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May 2, 2016

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Robin Leach

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Tonight in L.V.: ‘Vegas Variety Live,’ Cash Cash, Wet Republic, Las Vegas Classic Film Theater
Monday, May 2, 2016
A one-night-only concert, “Vegas Variety Live,” with Lance Burton, Rich Little, Mike Hammer and Jennifer Romas is hosted by yours truly as a TV studio fundraiser for the residents of Sun City in Anthem.

Confirmed! Britney Spears to perform at 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena
Monday, May 2, 2016
The Planet Hollywood headliner, who revolutionized the pop-music scene on the Strip leading the charge for Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and most recently Lionel Richie with her hit residency “Britney: Piece of Me,” also will be honored with the Millennium Award.
Strip Scribbles: David Beckham, Miss USA, Elaine Wynn and Brian Malarkey
Monday, May 2, 2016
David Beckham did turn up, as I predicted, for Thursday’s news conference promoting the Sheldon Adelson-sponsored Las Vegas Dome stadium he wants to build as a 60,000-seat attraction to lure the Oakland Raiders here.
Gigi Hadid toasts 21st at Intrigue minus Zayn Malik; Leonardo DiCaprio at club opening
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Supermodel Gigi Hadid had her million-dollar and never-ending long legs on full display when she celebrated her 21st birthday Saturday night at Intrigue Nightclub minus boyfriend singer Zayn Malik.
Celebrity preview: Rihanna, Band Perry, Seth MacFarlane, Eric Church, Billy Joel, Gigi Hadid, Zayn
Friday, April 29, 2016
It’s truly an embarrassment of riches this weekend in the Las Vegas entertainment scene, but let’s start with the offbeat before we get to the star-studded headliners and extraordinary parties.
2016 Vegas Uncork’d photos: Dining outside Palazzo, $1,000 Nobu dinner
Friday, April 29, 2016
The nearly 100 celebrity chefs here for the 10th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit celebrate with tonight’s Grand Tasting at Garden of the Gods pool oasis at Caesars Palace.
10 reasons to see Billy Joel at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night
Friday, April 29, 2016
With one day remaining until legendary entertainer Billy Joel takes the stage to perform his greatest hits at T-Mobile Arena, his producers wanted to share the Top 10 reasons why we all love the six-time Grammy Award winner and “Piano Man.”
Hey, Britney Spears fans: Calm down, take a deep breath and be patient
Friday, April 29, 2016
Fans of pop princess and Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears are a zealous bunch. They keep begging me for more inside news on the “Britney: Piece of Me” headliner at Axis at Planet Hollywood whenever I toss them a gem.
Lionel Richie has fans dancing on the ceiling all night long at Axis
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Superstar singer-songwriter supreme Lionel Richie is the consummate entertainment professional, so much so that he has his audience of 4,200 at Axis at Planet Hollywood in the palm of his hand.
Intrigue at Wynn Las Vegas to open with star-studded parties
Thursday, April 28, 2016
The never-ending battle for nightlife supremacy in Las Vegas rages on, and hotel tycoon Steve Wynn with nightclub king Sean Christie up the ante this weekend. It’s the opening of their venue Intrigue.
2016 Vegas Uncork’d: $1,000 Nobu dinner, outdoor dining, Container Park
Thursday, April 28, 2016
It’s an incredible kickoff for the 10th anniversary Vegas Uncork’d four-day food festival of superstar chefs, and it started at lunchtime today with the sabering of a magnum of Mionetto Prosecco.
Tonight in L.V.: Tiger Jam, Naughty By Nature, Intrigue, Calvin Harris, Skrillex
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Golf great Tiger Woods hosts his Tiger Jam fundraising celebrity golf invitational at Shadow Creek ahead of other Tiger Jam festivities this weekend. Naughty by Nature headlines Throwback Thursday at LAX in the Luxor.
Strip Scribbles: Helldorado Days, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ ‘Ink Master,’ Honey Salt
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing, the last stop in the first half of the 2016 PBR Built Ford Tough Series, joins Helldorado Days for two days May 13-14. PBR is now one of America’s 10 most popular sports.
Billboard Music Awards, with Justin Bieber and Pink, to air live from T-Mobile
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The three-hour 2016 Billboard Awards on May 22 with Ludacris and Ciara hosting from T-Mobile Arena will air simultaneously across all time zones in the USA, no three-hour delay between Eastern and Pacific times.
Tonight in L.V.: Lionel Richie, Wayne Newton, Brett Maly, Panevino, Devil Driver, Holy Grail
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
“Pawn Stars” art expert Brett Maly from the History Channel will showcase amazing art by masters Picasso, Da Vinci, Dali, Warhol and Basquiat at a unique Art Encounter dinner at Panevino.
Lionel Richie on his Planet Hollywood run: ‘It’s going to be absolutely crazy’
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
On Monday afternoon, fulfilling a promise from about a year ago, Lionel Richie arrived for his first rehearsal at Axis at Planet Hollywood and sat with me for his first interview about the show, “All the Hits,” that opens tonight.
