Think you know Vegas entertainment? Let’s find out
This is the second in a series of quizzes to test your knowledge of the Silver State. This time, the category is entertainment. Good luck!
1. The Beatles performed in Las Vegas only one time, during their 1964 North American tour. In which hotel did the Fab Four stay?
c. Desert Inn
2. Who performed in Las Vegas the longest?
a. Elvis Presley
b. Frank Sinatra
d. Wayne Newton
3. In 1955, Liberace became the highest-paid entertainer in Las Vegas. What was his weekly salary?
4. True or False: Cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro, was adapted from the novel written by Hunter S. Thompson.
5. Rat Pack member Peter Lawford was the brother-in-law of which American political figure?
a. John F. Kennedy
b. George McGovern
c. Barry Goldwater
d. Ronald Reagan
6. Siegfried & Roy were known for performing with which animals?
a. Leopards and jaguars
b. Tigers and bears
c. White Lions and white tigers
d. Dogs and ponies
7. Which musical group originated in Las Vegas?
a. The Killers
b. Imagine Dragons
d. The Crystal Method
e. All of the above
8. Demolition footage from the Landmark hotel appeared in which film?
a. The Day After Tomorrow
d. Mars Attacks!
9. Which showbiz star attended Las Vegas Academy of the Arts?
a. Matthew Gray Gubler
b. Paris Hilton
c. Julianne Hough
d. Both A and C
10. Which actress died tragically in a plane crash on Mount Potosi, 30 miles outside of Las Vegas?
a. Carole Lombard
b. Margaret Sullivan
c. Jean Harlow
d. Joan Crawford
1. B. Although The Beatles were the hottest musical group on the planet in 1964, Las Vegas talent bookers were not as enamored with the Fab Four, as teenage audiences weren’t necessarily the city’s clientele. Every casino passed on the group except for the Sahara, which offered them $25,000 for two performances inside the casino’s Congo Room. Yet, the demand became so high that the concert was moved to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
2. D. Wayne Newton, who still performs today at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace, has performed in Vegas for 62 years. According to Billboard, Newton and his brother Jerry started playing Vegas in 1958 at the Fremont Hotel, where the duo performed a staggering six shows a day for nearly a year.
3. A. Liberace’s wealth was no joke. But he liked to poke a little fun at his affluence, with quips like “Remember that bank I used to cry all the way to? I bought it,” and “I have so much fun doing these shows for you here that, honestly, sometimes I’m a little ashamed to take the money. But I will.” $50,000 per week over the course of a year comes out to $2.6 million. And while that doesn’t seem like a fortune today, adjust that figure for inflation and it comes out to roughly $25.1 million.
4. True. While the movie was not a box office hit, Thompson’s chaotic, drug-filled story introduced fans of the film to gonzo journalism, but also created one of the most surreal depictions of Las Vegas.
5. A. Kennedy became pretty tight with the Rat Pack due to his familial relationship with Lawford, with the future U.S. President visiting with Sinatra and the rest of the gang whenever he stopped in Vegas. In his book, Peter Lawford: The Man Who Kept Secrets, James Spada elaborates on this relationship, describing a time when Lawford asked Sinatra to open his Palm Springs home to Kennedy in 1962. Sinatra made a ton of preparations to host the President—he even installed a helipad on his property. But Lawford’s other brother-in-law, Robert F. Kennedy, urged his older brother Jack to cut off his relationship with Sinatra due to his ties to Mafia figures. JFK took his brother’s advice and canceled his stay. To say Sinatra was angry would be an understatement, and it ultimately ruined his relationship with Lawford.
6. C. Siegfried & Roy famously performed with white lions and white tigers. Their show at The Mirage began in 1990 and came to an unfortunate end in 2003, when Roy was attacked by a white tiger. While Roy survived serious injuries, it ultimately forced the duo into retirement.
7. E. Yes, surprisingly, each group got their start in Las Vegas. Slaughter formed in 1988 and had the hits “Up All Night” and “Fly to the Angels”; The Crystal Method formed in 1993 and were pioneers in electronic music; The Killers formed in 2001 and became one of the most popular bands to come out of Vegas, with hits like “Mr. Brightside” and “When You Were Young”; and Imagine Dragons came on to the scene in 2008, conquering the airwaves with hits like “Radioactive” and “Believer.”
8. D. The Landmark, which was demolished in 1995, appears in Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! as the Galaxy Hotel, and the demolition footage is used for a scene in which the hotel is blown up by Aliens.
9. D. Matthew Gray Gubler graduated from LVA in 1998 and went on to star in Criminal Minds. Julianne Hough briefly attended the school between 2004 and 2005, before moving back to Utah. She went on to become a dancer on Dancing With the Stars, as well as an actress and country music singer.
10. A. In 1942, Carole Lombard died when TWA Flight 3, en route to Burbank, CA, crashed shortly after takeoff from Nellis Air Force Base. Details of the crash were not immediately known, and according to legend, Lombard’s husband, Clark Gable, drank at the nearby Pioneer Saloon while awaiting word on Lombard’s status. Cigar burn marks on the bar slab were supposedly made by an inconsolable Gable, and they remain on the bar to this day.
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