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    Puscifer Perform First Live Gig

    Maynard James Keenan couldn't have picked a more perfect place to debut his Puscifer live show than Sin City. His performance -- a variety show featuring a revolving group of musicians and performers, complete with comedy skits both onstage and onscreen -- was pure Las Vegas. The first of a sold-out three-night stand at the 2,500-capactiy Pearl Theatre began with a Patton-like video intro from Keenan as character Major Douche, followed by a cast of performers (including comedian Brian Posehn) asking the rhetorical question, "What is Puscifer?" Things got even more meta as two performers dressed as a nun and priest acted out their own variety show onstage, in a talk-show-style lounge setting. Keenan, in a velour tracksuit with the word "Jesus" embossed on the butt, joined them as evangelist Neil Suckit.

  • MTV VMAs Descend Upon Sin City

    2007 might've been the year Britney Spears hijacked the MTV Video Music Awards. At least according the large marquee outside the Palms hotel-casino last night (Sept. 9). This was the first year Las Vegas played host to the 23-years-old ceremony -- feeling your age yet? -- and if the lure of a Sin City setting wasn't enough to tempt the curious, the troubled tart's return to the stage should have been. So big the red carpet nearly came to a standstill and the table gamblers -- or, the human backdrop to the red carpet -- attentively gazed up at the monitors to catch Britney's opening number, and curiosity quickly turned into frowns and grimaces. Spears half-assed her dance routines and lip-synching for the entirety of the song, looking overmedicated and underwhelmed. This was not lost on the onlookers expecting flashes of her former VMA self.

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