Monday, March 3, 2014 | 3:34 p.m.
Provocative pop star Miley Cyrus flew in early to Las Vegas from Phoenix for her “Bangerz Tour” show and left town a $2,000-plus winner from a lengthy gaming spree at MGM Grand’s high-limit-lounge blackjack tables.
“All told, it was about eight hours at the tables,” an insider playing there told me. “They started early afternoon, and it continued until she went off to Beacher’s Madhouse to party at night.”
Showman Jeff Beacher played blackjack alongside Miley but lost big time. My reliable insider source reported: “He said it was his biggest-ever loss at the tables, and he’s not going to gamble again for at least six months.”
Miley was joined during her boisterous blackjack stint by some of her musicians and her opening acts Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop — in all, a group of 15. She didn’t take a break for dinner, going from playing 21 to partying at Beacher’s Madhouse.
“They were partying while playing. They were partying before they ever got to Beacher’s Madhouse,” I was told. “Once she got there, the partying just picked up even more. Everybody was hammered until they called it quits.”
Jeff told me: “All I am going to say is that her show was awesome. She’s very hands on with everything, from the choreography to the effects and the overall production. It’s one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen — absolutely amazing.”
Two Beacher’s Madhouse performers were recruited by Miley for the “Bangerz Tour” after she opened his MGM Grand club just before New Year’s Eve: Amazon Ashley, regarded as the world’s tallest stripper, and Little Britney, who celebrated her 21st birthday during the Las Vegas visit.
I’m told that Miley stayed at Beacher’s Madhouse taking in his zany show and partying with the cast until 2 a.m. — nearly 12 hours of nonstop revelry. Talk about “Can’t Be Tamed” and “Party in the USA.”
After she slid down a tongue-shaped slide from images of her gaping mouth for her opening appearance at Saturday’s show, she had a “Wrecking Ball” confession for the crowd: “I have never performed with a hangover before. All thanks to Beacher’s Madhouse — it was the best party in the world,” she shouted out.
Miley used Twitter and Instagram to confirm a few details of her marathon of merriment, but her publicity team kept photographers well shielded and far away from her during the champagne celebration spree.
After Miley left, Jeff played host to DJ Pauly D and Penn Jillette’s wife, Emily Jillette, who was celebrating her birthday with a group of girlfriends.
Our esteemed Senior Editor Don Chareunsy was at the concert; please check back later for his review — he’s probably still recovering from all of Miley’s naughty onstage antics! Thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, who captured the sights and scenes of Miley’s show, as did Steve Marcus of the Las Vegas Sun.
Many teen girls at the concert were dressed in bras and the skimpiest and shortest of mini-skirts and tottering in high-heeled, thigh-high boots. Some outfits were so outrageous, the girls clearly changed before and after the show without their parents’ knowledge. The tramp factor with facial expressions was so prevalent that older men were seen snapping photographs of the youngsters.
Miley’s tour of 60 cities, 39 in North America and 21 in Europe, continues through June 13. It’s her fourth concert tour. She flew home to Los Angeles after Saturday’s concert, and her next concert is in Denver.
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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