Friday, April 10, 2015 | 6 p.m.
It’s such a sensory overload of music superstars this weekend in Las Vegas, you wonder if the Strip’s casinos all decided that we had to prevent residents and visitors from going to the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif. Or is this just a tune-up for what can be expected for the May 2 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight weekend or the Rock in Rio USA festival starting one week later?
The legendary lineup is as if it’s New Year’s Eve — absolutely incredible: Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga, newlywed Barry Manilow with Dave Koz, Fleetwood Mac, Sammy Hagar, Steely Dan, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Dierks Bentley and even Morris Day & The Time. Plus, artists here before and after Coachella.
For Fleetwood Mac at MGM Grand Garden Arena, it’s the first time in 17 years that Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, Lindsay Buckingham and John McVie are together. Red rocker Sammy celebrates his new group’s debut album “At Your Service” with a party tonight at Golden Gate. He also premieres the video of first single “Pound Cake.”
Added to the heavyweight music punch: the fifth-annual Motley Brews’ Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer — 400 craft beers from 100 breweries, including Southern Nevada — the annual Pirate Fest and Celebrando at Cannery. There’s even a movie premiere, “The Squeeze,” at the Wynn with Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Anne Archer and director Terry Jastrow.
Fans of our new, explosive Arena Football League team the Las Vegas Outlaws will have to travel to Los Angeles for their first away game in a grudge match against the L.A. Kiss owned by rock rivals Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS. Watch it on ESPN 2 if your loyalty doesn’t extend to a road trip yet.
If you’re going to go, go big — that’s the only way to describe this weekend’s entertainment lineup. Without further ado, let’s open this musical bag and hit the high notes on a romp through the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, APRIL 10
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are cheek to cheek with one big band and their jazz ensembles at Axis at Planet Hollywood for two nights.
Barry Manilow brings his “One Last Time” tour with sax sultan Dave Koz to MGM Grand Garden Arena; our Q+A with Dave was posted this morning.
Longtime Prince rivals Morris Day & The Time are at Golden Nugget.
DJ Ashba’s Sixx:A.M., Apocalyptica and Vamps & Fever Red are at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Guitar goddess Annie Clark is St. Vincent at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
The Osmonds — Merrill, Jay and Jimmy — showcase their vocal and musical skills with 28 instruments at Orleans Showroom all weekend.
Brandon Bennett is at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
Nashville Unplugged with singer-songwriter host Aaron Benward welcomes Mark Irwin and Michael Peterson to Sunset Station.
The Kenny Allen Band is at Gilley’s in Treasure Island.
Panda Bear is at Bunkhouse Saloon downtown.
Moksha, Superstar Bingo, Clean Bandit and Spare Time are at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.
Nonpoint, 36 Crazyfists and Scare Don’t Fear are at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Steppenwolf and Pegasus are at Silverton Casino Lodge.
Ray Romano and David Spade team up at the Mirage for two nights.
Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly,” “Monopoly Millionaires Club”) is at Treasure Island.
Laughing Under the Stars is at Sanders Winery in Pahrump for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for “Dancing With the Stars: Live!” at the Venetian on July 3 and 5 and Kenny Chesney’s return to the Joint from July 3-4.
Illusionist Rick Thomas is at South Point all weekend; Ma’Ceo Acrobatic Equestrian Experience is at South Point Arena all weekend; and Glass Craft and Bead Expo is at South Point Exhibit Hall all weekend.
SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway all weekend.
Calvin Harris is at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.
It’s the season opener for the adults-only, topless Venus Pool Club at Caesars.
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
Fleetwood Mac is at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Steely Dan is at Pearl at the Palms.
Sammy Hagar & The Circle (Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson) is at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.
Country superstar singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley is at Laughlin Event Center.
Singer-songwriter and musician Frankie Moreno and his 10-piece band are at Red Rock Resort.
RAC and St. Lucia are at the Cosmopolitan.
Guitars & Country Stars featuring Collin Raye is at Sunset Station.
Dengue Fever is at Bunkhouse.
Five-piece Las Vegas band Walk Off Hits is at Lounge at the Palms.
Jay & The Americans and The Vogues are at Eastside Cannery.
Celebrando featuring La Cecilia & Dueto Voces del Rancho is at Cannery.
Roseanne Barr headlines Lipshtick at the Venetian.
The Poker for Hope tournament at Planet Hollywood features Cheryl Hines, Kevin McHale, Willie Garson and cast members of “Absinthe,” “Rock of Ages,” “Jersey Boys” and “Million Dollar Quartet.”
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Travis Cloer, Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” at the Paris, entertains at “The Love of Children Gala” honoring Kirk & Rhonda Clausen at the J.W. Marriot in Summerlin.
Bad Intentions boxing returns to Westgate Las Vegas with Zab Judah vs. Yakuba Amidu, Jesus Gutierrez vs. James Lester and WBC women’s lightweight champion Ava Knight.
The Motorcycles & Mutts Poker Run at Sierra Gold benefits The Animal Foundation.
The fifth-annual Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer is downtown: 400 beers from 100 breweries, and our regular guest columnist, Food Network’s “Health Inspector” star Ben Vaughn is behind the grill in the VIP tent serving black eyed peas fritters, Southern fish and chips, meatloaf sliders and fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese from his new Southern Kitchen menu opening downtown this year.
The National Association of Broadcasters convention is at the Las Vegas Convention Center through Thursday, and I will moderate the launch of the new AVID Media Central system, which will accelerate the news gathering process for any video enthusiast or news team out in the field. AVID Everywhere lets the news go to all social media at the same time it broadcasts on TV from where the story is breaking.
The Hubb Classic Car & Parts Swap Meet is at the Hubb; Pahrump Valley Speedway Race (also on April 25); and Pahrump Valley Museum Lecture Series all in Pahrump.
The Walking Company and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf host Green Valley Ranch registration events for AFAN’s 25th Annual AIDS Walk on April 19 at Town Square.
Calvin Harris leads the season opening weekend of Wet Republic at MGM Grand.
Rave of Thrones festivities with 6-foot-9 Kristian Nairn (“Game of Thrones”) is at Ghostbar at the Palms.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12
Musical Memoirs of the 1960s with MarQue Munday, Wendy Edmead, Vivian Ross and Crystal Robinson of Radiance is at Santa Fe Station.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Clark County officially celebrates “Las Vegas Drag Queen Day” to honor the world record attempt of the “Largest Drag Stage Show” hosted by Josh Strickland (“Vegas! The Show”) at Hard Rock Cafe on Paradise. Our John Katsilometes is one of the officials.
The Las Vegas premiere of “The Squeeze” starring Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Katherine LaNasa and Jillian Murray at 7 p.m. in Encore Theater at the Wynn benefits Three Square food bank. Producer and actress Anne Archer, director Terry Jastrow and Las Vegas golfer Keith Flatt, who inspired the film, will host a Q+A post-screening. Our Q+A with Jeremy will be posted Sunday morning.
Carlos Santana hosts a meet-and-greet as he pours his new signature cocktails at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
Wet Republic’s grand opening weekend continues with DJ Steve Aoki.
Have a fabulous musical weekend, and we’ll be back Sunday with reports and photos. Next week: We’re geared up for the stars of NAB and the world premiere of the “Duck Dynasty” musical “Duck Commander Musical” opening at the Rio.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.