Rolling Stones call on young singers


Rolling Stones fever has hit Green Valley High, with members of the school’s madrigal singers strutting their Jagger swagger.

Twenty-four members of the choral group will be singing backup when Mick Jagger belts “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” during a May 11 concert at the MGM Grand Garden arena.

For Cameron Osborne, one of the choir’s lucky few, it’s one sweet early birthday present. He turns 18 on Sunday.

When informed of the honor, Osborne said his reaction was “disbelief followed by a double take.”

“It’s been fun telling people,” he said.

A casual mention and “everybody gets dead silent, and they look at me. It’s giving us bragging rights.”

Twenty of the participants were in the Nevada All-State Choir .

The honor came out of the blue, said Kim Ritzer, Green Valley High School’s choir director.

She was informed April 20 via a Facebook message from the University of Southern California music department, saying, “You will be contacted.”

At first, Ritzer said, “I thought it was a joke.”

But then came the confirming emails.

It’s a huge honor, she said, “because normally they (the Stones) have college singers at every stop.”

“The kids are really excited,” she added, “but their parents were more excited.”

The iconic British rock band is celebrating its 50th anniversary with its “50 and Counting” tour. 

FACE OF MANDALAY BAY 

A VH1 reality show called “Model Employee” reveals the new face of Mandalay Bay.

The eight-episode show debuts at 10 p.m. Wednesday with eight models competing to be a spokeswoman for Mandalay Bay.

Chrissy Teigen, three-time Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue model and singer John Legend’s fiancee, hosts the show, which was shot last year.

Patrick Miller, then vice president of marketing at Mandalay Bay and now GM of Monte Carlo, is a judge.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Garth Brooks is returning to Wynn Las Vegas to film Memorial Day and July 4 weekend concerts to memorialize his time on the Encore Theater stage. The special will be available on DVD. Brooks ended a three-year run at the theater in November.

There will be two evening shows on May 24 and two evening shows on May 25. Tickets go on sale Monday at www.wynnlasvegas.com or by calling 702.770.1000 or www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. 

SIGHTINGS

Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison of the hit reality show “Pawn Stars,” celebrating his 30th birthday last weekend at The D hotel-casino. He stayed in the penthouse and dined at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse with 20 friends, including members of his motorcycle riding club and DJ Tambe from “Best Ink.”

THE PUNCH LINE

“It’s been two years since the SEAL team busted in and got Osama bin Laden. On the night of the raid, the guy never knew what hit him. It’s like being married to a Kardashian.” — David Letterman

Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or email him at norm@reviewjournal.com. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke. “Norm Clarke’s Vegas,” airs Thursdays on the “Morning Blend” on KTNV-TV, Channel 13.