Kendra Parties at Wet Republic

Wet Republic at MGM Grand continued it’s celebrity pool party fun this weekend with Kendra Wilkinson from The Girls Next Door. She was with Holly Madison and some other girl, but does anyone matter besides Kendra? Even through Kendra is wearing a bikini, which is cool, something looks different.

It’s pretty interesting how Las Vegas, as a market, continues to find “celebrities” for their clubs from a crew of about 3 to 5 shows. Regardless, everyone seems to like Kendra. Click the DVD picture below if you like Kendra, Holly and/or Bridget.

Girls Next Door
Girls Next Door

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Queens of the Stoneage at Cosmopolitan

The reason for my mini stay at home Las Vegas vacation began because I wanted to see Queens of the Stoneage at the Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan. I haven’t seen this band in years and I figured that the setting of the Boulevard Pool on a warm summer night would be amazing. As soon as I bought tickets I immediately went to Caesars.com to get a room because this isn’t the kind of band I want to see sober and I’d rather not pay for a cab – most rooms are cheaper or even free. The best I could muster was a room at Harrah’s, which wasn’t so bad after the upgrade.

After the room was booked I mentioned my excitement about how awesome the show would be to a friend and they booked a flight from the east coast. The game was on! What started as one night of raging became 4 nights of raging. R A G E !

I’ve seen Queens of the Stoneage before but it’s been a while. In the last year I’ve gotten back into their catalog. In fact, I’m listening to R as I write this. Side note: I wrote a comparison between the Boulevard Pool and watching a band at the pool at Red Rock Casino on Vegas Chatter last week and the main difference is the setting.

Watching Queens of the Stoneage (QOTSA) on the Cosmopolitan rooftop was awesome. The views we stunning and the sound wasn’t bad – especially for an outside venue and the setlist was great! They even played some songs I forgot about (like “Little Sister”).

Regular John
Avon
The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
3’s & 7’s
If Only
Sick, Sick, Sick
Better Living Through Chemistry
In My Head
Into the Hollow
Make It Wit Chu
Little Sister
(Intro Jam)
Burn the Witch
First It Giveth
Go With the Flow
You Can’t Quit Me Baby
Encore:
No One Knows
A Song for the Dead

It was almost like a greatest hits set, but it was kind of what I wanted. I got lost in the show and atmosphere a couple of times. Once alone when I found a seat towards the back of the pools looking at the stage with The Harmon in the background. Nice advertising for Viva Elvis.

QOTSA Back
QOTSA Back

I had another moment again when I was up closer watching the show and taking in the Vegas strip skyline. To be super honest, it was moving. That’s what Cosmopolitan has been banking with everything they do and the Boulevard Pool is a success there. I rarely have moments like this so this night will remain special for a long time to come.

QOTSA Side
QOTSA Side

One of the most stunning parts of watching a band on the Boulevard Pool at Cosmo is the marquee. It’s a great piece for the bands to have at their sides when they play because it makes watching the band easier if there are a lot of people or you just want to be in the back. The big screen is viewable for just about anyone on the strip (no audio though) and is visually stunning if you don’t want to be close enough to see the band from stage.

QOTSA Marquee
QOTSA Marquee

Speaking of being in the back, the Cosmo flickr has a bunch of professional pictures from the show which are way better than my iPhone pictures. If you’re into concert pictures you’ll notice there’s nothing take from less than 200 feet away from the stage. Still nice pics, but that’s the difference between nice and awesome and ZOMG!

Anyway, the people there to watch the band were cool, but that only accounted for about about 40-60% of the crowd. This show was easy to spot who was there to see the band and who was just there. QOTSA is the kind of band that is definitely more fun to watch with people that are into the music as they get into the music and everyone feeds off of each others energy.

