For fans, things are just Cher-rific

For Cher fans, the universe has never been more perfectly aligned.

Having Cher finally headlining in Las Vegas at the same time as the wildly popular Cher Convention is nothing short of a harmonic convergence, says one of her biggest local fans.

“What are the odds? It’s so perfect,” said Larry Edwards, a longtime Tina Turner impersonator in “An Evening at La Cage” at the Riviera.

The convention, set for Aug. 11-12, will “definitely” be the biggest and best ever, he said, because “she’s performing in Las Vegas, and everybody will be hoping she will come this year.”

“No excuses this time; she has to show up,” said Edwards, adding, diplomatically, that her schedule didn’t fit in the past.

Here’s how big the Cher Convention is: Two years ago there were 66 unlicensed T-shirts on sale, and Cher impersonators included two with severe English accents.

“All the Cher fans from all over the world will come because they love Las Vegas, and they love Cher,” Edwards said. “It’s a big convention to celebrate her music and Cher’s persona.”


As you may know by now, the temperamental star-in-training of the upcoming magic show at Luxor has issued an edict: Don’t even think about asking for an interview with him, and there will be no mentions of his name in this space, or else.

That means we’ll have to pull some rabbits out of the hat to keep you informed about the Cirque jerque.

So here’s what we know: Our big-eared, eagle-eyed spies have noticed he’s parking his $300,000 Rolls-Royce in a red-curbed no-parking zone at the front door of the massive warehouse where he’s rehearsing his illusions.

Flying at half staff over the building, near West Lake Mead Boulevard, is a black flag with a white bunny in the middle.

That fits with months-old rumors we’ve heard that Cirque du Soleil was hunting for a bunny act to be part of the show, which opens in September.

Another thing, he’s got people buzzing about his new leaner, muscled-up look — and a new honey bunny after recently breaking up with Miss Nevada USA 2008 Veronica Grabowski.

Yes, after all that drama.


It’s Viva Hoff Vegas tonight when former headliner David Hasselhoff launches his new Web site at from a suite at Planet Hollywood Resort. He’ll be going live at 8 p.m. Pacific time, midnight and 4 a.m., and the burgermeister is promising some celebrity guests. He’s been in town shooting NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”…

Hockey legend Gordie Howe today and Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m., will be at the Field of Dreams memorabilia store at the Forum Shops at Caesars.


Country music sensations Randy Owen and Sugarland kick off the big weekend leading up to the 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards with free concerts at the Fremont Street Experience. Owen, the former lead singer of Alabama, performs at 10:30 p.m. today at the Third Street stage. Sugarland, nominated for four awards this year for the multi-platinum-selling album “Enjoy the Ride,” plays at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. The awards are nationally televised Sunday from the MGM Grand Garden.


Nancy Sinatra, ordering the meatballs Wednesday at Café Martorano, in the Rio, on the 10th anniversary of the death of her father, Frank. She got the VIP treatment from owner-chef Steve Martorano, who idolized her father so much that he has a tattoo of Ol’ Blue Eyes on his back left shoulder. … Pop superstar Jesse McCartney, meeting with Hard Rock Hotel officials on Thursday. … Sirio Maccioni, the legendary restaurateur and owner of Le Cirque in New York City, and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen at Simon at Palms Place on Wednesday. … The cast and crew of “Jersey Boys,” including lead Jeremy Kushnier, who plays Tommy DeVito, taking in “Mamma Mia!” on Wednesday night at Mandalay Bay. … Boxer Zab Judah, ordering water Wednesday night at LAX, in the Luxor.


“Don’t worry, Jessica. I know this sort of thing is tough, but you’ll be fine. There are plenty of chickens in the sea.” — Jimmy Kimmel, on Jessica Simpson‘s reported breakup with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or Find additional sightings and more online at

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