Strip Scribbles: Hard Rock Hotel –> Bud Light Hotel? Plus, Linq’s magic piano


Jon Taffer.

Mon, Feb 24, 2014 (6 p.m.)

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Russell Davis, Tony Gemignani and Jon Taffer at Pizza Rock on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in downtown Las Vegas.

The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas will change names and be transformed into the Bud Light Hotel during the upcoming 2014 Nightclub & Bar Convention starting March 24.

“Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer says that comedian Adam Carolla will be this year’s opening keynote speaker.

“It’s going to be a hell of a party — beyond excitement,” Jon told me. “We’ll announce another live band next week, but the whole Hard Rock Hotel, from parties to pools, from bars to restaurants, will have a monster activation into the Bud Light Hotel.

“Every element you can imagine will be converted. It’s a huge commitment by Anheuser-Busch. It will be just like they did at the Super Bowl.” Our full interview with Jon will be posted Tuesday.

MAGIC PIANO: A unique 2,400-square-foot cocktail bar at The Linq opening this spring will have noteworthy cocktails, but a Steinway Baby grand set amid the irreverent modern art work will be the starring attraction.

This is no ordinary piano. Various artists from around the world via satellite and in person will give showcase performances through a “cloud” above the piano, which re-creates visual effects of everything from rain to thunderstorms to accompany the performances be they live or via satellite.


Grammy sensation Lorde, the New Zealand singer-songwriter with more than 150 million YouTube views, will now perform for two nights at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Originally set for April 16, she’ll arrive a day earlier to perform April 15, too. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Due to popular demand, The Scintas have added an additional “Encore Week” from Wednesday through Sunday this week at the D Las Vegas, and they tell me that they will be making some changes to the show over the coming weeks.

Las Vegas magicians Jarrett & Raja, who appeared on “America’s Got Talent” Season 7 and at Palazzo in its touring show, are working with Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka” director Guy Caron in Montreal on their new show, and I can’t get them to reveal any more than that — for now.

Las Vegas magician Seth Grabel, who also appeared on “AGT,” has been selected to perform for six nights at The Box nightclub in New York starting April 14.

Las Vegas TV producer Anissa Christal and her film crews here shot a one-hour special about seafood in our desert playground for the new cable TV World Fishing Network headquartered in Canada. Celebrity chef Rick Moonen (RM Seafood, Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Bay) discussed seafood sustainability and gave cooking demos).

Trans-Atlantic commuters Domenick Allen of Foreigner and his wife, Leigh Zimmerman, won’t be home in Summerlin for a while. The leggy dancer just landed a one-month starring role in the limited run of Noel Coward’s comedy “Relative Values” in London’s West End directed by award-winning Trevor Nunn. It’s an uproarious culture clash between the glittering world of Hollywood and the stiff upper lip of English aristocracy. Leigh won an Olivier Award last year in a revival of “A Chorus Line.”

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Chefs Matt Johnson, left, and Emeril Lagasse, right, at Monty's on the Beach in South Beach.

Las Vegas restaurateurs and chefs Emeril Lagasse and Matt Johnson (Sushi Samba) and their wives hosted a fundraiser for their late chef friend Charlie Trotter’s Foundation at Monty’s on the Beach in South Beach. It was Charlie’s favorite spot to watch the sunset when he was in Miami.

Three Strip performers join forces tonight for the first Broadway Rocks Vegas concert at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel: Graham Fenton of “Jersey Boys” at the Paris, Martin Kaye of “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s and Justin Mortelliti of “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian. Graham, who conceived the show and who stars as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys,” also introduces his band A Million Pieces. Justin will perform with band members from his Venetian show, and Martin will perform solo at his piano. Highway Radio’s Bart Torres emcees the show.


Broadway Rocks Vegas is at Vinyl.

Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, who has won 20 Grammys, makes a first-time tour stop with his four-man band Unity Group at the Smith Center.

Ralph Harris and K.T. Tatara headline Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in MGM Grand through Sunday.

John Bizarre and Mike Merryfield headline at Riviera Comedy Club through Sunday.

DJ Five spins at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.


“Mamma Mia!” producer Judy Craymer reveals secrets of the ABBA musical’s new residency at Tropicana, and Jon Taffer highlights new products making their debuts at his Nightclub & Bar Convention next month.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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