ZINGERS FLY AY INAUGURAL DEANA MARTIN CELEBRITY ROAST

Deana Martin’s inaugural celebrity roast had all the elements of her famous father’s hit TV series: brutal zingers, blue language, even a Ruth Buzzi impersonator.

About 400 showed up at the South Point Showroom on Monday to watch roastee Dennis Bono take his lumps at the charity benefit.

He got plenty of them from Buzzi, who turned out be local entertainer Kelly Clinton. She came out swinging like Buzzi’s purse-flailing spinster character, Gladys Ormphby, a fixture on the hit hit TV series “Laugh-In.”

The event doubled as a 70th birthday party for the longtime entertainer and radio show host.

Bono’s tormentors included actors Tony Lo Bianca and Robert Davis, celebrity reporter Robin Leach, comedian Rich Little, and entertainers Frankie Scinta and Clint Holmes, Clinton’s husband. Deana Martin piled on as well.

Holmes, who has a history of highlighting many a roast with his hilarious musical parodies, had one ready for Bono.

Set to Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme’s 1960 hit, “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” Holmes’ version went this way:

“He’s driving along the Strip just dreaming of billboards,
He sees that the Scinta family’s making it big.
He’s thinking how great he croons, and that guy’s just playing spoons
Who do I have to whack to get the gig?
He says that he sings as well as his best pal Stevie.
Of course he says this after having quite a few swigs
Steve’s singing at Carnegie Hall
Dennis sings right next to the outlet mall
Who do I have to whack to get the gig?
There’s nothing wrong with doing radio just once a week
It gives you so much time to not learn songs
But could you pick a song just once that doesn’t put us all to sleep
And please stop holding all your notes soooo lonnnnnnnnng!
But just as the spotlight’s fading on his career
And he was having trouble making the vig
He’s praying for one more joint,
And thank God they built South Point.
This could be start of something, this could be the start of something.
Cool and fresh and hip it is. Almost on the Strip it is.
This could be the start of Bono’s gig!”

Bono, who was discovered by Frank Sinatra’s righthand man, Jilly Rizzo, didn’t take the grilling sitting down.

When Leach said Bono “is so meticulous he even has creases in his underwear,” Bono fired back, “Hey I’m 71. I don’t wear underwear. Those creases are my (posterior).”

Bono teased Rich Little about his young wives.

“You’re suppose to meet your future wife in a restaurant or a bar,” said Bono, “not in a Chuck E. Cheese.”

To Holmes: “I know how hard you’re trying to be hip. I know you’re my age. You should be concerned about breaking one.”

Bono mentioned he and Scinta are typical Italians – close to their families. “I visit mine a lot back east. He visits his when the prison allows on visiting day. The rest of them are in the witness protection program.”

Taking aim at Leach’s expanding waistline, Bono snarked, “Try going to the hold-the-Mayo Clinic.”

The scene and heard
Las Vegas resident Jason Hook, lead guitarist for Five Finger Death Punch, was so inspired by VH1’s long-running “Behind the Music” TV series that he decided to try his hand at it.
The result is “Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight,” a revealing look at some of the greatest unsung musicians who made a career of jumping from one gig to another with rock legends.

Hook’s one-night-only version is being shown Wednesday across the country, including numerous theaters in Las Vegas.

Among the “hired guns” and music greats featured in the documentary: Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Jason Newsted (Metallica), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Glen Sobel and Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson, Toto), Steve Vai (David Lee Roth), Paul Bushnell (Katy Perry), Jay Graydon (Steely Dan), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), Chris Johnson (Rihanna), music producer David Foster and featuring Cooper and Zombie.

On this day…
June 28, 1997: The second heavyweight fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield at the MGM Grand Garden ends after three rounds when Tyson is disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ear. The Nevada State Athletic Commission yanked Tyson’s license for 18 months and fined him a whopping $3 million. He was reinstated in early 1999.

