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Q+A: Max George of The Wanted talks Las Vegas, new album and Prince George Alexander Louis

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Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes of The Wanted dine at Stack in The Mirage on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

The Wanted Parties, Performs at 1 OAK

The Wanted arrives at 1 OAK in The Mirage on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Launch slideshow »

The Wanted at 1 OAK and Stack

Nathan Sykes, Jay McGuiness, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran and Tom Parker of The Wanted at 1 OAK in the Mirage on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

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The Wanted — Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Sykes, Max George and Tom Parker.

The British boyband invasion continues this weekend on the Strip.

Last weekend, it was two nights of Harry Styles and One Direction at Mandalay Bay Events Center. This Friday, it’s The Wanted at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

(And while they’re not Brits, the Jonas Brothers are at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday night.)

Max George of The Wanted answered questions via phone from San Jose, Calif., last Friday ahead of his band’s concert this Friday night.

The Wanted has become Las Vegas regulars — performing here and hosting at nightclubs including 1OAK at the Mirage. What do you like about Las Vegas?

What is there not to like? It’s got everything. The bars and people are awesome. Everyone wants to get in party mode. It’s one of the best places in the world. Everyone should go there in their lifetime.

What do you like to do when you’re in Las Vegas?

The casinos and the clubs. There is an incredible variety there, and you’ll never get bored. I love hosting the after-parties after our shows.

It’s going to be very hot when you perform at Boulevard Pool on Aug. 9.

Yeah!

How will you deal with the heat?

I don’t mind it, but Jay [McGuiness] will shrivel up! He’s not good at dealing with the sun.

What can fans expect from your show?

We’re working on new songs and rehearsing them from the new album. We also have a medley of The Killers with bass, pianos and guitars, which we all play. We haven’t performed it much, and we hope it gets the crowd going.

What is your favorite part about touring?

Seeing different places each day as we board the tour bus. We’re in Dallas one day, and the next morning we wake up in San Francisco. It’s crazy.

Your favorite city to tour?

I’m not going to lie; I have a huge soft spot for Vegas. That’s why we keep coming back.

You’re a fan favorite. What’s your relationship status?

I’m single at the moment.

What are you looking for in a girl?

I don’t really know. You just never know.

You turn 25 next month. Birthday plans?

We’re working hard on the new album, so I have no plans on the actual day. But the day after, I’ll definitely be celebrating with friends.

Who are your favorite artists right now?

Bruno Mars is great. I love his voice, hit after hit. John Newman. I don’t know if he’s big there, but he’s really big in England. He’s really cool. And Calvin Harris. He’s great.

Tell me something about Max George that fans don’t know.

I still live at home with my mom. But I just bought my first house in Manchester. I just found out that it went through today.

My final question: What would you give Prince George Alexander Louis at his baby shower?

A Manchester United shirt!

The Wanted perform at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday. Go to the Cosmopolitan’s website for more info and to purchase tickets.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

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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