On the Scene With Brock Radke: Queen, Adam Lambert, Terry Fator and more
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Bruno Mars returned to Las Vegas recently, but he wasn’t performing at his Strip headquarters at Park Theater. The 24K Magic star sang at what has been called the “Vegas royal wedding,” as Station Casinos scion Kelley Fertitta married Tyler Chad Nemiro at her family’s luxurious property, Red Rock Resort, in Summerlin. The fabulous event also included entertainment from John Mayer, Seal and Marshmello.
Shortly after performing a set at the T-Mobile Arena, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlain of The Smashing Pumpkins made a slight detour before leaving town, enjoying some gluten-free and vegan options at Evel Pie on Fremont Street.
Before his concert at the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan, singer and songwriter Jack Johnson hit the pawn shop-inspired retail store at Beauty & Essex and ended up taking home a new treasure: A vintage Eastwood Airline ’59 Coronado metallic blue guitar. Johnson also paid a visit to Marquee Dayclub before taking the stage. Cast members from Bravo TV’s reality show Vanderpump Rules also visited Beauty & Essex as Tom Sandoval, Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright dined there before partying at Tao.
Judd Apatow (Girls, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and his wife, actress Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This is 40), made the rounds during Labor Day weekend. They were spotted at Tao Nightclub at The Venetian before taking in Mariah Carey’s The Butterfly Returns residency at Caesars Palace.
Brock Radke is an award-winning entertainment reporter who has been covering the city since 2000, and interviews key movers and shakers on his All The Vegas podcast, available at allthevegas.com
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“It never has felt like work. A week into my vacation, I can’t wait to get back. I just love stepping on that stage. People are like, ‘You need to skydive, you need to (do this or that),’ and I’m like, 'Nope.' I walk on that stage and that adrenaline rush is better than anything I could ever get doing anything else. I think the most challenging part is doing something like I just put in. We lost Aretha and I just put in Aretha Franklin. Hitting some of those high notes without moving my lips—I can hit them with my lips moving, that’s fine—but I close the mouth and it’s just painfully hard. But I put in the work and do the homework and by the time I get onstage, it’s right.” Listen to the full conversation with Mirage headliner Terry Fator at allthevegas.com.
All The Vegas: Terry Fator
Brian May drops a scorching guitar solo while standing in the palm of a gigantic robot. Adam Lambert rips through multiple glam costume changes and rides a pink tricycle across the stage while singing “Bicycle Race.” These are just a few of the incredible sights you’ll witness at Queen’s Crown Jewels residency at the Park Theater, continuing through September.
Of course, the incredible sounds are the real draw. With the charismatic Lambert assuming the role of Freddie Mercury and May and Roger Taylor leading the performance in the intimate venue, Queen’s iconic and explosive songbook comes to life. It’s a concert filled with emotion and memorable moments, definitely a unique-to-Vegas experience you don’t want to miss.