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The Backstreet Boys trap Adele’s last two dates in Vegas

The Kats! Office to date is the sports book in Mandalay Bay. TKB is often introduced in sports books. Why? As my friend Libby Lumpkin once said when she was curator of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, it’s often the quietest place in the casino.

This is true when there are no major games or events being broadcast. Right now it’s the Ohio-Akron hoop and harness racing at Woodbine Racetrack near Toronto.

More of this scene, and elsewhere.

BSB takes the dates

These guys know how to keep time.

We talk about the Backstreet Boys. The tireless boy band joined Keith Urban as Strip headliners who snared dates left open by Adele’s cancellations at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. BSB blocked four shows, April 8-9 and April 15-16. Two of these dates, April 8 and April 15, were to be Adele’s last shows of his original series “Weekends With Adele”.

Of course, Adele has made no announcement of return dates. Buzz insists she wants to come back in July. But it’s not that persistent that we’ve seen or heard of any tangible activity at the hotel to bring the show back. What we have is that Ticketmaster is dropping its deadline for ticket refunds for canceled shows until it announces its return.

BSB, meanwhile, is kicking off its “DNA World Tour 2022” with the Caesars shows (tickets on sale Monday at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster.com). The group also offers a VIP dating offer on backstreetboys.com.

The group is a proven critical and financial success on the Strip. Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough wrapped up its lively “Larger Than Life” residency at the Zappos Theater in April 2017, having performed 80 shows.

The guys are expected to be set up for another residency in 2023 when they celebrate their 30th birthday. They can still bring it. I guess the groove really is the fountain of youth.

A Vegas state of mind

We watch the Billy Joel show at Allegiant Stadium on Saturday as a kind of test drive, if you can test a show in a 65,000 seat venue. But we’ve heard informed rumors that a Joel residency at The MSG Sphere is under serious consideration. It makes sense. Joel led an ultra-popular monthly residency at Madison Square Garden, which began in January 2014 to be mitigated by COVID. MSG, as the title of the venue suggests, is a Sphere partner.

Joel was once at the center of exciting residency speculation over a decade ago. Steve Wynn reportedly courted Joel to play a series at the Encore Theater, in the days before Garth Brooks’ offer. Joel instead opted for the shows at his New York home.

If Joel ends up performing in Vegas, it makes commercial sense to schedule the show similarly to George Strait’s ongoing series at T-Mobile Arena. Several weekends a year, and specify that this would be the only place, anywhere, you could catch Billy Joel performing (keep in mind he didn’t sell his tour date to the T- Mobile Arena in May 2016). And, create fantastic multimedia for room video capabilities. It could be something special when the Sphere opens, which is scheduled for the second half of 2023.

Live on tape

Favorite column band face celebrated its fifth anniversary in VegasVille on Tuesday. The artist whose legal name is samwills opened February 22, 2017 at Bugsy’s Cabaret at the Flamingo. This room is now home to none other than Wayne Newton and the adult magazine ‘X Burlesque’.

On Friday, I asked the recorded wonder for a list of five Las Vegas reveals, to coincide with her birthday. His instant response:

1. Every night can feel like a Saturday night in Vegas

2. Local knowledge is the key to this town. You never know where the secret places are until you ask.

3. Don’t believe the blurb. Someone is selling you something.

4. Turns out it’s cold in the desert

5. Tape Face is THE FUNNIEST SHOW IN LAS VEGAS. (See answer 3.)

Great Moments in Social Media

We really enjoyed our chat this month with “Ru Paul’s Drag Race Live!” co-star Eureka O’Hara, one of the new divas who joined the show at the Flamingo Showroom. The co-star announced this week that she was entering rehab, with a brave and heartfelt thread on her Twitter account, @EurekaOhara.

“I’m in rehab. It was time for me to get my addiction and mentality under control. I made that decision and it was really hard to be honest about it. I am embarrassed! These are some of my first steps. I love you all so much!” Seeking help is nothing awkward from this perch, and we look forward to seeing the co-star co-star again in mid-March.

John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] To follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.