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November 22, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Monty Python's SPAMALOT at Wynn Las Vegas

WELCOME to Kimo’s Vegas ... The Player’s Edge!

THE BORAT MOVIE hype machine is in overdrive, and not even I can avoid it. Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, star of the No.1 movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, is asking for a $3 million fee to perform at a Vegas club on New Year’s. So far the highest bid is $1 million. “In my country they call that extremely overpaid.”

JAY Z, rapper, Def Jam/Rock-A-Fella records CEO and Beyonce’s squeeze, made a secret concert appearance at TAO Saturday night. His take-home for the evening - $250,000. A rival club got word of the show beforehand and offered him $400,000 to perform there instead. However, the ink was already dry on the TAO contract. The show was the first public appearance for Kingdom Come, his first CD since retiring in 2004.

CHAKA KHAN was the first guest performer at Prince’s new 3121 club Wednesday ... ladies and Vegas locals got their admission comp’d by the Purple Rain man.

WHEN ELVIS married Priscilla it was one of the most famous Las Vegas weddings. Now you can own the ring that Elvis gave his bride. The platinum band has eight baguette-cut diamonds set within a border of 16 fill-cut diamonds (a steal at $150,000), or maybe you’d prefer Marilyn Monroe’s jewels from the movie Some Like it Hot, or Mike Myers’blue Austin Powers jacket? They are all part of a movie and TV memorabilia happening Dec. 14-15 auction by Profiles in History. See a photo of the ring, or get the auction catalog at,

SPEAKING OF famous weddings, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were almost married in Vegas last week ... kinda. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum originally planned to unveil the likenesses of Brad in a tux and Angelina in a wedding dress. Brad’s representatives thought the display was creepy since the couple was not wed, so the Madame decided on a different pose.

THE SIREN CHOPPER is a one-of-a-kind custom bike created by Metropolitan Choppers. Their rides are so carefully crafted, they only make 12 per year. Intricately designed by world-class metal artist Scott Cawood, this rolling classic features the face and body of a Siren with streaming hair, knee-high stiletto boots exhaust pipes and a treasure chest battery box. See the bike’s steel bustier at, and see it in person at the TI.

THAT WAS ex-pro baller Dennis Rodman throwing out $1 bills at Harrah’s Carnival Court ... and that was boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. throwing $100 bills at the crowd at OPM.

CONGRATS TO comedian Don Rickles - he is the first honoree on the new Roman Plaza celebrity walk of fame at Caesars Palace. And congrats to John Chung of Pearl City on his $4,000 Royal, Jesusa Acosta of Waipahu’s $6,000 jackpot, and Rudolfo DelaCruz of Ewa Beach, who hit a $25,000 jackpot playing the 50 cent reels at the Cal!

GET MORE Kimo’s Vegas at, in both issues of “MidWeek,” in Oceanic Time Warner’s “Around Hawaii,” on OC16 Monday at 9 p.m., on The New ESPN 1420 Thursday night at 7 and with Billy V. Friday morning at 7:20 on Hawaiian105 KINE.

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