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Celebrity preview: Backstreet Boys, Gavin DeGraw, Collective Soul, Vertical Horizon and comedy kings and queens


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New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys — NKOTBSB — at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday, July 3, 2011. Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys is pictured here.

NKOTBSB at Mandalay Bay Events Center

New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys -- NKOTBSB -- at Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 3, 2011. Launch slideshow »

It’s a clash of the comics this weekend as comedians and comediennes do battle in town. Do hotel entertainment directors competitively collude to ensure that each of them has a similar themed weekend? It’s certainly strange to see so many hotels with so many comics at the same time.

Maybe they’re burned out from all the same-sounding music in our nightclubs through the summer nights so they thought a good dose of fun, humor and laughter was exactly what the city needed. But all on the same two nights?

The headliners are Jerry Seinfeld, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Margaret Cho, Tim Allen, Gabe Kaplan and my personal-favorite pundit and hysterical social commentator Dennis Miller. Take your pick, but the laughs are guaranteed.

Music fans will find happiness with the Backstreet Boys at Mandalay Bay, which also is where the Eighth Annual Wine Amplified Weekend takes place with Collective Soul, Gavin DeGraw and bubbly and chocolate, but for smooth soul and R&B, Boyz II Men are back at the Mirage with their residency.

Our local-hero entertainer Clint Holmes performs all weekend at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center, singing songs requested by fans at his Twitter account @ClintHolmesLV. For yesteryear fans, 75-year-old Jack Jones sings his Grammy winners “Wives & Lovers,” “Lollipops & Roses” and “Impossible Dream.”

The impossible becomes reality now for the always sweet and affectionate Royal Robin Rundown, as each week this time we capture the highlight attractions and features of our entertainment scene:



Collective Soul and Vertical Horizon are at Mandalay Bay Beach for the first night of the Eighth Annual Wine Amplified Weekend: Rock and Roll’s Bubbles & Chocolate.

'The Symphonic Rock Show' at Smith Center

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The “Symphonic Rock Show” features Brody Dolyniuk with Yellow Brick Road and 25 orchestra musicians at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center.

Clint is nearby at Cabaret Jazz.

Boyz II Men are at the Mirage all weekend.

The Cult and White Hills and separately the Rising’s Bruce Springsteen Tribute are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

Nashville Unplugged with the “Story Behind the Song” featuring Ashley Gorley and Chris Destefano is at Red Rock Resort.

Gene Watson is at Boulder Station.

Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra are at the Access Showroom at Aliante.


Jerry Seinfeld is at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace for two nights, and it's doubtless he’ll plug his hysterical new YouTube series.

Margaret Cho at The Pearl

Margaret Cho at The Pearl in the Palms on Sept. 17, 2010. Launch slideshow »

Margaret Cho is at the Mirage with her “Mother” tour.

Bill Maher has a two-night stand at Pearl at the Palms.

Tim Allen wields his power tools at the Venetian for two nights.

Five-time Emmy winner and Fox News political satirist Dennis Miller is at the Orleans Showroom for two nights.

Scott Record and Ronnie Schell are at the Improv at Harrah’s all weekend.

Jackson Perdue and Timm Metivier are at Gold Coast Casino all weekend.


The Festival of Fashion at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace features fashion shows, beauty bars and entertainment through Saturday.

Shopping Is Therapy at the Las Vegas Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show is at Cashman Center all weekend.

Super Summer Theater presents Mel Brooks’ musical “The Producers,” who are trying to fund the gloriously offensive “Springtime for Hitler,” at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park for two nights.


Bad Boy hip-hop record star French Montana “Stays Schemin’ ” at Palms Pool.

2013 'Fantasy' Calendar Release Party: the Show

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The “Fantasy” cast and new lead singer Jaime Lynch host their “Fantasy Fridays” at LAX in Luxor.

Hair guru Michael Boychuck and I celebrate our Virgo birthdays with a party at Encore Beach Club in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

Henderson darling and “Beauty Kitchen’s” Heather Marianna hosts the Second Annual Gay Days at Luxor pool.



Boy-band idols the Backstreet Boys (Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough) are at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Kevin Richardson joins his Boys for the first time in 10 years on the “In a World Like This” Tour stop, and the opening acts are DJ Pauly D and Jesse McCartney.

Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan honky-tonk in high heels with “Grits and Glamour” at the Smith Center.

Star Surveillance: Gavin DeGraw, Keri Hilton, Miss Teen America, Beach Bunnies

The contestants from the Beach Bunny Swimwears 3rd Annual Model Search at Encore. Launch slideshow »

Gavin DeGraw headlines the second night at Rock and Roll Amplified Weekend.

Jack Jones is at the South Point for two nights.

Tony Sacca, his eight-piece band and the three lovely Saccettes are at Santa Fe Station with a free Las Vegas Rocks alarm clock for each guest.

Charlie XCX, Kitten and Little Daylight are at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

The Kool End of Summer Bash with the Diamonds, the Kingsmen, Chris Montez and the Reflections is at Cannery.

Wilson & the Greenery is at Backstage Bar & Billiards on Fremont Street.

Franky Perez is at Lounge at the Palms.


Kathy Griffin offers rapid-fire sarcasm and the trussing up of Hollywood celebs at the Mirage.

“Welcome Back Kotter” star turned Las Vegas poker pro Gabe Kaplan is at the Suncoast for two nights.


Meet the wise guys, goodfellas and goombas at the Mob Convention at Palace Station for two days.


The official Backstreet Boys after-party plus a DJ set by Nick is at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Skylar Grey is at 1OAK in the Mirage.


Confide is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.

We’ll have reports and photos starting Sunday, and next week we speculate on Holly Madison’s wedding plans, the Britney Spears residency reveal, “Dancing Queen” at Planet Hollywood and the new boutique hotel the Gansevoort.

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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