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'Road Rage Tour' Hits Aladdin, Dom Irrera Celebrates Improv Aniversary, Toby Keith Party Here, Charlie Wilson Headlines, Home Decorating Show Returns, 'The Contender: Latin Warriors' In May, Sammy's Woodfired Pizza Expands, Pampas Brazilian Grille Opens, Wolfgang Puck Nominated For Awards, Boxing At The Palace, Esteban On Stage, Fremont Street Brings In New Orleans, Tabú Named "Best Lounge", CineVegas Film Festival Rolling, Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Date Change, Las Vegas Hilton Best Business Hotel, More...

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The New Cars and Blondie will cruise into Las Vegas on Friday, May 19, with their "Road Rage Tour 2006" at the Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $74, $54 and $44 plus service charges and tax, call 702-785-5055.

Seventeen years after the last tour by The Cars - one of the most successful and influential bands of the late '70s / early '80s "New Wave" era - two of its seminal members have customized a modern model that's ready to hit the road this spring in the form of The New Cars. Joining The Cars' original guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes for Road Rage Tour 2006 Presented by VH1 Classic, will be an all-star group of rockers: vocalist / guitarist Todd Rundgren, fellow Utopia bassist / vocalist Kasim Sulton and former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince.

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Newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Blondie will ride shotgun with The New Cars performing classics from their new "Greatest Hits - Sound & Vision album."

For the first time ever, a full album download will be offered free with online ticket purchases, a promotion made possible by eMusic, the world's largest retailer of independent music. With each ticket purchased through VH1classic.com or Ticketmaster.com, concertgoers will receive a confirmation e-mail with a code to redeem a free download of the complete digital event album from eMusic.com.

All New Cars ticket purchases through Ticketmaster include a complimentary one-year Easy Rider membership, the base level of the New Cars' official fan club.

Actor and comedian Dom Irrera has kicked off a limited engagement at Harrah's celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Improv in Las Vegas with "A Month of Mondays." Remaining performances are April 10, and 17 at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.75, call 800-392-9002 ext. 5222.

Irrera, a southern Philadelphia native, is known for having one of the most natural styles in all of stand-up comedy featuring an intricate mix of stories and characters seamlessly pieced together.

Irrera has starred in his own HBO special, won two CableACE Awards, and been nominated a handful of times for the title of American Comedy Awards' Best Male Stand-Up. He's made many television appearances and is the voice of the character Ernie, the demolition expert, on Nickelodeon's "Hey Arnold."

Toby Keith is holding a CD release party on April 10 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill in Harrah's. The event is open to the public with no cover charge and will entail drink specials, live radio remotes and a CMT Awards viewing at 8 p.m. The attached retail store will remain open until 2 a.m. so die-hard Keith fans can be among the first to buy his newest release, "White Trash With Money." Guests can enter to win giveaways including items autographed by Keith, CDs and a Grand Prize package that includes an overnight stay at Harrah's Las Vegas and dinner for two at Keith's bar and grill.

Former Gap Band front man, Charlie Wilson, will bring his funky beats and soulful lyrics to the Silverton stage on Friday, April 28, and multi-platinum '80s metal band and "bad boys of rock 'n' roll," Twisted Sister, will rock on Saturday, April 29. Tickets for both shows in the Silverton's Outdoor Entertainment Center are $35, call 702-914-8557 or 1-866-946-4373.

Wilson sang on some of the biggest hits of the disco era, including "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" and "Addicted to Your Love." The Gap Band's illustrious career included four No. 1 singles, two gold albums, three platinum albums and scores of hit songs for movie soundtracks.

After the band's heyday in the 1970s, Wilson took a 10-year hiatus from the music industry. In 2000, he returned to a solo spotlight with the album "Bridging the Gap" featuring appearances by some of the days' top R&B artists. In 2005, Wilson released a hit follow-up solo album, "Charlie, Last Name Wilson," this time getting more promotion from famous fellow musicians.

Founded in December 1972, Twisted Sister got off to a slow start as a glam rock cover band playing in small, underground clubs. It wasn't until the arrival of the band's outrageous frontman, Dee Snider in early 1976 that Twisted Sister started making a name for themselves in the New York City club scene. Eventually, after releasing several mediocre albums under independent labels, the band captured the attention of Atlantic Records who signed them.

In 1983, the band saw their first commercial success with the title track from their album, "You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll." However, it was with the release of their album "Stay Hungry" that Twisted Sister exploded into the pop culture scene.

At the height of the "hair band" backlash in the late '80s, Twisted Sister disbanded. The band reunited for the 1992 release of their greatest hits album, and again in 2001 for the release of their tribute album,

For the fifth year, the Home Improvement and Decorating Show will take place at Cashman Center, April 28-30. There will be more than 450 exhibitor booth spaces showcasing home designs and products. Free demonstrations and seminars are an added bonus.

Show hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $6.

Passes for the 2006 CineVegas Film Festival will be available for purchase online beginning Tuesday, April 11. In addition, individual movie tickets will be available for purchase for $10 each when the box office at Brenden Theatres at the Palms opens on Monday, May 22. Individual party tickets are not available for sale.

Seven different passes will be available for this year's festival. They will range from $100 for a student pass up to a $300 for everything during the first five days of the festival or the last four days. For more information visit their website.

The Shops in Desert Passage at the Aladdin will welcome Quiksilver, Inc., the world's leading outdoor sports-lifestyle company, to the shopping center this summer. Quiksilver's products are sold in over 90 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, ski shops, skateboard shops, snowboard shops, proprietary Quiksilver, Roxy and DC shops, other specialty stores and select department stores.

