Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 | 6 p.m.
It’s a winning recipe for an all-star weekend of rockers, comedians, bodybuilders and top star chefs. Stir it all together, add the legendary Carol Burnett, and the tasty treat just can’t be beat.
It begins with the first-anniversary celebrations downtown at the D Hotel with two nights of concerts by Stone Temple Pilots featuring Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington tonight and Kid Rock on Saturday night on Fremont Street in front of the D, with 20,000 fans expected under the watchful eye of 50 additional security officers. (Uncle Kracker kicked off the celebrations Thursday night.)
Male hunks and femme fatales will strip down to the briefest of bikinis to flex their pecs and move their muscles at Mr. Olympia events in Orleans Arena and the Convention Center marketplace. After a year’s absence, Las Vegas champion Jay Cutler returns in a bid to dethrone two-time defending winner Phil Heath in competing for $1 million in prize money. This is the event that started Arnold Schwarzenegger from bodybuilding champion to actor to governor and now filming Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables 3.”
There are two great concerts this weekend that I encourage you not to miss.
My good friend actor-singer Robert Davi (“Licence to Kill”) opens with his Frank Sinatra tribute show for another pal, stinging sarcastic comedy king Don Rickles at the Orleans on Saturday and Sunday. Robert will perform part of his “On the Road to Romance”; he, too, is filming “Expendables 3.”
Singer Mel Torme, “The Velvet Fog,” is hailed a legend with his 65-year singing career. He was a Strip regular in the 1990s with memorable performances at the Sands, and we have the street Mel Torme Way for his entertainment contributions here. Now his son Steve March-Torme is continuing on with the same extraordinary smoldering voice in a captivating, charismatic style so reminiscent of his dad. Steve swings with his “Snap, Sizzle, Pop” show at Smith Center tonight and Saturday. Davi, Rickles and March-Torme are not to be missed.
Mel Torme and Steve March-Torme
Now it’s time to turn the clock forward to today, and let’s go through our sophisticated standards we craft every week in the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, SEPT. 27
Straight No Chaser is at Pearl at the Palms through Saturday.
Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington is at Fremont Street in front of the D.
Las Vegas legend Tony Sacca celebrates his 50th anniversary in showbiz guest opening for Louie Anderson at the Plaza.
“America’s Got Talent” Season 5 champion Michael Grimm and his “Grimm’s Fairytale Tour” is at Sunset Station.
Steve March-Torme is at Smith Center for two nights.
J. Alvarez is at Hard Rock Live on the Strip.
Daniel Tosh is at the Mirage for two nights.
Whitney Cummings is at Treasure Island.
Craig Ferguson is at the Venetian for two nights.
John Caponera, Erik Passoja and Gilbert Lawand are at the Improv at Harrah’s all weekend.
Kyle Marlett is at Bonkerz in Primm Valley Resort for two nights.
John Caparulo is at South Point all weekend.
Bruce Bruce is at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets are on sale for David Nail at Santa Fe Station on Oct. 26; Life Is Beautiful downtown Oct. 26-27; X107.5 Holiday Havoc 2013 with Thirty Seconds To Mars, Pepper and Parade of Lights at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Nov. 30; Robin Thicke at the Pearl on Dec. 29; and Bruno Mars at the new Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan on Dec. 29 and 31.
L.A. Kings battle the New York Rangers in Frozen Fury XV at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America Traveling Food Festival” kicks off with a variety of free culinary consumer events throughout the city from downtown to Summerlin.
Million-dollar cars are on the block at the Sixth Annual Barrett-Jackson Collection Car Auction at Mandalay Bay for two days.
Joe Weider’s Mr. Olympia weekend is at Orleans Arena for two days.
“Pin Up” at the Stratosphere headliner Claire Sinclair taps the Oktoberfest keg at Hofbrauhaus.
Ricardo Laguna is one of the local celebrities taking part in the Trump Hotel’s Boot Camp Wellness initiative that hikes the Strip to do calisthenics at various locations.
The Range 702 debuts its Vegas Zombie Hunt Experience through Halloween.
St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Summerlin Ladies Club present “Luck be a Lady” at Lily Lounge in Bellagio.
Jay Sean is at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28
“Rocktellz & Cocktails” with Meat Loaf is at Planet Hollywood.
Kid Rock is at Fremont Street in front of the D.
Jazz vocalist Michael Franks is at Santa Fe Station.
The Whispers are at Eastside Cannery.
Average White Band is at Cannery.
Case Scaglione conducts the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra in “Masterworks Operatic Love” at Smith Center.
Street Drum Corps is at Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel.
“Mr. Warmth” Don Rickles and opener Robert Davi are at Orleans Showroom for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Mirage headliner Terry Fator sings the national anthem at Smith 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Mix 94.1’s 17th Annual Bite of Las Vegas with Goo Goo Dolls, One Republic, Plain White T’s and more is at Desert Breeze Park.
The Kings battle the Colorado Avalanche in Night 2 of Frozen Fury XV, and Luc Robitaille host a charity poker tournament.
Stars of “Raiding the Rock Vault” at LVH will race head-to-head at Gene Woods Racing Experience in Sports Center.
Caesars Palace hosts its inaugural “Running of the Bulldogs” with 30 of the British blue ribbon animals in celebration of National Dog Week.
The cast of “The BeatleShow!” taps the keg at Hofbrauhaus.
The Las Vegas Comic Expo is at the Riviera for two days with major comic-book creators, artists and writers.
Six top Muay Thai fighters take part in World Stand Off at Tropicana.
Rediscover Downtown Day encourages locals to rediscover all that’s new in the heart of their city.
“Taste America” continues with “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto hosting 16 top chefs and Las Vegas kitchen kings at the Mirage pool.
More than 1,000 works of art from Warhol to Chagall and other greats valued at more than $24 million will be sold at live auction at Martin Lawrence Galleries in the Forum Shops at Caesars.
Gorgeous blonde bombshell and new “The View” host Jenny McCarthy hosts at 1OAK in the Mirage.
Our Las Vegas Weekly colleagues join Mix 94.1’s Bite of Las Vegas Official After Party at Chateau Nightclub in the Paris.
Dirt Nasty spins at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria.
Model April Rose hosts a meet-and-greet at Lily.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 29
It’s laughter and reflection with Carol Burnett at Smith Center.
Julieta Venegas is at Mandalay Bay.
DJ Vice spins at Encore Beach Club for tits Industry Season Closing Party.
Have yourself a tasty weekend, and be sure to check back Sunday for our reports and photos of the stars at work and play on and off the Strip. We gear up for a new week with an exclusive Criss Angel interview in advance of his new TV series premiere and fifth anniversary of “Believe” at Luxor, plus, Donny & Marie’s news, Siegfried & Roy’s birthday celebration and the Frank Marino “Showbiz Roast.”
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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