It’s a 10-count KO weekend that only Las Vegas could deliver, and I’m not talking solely about the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley WBO welterweight battle at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Just look at what’s on deck before they punch out each other’s lights in the one fight that could cost the 33-year-old Filipino Congressman and superstar fighter one of his eight division world championship titles. Timothy is undefeated, and some boxing experts say that this fight could be an upset -- a dent in Pac-Man’s legacy.
(Just guessing that although Floyd Mayweather Jr. is behind bars, somehow he’ll get TV privileges to watch the fight on HBO!)
Manny is reportedly a new man for this fight: He’s rediscovered his faith and with Bible studies says he has cleaned up the devils of marital infidelity, drinking and gambling. Promoter Bob Arum has admitted that he’s had to advance as much as $4 million to Manny from fights to pay off gaming debts.
While sports fans will be ecstatic over that showdown with a front-row celebrity turnout, music fans will be even wilder with the 16th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival; it’s the second year in a row that Las Vegas Motor Speedway is hosting it. A sell-out EDC with a staggering lineup of more than 100 artists, performers and theatrical groups, including our Blue Man Group, is expected to attract 150,000 fans each of the three nights.
At my age, I’m too old for day and night DJ sessions, and I’m certainly not going to daub color paint all over my body and dance with half-naked crowds! I’m leaving all that coverage to two of my colleagues, Editor Don Chareunsy and reporter Andrea Domanick, and the staff of Las Vegas Weekly. Check back all weekend for their coverage. (Editor’s Note: Robin turned 70 last year, and he is still the hardest-working journalist with whom I’ve worked in my double-digit-long career.)
I’ll be more at home with the new songs Celine Dion is adding to her return at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Celine was felled by a serious viral throat infection in February and March; on Feb. 23, we reported her first problems with viral illness and the weakness to her right vocal chord. Top Caesars execs and her manager husband Rene Angelil say that she’s stronger and better than ever. This run takes her through Aug. 19.
Add in the live TV broadcast from magician Criss Angel’s mansion, and it’s truly another magical weekend. So now it’s time for our hearts to go on and sing loud from the rooftops, dazzle with fancy footwork, wave some sleight-of-hand and spin out with the weekly celebrity preview we affectionately title the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, JUNE 8
Comedians share the spotlight, with Daniel Tosh at The Mirage, Tim Allen at The Venetian and D.L. Hughley at The Orleans all for two nights. Additionally, Jo Koy performs at Treasure Island, Vargus Mason and Phil Johnson perform at The Orleans and Anjelah Johnson is at South Point all weekend.
Emily Bergl performs at Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts for two nights; Nashville Unplugged features Pete Sallis and Steve Dean at Ovation in Green Valley Ranch; and Collective Soul celebrate its 10th anniversary performing at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Other shows include Joey Lawrence’s run guest hosting at Chippendales in the Rio and Jerry Doyle at Suncoast. Senior Editor John Katsilometes interviewed Joey ahead of his male-revue headlining.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
EDC continues all weekend at LVMS, and I am still not going.
Can’t wait for Pacquiao-Bradley? Kelly Pavlik battles Scott Sigmon at The Joint in ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.”
Tickets go on sale for Jane’s Addiction at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Sept. 7, Stone Temple Pilots at The Pearl in the Palms on Sept. 20 and Shania Twain’s additional concerts starting March 19 at The Colosseum. (Shania’s two-year run starts Dec. 1, but ticket demand is so high that shows are already being added.)
Jason Derulo and Tyga perform at Ditch Friday by day and Rain by night in the Palms; Lloyd performs at the Bank in the Bellagio; and EDC Music Week continues at Steve Wynn’s hotels with Sebastian Ingrosso at XS, Calvin Harris at Encore Beach Club and Tryst at the Wynn and Steve Aoki at Surrender.
SATURDAY, JUNE 9
The B-52’s splash down poolside at the Hard Rock; Junefest features performances by The Commodores, Eddie Money, The Romantics and more at South Point; Dennis De Young and his six-man band perform “The Music of Styx,” a free concert at Fremont Street Experience; Boulder Blues with Sugar Blue is at Boulder Station; and British boyband One Direction is at Planet Hollywood.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Two big events of the super-sized weekend: Pacquiao vs. Bradley at MGM Grand Garden Arena and the live broadcast from magician Criss Angel’s estate Serenity with fellow magicians.
The Gourmet Food Truck Block Party with more than 25 food trucks benefitingSpecial Olympics Nevada is at Suncoast today and Saturday; Nevada Ballet Theater and Cirque du Soleil present their fifth annual “A Choreographer’s Showcase” at the Viva Elvis Theater in Aria; and if you’re staying home, check out The Animal Planet when KISS by Monster Mini Golf gets “Tanked” -- yes, fish will play an underwater concert complete with light show and amplifiers against a KISS backdrop of miniature figures of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
Still not had enough of EDC? Roger Sanchez spins at Palms Pool, with Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas at Rain; Grammy Award winner Afrojack (and Paris Hilton?) is at Tryst; Steve Angello is at Encore Beach Club and XS; Calvin Harris is at Surrender; T-Pain is at Haze in Aria; Bob Sinclar is at Wet Republic at MGM Grand; Kaskade and Mind Electric are at Marquee in The Cosmopolitan; and Atom E is at nearby Bond. In the non-EDM world, rapper Talib Kweli is at LAX in the Luxor.
Azure Luxury Pool at the Palazzo starts its free evening Carnevale concert parties all month, alternating with Jody Watley and CeCe Peniston.
Our sister publication Vegas Magazine celebrates its 9th anniversary with Kelly Rowland at Boulevard Pool.
Adult-film starlet Kaylani Lei, who has reportedly more than 150 adult movies to her credit, hosts an after-fight party at Crazy Horse III and Posh Boutique Nightclub, and Collective Zoo’s Pool Party Safari takes over Breathe Pool at the Hard Rock.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10
Former Las Vegas resident David Brenner, who holds the record for most appearances on “The Tonight Show,” returns for one night at the Suncoast Showroom, and Tony Award winner singer-songwriter and actress Idina Menzel is at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center.
And “True Blood” stud Joe Manganiello, who will soon be seen taking it off in “Magic Mike” with Channing Tatum, hosts at Rehab in the Hard Rock with DJ Z-Trip and producer Richard Beynon.
We’ll post photo galleries from the Pacquiao-Bradley weigh-in and fight over the weekend, along with continuing coverage of EDC, so be sure to check back often -- and again Monday with more coverage of all the action.
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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