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The Mirage unveils revamp

December 10, 2008|ASSOCIATED PRESS

Robbie Knievel has less than a month to study the fire-spewing volcanic terrain around his next motorcycle stunt. Luckily for him, it's Las Vegas, where eruptions between now and then are scheduled hourly, every night.

Knievel, the 46-year-old son of the late daredevil Evel Knievel, will jump the refurbished volcano at the Mirage hotel-casino on a motorcycle as part of a television special on New Year's Eve.

Mirage officials unveiled a $25-million face-lift for the casino's iconic erupting volcano on Monday night, a five-minute fire and water spectacle to a custom soundtrack co-written by former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.

The erupting rock joins the likes of other Strip sidewalk acts including the fountains at the Bellagio and the coed pirate show at Treasure Island.

Scott Sibella, president of the Mirage, said the premiere eruption marked the end of more than three years the company has spent overhauling the 19-year-old megaresort. During that time, MGM Mirage Inc. has spent $110 million upgrading rooms.

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