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November 13, 2002 | Bob Baker, Times Staff Writer
The first time promoter David Fishof organized the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, Jay Leno suggested you could get a better return on your five thousand bucks by checking into the Betty Ford Center, where you'd be certain to meet a higher caliber of rock star. On Sunday, the second time Fishof held the event, he bumped up against another taunting celebrity: Homer Simpson.
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January 3, 2008 | By Liam Gowing, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The feeling of dread was overwhelming as I rendezvoused with my band and noted the absence of our foremost member, drummer Chris Gailfoil. Stricken with stage-four cancer, Chris had been teetering on the brink of death for weeks, and seeing his seat uncharacteristically empty, I couldn't help but assume the worst. It was a gut-wrenching scene, made all the more incredible because it occurred not at a hospital, but in a rehearsal room at the MGM Grand's Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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January 3, 2008 | By Liam Gowing, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The feeling of dread was overwhelming as I rendezvoused with my band and noted the absence of our foremost member, drummer Chris Gailfoil. Stricken with stage-four cancer, Chris had been teetering on the brink of death for weeks, and seeing his seat uncharacteristically empty, I couldn't help but assume the worst. It was a gut-wrenching scene, made all the more incredible because it occurred not at a hospital, but in a rehearsal room at the MGM Grand's Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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November 13, 2002 | Bob Baker, Times Staff Writer
The first time promoter David Fishof organized the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, Jay Leno suggested you could get a better return on your five thousand bucks by checking into the Betty Ford Center, where you'd be certain to meet a higher caliber of rock star. On Sunday, the second time Fishof held the event, he bumped up against another taunting celebrity: Homer Simpson.
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September 5, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Attention, wannabes. Here's something of note: The Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp is putting down permanent roots in Las Vegas (as permanent as anything in Vegas is, anyway), moving into a 10,000-square-foot space, in conjunction with MGM Grand, at 3485 W. Harmon Ave. Gene Simmons of Kiss fame will be the headliner for the Oct. 10-14 camp for aspiring stars at the new location. Campers from those dates will gather nightly to jam in the Rouge nightclub in the MGM. The new  camp site is about 2 1/2 miles from MGM and houses 12 rehearsal studios.
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November 11, 2007 | Richard Abowitz, Times Staff Writer
"What I am most amazed at is how good it is," Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller says of the duo's five years headlining at the Rio. "You are supposed to think that off-Broadway or Broadway is the height of artistic freedom. But here in Vegas at the Rio, we really do the show we want to do with nobody having input except us and the audience. It is surprising to me there is this much artistic freedom in Vegas and so few take advantage of it."
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January 3, 2008 | Liam Gowing
THE feeling of dread was overwhelming as I rendezvoused with my band and noted the absence of our foremost member, drummer Chris Gailfoil. Stricken with stage-four liver cancer, Chris had been teetering on the brink of death for weeks, and seeing his seat uncharacteristically empty, I couldn't help but assume the worst. It was a gut-wrenching scene, made all the more incredible because it occurred not at a hospital, but in a rehearsal room at the MGM Grand's Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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August 24, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN isn't spending more than $1 billion a year on "Monday Night Football" just so the sports network can get big ratings once a week. ESPN depends on the NFL to bring in viewers even when it doesn't have a game on. With that in mind, the sports cable network is rolling out a new ad campaign to promote all of its NFL-related shows, especially its tentpole "Sunday NFL Countdown," a three-hour preview of the big games. "We almost never take our foot off the gas in terms of NFL coverage," said Seth Ader, ESPN's senior director of marketing.
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August 12, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Stars Earn Stripes," which begins Monday on NBC for a four-week run that will get it out of the way in time for the fall TV season, is a military-themed reality show from executive producers Dick Wolf ("Law & Order"), Mark Burnett ("Survivor") and David A. Hurwitz ("Fear Factor"). Its co-hosts are former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) and former "Dancing With the Stars" presenter Samantha Harris (ret.). Does a picture begin to emerge? Eight celebrities - actors Dean Cain and (NFL-bred)
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February 18, 2007 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
TO the French, louche provocateur Serge Gainsbourg is a nicotine-stained national icon: a poet, director, singer-songwriter and actor as famous for his leering sexual persona as his bohemian nihilism. To actress-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, he is Papa but also her Svengali, responsible for directing her early movies and writing her songs -- including their duet single "Lemon Incest." But when Serge died in 1991, Charlotte gave up on music.
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August 9, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Rob Sheffield is the kind of true-blue music nerd who'll pause his latest memoir - one with a subtitle promising a book about "the rituals of love & karaoke" - to address the important topic of Rod Stewart. Not how much he loves Rod Stewart, exactly, nor which of Stewart's songs is the most fun to sing at karaoke. (Duh: "Love Touch. ") Rather, Sheffield's chapter on the singer, called "Hot Legs," examines in great detail Stewart's merry progression from "a rambling rock & roll rogue" to "an L.A. roué trapped in [a]
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