Kirvin Doak Communications
Published Friday, April 24, 2009 | 9:39 a.m.
Updated Friday, April 24, 2009 | 2:45 p.m.
*Check out this story with all the accompanying photos -- 13 of 'em! -- at VegasDeLuxe.com.*
Congratulations to our newest resident headliner Carlos Santana on his Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him last night at the 20th Anniversary Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami. The awards show was broadcast on Telemundo.
Music icon Carlos is set to play 36 shows per year in a two-year residency at the new Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel beginning May 27, and it’s exclusive to the contract that he will not play any other venue west of the Mississippi for the two-year run.
*Despite my YouTube pitch on behalf of Las Vegas, we lost out on winning the world premiere of Wolverine: X-Men Origins starring Hugh Jackman. We tried, but we did land a couple of surprises in advance of next Thursday’s 11:59 p.m. first public showing at Brendan Theatres in the Palms.
First on Wednesday, a Wolverine wax figure will be unveiled at our Madame Tussauds in The Venetian complete with the actual movie’s motorcycle for photo poses. Then Wolverine creators John Romita and Herbe Trimpe from Marvel Comics and Wolverine artists John Romita Jr. and Josef Rubinstein will make appearances at the Palms, and Comic Oasis will present a free comic book day for Wolverine fans.
*The first-ever World Series of Slots tournament at the Golden Nugget downtown had 280 competitors battling head to head through eight rounds of play. Prize money totaled $262,000, with San Diego resident Michele Leone winning the $100,000 grand prize and championship bracelet.
*Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the powerhouse rock lineup of Aerosmith and ZZ Top when their Guitar Hero Tour makes a stop at MGM Grand on July 25. This is the new Aerosmith tour following the 2007 blockbuster worldwide swing of 35 dates in 20 countries that included Russia. Aerosmith has been rocking for more 30 years, and ZZ Top is celebrating its 40th anniversary. … Tickets also go on sale Saturday for Wilco’s 2009 tour stop at The Joint on June 19.
*It’s nice to be able to plug the new Las Vegas Farmers Market that opens today downtown at the Fremont East Entertainment District and is sponsored by the El Cortez. Yes, we do have farmers here in the desert, and the new weekly market starts off with more than 20 vendors. They promise regionally grown fruits and vegetables, plus homemade breads, pastries, pastas and salad mixes. Please support these courageous souls who toil our scrubland and, despite 120-degree temperatures, turn it into a productive oasis!
To celebrate the wrap of another successful CSI season, cast and crew including Marg Helgenberger and Laurence Fishburne partied at The Beatles Revolution lounge in The Mirage. Laurence chilled in the banquette, while Marg spent most of the night dancing. …. Marg also was seen with friends at Society Cafe in the Encore, where she nibbled on a wedge salad, truffle mac ’n’ cheese bites and other specialties. … Peepshow’s near-naked beauty Kelly Monaco dined at Kerry Simon’s restaurant Simon at Palms Place on raw salad and veggie rolls wrapped in soy paper. … Poker pro Jamie Gold enjoyed the fun at LAX in the Luxor. … UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and a lady friend danced on the outdoor deck at Ghostbar in the Palms, while actor Paul Adelstein played blackjack at The Playboy Club in the Fantasy Tower at the Palms. … MTV star Domenico Nesci of That’s Amore, and a potential suitor of Tila Tequila on A Shot at Love, celebrated his birthday at McFadden’s in The Rio last night as cameras rolled for his MTV show Hey How Are Ya. New York Giants star Greg Ruegamer, who attended Bishop Gorman High School here, welcomed sports stars from his team, the Packers, the Cowboys, the Raiders and the Patriots to a Rok Vegas party in New York-New York last night for his charity Ruegy’s Readers.
*It was a shocker when Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, uprooted from his long-term contract with Pure at Caesars Palace and LAX and jumped over to the Palms. Tonight, he starts his residency at Rain, and it’s set to restart the nightlife wars.
While DJ AM twists the turntables, there’s a whole series of other attractions in town set to spin, too. We’ve cut the deck and set it in a jewel box we affectionately refer to around here as the ROYAL ROBIN RUNDOWN:
Friday, April 24
*It’s another blockbuster two days for The Joint with rockers Bon Jovi headlining the start of the second giant weekend.
*Country music legend Kenny Rogers has sold more than 100 million records with his 65 albums “Through the Years,” and he’s still going strong as the eighth best-selling male artist of all time. He’s at The Orleans for three nights, and those classic hits “Lady” and, appropriately, “The Gambler,” are certain to be on the set list.
