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Confessions of a Rock Star Worth a Trip to the Riviera

I’ve never been into rock music, but there I was at the Riviera at a show called Confessions of a Rock Star starring a man I’d never heard of – Pat DiNizio. I was told he was the lead singer of a rock group called The Smithereens. Actually, it turns out he was the founder, principal songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist for the platinum recording artists The Smithereens.

Well, surprise, I really enjoyed the show. It’s a combination of unique storytelling and singing by Pat DiNizio, backed by guitarist Kenny Howes and drummer Nate Stalfa. This personable guy takes his audience on a musical journey through his life, his strife, and his stardom.

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Following his show, Pat DiNizio and Reporter Dianne Davis shared memories of New Jersey

He talks about how at age 31 he went to sleep one night and woke up the next morning with a hit record. The hit song was Blood and Roses and the success completely changed his life. Thirty years later, the group is still together. This big imposing guy dressed in black has a humorous and folksy style as he discusses growing up in a working class New Jersey Italian family. He tells the audience how his relatives thought that as an aspiring singer and song writer he was simply a free loading bum.

His stories about his life are interspersed with songs many of which he wrote and are from the Smithereens albums. The group is know for their recordings of like “Behind the Wall of Sleep”, “Only a Memory” and “A Girl Like You”.

Integrated video and photo imagery weave a visual story to accompany Pat’s spoken word. Pat also talks about and sings songs from “my hero Buddy Holly” and The Beatles. He tells about the day his mother realized that he really was famous. She called him and said, “You’re in the TV Guide.”

The show is fun and fast paced, entertaining and informative and worth the trip to The Riviera. Bravo to Riviera President and CEO Andy Choy for bringing Pat to Vegas.

Confessions of a Rock Star plays nightly at 700 PM except Tuesday in the Crazy Horse Room at the Rivera. Prices begin at $33. Be sure to check out the Riviera Dinner(buffet) and show ticket, which is priced at $25.

 

Sapphire Celebrates Its Ninth Anniversary in Style

Sapphire the World's Largest Gentlemen's Club with 70,000 square feet of topless entertainment, celebrated its ninth anniversary in style on December 15. The celebration in its facility at 3025 S. Industrial Road was promoted as “The Rat Pack” Theme event and commemorated the name change of Industrial Road to Sammy Davis Jr. Parkway.

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Sapphire was the sponsoring land owner on Industrial Road to recommend the name change to Sammy Davis Jr. Parkway and has volunteered to make a contribution toward the fees required by Clark County to facilitate the change.

 

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The anniversary party included an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and surprises. In addition, many liquor companies and restaurants sponsored booths supplying guests with great food and drink concoctions.

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More than 400 women were there throughout the evening, many wearing beautiful gowns to celebrate the occasion. Of course the women dancing on the poles wore much less although on this special evening, they revealed less than usual.

 

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I chowed down on chicken sliders, sushi, fish tacos, tortellini and much more. After sipping Patron Tequila, Absolute Vodka, Jaeigameister Schnapps, and a variety of fruit infused beverages, I wasn’t sure what I was eating or drinking. It’s always good to have a designated driver.


Zowie Bowie performs with "The Rat Pack"

But the highlight of the evening wasn’t the food and beverage, it was the entertainment. In the main room there was a succession of scantily clad women working the poles. But in the Showroom, the show went on with the Zowie Bowie Band playing traditional big band tunes. Zowie Bowie -Chris Phillips - in his tuxedo and Marley Taylor in a succession of sexy, seductive, yet sophisticated gowns sang songs from “old Vegas”. Many references were made to Steve and Eddie.

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Marley Taylor and Zowie Bowie (Chris Phillips)

 


Zowie Bowie (Chris Phillips) performs with Marley Taylor

Rat Pack members Frank, Dean and Sammy as well as Marilyn Monroe mixed and mingled with the guests and took to the stage to entertain in the style that made the originals so popular.


"The Rat Pack" performs

Well, 10:00 PM arrived and I turned into a pumpkin as the Anniversary Party ended. As I exited toward the car and my designated driver, I noticed a lot of folks entering Sapphire. It is, after all, a 24 hour venue.

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Robert DiNiro and Dean Martin?  Nope.  Look alikes Robert Nash and Tom Stevens mixed and mingled with guests

For table reservations call 702.869.0003 or book online at http://www.SapphireLasVegas.com. For special offers and updates follow Sapphire LV on twitter @sapphirelv.

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