With Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Fergie all competing for the same spotlight this weekend in Las Vegas, no wonder the Strip will go dark with the overload of superstar power. To be honest, though, it’s not the celebrity wattage that will cause the blackout. Las Vegas, along with more than 4,000 cities in 128 countries, marks Earth Hour and turns off the neon for one full hour Saturday night.
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The Strip will really be dimmed when some 25 resort casinos turn off the lights. Forty Caesars Entertainment locations around the world -- all 10 here -- plus the 11 MGM Resorts International Strip hotels will darken marquees, exterior lighting and neon signs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. It’s the third consecutive year that casinos have participated in the global event to stress the importance of energy conservation. Earth Hour began in Australia in 2007, and Las Vegas began its annual blackouts in 2009, when nearly 1 billion people participated.
But the lights will shine brightly tonight on three top divas of the pop world, and it’s still difficult to believe that one city is presenting Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Fergie on the same night. As if they aren’t more than enough, Whoopi Goldberg, Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Vanessa Hudgens also are in town.
The male star lineup is strong, too, with Garth Brooks back for a weekend at the Wynn; Wyclef Jean at Haze at Aria in town from his charity work in Haiti, where he suffered a gunshot wound to the hand this week; Flo Rida and Stephen Dorff at the new Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris; and Ray Romano at the Mirage.
Fergie is celebrating her birthday at The Bank at the Bellagio with VIP friends and doubtless some of her Black Eyed Peas. Lady Gaga will fuel and fire up her Little Monsters in her return to MGM Grand Garden Arena, and bouncing back with her new CD Femme Fatale, Britney Spears will record a promotional concert for MTV at Rain at the Palms. (Britney has already scored a No. 1 hit off the new release with “Hold It Against Me,” and “Till the End of the World” rocketed into the Top 10 on Billboard, as well.)
All three are femme fatales, and the big question will be who comes out on top. As cameras roll, photographers’ flashes go into overdrive and promo machines march to the beat of the ultimate musical mayhem, pop-culture crush-clash, as usual we’ve popped it all together in a package we affectionately call the Royal Robin Rundown:
Friday, March 25
*Lady Gaga is back with her Monster Ball Tour and its theatrics, including the fire-blazing piano, at MGM Grand. She promises even more eye-popping and envelope-pushing than her last visit. Perhaps she’ll arrive onstage in an egg? Meantime, her monster hit “Born This Way” is still No. 1 across the land.
*Britney Spears films an MTV special at Rain for the launch Tuesday of her new album Femme Fatale. The special and her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show air on Britney Tuesday.
*Garth Brooks, with his acoustic show of stories and songs, is at Encore Theater at the Wynn with his guitar for three nights, while it’s a walk back to yesteryear with Peter Noone and his Herman’s Hermits at South Point.
*Whoopi Goldberg is at Treasure Island and Ray Romano next door at the Mirage for two nights, while former Talk Soup host and Queer As Folk star Hal Sparks is at the Las Vegas Hilton through Sunday. (Check out Hal’s interview with Senior Editor John Katsilometes on Kats With the Dish.)
*Fans pull in a large one with Reel Big Fish at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, while Girl Talk chatters away at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool.
*Psychic Gary Spivey looks to the past and into the future at The Pearl at the Palms.
*Also this weekend: the Monster Jam World Finals at Sam Boyd Stadium; the Spring Wine and Jazz Festival at the Golden Nugget; and Donald J. Pliner and Lisa Pliner present their Spring 2011 collection to benefit Peace for the Children Foundation at his boutique in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
*Six-time Grammy Award winner Fergie celebrates her birthday at the Bank, and VegasDeLuxe.com just can’t get enough of her.
*Can Chateau handle Flo Rida? Put on your boots with the fur and find out.
*Jersey Shore star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro flexes his pecs to continue the Spring Break party time at LAX at the Luxor.
Saturday, March 26
*Country’s redneck woman Gretchen Wilson goes off-Strip for a concert at Eastside Cannery.
*Fans will kiss a prince with Toad the Wet Sprocket at Red Rock Resort, while Irish Rockers and Saw Doctors operate at the Strip’s Hard Rock Cafe.
*Deadpan stand-up comedian Steven Wright is at The Orleans, and singer-impressionist Tom Stevens pays tribute to stars of yesterday and today at Suncoast for two nights.
*Also: The Extreme Thing Action Sports and Music Festival with performances by Hollywood Undead, Attack Attack and Sum 41 at Desert Breeze Park, and tickets go on sale for Stevie Nicks at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on May 14.
*Dancing With the Stars Season 12 contestant Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett of The Girls Next Door and Kendra hosts the start of Season 4 of Wet Republic at MGM Grand.
*Wyclef Jean is at Haze despite being injured in Haiti this week.
*Beastly actress Vanessa Hudgens leaves the high school musicals to celebrate the release of her new film Sucker Punch at Pure at Caesars Palace.
*Stephen Dorff and “I Love College” singer Asher Roth are at Chateau, as are Twilight stars Tinsel Korey and Kiowa Gordon celebrating their birthdays. It’s vampires vs. werewolves at the Paris hotspot!
*Global DJ David Guetta uses words we can’t repeat here to describe fame when his socialite wife Cathy and he host at LAX.
*Eva Longoria’s nightclub Eve at Crystals hosts Rock ’N Roll Wine with 25 wines served to the music of the Jeremy Cornwell Project.
*The Extreme Thing Sports and Music Festival official after-party is at the Palms with Sage Francis and Frank Palermi of Emmure.
Sunday, March 27
*It’s the final day of the display of Elizabeth Taylor’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds at the Venetian in honor of the screen legend’s death Wednesday.
*The Pink Floyd Experience presents “Animals Live” at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.
Check back to VegasDeLuxe.com during this huge, star-studded weekend for stories and photos, and then on Monday, we’ll have a full report of all the stars at play in The Entertainment Capital of the World.
Vegas DeLuxe Editor Don Chareunsy contributed to this report.
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