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Foreigner Entertains, Country Music's Godfather Merle Haggard Appears At Harrah's, Aquarius Headlines Thund-Her-Stuck, Laughlin River Run Rides In, Edgewater & Colorado Belle Offer Tax Relief, More...

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The band lead by British journeyman rocker Mick Jones (former member of Nero and the Gladiators, Spooky Tooth, and The Leslie West Band) will lead the party on April 25 and 26 at the Aquarius Outdoor Amphitheater at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $40.

Jones in early 1976 met with ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald and formed Foreigner with Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi as a sextet. Jones came up with the name from the fact that three of them were British, while the other three were Americans.

The band's debut album Foreigner sold more than four million copies in the United States and stayed in the Top 20 for a year with such hits as Feels Like the First Time, Cold as Ice, and Long Long Way From Home. Their second album, Double Vision, topped their previous selling five million records spawning Hot Blooded and title track Double Vision. Their third album, Head Games, which was referred to by Gramm as their "grainiest" album, was also successful due to the thunderous Dirty White Boy and another title track hit Head Games.

Foreigner's next album was aptly named 4 because with the loss of two members the group became a quartet. That album was followed by Agent Provocateur, which gave them their first and only No. 1 hit in 1985. I Want to Know What Love Is was a gospel-inspired ballad backed by the New Jersey Mass Choir. In 1987, Foreigner released Inside Information and then the band dissolved while Jones and Gramm put out solo efforts.

Jones, the only remaining original member of Foreigner, reformed the band once again, and in 2007, they joined Def Leppard along with Styx to tour. They also toured extensively in their own right that year for the 30th anniversary of the founding of the band. They are currently working on a new album which will include a mix of both new songs as well as new takes on their old material.

Harrah's will welcome the "godfather" of country music, Merle Haggard, for one performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, in the Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater. Tickets start at $35, call 702-298-8510.

Harrah's will host a Budweiser Selectr Prize Drawing following the concert performance. One winner will receive an artist-autographed Budweiser Select guitar and a second winner will receive $200 cash and an artist-autographed poster or postcard. Guests receive one drawing ticket with each concert ticket purchased. Winners will be drawn approximately two hours after the start of concert.

Harrah's will also host a concert after party beginning at 10 p.m. at the Baja Blue Restaurant & Cantina outdoor patio. Guests have an opportunity to enjoy live music, beverage specials and enter drawings for a chance to win artist-autographed and logo items. Guests will receive one drawing ticket with every beer beverage purchased.

Over the last 45 years, the country music industry has seen Haggard release more than 100 albums and receive a multitude of awards. In 1998, Haggard was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

This balladeer is known for songs that speak of the trials and tribulations of the average, every day working man. Haggard's music also touched on the troubled times in his life as penned in the 1981 book, Sing Me Back Home. After a brush with the law, Haggard's life took a complete turnaround. In 1963, while signed with Tally Records, he released his first hit, Sing A Sad Song.

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In 1966, Capital Records saw Haggard's I'm A Lonesome Fugitive hit No. 1 on the charts. In 1967, I Threw Away A Rose began a remarkable streak of 37 straight Top 10 Hits and 23 No. 1 singles. Two years later, Haggard recorded Today I Started Loving You Again, one of his most important and lucrative songs.

The end of the 60s found Haggard voicing political and social commentary with the controversial hit, Okie From Muskogee, which was released during the Viet Nam conflict.

In the late 70s, Haggard signed on with MCA Records and he moved to Epic Records in 1981.

A decade later, Haggard found himself on board at Curb Records. In recent years, he has released an acoustic album, If I Could Only Fly. In 2007, Haggard turned to bluegrass music releasing The Bluegrass Sessions.

The Aquarius Outdoor Amphitheater will headline the all-girl band Thund-Her-Stuck that pays tribute to AC/DC on Thursday, April 24 at 9 p.m. One fan's description of the group is, "These femme fatales serve up the badass-attitude rock 'n' roll of AC/DC that is hard hitting!" Tickets are $10.

The annual Laughlin River Run will be held April 23-27. This is a city-wide motorcycle gathering with more than 60,000 bikers expected for the 25th anniversary of the five-day event. There will be custom bike shows, poker runs, entertainment, contests, exhibits, demonstrations and vendors.

The Laughlin properties will be hosting a new first-time event, Laughlin Weekend of Wheels, May 9-11 that will feature all years, makes and models of classic vehicles and related events. Visit www.laughlincarshows.com for information.

A Demolition Derby will be held on April 12 at the Avi's Special Events Arena. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Cost at the gate for an adult pit pass is $17, an adult general admission $12, and $5 for children 6-16.

The Edgewater and Colorado Belle are turning tax season into a celebration with the $32,000 Tax Relief Giveaway running through April 15. The interactive game show puts a twist on tax season by rewarding guests up to $1,000 daily just by using their ACCESS Club cards while playing. On April 15, one lucky guest at each property has the opportunity to win up to $5,000 in cash in the grand prize drawing.

All ACCESS Club members receive one free entry daily just for being a member. Additional entries may be received by earning 250 points on their ACCESS Club card, receiving a Blackjack in the pit area and through play in the Poker Room. Players may also receive five bonus entries just by showing their room key from another Laughlin resort. Colorado Belle drawings are held at 7 p.m. nightly and Edgewater drawings are held at 8 p.m.

Another promotion is the Party Pit that takes place from 6 p.m. on Fridays through 6 p.m. on Sundays. A winning hand could earn players a spin on the prize wheel which includes complimentary buffets, rooms, t-shirts, hats, caps, match play and cash. Winning hands include a suited Blackjack, any 6-7-8 (21 straight), any three 7's and a 5 card Charlie totaling 21 or less.

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