CY News – CYInterview http://www.cyinterview.com Celebrity Interviews, Entertainment, Sports and a Bunch of Cool Stuff. Sat, 03 Feb 2018 17:44:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 MJ Live at Stratosphere Hotel and Casino Pays Tribute to Michael Jackson’s Music and Life: Las Vegas Show a Feel Good Crowd Pleaser http://www.cyinterview.com/mj-live-at-stratosphere-hotel-and-casino-pays-tribute-to-michael-jacksons-music-and-life-las-vegas-show-a-feel-good-crowd-pleaser/ http://www.cyinterview.com/mj-live-at-stratosphere-hotel-and-casino-pays-tribute-to-michael-jacksons-music-and-life-las-vegas-show-a-feel-good-crowd-pleaser/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 05:00:44 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20250 Continue reading "MJ Live at Stratosphere Hotel and Casino Pays Tribute to Michael Jackson’s Music and Life: Las Vegas Show a Feel Good Crowd Pleaser" ]]> Michael Jackson once said, in a documentary film about his life, that one thing he loved about Las Vegas was the entertainment. This city was a place Michael spent personal time and even, at one point, had a home here during the last years of his life.

Michael Jackson lives on in Las Vegas, with shows that are focused around his music and his life. Recently, we attended one of those shows at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino. MJ Live is a non-stop one hour tribute concert featuring many of Michael’s greatest hits, including Thriller, Billy Jean and Smooth Criminal. Santana Jackson and Jalles Franca are the two people who become the King of Pop when they are performing at the show. [See photo above at MJ Live with Santana Jackson as Michael Jackson.]

This personal/intimate performance with Michael Jackson’s music, as well as dancers and feel good atmosphere reminds us for a moment how much the Gloved One contributed to the world of music.

After Michael’s passing, we spoke to a variety of people who remembered him, including his sister La Toya Jackson [see here and here], Sony executives Cory Rooney and Chris Apostle [see here] and choreographer Travis Payne [see here] who worked with Michael right before his death. Each person had interesting things to say about Mr. Jackson. This Las Vegas show reminded me of those features we did after his passing.

MJ Live at the Stratosphere is a compelling show that presents Michael Jackson’s music and dance in all its dynamism. The show is definitely worth seeing while in Las Vegas. It runs nightly and starts at 7:00 PM.

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Music Stars with Las Vegas Residences Past, Present and Future at Grammys: Cher, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett and Bruno Mars Part of Music’s Biggest Night http://www.cyinterview.com/music-stars-with-las-vegas-residences-past-present-and-future-at-grammys-cher-elton-john-lady-gaga-tony-bennett-and-bruno-mars-part-of-musics-biggest-night/ http://www.cyinterview.com/music-stars-with-las-vegas-residences-past-present-and-future-at-grammys-cher-elton-john-lady-gaga-tony-bennett-and-bruno-mars-part-of-musics-biggest-night/#respond Tue, 30 Jan 2018 04:00:07 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20293 Continue reading "Music Stars with Las Vegas Residences Past, Present and Future at Grammys: Cher, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett and Bruno Mars Part of Music’s Biggest Night" ]]> Tony Bennett gives us inspiration that age is only a number, singing verses of New York New York with John Legend. Cher, pictured above, reminded us of her political activism reading from the book Fire and Fury during the skit that Hillary Clinton also appeared in. Lady Gaga dedicated her performance to her late aunt. Elton John showed us he was having fun, with Miley Cyrus, performing Tiny Dancer. And Bruno Mars was one of the evenings big award winners taking home Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

These five stars have had, are having or will continue their ongoing residences on the Las Vegas Strip. In the last year, Tony Bennett did shows at Wynn Las Vegas. This week and the first week in February, Cher is expected to be at MGM’s Park Theater where Bruno Mars will be for a few dates in mid-February. Lady Gaga will also be in Vegas sometime in 2018 for the beginning of an anticipated residency. And who could forget Elton John and his residency at Caesars Palace. He will be back in February for numerous shows there. With his recent retirement announcement, there may not be more chances to see him in Vegas.

The Grammys give us another reason why you should come to Las Vegas. It’s where music’s biggest stars, from all eras, perform for crowds from all across the world.

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Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Leon Spinks Signs Autographs at Caesars Palace to Fans Delight http://www.cyinterview.com/former-heavyweight-champion-of-the-world-leon-spinks-signs-autographs-at-caesars-palace-to-fans-delight/ http://www.cyinterview.com/former-heavyweight-champion-of-the-world-leon-spinks-signs-autographs-at-caesars-palace-to-fans-delight/#respond Sat, 06 Jan 2018 06:00:01 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20240 Continue reading "Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Leon Spinks Signs Autographs at Caesars Palace to Fans Delight" ]]> He is the only man to ever take away Muhammad Ali’s undisputed heavyweight title, in the ring. The fight took place in 1978 and Leon Spinks won a split decision over Muhammad Ali after 15 rounds of boxing here in Las Vegas.