At the Tropicana, the Las Vegas Historic Museum will close on April 22.



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"The Contender: Latin Warriors" being held at the Aladdin over Cinco de Mayo weekend will celebrate the Hispanic fighters of season one of "The Contender." Presented by ESPN and Tournament of Contenders, the fights will air live on ESPN Thursday, May 4 at 9:30 p.m. ET. Inclusive tickets are $50, $75, $100, $150, $225, and $300, call 702- 785-5055.

The action-packed boxing night will showcase "The Contender" champion, Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora, in a 10-round middleweight showdown against Archak "Shark Attack" TerMeliksetian. Alfonso S. Gomez will take on Jesse "El Rayo" Feliciano from Puerto Rico in an eight-round super welterweight match up.

As "The Contender" champion, Mora is undefeated in his quest for greatness, boasting a 17-0-0 record. "The Latin Snake" will strike again in Las Vegas, returning to the city where he won the "Contender" belt.

The Ladeki Restaurant Group is moving forward with an additional Sammy's Woodfired Pizza location to open by this summer in the northwest part of the valley.

Pampas Brazilian Grille is a new restaurant located in Desert Passage at the Aladdin. Brazilian dining allows you to dine at your own pace and eat as much as you like as sizzling skewers of food are brought to your table. Private rooms at Pampas can accommodate groups of 20-100 in a formal setting or 250 reception style. The entire restaurant can hold 350 formal seating and 700 reception style.

World-renowned chef, Wolfgang Puck, is nominated by the 2006 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards as "Outstanding Restaurateur." He is one of five nominees who will learn the winner at the ceremony and reception being held May 8, in New York City. Puck's eateries in Las Vegas include Chinois, Postrio, Spago, Trattoria del Lupo and the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill.

Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana in Henderson at 1776 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway is one of 12 pizzerias in the United States to earn the Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certification sanctioned by the Italian government. This means it's real Neapolitan pizza. Extra cheese is frowned on and pepperoni is a no-no. Also, the pizza isn't cut unless you make the request.

Among requirements to earn the VPN designation, a pizzeria must only hand-work its dough, and not uses any type of rolling device. It must bake it directly on the floor of a wood-burning pizza oven.

Caesars Palace is stepping into the ring with Warriors Boxing, Northeast Promotions and Main Events to bring the "Undefeated... But Not For Long" boxing event to the 3,000-seat Caesars Palace Roman Plaza Amphitheatre on June 24. Tickets range from $50 to $250 plus taxes, call Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000.

The fight is part of HBO's "Boxing After Dark" series and features undefeated heavyweights Calvin Brock and Timur Ibragimov in a 12-round main event. The event also features undefeated welterweights Joel Julio and Carlos Quintana in a 12-round WBA Welterweight Eliminator. The undercard fighters will be announced at a later date.

Renowned flamenco guitar master Esteban plays everything from "Bach to rock" on his 2006 "Music That Makes You Dance Tour." He will make his Las Vegas-concert debut at Sam's Town Live! inside Sam's Town with his six-piece band for one night only, Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets start from $20 plus tax, call 800-225-2277.

Born the son of a steel mill worker in Pittsburgh, Pa., the guitar prodigy saw his first guitar in a shop window when he was 8 years old and his uncle gave it to him as a gift. In 1974, he met and studied under legendary classical guitarist Andres Segovia for four years in northern Spain.

After his return to the states, Esteban was in a serious automobile accident and suffered severe damage to his left arm and hand, which cost him his ability to play the guitar for 10 years. By 1990, through rehabilitation, dedication and his love of music, Esteban was once again able to play the guitar. Since then, he has topped the Billboard charts with his numerous albums and sold thousands of videos and DVDs.

Additionally, Esteban has had numerous record-setting appearances on the Home Shopping Network selling his personal line of affordable, quality guitars.

The Venetian with a star-studded event opened a new spacious 11,000-square-foot Poker Room with 69 tables.

The Orleans offers reasonable ticket prices to see top notch stars. This month's lineup is impersonator Rich Little, April 13-15, Boyz II Men, April 20-23, and Engelbert Humperdinck, April 27-30. Ticket prices start at $39.95 and $49.95 plus tax.

The Fremont Street Experience is bringing the musical style of New Orleans to the heart of Las Vegas for a free, three-day Party Gras! celebration, April 21-23.

A reminder: "Matsuri," the number one production show in Japan, is performing a limited engagement in the Splash Theatre at the Riviera through Saturday, Apr. 29. The superb show features world-ranked professional athletes and Olympic medalists, and combines athletics, extreme sports, dance, and Japanese tradition.

For the third consecutive year Tabú Ultra Lounge at MGM Grand, which opened in February 2003, captured the "Best Lounge" award at the Club World Awards, hosted by Club Systems International. Tabú is Las Vegas' first ultra lounge. The three other finalists included Cain in New York City, Miami hotspot Rokbar and Sea Sound Lounge in Seattle.

One notable change for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this December will be that the event will begin and end one day earlier than the previous 21 years. The prize money for the participants this year will be $5.375 million.

The Las Vegas Hilton has once again been voted as one of the top 10 best US Business Hotels by American Airlines' "Celebrated Living Magazine" readers. The results will be published in the summer issue on-board all AA First/Business Class cabins from May 15 - Aug. 14, reaching 2.9 million luxury-minded travelers. American Airlines is the only airline to offer a luxury publication solely for First / Business Class.

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