Friday, May 30, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Nostalgia new and old permeates the entertainment offerings this weekend in Las Vegas. Remember the boyband era of yesteryear? The Backstreet Boys are alive and kicking on tour this time around with Avril Lavigne.
After their two nights at Axis at Planet Hollywood, they will host after-parties at Chateau in the Paris next door, and Nick Carter will do a guest DJ spot tonight behind the dueling decks. A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough also will be there for their fans.
There’s Johnny Mathis still flaming the fires of desire with his smooth-as-silk love songs, and “America’s Got Talent” winner Michael Grimm of Las Vegas is still sticking to his guns with his music and song decisions.
Britney Spears is on break from her Planet Hollywood residency Britney: “Piece of Me,” but newlywed sister Jamie Lynn Spears will do the rockin’ country-style at Stoney’s in Town Square.
Just as there’s music for all tastes this weekend, there’s comedy of all kinds with laughs guaranteed from Daniel Tosh at the Mirage to long-touring Paula Poundstone at the Orleans. Be sure to read my interview with the funny lady.
And what glimpse at the past would be complete without recognizing multitalented entertainer Jerry Lewis. Can it really be all those decades since his film “The Nutty Professor” made comedy history forever? Jerry is back with laughs, video memories and music at South Point.
So we turn back the clock a little in order to look forward to this week’s ROYAL ROBIN RUNDOWN:
FRIDAY, MAY 30
The Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne are at Axis at Planet Hollywood for two nights.
Coyote Under the Stars & Stripes featuring Gary Allan, Darryl Worley, Elvis Monroe and Michael Austin benefitting Randy Couture’s Xtreme G.I. Foundation is at Sunset Amphitheater.
Jamie Lynn Spears is at Stoney’s.
Johnny Mathis is at the Smith Center.
Steve Tyrell’s “It’s Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.
Tedeschi Trucks Band and Soulive are at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq for two nights.
The New Swing Generation is at the Cosmopolitan for two nights.
Smashing Alice is at Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is at Golden Nugget.
Super Diamond is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Wild Celts are at Orleans Showroom for two nights.
L.A. Riots is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
Daniel Tosh is at the Mirage for two nights.
Paula Poundstone is at Orleans Showroom for two nights.
David Spade at the Venetian for two nights.
Jerry Lewis is at South Point all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The 45th Annual World Series of Poker continues at the Rio.
The Backstreet Boys are at Chateau for two nights.
The Hot 100 Bikini Contest continues at Wet Republic at MGM Grand.
SATURDAY, MAY 31
M.I.A. is at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan.
The Fray is at Red Rock Resort.
Michael Grimm is at Viva Las Vegas Event Center.
Carpenters Remembered are at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
Paul Rodgers is at Eastside Cannery.
London an American Band is at Vinyl.
Roberto Tapia is at Primm Valley Resort
Jim Jefferies is at the Hard Rock Hotel.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The 66th Annual Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant are at Las Vegas Academy’s Lowden Theater downtown for two nights.
The JCK Jewelry Convention is at Mandalay Bay.
Two scheduled book signings for Tony Sacca’s new biography at Barnes & Noble on North Stephanie in Henderson during the day and the Italian American Club on East Sahara that night.
The “Flip Through Summer” family-fun summer-kickoff event bringing to life the magic of reading is at the band shell in Lorenzi Park.
Aloe Blacc is at Rehab in the Hard Rock Hotel.
SUNDAY, JUNE 1
Funny Bones is at Orleans Showroom.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Sunday Night Supper Series Pop-Up Dinner: Swine & Wine is at MTO Cafe on Main Street across from City Hall.
I’m away in Macau handling ring-announcer duties at Top Rank Featherweight Fury matches you can watch on HBO starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. One of the six bouts spotlights Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire, who now lives and trains in Las Vegas.
We’ll be back late Monday in time for the opening of Giada at the Cromwell and the Million Kiss giveaway as Hershey’s Chocolate World opens its doors at New York-New York on Tuesday morning. Esteemed Senior Editor Don Chareunsy will be here Sunday with reports of stars at work and play on and off the Strip.
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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Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.
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.