Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 | 11:46 p.m.
Sean “Diddy” Combs is about to open a new nightclub in Las Vegas.
Well, almost: He’s going to help open one.
“(The) Hard Rock is opening a club and I’m supposed to be opening up that new club for them,” he told the Weekly on Saturday afternoon during an exclusive interview at the Paris Hotel and Casino.
“I’m opening up the club so, you know, that’s pretty big in itself,” he said.
The new nightspot, Vanity, is set to open on New Year’s Eve.
Still, the rapper formerly known as Puff Daddy won’t necessarily be at the Hard Rock when the ball drops on 2010.
Instead, he said he is scheduled to host a day or two after the grand opening celebration on or around Jan. 2.
Still, he may very well be there on NYE.
“I may be out here; I may be shooting a television special,” he teased.
Will it be a Vegas-based portion of MTV’s New Years Eve coverage? Will he ring in 2010 live on E!, or will it be part of something else altogether? He declined to say.
“I can’t give you any more details, that’s breaking news,” he smiled.
Still, it’s pretty safe to say Diddy is planning to party somewhere in Las Vegas on Dec. 31.
The hip-hop heavyweight is no stranger to the Las Vegas club scene and likely has a litany of lucrative hosting offers on the table for New Years Eve.
“I’m the black Sinatra,” he said. “I’m supposed to be out here.”
It wasn’t always this way for the rapper/actor/producer/fashion designer/fragrance developer/father/vodka czar.
“I used to come to Vegas maybe once every other year,” he said. “I’ve been out here already four times this year … This is the most I’ve been out here.”
In the modern day Sinatra’s Rat Pack: “Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, Tyrese (Gibson), (and) Ashton Kutcher.”
The group will get together later this week, in New York, for Diddy’s birthday party.
The superstar turned 40-years-old on Nov. 4.
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.