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Celebrity preview: Barry Manilow + Dave Koz, Tony Bennett + Lady Gaga, Fleetwood Mac, St. Vincent


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The 2011 Miss America Pageant contestants at Barry Manilow’s show at the Paris on Jan. 7, 2011.

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Bob Anderson, Tony Bennett and Vincent Falcone at "Frank: The Man, The Music" on Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Palazzo.

Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett at Chelsea

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett perform classic jazz standards from their album “Cheek to Cheek” at the Chelsea on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

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.

Las Vegas Outlaws vs. San Jose Sabercats: 3/30/15

The Las Vegas Outlaws take on the San Jose Sabercats during the Outlaws' first Arena Football League game Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Thomas & Mack Center. Launch slideshow »

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:



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 at the Paris Las Vegas

Barry Manilow at the Paris on March 6, 2010. Launch slideshow »

Dave Koz and Friends

Dave Koz and fellow saxophonist friends Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot. Launch slideshow »

DJ Ashba's 40th Birthday at the Joint

Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba celebrates his 40th birthday at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Launch slideshow »

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.

7/23/11: Moksha at House of Blues

Moksha performs at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on July 23, 2011.

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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.

‘Monopoly Millionaires’ Club’ at the Rio

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Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly,” “Monopoly Millionaires Club”) is at Treasure Island.

Laughing Under the Stars is at Sanders Winery in Pahrump for two nights.


‘Dancing With the Stars Live’

Kym Johnson performs during “Dancing With the Stars Live” on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at the Venetian. Launch slideshow »

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. NHRA Nationals is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway all weekend.


2014 NYE: Hardwell, Calvin Harris, Tiesto at Hakkasan

Calvin Harris spins at Hakkasan on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in MGM Grand. Launch slideshow »

Calvin Harris is at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.

It’s the season opener for the adults-only, topless Venus Pool Club at Caesars.



12/30/13: Fleetwood Mac at MGM Grand

Fleetwood Mac performs at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Sammy Hagar Belated Birthday Bash

Sammy Hagar's belated birthday bash Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Launch slideshow »

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.

Dierks Bentley at Pearl at the Palms

Dierks Bentley performs at Pearl at the Palms on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Launch slideshow »

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.”


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.



Musical Memoirs of the 1960s with MarQue Munday, Wendy Edmead, Vivian Ross and Crystal Robinson of Radiance is at Santa Fe Station.


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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