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Pitbull connects his Vegas show to his roots in Miami and Cuba

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Pitbull returns to his Vegas home at Planet Hollywood this month.
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Pitbull’s resident show at the Axis is back this month, and while you already know you’ll have the time of your life at Mr. 305’s vibrant musical production, you might not know why Las Vegas owns such a special place in his heart.

Pitbull told Industry Weekly last summer that he connects the original action on the Las Vegas Strip—when Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel ran the show at the Flamingo—to the gangsters, gamblers and showgirls that spiced up Havana in the 1950s. Born in Miami to Cuban expats, Pitbull (real name: Armando Christian Pérez) is said to have first embarked on a career in entertainment when, as a young child, he would recite the works of Havana-born poet and literary hero José Martí.

Today, with Latin music stronger than ever in Las Vegas and major markets around the world, Pitbull believes his own entertainment roots are linked to the Vegas stage. “You have no clue what it means for me to be on that stage and share those moments on the Strip, in this iconic city,” he said. Pitbull: Time of Our Lives at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, January 19, 20, 24 & 27.

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