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Monday, April 21, 2014 | 11:57 p.m.
“OK, let go. Let go!”
Not to be confused with “Let It Go,” the Oscar-winning song by “Adele Dazeem,” er, Tony Award-winning Broadway diva Idina Menzel.
Instead, it was the plea by “Blurred Lines” heartthrob singer Robin Thicke while performing his mega-hit at the first Saturday edition of Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas on April 12.
Despite motioning two security guards to back off as he thrust himself into the front row of women in bikinis, it apparently became too much as he nearly fell into the crowd as fans pawed and grabbed at his chest, stomach, thighs and … who knows/you know what else.
Such is the life of a surprisingly tall, newly separated rock star clad in a black leather jacket(!), a white V-neck T-shirt and black jeans in 90-degree weather on a Saturday afternoon.
After devouring nachos in a private VIP cabana overlooking Rehab, Thicke entered Las Vegas’ original dayclub in the sold-out crowd singing his hit “Give It 2 U” before jumping on the poolside stage. Thicke continued with “Magic” and “Blurred Lines” as scantily clad fans cheered and sang along on opening day of Season 11.
Thicke thanked everyone afterward, saying, “I love you, Hard Rock! Thank you so much, Rehab! God bless you all! Let’s go!” (Not “let go” this time around.) Comedian and actor Dave Chappelle was among the daytime revelers.
The next day, rapper Flo Rida kept the party going at Rehab after hosting the night before at nearby Body English, where he filmed a video for his new song “Rollercoaster,” as well as at Rehab. The artist got low on the dayclub’s stage with Natalie La Rose while singing “Good Feeling,” “Wild Ones” and more.
Taking the crowd by surprise, Flo Rida, whose big, bulging physique and tattoos were on full display, hopped on his bodyguard’s shoulders and walked through the crowd while performing his hit “Club Can’t Handle Me.” Flo Rida even took a dip in the pool, which hosted guests including New York Giants linebacker Jameel McClain and “Pawn Stars” star Austin “Chumlee” Russell.
The weekend also marked the launch of Pink Taco Brunch, an all-you-can-eat offering from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.
On Saturday afternoon, “The Man” Aloe Blacc took center stage in a gray newsboy cap, a white dress shirt, a gray vest, blue jeans and brown dress shoes in 80-degree-plus heat. (What gives?!) Blacc’s four-song set: “The Man,” “I Need a Dollar,” “Lift Your Spirit” and his big-hit collabo with DJ Avicii, “Wake Me Up.” Blacc is back at Rehab on May 31.
The remaining Season 11 lineup at Rehab as announced thus far:
April 26: DJ set by Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas
April 27: The Wanted
May 3: Kendrick Lamar
May 10: Rehab Bikini Invitational Round 1 hosted by Joanna and Marta Krupa with a DJ set by Crystal Hefner
May 11: Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes
May 18: Resident DJs Wellman, Shift and Loczi
May 24: J. Cole
May 25: Puff Daddy
May 31: Aloe Blacc
June 14: Rehab Bikini Invitational Round 2 with DJ set by Crystal Hefner
June 15: Sky Blu of LMFAO
June 21: Icona Pop
July 12: Rehab Bikini Invitational Round 3 with DJ set by Crystal Hefner
Aug. 9: Rehab Bikini Invitational Round 4 with DJ set by Crystal Hefner
Aug. 31: Puff Daddy
Sept. 6: Rehab Bikini Invitational Finals with DJ set by Crystal Hefner
Michael Goodwin, Hard Rock Hotel’s VP of daylife and nightlife, talked about Rehab’s decade of decadence ahead of Thicke’s performance. Thanks to Scott Harrison and Erik Kabik of Retna for their photo galleries at Rehab.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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.