Friday, November 16, 2007

Las Vegas and Ellen Degeneres

Thursday I flew to Las Vegas to see Ellen DeGeneres, have dinner and attend the live taping of "Ellen's Really BIG Show" at Caesar's Palace Colosseum. Hosted by Ellen, it was a classic 1970's style variety show, featuring acrobatics, quick change artists, dancers, and all sorts of amusing acts. In addition, the show featured Lyle Lovett and his band, Wayne Newton, Sheryl Crow and a special appearance by Barry Manilow (who is practically my neighbor in Palm Springs). The show will be broadcast on TBS Monday, November 19 at 9/8c. It will also run as an encore at 10:30/9:30c.

Above left: Rick Rockhill and Ellen DeGeneres pose backstage. Above right: The set of "Ellen's Really Big Show" inside Caesar's Palace Colosseum.

Above left: Rick Rockhill and Ellen DeGeneres share a silly moment. Above right: Lyle Lovett and his band perform during the show.
Then Some Classic Las Vegas...

Above: Las Vegas at night, and above right: I stumbled on the Pussycat Dolls lounge in Caesar's Palace, which was bustling with people...

Above left: One of the Dealers at The Pussycat Dolls section in Caesar's Palace. Above right: One of the Pussycat Dolls dancers in her "cage" captivates the patrons and passers by. This is classic Las Vegas.
Above: I ran across two "Roman Guards" outside of Caesar's Palace...at least I was able to work in my "signature pose" with the giant martini glass! Tomorrow I'll feature some additional photos from Las Vegas. Thanks for stopping by!
-Rick Rockhill

20 comments:

marlupe said...

OH MY GOODNESS RICK, YOU AND ELLEN??? You always amaze me

Mags said...

Fantastic pictures! I love Ellen-and seeing you posing with her makes me smile.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i used to love her stories about her cats... you do get around my friend! ha ha

smiles, bee

Real Live Lesbian said...

LOVE the photos of you and Ellen! You make Vegas look like a BLAST!!! Have a great weekend!

Sheila said...

So, how'd you get the special treatment? Cool photos! You certainly know how to have fun.

TWISI said...

those Guards... um, I think they would be more comfortable at a gay circuit party than the Roman Coliseum.

Just sayin.

Lena said...

I love Ellen! Absolutley adore her. A great comedienne! But I must admit, she puts me in mind of young Rutger Hauer at times (but a better actor obviously!-)similar nose, jawline and striking blue eyes!

Beautiful pic of you both!!

Stephen Rader said...

I am no officially envious and uber-jealous of you!! Way to go!!!!!

Lilian said...

Rick,
Please, you have to tell me what did you do to get the pictures taken with Ellen? I LOVE HER! She is the funniest comedian, smart, and puts on a perfect show. You have no idea about how much I envy you (in a good way) :o)

Cheers!

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Cool!

WAT said...

I will be visiting Vegas soon. Not sure when soon, but SOON! AND I SHALL SEE THE BEATLES' LOVE SHOW at The Mirage! I will! I WILL!

I've listened to the soundtrack to death that's for sure.

I hear Ellen is a nice gal in person.

Canadian flake said...

omg how very cool..I loveeee Ellen!!!

Cheryl said...

So cool Rick. You really do get around. You let your readers have a peek into a life so different than theirs. The show sounds fabulous.

Desert Songbird said...

OMG! That's you! With Ellen! WOW! You are one hooked up guy, Rick! I'm duly impressed!

MONA said...

Las Vegas is so dramatically unreal & yet so real! I felt like I was walking in a dream whenever I went there!

Ellen? is the Celin Dion show over?

Wayne said...

So very cool! Meeting Ellen in person! You rock!

Palm Springs Savant said...

Sheila/Lilian- I met Ellen through some business associates. I am fortunate to know some very interesting people!

Stephen- No need to be jealous...I'll share my famous friends.

WAT-She is a nice gal

Taylor_Blue said...

OMG thanks for sending me this link...I am so jealous...you met her and had pics too!!! I love Ellen!! OMG!! THanks for stopping by by the way!

judypatooote said...

Wow you have a very interesting blog.....love Ellen, what a treat for you.....have a happy Thanksgiving....judy

CRUSTYBEEF said...

Your world fasinates me...As a stay at home mom these are the things I fantasize about...Ellen, Chocolate, Books, ARt, Martini's, fun!!
Good for you!!
always,
Crusty~

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