Why just collect royalty checks when you can completely destroy an international treasure? The Beatles and theater group Cirque du Soleil are teaming up to produce a Las Vegas show which will replace the tiger-ific Siegfried and Roy act. It is the first time the Beatles have collaborated on a major theatre project, said Neil Aspinall, managing director of the band's Apple Corps label. He said other offers amounted to nothing "more than a stage production with cover versions" of Beatles songs. Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will not be appearing in the production reports BBC online, but will help out on the project, along with Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono. It is not yet known what songs will be chosen but the production will have complete access to the band's music archive. The show will take place in the Mirage's new theatre, which is currently being built. When completed, it will hold 2,000 people and offer 360-degree seating. The 90-minute show should be ready in 20 months' time. Possible names? "The Magical Mystery Tour Totally Blows Now" or "Let It Suck".
In equally disturbing news, Branson, MO is readying the "Beatles Monster Truck-a-thon", hosted by Jeff Foxworthy at the Hee-Haw Megaplex. 2-for-1 corndogs on Tuesdays.