Sightings
Sheila (Mann) Allan and Liz Kelley-Hansen of Dean Martin’s famed song-and-dance troupe The Golddiggers, in the crowd at the Bono roast. Eight were in town to perform on Deana Martin’s weekend shows at South Point honoring her dad’s 100th birthday. Mann, who lives in Las Vegas, spent one year with the original Golddiggers, keeping a promise she made to her parents. She was 19. Her parents were Holocaust survivors and had concerns about losing their daughter to the temptations in the world of show business. She recalls the 12-member troupe being forewarned about the legendary Buddy Hackett before a 1969 engagement at the Sahara. “We were told to be leery of him because he had a tendency to show up on the stage naked,” she said, “And he did, but not with us.”

The punch line
“Two Florida men reportedly abandoned their car last week after crashing into a Dorito’s truck, which sounds like the perfect case for Chips.” – Seth Meyers.

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VEGAS RETURN OF THE WHO RECALLS ENTWISTLE DEATH

The Who returns to Las Vegas next month, 15 years after their bassist John Entwistle became one of the highest-profile celebrity deaths in the city’s history.

Joe Louis. Carole Lombard. Sonny Liston. Tupac Shakur. Dan Wheldon. Danny Gans. To name a few.

Scandal immediately surrounded Entwistle’s death on June 27, 2002, in suite 658 at the Hard Rock Hotel. He was 57.

Within hours, I received a tip that he was with a stripper. I confirmed it and reported it in my Vegas Confidential column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

That report triggered a frenzied response among British tabloids. Overnight, a small army of reporters and paparazzi descended on local strip clubs, offering huge checks for information on the identity and whereabouts of Entwistle’s companion.

Meantime, then-Clark County coroner Ron Flud determined the death was caused by a cocaine-induced heart attack.

About a week after Entwistle’s death, I received a phone call from an unhappy caller who identified himself as a high-ranking editor with London’s News of the World, the world’s biggest-selling newspaper.

He quickly got to the point with some choice language. He accused me of fabricating the stripper angle and complained that his paper had spent a bundle and he was blaming me for the wild goose chase.

I informed him that he was dead wrong.

Months later, Alycen Rowse, a stripper at Deja Vu and a prominent groupie from Utah, went public, selling her story to a competing London paper.

Rowse, then 32, said she found Entwistle cold and unresponsive about 10 a.m. She told authorities she tried to resuscitate him. When that failed, she called paramedics.

Entwistle, one of the music world’s most acclaimed bassists, died one day before the Hall of Fame British band was to start its 2002 U.S. tour.

The Who begins a six-show mini-residency July 29 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The other dates are: August 1, 4, 7, 9, and 11.

The rest of Entwistle’s story includes a sordid twist that the rocker might have found poetic.

Still married at the time of his death, Entwistle also had a long-term girlfriend, American Lisa Pritchett-Johnson.

She made headlines for running off with a married vicar of Entwistle’s church a year after the funeral. The Rev. Colin Wilson had officiated at the funeral. Wilson resigned and apologized to his parishioners for “going off the rails.”

She never recovered from Entwistle’s death and died of an overdose about three years later at her home near Memphis. He had left her millions in his will.

As for Rowse, she returned to Utah and wrote a book title “We’ve Got Tonight: The Life and Time of Notorious Groupie, Alycen Rowse.”

In a 2010 interview, she was quoted as saying she had no regrets about being with Entwistle.

“I don’t want this to sound egotistical,” she said, “but he couldn’t have gone (died) with a better woman, because I know how to keep the privacy.

“I didn’t even think about touching anything in the room,” she said, “except for the body and doing mouth-to-mouth.”

On this day…
June 26, 1955: On a train trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Lauren Bacall dubs the Hollywood clique led by Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra the “rat pack.” The term sticks to Sinatra and buddies Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop in their Vegas heyday five years later.

