A stranger locks down a series of eight shows on the Las Vegas Strip
Kelly Hansen has been Foreigner’s “stand-in” singer for 20 years. Give him credit for spearheading the group’s enduring revival.
The rocking vocalist, who has been with the band longer than any vocalist (including co-founder Lou Gram) is directing Foreigner’s return to the Venetian Theater next March and April. The ’70s and ’80s hitmakers play eight shows from March 24 through April 8 (tickets start at $45, excluding fees, on sale at 10 a.m. Fridays at Ticketmaster.com).
Foreigner founder Mick Jones made a grand entrance amid the group’s Vegas performances. The current list also includes Jeff Pilson of Dokken on bass, Michael Bluestein on keyboards, Bruce Watson and Luis Carlos Maldonado on guitar, and Chris Frazier to the battery.
Expect rock anthems as enduring as “Juke Box Hero”, “Cold As Ice”, “Hot Blooded”, “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, “Feels Like The First Time”, “Urgent”, “Head Games”, “Say You Will”, “Dirty White Boy”, “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is”.
Wahlberg serves the shots
A-lister and new resident of Las Vegas Mark Wahlberg hosted a private party Wednesday at La Neta Cocina y Lounge in downtown Summerlin for its Flecha Azul tequila. Wahlberg is a partner in the tequila company. He wowed the staff and other guests, being the superstar he is. Wahlberg also entertained Mario Lopez of “Extra,” posting a photo of the two to the links on Saturday.
And, if you want some inspiration, follow Wahlberg’s workout plan on Instagram. He throws weights at 5 a.m. from his F45 training facility (three locations in VegasVille). No tequila at these sessions. It’s live on IG, and you can too.
Closing the legend
john legend is nearing the end of his “Love In Las Vegas” residency at the Zappos Theater. Legend final dates are Friday through October 29. It’s a very chic and fulfilling show, especially for a romantic evening. Lots of great fashion advice, too.
And this legend…
Cashier confirmed he had quadruple bypass surgery, reporting the detail this weekend on social media. We had just known about the “bypass”. He also asks fans not to disturb his friends for updates on his health. He will let everyone know his status on social media. “I’m in a great rehab hospital, walking around, climbing stairs, taking showers and getting into car seats. I feel better every day. The duo hope to return to Rio at the end of November, beginning of December.
In the meantime, Penn Jillette is on a national book tour starting next week for his latest tome, “Random,” including an appearance at The Writer’s Block downtown on Nov. 7.
It’s a treasure
Long ago, Luxor executives sought to downplay the hotel’s pervasive Egyptian theme. So they sent the packaging from the King Tut exhibit. Now, “Discovering King Tut’s Tomb” returns to the hotel, reopening Monday. It’s on the second floor mezzanine, across from the Atrium Showroom and the Blue Man Group Theater.
Tom Zaller of Imagine Exhibitions, which has just opened Le Cabinet des Curiosités at Bally’s, leads the development team. Zaller recalls when it seemed like a good idea to remove King Tut from Luxor, as it brought the Titanic and Bodies exhibits to the space.
But it makes sense to revisit King Tut, this being the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the artifacts. “There is a great sense of awe and wonder in this tomb,” Zaller says. “And, I’m not entirely sure that people know the relationship between the theme of Luxor and Egypt. We seek to reconcile entertainment and education. I think people will really like it.
Live on tape
band face celebrated their 1,403rd gig at Harrah’s on Sunday night. Sat Wills, who created the character, says he was “busy doing other shows” when the 1,000th reference came and went. The 1,043 performances were randomly selected, but this number means “Love” in numerical slang. The comedic mime (our favorite genre) has revived many of his biggest hits, including the oven mitt duet from “Endless Love” and the act where he fights with an audience member using staplers and pulling in inflated balloons.
Tape Face has summoned T2, its stunt double/alternate character, for a cameo. T2 has gone on a tour of Finland, while the original continues in Vegas.
Christina Balonek’Phillis Vanillis’ awfully daffy character also played number 1,043. She clung to the side, reeling witty words to onlookers called to the stage. “I’m like the highway, I go both ways,” was one.
Wills, 44, from New Zealand, has become a shrunken entertainer since opening at Harrah’s in March 2018. Nothing.” That sentiment is the crux — the crux, I tell you! — of Tape Face’s success. .
“Brunched by an Angel”
At first glance, you might be hoping this implies Shohei Ohtani Where Mike Trout. No chance.
“Brunched By An Angel” is a new concept coming to the Palms. This is the first production show that claims to allow guests to share brunch with deceased loved ones. This takes place at Espace Kaos, on November 12 and 13, December 10 and 11 and January 14 and 15. Two shows per day from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (tickets are $75-$200, available Fridays at Ticketmaster.com)
Live music (from living musicians, we expect) is also planned for this limited engagement.
Producer Shane Farley brings this concept to Vegas. Three self-proclaimed psychic mediums — Reginald Lewis, Loriann Mans and Christopher Allan – will go to contact the deceased, claiming to “possess their own special gifts to reach the deceased”.
There is a community that believes in these powers. I don’t live anywhere near this community. But give props to the Palms team for their creative use of Kaos architecture. We’ll see you at Yächtley Crew.
cool hang alert
A booking that piqued our interest, David James Robinson and Thomas Michael play at the Stirling Club at 8 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.) on Thursday. “We’ll Take Manhattan” is the show, from the duo who closed their own supper-club concept, The Nevada Room and Vegas Room, in August. The partners had booked Kelly Clinton-Holmes“Sit down” in the Nevada room. Now the reverse is true. Clinton-Holmes is the Entertainment Director of the Stirling Club. Life finds its way onto the Vegas entertainment scene. Go to TheStirlingClub.com for more information.
John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.