Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 | 11:59 p.m.
2013 holiday bash at Light
Music stars turned out to help The Light Group staffers celebrate the holiday season with Wednesday night’s blowout bash at Light in Mandalay Bay. Making the music were hometown heroes Panic! at the Disco with frontman Brendon Urie, hip-hop star J. Cole, New Politics performing their hit “Harlem” with Cirque du Soleil artists and EDM trio Krewella, who were living for the night.
Roc Nation’s J. Cole is rumored to be doing the New Year’s Eve countdown at 1OAK in the Mirage. He joined three friends for dinner at nearby Citizens Kitchen after show time, where he ran into Panic!, and they all posed for photographs with fans.
THOMAS KELLER AT BOUCHON
Celebrity chef Thomas Keller took his staff at Bouchon in the Venetian for a holiday dinner at celebrity chef and “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro’s Buddy V’s Ristorante in the nearby Grand Canal Shoppes of Palazzo.
LAS VEGAS WEEKLY TURNS 15
Although more than 45 minutes late in starting the unscripted, unrehearsed and unplanned Stifler show at Tropicana’s Havana Room on Wednesday night to celebrate our colleagues Las Vegas Weekly’s 15th anniversary, the enthusiastic crowd stayed past 2 a.m. for the impromptu entertainment.
Among those spontaneously jumping onstage to sing and play: Joshua Bell, Vince Neil, Joey Fatone, Clint Holmes, Pia Zadora, D.J. Ashba, Melody Sweets, Martin Kaye, Travis Cloer, Graham Fenton, “Raiding the Rock Vault” cast members, Joey Fatone, Lacey Schwimmer, Felice Garcia, Michael Grimm, Zowie Bowie, Stephanie Calvert of Starship, Savannah Smith, Geechy Guy and, of course, Stratosphere headliners Frankie Moreno (who fronts Stifler) and Claire Sinclair.
I handled the champagne toast. One highlight was Joey, of ’N Sync fame, singing the boyband’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” to Lacey while she danced under blasting confetti cannons.
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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Tropicana Las Vegas sits on the south-east corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, an intersection which has the most adjacent hotel rooms in the world, also making it one of the most busy. The hotel has 1,658 rooms, three restaurants, a 62,011-square foot casino and a spa.