Sightings
Chase McNary, who competed on the 12 season of “The Bachelorette,” with friends on Friday at Topgolf (MGM Grand)…

Actress Mindy Kaling, celebrating her 38th birthday and the season end of “The Mindy Project” with friends at Tao restaurant (Venetian) on Friday night. Later, Kaling posted on Instagram, “the best way to behave is to misbehave.”…

At Tao nightclub on Saturday: NFL players Sammy Watkins (Buffalo Bills) and his brother, Jaylen Watkins (Philadelphia Eagles) and Arizona Cardinals teammates Jared Campbell and Deone Bucannon, with friends.

The punch line
“Today, in Las Vegas, the forecast was a record 117. Also the average age of the people at the nickel slots. And today, temperatures are expected to reach 127 degrees in Death Valley. But it’s a dry death.” – Stephen Colbert.

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NHL TOUGH GUY INSPIRED BY UFC STAR McGREGOR

One of the baddest dudes in hockey is a big fan of UFC king Conor McGregor.

It figures.

Brent Burns is the San Jose Sharks’ version of Ivan the Terrible. Long, black scraggly beard. Two front teeth missing. A warrior on skates.

McGregor is leaving the comfort zone of the octagon to take on unbeaten boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26. Boxing rules only.

Burns met McGregor, a fellow kindred spirit, in March 2016.

“It was extremely inspirational to watch a guy like him and see him train,” said Burns. “It was unreal to watch him train.”

Their introduction came in February 2016, shortly after McGregor accepted a fight against Nate Diaz on 10 days’ notice.

McGregor “had just learned he was fighting someone else and he really didn’t care,” said Burns.

McGregor was “very humble, extremely kind to take time out of his training to let me ask questions and pick his brain about certain things,” said Burns, an hour after he received the Norris Trophy for best defenseman at the NHL Awards show at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday.

“He’s just a special athlete,” said Burns, “one of those generation guys who comes around every once in a while and it’s fun to learn and try to take things from his training.”

Burns returned for the fight.

“It was buzzing. Oh man, it was cool. So it will be fun to play in Las Vegas because it’s an exciting place.

“Like I’ve always said, we’re pretty lazy. When we go on the road, we like to go from our bed to a restaurant and back to bed, so we got that here. It’s not far to anywhere. So that’s nice.”

By the way, in the perfect world, the hockey gods would see that Burns ends up with the Vegas Golden Knights. Visitors to his home are greeted with an armored medieval knight standing guard in the foyer.

The scene and heard
Fans of “House of Cards,” and going back much, much further to “Puttin’ on the Hits,” will recognize Allen Fawcett in an upcoming role as a pilot in “House of Cards.” His scene in the latter is with Will Conway, played by Joe Kinnaman. Kinnaman’s character, also a pilot, has a meltdown in the scene. Fawcett lived in Las Vegas for years. Dick Clark gave him his big break on TV when he hired Fawcett as the host of “Puttin’ on the Hits” in 1984. He was the face of the syndicated show for five years. He landed soap opera roles on “General Hospital” as Swedish heartthrob Larsen and “The Edge of Night.”…

Brayden McNabb quite possibly holds the claim to fame of being the first member of the Golden Knights to set foot in T-Mobile Arena. The former Los Angeles Kings defenseman saw a Coldplay concert there last September. Cody Glass, the Golden Knights’ No. 1 entry draft selection, played at a hockey tournament in Las Vegas in his teens. Swede Eric Brannstrom, the Knights’ third-round pick on Friday, was asked by the media if he had been to Las Vegas. No, he said, but he added, “I’ve seen ‘The Hangover.’”

Tweet of the week: Eric Bergen, a former member of the “Jersey Boys” Las Vegas production, tweeted this Thursday: “Last nite, recording new album in the studio, told I had to move my car because I was in @Cher’s parking spot. I’ve never more honored.”

Giving credit where it’s due: Helen Yee of http://www.LasVegasSportsNetwork/eyesonthegame had an interview with Floyd Mayweather Sr. more than a year ago in which he told Yee his son was planning to fight McGregor.

