Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.
I’m back after one month spent recovering from a total knee replacement. For those of you considering this surgery, think about it long and hard. It is an incredibly painful post-op recovery. I might be back at work after four weeks, but I think my mind was more ready for the return than my body was.
So what have I missed? Has Atlantic City fallen into the ocean?
While I’ve been catching up to the news about our region, it seemed at first glance like a typically quiet January, with only a modest amount of new shows announced.
However, there have been some major news announcements this week. After her Super Bowl performance, Madonna announced a world tour that includes a stop at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sept. 15. Metallica also announced that the band’s inaugural Orion Music + More music festival will hit Atlantic City for two days — June 23-24. The band will play with 22 other acts over the two days, including Arctic Monkeys and Avenged Sevenfold.
On the casino front, the Golden Nugget has agreed to a tentative agreement with the main casino worker union Local 54, while the Tropicana has declared its negotiations with the union as at an impasse, although the union says it is not that bad.
Revel is scheduled to open May 15.
ACH, the casino that lost the right to use the Hilton brand, made the announcement this week that the casino will soon have a new name. ACH will soon be known at the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel. The new name goes into effect March 13 and according to the casino COO Michael Frawley, “The company wants to offer better deals with regard to its gaming and dining offerings. It was very important to me that we had the word ‘club’ in [the new name]. Club means small, club is intimate and club is something that you [belong] to.”