Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 | 6 p.m.
It’s a rock and roll weekend for Las Vegas with Courtney Love’s shows at Vinyl to celebrate its first anniversary and the Vegas Rocks! Awards at the Joint, both at the Hard Rock Hotel. Add in Daughtry at Mandalay Bay Beach, and rock rules.
It also is a weekend when Aid for AIDS of Nevada celebrates its 27th Annual Black & White Party also at the Hard Rock, and tennis champion Jimmy Connors serves an overhead smash with a speech and Q+A at Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
My pal Zowie Bowie singer Chris Phillips starts his new run of Saturday shows at Heraea at the Palms with love mate Lydia Ansel. If you’ve never seen this action duo with their female backup singers, you’re missing out. Their Friday night gigs continue at Red Rock Resort, and they start Sunday night concerts at Fremont Street Experience in September.
Another pal singer-pianist Billy Stritch, who is Liza Minnelli’s music director, has the spotlight at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center with Mel Torme’s songbook performing hits and arrangements such as “Blue Moon,” “Lulu’s Back in Town” and “Just One of Those Things.”
Before we take a closer look at the rockers, let’s see how Jimmy, a former No. 1 tennis player who won eight Grand Slam titles, will volley at Smith Center. He promises to tell what it takes to win and the stories of his life on and off the court and reveal how his mother taught him the game and gave him that “us against the world” argumentative mentality.
The fourth-annual Vegas Rocks! Awards also celebrates the magazine’s ninth anniversary. After a glittering red carpet of rockers, the “Celebration of Classic Rock” gets underway from the Hard Rock Hotel streamed on StageIt.com. Sunday’s lineup includes Jon Anderson (Yes), Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer), Zakk Wylde, Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Slaughter, Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Simon Wright (AC/DC) and James Kottak (Scorpions). Co-host Sally Steele, publisher of Vegas Rocks!, promises a night to remember.
Courtney began the Vinyl party Thursday night and wraps tonight. Her two nights are part of her solo tour, her first time out on the road since 2010. Always the rebel and eccentric, she recently modeled for Yves St. Laurent and recorded a pirate-themed duet with Michael Stipe (REM). She has battled her own drug demons and caused headlines with her behavior, so she’s certainly the right rocker for Vinyl.
Let’s join the rock and roll party and give ourselves an award for best Weekend Celebrity Preview coverage with this edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, AUG. 23
Daughtry is at Mandalay Bay Beach.
Courtney wraps the first-anniversary party at Vinyl.
Frampton’s Guitar Circus featuring Peter Frampton, B.B. King and Dean DeLeo are at LVH.
Kid Cudi is at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Boyz II Men are at the Mirage all weekend.
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers are at South Point all weekend.
Raquel Rodriguez is at the M Resort.
Steely Dan is at Pearl at the Palms.
Billy Stritch is at Cabaret Jazz.
Nashville Unplugged features Victoria Shaw at Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort.
Orleans & Fireball are at Club Madrid at Sunset Station.
Adam Ferrara and Wendy Liebman are at the Orleans for two nights.
Sin City Sinners perform at Lounge at the Palms.
Lucero is at Backstage Bar & Billiards on Fremont Street.
Daniel Tosh is at the Mirage for two nights.
Paul Reiser is at Suncoast for three nights.
Landry and Jodi Ferdig are at Big Al’s Comedy Club in Gold Coast for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Phoenix at Cosmopolitan on Oct. 8.
Adventuredome at Circus Circus celebrates 20 years of family fun with a monthlong celebration.
Las Vegas Restaurant Week benefiting Three Square food bank continues through Aug. 30.
Jimmy reveals “What It Takes” at Smith Center in the Audi Speakers Series.
Super Summer Theatre continues its production of “Legally Blonde: the Musical” at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park for two nights.
Lupe Fiasco is at Palms Pool.
“Breaking Bad” star R.J. Mitte celebrates his 21st birthday at the new-look Ghostbar in the Palms.
Katrina Darling hosts a burlesque show at 1OAK in the Mirage.
Pusha T performs at the Bank in Bellagio.
SATURDAY, AUG. 24
Street Drum Corps continues first-anniversary celebration at Vinyl.
Zowie Bowie (Chris Phillips) is at Heraea — make it a must!
Keiko Matsui is at Chrome Showroom in Santa Fe Station.
Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber and Everette Harp are at Access Showroom in Aliante.
The End of Summer Party with Jamila Valezquez, After Romeo and Joe Brooks is at Mini Gran Prix.
The Dan Band is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Rob Garrett & The King of Diamonds are at Club Madrid.
Monroy is at Lounge at the Palms.
Los Tigres Del Norte is at Primm Valley.
Russell Peters is at Pearl at the Palms.
The One Mic Comedy Tour featuring Shuu Egar & Maddog Mattern and Matt Markman at Backstage Bar & Billiards.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
AFAN’s 27th Annual Black & White Party is at the Joint.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series resumes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The WBFF Worlds Las Vegas afterparty is at Gallery in Planet Hollywood.
DJ Pauly D spins at Haze in Aria.
SUNDAY, AUG. 25
Sin City Sinners continues the first-anniversary party at Vinyl.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The Vegas Rocks! Awards are at the Joint.
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, DJ Aero and Nick Thayer spin at Rehab in the Hard Rock.
The cast of “Vegas! The Show” at Planet Hollywood hosts a fashion show at Pure in Caesars Palace.
Have a rocking weekend! Our reports and photos resume Sunday and then Monday our exclusive look with Meat Loaf at rehearsals for his upcoming “Rocktellz & Cocktails.”
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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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.