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October 17, 2017

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Celebrity preview: Pitbull, Toby Keith, Motley Crue, KISS, Bloc Party, Star Trek



Pitbull celebrates his 31st birthday at 1OAK in the Mirage on Jan. 7, 2012.

'Motley Crue in Sin City' at the Joint

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Motley Crue


KISS @The Pearl: 11/28/09

KISS in concert at The Pearl in the Palms on Nov. 28, 2009. Launch slideshow »

Toby Keith Red Solo Cup

Julia Child

Pitbull at Rehab Season 9 Debut

Pitbull at Rehab's Season 9 grand opening at the Hard Rock Hotel on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Alice Cooper @John Varvatos Bowery NYC

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

It’s a rock-and-roll, hip-hop and country music weekend as hometown rocker Vince Neil leads his Motley Crue and KISS into Mandalay Bay Events Center for Saturday’s double-header rock and pyrotechnic spectacular. A third group -- Britain’s the Treatment -- is the opening act.

“Home sweet home,” said Vince as he arrived home Thursday after a string of sold-out shows in the Southwest. The rockers head to San Diego on Sunday.

KISS frontman Gene Simmons’ KISS by Monster Mini Golf will welcome the group. KISS fans will get to meet the Treatment up close and personal, and original KISS album cover artist Ken Kelly will be signing autographs and drawings. All Hard Rock Cafes in Las Vegas are saluting Gene, and he’ll be at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

There’s even more noise this weekend from rapper Pitbull (Armando Cristian Perez on his birth certificate) at the Red Rock Resort Amphitheater followed the next night there by Toby Keith. It’s a country and heavy metal shootout between Toby and Crue-KISS. Raise those red solo cups!

Our nightclubs are filled with parties and performers galore for the next 72 hours, but there’s also going to be a lot of spotlight on Julia Child. If she was still with us, Julia would be turning 100.

As the woman held in the highest regard for bringing modern French cuisine and chefs to our shores and starting the culinary revolution in America with her book “Mastering the Art of French Cuisine,” Julia is still respected and revered as the queen of the profession. She died at her Santa Barbara, Calif., home two days before her 92nd birthday in 2004 this week.

Watch her wield that blow torch on “Late Night With David Letterman.”

Chefs all around town have special dinner menus paying tribute to her, and a group of our culinary stars taking part in chef Wolfgang Puck’s massive L.A. Food and Wine Festival also will honor Julia. Recommendations: chef Andre Rochat’s dinner at his Monte Carlo and Palms restaurants and Michel Richard’s Central 24/7 at Caesars Palace.

We’ve cooked up a special menu of weekend attractions on the entertainment scene in an amuse-bouche to pop the champagne cork for this weekend’s ROYAL ROBIN RUNDOWN:



Pitbull is at Red Rock Amphitheater with Havana Brown; Urban Soul Nation presents KEM at Las Vegas Hotel; Orgone and Superstar Bingo are at HRC; and Ajapai, Pablo Hassan, Tasha and FMK are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.


Norm MacDonald is at the Orleans for two nights; Dom Irrera is at Empire Comedy in the Paris for two nights; John Caparulo is at South Point all weekend; and Jeff Garcia is at the Improv at Harrah’s all weekend.


Tickets go on sale for the Offspring at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Oct. 6; Korean pop star Kim Bumsoo in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Nov. 3; and Alice Cooper in the Pearl at the Palms on Nov. 30.

The Official Star Trek Convention goes where no man has gone at the Rio; Rao’s in Caesars Palace celebrates Frank Pellegrino Jr.’s cookbook “Rao’s on the Grill.” And restaurateurs coast to coast celebrate Julia Child.


Teen Wolf howls at Vanity in the Hard Rock Hotel; Aoki’s House with Michael Woods is at Surrender in Encore; Havana Brown hosts at Bare Ultra Pool in the Mirage and the Bank in the Bellagio; Big Sean is at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in the Paris; Andy Caldwell and Stellar are at Haze in Aria; R3HAB and Kris Nilsson are at XS in Encore; and Swanky Tunes with Rebecca & Fiona are at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.



Toby Keith and guest Brantley Gilbert are at Red Rock Amphitheater; KISS and Motley Crue are at Mandalay Bay; Paul Thorn is at HRC on the Strip; Fortunate Youth and One Pin Short are at Silverton Casino Lodge; Los Yonics is at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm; the Osmonds are at Suncoast for two nights (Flamingo headliners and siblings Donny and Marie Osmond are on vacation); Filter is at Hard Rock Hotel Pool; All-American Rejects are at Mandalay Bay Beach; Bloc Party, Santigold and Them Jeans are at Boulevard Pool; and Dennis Wise is at Boulder Station.


Criss Angel hosts the summer’s final fan meet-and-greet after his Luxor show “Believe”; Hard Rock Hotel honors electronic music legend Paul Oakenfold with a display case dedication; and Gilley’s at Treasure Island hosts “Boot Scootin’ Benefit” with a line-dancing marathon contest for HELP of Southern Nevada.


DJ Paul Oakenfold is at Hard Rock Hotel Pool; All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter hosts at Chateau; Omarion is at Haze; DJs Scooter & LaVelle are at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria; Sander Van Doorn is at Marquee; Calvin Harris and Bobby Burns are at XS; Nero is at Encore Beach Club; and Turbulence, Lil Jon and Hard Rock Sofa are at Surrender.


Lost Prophets, Cherri Bomb and Almost Normal are at HOB.


Sander Van Doorn is at Tao Beach, and Grandmaster Flash is at Vanity.

We’ll have reports and photo coverage from the stars at work and play over the weekend, so be sure to check back often, plus, continuing coverage Monday. You are now free to “Shout at the Devil!”

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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