Monday, May 7, 2012 | 7 p.m.
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WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Viva l’amour! That was an interesting group that “Peepshow” blonde bombshell Holly Madison traveled with to France. Good friends Tanya Popovich and “Vegas! the Show” redheaded dance sensation Tara Palsha went with Holly to Paris for a week’s vacation under the watchful eye of Holly’s father, but there was another “rave” guy along said to be Holly’s newest romance interest kept carefully under wraps now for the past few months. Ooh! La! La!
For the third time in as many weeks, rumors abound that the Cosmopolitan is in negotiations with Hugh Hefner to move his Playboy Club from the Palms, which recently decided to phase it out as part of redesigns. A major showbiz wedding set on the Strip for September has been pushed back to next year, not because of any romantic problems but because the couple are busy with projects that won’t give them free time until 2013.
Vegas Rocks Magazine Publisher Sally Steele has sealed her deal with a headline rocker for her August awards here, and we’ll know his identity within the month as fellow rockers join in the salute. Three in a row? First, it was Celine Dion who lost her voice to “Vegas Throat,” and then Donny Osmond. Now Elvis impersonator Charlie Franks has been felled from his “2 Kings” show at the Rio. As a result of doctor’s orders, the show will remain dark through May 20 and reopen May 21 to continue its seven-night-a-week run.
Let’s clear up the controversy about WWE star Triple H’s injured left arm. Internet wrestling bloggers went into a frenzy after WWE reported that he would require surgery on his left arm after last week’s “Raw” duel with Brock Lesnar. Triple H sustained an arm fracture and had to wear a brace and a sling before the operation. Triple H visited Luxor headliner magician Criss Angel with WWE’s Stephanie McMahon on Friday, and a photo went out on Twitter that had fans and writers reporting that there was no arm or sling.
However, Criss himself told me that it appeared that way because the wrestling star’s left arm was hidden behind the “Believe” and “Mindfreak” star! “He definitely was injured,” Criss told me. “He came the next day to do an interview with me -- which we’ll air Saturday on my Internet TV network -- and definitely had on the brace and sling.”
Triple H also wore the safety care devices when he joined Justin Bieber and 50 Cent to walk Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the ring at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. Incidentally, Stephanie is talking with Criss about scheduling him for WWE appearances this year. He got his live performance start at the WWE attraction in New York’s Times Square.
SUPERCROSS WEEKEND: Stunt motorcycle riders Carey Hart, Travis Pastrana and T.J. Lavin were all up to their tricks during the motocross weekend events at Sam Boyd Stadium and Carey’s tattoo salon Hart & Huntington at the Hard Rock Hotel, host hotel of the 2012 Supercross Championship. The weekend kicked off with the Supercross Fans Welcome Party, followed by the Carey Hart & Supercross Riders Signing at Hart & Huntington for more than 300 fans.
Carey took pop princess wife Pink to dinner at 35 Steaks + Martinis directly across from his tattoo place. DJ Paul Oakenfold brought his British beats to the Beachlife pool party, and the supercross festivities came to a close with an after-party hosted by Carey and Josh Hansen at Breathe Pool Lounge as DJ Pauly D continued his residency at Vanity before Sunday’s spin session at Rehab.
Contributing videographer Christopher Rauschnot @24kMedia on Twitter caught up with the stars of the spills-and-thrills circuit.
Carey and Pink were at XS in the Wynn to celebrate his Legends & Heroes Industry Leader Award presented at the supercross finale and enjoying the DJ set by Tiesto. They sat beside the DJ booth and danced and chatted with fans into the early hours. In a separate group onstage, San Diego Chargers’ Shaun Phillips celebrated his 31st birthday with friends, including Buffalo Bills linebacker and former teammate Shawne Merriman. Nearby was MLB legend Sammy Sosa, who hit Surrender the next evening.
MANHATTAN SUCCESS: Imperial Palace headliners Human Nature crowned their first-ever, nearly monthlong U.S. national tour with a box office sellout at New York’s Beacon Theater over the weekend, and the crowds and critics loved them. One reviewer raved: “They blew the roof off the building.” Andrew Tierney emailed me: “We are so proud to represent both Las Vegas and our home country Australia here in New York City at the Beacon Theater. It has been a dream of ours since we were kids in high school to play and entertain in the same country as our soul idols of Motown.”
“And now that dream is coming true. Some people say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but when it comes to Human Nature, we want to rewrite the book if we can. Thank you, Big Apple: We had a blast!” Human Nature returns to I.P. next Monday.
MISS USA UNDERWAY: Miss Nevada USA Jade Kelsall has flown to New York to join the other Miss USA Pageant contestants for today’s volunteer project at the food rescue program City Harvest. She’ll appear on NBC’s “Today” and “Live With Kelly” on Tuesday, and then after “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday will ring the electronic bell at NASDAQ. Jade leads the 51 competitors back here for the NBC telecast June 3 at Planet Hollywood.
RATINGS WAR: In its ratings battle against “Today,” ABC’s “Good Morning America” called on Cirque du Soleil performers in Las Vegas for some added punch this morning.
Three Cirque acrobats -- from “The Beatles’ Love,” “Viva Elvis” and “Michael Jackson: the Immortal World Tour,” attempted new Guinness World Records: A head spinner won his record for 2 minutes and another athlete hung by his teeth to claim a new world record of 2 minutes, but a hand stilt-walker failed to break a 50-meter walk within 90 seconds.
NEW STRIP MUSICAL: Broadway director Kristin Hanggi, who has had “Rock of Ages” on the Great White Way for the past three years, is bringing “Surf the Musical” to Planet Hollywood’s Peepshow Theater. Rehearsals start this week here, with previews beginning June 11 in the 7 p.m. time slot ahead of “Peepshow.” “Surf,” which will have its opening night July 17, revolves around a 1960s California beach community using the catalog of Beach Boys music.
Controversial TV chef Gordon Ramsay soft opens his new Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris. Brad Garrett headlines at his Comedy Club at MGM Grand with Eddie Ifft, Paul Ogata and Jay Reid through Sunday. Right up until midnight, the cast of “Jersey Boys” at the Paris help raise awareness and funds for the Neurofibromatosis Network at Flightlinez at Fremont Street. Actor Jeff Leibow’s daughter Emily was diagnosed with the disease. And Gerry Bednob, Bob Golub and Ace Guillen headline at Laugh Factory in the Tropicana through Sunday.
I meet the injury-stricken cast of “Dancing With the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” at the Tropicana and, incredibly, despite sprains, bruises and strained muscles, they vow to never miss a performance. Plus, Nevada Ballet Theatre’s 40th anniversary performance at Smith Center and a preview of the San Gennaro Feast at the Rio.
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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