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May 25, 2016

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Robin Leach

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Strip Scribbles: ‘Ink Master,’ Red Nose Day, Blake + Gwen and Robert Earl
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Las Vegas tattoo titans Cleen Rock One and Christian Buckingham fought hard during Season 7 to make it to the finals of “Ink Master” on Spike TV, and they wound up as two of three finalists on Tuesday night’s live finale in New York.
Adult burlesque Cherry Boom Boom blasts off at Tropicana on Sept. 8
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
There will be plenty of sexy mixed with classic rock and roll when the new adult burlesque Cherry Boom Boom opens at the Tropicana on Sept. 8. Producer Lynn Garlock told me: “Half of the cast of 12 girls will be topless.”
Miss Nevada Emelina Adams begins her journey to Miss USA Pageant
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
For 2016 Miss USA Pageant contestant 24-year-old Emelina Adams, it’s the shortest trip to check in and register for the national contest that begins today here in Las Vegas. For the next 10-plus days, Emmy will call MGM Grand home.
Tonight in L.V.: KISS, J.Lo, Composers Showcase, Fermin Week at Jaleo, soccer
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The big-screen version of the November 2014 KISS concerts at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel with backstage interviews and behind-the-curtain footage screens at Sam’s Town and the Orleans.
Tony Bennett serenades Carolyn Goodman with his song she fell in love to — at age 12
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Mayor Carolyn Goodman remembers clearly gently threading the needle into the old Victrola’s head of her record player even though she was only 12 years old.
2016 BBMAs: Madonna, Ariana, Blake, Gwen, Steven, Luda, Ciara party in L.V.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Music stars performing, presenting and in town for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards took full opportunity during their breaks to party on the Strip while in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Millionaire’ at Bally’s Sept. 12; Cherry Boom Boom; The Avengers
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The summer-long tapings of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” at Jubilee Theater in Bally’s hosted by Chris Harrison (“The Bachelor”) premiere Monday, Sept. 12.
Emily Ratajkowski’s 25th in L.V., Marc Anthony, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
I have it on very reliable authority that fabulous, gorgeous and babelicious model and actress Emily Ratajkowski will celebrate her 25th birthday this Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas.
Tonight in L.V.: ‘Ink Master finale,’ Improv final week, Afrojack, The Used, Cosmopolitan Chef Series
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Two of the last three standing tattoo artists for the finale of “Ink Master” are from Las Vegas: Christian Buckingham and Cleen Rock One. They compete against Tucson tattoo artist Anthony Michaels for the “Ink Master” title and the grand prize of $100,000.
Top Five BBMAs highlights: Pink, Kesha, Britney, Celine, Madonna + Stevie
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Pink put on a show worthy of Cirque du Soleil at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at our new T-Mobile Arena on Sunday. In her “warrior prince” hairstyle, she flew off the secondary stage on the floor and spun dangerously over the heads of the audience.
Celine Dion provides emotional highpoint at BBMAs: ‘This one’s for him’
Monday, May 23, 2016
When Celine Dion broke down in tears at Sunday’s 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena as she was presented with the Icon Award, it was the emotional highpoint of the three-hour live telecast.
Strip Scribbles: Two L.V. artists in ‘Ink Master’ finale, J.Lo, ‘Bachelor,’ DJ Pauly D
Monday, May 23, 2016
Two incredible Las Vegas tattoo artists battle against a Tucson, Ariz., finalist on Tuesday night’s live season-ending “Ink Master” on Spike TV in New York. One of the trio will win $100,000.
Preview: Two-night finale of ‘DWTS’ on ABC features last-minute drama
Monday, May 23, 2016
Boyz II Men at the Mirage headliner star Wanya Morris, who was KO’d from “Dancing With the Stars” last week, will be back on the show tonight on ABC for the Season 22 two-part finale when the new champion is crowned.
Confirmed! Jennifer Lopez to host ‘Carnival Del Sol’ rooftop bash MDW at Drai’s
Monday, May 23, 2016
Another exclusive confirmed! Superstar Planet Hollywood headliner Jennifer Lopez intends to make certain that you never forget this year’s Memorial Day Weekend festivities in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
Keep Memory Alive Gala toasting Tony Bennett raises estimated $17 million
Sunday, May 22, 2016
It was a glittering and glamorous Saturday night with music and art in a passionate collision with the biggest names in the entertainment industry celebrating the 90th birthday of legendary singer Tony Bennett at Keep Memory Alive.
2016 BBMAs preview: Britney Spears, Steven Tyler, Madonna, Celine, Kesha
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Perhaps no one is more excited about today’s 2016 Billboard Music Awards than the recording superstar who will kick off the three-hour broadcast: Planet Hollywood resident headliner and pop princess Britney Spears.
Celebrity preview: Billboard Music Awards, Tony Bennett, Jewel, Ludacris, 50 Cent, James Maslow
Friday, May 20, 2016
Our superstar-studded weekend actually kicked off Thursday night with the start of three days of celebration for Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday, and on Saturday the Las Vegas Strip will be renamed in his honor for the day.
Strip Scribbles: DJ AM’s drug death in new film, Riley Keough, James Maslow
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Before his untimely drug overdose death in August 2009 at age 36, DJ AM, born Adam Michael Goldstein, had performed all over Las Vegas with three years at Pure in Caesars Palace and part ownership in LAX at the Luxor.
Jamie Foxx christens Jewel at Aria; diamond sold for $58 million
Thursday, May 19, 2016
How appropriate the good timing of the nightclub Jewel’s grand opening at Aria tonight with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m., the same day that the Oppenheimer Blue diamond was purchased for more than $58 million.
2016 BBMA preview: Kesha to perform after all, Britney, Celine, Madonna
Thursday, May 19, 2016
2016 Billboard Music Awards producers have confirmed my exclusive story posted Tuesday that Planet Hollywood pop princess Britney Spears will open Sunday’s live ABC broadcast from our new T-Mobile Arena with seven of her hit songs.
Photos: The Scorpions sting at the Hard Rock Hotel with Queensryche
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Legendary German rock group The Scorpions returned last weekend to the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel to kick off its “Blacked Out in Vegas” five-night limited engagement. The band was welcomed back to the venue with two packed houses.
Tonight in L.V.: Tony Bennett, Jamie Foxx, The Cure, The Cult, Sun Standout Awards, ‘Tupperware’
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Tony Bennett gets a 21-champagne magnum salute on the Brooklyn Bridge outside New York-New York as marquees on the Strip switch from regular neon lighting to a portrait of the superstar entertainer whose career began 70 years ago.
Preview: Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love’ toasts Tony Bennett’s 90th
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Our “Power of Love” Galas have reunited Siegfried & Roy, feted Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday, celebrated the joint 80th birthdays of Michael Caine and Quincy Jones and now this weekend salutes entertainment legend Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday.
Strip Scribbles: Celine returns to Caesars; crazy state laws; Shake Shack sale; April Leopardi
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
It was a moving, heart-tugging start to Celine Dion’s resumed residency Tuesday night at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Celine walked quietly onstage and said she wanted the audience to know, “Everything is fine — I’m fine, and the kids are fine.”

