Monday, January 09, 2006
Danke schoen, Stardust
"Oh, Mikey, you don't want all that 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' horseshit, or the 'Rock and Roll Grunge Tip.' Guys like you and me gotta kick it here, old school."
Boyd Gaming has announced that it will be tearing down the Stardust Resort and Casino to make way for a $4 billion, 63 acre complex on the Vegas strip. Around since 1958, the Stardust was the second hotel I ever stayed at in Vegas (the first being Excalibur - ugh). Yes, it's run down, the rooms aren't anything to write home about, and the casino's full of blue hairs, but it was fun kicking it old school. Plus, two words: Wayne Newton (the man's voice is shot, but - hot damn - he can put on a show). It'll be sad to see this Vegas institution go the way of the Sands, the Dunes, and all of the other Rat Pack-era haunts.