Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 | 2:55 p.m.
It’s a Wednesday of Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors!
My ticketing spies tell me that the late Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, is bringing her grandchildren to support The Jacksons in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” when it celebrates its official grand opening this weekend at Planet Hollywood.
Katherine will have Prince Michael Jackson II, aka Blanket, and Michael Jackson Jr. in tow for the debut shows Thursday and Friday ahead of Saturday’s official star-studded red-carpet gala premiere.
I don’t know yet which night Michael’s daughter Paris will be in to see the new music-and-storytelling show that will rotate with Meat Loaf as the headliner in Adam Steck’s production.
UNDER BRITNEY’S FOOT: Former “The Simple Life” reality TV star turned fashion designer Nicole Richie wound up onstage Tuesday night in the Axis at Planet Hollywood under the thigh-high leather boot of pop princess Britney Spears, who was wearing a cutout jumpsuit to show off her sexy lacy black stockings.
Nicole was pulled up from her VIP booth during the “Freak Show” number in “Britney: Piece of Me” and was “forced” to crawl on all fours around the stage while chained to Britney’s wrist and whip. Previously, Mario Lopez, Lance Bass and Britney’s boyfriend David Lucado have been among the happy victims of the S&M-themed sequence.
Trisha Yearwood This Is Me You’re Talking To
TRISHA ON TOUR: Country queen Trisha Yearwood has beaten her husband Garth Brooks to the punch; she’s going out on tour before him. Her 20-city tour starts today in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and ends April 12 in Canada. Trisha and Garth, who had a three-year residency at Steve Wynn’s Encore Theater, says her surprise solo tour “Just Because” won’t interfere with the couple’s plans to tour together this fall.
She laughs that she’s structured her tour so that she’s gone only two weekends out of the month while he’s playing Dad to their daughters during soccer season, and she’ll bake casseroles in advance so that he still eats her homemade cooking. She plans to finish another album this summer (her last was in 2007), Season 5 of her “Southern Kitchen” on the Food Network and a third cookbook before their world tour.
Trisha says the idea to squeeze in the mini-tour, which does not play near Las Vegas, came from a fan on her live weekend tweet sessions asking if she was finished with music. So she decided to prove to fans that she isn’t “just because.” Now expect a line of Just Because fashions and merchandise!
NEW PALAZZO RESTAURANT: One of Florida’s most successful restaurants is reportedly finally taking over the former Dos Caminos space in Palazzo. Fans say Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach serves the best fried chicken anywhere. Yardbird has picked up accolades from the James Beard Awards and Bon Appetit.
John Kunkel, who owns the company 50 Eggs that operates Yardbird, is quietly reportedly to be reducing the size of the sprawling space for his pressure-cooking processes, which serve more versions of chicken than ever thought possible.
ISO NEW HOME? Which sexy topless girls striptease revue is rumored to be booted from its hotel venue at the end of the month?
COMPANION SHOW: Is there a plan under development to bring in a companion show for the dark nights of Sundays and Mondays when a bestselling five-nights-a-week show has days off? Presumably, companion shows also could slot into vacation weeks so that showrooms are occupied seven nights a week year round. If successful, that could start an entertainment opportunity certain to be followed at many casinos.
RESORT IN BAHAMAS: Two top Las Vegas hotel executives have reportedly won the right to run the Chinese-built Baha-Mar resort opposite the Atlantis in the Bahamas.
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With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.