INTERVIEW: Pitbull Pursuing a Long-Term Stay in Las Vegas
While at the Sugar Factory Grand Opening event in Las Vegas on Sunday, Pitbull did a quick interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he discussed his goal to get a permanent residency on The Strip.
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Pitbull basked in his surroundings on Sunday night, encircled by well-wishers on a warm night at Sugar Factory at Fashion Show mall, and said, “This is good place to be, right?”
Mr. Worldwide does love Las Vegas, and has extended his ongoing residency at Axis theater at Planet Hollywood with eight shows from July 21-Aug. 5. Pitbull dropped into town to help celebrate the opening of the new Strip outpost of Sugar Factory, and also announce the partnership between the confectionery and his Voli 305 vodka.
Pitbull’s octet of dates at Axis are a component of a long-term strategy to perform on the Strip.
“This is our third set (of shows) at Planet Hollywood, and to me, it’s short steps, but a long vision,” said the man whose legal name is Armando Christian Perez. “Little by little, I’ll be moving in. I would say within the next two or three years, we’re going to be talking about a very long residency in Las Vegas. But for now, you’ll be seeing a lot more of us in the next couple of years.”
Pitbull has committed to the Vegas area with his SLAM Academy, the Southern Nevada expansion of the Sports Leadership and Management school. The school opened in August at 1095 Fielders St. in Henderson, offering courses in entertainment media and sports business, management, marketing and medicine.
“I often say that if I were not performing, I don’t know what would have happened to me, and this is how I give back,” Pitbull said. “I’m just honored to be around so many iconic names in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Wayne Newton … sharing the same stage (at Axis) with Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Backstreet Boys. “
Pitbull then borrowed a familiar phrase on the Strip, applying it to his ample entourage.
“We’re far from being a Sinatra,” he said, “but we always do it our way.”