It's The Norm
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New Year's Eve Events


by Norm Johnson
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First off I truly hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I personally had a beautiful one, as I recuperated from surgery at Rocky Point in Mexico. The sun felt good and the salt water hastened the healing. Now it's going to be a New Year in just a few days and what a celebration our little town has lined up.

From what I have been told there will be a fantastic fireworks display with some 13 hotels participating in the celebration. It's supposed to last some seven minutes and of course nationally televised. That's the free part of weekend.

Every hotel and casino has opened its wallet in an attempt to attract a crowd, hoping you readers will open yours and spend a little in their establishments. To this end many have brought in special entertainment, while others have just added champagne and noisemakers to its show or revue.

The Fremont Experience goes all out each year with its own overhead fireworks show and of course continuous entertainment. Rare Earth, The Bangles, Classic Rock All-Stars and Big Band Voodoo Daddy are scheduled to appear during the celebration.

Of course there will be our favorites such as Danny Gans at the Mirage, Clint Holmes will be doing his thing at Harrah's, as will The Scintas at the Rio. My buddy Wayne Newton at the Stardust will once again present, very possibly, the best show of all at the Stardust. This is a guy who does not work looking at the clock, except on New Year's Eve. And you can count on being well entertained by Mr. Las Vegas. The Rat Pack is Back and Steve Wyrick will be celebrating at the Sahara, as will the American Superstars at the Stratosphere. The Tropicana's Folies always has a beautiful party, as does Bally's and its fantastic revue, Jubilee. The Imperial Palace and its "Legends in Concert" revue is always a winner and well priced for the evening.

The Palms and Stratosphere are offering for those willing to put out the big bucks special seating at the top of the hotel. Along with the Rio it's a beautiful way to watch the fireworks display. One year we opted to view the show from the top of the Stratosphere and it was awesome! But the price is a little steep!

The Gold Coast on Flamingo has brought The Letterman in for a special show in the ballroom with a four-course dinner included. The Suncoast has the great singer Frankie Randall and the Vince Falcone orchestra performing some of the best Big Band music ever for dancing and just great listening.

Some of the special performers signed for the evening are Gladys Knight and Mark Curry in the Special Events Center at Bally's, Dennis Quaid and the Sharks in the Grand Ballroom at the Aladdin and Yellow Brick Road at Boulder Station. The Riviera Hotel, besides its regular award winning show "Splash," has brought in Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons for a very special evening of great music.

Huey Lewis and the News will be the headlining act New Year's Eve in the Hilton Showroom with the Society of Seven holding forth in the Mini-Showroom. The MGM has one of our favorites, Neil Diamond in its Grand Garden with magician David Copperfield doing his tricks in the Hollywood Theatre. And don't forget the Doobie Brothers will be in the Premier Ballroom and of course EFX will be going full strength.

Mandalay Bay and its House of Blues will be celebrating with Billy Idol. The Special Events Center will present Andrea Bocelli on Sunday, Dec. 29th. This is a singer worth seeing, believe me. Rita Rudner will be making everyone laugh in the Cabaret Theatre at New York-New York, with The Four Tops and Village People kicking up a storm in the Broadway Theatre. The Paris Hotel has none other than the great Tony Bennett set to kick off the year 2002 in its Le Theatre des Arts showroom. What an evening that will be.

Sunset Station has Louie Louie performing his high-energy show in the Madrid Room. The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana Hotel will be presenting Harry Basil and Jimmy "JJ" Walker while the Riviera Comedy Club has Steve McGrew, Jon Manfrellotti and Bruce Clark set to perform.

As always gang check with the respective location for price and reservations. And please be careful out there. Happy New Year to everyone and if you drink, don't drive!

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