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Bill Cosby planning motivational speaking tour http://pge.sx/2rZWiZa
Las Vegas-bound goalie Calvin Pickard looks ahead http://dpo.st/2sv3D6J
Why Richard Dreyfus keeps his Oscar in the refrigerator http://bit.ly/2rVaWpH
Sweet deal: Chumlee dives into candy business http://bit.ly/2sFSiil

On this day…
June 23, 2001: In his first fight in the USA, WBC super bantamweight champion Manny Pacquaio defeats Wethya Sakmuangklang of South Africa by a TKO at the MGM Grand. It’s was one of many bouts in Las Vegas for the Filipino megastar, who’s also a singer, actor and politician.

June 24, 2000: After a sold-out concert with her fellow Dixie Chicks, lead singer Natalie Maines marries actor Adrian Pasdar in a $55, post-midnight ceremony at The Little White Wedding Chapel. Then they go out with the other Chicks and win $740.

Sightings
At Beerhaus at The Park (CityCenter) after the NHL Awards and expansion draft on Wednesday: Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins, including Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel along with club owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux. Also at the party hosted by MGM Resorts International: Actor Joe Manganiello, who hosted the awards show, and his wife, “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, and actor-comedian Taran Killam, who partied in the company of the Stanley Cup…

German-born model Jasmine Sanders, an Instagram sensation, dining with a group at Tao (Venetian) on Thursday.

The punch line
“Discovery Channel is promoting its upcoming Shark Week by promising to have Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps race a great white shark. But don’t tell him. It’s a surprise?” – Seth Meyers.

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GOLDEN KNIGHTS OFF TO FAST START AS EXPANSIOM TEAM

A mighty ovation during Marc-Andre Fleury’s introduction nearly raised the roof of the T-Mobile Arena.

It wasn’t the final punctuation mark to a historic night. That came shortly after the conclusion of NHL Awards show and expansion draft when Nashville Predators general manager David Poile boldly wrapped up the night.

“I think this is, by far, the best expansion team ever,” said Poile, who was honored as the NHL’s general manager of the year at the awards show.

He gave George McPhee, the general manager of the Golden Knights, high marks for building a team with the possibility of more potential than any expansion team in NHL history.

“Maybe George will win executive of the year next year. He’s off to a great start,” said Poile, the architect behind the Predators’ inspired 2016-2017 season. After going 41-29-12 and finishing with 94 points, they barely made it into the postseason as the second wild-card team in the West.

They got hot at the right time, sweeping No. 1-seeded Chicago before knocking out the St. Louis Blues in six games. Nashville made it to its first Stanley Cup final by advancing past the Anaheim Ducks in six games in the Western Conference finals. The magical run ended with a controversial Game 6 loss to the Penguins.

Poile said McPhee, who built the Washington Capitals into a power, “has done a masterful job of getting a competitive team right off the get-go and also getting a lot of things for the future of this franchise, things we weren’t able to do 20 years ago for the Nashville Predators.

“A lot of the deals,” said Poile, “haven’t come out. I know some of them, not all of them.”

The Predators lost one of their prized forwards, James Neal, who recorded his ninth NHL season with at least 20 goals.

“The National Hockey League did it right this time,” added Poile. “This model, this year, these guys will be competitive. Good for them. Maybe they got too good.”

Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, went to the Golden Knights with the second-to-last pick among the 30 selections. When he made a surprise appearance on stage, the jammed arena erupted.

Fleury, 32, holds Penguins franchise records for wins (375) and shutouts (44). Pittsburgh made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft.

Before entering the interview room, Fleury stopped for a celebratory hug from a former teammate, Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux.

Tipped off that the Golden Knights kept Fleury hidden most of the day to build the evening’s suspense, I asked him if he wore anything to keep from being recognized upon arriving Wednesday.