Today, Leon signs autographs and poses for pictures with fans, right next to the sportsbook at Caesars Palace. See my photo with Leon above, during his Saturday December 30th signing.

The boxing legend is currently under contract with a celebrity autograph company, Inscriptagraphs, where he makes appearances every weekend on the Vegas strip. Fans can purchase a variety of sports memorabilia from the champ, as well as see other celebrity collectibles the company has for sale.

Inscriptagraphs puts on celebrity autograph signings every week at both Caesars Palace and Planet Hollywood.next to each resort’s sportsbook. You can find their upcoming schedule by clicking here for Leon Spinks and others making appearances.

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Cheryl Daro Cast Member of Baz at the Palazzo Las Vegas Resort Speaks with Us http://www.cyinterview.com/cheryl-daro-cast-member-of-baz-at-the-palazzo-las-vegas-resort-speaks-with-us/ http://www.cyinterview.com/cheryl-daro-cast-member-of-baz-at-the-palazzo-las-vegas-resort-speaks-with-us/#respond Sat, 06 Jan 2018 05:00:10 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20232 Continue reading "Cheryl Daro Cast Member of Baz at the Palazzo Las Vegas Resort Speaks with Us" ]]> Celebrating its 400th show in 2017, the musical mash-up Baz has been entertaining crowds at the Palazzo Las Vegas resort. At November’s Vegas Strong fundraiser for Nascar driver Kurt Busch, we had a chance to speak with one of the show’s cast members Cheryl Daro. See our photo above.

The actress and self-proclaimed theater geek told us about what being part of the Baz cast has meant to her. She tells us one of the reasons people should come and see Baz is the amazing songs and singing that go on throughout the entire performance.

A graduate of the Atlantic Theater School in New York City, Cheryl is part of a stage performance group. Stage shows have room for growth on the Las Vegas Strip. Perhaps, we will see more shows like Baz pop up on the boulevard.

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Kurt Busch Racing to Help Vegas: At Go Cart Race Event at Pole Position http://www.cyinterview.com/kurt-busch-racing-to-help-vegas-at-go-cart-race-event-at-pole-position/ http://www.cyinterview.com/kurt-busch-racing-to-help-vegas-at-go-cart-race-event-at-pole-position/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:35 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20210 Continue reading "Kurt Busch Racing to Help Vegas: At Go Cart Race Event at Pole Position" ]]> On Tuesday November 28th, famed Nascar driver Kurt Busch held a Vegas Strong event at Pole Position to raise money for those impacted by the Mandalay Bay shooting back in September, that killed more than 50 people and injured over 500. Pole Position is an indoor go cart race track located near the Palms Hotel & Casino. See our photo with Kurt Busch at the event, above.

Proceeds from the evening benefited the Drivers for Vegas and Keep Vegas Strong charities. Drivers for Vegas is working alongside Zappos, who has been matching donations that have been made to the charitable organization.

A Las Vegas native, Kurt Busch tells us why he felt it was important to give back and be part of the Vegas Strong movement. Additionally, we speak about Nascar’s expansion in the Las Vegas market and what his Nascar future holds for him in 2018.

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Get Up and Into Your Kicks! We Bring You a Panel Discussion on Dance Therapy: Writer/Thinker Taylor Rae and Neuroscientist Dr. Kristen Willeumier are Back with Us for an Important Discussion About the Power of Movement http://www.cyinterview.com/get-up-and-into-your-kicks-we-bring-you-a-panel-discussion-on-dance-therapy-writerthinker-taylor-rae-and-neuroscientist-dr-kristen-willeumier-are-back-with-us-for-an-important-discussion-about-the/ http://www.cyinterview.com/get-up-and-into-your-kicks-we-bring-you-a-panel-discussion-on-dance-therapy-writerthinker-taylor-rae-and-neuroscientist-dr-kristen-willeumier-are-back-with-us-for-an-important-discussion-about-the/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:00:44 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20186 Continue reading "Get Up and Into Your Kicks! We Bring You a Panel Discussion on Dance Therapy: Writer/Thinker Taylor Rae and Neuroscientist Dr. Kristen Willeumier are Back with Us for an Important Discussion About the Power of Movement" ]]> If you ever wondered how dance impacts our lives, you have come to the right place. Last year, CYInterview first introduced you to writer/blogger Taylor Rae. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, she has joined us for some compelling conversations about a variety of topics, including minimalism and the digital age.

