The Rio Suites Las Vegas just announced the hiring of David Cassidy to produce and perform in a show effective January 2000 after their contract with Danny Gans runs out. It has been no secret for months that the popular Gans would be moving on in light of his open frustration at the pricing of his shows. During his tenure there, The Rio raised prices from their original sub $40 to the near $100 of now.
As a tip-of-the-hat to locals who were priced out of his show, Gans did a basically free concert last New Year’s Eve downtown at Fremont Street (it was included with the other festivities and bands in the $10 ticket price). Gans is purported to be moving on to The Mirage, where Mirage boss and Gans’ fan Steve Wynn is to build him his own 1200 seat theatre and ink him to a multi-year deal (a la the Lance Burton arrangement at Monte Carlo).
This article originally appeared July 28, 1999 in the Access Vegas Insider Vibe