“They gave me a hat,” he said, adding that he spent most of the day in his room at Bellagio.

He’ll be reunited with Deryk Engelland, a tough defenseman who was plucked from Calgary’s roster. They played together from 2009 to 2014 in Pittsburgh.

“It’s great to be reunited with him,” said Engelland, who played a season (2004-2005) for the Las Vegas Wranglers starting at age 21. He still lives here with his wife, Melissa, whom he met in Las Vegas.

“He’s amazing, top notch in every aspect,” said Engelland. “Never too high, never too low, great in the community, great around the ice. I could never say anything bad about that guy.”

Engelland fondly remembered the Wranglers’ fan support, especially the big crowds for the midnight game promotion. He recalled taking a 5 p.m. pregame nap for that one.

His leadership qualities earned him the role as alternate captain this past season when Troy Brouwer was sidelined.

The Knights’ other selections and acquisitions:

Anaheim Ducks: Defenseman Clayton Stoner. Also acquired: defenseman prospect Shea Theodore.
Arizona Coyotes: Teemu Pulkkinen.
Boston Bruins: Defenseman Colin Miller.
Buffalo Sabres: Forward William Carrier, along with a sixth-round pick.
Carolina Hurricanes: Forward Connor Brickley, along with a fifth-round pick.
Chicago Blackhawks: Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk.
Colorado Avalanche: Goaltender Calvin Pickard, a solid No. 2 backup behind Semyon Varlamov.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Forward William Karlsson, along with a 2017 first-round pick, 2019 second-round pick, and the contract of David Clarkson.
Dallas Stars: Forward Cody Eakin.
Detroit Red Wings: Forward Tom Nosek.
Edmonton Oilers: Defenseman Griffin Reinhart.
Florida Panthers: Forward Jonathan Marchessault, along with forward Reilly Smith for a 2018 fourth-round pick.
Los Angeles Kings: Defenseman Brayden McNabb.
Minnesota Wild: Forward Erik Haula (RFA), along with forward prospect Alex Tuch for a third-round pick.
Montreal Canadiens: Defenseman Alexei Emelin.
New Jersey Devils: Defenseman Jon Merrill.
New York Islanders: Goaltender Jean-Francois Berube. The Knights also acquired forward Mikhail Grabovski, defenseman Jake Bischoff, a 2017 first-round pick (No. 15 overall), and a 2019 second-round pick.
New York Rangers: Forward Oscar Lindberg.
Ottawa Senators: Defenseman Marc Methot.
Philadelphia Flyers: Forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
Pittsburgh Penguins: In addition to Fleury, the Knights will receive a 2020 second-round pick.
San Jose Sharks: Defenseman David Schlemko.
St. Louis Blues: Winger David Perron.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Defenseman Jason Garrison. The Knights also receive rights to forward Nikita Gusev, a 2017 second-round pick, and a 2018 fourth-round pick. Toronto Maple Leafs: Forward Brendan Leipsic.
Vancouver Canucks: Defenseman Luca Sbisa.
Washington Capitals: Defenseman Nate Schmidt.
Winnipeg Jets: Forward Chris Thorburn (UFA). The Knights also switched draft positions with the Jets, sending Columbus’ first-round pick (No. 24 overall) to Winnipeg for No. 13 overall and a third-round pick.

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NHL SET FOR GOLDEN NIGHT IN VEGAS

The NHL serves up a doubleheader of drama today in Las Vegas.

Sharing the spotlight at T-Mobile Arena will be the NHL Awards Show and NHL expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights.

The party moves to Chicago’s United Center this weekend, with the NHL entry draft playing out on Friday (7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet) and Saturday (10 a.m. ET, NHL Network, Sportsnet).

Actor Joe Manganiello, an ardent Pittsburgh Penguins fan, will host the awards show, which start at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The hottest news Wednesday will be who’s going where as the newly-minted 31st franchise stocks its roster.

