Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 | 10:51 a.m.
Christmas came a little early this year when singer CeeLo Green recorded a “CeeLo and Friends” holiday special Wednesday night at the Peepshow Theater in Planet Hollywood where he will premiere his show “Loberace” on Feb. 27.
Caesars Palace headliner Rod Stewart and 19 of “The Voice” contestants took part with Christmas carols and holiday songs. But it was the Muppets with Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog who nearly stole the show with an original song, “All I Need Is Love.” Our thanks to contributing photographer Erik Kabik for today’s photo gallery.
CeeLo’s concert, a $500-a-VIP-seat and meet-and-greet-the-stars fundraiser for our beloved charity Keep Memory Alive celebrates the Oct. 30 release of his debut Christmas album, “CeeLo’s Magic Moment,” with the show airing on “The Voice” next month, the TV Guide Channel and the new Warner Sound Atlantic Records YouTube channel at the end of November through New Year’s.
Highlights included the duet with CeeLo and Rod, who had his wife and family with him for the show. They dined at chef Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Caesars Palace afterwards enjoying truffle risotto and Pinot Noir from Kistler.
I loved CeeLo’s “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” with Tony Vincent from CeeLo’s team on Season 2 -- CeeLo says it’s his favorite on the album -- and a very emotional “Silent Night” with singer Eric Benet (who was Halle Berry’s second husband). My interview with CeeLo before the holiday special was posted Tuesday.
He closed with his hits “Crazy” and “Forget You” as he enthusiastically promoted “Loberace.” He told me: “We’ve started the entire process. It’s going to be way over the top, a real memorable extravaganza. It will soon be the only project on my plate, so it gets undivided attention once ‘The Voice’ finishes. Just wait till it blows your mind.”
CeeLo looked like Santa Claus in a red vinyl coat atop red vinyl pants and red crocodile shoes. In his dressing room afterward the show, he told me: “I felt like I was singing in a sauna! That’s the first and last time we do vinyl for an onstage look. I’m never going to have another one of those made. You gotta try it to know it, though.”
CeeLo received a standing ovation as the “Jubilee!” showgirls from Bally’s danced onstage for the finale. The audience also marveled at the extraordinary light, sound and effects controlled center stage by John Mobious 8. He told me he uses four MacBook Pros linked to 12 sensor pads he controls from his moving hands that hover above and around to activate sound effects and lasers.
He calls it “The Hydra,” and it took him 17 years of technology to build and then two additional years to make it work perfectly for theater concerts. The DJ wears a metal mask designed by a Michael Jackson wardrobe costumer and says it’s to give him a half-alien, half-human look. He’s the only person in the world with the machine and the ability to control it; Mobious 8 will be working his amazing magic in “Loberace.”
CeeLo summed up for me: “I am so happy this went so well tonight. We really pulled off a miracle considering we only had eight hours of rehearsal time altogether. I knew ‘The Voice’ kids would come through. I knew the Muppets and Rod Stewart would be brilliant.
“I was confident we could do it, and it turned out even better than we hoped for. Now just wait for February and ‘Loberace.’ You ain’t seen nothing yet!”
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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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.