If your Instagram feed looks anything like ours, you know only two things happened in Las Vegas last weekend: Channing Tatum walked the Magic Mike Live red carpet, and John Mayer got thousands of women pregnant over two nights at T-Mobile Arena.
Both are true—actually the second one is alternative facts, but you get the point.
It turns out there was more, much more, happening in the world of Vegas celebrity sightings. This was not your ordinary weekend, and if you had left the house instead of watching Pretty Little Liars reruns, you would have a gotten a glimpse of big-time stars.
We can’t tell if the Backstreet Boys have some sort of arrangement with Sugar Factory or what’s going on, but they’re practically regulars at the Fashion Show Mall location. The boys celebrated 24 years of performing together last week with burgers and fries—or at least that’s what the picture tells us.
If you skipped the Backstreet Boys’ mall appearance for the Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational gala at Aria, we’re jealous. Not only did the Derek Jeter—the five-time World Series champion, 14-time Major League Baseball all-star, 1996 American League Rookie of the Year, 2000 World Series Most Valuable Player and New York Yankees captain (we didn’t even need Wiki for that)—host the evening’s festivities, T.I. put on a private concert for everyone in the room.
Among those at the gala and on the Shadow Creek links during the four-day event: golfers Blaire O’Neal and Paige Spiranac, Backstreet Boy Brian Litrell (those guys are everywhere), Ken Griffey Jr., Ivan Rodriguez, The Office star Brian Baumgartner, Ray and Marcus Allen, *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone, and Jeter’s former teammates, World Series champions Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada and “Warrior” Paul O’Neill.
Now let’s get to Channing Tatum.
We saw the red carpet, and all we can think is there’s a guy having the time of his life. The actor and wife Jenna Dewan Tatum celebrated the grand opening of Magic Mike Live at the Hard Rock on Friday night surrounded by fans and fellow celebs, including Channing’s Stop-Loss and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
— ChanningAndJennaFans (@ChanningsFans) April 23, 2017
We know what you’re thinking: Didn’t Magic Mike Live open already? It did, some weeks back, but think of that as the soft opening. And even though Tatum’s been a regular presence at the show, Friday’s event drew even more national media, including The Today Show’s Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager.
Meanwhile, the aforementioned John Mayer took the stage at T-Mobile Arena for the first of two performances, and we’ve seen nothing but rave reviews. Among those in attendance (besides half your followers), brothers Riley, Connor, and Toby McDonough, who together comprise the pop group Before You Exit. After the show, Riley tweeted that it was the best show he’d ever seen and it brought him to tears. Nothing wrong with that.
Photos by Erik Kabik Photography
And while Mayer was doing his thing at T-Mobile, Snoop Dogg was doing his very special thing at Mandalay Bay Beach. The GOAT rapper was here for his Mount Kushmore Wellness Retreat tour and then had to haul ass to Drai’s so he could be a special guest at T.I.’s residency.
We’re not sure about the hauling ass, we can’t imagine Snoop doing anything rushed with even a hint of anxiety.
But you know who was hauling ass? The Chainsmokers. This’ll give you an idea of what it’s like for Vegas resident performers. The Chainsmokers played Albany on Friday night. Albany, New York. East coast. They wrapped that show and then got a police escort to the airport to get back to Vegas in time for their XS Las Vegas performance.
That has to be exhausting. But they also make a ton of money, so it’s worth it.
“She came so close to the crowd,” cried someone commenting on Kylie Jenner’s appearance at Sugar Factory on Saturday night.
Take your time and laugh at that, then come back and read the rest.
Yes, E! personality Kylie Jenner (not the one from the Pepsi ad, the other one) did her best to not give an open-mouthed smile at the grand opening of the Fashion Show Mall location.
You’re reading that right, it’s another case of the soft opening-versus-grand opening thing. But what we’re really taking away from this is Backstreet Boys are just “soft opening material.”
People went nuts for Jenner, of course. They packed the first and second floors on the Strip-side of the mall. Hilariously, there’s video of fans waving like Jenner’s gonna see them. You’d think these people had watched enough KUWTK to know the only thing she’s aware of is the camera.
The Raiders bandwagon (are you on board yet?) rides into town for a draft party on Saturday, April 29. The team will announce its picks for the day in a live event from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign.
Who knows, maybe some of those players will end up on the opening kickoff roster when the team arrives in a couple of years.