Less cool was the fact that beer prices were about 20-30% higher than in the casino. My can of Fat Tire was $10. I don’t think I’ve ever paid more than $7 for a beer. My Stoli and Soda was about $13. I’m pretty sure that’s the price of Grey Goose at Book and Stage. I drank for “free” at Harrah’s beforehand so this wasn’t too big of a deal. (I say “free” because I know my gambling spend allows me the Diamond Lounge access)

The most uncool feeling was the feeling that the casino didn’t want any rock people hanging out after the show. Everywhere we went after the show had some kind of AWFUL pop-dance-remix music pumping. I get that people like that kind of music, but it would have been nice to be eased back into that after the high an awesome rock show. Especially since the casino usually plays much cooler music. I can only imagine that indie snobs going to the Cosmo to see bands will never return or would just leave right away without spending money. I ended up walking to Planet Hollywood to get a cab back to Harrah’s since the line was at 20-30 minutes.

Bottom line is that QOTSA was an amazing show, but it came across that the club (Cosmo) wanted a different customer that evening. I’m not sure “the curious class” isn’t being taken over by “the douchey class.” More on that another time.

Royal Flush!

Last Friday, after my mini-vacation, I headed over to Red Rock Casino for happy hour at LBS Burger and the Lifehouse concert. I had a little time to kill so I decided to play a little video poker. Go figure. I had a few bucks leftover from my trip to the strip so I decided to play dollars. I mix up my pay between quarters, fifty cent and dollars playing Jacks or Better unless I’m bored and want to give a random game a shot.

I sat down at the machine and on the second hand in I hit four Aces. I was stoked, but couldn’t cash out after just a couple hands so I figured I’d play until I got back down to even or played enough to be satisfied with my win (after a while I usually set floors where I’ll cash out). I kept hitting winning hands and was up almost $200 after about 15 minutes and then I hit my largest Royal Flush in a few years – $4,000! I’ve been playing more video poker this year than ever and this was my 3rd Royal Flush of the year. Of course, I’m still down $1,234,444,000 for my gambling career. 🙂

After learning that Station Casinos no longer serves Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, I decided to grab my tickets and head over to check the pool area for the show. I realized I had a few minutes to kill so I sat down at a machine by the door and played another $20. That turned up four 8’s. Up another $40 or $60 I decided to head into the show – for real this time.

In case you’re not familiar with Lifehouse they’re one of those pop-rock bands that you hear pretty often and never know who they are. Thanks to Lifehouse I hit a Royal Flush. That may be my lasting memory of them.

Lifehouse
Lifehouse

Flamingo Finally Gets To Laura Croft

Flamingo’s Go Pool took a break from featuring the Holly’s World cast last week, but has gone back to the well once again. This past weekend Laura Croft made her Flamingo Go Pool Party appearance. Whew…we were worried she wouldn’t make the cut.  Word on the street is that she might be the nicest of the Holly’s World cast, but I haven’t met her yet and will wait for the time where she and I can talk music.

In the meantime we’ll have to enjoy her in silence and her in a bikini, unlike Holly Madison.  If you want more Laura Croft, you can see the rest of her pics from the day at Contact Music.

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Holly's World
Holly's World

Who Is Amber Rose?

Pool parties and nightlife in Vegas are awesome. In fact, celebrity in Vegas is awesome. The people called celebrities in Las Vegas are legends in their own minds, as well as the promoters. Yes, it makes me chuckle. I’ve always randomly popped a good looking girl from a Las Vegas appearance on here because who doesn’t like a good looking girl? The more I look at Vegas news the more I see less and less famous celebrities and it makes me smile.

After two weeks of Holly’s World guests (Holly, Angel) at the Go Pool at Flamingo I was thinking we might see Laura Croft but that wasn’t the case. Anyway, I couldn’t figure out who was less famous at the Vegas pools this week and it was a battle. The was a woman from Real Housewives and Amber Rose, who is “famous” because she used to date Kanye West. She also has creepy eyes. The eyes have it an Amber Rose at Tao Beach is the winner of Vegas Non-Famous Non-Celebrity of the week – or something like that. I think Amber Rose is a model, but all I could find on her appearance is that she used to date Kanye.

Kanye West College Dropout
Kanye West College Dropout

Holly Madison Doesn’t Wear A Swimsuit To The Pool?

