Friday, May 10, 2013 | 6 p.m.
The Rolling Stones
Rumors that ticket sales are sluggish and deep discounting is under way for The Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” Tour are untrue. The Stones and AEG Concerts West President John Meglen say “those reports are totally inaccurate.” In fact, the top broker ticket price Thursday night was $8,229, while the cheapest — for side-view, nosebleed seats — was $254.
John went one step further and said ticket sales are on pace to gross nearly $100 million from just 18 shows. In L.A., 20,000 were sold at $600 each. And the flex pricing that started the rumors were an attempt by Stones singer Mick Jagger and AEG to keep tickets away from brokers and scalpers.
They have proved to be a source of aggravation here for Saturday’s show at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Another strategy to combat the $3 million that AEG estimates would be taken off the top by brokers was to issue 1,000 paperless tickets via the group’s website at just $85 each, with some of those on a gamble being up front at the tongue-and-lips stage protrusion.
Las Vegas concertgoers can expect 23 songs over the 2 hour and 30 minute concert. Reviewers have said the Stones still retain their “undimmed power, have more swagger than a bullfighter and more brute force than the bull” — and can still claim to be the world’s greatest rock and roll band. I’ll be at the show and backstage in the boys’ authentic British pub they set up at each stop and will use Twitter @Robin_Leach for reports from MGM.
At the other end of the showbiz spectrum is the rare onstage appearance of legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis, who performs at South Point — ironically the scene of his last Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. To this day, he’s never explained why they severed ties after more than 30 years.
Jerry, 87, who started in showbiz at age 5, will share career stories and memories and handle a closing Q+A. His longtime partnership with Dean Martin began in 1946. He also promises never-before-seen videos from his personal collection.
It truly is a mixed musical bag of entertainment this weekend, from The Osmonds at The Orleans to Carlos Santana returning to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, from The Beach Boys at Cannery and The Supremes legend Mary Wilson at Suncoast to Molly Ringwald tackling The Great American Songbook at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman starts the annual 5K run along the Strip while husband Oscar Goodman goes bowling for charity. The First Couple of Las Vegas found unique events to attend, and so can you in our mileage-plus, strike-filled Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, MAY 10
Carlos Santana is at HOB all weekend.
Boyz II Men continue their residency at The Mirage all weekend.
The Osmonds — brothers Merrill, Jay and Jimmy — are at The Orleans Showroom all weekend.
Molly Ringwald and Her Trio perform The Great American Songbook at Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center for two nights.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds are at Symphony Park at The Smith Center.
Great White rocks out at Boulder Station.
Husband-and-wife Brandon and Leah Jenner open the Fourth Annual Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest on Fremont Street Downtown. Judges include Linda Thompson, her brother Sam Thompson and Las Vegas Sun Editor at Large John Katsilometes.
Nashville Unplugged with hosts Brian McComas and Aaron Benward features Paul Jenkins and Jason Sellers at Red Rock Resort.
Oni Logan (The Lynch Mob, Dio Disciples) joins “Raiding the Rock Vault” through May 25 at LVH.
The Whip It’s “Party Like It’s $19.99” is at Silverton Casino Lodge’s poolside concert series.
Comedy king, actor and singer Jerry Lewis is at South Point all weekend.
Ray Romano is at The Mirage for two nights without previously announced partner Kevin James.
“The Naughty Show” is a special AVN production including comedy, adult film stars and burlesque, with appearances by Lexi Belle, Andy San Dimas, Leigh Acosta, Malice, Sam Tripoli, Gareth Reynolds, Jason Thibault (Deathsquad) and Bunny Fever at Vinyl in The Hard Rock Hotel for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Shania Twain’s year-end 22 shows Oct. 15-Dec. 14 at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit’s Grand Tasting with star chefs Michael Mina, Joel Robuchon, Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Michel Richard and many more is at Garden of the Gods at Caesars. Fifty-plus chefs and more than 100 wines! Go to our VUBBA Royal Robin Rundown and VegasUncorked.com for all the weekend events, and don’t miss the Vodka & Caviar experience at Red Square in Mandalay Bay.
The Last Cowboy Standing will see 49 fallen bull-riders and just one winner at Mandalay Bay Events Center for two nights, with a performance by Gary Allan on Saturday.
Former Mayor Oscar Goodman rolls the first ball at the Scholarship Fundraiser Bowling Tournament presented by the Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association at Red Rock.
The San Gennaro Feast at Grand Canyon Shopping Center continues all weekend with fireworks on Mother’s Day to wrap up the festivities, shows, 80 amusement rides and 70 food stations.
Actor Matthew Gray Gubler (“Criminal Minds”) hosts the Set Sail With Saks fashion show and dinner at Las Vegas Country Club to benefit the American Lung Association.
Fabrik Fridays’ fashion vs. dining party launches at SHe at Crystals in CityCenter.
Hometown hero superstar Ne-Yo is at 1OAK in The Mirage.
DJ Calvin Harris returns to his super-DJ booth at Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand.
SATURDAY, MAY 11
The Rolling Stones — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood — are “50 and Counting” at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and they’re still breaking global records.
The Beach Boys are at Cannery.
Foreigner is at Sunset Station’s Outdoor Amphitheater with members of Las Vegas Academy’s choir program performing “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
Gary Allan is at Mandalay Bay Beach for PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing.
Mary Wilson of The Supremes, who racked up 12 No. 1 hits, is at Suncoast for two nights.
Ratt, Dokken and Warrant are at Henderson Pavilion.
Os Mutantes are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
Nevada Ballet Theater’s “Romeo & Juliet” is at The Smith Center for two days.
“1964: The Tribute” is at The M Resort.
“Jazz in the Park” with Dee Dee Bridgewater and Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo is at Clark County Government Center Amphitheater.
Harrah’s headliner comedian Mac King celebrates his 13th anniversary with a performance and party.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Vegas Uncork’d presents a Bellagio Block Party Event with star chefs Todd English and Akira Back partnering with two students from Le Cordon Bleu in a live grilling challenge with $25,000 of scholarship prize money at stake. Also, DJ chef Steve Martorano cooks up a crab and spaghetti dinner at his Cafe Martorano at The Rio.
Ryno Running’s annual Las Vegas 5K beginning and ending at Town Square includes post-race entertainment by “America’s Got Talent” champion Michael Grimm.
2013 Miss Nevada USA Chelsea Caswell and reigning Miss USA Nana Meriwether host a meet-and-greet at Nellis Air Force Base.
Pinoy Pride is at Boulevard Mall for two days, with the Jabbawockeez promoting their new Luxor show.
Olly Murs performs at Pure in Caesars.
DJ Calvin Harris is at Wet Republic at MGM Grand.
DJ Dave Aude is at Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria.
The Bingo Players spin at Hakkasan.
SUNDAY, MAY 12
Happy Mother’s Day!
“ABBA: The Concert” is at Eastside Cannery.
Kristen Hertzenberg, who starred as Christine Daae in “Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular” at The Venetian, is guest singer with The Phat Pack at the Plaza.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Boyz II Men host racing with a youth group from Speedway Children’s Charities and their Boyz II Men House at Pole Position Raceway opposite Palms Place.
DJ Danny Avila is at Wet Republic.
We’ll have a Rolling Stones concert report here Sunday and stories and photos from VUBBA. Later in the week, the third and final part of our Oscar Goodman interview and the shocking wars that have broken out among nightclub promoters after the arrest of one who had been pimping model escorts and call girls in our clubs. To quote Claude Rains in “Casablanca”: “I am shocked — shocked — to find that this is going on here!”
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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