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'De La Guarda,' JuneFest Top a Hot Las Vegas Lineup

Also in summer spotlight are Holyfield-Ruiz bout, new simulator rides and Epicurean Affair 2000.


One of the hottest off-Broadway shows running comes to Las Vegas this summer. "De La Guarda," part rave, carnival, rock concert and theater, lands at the Rio in late June.

Also coming up next month, Evander Holyfield will fight John Ruiz at Caesars Palace on June 10.

Radio station KKLZ-FM hosts the annual JuneFest at Silver Bowl Park on June 3. Headliners scheduled for the daylong event include Sammy Hagar, George Thorogood, Pat Benatar, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Grand Funk Railroad's Mark Farner and BTO. For ticket information call (888) 464-2468.

The city's infatuation with motion simulator rides continues with ReBoot: The Ride, a four-minute adventure through a cyber city at Circus Circus. The new Imax motion simulator "RideFilm" joins the Fun House Express RideFilm in a complex now called the Imax RideFilm Cineplex.

Get a taste of Las Vegas at the 10th annual Epicurean Affair 2000, where about 60 Vegas restaurants and resorts whip up their specialties, at the Rio's new Pavilion. Other attractions include the Iron Chef Demonstrations, a cigar lounge and dancing to a deejay.

Also new at the Rio is the Pavilion Theatre, which officially opened last weekend with "Footloose the Musical."

Caesars Palace Court and Bacchanal restaurants and the Palace Court Terrace lounge have all closed to make way for new construction. The Circus Maximus Showroom will close after its Sept. 3 show to make way for even more new construction.

Following are the headliners scheduled for the summer. Call ahead to confirm the dates.

Through Wednesday: "Grease" with Cindy Williams, MGM Grand.

Today: Macy Gray, the Joint (Hard Rock Hotel).

Today-Sunday: Natalie Cole, Caesars Palace.

* Barry Manilow, Mandalay Bay.

Friday: Toto, Mandalay Bay.

* Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Sunset Station.

* Robin Trower, Hard Rock Hotel.

Friday-Saturday: Ray Romano, Mirage.

* Jerry Vale, Boulder Station.

Friday-Sunday: Cowboy Junkies, House of Blues.

* D.L. Hughley, Riviera.

* Air Supply, Orleans.

Saturday: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, MGM Grand.

* Juan Gabriel, Mandalay Bay.

* Jefferson Starship, House of Blues.

* The Cure, the Joint (Hard Rock Hotel).

Sunday: The Young Dubliners, House of Blues.

Monday-Wednesday: "Smokey Joe's Cafe," Caesars Palace.

Tuesday-June 3: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Stardust.

June 1-3: James Brown, Caesars Palace.

June 2: Nine Inch Nails, Thomas & Mack Center.

June 2-3: Robert Schimmel, Monte Carlo.

June 2-4: Average White Band, Orleans.

* Don Rickles, Desert Inn.

June 6-10: Manhattan Transfer, Stardust.

June 6-11: Smokey Joe's Cafe with Gladys Knight.

June 8-10: Copenhagen Cup of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Assn., MGM Grand.

June 9-10: Dwight Yoakum, Las Vegas Hilton.

* Mark Curry, Monte Carlo.

June 9-11: Doobie Brothers, Orleans.

June 10: Steely Dan, Mandalay Bay.

June 13-15: Chuck Berry and Little Richard, Caesars Palace.

June 14-25: The Righteous Brothers, Orleans.

June 16: Marc Anthony, MGM Grand.

June 17: Ringo Starr, the Joint (Hard Rock Hotel).

* Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), MGM Grand.

June 17-18: Chuck Berry and Little Richard, Caesars Palace.

June 20: Count Basie Orchestra, Riviera.

June 20-25: Ms. Black Sophisticate Pageant, Rio.

June 22-25: The Temptations, Desert Inn.

June 22-July 5: Carrot Top, MGM Grand.

June 23: Dixie Chicks, Thomas & Mack Center.

June 24: Blink-182, MGM Grand.

June 27: Bob Dylan and Phil Lesh, Thomas & Mack Center.

June 29: Ottmar Liebert, the Joint.

June 29-July 2: Dennis Miller, Desert Inn.

* Robert Goulet, Orleans.

June 30-July 1: Sinbad, Las Vegas Hilton

* Kevin Jones, Desert Inn.

* Bobby Vee's Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show (Danny & the Juniors and Shirley Alston of the Shirelles), Riviera.

July 3: S.O.S. Band, Orleans.

July 6-9: Olga Breeskin, Orleans.

* Don Rickles, Desert Inn.

July 8: The Rippingtons, Sunset Station.

July 11-16: Engelbert Humperdinck, Las Vegas Hilton.

July 12-16: Everly Brothers, Orleans.

July 13-16: Smokey Robinson, Caesars Palace.

July 14-16: The Golden Boys (Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell), Desert Inn.

July 21: Howie Mandel, Caesars Palace.

July 20-23: Gladys Knight, Desert Inn.

July 22: Ricky Martin, Mandalay Bay.

July 25-30: Smothers Brothers, Orleans.

July 28: Paula Poundstone, Sunset Station.

July 28-30: Dana Carvey, Desert Inn.

Aug. 4: Britney Spears, MGM Grand.

* The Yellowjackets, Palace Station.

Aug. 7: Poison, the Joint.

Aug. 8-10: Chuck Berry and Little Richard, Caesars Palace.

Aug. 12-13: Chuck Berry and Little Richard, Caesars Palace.

Aug. 16: Page & Black Crowes, the Joint (Hard Rock Hotel).

Aug. 19: Collin Raye, Sunset Station.

Aug. 24-27: Legends of Motown (the Temptations, Freda Payne and the Marvelettes).

Aug. 26: Gary Puckett, Palace Station.

Aug. 28: Ms. US Pageant, Orleans.

Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme.

Sept. 1: Najee, Sunset Station.

Sept. 1-3: Little River Band, Orleans.

Sept. 2: Rick Springfield, Sunset Station.

Sept. 7-10: Jerry Lewis, Orleans.

Sept. 8: Lonestar, Sunset Station.

Sept. 9: Don McLean, Boulder Station.

* John Hiatt, the Joint (Hard Rock Cafe)

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