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Celebrity preview: Billy Idol, Joe Jonas, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Engelbert, ‘One Drop’


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Billy Idol headlines at House of Blues on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Mandalay Bay.

Billy Idol at HOB

Billy Idol headlines at House of Blues on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Mandalay Bay. Launch slideshow »

Las Vegas Walk of Stars: Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck receives a Las Vegas Walk of Stars honor at the Paris on July 20, 2011. His wife Patricia and children Scott, Jason and Louise were in attendance. Launch slideshow »

In a sense, it’s an aging British musical invasion weekend: Rockers Rod Stewart and Billy Idol lead the charge with smooth-as-silk romance royal Engelbert Humperdinck.

Rod is kicking his soccer balls high up into the Colosseum at Caesars Palace; Billy is ripping his T-shirts to go bare-chested at House of Blues; and Engelbert is still raising temperatures with fans throwing away their walkers at Smith Center.

All are heartthrobs despite the fact that Rod is 71, Billy has hit 60, and Eng is closing in on his 80th. The chartbusters are still going strong like a fine vintage wine. Although senior citizens, they are nowhere near over the hill and haven’t passed their prime. Yes, they’ve come of age but can still teach today’s youngsters a thing or two about stardom.

Maybe Pitbull will take time out of his Planet Hollywood gig or Joe Jonas will stop the wheels of steel spinning long enough at Hyde Bellagio to check out the legends?

I’m not joking, but Roseanne Barr and Jo Koy will be when they standup for comedy this weekend. Roseanne is at South Point and Jo at Treasure Island. Funnyman Gabriel Iglesias rounds out the comedy trio with his Mirage show.

‘One Drop’ Rehearsal With Leona Lewis

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Most of the valley’s spotlights will focus on tonight’s Cirque du Soleil “One Night for One Drop” spectacular at Smith Center with Leona Lewis and Miles “ Baby Boogaloo” Brown. Our blue carpet rundown was posted Thursday and our sneak preview this morning. Miles, 11 and the star of ABC’s “Black-ish,” is our youngest headliner performer this weekend.

Other attractions include the Monster Jam truck championships at Sam Boyd Stadium and Wizard World Comic Con with “Dr. Who” stars and my New York pals Barry Bostwick and Tara Reid.

Remember that when the lights go out at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, it’s not a signal for bedtime. It’s the start of Earth Hour for the Venetian and Palazzo commitment to sustainability.

Being honest, there are nights when I should go to bed that early because the next morning, I do feel as old as the hills, probably as do Rod and Eng. But, here in Las Vegas, we’re all still adolescents. We are mature, but I think this city brings out the second childhood in us. Let’s show that we’re in our prime and roll out this week’s edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:



Pitbull Returns to Axis

Pitbull returns to Axis on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Planet Hollywood. Launch slideshow »

Pitbull continues his residency “Time of Our Lives” at Axis at Planet Hollywood for two nights.

Billy Idol is at HOB in Mandalay Bay for two nights.

The String Cheese Incident is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade all weekend.

Eddie Money, another veteran at 66, is at Golden Nugget Showroom.

Zeppelin USA is at Sunset Station.

Nonpoint, First Class Trash and For the Fight are at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

San Fernando Band is at Gold Coast.


Gabriel Iglesias is at the Mirage for two nights.

Roseanne Barr is at South Point for two more nights.

Jo Koy is at Treasure Island.


Tickets are on sale for ABC’s Nashville in Concert featuring Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Aubrey Peeples at the Venetian on April 15; DJ Quik, The Fixxers, AMG, Suga Free and 2nd II None at Brooklyn Bowl on April 22; Daddy Yankee and Don Omar at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 6; and Cage the Elephant, Portugal the Man and Twin Peaks at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on June 25.

“One Night for One Drop” is at the Smith Center.

It’s free hot dogs to celebrate the grand opening of Dog Haus Vegas at 4480 Paradise Road.

Monster Jam Parade

As fans gather along the sidewalks hooting and hollering, 11 Champions of Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam SM World Finals take possession of the Las Vegas Strip roaring their engines with force and precision parade style down Las Vegas Boulevard Thursday night, March 21, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Monster Jam World Finals XVII is at Sam Boyd Stadium all weekend with 60,000 fans expected for three days of racing with more than 100 trucks and drivers.

U.S. Legends Spring Nationals is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway all weekend

Wizard World Comic Con with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Jewel Staite, Michael Rooker and more is at Las Vegas Convention Center all weekend.

Former Mayor Oscar Goodman celebrates the NCAA Tournament at Beer Park in Paris Las Vegas.

“Pawn Stars” reality-TV royal Rick Harrison bartends at Rick’s Rolling Smoke BBQ & Tavern for two days.

The Silver Dollar Circuit Quarter Horse Show & Western Gift Expo is at South Point Arena and Equestrian Center all weekend.

The Vegas Beer & Music Festival is at SLS Las Vegas.


Trey Songz and Big Sean at the Pearl

Trey Songz and opening act Big Sean at the Pearl in the Palms on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Big Sean celebrates his birthday with a Drai’s Live performance at Drai’s atop the Cromwell.



Engelbert Humperdinck is at the Smith Center.

Rod Stewart resumes his residency at the Colosseum through April 5.

Lon Bronson Band is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited is at Orleans Showroom for two nights.

The Commodores with William King, Walter Orange and J.D. Nicholas and their five-piece band are at Primm Valley Resort.

Latin Breeze is at Showroom Lounge in Gold Coast.

The Police Unity Tour 2016 featuring Rock Candy is at Sam’s Town Live.

Jonathan Butler is at Aliante.


World Classic Rockers featuring former members of Journey, Santana, Boston, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Steppenwolf is at Mad About Mopars & Muscle Cars at Cannery.

The Shade Tree Hero Walk 5K Fun Run or Walk with an appearance by MGM Grand headliners the Jabbawockeez starts at 9th Street and Fremont.

The Venetian and Palazzo participate in Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m.

The 23-acre Cowabunga Bay Water Park, with more than 25 attractions including the largest lazy river in Nevada, nine water slides, four surf and swim pools, opens for the season.


Joe Jonas DJs at Hyde Bellagio

Joe Jonas hosts and DJs on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Hyde Bellagio. He was joined by his younger brother, Nick Jonas, and actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Launch slideshow »

Joe Jonas spins at Hyde Bellagio.

A DJ set by Wooden Wisdom: Elijah Wood and Zach Cowie entertains Wizard World Comic Con fans at Rehab in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Trey Songz is at Drai’s.



San Fernando Band is at Showroom Lounge.


It’s National Corn Dog Day, and Wienerschnitzel is celebrating with 99-cent corn dogs.


G-Eazy is at Drai’s.

DJ Keys N Krates and Loczi are at Rehab.

We’ll be back Sunday with a report from “One Drop” and more. Next week: The Righteous Brothers, Cameo and Italian movie superstar Sophia Loren.

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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