L.A. to Vegas: Palms Casino Resort Makes its Return as Rouge Goes Topless

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This is L.A. to Vegas, your place to find the biggest celebrity sightings, restaurant openings, club news, hotel announcements and everything else you need to know before you venture to Sin City. Even though it’s Coachella weekend, that doesn’t mean thousands of people aren’t deciding to head to Vegas instead. Here’s what you need to know.

The view of the Las Vegas skyline from the Damien Hurst suite at Palms Casino Resort, said to be the world’s most expensive hotel room. (Palms Casino Resort)

Palms Casino Resort Will Finally Reopen

Palms Casino Resort is back. The resort will reopen to the public with a grand celebration and fireworks extravaganza on April 27. Palms was sold at the end of last year to San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, marking the first time a Las Vegas resort has been owned by Native Americans. The property was shut down due to the pandemic in March 2020 by former owner Station Casinos and never reopened. San Manuel has operated Yaamava Resort & Casino (formerly San Manuel Casino) since 1986, east of Los Angeles.

“Palms is a Las Vegas icon with a rich history and a deep connection to our community,” said Cynthia Kiser Murphey, General Manager of Palms, in an exclusive statement to LAMag.com. “We’re eager to build on our heritage and take Palms to new heights. Our team members are honored to reestablish Palms as a uniquely inviting destination of choice for Las Vegas locals and visitors alike. I’m confident that every Palms guest will feel the enthusiasm of our team members, as well as be excited to discover new additions such as the Serrano Vista Café, Club Serrano and the William Hill Sports Book and Lounge. As we continue throughout the summer, we will reactivate the Pearl concert theater and celebrate the return of the legendary Ghostbar.”

Ghostbar was an immediate hit when it opened atop the 55th floor of the Palms in 2001 and the resort’s new owners are hoping for the same success when it reopens later this year. (Palms Casino Resort)

Having undergone more than a $600 million renovation in 2019, Palms boasts a diverse mix of bars and restaurants, featuring the return of popular outlets such as Scotch 80 Prime steakhouse and Mabel’s BBQ by Food Network chef Michael Symon. The resort will also offer guests an expansive resort pool area featuring a multi-level, sprawling 73,000-square-foot space offering two luxurious main pools and 39 unique cabanas, most with their own private pool. Palms originally opened in November 2001 by the Maloof family and was overseen by George Maloof, who at the time turned the property into a destination for young Hollywood’s biggest names.


John Legend’s Love in Las Vegas residency opens at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on April 22. (Live Nation Las Vegas/Caesars Entertainment)

John Legend Taking Up Residency at Planet Hollywood

There is just one week to go until John Legend launches his Love In Las Vegas residency at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. A 12-time GRAMMY Award winner and the first African American man to join the EGOT club, Legend has been deep in rehearsals for his new show, opening on April 22Designed exclusively for Zappos Theater and promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, the show is said to be ‘a beautiful, soulful concert experience, showcasing Legend’s greatest hits.’ The performance will feature Legend’s full band and is promoted as a ‘vibrant, colorful celebration of love and coming together,’ which are sentiments echoed on Legend’s seventh studio album, Bigger Love. Legend will play on select dates through Oct. 29. Tickets and VIP packages are available here.


A very fit and topless female and male cast will hit The STRAT Theater stage at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Skypod starting April 16. (ROUGE)

Sexy New Topless Show Opening This Weekend

A different kind of residency will open on April 16. ROUGE: The Sexiest Show in Vegas at The STRAT Hotel, Casino and Skypod is touted as “an exciting, topless spectacular and immersive sensual experience.” A provocative cast of 18 sexy topless women and men will present a show designed to unleash the audiences fantasies and also mix in some extreme humor. Created by Hanoch Rosènn, the man behind the hit shows Extravaganza and WOW – The Vegas Spectacular, ROUGE combines “sexpertise” with acrobats, aerialists, dancers, contortionists, comedians, hand balancers and more. “We are really excited to have ROUGE as our latest production to be presented at The STRAT,” said Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment, a global theatrical production company. “Adding this unique and sensual late-night show is the perfect production to round out our eclectic and diverse entertainment offerings for our state-of-the-art theater.” ROUGE will perform nightly Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets can be found here.


