Monday, June 10, 2013 | 4:21 p.m.
The four eccentric musicians who make up Quad headliners Recycled Percussion became international jet-setters this past weekend and wowed French citizens by rattling their junkyard pots and pans.
They flew directly to Paris after welcoming Miss USA pageant contestants to Vegas last week –- and returned immediately Sunday to be at the Caesars Palace party for world travel agents at the Garden of the Gods pool on Wednesday.
The group appeared on the French television reality show “Beat the Best," and their weekend performance amazed viewers and judges. Now, they are in the running for the top prize and will have to jet back for the finals.
While in the French capital they posed at the famous Parisian landmark the Eiffel Tower and also placed a “love lock” on the famous L’Archeveche bridge over the River Seine to show their solidarity as a group and devotion to their “junk rock” sound.
PARIS BLACKJACK WIN: It was a winning weekend for socialite Paris Hilton. She said she “cleaned up big time” on the blackjack tables at the Wynn. Paris was at the new Daylight Beach Club this past weekend for best girlfriend Allison Melnick’s birthday. ‘Dancing with the stars’ pro-dancer Cheryl Burke and musician T Pain joined their fun in a poolside cabana as international DJ Thomas Gold spun the wheels of steel. Paris’ boyfriend, Italian model River Viiperi, was joined at her hip as a huge birthday cake was presented to the Los Angeles revelers. They all went off to the XS nightclub in Encore late into the early morning hours where Paris decided to hit the gaming tables just before dawn.
SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS: Pro football Hall of Famer Warren Moon has awarded scholarships the past 25 years to high school students in need. He recognized six students for the 2013 class of the Warren Moon Hall of Fame Scholarship inside SCORE! at the Luxor Hotel Casino . They included local students Joshua Mayfield from Chaparral High School, who will attend UNLV this fall, Carlos Martin from Las Vegas High School and Jared Lebowitz from Flintridge, Calif., recruited to play quarterback for UNLV this fall. Other VIPs with Warren included Pro Football Hall of Fame CEO George Veras and Pro Bowler Hank Bauer, formerly of the San Diego Chargers. “When I first started playing professional football in Canada, my agent stressed the importance of always giving back,” Warren said. “Focusing on giving high school students a chance at a college education is my way of doing that. “
PAWN STARS MEDALLION: A signature series medallion has been created for the 71st birthday of Richard “Old Man” Harrison, and it's on sale only at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop where History Channel films its top-rated Pawn Stars TV series. The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation had a limited edition made up for sale, encapsulated inside Edgeview Holders with a custom label for Harrison to sign in gold Sharpie. “Anything that brings us more money and more business makes me happy,” Harrison said. “Signing these darn things for four hours was certainly a lot of work but well worth it .”
REAL HOUSEWIVES: Fighting, feuding, reality show housewives are again filming on location in Vegas. This time, it’s the Real Housewives of Miami following in the high heels and short skirts of the Orange County and Beverly Hills grouchy glamour girls. Sexy antics are always on the call sheets, so the Florida ladies headquartered at the Palms casino resort kept it classy for private stripper lessons at the Night School 4 Girls and helped the bare-chested beefcake studs from American Storm shed their clothes. Our contributing videographer Richard Corey got involved in the hi-jinx.
TOP CHEF TEMPERS: Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay was himself once on the receiving end of the type of tongue-lashing he's frequently delivered to others. In a delightful article Britain’s Daily Telegraph, writer John Preston recounts the incident when Gordon once worked for Chef of the Century Joel Robuchon of L’Atelier and the Mansion at MGM Grand.
French culinary superstar Joel, who has won 28 Michelin stars to the Scotsman’s 13, employed Gordon in his early days learning kitchen skills in Paris. Joel told the writer: “I’ve never thought of myself as having that much of a temper. But it’s true that I can’t stand it when things are not done properly. When that happens, I cannot control my reaction. It's true I once threw a plate of food at Gordon Ramsay -- it was a dish of langoustine ravioli. He hadn’t made it properly. I told him so and Gordon reacted in a very arrogant manner. Although he was very talented, his attitude had always been… difficult. At the end of every service, he used to fling his pan down on the stove and threaten to resign because I was so demanding. This time, it really got on my nerves and so I threw a plate at him. He took his apron off and walked out. But it was the only time I’ve ever thrown a plate at anyone.”
TONIGHTS TIPS: Late Show comedienne Karen Rontowski headlines with Sean Kelly at Brad Garrett's MGM comedy club through Sunday…SKAM Artist DJ Skatchy plays the STK Magnum Monday bash in the Cosmopolitan with a free magnum of bubbly for every regular sized one purchased….the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities hosts its annual golf tournament at TPC sponsored by the Insomniac EDC folks…. Celebrity chef Todd English hosts the two-day Southern Highlamnds Golf Club invitational to benefit our Keep Memory Alive tournament and I’ll hand out the awards tomorrow at Todd’s PUB in Crystals at MGM City Center.
TOMORROW’S TEASE: Can you picture tall lanky comedian Brad Garrett jogging through downtown streets in a Speedo? He tells us what that’s all about in a humorous interview, plus we meet the Miss USA pageant’s celebrity judges and Ian Zeiring reveals why he may stay longer stripping at the Chippendales revue.