On the Scene with Brock Radke: Why Don't We, Gordon Ramsay and more
Music on the move
The Pearl at the Palms has long been one of Las Vegas’ favorite places for a memorable concert experience, but since Station Casinos purchased the property and began renovating it a few years ago, the musical mix at this cozy theater has only grown more dynamic and diverse. There are rock and country residencies this year from Billy Idol and Lady Antebellum, respectively, and rising boy band Why Don’t We brings next-generation pop to the Palms on March 23. The five-member group already has an iTunes No. 1 smash this year with “Big Plans,” a catchy and aptly named track that sums up the future of Why Don’t We and the Palms. It’s a perfect fit.
All The Vegas: Kurt Melien
“We’re at 15 years since Celine opened and about five years since Britney opened, so we are in sort of the golden age of the resident business, mature, well-built and diversified. We’ll continue to look for new genres that will capture the full breadth of the audience in Vegas. People think of Las Vegas for its casinos, suites and restaurants, but the theater product is second to none, to New York, Tokyo or London. The world doesn’t have big theaters like we do.” Listen to the complete All The Vegas podcast episode with Live Nation Las Vegas president Kurt Melien at allthevegas.com.
Around the Strip
Superchef Gordon Ramsay recently celebrated the first anniversary of his record-breaking Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesars Palace with his mentor and fellow Caesars culinary icon Guy Savoy, restaurateur and Real Housewives star Lisa Vanderpump, Jonathan and Drew Scott of Property Brothers and Hell’s Kitchen competition show season 18 winner Ariel Fox. Ramsay is planning to film future seasons of Hell’s Kitchen at the Vegas hot spot, which has served more than 400,000 diners in just its first year.
Comedian and actress Mo’Nique wrapped her very first Las Vegas residency this month, and a legend stopped by to laugh along with her Sayers Club audience. Mike Tyson and wife Kiki took in the show and congratulated Mo’Nique on the successful run at SLS Las Vegas.
How I Met Your Mother and American Pie star Alyson Hannigan took her 9-year-old daughter Satyanna to see Gwen Stefani’s Just A Girl show at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, heading backstage before the musical spectacular to get a photo with one of the Strip’s newest resident headliners. Hannigan was in town to film several episodes of CW series Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
Speaking of magical names, David Copperfield was spotted attending the zany space-aged comedy Opium at the Cosmopolitan recently and enjoyed the antics of the OPM 73 crew so much he reappeared backstage after the show for a photo with some of the Spiegelworld production’s characters.