Joey Fatone of NSYNC (left) and AJ McLean of The Backstreet Boys seen backstage at ABSINTHE on April 6, ahead of the show’s 11th anniversary. (Spiegelworld)

Absinthe Marks Eleven Wild Years at Caesars Palace

On April 13, ABSINTHE by Spiegelworld celebrated its 11th anniversary with a sold out performance of the show, followed by a raucous party held inside the Spiegeltent on the Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace.  Showgoers erupted into a thunderous standing ovation as Spiegelworld’s Impresario Extraordinaire, Ross Mollison, thanked everyone for their boisterous support over the past 11 years. Cast members and special guests lit up the night with DJ Crykit bumping beats throughout the party, hundreds of Green Fairy superfan entertainers, a humongous celebratory cake from Freed’s Bakery and plenty of shenanigans – including The Gazillionaire’s assistant, Wanda Widdles, getting caught selling David “Bath Boy” O’Mer’s bathwater for $100 a bottle. “Get yer scrotum tea,” she was heard calling out in the Green Fairy Garden. At the party The Gazillionaire said, “After performing for 11 years, seven nights a week, I might even consider giving my assistant Wanda a night off. Nah.” Absinthe tickets are available here.


The Escape IT escape room experience will begin scaring Las Vegas visitors beginning this fall. (Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment/Egan Escape Productions)

‘IT’ Escape Room Will Haunt Vegas This Fall

Scary times are coming to Las Vegas! Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment and Egan Escape Productions are joining forces to bring fans the newest escape room experience called Escape IT, inspired by one of the most horrifying film franchises of all time, “IT,” launching in the fall. Located minutes from the Strip and spanning more than 30,000 square feet, Escape IT is said to be a revolutionary new take on the traditional escape room experiences, offering fans two multi-room escape adventures that bring to life “IT,” the highest grossing horror film of all time, and its sequel, “IT Chapter Two.” The attraction will include more than 20 interactive rooms, state-of-the-art special FX, lighting, animatronics, and live actors to create a fully immersive and terrifying experience. Fans will navigate some of the films’ most iconic locations including the infamous Neibolt House, the Losers’ Clubhouse, the Derry Canal Days Festival, and sewers below Derry, all while trying to escape the clutches of Pennywise, the Dancing Clown. More information on Escape IT here.


Rob Gronkowski is bringing his Gronk Beach party to Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas on April 29 during NFL Draft 2022 weekend. (Medium Rare)


Rob Gronkowski is Taking Gronk Beach to Wynn

Rob Gronkowski is bringing his popular Super Bowl weekend “Gronk Beach” party to Las Vegas. The 4-time Super Bowl champion has teamed up with Medium Rare and Wynn Nightlife to bring Gronk Beach to Wynn Las Vegas on April 29 during the NFL 2022 draft weekend. The high-end pool party will feature Gronk’s favorite musical artists including The Chainsmokers, paired with food, drinks, interactive beach performers, custom Gronk Beach decor, and more. “We are going for the championship of events with the return of Gronk Beach. This year we are bringing my mega event to Las Vegas for what will be draft weekend’s biggest event ever,” Gronkowski tells LAMag.com. “Prepare for a fun day in the sun at Encore Beach Club, incredible musical performances, unmatched Gronk family energy, and a celebration of all the new rookies.” Gronk Beach will take place from 12 to 8 p.m. with tickets and VIP tables on sale now at the Gronk Beach web site. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend.


Miguel excited fans with his performance at LIGHT nightclub inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on April 9. (Toby Acuna)

Miguel’s Late Night Performance Lit Up Mandalay Bay

It was an epic night for Miguel fans on April 9 as the singer, songwriter and actor hit the LIGHT nightclub stage at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino around 1:15 a.m. According to eyewitnesses, Miguel was joined by his wife Nazanin, along with a group of friends and business partners, and the group began the night socializing in their booth, sipping on glasses of Clase Azul reposado tequila and Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. Before taking the stage, Miguel and Nazanin were seen dancing by the DJ booth, enjoying their time together. Miguel took the stage around 2 a.m. where he performed more than half a dozen of his hit songs including “Sure Thing,” “Don’t Forget My Love,” “Adorn,” “Skywalker” and “How Many Drinks.” During his performance, Miguel danced, sang and made a few fans night extra special by grabbing their phones for some exclusive photos and video. After his performance, Miguel rejoined his group and continued partying into the late hours of the night.


Billy Bob Thornton (right) and J.D. Andrew are The Boxmasters and will perform inside the Santa Fe Station’s Chrome Showroom on April 30. (Station Casinos)

Billy Bob Thornton Will Perform at Santa Fe Station 

The Boxmasters with acclaimed actor Billy Bob Thornton are returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at Chrome Showroom inside Santa Fe Station on April 30, 2022 at 8 p.m.  Formed by Thornton and J.D. Andrew in 2007, The Boxmasters have recorded a diverse catalog of music which touches on their love of a wide array of influences, including the rock ‘n’ roll of the 1960s. The Boxmasters influences include the Beatles, Byrds and Beach Boys, but also The Mothers of Invention, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Big Star. As a touring band, The Boxmasters have cultivated a rabid cult fan base across the United States and Canada, opening for the likes of ZZ Top, Steve Miller, George Thorogood and Kid Rock. Find tickets here.


