Monday, March 4, 2013 | 5:09 p.m.
Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” with Jon Taffer as the makeover maestro wrapped its three-episode shoot here Sunday when the show unveiled the new brewpub Hammer and Ales. The local gaming bar Hammer was transformed into a venue featuring beers from all over the world.
Our interview with Jon posted last Wednesday featured his makeover of Gipsy into SBLV. Spike is currently running new episodes of Season 3 on Sundays at 10 p.m., and the Las Vegas makeovers filled with drama are set to air this summer.
Jon’s Nightclub and Bar Convention and Trade Show will have its ribbon-cutting ceremony March 20, with CeeLo Green presenting his sake line Ty Ku at a booth.
Two Las Vegas tattoo artists will be among the contestants in Season 2 of Oxygen’s “Best Ink” with rocker Pete Wentz as host. They are Derek Rubright, who is the go-to artist for many UFC fighters, and D.J. Tambe, who has been an artist for 15 years here.
International pinup model Sabina Kelley of Las Vegas returns as an expert judge. She’s the owner of Bombshell Tattoo Removal. Filming is underway, and Season 2 debuts April 3.
Pete, who hosts the 10-episode series, is a tattoo enthusiast and says his show lays bare the cutthroat world of tattoo artistry. Twelve of America’s best artists are competing for a $100,000 prize, and guest judges include singers Ray J and Travie McCoy, artist Justin Bua and designers Angela and Vanessa Simmons.
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift and Ne-Yo have been added to the all-star lineup performing for “Tim McGraw Superstar Summer” on CBS taping April 8 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“There’s no better time for live music than in the heat of the summer,” said Tim in a release. “Country music is hotter than it has ever been, and with some help from a few friends in other genres, too, we’re going to get summer started off right. … It’ll be fun to get everyone back together to help raise money for our Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives charity.”
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Did entertainment executives change preliminary dates into set-in-cement secret dates over the weekend for this summer’s tour stop by The Rolling Stones in Las Vegas? While Mick Jagger was attending Paris fashion shows, phone lines were afire with the promoter in Australia and our Strip kingpins haggling the fine points.
Cuddly Austin “Chumlee” Russell of “Pawn Stars,” who will be the ring bearer at Rick Harrison’s July 21 wedding in Laguna Beach, Calif., is going into the wine business. He hopes to launch his red and white table wines this month. They will come from Napa Valley grapes and be in a pouch for easy pouring. In addition to being on sale at supermarkets and liquor stores, Chumlee says they’ll have a special display at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.
Tattoo titan Mario Barth is expanding his empire of parlors with an outlet at MGM Grand.
The Light Group’s new beach club opening at Mandalay Bay this summer will be called Daylight.
The Palms looks set to beat all other pool-club openings with a GhostBar DayClub bash March 15.
Sad to hear confirmation that Valentino in The Venetian is shutting next month after a 13-year run and hoping to open an Italian trattoria elsewhere on The Strip. No contract has been signed yet with French chef Daniel Boulud to take over the space, although he’s the leading candidate.
NEW ROMANCE: “Glee” actress Becca Tobin has been on a romantic roundabout with Guns ’N’ Roses lead guitarist DJ Ashba all weekend on The Strip. Their first handholding stop was at Celine Dion’s show in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. And they turned up at “The Beatles’ Love” by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage. They went backstage after the show and raved about the production to the cast and crew.
The Genting Group-owned Resort World hotel to be built opposite Wynn Las Vegas and alongside Donald Trump’s International Hotel will have a replica of The Great Wall of China and an enclosure for pandas as part of its Asian theme. The first phase will include a 4,000-seat theater and 300,000-square-foot pool and indoor water-park features. Construction start next year for a 2016 opening.
The new $400 million MGM/AEG Arena to be built behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo will have 16,000 to 20,000 seats for events. We reported it Jan. 28 ahead of the Feb. 8 reports elsewhere.
STILL ROCKING: For nearly 50 years, Bob Weir has been one of rock’s most distinctive rhythm guitarists and demonstrated his skills in an acoustic concert at Palms this past weekend. Actor Luke Wilson and a friend were among the audience members. Afterward, Bob dined at N9NE Steakhouse with friends enjoying a four-course dinner. Bob was 17 when he co-founded The Grateful Dead as its guitarist and vocalist. He released his first solo album in 1972.
The history of rock is coming to life with “Raiding the Rock Vault” set for a yearlong run in the same theater at LVH that Elvis Presley performed 858 consecutive sold-out shows.
The rock journey runs from 1948 through 1989, with songs performed by an all-star band made up of Howard Leese (Heart, Bad Company), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns, Guns ’N Roses), Robin McAuley, (MSG, Survivor), John Payne (Asia), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jay Schellen (Badfinger, Asia), Andrew Freeman (Lynch Mob, The Offspring) and Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford, Hardline). Rotating guests will be confirmed, kicking off with Bobby Kimball (Toto) and Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple) joining the show this month.
“Jersey Boys” star Travis Cloer, who plays Frankie Valli at Paris Las Vegas, performs his show “Setting the Standard,” at Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center. Our interview with Travis was posted last Thursday.
Swedish DJ duo Rebecca and Fiona are at Marquee in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
And Driicky Graham is at Gallery Nightclub in Planet Hollywood.
Superstar Celine Dion kicks off our monthlong, once-a-week salute to The Colosseum as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. Celine recalls opening night when she lost her shoes and had to go onstage barefoot during the premiere of “A New Day.” Plus, our exclusive backstage interview with Boyz II Men after their premiere residency show at The Mirage where Nathan Morris revealed the injury he fought before going onstage.
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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