*He’s struck out on his own as a country star now, but Darius Rucker still has a soft spot for our Silverton Casino Lodge, where his former band Hootie and the Blowfish had a long-running gig and their own bar lounge! Darius returns there tonight for his solo country show.
*The future stars of MMA slug it out with the Tuff -N-Uff amateur fighting championships at The Orleans. If you haven’t witnessed this all-action showdown close up at ringside, I heartily recommend it.
*The Sin City Bad Girls debut their new topless cabaret revue at the Hilton’s Shimmer showroom, and they’ll shake their assets nightly except Sundays.
*Time to travel back to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and the music of yesteryear with the sweet sounds of The Tokens at the Suncoast for three nights. Did you know they hold the Guinness Book of World Records mark as the first pop group to sing the national anthem in all 30 MLB parks in a single season?
*Comedian John Heffron, Season 2 winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, makes the laughs at the South Point through Sunday night. He hosted the VH1 series I Love the ’80s and has just completed his second Comedy Central special.
Jorge Garcia of ABC’s Lost found his way to the nightclub scene and his first hosting gig at Tao in The Venetian. … Platinum producer and hip-hop star Jermaine Dupri plays guest DJ to spin the wheels of steel at Prive in Planet Hollywood. … Sports Illustrated 2008 swimsuit model and Victoria’s Secret angel Marisa Miller spends the day at tops-optional Bare Pool in The Mirage and then holds an autograph and photo session at the new Rhumbar, followed by the nighttime party at Jet to kick off the resort’s upcoming 20th anniversary.
Saturday, April 25
*With musicians wearing clown noses, pop princess Britney Spears brings her Virgin Mobile Circus Tour of multiple costume changes to the big top known as the MGM Grand, and those sexy, sassy felines The Pussycat Dolls open with added nip!
*Country king Kenny Chesney goes “Down the Road” and into The Joint with his Sun City Carnival Tour joined by Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum. Last year, his Poets & Pirates Tour was tops among all genres, and Kenny looks set to repeat. There’s a tailgate party at Stoney’s before the concert, and he’ll also put his new Playboy gold key to good use at the Palms!
*Superstar singer Cher turns back time to resume her run of shows at Caesars Palace through May 24. She’s completed 60 shows to date for her 200-show contract over three years. She’ll perform 33 shows in the final 2009 performances starting Sept. 19 and running through Dec. 20, and then return in 2010 for the balance. Yes, for once and for all, she will be with us next year, and the remaining shows this year aren’t the last ones -- just the final set for 2009! Let’s hope that now clears up all the confusion from the box office release announcing ticket sales for the fall shows!
*More time travel to yesteryear with the sweet soul sounds of The O’Jays at the Club in the Cannery.
*Rockers Queensryche bring their American Soldier Tour to the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, which features three other bands to warm up things.
*Academy of Country Music winners The Zac Brown Band makes merry at the Boulder Station.
*In a sense, it’s a homecoming for former Las Vegas headliner Rick Springfield, as he appears with Eddie Money, Lou Gramm and John Waite at Thomas & Mack Center.
The five sexy ladies who make up The Pussycat Dolls will purr and dominate at their after-party in Pure following their opening for Britney Spears and her Circus Tour stop at MGM Grand. … Britney will be elsewhere, but the cast and crew after-party is at Prive. … Incredible moves and unbelievable krumping will be the high-intensity watchwords from Quest Crew, Season 3 winners of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, when they electrify at LAX. … Actress and model Jaime King celebrates her birthday with a vixen’s blowout bash at Tao in The Venetian.
Sunday, April 26
*Sex kitten Carmen Electra celebrates her birthday and opens the new “Daylife Sundays” parties at MGM’s Wet Republic.
*Actress and mode Jamie King keeps her birthday sparks flying with an afternoon party at Tao Beach.
*Competitors from as far away as South Africa and coast-to-coast here take part in the semi-annual Pole-a-Palooza contest at the Bank in the Bellagio.
*Pray and say hallelujah for the Reverend Horton Heat, who is with Old Man Markley and Manic Hispanic at House of Blues.
On Sunday, we’ll post photos of the Britney Spears concert and will have the full report Monday, along with Kenny Chesney’s concert at The Joint and Carmen Electra’s birthday at Wet Republic. On Tuesday, we’ve got a full photo shoot with the saucy, sassy and spicy cast of Peepshow onstage at Planet Hollywood!
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. Read more of Robin's stories at VegasDeLuxe.com.