Preview: Jewel is set to become Aria’s gem with grand opening
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By definition, it is a precious stone that hypnotizes and is used to decorate a valuable object. The new nightclub Jewel is that and more at CityCenter’s crown glory Aria: It’s rare, multifaceted, brilliant and polished to perfection.
J.Lo’s Drai’s parties, Britney Spears’ app, Kesha, ‘DWTS’ and ‘Ink Master’
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
News of a shocking behind-the-scenes rift at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, Britney Spears’ new record and American Dream mobile game, “Ink Master” double win, “Dancing With the Stars” loss and exclusive reveal of the new Jennifer Lopez party.
Tonight in L.V.: The Scorpions, Queensryche, Santana, Phil Vassar, Filter, Orgy, Skrillex
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Carlos Santana resumes his residency run of “Greatest Hits Live” at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay through Memorial Day Weekend. Filter, Vampires Everywhere and Orgy rock the roof of Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at the Linq Promenade.

Photos: ‘X Burlesque’ at the Flamingo celebrates 14th anniversary
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
“X” certainly marks the spot as “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo becomes a topless revue to use innovative video-projection mapping on and over the bodies of its troupe of talented and titillating temptress dancers.
Strip Scribbles: Tropic Beauty Model Search, Hair Metal Awards and Santana
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Nearly 100 gorgeous girls competed in the 2016 Tropic Beauty Model Search, and our Light nightclub contestant Ednyr Marie representing Mandalay Bay placed fourth.
Celine Dion discusses Rene Angelil’s death in 15-hour TV marathon
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion, who returns tonight to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, spent a 15-hour marathon day (from 9 a.m. to midnight) last week giving interviews to Canadian and European TV programs.
Britney Spears to open 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile; new single delayed
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
I have good news that will make Britney Spears’ fiercest fans very happy, but I also have bad news that will get them very upset. As I pleaded a couple of weeks ago, please do not make me your punching bag: I am only the messenger!
Review: Funny, talented Paul Zerdin offers nonstop laughs in ‘Mouthing Off’
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
I don’t heap lavish praise on Season 10 “America’s Got Talent” winner Paul Zerdin just because he’s British and can get away with the cheeky stuff with his suave London accent. I say it because he’s genuinely very funny and extremely talented.
Las Vegas is No. 3 meeting destination in U.S., down one spot
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Las Vegas is No. 3 in an annual top-destination ranking representing the city’s highly competitive position for attracting meeting and event business that boosts the local economy. It’s the fifth-annual U.S. list from Cvent Inc.
Photos: Tropicana begins makeover with new restaurant and rock show
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
It was an explosive entrance to signify that big change is on the way for the venerable Tropicana on the Las Vegas Strip. Food Network celebrity chef Robert Irvine braved danger to rappel 220 feet down the side of the Tropicana on Monday night.
Tonight in L.V.: Celine Dion, Dixie Longate, Nervo, Improv, Kick the Keg, PizzaRev
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Celine Dion resumes her residency through June 4 at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace ahead of being presented with the Icon Award at Sunday’s 2016 Billboard Music Awards where she will sing her version of “The Show Must Go On” by Queen.
Photos: Beauty & Essex opens with stars, jewels and sexy women
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Welcome to the wonderful and whimsical world of Beauty & Essex, the latest restaurant offering from Tao Group that had its opening two-day celebration at the Cosmopolitan over the weekend.
CIA agent’s ‘Spy Escape’ show, at $1,500 a ticket, heads to the Strip
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