Christie Brinkley, 62, spills beauty secrets — and bubbly is one of them
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Christie Brinkley is the ultimate supermodel who has reigned at the top of her career since debuting in the late 1970s with three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers. For 25 years, she was the face of Cover Girl, a record.
2014 Miss Nevada Ellie Smith lands Disney contract on boat cruise
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Our 2014 Miss Nevada Pageant queen Ellie Smith of Henderson has landed a one-year contract from Disney to play the three lead roles of Ariel, Snow White and Rapunzel in the Dream Boat Cruise Musical Spectacular sailing from Orlando.
Strip Scribbles: Mandalay Bay completes $100M remodel; EDC; Derek Jeter; XXX film; drag brunch
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The final phase of the resort-wide remodel of more than 3,000 guest rooms and suites costing $100 million has been completed at Mandalay Bay. The redesigned accommodations feature modern designs in three collections.
Human Nature’s new ‘Jukebox’: Party with pop classics, boyband hits, favorites
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The odds of winning big showbiz success are stacked against you at the best of times, but gambling on a move from 7,500 miles away in Australia to Los Angeles where you arrive as unknowns is the ultimate risk.
Photos: Mirage star Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men back atop ‘DWTS’
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Wanya Morris put to rest — at least for the moment — the doubts of sports book executives who for entertainment purposes only had lowered his odds of winning the mirrored ball trophy ball on Season 22.
Tonight in L.V.: Chris Brown, Frankie Moreno, Whiffenpoofs, Improv comedy
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Chris Brown makes a splash as DJ and performer at the grand opening of newly married Victor Drai’s Nightsplash Beach Club party as the 35,000-square-foot, sky-high paradise atop the Cromwell transforms into a nighttime oasis.
Despite back brace, show goes on for Frankie Moreno at Planet Hollywood
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Only 48 hours before his dream of performing at center Strip came true, singer-musician Frankie Moreno threw out his back with a pulled disc. He was in pain, barely able to move.
Strip Scribbles: Lance Burton, Caitlyn Jenner, Kerry Simon, Nathan’s hot dogs
Monday, April 25, 2016
Magician Lance Burton’s first foray into filmmaking has been recognized for his self-financed “Billy Topit: Master Magician” shot entirely in Las Vegas. The movie has been honored as an official selection in the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival in Des Moines.
Rihanna turns down $500,000 to appear at beach club season opening?
Monday, April 25, 2016
It really isn’t all about “Work,” work, work, work, work for scorching and sexy superstar singer Rihanna. The 28-year-old Barbados beauty turned down an extra $500,000 payday during this weekend’s visit to Las Vegas. Read on!
Photos: Victor Drai weds Yolanda Krupiarz in ceremony atop the Cromwell
Monday, April 25, 2016
It was a beautiful wedding ceremony on the rooftop Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub at the Cromwell on Sunday. The bride, Yolanda Krupiarz, looked stunning, and nightlife czar Victor Drai was the handsome groom in gray.
Jason Tenner’s ‘Purple Reign,’ with Jennifer Romas, pays tribute to Prince
Monday, April 25, 2016
While meeting with Westgate timeshare king David Siegel, “Sexxy” star Jennifer Romas suggested that Jason Tenner’s Prince tribute “Purple Reign” memorialize his passing with a bigger production in the International Showroom.
Tonight in L.V.: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ‘Mondays Dark,’ Doris Kearns Goodwin, Big Elvis
Monday, April 25, 2016
American blues band the Chris Robinson Brotherhood headlines at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade in support of its new, third, full-length album “Phosphorescent Harvest.”
The Beach Boys’ Mike Love on 50+ years of good vibrations, L.V. residency
Monday, April 25, 2016
Think of The Beach Boys, and images of the ocean, surfing and sunny spots in the shadows of palm trees come to mind with sounds of crashing waves and the music of “Good Vibrations.”
Celebrity preview: George Strait, Pentatonix, Nervo, Frankie Moreno, Clint Holmes, ‘Purple Rain,’ UFC 197
Friday, April 22, 2016
No show could’ve kicked off our star-studded weekend better than Thursday night’s grand opening of Human Nature’s “Jukebox” at the Venetian. They also celebrated news of their new three-year contract during their explosion of hits.
Strip Scribbles: Criss Angel, Miss USA Pageant, Krista White, Britney Spears
Thursday, April 21, 2016
“Mindfreak Live!” headliner magician Criss Angel sat in his darkened Luxor theater Wednesday looking at the last remnants of his show “Believe” being taken away. Moments later, he watched as new lights for his new “Mindfreak Live” were loaded in and hung.
We have Celine Dion to thank for Prince’s residency at the Rio
Thursday, April 21, 2016
I remember standing for hours on the balcony of Studio 54 (now Hakkasan) at MGM Grand to watch a 1 a.m. performance by Prince. It was a night of music that didn’t end until 4 a.m. and one that I will never forget.
