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Monday, March 11, 2013 | 6:06 p.m.
Expect the announcement any moment now -- maybe in the next 72 hours -- that The Rolling Stones will reveal the 18 West Coast cities for their new “50 Years & Counting Tour.”
I hinted weeks ago that they have one show, maybe a second if tickets go through the roof, planned for MGM Grand Garden Arena. The group’s Australian promoter has been shuffling dates to line them all up.
The Stones should start the West Coast leg of their tour May 2 and follow with East Coast dates.
HOLLY’S CRITICS: I love Holly Madison’s defense in naming her baby girl Rainbow. (A tip of the baby bonnet to Rain Andreani, the Las Vegas makeup maven also named Rainbow at birth.)
Holly said last week while I was away in L.A. that her first baby’s name, with fiance Pasquale Rotella, will make her daughter stronger as she grows up. In her blog posted today, she wrote: “I have always loved the name Rainbow. I’m not worried about my daughter being ‘traumatized’ by having an unusual name. There are a lot of smug haters out there who bag on my choice of a name, but I don’t care about what they think.
“I want my daughter to be proud of who she is and learn to speak up and stand up for herself at a young age. I spent most of my life being a people-pleaser who worried about what other people thought or thought was cool, and I don’t want that for her.”
TOPLESS CHEF: I hope chef Kerry Simon isn’t distracted by the topless beauties and XXX-movie starlets tanning at the new adult-venue pool club Sapphire because he’s agreed to design and create a menu there. The chef who won “best burger” on The Food Network’s “Iron Chef” promises that his menu will be “head and shoulders” above other pool clubs. Hmmm, so long as they are the only body parts, he’ll be fine!
DESERT SPEEDERS: Las Vegas off-road desert driver Bryce Menzies placed 2nd in the first round of this year’s three-race SCORE Desert Series in Baja California over the weekend. The race marking SCORE’s 40th anniversary was 253 miles of terrain 120 miles south of the U.S. border near San Felipe along the Sea of Cortez. Bryce notched faster than 58 mph, and 176 drivers from 250 starters representing 23 states and 12 countries finished.
SCORE Trophy Trucks captured eight of the Top 10 places, with two other Las Vegas racers, Rob MacCachren, the two-time and San Felipe defending champion, placing 3rd and B.J. Baldwin, son of CityCenter chief Bobby Baldwin, placing 15th. Father-son team Gus Vildosola Sr. and Gus Vildosola Jr. were the winners.
HAT TRICK: For the third consecutive year, The Chapel of the Flowers has been selected as a winner by The Knot Magazine and TheKnot.com. It was voted 2013 Best Ceremony Venue for The Knot’s Best of Weddings.
DICE MAN’S MEMORABILIA: Shock and awe jokester Andrew Dice Clay kicks off his residency at Vinyl in The Hard Rock Hotel on Thursday. On Tuesday, he will unveil a memorabilia case at the hotel showing many of his iconic leather jackets and the zebra-print coat he wore for his last and infamous MTV speech. After his appearance at the 1989 Video Music Awards, he was banished from MTV and remains the only performer banned for life.
Mike Pace and Saduki Fuller headline Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.
Ca$h Out performs his hit song “Cashing Out” in a mini-concert at Gallery in Planet Hollywood.
Magnum Mondays resumes at STK in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with DJ Gusto; next Monday is the second-anniversary party.
Lady Liberty at New York-New York will be turned green from dusk to dawn through the weekend to celebrate the three-day festival Celtic Feis that leads into St. Patrick’s Day Sunday.
“Raiding the Rock Vault” with classic rock hits performed by real rock stars is at LVH.
Chef Angela Sosa’s new hotspot Poppy Den in Tivoli Village kicks off Meaningful Mondays with 20 percent of proceeds going to local charities.
A Happy 1st Birthday to all the executives, staff, supporters and donors at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. It’s also a Happy Birthday shout-out for Las Vegas regular Liza Minnelli celebrating her 67th on Tuesday.
We go behind the scenes of the new magic movie “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” filmed here and opening Friday and discover David Copperfield’s contributions as the flick reveals an intense rivalry between Strip headliner magicians. Plus, a TV roundup involving our city, and a Las Vegas party princess launches a unique “Bucket List” business.
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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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.