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Celebrity preview: AC/DC, Awolnation, Lil Wayne, Tyga, Ne-Yo, Curtis Stone, Jose Andres


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In this April 17, 2015 photo, Angus Young of AC/DC performs at the 2015 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

Jose Andres in Haiti

“Undiscovered: Haiti with Jose Andres.” Star chefs Mario Batali and Andres are pictured here. Launch slideshow »

Curtis Stone Pop-Up Dinner at Palazzo

Chef, author and Launch slideshow »

The Foundry at SLS Preview

Ben Carey of Lifehouse, Daniel Park and Seth Thomas perform during a preview of the Foundry on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at SLS Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »


In a sense, it’s the mother of all celebration collisions: Super Bowl 50, aka The Big Game, and Chinese New Year, where we wish everybody a very Prosperous and Happy Year of the Monkey. Kung Hei Fat Choy — and good luck to the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in their football face-off.

If next weekend’s Valentine’s Day love-in and myriad of marriages, along with the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, moved up a week, we would really have a gargantuan party.

But we have plenty to keep us hopping for the next 72 hours, as you would expect in the Entertainment Capital of the World. It’s a culinary weekend, as award-winning chef Jose Andres is joined by Australian hunk star chef Curtis Stone for Dine-N-Dash at SLS Las Vegas.

The dynamic duo guide seven SLS restaurants, just like a pub crawl, then it’s two theatrical presentations as Jose and Curtis tackle a food demo, plus “cocktail theater” by mixologist Rob Floyd. It benefits Jose’s World Kitchen charity and our Three Square food bank.

It’s not too late to join the culinary extravaganza tonight from 5:30 to 11:30. The VIP Dine-N-Dash experience gives guests access to happy hour with Jose and Curtis in Bazaar Casino, admission to a concert by Awolnation in the new Foundry and after-party with Jose in Bazaar Meat.

If you are a diehard Michael Jackson fan, you might want to stay home to watch tonight’s Showtime premiere of Spike Lee’s documentary “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall,” an insightful chronicle from his start as a member of The Jackson 5 through the release of “Off the Wall.” The doc also is available for purchase on

Super Bowl 50 has its Halftime Show with Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyonce in her fourth Super Bowl show (will hubby Jay Z, who was on Coldplay’s “Lost,” make a surprise duet with his wife?), but we have plenty of music and comedy to stay on top:

AC/DC rocks out at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Blood, Sweat and Tears with Bo Bice is at Golden Nugget, Awolnation is at SLS, Bullet For My Valentine is at Hard Rock Hotel, and it’s a delight to see Jimmy Hopper back on the Strip with his exuberant piano vocals.

Resident stars Mariah Carey, Carlos Santana and Clint Holmes are on duty, plus the comedy of Sinbad, Jon Lovitz, “The Reverend” Bob Levy and Daniel Tosh.

Ne-Yo leads the party patrol at Chateau, and UFC Octagon girls Arianny Celeste, Brittney Palmer, Chrissy Blair, Vanessa Hanson with Kendra Perez party at Hyde Bellagio after UFC Fight Night 82 with Stephen Thompson, Johny Hendricks, Roy Nelson and Jared Rosholt.

And it’s a unique First Friday with maternity belly bodypainting on pregnant model KareeAnne Salgado at Skin City’s two-woman art exhibit by Cristina Paulos and Audrey Fox.

Let’s deliver our knockout punch with this week’s Royal Robin Rundown and pay special attention to the huge list of ticket sales for shows and events that keep Las Vegas on top:



Opening Night of Mariah Carey

Opening night of Mariah Carey’s “Mariah #1 to Infinity” at the Colosseum on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Mariah Carey is at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace through Feb. 20.

AC/DC is at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Awolnation is at the Foundry in the venue’s grand opening weekend.

Carlos Santana is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

Blood, Sweat and Tears and Bo Bice are at Golden Nugget Showroom.

Brody Dolyniuk’s “The Symphonic Rockshow” presents the best of British rock at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center.

Clint Holmes and Domenick Allen are at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for two nights.

Dion DiMucci is at Orleans Showroom for two nights.

Empire Records is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.

In Its Entirety Concert Series: Miller & Doobies featuring The Steve Miller Band and The Doobie Brothers’ greatest hits is at Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort.

Frank Ortega is at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at Town Square.


Jon Lovitz is at South Point for two nights.

The “Reverend” Bob Levy and WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley are at South Point for two nights.

Sinbad is at Orleans Showroom for two nights.

Daniel Tosh is at the Mirage for two nights.

“Panties in a Twist” (or knickers in a knot, as we say in England) is at Troesh Studio Theater at Smith Center for two nights.


