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No this is what I'm talking about! A new way to get to Las Vegas! Can't wait till its reality which will be this year!!!! Let's Go!!!
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Michael Barron sees them all the time on business trips: party people who start celebrating their arrival to Las Vegas before the plane touches down at McCarran International Airport.
“I finally started flying back to Las Vegas on Thursdays because I didn’t want to fly back with all the nuts on Friday,” Barron said.
But that hard-partying customer is exactly what Barron's X Train will rely on when it begins service between Southern California and Las Vegas the first week of January 2014.
“We’re trying to think of a better name than ‘party train,’” Barron said. “But I guess everybody kind of relates to that.”
Many Southern Californians and Las Vegans have longed for train service between Southern Nevada and Los Angeles since Amtrak’s Desert Wind shut down in 1997.
Most of the attention has focused on high-speed rail and XpressWest, formerly DesertXpress, in particular. Its developers propose building a track to carry trains that travel 150 mph between Las Vegas and Victorville, Calif., then connecting it with high-speed lines from downtown Los Angeles to Victorville.
But Barron’s X Train isn’t high speed. It’s a conventional train, albeit with some unconventional amenities.
The $100 million train will to carry up to 576 passengers per trip — almost the capacity of four fully loaded Boeing 737s — on rolling 5 1/2-hour parties.
The X Train's parent company is the publicly traded Las Vegas Railway Express. Developers are in the process of raising $100 million from investors to fund the project.
The company doesn’t have to build tracks; they’re already there. But developers did need permission to use them. A key factor in making their plan work was getting the track’s owners, the Union Pacific Railroad, to sign off on an agreement that would assure the X Train of consistent on-time arrivals.
The Desert Wind failed because freight trains had priority on the track between Daggett, Calif., and Las Vegas. The new deal with Union Pacific treats the X Train’s passengers like high-priority freight.
“It took three years from starting out with my first phone call to signatures on a contract," Barron said. “It was a little complicated because our trains travel four times faster than their freight trains. So they had to use capacity-study software to figure out how to fit our trains into their slots.”
X Train developers will need to make some capital improvements before the train can run, including laying double tracking so trains can pass each other and building facilities so that Union Pacific’s downtown Las Vegas employees can be relocated south of town.
The company also needs to build a train station. Passengers will arrive downtown. The northbound Union Pacific line runs just west of the Plaza, where Amtrak trains once stopped between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
Barron said his company will build a 50-foot strip along the back of the Plaza, and Union Pacific will install a switch and stub track along the length of the area to serve as a station platform.
The company already has a $400 million insurance liability policy and a train, which Barron said will be “refurbished and tricked out” early next year.
The train will have 16 cars, including two food service cars, two lounges and 12 first-class passenger compartments with 48 seats and a small bar. Cocktails will be served on board so it’s strictly an adults-only atmosphere.
The southern terminus of the train route will be the Fullerton Transportation Center in Orange County. That's a hub for Amtrak trains to San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Chicago, as well as for Metrolink, Southern California's rail system. It also is a bus depot for the Orange County Transportation Authority.
“We’re advertising to the guy who wants to start his Vegas vacation the minute he gets on a train in Fullerton,” Barron said.
The route runs through the heart of a Joshua tree forest in the 1.6-million-acre Mojave National Preserve. The area, administered by the National Park Service, also is home to a defunct railroad depot and ghost town in Kelso, Calif.
Initially, the X Train will offer up-and-back trips Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays. Barron said 81 percent of the trips made on northbound Interstate 15 occur on Thursdays and Fridays. He figures he’d need to capture only a small percentage of those motorists to make his venture a success.
Schedules haven’t been finalized, but Barron envisions early afternoon departures from Fullerton to get tourists to the city by early evening.
Barron hopes to do test runs in November 2013, with an inaugural journey rolling into Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.
The company already owns one X Train and could buy another one if business justifies it.
“If this goes according to Hoyle, we could be bringing 2 million people a year (to Las Vegas),” Barron said. “If that’s the case, that could be a major influx and could contribute to some greater thinking.”
Tickets will cost $100 each way and include food and drinks, but not exotic cocktails, Barron said. Those would cost extra.
There was some initial confusion about ticket prices after a video about the project said tickets would cost $50 one way. That’s the average price XpressWest is quoting for tickets on its planned high-speed train.
And as far as competition from XpressWest, forecast for late 2016, Barron believes there’s room for both projects because they’re so different.
“We know each other pretty well,” Barron said. “We’ve been to many speaking engagements together. My philosophy — and it seems to be echoed by their people — is that we’re really not competitors. Their service is a high-speed, short run between Victorville and Las Vegas. If they get that built, there will be people who want to ride that, and that’s fine. But there are always going to be people who want to ride this.”
