Friday, March 1, 2013 | 6 p.m.
It has to be a Strip first: Three new residency shows have nearly head-to-head clashes this weekend. Five entertainers appearing in three productions battle one another for the spotlight -- and ticket sales.
CeeLo Green officially premieres his new spectacular “CeeLo Green Is Loberace” at midnight Saturday at Planet Hollywood with a red carpet celebrity turnout. My review of opening night was posted Thursday, and I spoke at length with him in a Q+A posted Feb. 20. “Loberace” runs through April 13, but everybody’s hoping it’ll be extended into a long residency.
Brunette bombshell and 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair debuts her saucy and sexy show “Pin Up” at Stratosphere late-night Saturday. She predicted to me in a Q+A a five-year run for “Pin Up.”
Boyz II Men, who still hold the record as the bestselling soul trio of all time, premiere this evening at The Mirage. The “End of the Road” for their booking is New Year’s Eve.
Comedians Bill Cosby and Ron White also are in competition, while country songbird Carrie Underwood, who won Season 4 of “American Idol,” warbles at Mandalay Bay -- what’s runner-up Bo Bice up to nowadays? -- as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul” concert run at The Venetian has its only March dates.
Happy Birthday to Editor at Large John Katsilometes! Be sure to check out his birthday video posted on YouTube; it includes a message from yours truly, “Mr. Lust for Scandal.”
Kats’ 2013 birthday video
Now for more highlights of this weekend’s Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, MARCH 1
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul at The Venetian nears the final nights of their run, with husband and wife and The Venetian hoping it can be extended later in the year. They’re back for two April weekends (April 12 and 26), then we wait.
CeeLo Green’s “CeeLo Is Loberace” is at Planet Hollywood with the hottest dancers, music and costumes.
Boyz II Men begin their residency at The Mirage.
Bob Weir and Jonathan Wilson are at Pearl at the Palms.
Led Zeppelin 2 is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
The classic and sold-out “West Side Story” is at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts all weekend.
“Letters Home” is at Troesh Studio Theater in The Smith Center for two nights.
Cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking Ron White is at The Mirage for two nights.
TV and comedy legend Bill Cosby is at Treasure Island.
James Davis and Dylan Mandlsohn are at The Improv at Harrah’s all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The 2013 Tropic Beauty Model Search is at MGM Grand through Saturday; we posted full details Thursday.
Tickets go on sale for Trent Reznor’s How to Destroy Angels” on April 13 at the Pearl.
Tickets go on sale for Boz Scaggs and Dave Mason on June 22 at the Pearl.
Tuff-N-Uff Festibrawl, featuring future UFC stars, is at South Point.
Big Boi is at The Bank in Bellagio.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2
Carrie Underwood with guest Hunter Hayes and her Blown Away Tour is at Mandalay Bay Events Center. We’ll have a report and exclusive concert and backstage photos from contributing photographer Tom Donoghue on Sunday.
Kansas, with their classic-rock sounds from the 1970s, is at The Orleans for two nights.
The White Buffalo is at Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip.
King of the Cage is at Eastside Cannery.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
“Pin Up” starring Claire Sinclair premieres at Stratosphere.
Rock ’N’ Shave featuring Sin City Sinners is a charity head-shaving event to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation, for lifesaving childhood cancer research, at Vinyl in Hard Rock Hotel, with Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Cook as a guest shaver. Also appearing: Robert Mason of Warrant and Jeff Young of Megadeth.
Another head-shaving fundraiser is at Ri Ra Irish Pub at Mandalay Place with guest shavers Cheaza and Josh Strickland of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood. I’ll be one of the MCs at McMullan’s Irish Pub for that event.
“All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” contestants including Omarosa, Lisa Rinna (with husband Harry Hamlin), Claudia Jordan and Lil Jon are at Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore, followed by a party at adjoining Surrender, where Lil Jon will spin a DJ set -- all to celebrate Sunday’s NBC premiere, with Penn Jillette from The Rio playing for Opportunity Village.
Showtime Championship Boxing headlined by Cuba’s Richard Abril vs. Uganda’s Sharif Bogere for the lightweight title is televised from The Joint in the Hard Rock.
The 9th Annual Family-to-Family Touch-a-Truck at The Orleans Arena features police and military vehicles, fire trucks and big rigs.
Adopt-a-Serviceman at Veil Pavilion at Silverton Casino Lodge offers the opportunity to say thanks and show appreciation to servicemen and servicewomen by adopting them and vowing to send them letters and comforts from home while overseas.
Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas spins at XS in Encore.
SUNDAY, MARCH 3
Meshuggah is at HOB.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The cast of The Discovery Channel’s “Sons of Guns” -- Will Hayden, Stephanie Hayden and Kris Ford -- host a meet-and-greet at Guns and Ammo Garage.
Chef Gordon Ramsay gets ready to grill new “Hell’s Kitchen” contestants in a battle for a prize at Caesars Palace, plus, our exclusive photo coverage of Tropic Beauty. Also next week, we begin a celebration for one of The Strip’s most iconic buildings commemorating a special anniversary.
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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.