The Golden Knights have to select 30 players, one from each team: 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders. The other four players can be from any position. Here’s some of the expansion draft drama to watch for:

* Adam Vingan, USA Today Network: “Among the hundreds of NHL players left vulnerable to the Vegas Golden Knights in the ongoing expansion draft, few are more intriguing than Predators forward James Neal.

“There’s plenty of incentive for the Golden Knights to nab Neal, one of six active NHL players to score at least 20 goals in each of his first nine seasons.

“More attractive to Vegas than Neal’s scoring ability next season might be his expiring contract, which can be dangled at the trade deadline for future assets from a contending team. Neal has $5 million remaining on his six-year contract.”

* Tal Pinchevsky, ESPN: “With the NHL coming to Las Vegas, some general managers put their chips on the table and took calculated risks Sunday. The Ottawa Senators did just that when they made forward Bobby Ryan available for the expansion draft, likely figuring his $7.25 million cap hit would make him a prohibitive pick for Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee.

“The Wild certainly made an interesting move by leaving defensemen Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella unprotected. General manager Chuck Fletcher either figured he would lose a defenseman regardless or has been on the phone with Vegas ironing out a side deal.”

* Mike Chambers, Denver Post on why the Golden Knights might take a long look at Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard, 25: “An outstanding person…he certainly goes against the grain of your typical nutty goalie. His compete level is very high.

“Not the quickest guy from post to post but his compete makes up for that. Never gives up on a shot. Best thing about the guy is, you want him on your team. Ideal teammate. Ideal backup goalie (so many goalies can’t handle that).

“Don’t get me wrong, the guy is a fierce competitor — but he’s smart and sophisticated enough to play the cards he is dealt and try to beat out the other guy without being a distraction to the team.
“The goalie who isn’t playing can be a distraction to the team. Pickard will never be that guy. But inside, he’ll never settle being the backup, either.”

The scene and heard
Posted on Scott Roeben’s VitalVegas.com blog site: “Reliable tipster says Golden State Warriors had six bottles comped Friday, three on Saturday at Drai’s. Total gratuity: Zero.”…

Oregon State’s streaking baseball team has a Las Vegan providing steady output. Cadyn Grenier of Bishop Gorman High having started all 60 games this year. OSU has won its past 23 on the way to a 56-4 record that includes wins over Cal State Fullerton and LSU in the College World Series. Grenier, a sophomore, took a .280 batting average into the CWS, sixth best among starters. He’s fourth in RBI and fifth in hits. He was Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year in 2015 after batting .471…

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Celine Dion’s son, Rene Charles, 16, at the awards event/expansion draft today. His late father, Rene Angelil, was a huge hockey fan and passed along his love of the sport to his son. Also likely to be in the crowd: former Colorado Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix, who helped lead the Avs to the Stanley Cup title in 1996 and 2001. Lacroix was best man at the Angelil-Dion wedding in 1994. Lacroix’s son, Eric, who spent eight years in the NHL also lives in Las Vegas and was hired last year as the Nevada Storm’s head coach of the Bantam AA program.

Hot links
Chef David Chang goes on unhinged racist rant; reveals food critic he really hates. Hint: He’s from Las Vegas http://bit.ly/2rOKePf

Schwarzenegger will be in town for Mayweather-McGregor http://bit.ly/2tHLTmi

Carrie Fisher’s brother reacts to her autopsy http://usm.ag/2tM6yWc
Ta Da! Vegas Golden Knights unveil uniforms http://bit.ly/2rTKZl

On this day…
June 20, 1947: Bugsy Siegel (born Benjamin Siegelbaum), the mobster whose Flamingo Hotel is regarded as the first luxury resort in Las Vegas, is murdered in Beverly Hills. He was 42. The killing was widely believed to be a Mob hit, but no arrests were ever made.

June 21, 1950: Hank Greenspun publishes the first edition of his newly purchased Las Vegas Free Press, vowing to “always fight for progress and reform.” He renamed the paper the Sun and becomes a power broker as a crusading journalist and real estate developer. He dies in 1989.