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick set records in his team’s 45-31 win over the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs on Saturday, and he also inspired a social media trend.
The second-year player has been celebrating his touchdowns with a kiss on his biceps (seen above). After his outstanding performance Saturday — he rushed for 181 yards (a quarterback record), two touchdowns, and threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns — many Niners fans began following his lead by imitating the celebration.
See some fans “Kaepernicking” below:
“You’re gonna love me for my honesty or you’re gonna hate me for being me” are the first words spoken on Ne-Yo's latest album R.E.D., an acronym for Realizing Every Dream. This is the fifth studio album from the songwriter, actor and now senior vp of A&R at Motown Records. Ne-Yo began his reign in music writing the hit “Let Me Love You" for singer Mario and has since gone on to pen major songs for artists like Beyonce ("Irreplaceable"), Rihanna("Take a Bow") and Jennifer Hudson ("Spotlight").
R.E.D. aims to please both sides of Ne-Yo’s fan base; the classic R&B love songs he’s best known for, as well as a new era of fist pumping, electro/dance pop music. Ne-Yo says regardless of genre or categories, R.E.D. is all about quality and lyrical content. “What you’re supposed to do first is listen to the lyrics, listen to what I’m saying, that’s been my M.O. from the start of this whole thing.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ne-Yo opens up about his decision to take the A&R position at Motown Records and why nobody else can write a song for him. “My songs are always very personal. How are you as a person who didn’t experience it with me, gonna write it for me? It’s never made sense to me.”
THR: Let’s just jump right in and talk about R.E.D. Did you change the title?
Ne-Yo: Yes, initially the album was going to be called The Cracks in Mr. Perfect which was to be completely honest, an excuse for me to complain about the woes of being a celebrity. In the grand scheme of things I had to step back and realize that I actually have nothing to complain about, I’m blessed and highly favored and everything that’s going on in my life, good and bad is a blessing ordained by GOD. I had to realize that since eight or nine years old when I decided that it was gonna be music every dream and goal that I’ve set for myself has all been realized through music. That outweighs anything that happens negatively to me in the past 33 years.
THR: You are currently holding a few job titles: senior vp of A&R, actor, producer, songwriter, singer, father. How do you find time to balance all of these roles?
Ne-Yo: Well, honestly I gotta say, if not for my team. If not for the people around me I wouldn’t be balancing it as well as I am. I’m a little bit scatterbrained, which is common for an artist I believe. It’s the people around me that keep it all together. They make sure that every hour and 24-hour period is counted for something. With that being said this is the point of the interview where I give a shout out to everybody in my compound team for basically holding my brain for me, because with out them I’d probably leave it in another country somewhere.
"An icon is something that’s nurtured and created it doesn’t just happen on a whim. I was more than happy to accept the position."
THR: How did working with Motown come about?
Ne-Yo: Well Barry Weiss who took the place of L.A. Reid as the big chair over at Def Jam, he came to me and we talked about this whole revitalization of Motown that their doing. Basically trying to take Motown back to its former glory. There was a point in time where the name Motown was synonymous for just quality music. Not necessarily black music, white music, pop music, or R&B music; just music with some soul, some depth, just damn good! You know what I mean? He told me that he felt I would be instrumental in making that happen. That I’d figure out a way to play both sides of that line. I have respect from the urban side of things as well as the pop side of things. That’s kind of what Motown stood for back then. Like I said it was just good music, to where everybody got into it, black, white or other. So he approached me with the idea of going over there first just as an artist and then threw in the possibility of me doing some A&R over there, as well as helping out with artist development for the new cats that we got coming up over there. That was honestly the thing that attracted me to the job the most, just being able just to take some of the information that I’ve gathered over the time that I’ve been here and pass it down to the next generation. Artist development is something that record labels don’t even do anymore, but it’s one of the most important things. In regards to record labels and artist relationships. An icon is something that’s nurtured and created it doesn’t just happen on a whim. I was more than happy to accept the position.
THR: How did you approach this album differently than your last four?
Ne-Yo: This album was basically just about trying to make sure that my entire fan base was satisfied. Honestly it’s about trying to integrate my fan base. I have my R&B fan base but I also have this new found pop and dance fan base, so this album the initial thought process was to try and A-side/B-side this album. Where side A is predominantly R&B and side B is predominantly pop. When I say pop I don’t mean just dance music and electronic music, there are songs on the album if you wanted to, you could almost call it country. There’s some easy listening type stuff on there, just basically trying to get to the point where you think Ne-Yo you don’t even think genre. You just think quality!
THR: For those who haven't picked up your album yet, what are the songs you would tell them to listen to first?