Now, Taylor is back with us to discuss dance therapy. Dance is an important part of Taylor’s life and she specifically wanted to talk about dance therapy for this, our latest segment with her.

Additionally, joining us for this panel is none other than neuroscientist Dr. Kristen Willeumier. Kristen has been with us numerous times and we always appreciate her powerful insights. This time, she provides us some in-depth analysis on how our brain reacts to dancing, movement and how we can connect with other people authentically through dance. Last month, Dr. Willeumier was featured in an article in the October issue of Marie Claire [see here].

Rounding out this panel is featured columnist Jay Bildstein, who joins us to talk about our fears when it comes to movement in general and dance in specific. Many people have anxiety about getting up in front of a group people and dancing. We look at why this happens and how our perceptions and emotional intelligence can grow through dance.

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Mighty Coach Leach is Back: Talks His Cougars’ Chances at Bringing Home the Gravy in the Apple Cup, Will They Beat Washington? http://www.cyinterview.com/mighty-coach-leach-is-back-talks-his-cougars-chances-at-bringing-home-the-gravy-in-the-apple-cup-will-they-beat-washington/ http://www.cyinterview.com/mighty-coach-leach-is-back-talks-his-cougars-chances-at-bringing-home-the-gravy-in-the-apple-cup-will-they-beat-washington/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:07:39 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20172 Continue reading "Mighty Coach Leach is Back: Talks His Cougars’ Chances at Bringing Home the Gravy in the Apple Cup, Will They Beat Washington?" ]]> After a 35-27 win over Utah on November 11th, the stage is set for Washington State to move forward. The Cougars enjoyed a bye week before arguably their biggest game of the Mike Leach coaching era. If they are able to defeat their state rival Washington this week on the road in the annual Apple Cup, it would be the Cougars’ first Pac 12 North Division Championship in the program’s history. They would then continue on to the Pac 12 Championship.

Washington State head football coach, NY Times bestselling author Mike Leach told us what he thinks is most important going into the game against their arch rival, “The biggest thing is and probably the most important thing is, is don’t get distracted by them. Worry about what, just worry about what we can do. You know, worry about being the best team we can be. And, you know, it takes a certain amount of discipline to do that, but I think we need to continually reinforce that.”

Our 15 minute CYInterview touched on many topics for the upcoming game against Washington and what is at stake this week. Coach Leach also reviewed his team’s progress, his quarterback Luke Falk breaking the Pac 12 touchdown passing record, what he did during the bye week and how he makes a great gravy to go with a Thanksgiving dinner.

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Charlotte Moroz, Puppeteer Extraordinaire: Talks Puppets, Her Artist’s Life, More http://www.cyinterview.com/charlotte-moroz-puppeteer-extraordinaire-talks-puppets-her-artists-life-more/ http://www.cyinterview.com/charlotte-moroz-puppeteer-extraordinaire-talks-puppets-her-artists-life-more/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:57:51 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20166 Continue reading "Charlotte Moroz, Puppeteer Extraordinaire: Talks Puppets, Her Artist’s Life, More" ]]> The world of puppets, puppet making and puppeteering is not something I suspect most of us know much about. That’s about to change. The multitalented Charlotte Moroz joined us to speak about her puppet artistry. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, she shares with us interesting information about puppeteering, within the realm of the performing arts.

Living in Brooklyn has, in part, given her the opportunity to create many unique performances with puppets. Her story of being a puppeteer, a theater maker, playwright and all around entertainer may give you a whole new perspective on puppets in general.

As someone who enjoys small and offbeat performance settings, Charlotte’s opportunity to grow as a performer has taken some interesting turns. She is a member of the Society for Misfit Puppets, for example.

During our conversation, Ms. Moroz gives us insight into the multilayered world of puppets. Her overall goal is to have a TV show one day. She says she has been working on developing a concept for one.

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Wynn Las Vegas Sportsbook Maestro John Avello Gives the Straight Skinny on Renovations to His Book, Super Bowl Odds on Favorites, College Football Playoff Favorites, More http://www.cyinterview.com/wynn-las-vegas-sportsbook-maestro-john-avello-gives-the-straight-skinny-on-renovations-to-his-book-super-bowl-odds-on-favorites-college-football-playoff-favorites-more/ http://www.cyinterview.com/wynn-las-vegas-sportsbook-maestro-john-avello-gives-the-straight-skinny-on-renovations-to-his-book-super-bowl-odds-on-favorites-college-football-playoff-favorites-more/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:00:53 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20151 Continue reading "Wynn Las Vegas Sportsbook Maestro John Avello Gives the Straight Skinny on Renovations to His Book, Super Bowl Odds on Favorites, College Football Playoff Favorites, More" ]]> Earlier this year, the sportsbook at Wynn Las Vegas went through renovations. The changes have taken the book to a whole new level. A great hangout and one of the nicest sportsbooks in town has now become a must see destination for any sports fan visiting Las Vegas.

