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July 24, 2016

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Strip Scribbles: Celine Dion, ONJ, Mat Franco, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Vince Neil

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Olivia Newton-John and Mat Franco on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at the Flamingo.

Funeral of Rene Angelil

The funeral for Rene Angelil, husband of singer Celine Dion, at Basilica of the Notre Dame Cathedral on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec. Launch slideshow »

A “Celebration of Life” in honor of the late Rene Angelil, the husband and former manager of singer Celine Dion, will be at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace next Wednesday at 7 p.m. per his request just as he organized his funeral services in Montreal last week.

The event will feature speakers celebrating Rene’s life through stories and reminiscences. Admission to the event is by complimentary ticket, which was made available this morning at the Colosseum box office. It’s a maximum of four tickets per person.

They are general admission and do not guarantee admission but will be honored first come, first served, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Rene was the visionary behind Celine’s headlining residency at Caesars, which began more than a decade ago.

Alice Cooper @John Varvatos Bowery NYC

Alice Cooper at John Varvatos Bowery NYC in the Hard Rock Hotel. Launch slideshow »

REMARKABLE SIGHTINGS: Are legendary rockers Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar and Vince Neil plotting a Las Vegas show with their three bands?

Britney Spears manager Larry Rudolph was seen at Westgate Las Vegas on Tuesday playing the new Britney slot machines and enjoyed himself even though he didn’t win.

JAM-PACKED WEEKEND: The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will trot down a portion of the shutdown Strip on Saturday morning to gallop into the entryway of the new Beer Park Las Vegas at Paris Las Vegas. Anheuser-Busch execs and Caesars Entertainment will tap the first keg for the park’s official grand opening that will lead into the countdown start to Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 with a rooftop tailgate party.

The first Davidoff cigar bar with indoor and outdoor lounge seating will be open for premium cigars ands spirits at Fashion Show mall as of Friday, so you know where I’ll be!

Elton John’s 67th Birthday at Fizz

Sir Elton John, right, with David Furnish, celebrates his 67th birthday at Fizz on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

Sir Elton John will play host to prolific British musical writer Leslie Bricusse for his 85th birthday at Caesars. I will join Leslie and his movie-actress wife Yvonne Romaine for a reunion, our first in 20-plus years.

My first story in journalism 60 years ago for the Harrow Observer in England was an interview with Leslie about the musical “Stop the World” he wrote for Anthony Newley and its hit song, “What Kind of Fool.”

Leslie has had more than 55 hits, including three James Bond title tracks. We’ll be popping the cork on bottles of bubbly Sunday at Spago.

2014 ACM Awards: Photo Room

George Strait, winner of the Entertainer of the Year award, poses in the photo room during the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday, April 6, 2014. Launch slideshow »

ACM AWARDS NOMINEES: With the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards returning to MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, we’re on watch for the nominee announcements.

Dierks Bentley will reveal nominees for Entertainer of the Year, Male and Female Vocalists of the Year, Vocal Duo, Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year early Monday morning, and we’ll have the rundown.

The full list of nominees will be on ACMCountry.com after the announcement on “CBS This Morning” and ETOnline.com.

STAR SURVEILLANCE

NHLlegend Wayne Gretzky celebrated his 55th birthday at Lavo in Palazzo with his actress wife Janet and model daughter Paulina enjoying steaks and Caesar salads.

Linq headliner magician and “America’s Got Talent” champion Mat Franco strolled from his backstage to Olivia Newton-John’s backstage at nearby Flamingo to watch her resident show “Summer Nights” and afterward posed for a photograph with the newest Nevada Ballet Theatre Woman of the Year.

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame performed at Drai’s Nightclub atop the Cromwell joined by record producer Southside, fellow rapper Talib Kweli and DJ Whoo Kid.

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Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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