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Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Blog, Music and Concert Reviews | 3 comments

Jimmy Fallon’s Best Classic Rock Impressions



I confess that I’ve never once watched Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Who knew what I was missing all these years?

Check out several of Fallon’s very best impersonations of classic rock icons.  My favorite is the Jim Morrison impression, which Fallon absolutely nails.

What’s really brilliant about this rendition is the faux song sounds exactly like something The Doors could have released in their prime (hell, it’s actually better than most of the stuff they put out).  Yet, it was created by Fallon and his talented team of writers and then performed live on his show in one take.  That’s right — one take.  That’s extraordinary.

In fact, all of Fallon’s impersonations are original songs.  That’s what sets these impersonations apart — that not only does Fallon capture the voice and character, he also co-wrote original songs and lyrics.  Simply amazing.

Many of you may have seen these already.  But I assume that many of you have not.  Click on the following videos, crank up the volume, and enjoy.

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Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in Blog, Music and Concert Reviews, World Series of Poker | 2 comments

The Ecstasy of Gold



The 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship began today.  For me, this is a special time.

Ten years ago when I was working at Binion’s Horseshoe, there was a critical junction on the WSOP timeline.  We were given the cover story for Card Player magazine, which at the time was pretty much the voice of poker.  I was told to “handle it.”

Binion’s Horseshoe’s steady decline and eventual demise has been written about in some depth here.  However, that cover story provided a rare opportunity to re-brand ourselves and regain the high ground over everyone else.

Back then, an exciting new attraction called the World Poker Tour was kicking our ass.  Sure, we had a far superior product, largely due to our prestige and tradition.  But we weren’t marketing it right.  I decided then and there that — for all the things the WPT was doing better than us — the one thing they couldn’t touch was the gold bracelet.

Who could have imagined this?  Many years ago, gold bracelets weren’t thought of as they are today.  Many of the players who won them, including quite a few poker legends, lost them over the years or simply gave them away.  Quite a few gold bracelets ended up in pawn shops.

It seemed to me that the gold bracelet was that one item that simply couldn’t be equaled by any other poker competitor, no matter how hard they tried.  As creative as our rivals were in trumpeting their own symbols of accomplishment, nothing quite matched the WSOP gold bracelet, nor would anything ever equal it so long as I was in charge of the publicity surrounding our event.

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Blog, Las Vegas, Music and Concert Reviews, Rants and Raves | 5 comments

I Don’t Like the Electric Daisy Carnival and I Urge Everyone Not to Attend!


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The third annual “Electric Daisy Carnival” is happening this coming weekend in Las Vegas.

Talk about a fucking freak show.

Something like 320,000 dopers with no fucking taste whatsoever in music or clothes will head out to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, scorch themselves in the baking sun for three full days, act like total asses, and get off on the worst music perhaps that’s ever been created.

Sounds like something created by the Marquis de Sade.

I have a message for all the thousands of Electric Daisy Carnival attendees who follow me.  The message is as follows.

I’m not going. 

That’s right.  I’m staying the fuck away.  And I urge you to do the same.

Go ahead.  Ignore my advice.  Stick your asses out on the blazing asphalt of a motor track, fry your brains with ecstasy or cocaine or whatever dope your generation snorts nowadays, groove to your fucking garbage, and blow hundreds of dollars of your parents’ money to brag later that you were part of the assfuck circus.

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Blog, Music and Concert Reviews, Rants and Raves | 712 comments

If You’re Under 25, Your Music is Fucking Garbage


You show me a machine or a computer program that can match the stellar majesty of Luciano Pavarotti’s singing “Nessun Dorma,” and I’ll acknowledge it as music.  Until then, it’s fucking garbage.



If you’re under 25 years old — or an immature 30-plus — I’m about to set your ass straight.

So, listen up.

Your music is fucking garbage.

There, I said it.

Mindless crap.  Eardrum-bursting, dagger-in-the-eyes, ass-bagging, blow your fucking brains out — unadulterated dog shit.  That pretty much sums up the type of music that’s popular with today’s young people.

Listen, you stupid sons of bitches.  I’m talking at you.  I’m your elder.  My opinion demands respect.

Your music hasn’t got life.  It’s fucking dead.  Your music is void of humanity.  It’s as fake as a porn queen’s orgasm.  There’s no soul.  It’s tripe.  It’s a carp in the sea of music.  The stuff you listen to was created by fucking machines.

Today’s “artists” — there’s an oxymoron — don’t even need to know how to play musical instruments or sing.  In other words, no fucking talent whatsoever is needed to succeed today in music.  You heard me.  No.  Talent.  Whatsoever.

And, I’m fucking sick of it because the current generation is taking the gold we gave you and dragging it into a sewer.

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Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Blog, Las Vegas, Music and Concert Reviews, Travel | 2 comments

Visiting the Smith Center for the Performing Arts (Las Vegas)



Interior of the main hall at Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is not known for the arts.

The closest one comes here to a world-class symphony orchestra or a Tony Award winning musical is a time clock-punching seventy-five minute show at one of the major casinos on the Vegas Strip.  Even though the greater Las Vegas valley is home to more than a million residents, a bona fide home for cultural events and the arts did not exist — until now.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened last year to great fanfare.  The performance hall was constructed just a few blocks away from Fremont Street, in Downtown Las Vegas.  Bringing a first-class center for the performing arts to what for decades had been a long-neglected and underutilized downtown business district was the brainchild of former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, who bucked the odds and made urban revitalization one of the cornerstones of his two terms while in office.

The Smith Center is named in honor of Fred and Mary Smith, who headed a foundation with the mission to create a world-class symphony hall for Las Vegas.  The Smiths not only helped raise millions of dollars in donations to fund the center, they also personally gave one of the largest charitable gifts to the arts in history.

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