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‘Ka’ performers suspect safety line

It could have been any of the “Ka” performers taking part in the final battle scene.

That appears to be an early conclusion among some of the performers in the Cirque du Soleil show that ended in tragedy June 29 at the MGM Grand.

Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died after something happened to the safety line attached to her harness, leading to her fatal plunge of about 100 feet.

Safety lines were constantly changed among the dozen or so performers who participated in the climactic battle between good and evil forces, I’ve been told.

It was the first reported death from an accident onstage in Cirque’s 29-year history.

It’s not official, but cast members are hearing that the show is likely to resume Tuesday, although that is subject to change.

Cirque has stated the final battle scene will be cut. Nevada’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.

RIDING A WAVE

American soccer star Jozy Altidore, who has been making a lot of news of late, turned to a Las Vegan for an assist.

It was announced Tuesday that the U.S. star has completed his transfer to the Sunderland in the English Premier League from AZ Alkmaar of the Dutch League.

Altidore’s reported $13 million transfer breaks the previous record of $10 million, set in 2008 when Villareal paid a $10 million transfer fee for the then 18-year-old New Jersey native. He moved from the New York Red Bulls to Villarreal of La Liga in Spain.

Living up to early hype, Altidore just completed a monster season for the Dutch squad, scoring 23 goals in 33 games. He has been a standout for the U.S., scoring four goals in four consecutive game in recent World Cup qualifying games.

Altidore, the hottest name in U.S. soccer, recently completed a three-day, 31-interview media tour of the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut). About half of the interviews were at ESPN headquarters in Bristol. Conn.

Setting up the media blitz was Jeremy Pond, who was hired as Altidore’s publicist in the fall of 2011.

Pond formerly worked in the sports department at the Review-Journal and as my assistant on the normclarke.com web site before handling PR for XS and Tryst nightclubs at Wynn Las Vegas from 2008 to 2010.

SIGHTINGS

LeBron James’ fiancée Savannah Brinson celebrated her bachelorette party at Marquee (Cosmopolitan) on Saturday with 13 girlfriends. They included NBA wives Jada Paul, who is married to Chris Paul of the LA Clippers and Jenine Howard, whose husband is Miami Heat veteran Juwan Howard.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, and his fiancée, Jessica Miller, celebrating their recent engagement with family members including the bride-to-be’s father and Ulrich’s son at N9ne Steakhouse (Palms) on Monday.

THE PUNCH LINE

“The show ‘Cops’ is now on the NFL network. That’s how bad it’s gotten.” — Jay Leno

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.

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