Not even a month after it was confirmed that Matt Goss would make the move from the Palms to Caesars Palace, it was announced that the Pussycat Dolls would be leaving Pure in Caesars heading over to Paris.
PCD founder and choreographer Robin Antin is also the producer of Matt Goss' new venture (which debuts March 12 at Cleopatra's Barge). So what exactly does she have in store for us with these two new shows?
While not hugely known outside of the UK, Matt Goss has quickly made himself one of the hottest names in Vegas performers. Backed by a live band and surrounded by a scantily clad dance troupe dubbed the Dirty Virgins (trained by Antin, of course), Goss gives the audience a sexy, throwback performance set to drive the ladies crazy.
Caesars Palace president Gary Selesner has such faith in Goss as a headliner, they've decided to renovate Cleopatra's Barge to give it more of a retro feeling befitting the singer before renaming it The Gossy Room at Cleopatra's Barge.
Or maybe it's just his trust in Antin who previously worked with Caesars in creating the Pussycat Dolls Lounge inside Pure and the Pussycat Dolls Casino. Antin was even the one to bring Goss to Selesner's attention in the first place. "She said, ‘You've got to go over there and see this guy,' " Selesner remembers.
Goss is very candid about the inspiration and hope he's drawn from other Vegas lounge performers who went on to perform for larger crowds, including Frank Sinatra.
"He did that his whole career. This show can play a lot bigger. I do understand what it's like to play in front of thousands of people, and I'd love to play The Colosseum on New Yea's Eve, something like that."
At his current venue, The Gossy Room, there is a 165-seat capacity and is hoping to expand to 250 by spring. Ticket prices are higher than his last gig at the Palms: $40, all -inclusive.
Matt Goss Live From Caesars Palace Produced by Robin Antin will run 70-minutes beginning at 10pm Fridays and Saturdays and hopes to live up to Caesar's high-standards of late-night entertainment.
That shouldn't be too much of a challenge for Goss, who has been a successful singer since the late ‘80s when he was lead singer of the UK boy band Bros. The group had 11 Top 40 singles and three Top 20 albums in the UK.
Goss' success is due in part to the amount of emotion he puts into every performance, whether he's singing a Stevie Wonder cover or a reggae "Hotel California."
"I'm a sensitive soul and singer/songwriter. My personal life is in my songs."
"My whole life has resonance within my performance and my lyrics and beyond. That's who I am and I want to stay that way."
I doubt Goss and Antin will have any trouble filling those seats at The Gossy Room, even with the hiked up prices. The man has style, a voice, and a face-oh, that face. I still can't believe he's 41-years old.
And while the gorgeous Goss is coming to Caesars Palace, what of the Pussycat Dolls who are leaving what has been their Vegas home for years?
The sexy dancers are moving at the end of the month to their own space in the new Chateau nightclub, which is replacing the now-defunct Risque. The PCD lounge at Chateau will be around the same size space they had at Pure, "But this time it gives me much more to play with because we're starting the designs now from scratch. It will have a really fun French feeling," said Antin.
Chateau will open next New Year's Eve, but what does the move mean for Pure in Caesars Palace?
Michael Gilmartin, director of public relations for Pure Management Group, has stated that, "We are going in a totally different direction with the space, although it will still be a big brand with some great names behind it."
"It's a great new concept that we have to keep well under wraps for a while, but it does combine technology and music. Hopefully, we can make that announcement in the next month or so."
And while the Pussycat Doll dancers are leaving, the brand has planned an expansion in the space at Caesars. A new entertainment bar is being added to the existing PCD casino and lingerie store. The glamour gal bartenders and shot girls are also getting brand new sparkly, and of course sexy, costumes.
There will be entertainment at the bar, just not of the burlesque/bathtub dancing variety. Plans for a major star to headline the fall opening for the new venue are in the works.
As to the new Pussycat Dolls show, Antin said, "We're in a new decade with 2010, so we have to keep changing. We are thrilled. I am really excited. We are in full design mode. I am inspired by all of this change. It's so great!"
Antin also assures us that there won't be any overlay between her two projects with PCD and Matt Goss.
"I'm not mixing the two. They are separate entities."