Venetian Welcomes John Fogerty

The Venetian welcomes new headliner John Fogerty on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

UFC Fight Night 82 Media Day

Fighters Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson pose off before the cameras during the UFC Fight Night 82 media day at the MGM Grand on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Launch slideshow »

Tickets are on sale for The Righteous Brothers run at Harrah’s starting March 23; Kenny G on April 1 and John Fogerty from Sept. 14-Oct. 1 at the Venetian; Chris Stapleton and Anderson East on April 15 at the Joint; Rita Rudner from April 22-23 at Red Rock Resort; Foals on April 24 and Umphrey’s McGee from May 6-7 at Brooklyn Bowl; and Barenaked Ladies on July 22 at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

UFC Fight Night 82 is at MGM Grand.

The 8th Annual World MMA Awards is at the Venetian.

Jose Andres and Curtis Stone host Dine-N-Dash at SLS.

The 2016 Las Vegas Music Summit with panels, networking and showcases is downtown.

The Gospel Jubilee Awards is at Ron Decar’s Event Center.

NHRA preseason testing and Mayhem No. 2 are at Las Vegas Motor Speedway all weekend.

Skin City celebrates First Friday.

Station Casinos’ “RedY for the Cause” raises funds through proceeds and winnings of red-themed dining, gaming and spa offerings.

Chinese New Year celebrations begin at Mandarin Oriental.


2015 Halloween: Tyga at Drai’s

Tyga, second from right, hosts Halloween Weekend at Drai’s on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, atop the Cromwell. Launch slideshow »

Miguel Debuts at Drai’s

Miguel makes his debut at Drai's Nightclub on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, atop the Cromwell. Launch slideshow »

2014 NYE: Hardwell, Calvin Harris, Tiesto at Hakkasan

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

Rapper Tyga is at Drai’s atop the Cromwell, and bets are on that girlfriend Kylie Jenner will be watching from the wings.

DJ A-Trak is at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

Miguel is at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.

Calvin Harris is at Omnia in Caesars Palace.

DJ Irie is at 1OAK in the Mirage.



Lil Wayne, Method Man & Redman are at the Foundry.

Bullet For My Valentine is at the Joint.

Pink Martini featuring the Las Vegas Philharmonic is at Smith Center.

Emily King and Cameron Calloway are at Brooklyn Bowl.

Sin City Sinners is at Vinyl.

Franky Perez and Cristian Brady are at Lounge at the Palms.

Euge Groove is at Aliante.

Lady Reiko is at Backstage Bar & Billiards.

Jimmy Hopper is at Ron Decar’s Event Center.


Tickets are on sale for Emo Night Brooklyn on March 6 and May 25 at Brooklyn Bowl.

Mardi Gras Las Vegas for the family featuring Big Easy Lounge is at Springs Preserve.

Eccoci Boca Park hosts “Super Bowl of Fashion” with Mrs. Nevada-America and entertainment by John Anthony.

Award-winning actress, singer and dancer Leigh Zimmerman teaches “Mastering Musical Theater Masterclass” at Best Agency.


Big Boi of Outkast is at Surrender.

Big Sean is at Drai’s.

Scott Disick hosts at 1 OAK.

Ne-Yo hosts at Chateau at Paris Las Vegas.

Chrissy Blair, Arianny Celeste, Brittney Palmer and Vanessa Hanson host a UFC after-party with guest Kendra Perez at Hyde Bellagio.

J. Cole is at Light in Mandalay Bay.

DJ Tiesto is at Hakkasan.

Cain Velasquez host an after-fight party at LAX in Luxor.

DJ Pauly D is at Vanity in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Sexy brunette adult-movie star Gianna Michaels teases with her 5’11” curvy, statuesque frame in performances at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.



Order the pizzas and beers: It’s Super Bowl 50.

The 2nd Annual Big Game 10K Race downtown benefits Goodie Two Shoes Foundation.


There are Super Bowl 50 viewing parties at South Point grand ballroom, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Vinyl, Brooklyn Bowl, Hard Rock Live! on the Strip, the Sayers Club and Umami Burger at SLS, Hyde Bellagio and the new Budweiser Beer Park at Paris.

Future performs at Drai’s.

Gianna Michaels hosts at Sapphire.

Big Global Glamour Models host at Bank in Bellagio.

Bikini Brigade L.A. hosts at Hyde Bellagio.

We’ll have Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show coverage Sunday. On Monday, we’ll run down Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year celebrations. Next week leads into Valentine’s Day, and we have advice from lovebirds Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., along with Never Sleep Alone” love doctor Alex Schiller, who debuts at the “Absinthe” tent at Caesars on Monday.

Our wedding chapels will be working nonstop with ceremonies galore, plus we have secrets of the Showstoppers” orchestra at Wynn Las Vegas from conductor Dave Loeb.

May the best NFL team win! If it’s the Broncos, good luck to quarterback Peyton Manning as he walks into the sunset in retirement.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame 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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