Her Vegas: Backstreet Boys, Omnia and more
Fans of the Backstreet Boys are probably glad the original ’90s boy band didn’t have a breakout star on par with Justin Timberlake. With all founding members together once again, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson have made it simple for the BSB faithful to catch them live and reunited at their Planet Hollywood Resort residency Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life.
Last year, during their April 20 performance, the group celebrated the date they first united in 1993. That was the year they created the template that many multiple-male pop vocal groups after them would follow. Now, the Backstreet Boys have released their first album in five years, DNA, and will likely be adding their latest singles to the Planet Hollywood set list. The newfound inspiration they are experiencing as a result of the Vegas residency has affected the new music.
“I definitely feel that our resurgence that we’ve had by doing Vegas has influenced us with the new tracks (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”), the album, the direction that we’re moving in,” said Dorough in a video posted in July to the BSB Twitter account. “I think Vegas brings a breath of fresh air to the way people perceive the Backstreet Boys again.” The Boys remain in good spirits, as evidenced by a June appearance singing “I Want It That Way” with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on The Tonight Show. They’ve been on MTV’s TRL and Good Morning America, and performed “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” at the CMT Music Awards, where they announced plans for an upcoming world tour (which, unfortunately, also means the end of their Vegas residency). Still, nothing compares with Vegas for the first boy band, which is still the first and only boy band to score a headliner residency on the Strip. –Matt Kelemen
Planet Hollywood Resort, 9 p.m. Feb. 6, 8-9, 13, 15-16, 20 & 22-23, $79-$259 VIP plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster
Eat With Wonder
Go on a dining adventure with your girls, a dining-in-the-dark adventure! Make a reservation with Blackout Dining in the Dark and heighten all your senses except for sight. Your highly trained server will take your table through a six-course meal where you can’t see the dishes because you’ll be completely immersed in a blacked-out environment. –Kiko Miyasato
3871 S. Valley View Blvd., Suite 8, 5-11 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., noon-11 p.m. Fri.-Sun. 702.960.4000
There’s so many Instagram-worthy moments to experience at Omnia: The A-list DJ roster, including Party Favor (Feb. 5) and Loud Luxury (Feb. 8); the expansive balcony overlooking the Strip; the über-VIP tables; and the stunning and massive kinetic LED chandelier that fluidly moves and morphs into different shapes. –Kiko Miyasato
Caesars Palace, opens at 10:30 p.m. Tues. & Thurs.-Sat., cover charges varies. 702.785.6200
Indulge in Paradise
At Canyon Ranch Spa, get a $60 day pass and dive into the Aquavana Experience rooms, where temperature and environment differ in each. Canyon Ranch welcomed winter with pumpkin and peppermint special scents in facials, massages and more, including the Pumpkin Spice Latte pedicure or the Peppermint Latte massage—yes, you’ll come out smelling like a sweet treat. –Nina King
The Venetian & The Palazzo, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 702.414.3600