Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Paparazzi hoping for a bonanza payday with newly engaged Kanye West and Kim Kardashian here for his concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena and her birthday at Tao in the Venetian are likely to find themselves trapped in celebrity gridlock. And newly separated matriarch Kris Jenner joins them for the delicious drama.
It’s a perfect-storm situation for the Entertainment Capital of the World as we become jam-packed with superstars converging simultaneously on the Strip along with fans and enthusiasts for Rehan Choudhry’s inaugural Life Is Beautiful. We posted a preview of LIB on Thursday.
There’s added excitement with the return of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to the Venetian starting another mini-residency that conveniently coincides with the thrills and spills of the 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
There’s crazy competition for the feuding rockers of hometown heroes The Killers and Imagine Dragons, plus, Kings of Leon at LIB vs. Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer and Alice in Chains.
The music choices just roll on with the hip-hop initiation of J Cole making him the first solo rapper to play Celine Dion’s the Colosseum in Caesars Palace and Jimmy Buffett’s second-consecutive, laid-back Coral Reefer weekend at MGM Grand.
Not into reefer or rap? Then take your choice among the unforgettable Natalie Cole or the legendary Osmond Brothers. Please don’t forget my dear friend Betty Buckley in four “Vixens of Broadway” concerts at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center; my Q+A with Tony-winning theater legend was posted Thursday.
As the final summer pool party ends at Wet Republic at MGM Grand, the hedonistic Halloween parties get underway for a full week with fetish and fantasy frolicking like no other place on Earth. Forget ghosts, ghouls and goblins: Las Vegas is all about the naughty (nuns and nurses) and the uniformed (maids and military).
So without further ado, let’s take a very big deep breath to shine our own sparkle (alongside Kim’s whopping 15-carat, $1 million engagement ring) in this mega-edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, OCT. 25
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul” returns to the Venetian.
Kanye West is celebrating his sixth consecutive No. 1 album, “Yeezus,” with his first solo tour since 2008 with guests Travis Scott and Pusha T at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
J Cole and guest Bas are at the Colosseum.
Slayer and guests Gojira and 4Arm are at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame is at Pearl at the Palms.
Betty Buckley’s “Vixens of Broadway” is at Cabaret Jazz all weekend.
The three acoustic singers and multi-instrumentalists who make up idk? are at Lounge at the Palms.
Alkaline Trio and New Found Glory are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Hiroshima is at Sunset Station.
Bill Anderson is at Santa Fe Station.
Tower of Power is at South Point all weekend.
Nashville Unplugged hosted by Brian McComas and Aaron Benward features Mike Dekle and Tony Haselden at Red Rock Resort.
Emilie Autumn is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
“Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show” hosted by Tony Sacca with guests Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Oscar Goodman, Sam Riddle’s Band , Antony Rais and Tortolino and Scott Pritchart are at Boulder Station.
Jay Leno is at the Mirage for two nights.
Ninety-one-year-old Marty Allen wife singer and co-star Karon Kate Blackwell are at the Plaza hotel for two nights.
Bill Engvall is at Treasure Island.
Robert Duchaine is at Bonkerz Comedy Club at Primm Valley for two nights.
Jimmy Shubert and Joe Bronzi are at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The PBR World Finals are at the Thomas & Mack all weekend.
LIB kicks off with “Grills & Guitars” with music by Dawes and Todd Rundgren accompanied by 16 celebrity chefs downtown.
Tickets are on sale for KOMP’s Totally Politically Correct Holiday Bash featuring Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington, POD and Sick Puppies at the Joint on Dec. 15.
It’s the grand opening for the former Boulevard Theater, now the TW Theater, hosting The O’ Jays Scholarship Foundation this weekend. Their Eighth Annual Masquerade Ball will be followed by Saturday’s benefit concert with Stevie Wonder, Magic Johnson, Mike Epps, Jeffery Osborne and Johnny Gill. On Sunday, it’s the celebrity golf tournament and a scholarship awards banquet with keynote speaker Steve Perry.
The Shine Family Foundation hosts the “Dressed to Thrill” Masquerade Ball benefiting local families of our deployed military and returning veterans with Al B Sure, Zowie Bowie, Society of Seven and Seth Grabel at Michael Jackson’s former 1.75-acre Thriller Villa with its Neverland Chapel, Kings Court and Artists Vault.
The Bullring Fall Classic with a new entry from 17-year-old Las Vegas native Dylan Kwasniewski is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The American Bucking Bull World Finals continues at South Point Arena for two nights.
The MagiKaria Experience at Circus Vargas at the Rio is all weekend.
The Neon Museum celebrates its first anniversary with the Boneyard Bash.
Kim Kardashian’s birthday celebration is at Tao.
J Cole hosts the start of Halloween festivities at Pure in Caesars post-concert.
The Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball Official Pre-Party is at the Bank in Bellagio with DJ Ikon.
The glamour girls of “Fantasy,” who just launched their sexy 2014 calendar, host a “Frisky Friday” Halloween-themed bash at LAX in Luxor.
Chef Angelo Sosa’s Poppy Den premieres its late-night, ultra-lounge party at Tivoli Village.
Eighteen-year-old Spanish DJ Danny Avila and Tiesto are at Hakkasan.
SATURDAY, OCT. 26
LIB with The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, Beck, Las Vegas’ Sabriel and many more begins for two days downtown. The lineup of celebrity chefs is staggering, and speakers include Tony Hsieh, Tony Horton, Forrest Griffin and Harry Shum Jr.
Avenged Sevenfold and guests The Deftones and H20 are at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band draw Parrotheads to MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Alice in Chains is at Pearl at the Palms.
Nine-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole is at the Orleans for two nights.
The Osmond Brothers — Merrill, Jay and Jimmy — are at Suncoast.
David Nail is at Santa Fe Station.
Contemporary jazz star Brian Culbertson is at Boulder Station.
Sin City Sinners is at Lounge at the Palms.
The Red Bull Sound Select Tour Bus features five Las Vegas artists, including RNR, at LIB.
AFI is at HOB.
Sam Riddle is at Sunset Station.
Parmalee is at Aliante.
Ramon Ayala is at Buffalo Bill’s.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets are on sale for the second Winter Season at Smith Center.
Stratosphere headliners Frankie Moreno will be singing the national anthem at 11 a.m., and “Pin Up” star Claire Sinclair hosts an autograph session at 11:30 a.m. at Stratosphere as part of World Firefighter Challenge XXII events.
Kris Jenner is at Kardashian Khaos in the Mirage.
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ Mix Master Mike are at Pure.
Ghostbar Dayclub at the Palms hosts a “Back to the Future” costume contest.
The Dream is at Chateau Nightclub in Paris.
The Fetish & Fantasy Ball — featuring a human petting zoo, fire breathers, fetish fashions, aerialists, contortionists and nine DJ — is at the Joint.
Hardwell, who was just named world’s top DJ by DJ Times Magazine, is at Hakkasan.
SUNDAY, OCT. 17
It’s the second and final day of LIB.
Dada Life is at Hakkasan.
It’s a weekend that’s impossible not to have fun with the stars as they perform and party. If you get knocked over in a rush, it means Kim and Kanye are nearby. Only in Vegas! Check back during the weekend for our reports and photos. We won’t miss a thing, and neither will you!
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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