Monday, April 1, 2013 | 12:43 p.m.
The Rolling Stones
Two major music announcements are due within days: News about The Rolling Stones and Britney Spears will make a major impact on Las Vegas entertainment -- and that’s no April Fools’ joke!
First, as we reported in our prediction last week, it’s definite that The Rolling Stones are going back out on tour, and within 48 hours, we will get the official word that Las Vegas will be on the list of arenas they will visit.
On Wednesday, The Rolling Stones will announce the U.S tour dates of the new tour, nicknamed “Doom and Gloom” and tied with their scandalous new video.
The Stones will play MGM Grand Garden Arena, but details of on-sale ticket dates and prices won’t be revealed until Wednesday. Insiders are guessing that with an $80 million guarantee to the veteran rockers, VIP tickets could be nearly $2,000 apiece.
The U.S. stops will be during May now that promoters have successfully juggled NHL and NBA playoff dates with various arenas. The rockers have already set June dates in England and are expected later to confirm Australian venues for their mini-world tour.
It’s highly likely that this will be the last full tour for the group when you realize and marvel that Mick Jagger, who will be 70 in July, and his Rollin’ Stones began in London in July 1962 -- before adding a G to the name!
Surely after 50-plus years of worldwide shows, Mick, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts must claim the world record as the biggest box office and longest-touring group of all time. In 1989, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted them as “the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”; their album sales have surpassed 200 million.
Check back to Vegas DeLuxe on Wednesday and Twitter @robin_leach for coverage of the Las Vegas dates and details.
IT’S BRITNEY …
This also should be the week that full details of the proposed Britney Spears residency at Planet Hollywood’s PH Live are made public. Final minor details are being ironed out today, with contracts being circulated to all the parties for signatures. We should know everything by Friday or early next week.
It was back on Jan. 10 that Vegas DeLuxe revealed the plans for the headliner run planned for the pop princess. It wasn’t until Feb. 8 that Caesars Entertainment confirmed our story. We followed that with more exclusive details on Feb. 11 and Feb. 17, and Britney and her team were here the weekend of March 22.
When the official announcement is made, we’ll learn the proposed starting date of her concerts -- either this fall or early next year. We also should know preliminary details of rehearsals and the show’s content. Check with Vegas DeLuxe for all the Britney residency details over the next five to 10 days.
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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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.