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June 25, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson

WELCOME to Kimo’s Vegas… The PPlayers Edge!

Back on the road after seven years, Janet - that’s Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty - brings her “Rock Witchu Tour” to the Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday, Sept. 19. One of the most successful touring female artists of all time, she’s sold almost 2million tickets to 161 shows that grossed more than $94 million between 1993 and 2002.

Kenny Loggins checks into the Las Vegas Hilton July 11 to promote his first new album in almost four years How About Now.

“The Greatest Rock ‘n Roll Show On Earth” stops at the Palms Casino Resort Aug. 29, and true to the band’s heritage The KISS Alive/35 Tour features Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer and all the theatrics they’re famous for.

Or if you’re the hands-on type ... the U.S. Air Guitar Championships comes to Vegas for the first time. Bring your best invisible axe to Harrah’s Carnival Court this weekend. Entry is free, and the finalists move on to U.S. finals in San Francisco and then the world finals in Oulu, Finland.

If you love that new casino smell ... Encore at the Wynn Las Vegas is taking reservations for arrivals after Feb. 6, 2009.

Viva Las Vegas, the 1964 Elvis flick, featured the Tropicana Hotel, known back in the day as the “Tiffany of the Strip.” Now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the Trop has definitely seen better days. Recent visitors have complained about everything from dirty rooms to insects to bad food and even worse service - something to consider when their free room offer hits your mailbox.

Call local boy casino host Dale Matsumura to enter to win the Stratosphere’s $40,000 Lady Liberty Invitational Slot Tourney, July 3-5. First place wins $10,000 in slot play. While you’re at it, ask him how you can check out the Fourth of July fireworks festivities from high atop the Strat.

Other local boys making noise in Vegas… public school grads Guillaume Carrera (King Intermediate), Andrew Pang (Kaimuki), Andres Fernandez (Radford) and Ivan Delaforce (Damien) are all featured in the show STOMP! at the Planet Hollywood.

Happy Birthday to you… “PHANTOM - The Las Vegas Spectacular” celebrates its second year tomorrow in a theater designed for it at the Venetian. Since the London premiere in 1986, more than 100 million people have seen the Andrew Lloyd Webber production. Didja know David Copperfield helped create some of the illusions in the show?

The Golden Nugget to go private? Laundry’s Restaurants is waiting for approval by its board to buy back all outstanding shares of the company - about $1.2 billion. In addition to the Nugget, the company owns 179 restaurants in 29 states, not including the Waikiki store.


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