency is an exercise in entertainment, education and lighting. From the opening weekend, we found:

The trio are still impressed at having their images grace marquees ignoring the Strip. “We were hanging our heads out the window, taking photos of the sign outside,” Ronnie Dunn stated. “We were hoping we ‘d strike a red light so we might fire off enough shots.”

The setlist went through multiple variations before landing on the 30 songs played at the Colosseum. The secret was to ask, “Which ones do I want to sing among my own songs?” McEntire discussed. “I picked out my favorites, and they picked out their favorites, and we put them together.” Brooks included, “Ronnie and I had actually assembled an excellent hour and a half or more of simply great songs we might agree on, on our own, and cut that in half. So we’re playing a great deal of collections, mashing up a few of those songs, which was something we truly had not done before.”

Hence, the list draws a high quality of hits from both acts, like “Play Something Nation,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “Why Have not I Heard From You?” “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” “You Lie,” “You’re Gon na Miss Me When I’m Gone,” “Ain’t Absolutely nothing ‘Bout You” and “Only in America.”

Brooks & & Dunn get on simply great. Many music observers, Elton John amongst them, have actually questioned if these people simply don’t mix well (Elton has joked onstage at the Colosseum that Reba was enhanced the act because the other 2 don’t speak with each other). But that does not appear to be the case. “There’s no rift,” Brooks stated. “We simply stopped performing since there had not been anything left for us to achieve.” Echoed Dunn, “We figured we ‘d done it all.”

Reba is mostly liable for the early success of Brooks & & Dunn, and also for this residency. The three visited together in 1993-94 and again in 1997-98. “She was the very first person who really took us on trip,” Brooks stated. “We were working for her, however there wasn’t any, ‘Do not look me in the eye,” stuff going on.” At which point Dunn stepped in and stated, “We did need to break through the star curve, the vanity thing …” And Reba fired back with, “I am gon na beat the tar from you! He teems with it!”

Reba was the very first star to invite the duo to heading a significant U.S. trip, was the first to welcome them on a personal jet and was the first to offer a raise– unsolicited– during that trip. “She pertained to our dressing room and said, ‘We believe you’re fixin’ to have a real big profession and we want to be buddies.”

As for the go back to Vegas, Dunn said, “I don’t believe we ‘d be performing together if it just weren’t for this residency, and if it just weren’t for Reba.”

Reba, Brooks & & Dunn Next shows June 26 & & 27, July 1, 3 & 4; 7:30 p.m.; $60-$205. Colosseum, 866-227-5938.