John Payne sings “Superstition” for the crowd March 4, 2014, at the Stifler/Unscripted party from the Havana Room in the Tropicana.
Published Friday, July 3, 2015|3:49 p.m.
Updated Friday, July 3, 2015|8:27 p.m.
. The Kats Report Bureau was established for a time Wednesday night at Barnes & & Noble at Rainbow Promenade, where Holly Madison hosted a book-signing event for her new tome, “Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Experiences and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.”
Determining by the turnout, it’s evident that Madison’s popularity remains undeviating. She was seated for the signing at 7 p.m. The line of fans waiting to encounter her started forming at least an hour previously and wound around the boundary of the company and almost to the door. Barnes & & Noble authorities say they don’t give out official head counts for these events, but it appeared numerous hundred eager readers ended up.
Before she put Sharpie to sleeve, I spoke to Madison, a preferred topic since she showed up in Las Vegas about seven years ago. Over the next couple of days, we’ll be publishing columns in this space as well as in The Kats Report published in Las Vegas Weekly. Ground covered: Her loss of independence while living at the Playboy Estate, her only remorse, her patched-up friendship with Angel Porrino, prepares for a family and also for a follow-up to “Bunny Hole” (something in the “dating do’s and do n’ts” vein, harking to her single days).
Let’s flip page right here, now:
– John Payne is returning to the phase, but not as a singer, bass player or singer/bass player. Payne has actually developed a program that mixes EDM and DJ artistry and musicians playing instruments. The act and night of entertainment are called Vegas Rock Apocalypse, and it is set for 9 p.m. Aug. 8 at Fuso Club atop the Hustler Club (cover is $49.75; call 844-795-3131 for information). The idea is to provide a series of 4 sets by DJs with “blend rock ‘n’ roll and the club,” as Payne describes.
One of the gentlemen who brought “Robbing the Rock Vault” to the then-Las Vegas Hilton in March 2013 (just to discover himself banished from the show and bogged down in a lengthy and since-settled lawsuit with producer “Sir” Harry Cowell), Payne has actually gotten some severe players for this one-off showcase. Registered are drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) and Jeff Kollman of Payne’s most current band, Asia, on guitar. So far, those performing the DJ duties are DJ Liz Clark (who appears after Matt Goss’ programs at Caesars and is a routine host at Radius pool at the Stratosphere), and Payne himself. He’s preparing to employ 2 more big-name DJs soon.
Payne states he has a few more “huge” guitar players lined up. He has actually learnt through Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal about participating, however that specific monster guitarist can’t play this program due to the fact that of scheduling disputes. The music played will be timeless EDM tracks (if there is such a thing) from such star DJs as Deadmau5, Calvin Harris and Tiesto mashed with live guitars, synthesizers and percussion. Considered that the original tracks themselves are samples of existing tracks, Payne states, “It resembles tasting the samples, I expect.”
The mix of percussion and EDM is not new; the late DJ AM and Travis Barker burned up such clubs as Pure and LAX with their turntables-and-percussion performances. But this effort is the current example of a trend that has artists (rock, classical and jazz amongst them) trying to take advantage of the popularity of EDM and use an area that is normally not in usage to produce live home entertainment. Fuso has a capability of 800 and is not made use of as a strip club.
“We’ve yapped about how these clubs have actually damaged traditional programs, and damaged live music in general, but the entire thing is that modification is often a good thing,” Payne says. “There is a cap and space for rock music to merge with EDM, and not simply in such a way where you’re doing a different variation of a Queen or Beastie Boys tune, but to come up with a new experience.”
And, the outfit code is vampire/steam punk. So strategy accordingly.
– Among the six principal performers in “For the Record: Baz” at Light in Mandalay Bay has taken leave from the program. Constantine Rousoulis, a physical and vocal force as one of the 3 male leads in the production, is reportedly back in L.A. and not currently onstage in the production on the Strip. A spokesperson for the production said Rousoulis is performing a last screen test for an independent movie and has taken some time away from “Baz” to participate in that shoot.
Meantime, Steve Mazurek is covering for him this week, with Payson Lewis taking over next week in the function originated in Las Vegas by Rousoulis (who is still noted on the “Baz” website as one of the ensemble performers). In the “For the Record” operation, such speedy swaps of artists is not uncommon, and while Rousoulis is a significant skill, this is not being presented as a significant taking place. Word is that he’ll be back, however no word on the “when” of all of it.
– More on the Michael Grimm schedule in VegasVille: He is booked for acoustic sets on Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York throughout July. These are various from his looks at the heretofore-unnamed efficiency place inside the hotel, which would be in August. Grimm’s first set in this series was Wednesday, and he is scheduled to play outdoors, totally free of charge, from 5:15 to 9:15 p.m. Monday, July 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30.
Others in the BR (Bridge Rotation) are popular Las Vegas artists Jim Buck (July 24-25) and Mike Johnson (July 9, 11, 13 and 17-18), newbie Cameron Calloway (discovered by hotel officials on YouTube) and Flamenco jazz artist Dirk K.
And a plug for Mr. Dollar is in order. He has actually just launched the CD “Tonight Is All About You,” which is not merely his own compositions. He plays every instrument and sings. He’s known as a fantastic guitar player, rightfully, but Buck wases initially a highly trained drummer. He’s best referred to as a member of Terry Fator’s backing band at the Mirage and also as a mainstay in Lon Bronson’s All-Star Band. Great artist. Excellent man, too.
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