Wynn Las Vegas sportsbook manager John Avello had input on the renovations. He says so far there has been nothing but positive reactions to the changes. On why people should come see the new sportsbook and Wynn Las Vegas, he told us, “Because there’s nothing like it in the world. It’s the eighth wonder of the world.” A veteran of Las Vegas’s gaming industry, the oddsmaker catches us up on a variety of topics.

In this, our latest CYInterview with Mr. Avello, we discussed favorites to the win Super Bowl and College Football Playoff, the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas, how the Las Vegas Golden Knights have impacted hockey wagering in the town, what it will mean to have a Super Bowl in Las Vegas one day and many other topics.

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Pro Wrestling Legend/WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts Sits Down at His Vegas Home and Talks: Sobriety, A Book about His Life, Working to Feel Good about Himself, Reaching Out to Ric Flair, More http://www.cyinterview.com/pro-wrestling-legendwwe-hall-of-famer-jake-the-snake-roberts-sits-down-at-his-vegas-home-and-talks-sobriety-a-book-about-his-life-working-to-feel-good-about-himself-reaching-out/ http://www.cyinterview.com/pro-wrestling-legendwwe-hall-of-famer-jake-the-snake-roberts-sits-down-at-his-vegas-home-and-talks-sobriety-a-book-about-his-life-working-to-feel-good-about-himself-reaching-out/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 04:17:27 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20128 Continue reading "Pro Wrestling Legend/WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts Sits Down at His Vegas Home and Talks: Sobriety, A Book about His Life, Working to Feel Good about Himself, Reaching Out to Ric Flair, More" ]]> In his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, pro wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts sat down with me for the first time in eight years. The last time I saw Jake was August 8, 2009. It was the day I graduated from the University of Florida. The wrestling superstar came to my graduation. See our photo above at his home this week.

Today, Jake says he has been sober for six years and has a new outlook on life. Almost a decade ago, the master of ring psychology had spoken about a doing a book on his life. Now, he says he has written 600 pages for a book covering the first half of his life. He plans to write a second book that would take us from there to the present.

Speaking candidly about his life, Jake talks about living in Las Vegas, how he avoids temptations in Sin City, his new pro wrestling school and why he wished he would have pursued sobriety sooner, among other topics.

With the Ric Flair documentary on ESPN, titled Nature Boy, debuting this week, Jake reveals to us that he and Diamond Dallas Page tried to reach out to Flair after his health scare earlier this year. He said they were interested in assisting him with his sobriety. Jake says Ric was not interested in receiving help from either him or Mr. Page.

Conversations with Jake Roberts are always a must to listen to. Our latest segment with him is no different. You can read the highlights and listen to the entire CYInterview below:

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On his life today, Jake said this:

“I still struggle with, you know, not really feeling good about myself at times and I certainly give myself a reason to, but you know, enough’s enough and you gotta move on and where I’m at these days, man I just want to reach out and help as many people as I can, because I know that each time I do that I’m closer to getting my dream come true and that’s just to continue to live sober, you know, and to enjoy life.”

The pro wrestling legend does not have a publisher yet, but he says he has written 600 pages for a book covering the first half of his career. He wants to write a second book as well:

“We’ve got about 600 pages ready to go and right now I’m doing my last read. I’ve done about four last reads, but this is my last read for sure. I’m gonna go through it one last time and just check some things out and release it.”

Looking back: With Jake Roberts at my college graduation in 2009

After Ric Flair’s health scare in August, Jake says he reached out to the “Nature Boy” to help with his sobriety, but Flair was not interested in his or Diamond Dallas Page’s help:

“I even tried to help Mr. Flair and I hope Ric can do it. He’s sure going at it with the wrong attitude. He thinks he snapped his fingers, that he can just beat it. There’s a lot more to it. … He’s in the hospital and he’s made that decision to quit drinking. My God I made that decision a million times and he thinks that’s all there is to it. There’s a lot more to it because you know why he’s in that hospital, that disease we call alcoholism is outside doing pushups getting ready for him to come out of the hospital. You’re in a guarded position in the hospital. You know, there’s not a lot of alcohol around.”

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