On the Scene with Brock Radke: George Lopez, Alice in Chains and more
George Lopez has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America in Time magazine and selected as one of the Top 10 Favorite Television Personalities by the Harris Poll. Through all the accolades, the one thing that matters most is how much he makes us laugh. Lopez, who returns to the Aces of Comedy series stage at The Mirage Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, has maintained a fierce focus on stand-up recently, burning down theaters across the country with a tour behind recent special The Wall. This is an onstage artist operating at his peak, so catch him if you can.
It’s been a big hometown week for Seattle grunge-rock legends Alice in Chains. The band presided over a special pop-up shop and retrospective at beloved music venue the Crocodile, culminating in the release of new album Rainier Fog on Aug. 24, and before all of that, the
Seattle Mariners held Alice in Chains night at Safeco Field. The groundbreaking guitar-based crew wrapped up the festivities with a performance at the White River Amphitheatre, kicking off a new leg of a headlining tour that brings Alice in Chains to the Pearl at Palms on Sept. 1. It’s clear this is one hard-rock outfit that is determined to live up to the name of its new single, “Never Fade.”
Around the Strip
Aerosmith is coming to Vegas. The legendary rock band will launch its Deuces Are Wild residency at Park Theater at Park MGM in April featuring never-before-seen visuals and audio from recording sessions. Additional dates are scheduled in June and July of 2019.
One of the Strip’s most popular Mexican restaurants, Diablo’s Cantina, is making a comeback. Originally at Monte Carlo and operated by the Light Group and now owned by MGM Resorts International, Diablo’s returns to the Strip in December at Luxor, taking the second-floor space of Tacos & Tequila, which is set to close on Nov. 25.
Fresh off the release of his third hip-hop album Astroworld, Travis Scott returned to his Las Vegas Strip nightclub residency at Marquee at The Cosmopolitan, but he didn’t come alone. His big night also served as a follow-up birthday party for partner Kylie Jenner, who turned 21 on Aug. 10. She marked her legal status the Vegas way from a VIP booth at Marquee while Scott rocked the club, which also saw a visit from Stevie Wonder after his concert at Park Theater.
One of the city’s standout singers is returning to your TV screen. Daniel Emmet, the pop-opera voice you might know from The Cocktail Cabaret at Caesars Palace’s lounge Cleopatra’s Barge, is back on the current season 13 of America’s Got Talent on Aug. 28 after being previously cut by judge Simon Cowell. Find out if Emmet can follow in the footsteps of Terry Fator and Mat Franco, two AGT champs headlining on the Strip.
Brock Radke is an award-winning entertainment reporter who has been covering the city since 2000, and interviews key movers and shakers on his All The Vegas podcast, available at allthevegas.com