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November 18, 2017

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Celebrity preview: Backstreet Boys, Aloe Blacc, Jamie Lynn Spears, The Fray, MIA and Daniel Tosh


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Howie Dorough, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson of Backstreet Boys host their official concert after-party at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel early Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, and Carter also performed a DJ set.

Backstreet Boys at Mandalay Bay

The Backstreet Boys' Launch slideshow »

Backstreet Boys After-Party at Body English

Howie Dorough, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson of Backstreet Boys host their official concert after-party at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel early Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, and Carter also performed a DJ set. Launch slideshow »

Nostalgia new and old permeates the entertainment offerings this weekend in Las Vegas. Remember the boyband era of yesteryear? The Backstreet Boys are alive and kicking on tour this time around with Avril Lavigne.

After their two nights at Axis at Planet Hollywood, they will host after-parties at Chateau in the Paris next door, and Nick Carter will do a guest DJ spot tonight behind the dueling decks. A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough also will be there for their fans.

There’s Johnny Mathis still flaming the fires of desire with his smooth-as-silk love songs, and “America’s Got Talent” winner Michael Grimm of Las Vegas is still sticking to his guns with his music and song decisions.

Britney Spears is on break from her Planet Hollywood residency Britney: “Piece of Me,” but newlywed sister Jamie Lynn Spears will do the rockin’ country-style at Stoney’s in Town Square.

Just as there’s music for all tastes this weekend, there’s comedy of all kinds with laughs guaranteed from Daniel Tosh at the Mirage to long-touring Paula Poundstone at the Orleans. Be sure to read my interview with the funny lady.

Jerry Lewis' Lifetime Achievement Award

Jerry Lewis receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nevada Broadcasters Association at Red Rock Resort on Aug. 20, 2011. Launch slideshow »

And what glimpse at the past would be complete without recognizing multitalented entertainer Jerry Lewis. Can it really be all those decades since his film “The Nutty Professor” made comedy history forever? Jerry is back with laughs, video memories and music at South Point.

So we turn back the clock a little in order to look forward to this week’s ROYAL ROBIN RUNDOWN:



The Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne are at Axis at Planet Hollywood for two nights.

Coyote Under the Stars & Stripes featuring Gary Allan, Darryl Worley, Elvis Monroe and Michael Austin benefitting Randy Couture’s Xtreme G.I. Foundation is at Sunset Amphitheater.

Jamie Lynn Spears is at Stoney’s.

Johnny Mathis is at the Smith Center.

Steve Tyrell’s “It’s Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.

Tedeschi Trucks Band and Soulive are at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq for two nights.

The New Swing Generation is at the Cosmopolitan for two nights.

Smashing Alice is at Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is at Golden Nugget.

Super Diamond is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

Wild Celts are at Orleans Showroom for two nights.

L.A. Riots is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.


Daniel Tosh is at the Mirage for two nights.

Paula Poundstone is at Orleans Showroom for two nights.

David Spade at the Venetian for two nights.

Jerry Lewis is at South Point all weekend.

Ryan Riess Wins 2013 WSOP

Ryan Riess, 23, a poker professional from East Lansing, Mich., poses with stacks of cash after winning the World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold 'Em tournament at the Rio Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Launch slideshow »


The 45th Annual World Series of Poker continues at the Rio.


The Backstreet Boys are at Chateau for two nights.

The Hot 100 Bikini Contest continues at Wet Republic at MGM Grand.



M.I.A. is at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan.

The Fray is at Red Rock Resort.

Michael Grimm at Ovation Lounge

Bill Medley and Michael Grimm perform at Ovation Lounge at Green Valley Ranch on May 9, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Michael Grimm is at Viva Las Vegas Event Center.

Carpenters Remembered are at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.

Paul Rodgers is at Eastside Cannery.

London an American Band is at Vinyl.

Roberto Tapia is at Primm Valley Resort


Jim Jefferies is at the Hard Rock Hotel.


2014 Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez: Glamour Photos

2014 Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez. Launch slideshow »

The 66th Annual Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant are at Las Vegas Academy’s Lowden Theater downtown for two nights.

The JCK Jewelry Convention is at Mandalay Bay.

Two scheduled book signings for Tony Sacca’s new biography at Barnes & Noble on North Stephanie in Henderson during the day and the Italian American Club on East Sahara that night.

The “Flip Through Summer” family-fun summer-kickoff event bringing to life the magic of reading is at the band shell in Lorenzi Park.


Aloe Blacc is at Rehab in the Hard Rock Hotel.



Funny Bones is at Orleans Showroom.


Sunday Night Supper Series Pop-Up Dinner: Swine & Wine is at MTO Cafe on Main Street across from City Hall.

I’m away in Macau handling ring-announcer duties at Top Rank Featherweight Fury matches you can watch on HBO starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. One of the six bouts spotlights Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire, who now lives and trains in Las Vegas.

We’ll be back late Monday in time for the opening of Giada at the Cromwell and the Million Kiss giveaway as Hershey’s Chocolate World opens its doors at New York-New York on Tuesday morning. Esteemed Senior Editor Don Chareunsy will be here Sunday with reports of stars at work and play on and off the Strip.

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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