Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 | 6 p.m.
This Valentine’s Day weekend, there can be no excuses for not taking out the love of your life for a big-time entertainment treat. There’s music for young and old alike.
Think Helen Reddy and Dion. Think Crystal Gayle and Daughtry. Think the awesome and explosive power of Meat Loaf and the legendary The Eagles. There’s pop, rock, country and the triumphant return of Super Bowl XLVIII phenomenon Bruno Mars.
So if you’ve forgotten chocolates, roses, champagne or lingerie for your true love, scamper out and buy show tickets. It’s the perfect weekend to revel in the sights, senses and sounds of our Entertainment Capital of the World. You’ll definitely be rewarded with a weekend of unbridled passion.
Pop veterans Helen Reddy and Dion play the Orleans on back-to-back nights. Helen is making her first foray back to Las Vegas in 20 years and her return to touring in a decade. Back in the day, she was the queen of the music business and created “I Am Woman” female power. Dion struck gold in the 1950s with “Runaround Sue” and is a deserved member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Meat Loaf returned to his Planet Hollywood residency Thursday night more powerful than last fall’s debut run. He’s set for 23 more shows through April. He’s added surprises onstage, which appear with the introduction of his long-remembered Rabbit character, who, as the 10,000th visitor to Las Vegas, wins the right to introduce the singer-actor. Meat now has the adoring audience fill out cards for questions so that they aren’t speechless when he asks for them.
The explosive and incredible rock show had fans dancing throughout the theater and yelling for more during the standing ovation after nearly 2 hours of intense music artistry. His band is so brilliantly taut that the guitar strings could snap any moment and the drums disintegrate. His two dominating, sexy female singers could have any man groveling under the dashboard light. Truly a masterpiece production and performance.
But I’m guessing that it will be all about Bruno this weekend. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter resumes his extended run at the new Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan. Birthday girl Havana Brown, who will be celebrating at Tao in the Venetian, runs the night and opens for Bruno, who achieved five No. 1 hits faster than Elvis Presley.
So think the look of love and fire Cupid’s arrow. If you don’t have a date, find one at the speed-dating contest and Guinness World Record try at the D Las Vegas downtown. Organizers guarantee that you’ll meet 28 opposites for 3 minutes each, so hopefully you’ll help break a new world record and find your soul mate.
Time to now speed through our 3 minutes of the Royal Robin Rundown that every Friday proves that love is grand:
FRIDAY, FEB. 14
Daughtry and Beware of Darkness are at the Chelsea.
Dion goes solo without The Belmonts at the Orleans.
Grammy-winning country star Crystal Gayle is at South Point all weekend.
Breathe Carolina is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
Gerardo Ortiz is at LVH.
Nashville Unplugged hosts Aaron Benward and Brian McComas welcome Kylie Sackley to Sunset Station.
Hometown singer-songwriter Jordan Kate Mitchell is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
The “Luther Vandross Tribute” with Phil Flowers is at Silverton Casino Lodge.
Soul of the Night is at Aliante.
Ron White is at the Mirage for two nights.
The “Pitbull of Comedy” Bobby Slayton is at the Improv at Harrah’s all weekend with Annie Lederman and Robert Duchaine.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Tool at the Axis at Planet Hollywood on March 15 and Megadeth and Motorhead at Pearl at the Palms on April 17.
The D Date-A-Thon sets out to break the record for the world’s largest speed date at Fremont Street Experience at the D Las Vegas.
It’s Las Vegas Wranglers vs. Ontario Reign, with a free post-game concert by Jason D. Williams at Orleans Arena.
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art has the grand opening of its new 34-painting collection “Painting Women,” spanning 90 years from 1860-1950, from Boston’s Fine Arts Museum.
Artist Jennifer Main, who got her start 17 years ago at the Las Vegas Art Encounter gallery with her first showing, returns from Los Angeles with a new collection and two weekend appearances at the new Art Encounter gallery in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace today and Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Rock ’N’ Roll: The Ultimate Musician’s Fantasy Camp is at Mandalay Bay all weekend
Omarion is at Haze in Aria.
Dillon Francis is at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
There’s a Valentine’s Day open champagne bar at Ghostbar at the Palms, while the alternative “This Is Not a Valentine’s Day Party” features Mics at nearby Moon.
SATURDAY, FEB. 15
Bruno Mars is at the Chelsea for two nights.
The Eagles fly into MGM Grand Garden Arena for two nights of their “The History of The Eagles Tour.”
Meat Loaf returns to his “Rocktellz & Cocktails” storytelling concerts at Planet Hollywood for 23 dates.
Motown legend Smokey Robinson is at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm.
Helen Reddy is at Orleans Showroom for two nights.
The 10th anniversary Love Affair Concert stars The Delfonics, Midnight Star, Heatwave, GQ, Bloodstone and more at Orleans Arena.
New Orleans Hall of Fame showman Earl Turner is at Suncoast Showroom for two nights with his son Aaron from Season 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
John Pizzarelli is at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center for two nights.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic plays “Pops III Love on the Big Screen” for the love-struck Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman classic 1942 film “Casablanca” at Reynolds Hall in Smith Center. As time goes by, it’s ever perfect for this Valentine’s Day weekend.
Smooth jazz singer Bobby Caldwell is at Santa Fe Station for two nights.
Boz Scaggs is at Eastside Cannery.
“Star Search” winner Sawyer Brown is at M Resort.
Metalachi is at Vinyl.
Biffy Clyro is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
Mike Epps is at Pearl at the Palms.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The fifth-annual Special Olympics Las Vegas Polar Plunge fundraiser is at South Point.
The Rocky Mountain Gun Show is at South Point for two days with NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan, South Point head honcho Michael Gaughan’s son.
Walk With a Doc to support Keep Memory Alive is at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
The 2014 Miss Mad Hatter Pageant, with guests Mac King and Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen contestants, is at the downtown Container Park to benefit our Academy of the Arts.
America’s Best DJ Kaskade leads the fifth-anniversary party for XS in Encore.
Jermaine Dupri is at Tryst in Wynn.
Akon is at Surrender.
DJ Pauly D is at Haze.
Juicy J is at 1OAK in the Mirage.
The Halfway to Summer Bash is at Ghostbar.
SUNDAY, FEB. 16
Bones is at Vinyl.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tao: Phoenix Rising, with explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography, is at Smith Center.
It’s the Las Vegas Wranglers vs. Colorado Eagles at Orleans Arena.
The L.V. ProSoccer Challenge between the Colorado Rapids and Club Chivas USA is at Sam Boyd Stadium.
The wrestling kings of WWE Live are at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The first-ever Halfway to the Electric Daisy Carnival winter dayclub pool party is at Marquee Dayclub.
Bruno Mars hosts his after-party concert at Marquee.
We’ll be back Sunday when the loving has tuned down with reports and photos from the romantic weekend. Next week: Interviews with Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller and the eagerly awaited new Broadway season at Smith Center, which will include the first tour of “Kinky Boots” by Tony Award winners singer Cyndi Lauper and director Jerry Mitchell.
Enjoy the romantic weekend!
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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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.