Celebrity sightings in Las Vegas are often so random that you don’t realize you saw someone famous until another person points it out to you.
Take, for example, everyone who passed by 12AM:RUN sneaker boutique at The Linq Promenade on Monday afternoon. Many of them saw a commotion, but had no idea who it was behind until it was over.
Nick Sakai, who opened 12AM:RUN with rapper Nas, was asleep at 7 a.m. when he got the call from Bad Boy Entertainment, saying Sean “Diddy” Combs and his crew would be stopping by to check out the store’s line of exclusive Notorious B.I.G. gear.
“Bad Boy asked us to make some Biggie merch for the Billboard Awards,” Sakai says. “We did hats and shirts with album art, photos from Diddy’s personal collection, family photos they’ve never let anyone use.”
Combs sent a video for the 12AM Instagram promoting the 2 p.m. appearance, and fans started huddling around the store about an hour early.
At about 3:30 p.m., the hip-hop mogul was still a no show. But fans weren’t ready to leave.
After getting the word that the arrival time would be closer to 5 p.m., Sakai had pizzas and cases of Coors Light delivered to the store, while DJ Dig Dug kept everyone in high spirits until the arrival.
Minutes past 5 p.m. Combs arrived to a cheering crowd and made his way around the store, checking out the merchandise and rewarding fans for their patience by posing for pictures.
True story, woke up to a message at 7am from @diddy saying he wanted to come celebrate BIG, and sell every last piece of the Biggie collab HIMSELF. The entire crew, Diddy, D-Rock, Diddy and Biggie’s sons dripping head to toe in the collab pieces in this vid @princejdc @cjordanwallace. See everyone at 2:00 TODAY!!! #12amrun #XIIAM #notoriousbig
The meet and greet lasted about 15 minutes, but if you’re a fan who just happened to be in the right place at the right time, that’s a pretty good little story to take home.
Country artist Jessie James Decker, who arrived for Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, stopped by Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas show at The Linq.
— Jessie James Decker (@JessieJDecker) May 23, 2017
Butch Patrick loves being Eddie Munster. The guy’s been riding that Munsters wave since the ’50s, all the way through cameo appearances in TV remakes and guest spots in bizarre reality shows like Star Dates (Yeah, we saw that episode, Butch!).
This week the Munster Man made an appearance at Downtown Las Vegas’ Nerd Bar, where he posed alongside a Pumpkinhead prop.
It’s his claim to fame. We get that. But is The Munsters really a thing we need to hold onto? Do we want to relive the era in which it was acceptable to drop racial slurs for laughs? Watch the “Follow that Munster” and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
One of the big things happening in Las Vegas this week is the Licensing Expo 2017 at Mandalay Bay, which connects media and merchandising types from around the world. It’s great for pop culture fanatics, because you get to see your favorite franchises stamped on the latest products. Legit franchises, by the way, not logos you see smeared on steaks and fake universities.
Spotted at the Licensing Expo: a tag team appearance by WWE legend “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and daughter Charlotte Flair. The pair posed for pics and greeted fans at the WWE booth.
Come Back Soon, Gronk
The official Rehab Beach Club Instagram dropped a teaser WEDNESDAY for resident artist 3Lau’s new “On My Mind” video, featuring the city’s unofficial mayor, Rob Gronkowski.
We miss you Gronk.