Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 | 3:38 a.m.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition
Studio 54 at MGM Grand
It’s such a huge weekend that the Hard Rock Hotel is transforming itself into a one-of-a-kind Sin City circus extravaganza to welcome not only the start of the 12 wild Motley Crue mini-residency shows, but also the Lingerie Bowl IX beauties for their parties. (Today’s also a big day for the Crue because Mayor Carolyn Goodman has declared Feb. 3, 2012, “Motley Crue Day” in Las Vegas.)
After two-time defending champion Los Angeles Temptation battles the Philadelphia Passion at Orleans Arena in a showdown before the New York Giants and New England Patriots square off in Super Bowl XLVI, the LFL stars are Motley’s front-row guests. This is more than a curvy collision of “Girls, Girls, Girls,” with Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx in the thick of it. This is the hottest of video vixens come to life who’ll fire up the Joint for real.
It’s such a sexy weekend that Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue bikini beauties Irina Shayk and Jessica White kick off 1 OAK’s big game parties at the Mirage, arriving here before the other shapely stunners who invade on Valentine’s Day to celebrate the release of the 2012 edition.
It’s such a music weekend that rap’s reigning king, Sean “Diddy” Combs, is here for his own Super Bowl party at Tao in the Venetian, while country music majesty George Strait rules at MGM Grand Garden Arena with Martina McBride.
It’s such a wild outrageous weekend that comedians Andrew Dice Clay, Tim Allen and Joe Rogan will be fighting one another for the raunchiest standup humor award.
It’s such a strong weekend that UFC 143 has its own brute force rules in effect for Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit’s fight to the finish and Josh Koscheck’s showdown against Mike Pierce.
It’s such a party weekend that Studio 54 goes out in a blaze of glory and with fond memories after 14 years at MGM Grand, with rapper, actor and entrepreneur LL Cool J as the final host. Caesars Palace headliner Sir Elton John and Gloria Gaynor opened Studio 54 on Feb. 15, 1998.
So raise your glasses, pump up the volume and strap in for a 360-degree rollercoaster ride around our Super-Bowl sized edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012
Motley Crue rocks for 12 shows at the Joint in the Hard Rock over the next 19 days, and the band has some outrageous, debauched parties in store for fans. Adam Ant, The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, andKrys Wright is at Book & Stage in the Cosmopolitan.
Tim Allen is at the Venetian, Daniel Tosh is at the Mirage, Dana Carvey is at the Orleans and Josh Wolf is at South Point, all for two nights. Joe Rogan is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay, and Drew Carey is back with his Improv-a-Ganza at MGM Grand, while Andrew Dice Clay is at the Riviera all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Eddie Vedder’s April 11 concert at the Pearl in the Palms and the Hustlerz Ambition Tour on March 20 at HOB. UFC stars, including Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell, dine at Fogo de Chao for the annual It Ain’t Chemo celebrity auction fundraiser. Las Vegas MMA presents Mixed Martial Arts at Its Best at the Las Vegas Hotel (LVH, formerly the Hilton). UFC Octagon girl Brittney Palmer signs autographs at Las Vegas Fight Shop at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops.
Jeg Coughlin Jr., Cory McClenathan and NHRA pro teams are at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for test sessions previewing the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The Las Vegas Wranglers battled the Alaska Aces over two nights at Orleans Arena. Wing Bowl 3, where contestants eat as many chicken wings as possible in 5 minutes for $5,000 and a championship belt, is at South Point.
Apl.De.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas is guest DJ at Tao. Laura Croft celebrates her birthday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris. Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Irina Shayk (last year’s cover model) and Jessica White kick off big game weekend at 1 OAK. Grammy Award winner DJ Afrojack spins at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore. Bad Boy Bill is at RPM Nightclub in the Tropicana. DJs Gabriel & Dresden are at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan. Benchwarmer hosts a party with 50 of its hot girls for the Big Game’s Biggest Party at Gallery in Planet Hollywood. And Respect Your Universe Inc., a MMA clothing brand, is at Tryst in the Wynn for a pre-UFC 143 party.
SATURDAY, Feb. 4, 2012
George Strait, forever the king of country, is at MGM Grand Garden Arena with Martina McBride, and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies are at Green Valley Ranch.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
UFC 143 features Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit in the Octagon at Mandalay Bay Events Center. The IBA Cruiserweight Championship of the Americas is at LVH with Victor Barragan vs. Jonte Willis. Boxing legends Ken Norton, Leon Spinks and Earnie Shavers sign autographs at LVH. UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre signs autographs at Las Vegas Fight Show. Psychic medium John Edwards leads a seminar at the Flamingo. And tickets go on sale for Funkapalooza 2012 at Planet Hollywood on March 24 and for Staind and Chevelle at Sunset Station on April 27.
Studio 54 hosts one final celebration with LL Cool J, as the MGM Grand nightclub closes its doors to be transformed into a mega-restaurant, night and day party palace and pool by Christmas. Diddy hosts a Super Bowl party at Tao -- expect his Ciroc vodka to be flowing. Rocker brothers Joel and Benji Madden spin at RPM. Tiesto spins at XS in the Encore. Kelly Rowland performs at Pure in Caesars Palace. Wilmer Valderrama celebrates his 32nd birthday at Hyde Bellagio
Vanilla Ice raps at LAX in the Luxor. Kaskade spins at Marquee. It’s Prostyle vs. Nathan Scott at Surrender. And the Fourth Annual Cheer Bowl featuring dozens of cheerleaders takes over the Bank at the Bellagio for two nights, while George Clooney’s significant other, Stacy Keibler, hosts there Saturday.
UFC 143 PARTIES
Victorious or vanquished, Nick Diaz and Benchwarmer girls host at Gallery. Broken or bruised, Carlos Condit hosts at Chateau. Georges St-Pierre is at Tryst. Fabricio Werdum is at Tabu Ultra Lounge in MGM Grand. Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen, Shane Carwin and Gray Maynard will be at the Headrush/Forgiven party hosted by T.J. Lavin, Chris “C.T” Tamburello and UFC Octagon girl Chandella Powell at RPM.
SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2012
Lingerie Bowl IX pits the undefeated and favored Philadelphia Passion against two-time defending champion Los Angeles Temptation live on MTV2 from Orleans Arena. We posted a rundown of Lingerie Bowl events on Monday.
Actress Aimee Teegarden (“Friday Night Lights”) wraps Super Bowl Sunday at Gallery, and 20 Benchwarmer beauties host at nearby Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina for the big game. Plus, peruse Las Vegas Sun colleague Allison Duck’s guide on where to watch the Super Bowl in town.
Check back over the weekend as we post reports and photographs of the ultimate playground parties, with continuing coverage next week.
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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