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Strip Scribbles: Cee Lo’s private preview of his new show ‘Loberace’
Super-busy singer Cee Lo Green will be in Las Vegas this weekend, and a privileged few will attend a performance to tease his new show “Loberace” headed to Planet Hollywood next year. Meantime, Season 3 of NBC’s “The Voice,” on which he’s a judge, premieres tonight with a new format.
Plus, Cee Lo’s just signed another NBC deal for a sitcom based loosely on his jam-packed life balancing his supercharged career and his ex-wife and their children. The deal also includes other scripted and unscripted projects. This summer, he also appears in the Jordin Sparks film “Sparkle,” the late Whitney Houston’s final movie, recorded a cameo for Eminem’s group Slaughterhouse and did a voiceover for the upcoming animated film “Hotel Transylvania.”
Cee Lo, with his white cat, joins Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on “The Voice” with the new format. A “Battle Round” has been added that lets a coach steal a contestant from another team if they lose, and the new “knockout round” will precede the teams being cut from 10 contestants to five. Cee Lo kicks off his run at Planet Hollywood on Feb. 27 but this weekend performs at a party at another hotel for a private VIP event -- and we’ll be there.
The Saturday, Oct. 6, matchup in the NBA pre-season between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets at Mandalay Bay will be the first time an NBA regular or pre-season game has been played on the Strip.
For the first time on any concert stage, Domenick Allen of Foreigner fame and Denny Laine of Moody Blues fame will team up Sept. 28 for a one-night-only concert with 10 Las Vegas musicians for a Classic Rock, Classic Cars event titled “Rock ’n’ Wheels Weekend.
The military officers set to reveal UFO secrets at the Area 51 exhibit in the National Atomic Testing Museum here Sept. 22 include Col. John Alexander, Col. Bill Coleman, Col. Charles Halt, Col. Robert Friend and Nick Pope of Britain’s Ministry of Defense.
Comedian Brad Garrett has already signed up Ray Romano, Willie Garson, Elizabeth Perkins, Mimi Rogers, Stephanie Hunt, Dennis Phillips, Karina Jett and yours truly to join the fun and excitement of his Maximum Hope Foundation Charity Poker Tournament benefiting families with children battling life-limiting illnesses Sept. 22 at noon in MGM Grand’s poker room. Please join us; the first-place prize is $10,000.
Starting Sept. 20, magician Seth Grabel, who has been entertaining late-night weekends at the Foundation Room in House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, begins a run at the Clarion Hotel.
SINCEREST CONDOLENCES: I was sad to hear Sunday’s news that Las Vegas sisters Phyllis and Christine McGuire lost Dorothy, the other member of their singing trio the McGuire Sisters; Dorothy died at her Phoenix home. They had hit after hit in the 1950s and ’60s, earning six gold records, including 1954’s “Sincerely” and 1957’s “Sugartime.”
In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, the McGuire Sisters attended the opening of the World of Coca-Cola on the Strip on July 7, 1997, and they’re seen in another photo at the Tournament of Champions at Desert Inn Golf Course on April 17, 1957, with Debbie Reynolds, Mamie Van Doren, Walter Winchell, Bing Crosby and Marie Wilson. The sisters last performed together in 2004 on PBS’ “Magic Moments: the Best of ’50s Pop.”
They performed for five presidents and Queen Elizabeth and were inducted into the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1994. Christine and Phyllis live here and are generous supporters of local charities. My heartfelt condolences. They’re beautiful ladies and very special in soul, spirit and faith, and I fell in love with them when they filmed their first “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” segment here for me at Phyllis’ mansion.
LONDON STAR: Singer and actress Sierra Boggess, who opened the just-closed “Phantom -- the Las Vegas Spectacular” as Christine Daae at the Venetian six years ago, has joined the West End production of “Les Miserables.”
LACY LINGERIE: Thousands of store and boutique buyers from around the world have invaded the Rio today for the 2012 International Lingerie Show with hundreds of booths selling bedroom costumes, hosiery, bras, panties, thongs, corsets, stockings, garters, teddies and more role-play unmentionables that you could ever fantasize about. Talk about sexy merchandise!
Baci Lingerie is debuting a Lash Bar that adds various eyelashes to the allure of its bestselling Dreams Collection, plus, a new Envy Men’s Line for guys to add to bedroom romps with their lovers. The 2012 AVN Novelty Expo coincides as part of the ILS, adding more excitement to spice up l’amour.
Fantasy Football comes first at the new Public House in the Luxor -- officially opening Thursday -- as “Fantasy” headliner Lorena Peril sings the national anthem to kick off Monday Night Football, Fox's “Hell’s Kitchen“ reveals the chef who will join Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris as chef under executive chef Kevin Hee, and the ILS and AVN are at the Rio through Wednesday.
We pause to remember those who died, were injured and tragically lost family and friends in the terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Plus, a preview of the six-day San Gennaro Festival at Silverton Casino Lodge.
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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