Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | 6:16 a.m.
It’s already been a jam-packed and jubilant June for a legend in the world of rock ’n’ roll and a legend in the world of -- pawn shops.
Sir Paul McCartney arrived in The Entertainment Capital of the World last week to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage, and he was joined by fellow The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil dignitaries including Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Olivia Harrison, Sir George Martin, Giles Martin, Danielle Lamarre and Gilles Ste-Croix.
A refreshingly ragtag group of celebrities joined them on the red carpet outside The Love Theater, including Elijah Wood, Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Slash and hometown heroes The Killers, including frontman Brandon Flowers. Sir Paul, in town with fiancee Nancy Shevell, also performed for a private corporate function the next night, and then rocked a 13,500-strong (sold out) crowd at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday night.
Hometown hero Rick Harrison of The History Channel’s mega-hit Pawn Stars followed up the series’ incredible four season, 80-episode renewal and a thoroughly fascinating interview with Mr. Robin Leach with a PR blitz for his new book License to Pawn that started in New York and brought him back home to Borders in Town Square last Friday with his father, Richard “The Old Man” Harrison.
The main feature Saturday was co-headlined by two Playboy blond bombshells. Also celebrating a new book was Las Vegas’ Sweetheart Holly Madison, who signed autographs of The Showgirl Next Door at Sugar Factory in the Paris and then hosted a nighttime soiree at The Gallery at Planet Hollywood, where she was joined by Peepshow and Holly’s World BFFs Josh Strickland and Angel Porrino.
Former The Girls Next Door co-star Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and NFL player husband Hank Baskett celebrated her 26th birthday at Venus Pool Club at Caesars Palace by day and Pure at the casino resort by night. The fabulous and fun birthday cake was created by one Carla Marrow, who works for Vegas DeLuxe with Leach.
Also celebrating a birthday on The Strip was nightlife queen Allison Melnick, who had chatted with Leach about her big plans for The Big 4-0. Sisters Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton helped the birthday girl celebrate at Marquee at the Cosmopolitan, and they were joined by Lukas Haas and Pauly Shore.
And two more birthdays in Sin City! Actress and singer Juliette Lewis and actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse of Super Bad fame celebrated their births (Mintz-Plasse turned 22) at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris (hers Saturday night, his Friday night), and 98 Degrees singer, founder and all-around stud Jeff Timmons hosted Lewis’ evening. Much to the crowd’s delight, the Chippendales guest host and singer, who was accompanied by his wife Amanda and Laura Croft, was seen taking off his shirt while dancing. The groups also dined at Sugar Factory American Brasserie on the street level, as did singer Ciara before delivering her “Goodies” to Chateau on Friday night.
In the non-nightclub world, hometown hero and tennis legend Andre Agassi presided over the Class of 2011 graduation at his Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy, with tennis legend Billie Jean King giving the keynote address and hitting tennis balls into the commencement crowd. Back in the nightlife world, Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Baller’s Ball at Tao Beach and Tao in the Venetian and celebrated his new EP Go Loco and his new artist Taz.
The 2011 Miss USA Pageant’s 51 contestants kicked off two weeks of events last week that continued over the weekend and kicks into high gear this week ahead of Sunday’s 60th anniversary pageant at Planet Hollywood. The 51 hopefuls -- among them 2011 Miss Nevada USA Sarah Chapman, a Henderson preschool director -- and 2010 Miss USA Rima Fakih, have taken part in events with, among others, Timmons, Matt Goss, Richard Simmons, Human Nature, Chef Susan Feniger and Iron Chef winner Kerry Simon.
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Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and arts and entertainment editor of LasVegasSun.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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