Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 | 3:26 p.m.
Pop princess Britney Spears! New love mates Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, plus, Paris Hilton and Italian model beau River Viperi! They were among the celebrities who turned the biggest star-studded private celebration Las Vegas has ever seen into the party of the year.
With R&B and rap stars Swizz Beatz, Ludacris and Chris Brown debuting their single “Everyday Birthday,” it was a mega lineup of music superstars all under a giant open-air tent. The party included a Ferris wheel, a fairground carousel, a circus trampoline, a cigar lounge and a huge, after-midnight, 15-minute fireworks show.
“The Hangover, Part III” stars Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis, here on location shooting scenes for the final film in the trilogy, were among the 200 super-private, VIP black-tie guests, but contrary to reports elsewhere, the celebration was not part of the sequel being filmed here.
The extraordinary celebration got underway at 10 p.m., although it looks to have taken at least 10 days to set up the party area on an empty lot just off the Strip. Unless you had the printed parking permit and your name was on the security list, there was no way for gatecrashers to get through the super-tight, airport-style security.
Even with the clocks turned back an hour at 2 a.m. today, the stars said they were determined to keep the excitement going till dawn. It was nonstop, unlimited drinks poured by an attractive army of 250 glamour girls dressed in revealing, short, tight red outfits.
There also was a super squadron of Cirque du Soleil-type entertainers on stilts, masked curvy creatures, revelers in lit-up costumes and bizarre outfits, and lacy lingerie-wearing ladies swinging on hoops suspended over the two screened, offside walls where the dancers kept the electricity sparking. A troupe of mini-people even added to the fun.
The party playpen was divided into two sections, an amusement park area with fairground attractions and a nightclub-style dance floor area with luxurious leather couches to watch the sensational stage and firework shows.
On stage, the 2-hour concert never seemed to end, with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx playing unexpected MC and wrangler of the stars. Psy opened the private concert with his monster global hit “Gangnam Style.”
The high energy had just begun to pick up as the strip-down-to-his-briefs antics of LMFAO’s Redfoo and the Party Rock Crew followed. He even left the stage and went dancing in the crowd; the inflatable life-sized zebra remained onstage! Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes and QTip followed with amazing performances before the massive fireworks display.
That was the cue for Britney’s arrival as she strolled through the crowd greeting the platinum party people and then going up onstage. As Britney sang, a laser light show lit up the sky as the four giant overhead video screens rolled up to give everybody the perfect view of the fireworks.
The celebrity list was endless. I have been to many jaw-dropping “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” parties around the world over the years, but this one topped them all.
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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