Garth Brooks – A Case of Supply and Demand

I write about the consumer speaking with their dollars if they have a problem with the way they’re being treated.  I’ve walked out of enough businesses to show that I practice what I preach.

Last week Wynn announced that they’re raising, wildly popular, Garth Brooks concert tickets $100 each.

Wynn is jacking up the Garth Brooks tickets by $110 to $253, including taxes and pencil-sharpening fees and whatever else.

These illicited an outpouring of complaints in the blogosphere and twitterspere.  Why wouldn’t Wynn raise ticket prices to the always sold out show?  It’s a simple case of supply and demand.

Sure a $100 raise in price is shocking, but until shows go with empty seats there’s no reason for Wynn to stop increasing prices on the Garth Brooks concert.

If you don’t like the price increase don’t go.  The best way for any business to hear you is for your money not to continue flowing their way.  If you’re very upset, stay away from the Wynn and Encore hotel, casino, restaurants and bars and spread the word to your friends.

For full disclosure I don’t care for Garth Brooks, so this won’t effect any plans I have in the future.


Where Will Beyonce Play in Las Vegas On New Years Eve?

Earlier today Cosmopolitan announced that Jay-Z and Coldplay will be playing an amazing invite-only show on New Years Eve separately and together.  Jay-Z’s wife, Beyonce, is now also planning on spending New Years Eve in Las Vegas.

The rapper’s wife Beyonce Knowles is also said to be planning to perform in Las Vegas on the same night so she can be with her husband to celebrate the landmark date.

There have been rumors for a while about Beyonce shaking her ass at Wynn for a while, so that’s the odds on favorite to grab her.  I’d like to throw MGM into the mix for Beyonce too.  She can perform at CityCenter or the MGM Grand arena to be closer to her husband than by playing at Wynn.

Also, the money available by playing a large venue would also be big.  This would also be a great PR opportunity and it wouldn’t be the first time MGM has participated in New Years Eve.  I rate them as a close second to Wynn.  What do you think?


Jay-Z and Coldplay New Years Eve at Cosmopolitan and You’re Not Invited

Jay Z and Coldplay will be playing an invite only show New Years Eve at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

Guests will be treated to separate sets from Coldplay and Jay-Z before the two acts take to the stage together…

Jay-Z and Coldplay have collaborated before on the track ‘Lost +’ which featured on the band’s EP ‘Prospekt’s March’.

Staff from the Cosmopolitan spent the summer visiting various music festivals and this seems to be a result of those travels.  Jay-Z has long praised his appreciation for Coldplay and this should be a pretty awesome show for many reasons beyond the talent: small venue, invite only and New Years Eve in Vegas.

I love Jay-Z, but his best music is about 10 years old.  At the same time I think this is a brilliant show and just adds another level of to how awesome the marketing roll out for Cosmopolitan is.  This is a super expensive, yet ultra cool concert.  Kudos to the Cosmo.  I’m tingling a little about this.

I guarantee this goes unmatched.


Seven Stars Insider – Sept Edition

Here’s the latest edition of Seven Stars Insider.  This is an easy read and an excellent resource for Harrah’s players.  Head over to Seven Stars Insider to sign up for the newsletter.  There is lots of information in this edition, so read on for all the goods.

NOTE: While this newsletter was originally designed exclusively for Seven Stars members, there is useful information for anyone who has a Total Rewards® player’s card and/or plays/stays at a Harrah’s property.  Please feel free to pass this on to your friends.  Back issues of the Seven Stars Insider newsletter are available online at

Rio For Sale – Maybe

It’s been in the news for months, but several media reports – chiefly Bloomberg News, whose story August 20 was then picked up the following week by the Las Vegas Review-Journal – claim the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is for sale.  Harrah’s continues to deny it.  I know it’s popular with a lot of Seven Stars players who read this, but I like to be a little closer to the “action” on The Strip.  Plus, it’s just a little too noisy for me with all those “flair bartenders” and “bevertainers” (most of whom should stick to delivering beverages and stay away from microphones).  I guess I’m just getting too old!

Question Of The Month
I have a companion card and tried to go with a friend to the special Seven Stars weekly Sunday brunch at Showboat in Atlantic City.  I was told that the primary cardholder had to be present, and he/she could invite only one guest.  I thought I had all the privileges of the primary cardholder.  Well, yes, sort of.  Think of it in terms of other offers your husband gets, e.g., three complimentary nights at Paris.  Only he could claim it – you could accompany him, of course.  Same with a free coffeepot or blender.  The offer is for the cardholder, not the companion.  In terms of the brunch, do I think it’s fair?  Once again, Harrah’s is being short-sighted and causing unnecessary irritation for its best players (and their companions).  As long as the brunch is limited to two people per card, what difference does it make if you and a friend take advantage of the brunch, or you and your husband attend?  In the overall scheme of things, this is a very low-cost benefit that Harrah’s [Showboat] is offering.  What they might be gaining in loyalty and customer satisfaction for some, they are losing as much – or more – by alienating others.

Planet Hollywood Page Added To Seven Stars Insider Site
Thanks to a Planet Hollywood “veteran” who has stayed there on a number of occasions, there is now a page on the site with details about this latest addition to Harrah’s Total Rewards casinos in Las Vegas.  Some of the more interesting “highlights” are a rumored Seven Stars Club that may open there, and the fact that the staff hasn’t really grasped the Total Rewards concept, and isn’t sure what to do when they see a Seven Stars or even a Diamond card.  Check it out by clicking here.

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Neon Trees Owe Vegas Something

I just learned that Neon Trees now have the #1 song in the country, with “Animal.”  I guess that Camp Vegas commercial is having an effect somewhere.

Neon Trees – Animal
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If you dig the Neon Trees you can buy here. Digital and Physical (aka CD)

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