Spring is usually kind of lousy when it comes to celebrations. You’re about as far away as you can get from the start of the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas Holiday-Industrial Complex, and you still have to bide your time before the Holy Trinity of Summer Three-Day Weekends. Sure, there’s Easter, but, secularly speaking, unless you’re the kind of person who gets excited to collect the black jelly beans that everyone else passes on, there’s not a lot to it.
Still, this past week offered a fairly strong selection of celebrations, starting with Hakkasan’s one-year anniversary April 26 as celebrated by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale.
The No Doubt and Bush singers, respectively, started out with dinner at the restaurant, joined by Stefani’s brother, Todd. Stefani and Rossdale were already in a celebratory mood following the birth of their son Apollo Bowie Flynn in February. Which is a marginally less goofy name than their middle child, Zuma Nesta Rock. So good on them for trending in the right direction.
After dinner, they relocated to the club in time to see Hakkasan CEO Neil Moffitt bring out a cake to Tiësto to mark the evening. Semi-regular Ling Ling Room DJ Questlove was manning his post—without sporting his Afro. Which is disturbing and wrong somehow, and we’re going to pretend like it never happened.
The 18th annual Power of Love gala on April 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena feted Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s involvement in the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Gloria did a duet of “Natural Woman” with Carole King, as Estefan’s daughter, Emily, played guitar for a crowd that included Quincy Jones, Andy Garcia, Dermot Mulroney, Christopher Meloni, Queen Latifah and Ricky Martin (with the latter two also among the performers).
On the one hand, that’s huge pressure to suddenly jump on guitar while playing for one of the greatest record producers of all time. On the other, you’re also playing guitar in front of the guy who did “Livin’ la Vida Loca.” Seems like a push.
Also on April 26, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was celebrating his birthday at Chateau, and instead of letting nature take its course, he unleashed Beast Mode on the Strip. Lynch was out there with Chateau’s street team handing out fliers to try to get people to come to the party. For his trouble, he was rewarded with a cake decorated with Skittles. At this point, Wrigley needs to straight-up give him a stake in the company. Or else he’s secretly so sick of everyone giving him Skittles-related stuff, he reflexively kicks down a door every time someone uses “taste” and “rainbow” in the same sentence.
The Great Vegas Festival of Beer was a celebration of hops, barley and the magical antidote to the tragedy of sobriety Downtown on April 26. But it either didn’t turn out great, or else turned out extra great for Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin. The band did a surprise show at Triple B the night before. The next day, Scantlin was wandering the site, asking festival workers if they’d seen his tour bus anywhere. Which is a thing that’s easy to lose. Can he still call Fred Durst to give him a ride?