Queen with Adam Lambert preps ‘Crown Jewels’ for Las Vegas Strip

Updated May 7, 2018 - 10:56 am

Nearly a decade ago, the surviving members of Queen joined Adam Lambert on the eighth season of “American Idol.” Lambert was a contestant on that 2009 show, and eventual winner Kris Allen also joined the band in a performance of “We Are the Champions.”

Allen might have won that season’s “Idol” championship, but Lambert has claimed the crown. The powerhouse frontman has become the band’s permanent singer, and Queen with Adam Lambert has played more than 250 shows.

They’ll notch another 10 this fall at Park Theater at Park MGM (the former Monte Carlo) with “The Crown Jewels,” an extended engagement set for Sept. 1-22. Sept. 8 is the 14th anniversary of Queen Day, declared by then-Mayor Oscar Goodman in 2004. Tickets range from $79-$350 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at ticketmaster.com.

I had written of this booking in February, having been blown away by Queen’s sold-out performance at T-Mobile Arena in June.

“Crown Jewels” is a cheeky reference to the band’s haul of hits covering the 1970s and ’80s. In a statement announcing the show, guitar great Brian May said, “We’re ready to take on the ultimate challenge … to dazzle Vegas!!” From drummer Roger Taylor, “I am looking forward to rocking the Strip… (with) the audaciously and phenomenally talented Adam Lambert.”

From Lambert: “I’m so excited to help share ‘The Crown Jewels’ with the Strip. You’ll be humming them all night!”

The point is, expect such Queen classics as “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Hammer to Fall,” “Somebody to Love” and “Under Pressure.”

The Queen series drops into Park Theater three months before the premiere of Lady Gaga’s residency in December; Aerosmith originally was targeting a fall run after the Queen spree, but internal band issues have pushed that project to at least the first quarter of 2019. Britney Spears is also expected to return to the Strip, at Park Theater, next year.

‘Absinthe’ chugs along

The offbeat, tented circus show that opened in April 2011 has turned into a juggernaut on the Strip.

“Absinthe” celebrates its seventh anniversary Monday night with “Gazillionaire’s Gala of Gluttony,” a dinner production of all existing acts in the show, and eight new numbers at Caesars Palace.

We’ll also experience acts from sister Spiegelworld production “Opium” at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

On May 14, “Absinthe” takes on a wildly ambitious schedule by expanding to two shows per night, every day of the year. Spiegelworld founder Ross Mollison said the show is hotter than ever, selling between 6,000 and 6,500 tickets per week in its current schedule.

Tickets sales are expected to vault to about 9,000 a week when the new shows and dates are added.

These are important box office stats, should Caesars Palace want to move “Absinthe” into a larger venue with any hotel renovation, such as building out Roman Plaza where the Spiegeltent sits. Just musing about the future here …

Cool Hang Alert

A fizzy water toast to Frankie Moreno, who closes an unprecedented 10-show run at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on May 15. Moreno entered his latest series at Cab Jazz with the noble, and also insane, idea of performing new songs written solely for that week’s show. He’ll hit 100 tunes Tuesday, finishing the work that morning.

Any hits in this group?

“I like them all,” said Moreno, who might record the best of the best this summer. As for executing this idea start to finish, he said, “I’ll never try that crazy (stuff) again.”

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas art exhibit
Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas gallery exhibit
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with blooming jasmine tea
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with jasmine tea
Benny the Ice Skating Dog
Benny is a Las Vegas Labrador who was rescued by former pro skater Cheryl Del Sanyo, and trained to ice skate. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Nevada State Museum
The Nevada State Museum of Las Vegas, located at the Springs Preserve, covers all eras of the state, from prehistoric to today.
Throw a better dinner party
Cash appears at Baseball Winter Meetings
Lights FC mascot Cash plays the electronic drums at the EZ Inflatables’ booth on Tuesday at the Baseball Winter Meetings trade show at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
5 albums to soundtrack your holiday gatherings in style
1. Various Artists, “Holidays Rule," with Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, Calexico and more. 2. Various Artists, “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year," with Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, Chuck Billy and others. 3. Various Artists, “Christmas on Death Row," featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg to name but a few. 4. Bright Eyes, “A Christmas Album.” 5. Various Artists, "The Motown Christmas Album." (Jason Bracelin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
WinterFest in Henderson.
Miss Rodeo America Fashion Show
The 28 women contestants of Miss Rodeo America compete in a fashion show at the Tropicana on Dec. 7, 2018.
Tournament Of Kings Holiday Show
Wizards and warriors are ready for the holidays at Excalibur's Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show.
Take a dive with the Silverton mermaids
A visit to the Silverton Casino Hotel is not complete without taking in the popular, and very unique, mermaid show.
Cowboys and western aficionados can buy virtually anything at Cowboy Christmas
Vegas Golden Knights Christmas Display
In the Las Vegas Valley, the chances of getting a white Christmas are slim. But this year, you can have a “Knight” Christmas. A Henderson resident has a Christmas lights display that is synchronized to the entrance music for the Golden Knights. GG Misa’s Knights light show is played every 30 minutes from 5 to 10 nightly. His light show consists of two songs: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and the entrance music, “Le Castle Vania,” from the movie “John Wick.” The display is located at 730 Bollons Island St. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Reivew-Journal)
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez is Just in Time For Repeal Day And Christmas
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez Is Just In Time For Repeal Day And Christmas. Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal
TV's LGBT superheroes
Green Valley Ranch's Winter's Village
The Mob Museum
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Quick Chat With Criss Angel
James D. Gish and Susan Anton rehearse
Susan Anton will be special guest at James D. Gish’s holiday concerts Dec. 7 at Summerlin Library and Dec. 9 at Clark County Library. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bellagio Winter Wonderland
"Majestic Holiday Magic" at the Bellagio Conservatory.
Underwater Santa At The Silverton
Santa takes a dive Sunday, December 2, at the Silverton Casino Hotel. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Cowabunga Bay Christmas Town
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which opened in 1991, has exhibits of mechanical dinosaurs and taxidermied animals, along with live snakes, fish and sharks. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Magical Forest Lights
Cirque Du Soleil Performers Team Up For New Show "Kinekt"
Through dance, acrobatics and aerial arts, “Kinekt” tells a story all too familiar to modern families: how to maintain a human connection in the digital age. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden
The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas
The Pinball Hall of Fame was created by Tim Arnold and opened in 2006. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas
Trainer Lou “Mack” McCammon guides several rescue dogs through a series of tricks and jumps two shows a day weekends through December at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like