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January 18, 2018

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Celebrity preview: Kendra vs. Nicole vs. Brittney; Def Leppard, Poison, Scorpions


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Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett hosts Wet Republic’s 2012 season opening at MGM Grand on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett

Nicole Scherzinger

Brittney Palmer

Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett Hosts Wet Republic's 2012 Season Opening

Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett hosts Wet Republic's 2012 season opening at MGM Grand on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Nicole Scherzinger Hosts at Pure

Nicole Scherzinger hosts at Pure in Caesars Palace on May 8, 2010. Launch slideshow »

'Surf: The Musical' at Planet Hollywood

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6/26/11: Golden Rainbow's Ribbon of Life at the Paris

Golden Rainbow's Ribbon of Life HIV/AIDS fundraiser at the Paris on June 26, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Morrissey at the Cosmopolitan

Morrissey performs in the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan on Nov. 25, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Jeff Timmons in Chippendales at the Rio

Musical guest star and MC Jeff Timmons in Chippendales at the Rio on May 12, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Viva Elvis Blue Carpet @Aria

The blue carpet for the Viva Elvis world premiere at Aria in CityCenter on Feb. 19, 2010. Launch slideshow »

Nick Cannon's 29th Birthday

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrate Nick's 29th birthday at the Bank in the Bellagio. Launch slideshow »

Three sexy stunners are set to sashay the Strip in a battle of beauty -- and busts. It’s the Playmate vs. the Pussycat, the blonde vs. the brunette, the stripper-pole vixen vs. the singer-actress-sexpot who sizzled as a dominatrix in the hit “Men in Black III” -- and a UFC glamour girl might referee to give herself victory.

Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett celebrates her birthday at Pure in Caesars Palace the day before former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger arrives from England for her birthday at Tao in the Venetian. And Nicole goes head-to-head with Brittney Palmer, the curvy UFC ring rascal who was Playboy’s March cover girl.

They all have phenomenal figures, and we’ll have reports and photographs of their Strip celebrations and party antics.

This should’ve been the weekend that “Surf: the Musical” opened in previews at Planet Hollywood, but that’s been pushed back to Wednesday to ensure that the 146 onstage Surfvision TV screens create the proper 3D effects. “Surf” transport audiences back to 1960s California beach life with the songs of the Beach Boys.

Longtime friend and Las Vegas homeowner Adrian Zmed (“T.J. Hooker”) told me: “I bought a year ago here because my fiance is a singer at Carnival Court in Harrah’s, and now ‘Surf’ becomes a beautiful ticket for me to work in my new hometown. I always wanted to work where I lived.”

Adrian, who plays the Big Kahuna surf shop owner, added: “ ‘Surf’ is a real feel good musical, think Frankie and Annette meet the Beach Boys. I am the father figure to the kids, the mentor with words of wisdom. The creative team has made something really spectacular, and for us working within three levels of projection, it’s like being in a movie. We feel we are actually at the beach.”

You don’t have to wait for this year’s Golden Rainbow “Ribbon of Life”, despite the fact that it will have 380 performers speeding on and off the stage at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts at 1 p.m. Sunday. Yes, 380; it’s not an error, and that number is equal to what the audience was in the early days of the HIV/AIDS fundraiser now in its 26th year.

Now we untie the ribbon around our weekly preview package of all the Strip’s entertainment attractions. So blow out the candles with Kendra, Nicole and Brittney, welcome the “Surf” stars to town, and make it a hot weekend in the expected 105-degree-plus temperatures as you cool down with the Royal Robin Rundown:


Night Ranger performs a free concert at Fremont Street Experience; Primus and Fishbone are at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel; Nashville Unplugged presents Danny Myrick and Tim James at Ovation in Green Valley Ranch; Official Blues Brothers Revue is at the Cannery; and Deanna Martin takes us back to The Rat Pack days of her dad Dean Martin for two nights at South Point (our Editor at Large John Katsilometes recently interviewed Deana this week.

Comedy is king with Ron White at the Mirage for two nights; Jeff Dunham at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace (Achmed the Dead Terrorist is alive for this show); Bill Engvall at Treasure Island; and Jason Dudley and Carla Rea at Big Al’s Comedy Club at the Orleans all weekend.


Tickets go on sale for the Rejects at Mandalay Bay Beach on Aug. 11; Tony Bennett’s Sept. 1 concert at Caesars; Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” starting Nov. 1 at Aria; and Morrissey on Nov. 23 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Hash House a Go Go presents an adults’ carnival with food, cocktails and bands at Las Vegas Natural History Museum.


Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett celebrates her birthday and TV series “Kendra on Top” at Pure; Manufactured Superstars are at Encore Beach Club in Steve Wynn’s Encore; our sister publication Vegas Magazine toasts “The List” at Hyde Bellagio; and DJ Jazzy Jeff is at Palms Pool by day and Rain after sundown.


Def Leppard and Poison with Lita Ford are at Red Rock Amphitheater; Scorpions with Tesla are at Thomas & Mack Center; Kenny Loggins is at Sunset Station; Boulder Blues has Smokin’ Joe Kubek at Boulder Station; Jay White is Neil Diamond at Suncoast for two nights; Chaka Khan is at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm; Crash Kings are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip; impressionists Rich Natole and Bethany Owen are at Italian American Club; and Queen Extravaganza is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.


Tickets go on sale for Mindless Behavior with Jacob Latimore and Lil’ Twist on Aug. 16 at Orleans Arena and Fiona Apple’s Sept. 15 date at the Joint.

NFL legend Warren Moon hosts the 12th Annual Sports Dream Bowl benefit at Texas Station with more than 30 top sports and Hollywood stars, including Shawne Merriman and “Dr. J” Julius Erving.

For the first time, the Lucky Rice food festival moves from New York City to make its local debut at the Cosmopolitan with chefs Jet Tila, Susur Lee and Angelo Sosa from “Top Chef Masters,” our James Beard Award-winning Lotus of Siam queen Saipin Chutima and Jose Andres’ China Poblano’s Shirley Chung among the lineup for three hours of nonstop Asian feasting.


Multitalented Nick Cannon spins at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in the Paris; Nicole Scherzinger’s birthday party is at Tao and Brittney Palmer’s is at Pure; the Chippendales hunks host at Voo Pool in the Rio; and Lil Jon performs at Surrender Nightclub in the Encore.


Singer-songwriters Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs are Dukes of September performing their Rhythm Revue at the Joint.


The 26th “Ribbon of Life” with 380 Strip performers is at Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall. The two-hour show aiming to raise $200,000 features 20 Broadway-themed segments, and performers include Human Nature, “Jubilee!,” Clint Holmes, Chippendales, “X Burlesque,” Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” and Holly Madison’s “Peepshow” cast.

You couldn’t assemble a better lineup of Las Vegas entertainers, and it certainly matches the strength and depth of Broadway Bares in Manhattan. This also will be the last year that performers from “Viva Elvis” and “Phantom -- the Las Vegas Spectacular” will be onstage for “Ribbon of Life” -- both close Sept. 2 -- so please try to catch their last contributions.


Playboy Morning Radio show hosts Andrea Lowell and Kevin Klein take over Venus Pool Club at Caesars Palace for a 3-hour live show airing over Sirius. It’s the first of five consecutive daily broadcasts, and girls who doff their tops get priority to show off their brilliance -- behind the mic. Somehow, Matt Goss, Nathan Burton and yours truly will get in on the act.

Wyclef Jean has double duty performing at Rehab by day and at Vanity at night at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Check back over the weekend as we post coverage of the star and VIP happenings. Have a great weekend, and stay cool.

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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