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Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 | 4:24 p.m.
Cee Lo Green
What a party! What a show! And Cee Lo Green’s sneak-peek, ultra-private weekend celebration here proved that he’s going to rock audiences’ socks off with his show “Loberace” starting February at Planet Hollywood.
He assured me that the show will be exotic, energetic and exuberant. He says that I’m not going to believe the costumes and the sexy showgirls. “Sequins? You’ve seen nothing yet! It’s going to all be larger than life and wildly flamboyant. A lot more than you’d even expect.”
Security was intense at Rumor Boutique Hotel opposite the Hard Rock Hotel, where music fans were lined up for Fiona Apple never knowing that Cee Lo was across the street. Your name had to be on three lists to be among the 300 VIP guests cleared to get through the front door, through the lounge and finally onto the lawn of Rumor alongside the pool.
Cee Lo’s spirits company TyKu had taken over Rumor for the weekend with key liquor distributors flying in from all across America to mark Cee Lo’s booming sake sales records. The hotel was ringed with security, and all other guest registrations were nixed. It was a buyout beyond belief.
Cee Lo was the star attraction for the five-hour festivities Saturday night. Chairs, cushions and ottomans were set up in an intimate circle around the makeshift stage. Free-styling rapper Chitty opened the show, and then Cee Lo exploded in wearing a bejeweled black track suit.
Bongo drummers and trumpet players accompanied him. He quickly shed his jacket in the desert heat and in a white T-shirt whipped into his hits and teased the “Loberace” numbers. The VIP guests loved it all -- and especially him. There’s something magical about his intimate rapport. He had all of them waving giant glow sticks and beating in time to the music.
Afterward, I was invited to one of the new super suites to chat with him. Camille Ruvo and Anna Robins from the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health also talked with the superstar about his upcoming Oct. 10 fundraising benefit at Planet Hollywood for Keep Memory Alive.
Cee Lo and I laughed about working together on this summer’s Slaughterhouse video for Eminem, and then he told me: “I’m really looking forward to ‘Loberace’ in Vegas. It is going to be a fantastic show. We’ve started work on it; it’s looking great, and it’s going to be highly elaborate. Really over the top. A fabulous tribute.
“I’m anxious to get it rolling and can’t wait to show more of it in October. We’re also going to do songs from my new Christmas album coming Oct. 30. We’re going to surprise with some star friends and some of ‘The Voice’ competitors.”
“Loberace” with Cee Lo as conductor and ringmaster opens Feb. 27 and continues through April 13.
Cee Lo summed up: “I love being in Vegas. I love your city. I’m thrilled we’re doing the ‘Loberace’ tribute in Vegas as my first Strip residency. I wanted to thank Vegas for the warm welcome. I’m showing my appreciation with the Keep Memory Alive benefit.”
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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