Cee Lo and Friends

The Showroom at Planet Hollywood, Oct. 10

Just when you think it’s too early to make the yuletide bright, soulful singer Cee Lo Green gets you in the mood for the holidays … and for the February debut of his Loberace residency at Planet Hollywood. Performing a collection of songs from his new Christmas album Cee Lo’s Magic Moment (release date Oct. 30) to benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s Keep Memory Alive Foundation, Green opened the concert with a hearty, “I’m in the Christmas spirit, I don’t know about you.” (A recording of the show will premiere Nov. 26 on the Warner Sound YouTube channel.)

Decked out in a shiny full-length vinyl red coat and sunglasses, Green jokingly said, “I got my Christmas outfit from an S&M store.” Then The Voice coach welcomed the show’s Season 2 contestants Jamar Rogers and James Massone onstage for “This Christmas.” The trio happily danced around while belting out lyrics … the fireside is blazing bright, we’re caroling through the night.

Slowing things down a bit, Green dedicated “The Christmas Song” to his Muppet pals Miss Piggy and Kermit, and once the rendition was complete, Kermit offered a heartfelt, “Thank you, Cee Lo.”

Spreading joy and cheer throughout the night with playful banter, Green said, “Remind me never to have a vinyl suit made. I’m trying to be cool but I’m so hot.” The evening’s highlights included Green’s “Merry Christmas Baby” duet with Rod Stewart, his “Silent Night” tearjerker with R&B soul singer Eric Benét and his performance of “All I Need is Love” with the Muppets.

As the show came to a close, Green sang his Grammy-winning goodie “Crazy” before shouting out, “I thought Las Vegas was a party town?” And as the audience stood clapping and dancing, he ended with his other popular hit “Fuck You.” Green gave the crowd a naughty and nice Christmas spectacular—Santa would be proud. ★★★★☆

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