contact) Tuesday, Might 22, 2018|2 a.m. What. A. Weekend. It’s hard to recall anything that occurred prior to Sunday, when the Electric Daisy Carnival covered its 8th festival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway after the Signboard Music Awards flooded MGM Grand and the rest of the Strip with music’s most significant super stars after the Vegas Golden Knights beat Winnipeg to earn their location in the Stanley Cup Finals. Sure, that last one didn’t happen in Las Vegas, however the countless fans cheering at Toshiba Plaza didn’t mind.
> Denise Truscello Elton John says farewell to the Colosseum on May 17. Sunday was a whirlwind however Thursday was a huge Vegas night, too. Elton John took his last bow at the Colosseum after the last performance of “The Million Dollar Piano,” his 2nd Las Vegas residency at the Caesars Palace venue.
Meanwhile, simply throughout I-15, Station Gambling establishments tossed a decadent party to unveil brand-new features at the Palms. Basic supervisor Jon Gray welcomed an exclusive collection of visitors, including his mentor and the original owner of the resort, George Maloof, to the striking brand-new casino bar the Unidentified, named after the Damien Hirst tiger shark art setup that sits atop the bar and commands attention. Also new on the casino level and worth a go to as soon as you can handle are the swanky Camden Cocktail Lounge and the brilliantly redesigned dining establishment Scotch 80 Prime, formerly the N9NE Steakhouse area. Stalwart chef Barry Dakake is still running the kitchen area but this is an all-new experience. The celebration culminated with awesome views from new 55th-floor nightspot Apex Social Club, where surprise guest J. Cole carried out with the Strip skyline behind him.
Stars in the area for EDC or the Billboards made the rounds over the weekend. Rap artist Wiz Khalifa dined at Estiatorio Milos at the Cosmopolitan on Friday. Christina Aguilera took over the personal dining room at Tao Sunday after her Signboards duet with Demi Lovato while rappers French Montana, Lil Pump and 21 Savage also enjoyed the Venetian location. DJ Khaled and T.I. dined at Cosmo’s Appeal & & Essex on Sunday after the awards show, the very same area Shawn Mendes and Backstreet Young Boy (and Vegas homeowner) Nick Carter visited Saturday night. “That 70s Show” actor Wilmer Valderrama brunched at Palazzo’s Morels Steakhouse on Friday. Jennifer Lopez hosted a private party to commemorate her new single “Dinero” at the brand-new Spago, opening soon at Bellagio, and rapper-of-the-moment Post Malone popped into Hakkasan to perform at the Billboards afterparty.
One last award program note: How remarkable was Janet Jackson? She was presented the Icon Award by Bruno Mars after a scorching efficiency with an army of dancers and mesmerized the MGM Grand Garden crowd and substantial TV audience with a gorgeous, uplifting speech. I said it after I saw her performance at Mandalay Bay in October and I’ll state it again now: Somebody provide Janet a Vegas residency show immediately.
Actress Leah Remini was also in the area and made the most of her Vegas time by reuniting with her “Dancing with the Stars” partner Tony Dovolani onstage at Chippendales at the Rio, where Dovolani is working as star visitor host through Might 27. Remini, celebrating her sis Nicole’s birthday, had so much fun dancing at the Rio that she returned for a repetition to close the show.