A new show where you learn real CIA spy secrets that could save your life is headed to the Strip — it’s a two-day “Escape and Evasion” presentation hosted by former CIA agent Jason Hanson, who served with the agency for nearly a decade.
The Food Network’s Robert Irvine to open restaurant at Tropicana
Monday, May 16, 2016
TV celebrity chef Robert Irvine, host of the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” who has tackled some of the toughest culinary challenges, is opening his first signature restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip in a partnership with the Tropicana.
Strip Scribbles: Mariah Carey reveals wedding details, Adele, ‘Limitless Man’
Monday, May 16, 2016
Caesars Palace headliner Mariah Carey, currently wrapping her “Sweet, Sweet Fantasy Tour,” reveals that she’s been trying on her wedding gown for final fittings while in Paris.
What is Jennifer Lopez’s new project in Las Vegas?
Monday, May 16, 2016
How many more massive insurance claims for injuries to high-heeled girls from falling on slippery restaurant floors before they are ripped up and replaced with safer designs?
Our own Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Las Vegas?
Monday, May 16, 2016
Harry Potter attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry — for free. Now thanks to the Las Vegas-headquartered Institute for Magic Education Inc., students of magic performance will have the same advantage.
Tonight in L.V.: Dash Berlin, Flosstradamus, ‘Mondays Dark,’ Tropicana restaurant
Monday, May 16, 2016
“Rock of Ages” star turned creative director at Intrigue Mark Shunock presents his monthly fundraiser “Mondays Dark” with Las Vegas performers showcasing their versions of Adele, John Legend, Amy Whitehouse, Bruno Mars, Meghan Trainor and Sam Smith.
Barbra Streisand to headline T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 6
Monday, May 16, 2016
Legendary superstar and movie-screen legend Barbra Streisand will bring her “No More Tears Tour” to our new T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, Aug. 6, as part of a rare, unexpected nine-date cross-country swing, her first tour since 2012.
Celebrity preview: Iggy Azalea, Mike Posner, Scorpions, Paul Zerdin, Tropic Beauty, Helldorado
Friday, May 13, 2016
From cowboys and 100 stunning Tropic Beauty models to a pack of long-haired, heavy-metal rockers and the premiere of a new, “cheeky” ventriloquism show, it’s a wild weekend of 8-second bucking for the Las Vegas entertainment scene.
Last Cowboy Standing, Helldorado Days ride into Las Vegas Village
Friday, May 13, 2016
The world’s Top Nine riders are separated by only 612.5 points, while this weekend’s winner for the first time as part of Helldorado Days at Las Vegas Village will earn 625 points in world standings.
Q+A, Part 2: ‘This is a long time in the making for me,’ Criss Angel says of ‘Mindfreak Live!’
Friday, May 13, 2016
“Cirque du Soleil has given me complete creative license. That means creating, that means directing, that means going through the cast, going through the costuming, the pyrotechnics. Every creative element that’s on that stage, it’s Criss Angel.”
Photos: Antonio Sabato Jr. strips down for Chippendales at the Rio
Friday, May 13, 2016
New Chippendales at the Rio guest host and star Antonio Sabato Jr. is looking forward to his five-week run even as his wife flies in to watch him tear his T-shirt in two and bare his chiseled chest for fans yelling for more at the Rio.
Strip Scribbles: Madonna, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani added to Billboard Awards lineup
Thursday, May 12, 2016
As if Britney Spears and Celine Dion aren’t enough for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on May 22 at T-Mobile Arena, now comes word that not only will Madonna perform a tribute to Prince, but also new lovebirds Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani will duet.
Photos: Storyteller Wayne Newton’s ‘Up Close and Personal’ at Bally’s
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Until Wayne Newton reminded me after his Bally’s show Wednesday night marking his return to the Las Vegas stage after a four-year absence, I’d forgotten our conversation last December when we both took part in the Opportunity Village Great Santa Run.
Is Drake getting paid $1.5M to party in L.V. for Memorial Day Weekend?
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Are music superstars receiving outrageous paychecks to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend here on the Strip? The $$$$ are reaching stratospheric heights.

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