Ne:Yo: God, that’s hard for me. Honestly it’s that thing where I’m so close to the project that it’s hard for me to really pick one over the other, it’s hard. (THR: You can pick three) If I had to pick three...To be honest I feel like the diversity of the album is the strength of the album. The fact that there’s so many different kinds of music on there, all quality like I said but two different genres. On the R&B side of things, “Stress Reliever” is definitely a favorite of mine, from the dance side of things “Forever Now” is a favorite and there’s also one called “Carry On”I don’t know where I would categorize it, but it’s another absolute favorite. The song with Tim McGraw “She Is” it’s riding the line between R&B and country music. “Alone With You” is a record that I dedicated to my daughter, it has a Beatle-esque type feel to it. The album is diverse. It’s for that person that can get in to a few different kinds of music, but digs quality overall.
THR: I think the Tim McGraw record will be a bit of a surprise to some people, how did that come together and are you a country music fan?
Ne-Yo: Yea I am, have been for a really long time, I dig that country music is about the story. The artist story telling, you know I love that. I also love that country kind of speaks more to the common man. You don’t have to be the coolest cat in the room in a country song, I like that about country music that it’s ok just to be a person. You don’t gotta have the most money, you don’t gotta be the flyest guy, be the dude getting all the girls. You can just be a regular dude, who works a regular nine to five job so they took that guy and turned him into a hero, country music. I appreciate that. I went out to Nashville about three years ago to do some writing with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Carry Underwood. It was just a really organic experience. Tim and Faith invited me to their house. Which kind of blew my mind, because normally you go to a city, you get in a studio, you listen to a little skeletal piece of a track and write whatever your gonna write and you go on about your business. They invited me to their house I met their kids, Faith cooked chicken, it was dope.
THR: Tell us about co-writing with Sia for your current single “Let Me Love You”
Ne-Yo: Yea, Sia…singer/songwriter ridiculously talented, she’s been in the game for a minute. I’ve been a fan of hers for a little while. The genre, if you were to look for her music it would be under the electronic genre. If you listen to it, I don’t really feel like that fits, but we categorize, whatever. But she’s incredible, I don’t know if people know this, but I don’t do a lot of co-writers. It’s not something that I do on a regular basis, but definitely made an exception for her because I feel like her talent is just top notch definitely.
THR: Why don’t you co-write?
Ne-Yo: In regards to writing for myself, I always feel like nobody’s gonna give me, better than me! That’s not to say that there aren’t a bunch of incredibly talented songwriters out there, who I would have no problem collaborating with, but my songs are always very personal. I write from personal experience, about the things that have happened to me personally. So how are you as a person who didn’t experience it with me, gonna write it for me? It’s never made sense to me.
THR: Back to “Cracks in Mr. Perfect”: What’s an imperfection about Ne-Yo that we don’t know?
Ne-Yo: I have an extreme issue with authority, I do not like being told what to do. I do not like being suggested what to do, to the point where I always take it as somebody’s trying to tell me what to do, even if that’s not the case. It’s something that I’m working on. My patience is a little short, I like what I like when I like it, and I want what I want, when I want it. Everybody is a work in progress, and I’m no exception.
THR: All the promo you’re doing seems a little hectic, how are you surviving?
Ne-Yo: Like I said before we got to talking, busy is a blessing. It could be the other way around. I could be sitting at the house on the couch watching cartoons and eating chips. It could definitely be that, so whenever I get to that place where I start feeling tired, or burnt out, I think about what could be going on. I think about what all could be happening, it could definitely be all the way around and nobody could want to talk to me, and nobody could want me on there show, and you don’t want that so, you take that into consideration and you keep pushing. Thank God every chance that you get, and you keep moving. That’s how you do it.
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L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine was not the only motorist who reported that Justin Bieber was flying down the freeway at breakneck speed ... a total of 10 drivers called 911.
Zine -- who was an LAPD motor cop for 18 years -- believes Bieber was traveling faster than 100 mph. Bieber's people dispute Zine's estimate, noting that the singer was cited for ONLY going 80.
But when Bieber was finally stopped by CHP officers, he was several miles from the point Zine spotted him, and Zine told us Friday night his100 mph estimate was "conservative."
And get this ... we're told someone from Bieber's security team was a passenger in his car and allowed Justin to put the pedal to the metal. Mind you, Justin was weaving in and out of traffic, baring squeezing in between moving vehicles.
Bieber was being chased by paparazzi, but Zine maintains the 18-year-old jeopardized his life and the lives of others and he should have slowed down and pulled off the freeway.
Jay-Z is keeping a close eye on his multimillion dollar NBA investment -- showing up to a Brooklyn construction site yesterday to check out the future home of the Nets ... and even trying his hand at some hard labor.
The rapper toured the dirt-filled construction yard on Friday -- known as Barclays Stadium -- to take a gander at where his Brooklyn Nets will earn their stripes ... as in black and white, 'cause the team's colors just changed too.