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Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors: The Jacksons, Nicole Richie, Trisha Yearwood and Yardbird


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Marlon, Jackie and Tito Jackson arrive at the red carpet for Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

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It’s a Wednesday of Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors!

My ticketing spies tell me that the late Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, is bringing her grandchildren to support The Jacksons in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” when it celebrates its official grand opening this weekend at Planet Hollywood.

Katherine will have Prince Michael Jackson II, aka Blanket, and Michael Jackson Jr. in tow for the debut shows Thursday and Friday ahead of Saturday’s official star-studded red-carpet gala premiere.

I don’t know yet which night Michael’s daughter Paris will be in to see the new music-and-storytelling show that will rotate with Meat Loaf as the headliner in Adam Steck’s production.

UNDER BRITNEY’S FOOT: Former “The Simple Life” reality TV star turned fashion designer Nicole Richie wound up onstage Tuesday night in the Axis at Planet Hollywood under the thigh-high leather boot of pop princess Britney Spears, who was wearing a cutout jumpsuit to show off her sexy lacy black stockings.

Nicole was pulled up from her VIP booth during the “Freak Show” number in “Britney: Piece of Me” and was “forced” to crawl on all fours around the stage while chained to Britney’s wrist and whip. Previously, Mario Lopez, Lance Bass and Britney’s boyfriend David Lucado have been among the happy victims of the S&M-themed sequence.

Trisha Yearwood This Is Me You’re Talking To

TRISHA ON TOUR: Country queen Trisha Yearwood has beaten her husband Garth Brooks to the punch; she’s going out on tour before him. Her 20-city tour starts today in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and ends April 12 in Canada. Trisha and Garth, who had a three-year residency at Steve Wynn’s Encore Theater, says her surprise solo tour “Just Because” won’t interfere with the couple’s plans to tour together this fall.

She laughs that she’s structured her tour so that she’s gone only two weekends out of the month while he’s playing Dad to their daughters during soccer season, and she’ll bake casseroles in advance so that he still eats her homemade cooking. She plans to finish another album this summer (her last was in 2007), Season 5 of her “Southern Kitchen” on the Food Network and a third cookbook before their world tour.

Trisha says the idea to squeeze in the mini-tour, which does not play near Las Vegas, came from a fan on her live weekend tweet sessions asking if she was finished with music. So she decided to prove to fans that she isn’t “just because.” Now expect a line of Just Because fashions and merchandise!


NEW PALAZZO RESTAURANT: One of Florida’s most successful restaurants is reportedly finally taking over the former Dos Caminos space in Palazzo. Fans say Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach serves the best fried chicken anywhere. Yardbird has picked up accolades from the James Beard Awards and Bon Appetit.

John Kunkel, who owns the company 50 Eggs that operates Yardbird, is quietly reportedly to be reducing the size of the sprawling space for his pressure-cooking processes, which serve more versions of chicken than ever thought possible.

ISO NEW HOME? Which sexy topless girls striptease revue is rumored to be booted from its hotel venue at the end of the month?

COMPANION SHOW: Is there a plan under development to bring in a companion show for the dark nights of Sundays and Mondays when a bestselling five-nights-a-week show has days off? Presumably, companion shows also could slot into vacation weeks so that showrooms are occupied seven nights a week year round. If successful, that could start an entertainment opportunity certain to be followed at many casinos.

RESORT IN BAHAMAS: Two top Las Vegas hotel executives have reportedly won the right to run the Chinese-built Baha-Mar resort opposite the Atlantis in the Bahamas.

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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