Holly Madison At Flamingo Las Vegas Go Pool
Holly Madison

It’s summer time in Las Vegas and that means pool season.  I find pool season in Vegas to be when the biggest non-famous celebrities come out to party.  However, the past two weeks Flamingo has had the stars from Holly’s World hosting a party at their Go Pool. Last week was Angel Porrino, who decided to wear a bikini to fulfill her host duties.  This week it was Holly Madison hosting, but she went without a swimsuit of any kind.  Perhaps a bikini isn’t a prerequisite to host a pool party.  I’ll have to keep an eye on that.  In the meantime I have to wonder if Laura Croft will host next week as she’s the only regular woman from Holly’s World left to host a pool party.

Photo: VegasNews.com

I just saw that the DVD for the first two seasons is coming out next year.  You can pre-order by clicking the picture below.

Hollys World DVD
Hollys World

“Absinthe” Star Angel Porrino Ain’t Ugly

I stayed at Flamingo for the first time last weekend and it was awesome.  The casino was much bigger than I thought and there were plenty of food and drink options.  I’ll get a review up shortly, but you can check some pictures on my flickr.

The weekend started with a short visit to Caesars Palace for an “Absinthe” tweetup (aka twitter hang).  Most of the cast showed up and put on a short performance.  I haven’t seen the show yet but reviews have been almost all really positive.  The show has one person that’s considered a “star” and that’s Angel Porrino.  The appeared at the tweetup and the next day she evidently was at Flamingo hosting a party at the Go Pool.

I was feeling a little hungover and took a walk outside in the afternoon and could not believe there was a line to get into the pool.  I’m not sure if it was because Angel was there or if that’s a Saturday afternoon hotspot.  All I know is that the walk didn’t get rid of my hangover.

Having seen Angel Porrino in person at least 3 times I have to say she’s very pretty.  I haven’t seen her perform in Peepshow or in Absinthe, so I’m not sure she has any talent.  I’m not sure that really matters.

Electric Daisy Carnival Didn’t Kill Anyone In Vegas

I can enjoy electronic music, but I’m not moved by watching a DJ spin live.  I can listen to a CD or download a set and get the same feeling.  That said, almost every tweet I read about the Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC) this past weekend was positive and it seems as if everyone attending had a fun time in Vegas.  What I noticed were lots of girls wearing neon tutu’s and I’m fine with that.

The mainstream media covering the event goes a different route.  Instead of focusing on the good time most people had much of the mainstream media coverage seemed to touch on the fact that nobody died at EDC as the most important thing from the weekend.  I would think focusing on the great time would make a much nicer story, but what do I know.  I’m a cynic.

This article from the Hollywood Press, not only produced the sweet picture above but talks mostly about the music at the festival and only touches on the minimal crime.  There’s a movie due out later this year that will feature EDC.  I’ll wait for netflix to pick it up and stream it.  It seems as if it will be fairly visually stimulating in the way that “Transformers” movies are.  Check the Hollywood Press if you want to know more.

Carmen Electra + Pussycat Dolls + Planet Hollywood

If you follow me on twitter you know I often say “Who’s having fun?” Carmen Electra at the opening of the new Pussycat Dolls Saloon at Planet Hollywood is nothing but fun!

Sex symbol Carmen Electra will be the guest striptease star to open the exotic and erotic Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon at Planet Hollywood on June 4.

Wow! This is going to be one super-sensual lounge at the new Gallery Nightclub complete with stripper poles, a bejeweled fairground carnival horse, a seductive swing and a diamond-studded bathtub. Even the Pussycat Dolls name is emblazoned in rhinestones at the bar for the dancers to cavort their curves.

I can’t lie, I dig some Pussycat Dolls songs and I’ve played a little blackjack in the Pussycat Dolls pit at Caesars Palace before.  Sometimes a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do.

Claire Sinclair Performing In Crazy Horse Paris at MGM Grand

Claire Sinclair seems to be everywhere I look now that Holly’s World is over and she announced that she’ll be Playboy’s Playmate of the Year.  Sinclair is certainly not ugly and she’ll follow in line with other ex Playboy playmates Dita Von Teese and Carmen Electra to drop her clothes at MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris.  She’ll be taking the stage at MGM Grand between April 20 and April 27.

Saying Claire Sinclair is fun, so I hope she sticks around so I can keep saying her name.

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