With Matt Damon at the wheel, one of the largest chase scenes ever staged in Las Vegas roared through the entrance to Aria on Monday night for the latest “Bourne” film.
A west-lane stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard near CityCenter was closed overnight.
Rainy conditions Tuesday threatened to delay the additional chase scenes scheduled to continue overnight into early Wednesday morning.
About 30 stunt drivers, a dozen police cars and a SWAT unit are involved in the scene that involved Damon’s character, Jason Bourne, pursuing a bad guy in front of Aria’s valet area.
One of the wrecks involved a SWAT truck slamming into the side of a limo while leaving Aria. The scene played out in front of 100 pedestrians played by extras in the valet area and on a pedestrian bridge.
The unnamed film, the fifth in the “Bourne” series, is due in late July.
The filming has been done over 10 days, a period that included Damon winning a Golden Globe for “The Martian” and being nominated for an Oscar for the film.
R.I.P. Glenn Frey
Long before he became Clark County sheriff, Bill Young was a high school freshman when the Eagles “became the soundtrack of my life.”
Four years later, as an ambulance driver in his teens, he saw the Eagles for the first time.
It wasn’t until Young became sheriff in 2002 that he met the band.
The timing couldn’t have been worse.
It was November 2003, the day superstar Michael Jackson surrendered to California authorities to face multiple charges of child molestation.
Young was attending the “Rock for the Cure” benefit at The Mirage, an event that featured the Eagles.
“That was the night Michael Jackson went on that crazy (slow speed) ride” to Green Valley Ranch, he recalled Tuesday.
It was one of 40 Eagles shows he’s seen, but that one ranked among the most frustrating because of all the telephone calls and interviews he fielded.
That was one of many memories he relived Tuesday after hearing about the death of Eagles’ founder Glenn Frey.
Young was in Frey’s company four times.
“He was an intense guy and an intense golfer,” said Young. “He was the heart and soul of the band. He was the maestro.”
“They weren’t fond of cops,” said Young, who served as sheriff for four years. Some of the Eagles had well-documented run-ins with the law.
“The first time I met Joe Walsh, he didn’t say anything. He just put his arms in the air and backed up to the wall.
“He checked out my badge. I said, ‘I would be honored if you’d wear it during the concert,’ ” said Young. Walsh wore the badge.
“I was a guitar player. I couldn’t understand how they could break up for 14 years. When they got back together in 1994, I bought seats for all four night at Irvine Meadows Ampitheater for their first shows.”
The last time Young saw the band, in June 2014, he was coming back from Italy and made a side trip to London to see them perform four nights in a row at O2 Arena.
“Had great seats up front,” he said. “I paid an insane amount of money for ’em.
“I never missed them in Las Vegas. Well, maybe once. They were the best investment I made except for my kids’ education.”
The scene and heard
NBC’s “Today” show will broadcast its “Fourth Hour,” featuring Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, live Thursday from Caesars Palace …
Venetian headliners Human Nature will perform at the Nevada Ballet Theatre’s “Woman of the Year” Black and White Ball on Saturday at the Wynn honoring Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton John. Former honoree Marie Osmond will give a tribute to John. …
The UNLV Rebel Girls won the national championship for the top category of college dance team competition for hip-hop on Sunday in Orlando, Fla. It was their fourth title since 2008. Team members include: Noelle Morris, Ashton Gammarano, Emily Reynolds, Alicia Robinson, Ashley Schobert, Taylor Berry, Cailyn Cota, Sara Simpson, Sidney Bellamy, Shayle Stuart, Thalia Garcia, Chelsea Cruz, Sabrina Waldheim, Gabby Simmons, Michelle Lasso, Kaitlyn Thompson, Michelle Harnik, Kasey Phillips, Jackie Hansen, Hailey Dropkin and Haley Tekely. The team is coached by Marca DeCastroverde. The UNLV Rebel Girls also won in 2010 and 2013. …
The correct address for Art Encounter is 5720 S. Arville St., with regard to Thursday’s appearance by artist Jota Leal. He’ll be there from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
On this day
Jan. 20, 1997: Colonel Tom Parker, the longtime manager of Elvis Presley, suffers a stroke at his Las Vegas home and dies the next day at 87. He had moved to Las Vegas after Elvis died and reportedly gambled away much of his fortune.
Jan. 21, 2006: After 85 years in Atlantic City, the Miss America Pageant moves to Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Jennifer Berry, Miss Oklahoma, who performs a ballet number in the talent competition, wins the crown.
“Dancing With the Stars” pro Cheryl Burke and celebrity chef Scott Conant, together at the grand opening of Clique Hospitality’s CliQue Bar & Lounge at The Cosmopolitan. Also there: former NASCAR driver and current team owner Richard Childress.
The punch line
“Khloe Kardashian has announced she’ll be hosting a new talk show where she drinks cocktails with her guests. The show will be called ‘Throwing Up With the Kardashians.'” — Conan O’Brien
— Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. On Twitter: @Norm_Clarke