Tonight in L.V.: Prince tributes, Chvrches, Human Nature, Wayne Newton
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Pop superstar Prince, who died this morning, will be honored at the downtown Fremont Street Experience with a audio/pictorial retrospective on the Viva Vision canopy, North America’s largest graphic display system.
Premieres preview: Wayne Newton, Human Nature, Frankie Moreno, George Strait
Thursday, April 21, 2016
It’s a star-studded clash as the king of country arrives on the Strip for his debut Las Vegas concerts at T-Mobile Arena. Incredibly, three other acts premiere shows in the same 72-hour period. Las Vegas has never seen such a celebrity overload all at once!
Trick shot pool ace Florian Kohler films video with Mayweather boxers, me
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Amazingly, trick shot pool ace Florian Kohler is using his cue to fire balls under and over the boxing rope without tangling or hitting the boxers’ faster and faster feet jumps. I am watching in disbelief as Florian racks up dozens of balls.
EDMbiz lineup: Pasquale Rotella, Moby, Laidback Luke, Paul Oakenfold, Markus Schulz
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
EDM pioneer Moby will participate in a rare keynote conversation when Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella gives his first keynote address at the fifth-annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo at Caesars Palace from June 14-16.
Gigi Hadid to celebrate 21st birthday with Zayn, friends in Las Vegas?
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
My L.A. spies tip me that fashion model and TV personality Gigi Hadid will celebrate her 21st birthday in Las Vegas with former One Direction singer boyfriend Zayn Malik, and other young stars are joining them for the end-of-the-month spectacular party.
Strip Scribbles: Drai’s vs. Hakkasan in Cabo, ‘Ink Master,’ AIDS Walk, Frankie Moreno
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Global hospitality Hakkasan Group has partnered with Mexico’s leading resort operator and tourism developer Grupo Vidanta on a $150 million investment into new-concept beach clubs, nightlife venues, restaurants and hotels.
Sad end of Cirque’s ‘Zarkana’ makes way for convention space at Aria
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
When the curtain comes down on Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” at Aria on April 30, it will mark the end of 2,053 performances. The production played 381 in New York, Madrid and Moscow and 1,672 here on the Strip.
Caesars star chef Guy Savoy chosen to promote home nation of France
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Caesars Palace celebrity chef Guy Savoy has been tapped by the French government to promote his country to an international business-target audience as the best European destination for meetings and conventions.
Steve Wolfson stars on ‘Las Vegas Law’ on Investigation on May 12
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Handsome Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson is about to become reality television’s newest star thanks to Donald Trump key Las Vegas supporter Wayne Allyn Root and Discovery’s new Investigation channel.
Tonight in L.V.: ‘Skin Wars’ premiere party, Suzanne Lequeux, Alvin Ailey, Down & Derby
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Hands Like Houses, Enter Shikari and White Noise raise the roof at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel. Punk rockers Sheer Mag are at Bunkhouse Saloon downtown. It’s the new and weekly Industry Night at Barrymore in Royal Resort.
Photos: Le Diner en Blanc at The Park; Dine in the Dark at Bacchanal
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The lady next to me knocked over her glass, and the gentleman on the other side swore that every dish included rosemary when in fact there was none! It’s an interesting experiment when you are totally in the dark as to how your senses become different.
Strip Scribbles: WSWA with Channing Tatum, Christie Brinkley, Larry Ruvo; Dita Von Teese
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Glamorous supermodel Christie Brinkley is just one of the many celebrities here this week for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America expo at Caesars Palace and the huge National Association of Broadcasters Show.
Four bids to buy Fontainebleau? NHL team update, Avengers, Adam Rapoport
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
I’m only asking if it’s true that there are four definite bids to buy the shell of billionaire Carl Icahn’s hotel Fontainebleau on the north end of the Strip. The new Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. immersive experience produced by Victory Hill Exhibitions is now set to open at Treasure Island.
‘DWTS’ photos: Wanya Morris slips with switch-up partner Witney Carson
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Johnny Avello predicted that Mirage headliner and Boyz II Men star Wanya Morris would slide down to fourth with new partner for a week Witney Carson. They danced a tango and scored 30 out of a possible 40 points.
Tonight in L.V.: Harlem Globetrotters, Alvin Ailey, Martin Garrix, Jeff Civillico, Guy Russo
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents three world premieres and two company premieres over two nights at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Symphony Park.
Photos: Speed Vegas speeds along at grand opening celebration
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Crowds poured in to be one of the first 100 people to drive on the new Speed Vegas track last Friday, and guests were warmly greeted by Aaron Fessler, co-founder and CEO.
Robin Slonina of ‘Skin Wars’: ‘I knew that everybody would fall in love with bodypainting’
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Television’s first-ever bodypainting competition show “Skin Wars” has become one of cable’s most-watched original series, and thanks to Las Vegas art star Robin Slonina, it starts its Season 3 on GSN on Wednesday.
Caesars Palace’s illustrious history ahead of its 50th anniversary celebrations
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Elaborate preparations are underway for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Caesars Palace. It’s a golden birthday blast that will stretch from June through Aug. 5, which back in 1966 was the opening night with Andy Williams as the headliner.

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