On April 6, families were invited to take part in Resorts World Las Vegas’s release of more than 100,000 ladybugs ahead of Earth Day, to help naturally reduce the use of pesticides. (Resorts World Las Vegas)

Resorts World Releases 100,000 Ladybugs for Earth Day

On April 6, Resorts World Las Vegas, in collaboration with its landscape management company, Park West, released more than 100,000 ladybugs throughout the property’s 88-acre landscape in preparation for Earth Day on April 22. The release is part of the resort’s integrated pest management program, aiming to minimize the resort’s use of pesticides and benefitting the Las Vegas Valley. Brendan Dellerba, Director of Horticulture and Floral for Resorts World Las Vegas tells LAMAg.com, “This release of ladybugs is an effective way to reduce the need for harmful pesticides across our property’s landscape and the Las Vegas Valley. Not to mention, ladybugs have come to symbolize luck and prosperity.” Each year, Las Vegas is plagued with aphids that attack the city’s oaks, pines, citrus, flowers, herbs and vegetables. The ladybugs will singlehandedly take care of a major portion of these insects, traveling up to 75 miles away from the resort’s campus to eat the bugs and reduce the average Las Vegas homeowner’s maintenance costs and exposure to pesticides.


Criss Angel with his sons, Johnny Crisstopher and Xristos Yanni, during the red carpet premiere of AMYSTIKA-The Mindfreak Prequel at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on April 2. (Kirvin Doak)

BTS, Criss Angel, Carol Burnett and More Star Sightings

Criss Angel celebrated the premiere of AMYSTIKA-The Mindfreak Prequel, in collaboration with Franco Dragone, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on April 2. Joined on the carpet by his wife, Shaunyl, and sons, Johnny and Xristos, Angel also welcomed friends including Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis, AJ McLean, Flavor Flav and Carrot Top. . .Also on April 2, Olivia Harrison, widow of The Beatles legend, George Harrison, stopped by the production of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. The acclaimed film producer was spotted enjoying the high-octane trampoline stunts and vibrant visuals choreographed to chart toppers by the show’s namesake band. Following the performance, Olivia joined the cast backstage where she met several artists and posed for photos. . .Across town on April 2, legendary comedian and actress Carol Burnett was spotted dining at Triple George Grill at Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. The renowned comedy icon was seen enjoying the restaurant’s classic dishes and stopped to take a photo with general manager George Gatewood before performing at her show at The Smith Center. . .

Anderson .Paak and his record producer friend, Rogét Lutfi Chahayed, took in the FANTASY show at Luxor Hotel & Casino then posed with cast members backstage on April 4 following his 4 GRAMMY Award wins the night before. (Anita Mann Productions)

On April 4, after winning all four categories he was nominated for at the GRAMMY Awards the night before, superstar artist Anderson .Paak, founding member of Silk Sonic, along with GRAMMY Award-winning record producer Rogét Lutfi Chahayed, celebrated by attending the award-winning topless female revue FANTASY at Luxor Hotel and Casino. .Paak was all smiles during the 10:30 p.m. show and afterwards he and Chahayed joined the stunning cast of FANTASY in the Atrium Showroom lobby. While taking pictures with cast members, .Paak raved about the show and shared his thoughts on how spectacular he thought the show was. . . .on April 9, The Bachelor’s Peter Weber, enjoyed the sun and fun at TAO Beach Dayclub at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and later dined at Beauty & Essex located inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Weber and a group of friends were in town for a bachelor party. . . Following their four sold out Permission to Dance concerts at Allegiant Stadium, members of the South Korean boy band BTS found time to enjoy the city. On April 11, V posed for a selfie in the Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil theater at Mandalay Bay with his friend, Kang Dong Won. Meanwhile, J-Hope visited The Shops at Crystals. He posted pictures on his Instagram from the Hanging Garden display as well as visiting The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Las Vegas. Gaining more than 9 million likes on his post, many fans have since visited Crystals to recreate J-Hope’s photos. . .on April 13, hip-hop artist, songwriter and record producer, Blanco Brown, made a surprise appearance at The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails at The Cosmopolitan.  Brown arrived at the venue along with a group of friends shortly before 11 p.m. to enjoy live music. The group visibly enjoyed the band on stage while sipping on Grey Goose and mingling at their table. After a few songs, Brown joined The Commonwealth on stage to perform a cover of Chris Stapleton’s hit “Tennessee Whiskey.” Toward the end of the song, Brown pulled out a pair of spoons and treated fans to a rhythmic spoon solo.


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