Archive for May, 2006

Prince Does Vegas

Those overpriced Prince shows at Empire Ballroom this weekend that we talked about on the past two podcasts may be just the beginning of a purple summer on the Strip. Word has it His Royal Badness may be taking up residency at Empire Ballroom (renamed Club 3121 for his performances) all summer. The shows would likely include big-name guest appearances.

Being huge Prince fans living in his hometown, we’ve seen Prince something like 35 times—mostly intimate, late-night shows at Paisley Park Studios. These Club 3121 shows in Vegas sound a lot like the shows he performed just about every weekend in July, August and September 1995. Those of us who went never knew what he would play or what time in the morning we’d be rolling home. Simply amazing shows. Good times. Very good times.

We’ll be saving our pennies because if this rumor comes to pass and Prince is performing during our July trip, there’s no way we’ll miss it.

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In this edition of the original Las Vegas podcast:

  • Tropicana sells (finally)
  • Flamingo signs Toni Braxton
  • A challenge to our listeners regarding Web site comments
  • Prince to appear with Morris Day and the Time at Rio
  • Our first walk through Hooters Casino Hotel

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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 5/21/06 (25:21 min, 23.7 MB) or subscribe.

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In this edition of the original Las Vegas podcast:

  • Peter Morton sells Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
  • The Boardwalk comes tumbling down but the clown head remains
  • Listener comments galore
  • Reports from the official machines at Flamingo
  • Calls from Barbary Coast, Four Queens and Stardust, questions about limos, fireworks, Aladdin/Planet Hollywood and more

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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 5/14/06 (44:49 min, 41.2 MB) or subscribe.

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Boardwalk Falls

What’s more fun than a Las Vegas hotel implosion?

In case you missed the fun, take a look at the excitement here. I’m not sure what’s more entertaining—the implosion, the painful reporting before the Boardwalk fell or the interview with Dane. That guy rules.

By the way, the clown head still stands.

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In this edition of the original Las Vegas podcast:

  • We’re back
  • Stardust closing Nov. 1?
  • Boardwalk falls on May 9
  • A silent show contribution by our dog
  • Tropicana bidding continues
  • Are we Harrah’s hypocrites?
  • Tim rants about made up words despite frequently making up words like “craptastic”
  • Flamingo and Harrah’s diamond lounges
  • Michele giggles like a 14-year-old girl
  • Venetian’s gold card lounge (not to be confused with the Gold Club)
  • More unnecessary discussion of Hall and Oates
  • Somebody by American Heartbreak

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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 5/7/06 (39:04 min, 35.9 MB) or subscribe.

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