Yesterday, early evening, the announcement went out that Pure was closing the Pussycat Dolls Lounge. This is interesting timing in light of lounge singer Matt Goss relocating (from a short and less than stellar stint at the Palms’ lounge) to Caesars’ barge shaped lounge where he was to be closer to his mom, I mean, producer, Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin. Interestingly, the press release offers neither what date the lounge closes nor what is going in its place. Here’s to succinctly written notes:
“Attached please find a press release announcing the closing of The Pussycat Dolls Lounge and the Las Vegas Pussycat Dolls ending their run at PURE Nightclub.”
I requested more details, and apparently none are available yet. Usually these sorts of announcements are done quietly with the press merely informed and sometimes only if we ask–no press release. Much like the slot machines on the casino floor that make tremendous noises when you win and let you lose in silence, Vegas entertainment offerings open with great fanfare yet close with perfunctory announcements. But almost uniquely this release actually goes on to request notice from the press for the forthcoming yet undated closure of Pussycat Dolls Lounge: “Please let us know if you can cover this announcement.”
Yes, I can.
But in this case the why, when and what comes next remain to be seen and discovered and are the more valuable questions. For now I will note this is a very unusual press release to arrive after business hours. Someone seems to have wanted this information out to the public even before the most basic details were ready to be offered on the closure. Strange.
UPDATE: It looks like Robin Leach has the answer to part of the question. He cornered Robin Antin in an interview and she made some vague references to these being new times. For some reason the new decade and new times mean she plans to move Pussycat Dolls to what Leach describes as some sort of candy shop related makeover of a nightclub in Paris in time to open New Years Eve. “It’s all part of an ambitious $11 million makeover by the Sugar Factory folks,” Leach writes. Hmm. Does this seem to land somewhere between bizarre and stupid to anyone else? As for Matt Goss, who is being left behind in/on the barge shaped lounge at Caesars (apparently along with the Pussycat Doll dealers pictured above), Antin refers to him in Leach’s story as a separate entity.
(Photo: Sarah Gerke)