Around the Strip with Brock Radke: TLC, 'Zumanity' and more
Looking back on the pop music of the 1990s, it’s easy to see why upstart girl group TLC found so much success. Not only was R&B the dominant sound of the day, the talented trio of Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes were blazing a trail of female-first messaging through catchy tracks with a hip-hop edge. After Lopes died in a car crash in 2002, fans thought they’d heard the last of TLC, but last year Thomas and Watkins put out a self-titled 12-track album and they’ve been headlining pop festivals ever since. TLC is back in Las Vegas at the Red Rock Resort’s poolside Sandbar Stage, with fellow hitmakers SWV supporting on July 14.
All the Vegas: Brandon Pereyda
“I honestly don’t even remember that first performance but I have it on video. The act has evolved so much over the years that watching it now, it’s like a whole different act. I’ve been in the show 10 years now and I still get nervous every single time. But once I drop in, it’s like this second persona kicks in, this rockstar inside of me just comes out. Then it’s over before I remember. It’s like being shot out of a cannon. It’s five minutes and seems like 40 seconds. It’s still so intense to me, every single time.” Listen to the complete conversation with Zumanity aerialist Pereyda now at allthevegas.com.
The biggest star on the Las Vegas Strip has a new look. The WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces recently “signed” a new free agent to an honorary contract for its inaugural season, an 18-year-old who should definitely dominate down low, considering she’s approximately 150 feet tall. Vegas’ own Lady Liberty in front of the New York-New York hotel-casino is now adorned in a 75-foot-tall Aces jersey that took more than 250 hours to create. She’ll represent the team, which plays home games at Mandalay Bay, throughout the summer.
Speaking of big-time basketball: Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas sparked a party last week when DJ Diesel, aka Shaquille O’Neal, performed a surprise DJ set, mixing a few of his own hip-hop tracks into his dance-ready selections. Shaq has another DJ date on his Vegas calendar at Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel on Aug. 5.
Spiegelworld, the company behind the quirky and naughty productions Absinthe and Opium, is workshopping a new show for Vegas with a 1970s disco theme. We Are Here has scheduled showcase performances in New York this summer as the original show plans for a 2019 opening. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers of Chic is working on the show’s music.
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas recently unveiled the most unique birthday gift anyone could create for a reality TV star. Khloe Kardashian was honored with her own wax figure, just in time for her 35th birthday on June 27.