Comedian and The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg was a whirl of nonstop, late-night, energetic partying as she celebrated her 55th birthday at Tao in The Venetian along with her granddaughter Amarah, who was celebrating her 21st birthday. Whoopi, who had performed at Treasure Island, held court in a private dining room surrounded by family, including daughter Alexandrea (Amarah’s mother) and Whoopi’s brother Clyde. The party moved to the nightclub and a skybox to enjoy the sounds of DJ Sander Van Doorn before switching to a VIP table in The Opium Room for hip-hop with DJ Lisa Pittman.
Twice last month when Sir Elton John performed here in Las Vegas for Andre Agassi and Justin Timberlake at separate charity events on the Strip, I reported rumors from highly reliable sources that talks were underway for the British superstar entertainer to return to Caesars Palace. Now I can confirm that he’ll be back at The Colosseum next year, two years after his residency ended there. Elton will resume his shows after Celine Dion’s initial run of 70 performances a year for two years that premieres March 15.
Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Josh Turner are scheduled to perform at the debut of the American Country Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 6 and airing on Fox. The two-hour event also features appearances by Lady Antebellum, Laura Bell Bundy, Rodney Carrington, Jewel, Bret Michaels, Ty Murray, Jeff Dunham, Clint Bowyer and Elliott Sadler. Fans can vote once each day for Artist of the Year at TheACAs.com until Dec. 4.
Based on the fact that Sammy Hagar can’t drive 55, his Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood has come up with one extreme dish. The “I Can’t Drive 55” Dollar Nachos features tortilla chips with some 20 toppings. Sammy is challenging any solo diner to finish the 8-pound dish within 55 minutes. If successful, not only does the winner get inducted into the Macho Nacho Hall of Fame, but Sammy also picks up the check and provides an autographed Cabo Wabo T-shirt.