Mariah Carey
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All Mariah Carey wants for Christmas is to see you at Hard Rock Atlantic City

The chart-topping singer’s upcoming AyCee date is one of only five non-Vegas dates—and 10 total--she’ll be doing before the end of the year.

Chuck Darrow

Chuck Darrow

Atlantic City’s Yuletide star power has increased exponentially with the announcement of Mariah Carey’s Dec. 7 performance at Hard Rock Atlantic City Hotel Casino. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Carey, whose octave-jumping voice has made her one of the most successful recording artists of the past 30 years, will bring her holiday-themed All I Want For Christmas Is You tour to the Rock as part of the celebration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the release of her "Merry Christmas" LP. A remixed and expanded version of the album is due out this fall.

Carey will come east for the brief run of performances after finishing up five-night stand at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Other casinos she’ll be hitting are MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. outside Washington D.C., and Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

Hard Rock Hotel Casino, Boardwalk at Virginia Ave., Atlantic City; 8 p.m. Dec. 7. $100-$55. Tickets available here.

Gramm sidelined

In other Hard Rock musical news, Lou Gramm, original lead singer of ‘70s arena-rockers Foreigner, has been scratched from the band’s Friday night show at the uptown gaming hall.

According to a Wednesday morning announcement from the group, Gramm, 69, was admitted last week to Unity Hospital at Park Ridge in Rochester, N.Y. suffering from “severe respiratory infection, dehydration and fatigue.”

Although he is apparently on the mend, a follow-up exam by his doctor determined he is not yet able to get back on stage. As such, the release included this from Gramm:

“I’m very disappointed about not being able to perform at the Foreigner Double Vision: Then & Now show at Hard Rock Atlantic City for all the fans. My doctor insists if I pushed myself to perform, I would be in big trouble. So, doctor’s orders, I ride the bench. Rock on!”

Scheduled to appear as planned are Gramm’s fellow charter members guitarist Mick Jones, bassist Ed Gagliardi, drummer Dennis Elliot and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald. The vocal duties will be handled by the reconstituted band’s usual lead singer, Kelly Hansen.

For tickets, click here.

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