G ‘n’ R, Wallace,Tyson: In Vegas, Everything Old Is New Again

Illustration by Ryan Olbrysh

Illustration by Ryan Olbrysh

Is there anything better than coming home from a long day of work and putting on those filthy sweatpants you’ve worn every day for the last six years, including for 54 consecutive hours every weekend? No. No there is not. There’s a certain beauty to familiarity, and the Las Vegas entertainment scene knows it well.

Flamingo headliner George Wallace is getting back together with old buddy Jerry Seinfeld for an episode of the latter’s Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee—which you might have heard of from the weirdly confrontational Super Bowl commercial with Seinfeld and Jason Alexander.

The comedy interview/automotive love letter series is in its third season. Recent episodes have featured Howard Stern, Tina Fey and Jay Leno. Wallace’s episode will be available on Crackle.com on March 20, to coincide with his 10-year anniversary at the Flamingo.

Another warm reunion is in the works at the Hard Rock Hotel. The property has been pushing word of Guns N’ Roses—which completed its Appetite for Democracy residency at the Hard Rock in November 2012— returning this spring. Meanwhile, Slash will be in town February 27 for the Kerry Simon benefit at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

SLS will offer just a hint of old familiarity for people who liked to do their gambling on the corner of Sahara and Las Vegas Boulevard starting Labor Day weekend. That’s when those old sandstone-colored towers will come back to life in their fancier new incarnation. Still, no one involved at the project would take our suggestion to simultaneously capitalize on the property’s past while maintaining an eye on the future by installing a House Music of Lords steakhouse.

Finally, in whatever the opposite of “comfortable old sweatpants” is, Mike Tyson is rumored to be expanding his dramatic horizons. By being in Werner Herzog’s Vernon God Little. As an ax murderer. Well, that should shake off any lingering Hangover typecasting.

Herzog is the mad German genius director behind critical faves such as Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Fitzcarraldo and man-bear love story Grizzly Man. He is also the man responsible for pushing Nic Cage into exciting new territories of unhingedness in The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, a movie in which Cage demands a dead man be shot again because his soul is still dancing.

So the Tyson casting could be the most landmark moment in Las Vegas cinema since the Diamonds Are Forever car chase and/or Sharknado star Ian Ziering doing a stint with the Chippendales.

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