Sightings
At Tao (Venetian) over the weekend: Actor Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves, with actress Ali Larter, country music artist Jack Ingram and entrepreneur Butch Gilliam…

At the Marquee Skydeck at the Electric Daisy Carnival over the weekend: Paris Hilton and Drew Carey, in separate parties.

The punch line
“Having children is like living in a frat house: Nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” – Ray Romano.

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WARRIORS VICTORY PARADE STOPS IN VEGAS

Hours after the Golden State Warriors’ victory parade through Oakland on Thursday, a planeload of them arrived in Las Vegas to take the NBA title celebration into overtime.

The players included NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Teams owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber also made the trip.

They flew to Las Vegas on a private jet provided by MGM Resorts International and were greeted with a champagne toast at a private hanger by Jim Murren, MGM Resorts chairman and CEO, before boarding buses for Aria, their host hotel.

At Aria, they were greeted by fans, members of the UNLV men’s basketball team, coach Marvin Menzies, UNLV president Len Jessup, and the Rebels’ cheer team.

“It was a great opportunity not only for our players to get to shake hands with the NBA champs, but also to showcase Las Vegas for the best of the NBA,” said Jessup, via email from the university.

A year ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers flew to Las Vegas hours after they clinched the NBA title in Game 7 in Oakland. They were hosted by Wynn Las Vegas and partied at the resorts’ nightclub XS before heading to Cleveland for the victory parade.

Some team members plan to attend the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev boxing rematch Saturday at Mandalay Bay, it was learned. Ward is from Oakland.

Others reportedly had plans to take in the Electric Daisy Carnival this weekend. It annually draws 120,000 a night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Guess you could say the Warriors victory parade might include a victory lap at the Speedway.

The scene and heard
Celine Dion has rescheduled two shows that were cancelled by the May 22 Manchester Arena terrorist attack. She will be doing her shows in nearby Leeds, England. The 21,000-seat Manchester Arena has been closed since the incident and won’t reopen until September. She was to perform in Manchester on June 25 and August 1…

The lineup of celebrities roasting veteran entertainer Dennis Bono at the inaugural Deana Martin Celebrity Roast has been announced: Robert Davi, Clint Holmes, Robin Leach, Rich Little, Tony LoBianco, Frankie Scinta and Bono’s wife, Lorraine. The roast is being held at The Showroom at the South Point on June 26 at 6 p.m. The after-party/birthday party will be held at 8 p.m. at the Grandview Lounge. Bono turns 70 on July 1…

An after-fight party hosted by Kovalev will be Saturday at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas. Admission: $40.

On this day…
June 16, 2009: U.S. Sen. John Ensign, a one-time Las Vegas veterinarian and a rising star in the Republican Party, admits to having an affair with a campaign staffer whose husband is his best friend. The subsequent furor over coverups and payoffs to hide the scandal forces Ensign to resign in 2011…

June 17, 1960: El Rancho Vegas, the Strip’s first resort and the city’s biggest hotel when it opened in 1941, is destroyed by a fire. Betty Grable and Harry James are on stage when the blaze breaks out – apparently by accident – but there are no injuries.

Sightings
Rap star Kendrick Lamar, performing at the 16th birthday party of Dana White III on Saturday at the Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq. White’s father, the president of the UFC, had the two-story music venue closed for the bash. Invitees bowled, played cornhole and root beer pong. There was a cotton candy machine, a hot dog stand and a nacho bar. Guests included UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

The punch line
“Dennis Rodman is in the middle of what is planned to be a four-day trip in North Korea and he brought gifts on this trip for his BFF Kim Jong Un. He brought a variety of soaps wrapped in cellophane. He brought a mermaid jigsaw puzzle. Two nondescript number 91 jerseys. This is like a sad yard sale or terrible flea market.” – Jimmy Kimmel.

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