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Celebrity preview: Ali’s 70th, Audrina, Kravitz, Cee Lo, ‘Glee,’ Jayde Nicole
If you think every star under the sun will be at boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday salute, think again. It might seem that way, and a check of the list literally proves it. But the entire Strip is jumping with stars on this final weekend of the Motley Crue mini-residency at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
MTV Networks’ Alex Coletti (remember Britney Spears with the yellow python and her kiss with Madonna?) is the director for the ABC and ESPN 2 coverage of the Keep Memory Alive gala fundraiser with Ali at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night.
Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz has lent his Black and White America Tour stage to the production, which will feature everybody from Stevie Wonder singing “Happy Birthday” to Diddy, Kelly Rowland and Quincy Jones. Expect to see Siegfried Fischbacher honored as the first Caretaker of the Year at the Power of Love event.
The spotlight won’t only shine on Ali and the dozen-plus, big-name boxing stars turning out to support him, but also on LL Cool J and Kravitz, who will follow up the Ali benefit with a second Keep Memory Alive fundraiser concert at MGM on Sunday night.
There are only three shows remaining -- tonight, Saturday and Sunday -- in the first hard-rock residency for Motley Crue. Contributing photographer Erik Kabik returned to shoot more photos at Wednesday’s show that capture the scale and spectacle of the explosive show.
Call it the weekend of a plethora of performers with everybody from country star Mickey Gilley at Treasure Island to Trey Songz at the Palms to DJ Pauly D’s residency debut at Vanity in the Hard Rock Hotel. The list is seemingly endless, but we’ve put it all together in one neatly tied-up package that we call the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2012
Motley Crue plays the entire weekend at the Joint. Sir Elton John wraps this run of his “The Million Dollar Piano” at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Garth Brooks continues his residency at Encore Theater in the Wynn. The Gatlin Brothers are at South Point all weekend. Los Temerarios are at LVH. The Darkness with Foxy Shazam and Crown Jewel Defense are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay. The Slackers are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, and Big Time Rush at Planet Hollywood brings Nickelodeon’s TV show to life with their sophomore album “Elevate.”
The kings of comedy are back with Kevin James and Ray Romano at the Mirage, David Spade at the Venetian for two nights and former “Talk Soup” funnyman Hal Sparks at the Riviera all weekend.
NBA player turned DJ Rony Seikaly spins at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore. Rude Photo kicks off its 1960s and ’70s mix at Vanity with DJ Felix Da Housecat. And B.o.B performs at 1 OAK in the Mirage.
SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2012
Keep Memory Alive’s 16th Annual Power of Love Gala honors Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday at MGM Grand Garden Arena with Samuel L. Jackson, Ken Jeong, Sammy Hagar, Slash and more. Trey Songz and Big Sean are at Pearl in the Palms. Mickey Gilley is at Treasure Island. Michael McDonald is at Eastside Cannery. Boyz II Men are at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm. David Nail is at Santa Fe Station. Poco is at Sunset Station. The Expendables, MTHDS and Fortunate Youth are at House of Blues. And Fresh Beat Band offers preschool pop at Planet Hollywood.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets are on sale for Grace Potter & the Nocturnals’ April 13 show at Aliante Station and an Evening With Crosby, Stills & Nash at the Joint on April 20. Sushi Samba in the Palazzo features a special menu to kick off Carnaval, and the Light Group throws a grand-opening party for its new Lily Bar & Lounge at the Bellagio.
Cee Lo Green hosts and performs at Haze in Aria. Robin Thicke croons smooth at the Bank in the Bellagio. DJ Pauly D kicks off his Hard Rock Hotel residency at Vanity. Rapper and DJ Lil Jon hosts at Tryst in the Wynn. Lovely Audrina Patridge hosts at Pure in Caesars Palace. Chord Overstreet, “Glee’s” Sam, celebrates his birthday at Lavo in the Palazzo, while castmate Amber Riley (Mercedes), celebrates her birthday at Tabu Ultra Lounge in MGM Grand. 2008 Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole celebrates her birthday at Gallery Nightclub in Planet Hollywood. Laura Croft hosts at LAX in the Luxor. Adult film star Tabitha Stevens celebrates her birthday at Crazy Horse III. And DJ Nick Cannon’s appearance at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris has been canceled due to a lung ailment.
SUNDAY, FEB. 9, 2012
Lenny Kravitz’s Black and White America Tour stops at MGM Grand Garden Arena with guests Raphael Saadiq, Cee Lo Green, Lil Jon, Slash and Kid Cudi as part fundraiser for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Keep Memory Alive and the Muhammad Ali Foundation. Ramon Ayala is at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm. The XPOZ Battle of the Fans features local bands at House of Blues. John Legend and T-Pain perform with DJ Ikon at 1 OAK to raise funds for the Nevada Cancer Institute’s Light Up Las Vegas benefit, and funnyman Sammy Shore headlines the 3rd Annual Funny Bones comedy show at the Palms to benefit animal shelters.
Check back to Vegas DeLuxe throughout the weekend for continuing coverage and then again next week for all the epic events and celebrations.
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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