Cee-Lo Green raised eyebrows a couple of weeks ago when he announced that he was settling down -- in Las Vegas. The Grammy-winning "Fuck You" singer says that his new semi-permanent show, "Loberace," will launch Aug. 29 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Vegas Strip and run at least through the end of the year.
If the name "Loberace" didn't give it away, Cee-Lo is promising to deliver an over-the-top Vegas spectacle, a "musical journey through time" replete with showgirls and magicians. Think millions of sequins, not thousands.
Green isn't the first big star to work a steady gig in Las Vegas. Carlos Santana recently announced an upcoming residency of his own. Elton John, Cher, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain have all done stints in Sin City, and who could forget Celine Dion?
Still, Cee Lo isn't exactly lacking for options at this point in his career. He hit the top of the charts less than a year and a half ago, and he performed during last month's Super Bowl halftime show. He could be playing big shows anywhere he likes, and it ain't like he's too old to tour
Still, it's hard not to see the appeal of a Vegas residency for an artist in the prime of his career. You get to mount a lavish stage show on somebody else's dime, play to a packed house every evening, and party the night away at a series of paid appearances. That's a pretty sweet gig.
Maybe Cee-Lo will be a trailblazer among today's generation of musical superstars. In fact, there are more than a couple of contemporary performers we'd pay big bucks to catch in Sin City. We've even taken the liberty of writing them down.
11. Marilyn Manson Who better to explore the seedy, creepy and cruel side of Las Vegas glamor than Marilyn Manson? There's just something fitting about the Antichrist Superstar reigning over Sin City for 90 days. We picture him putting together an absinthe-drenched lounge act for the damned, heavy on blasphemous guitars and burlesque amputees. Maybe he could even break out his old Mechanical Animals bodysuit. Prosthetic breasts have always gone over big in Vegas.10. Britney Spears:
Britney Spears is no stranger to staging special events in Sin City. She celebrated the release ofFemme Fatale
with a performance at at Rain nightclub inside the Palms Casino last year, and filmed the concert spectacularLive From Las Vegas
there back in 2001.
Heck, there were even rumors of a big-money offer for Brit-Brit to take a Vegas residency last March. So far it hasn't happened, but we can't shake the hunch that it will someday. We're pretty sure a Britney tribute act is filling a theater somewhere in Vegas right this minute, so it stands to reason tourists would gladly shell out real money for the real thing.
9. Kanye West The prospect of a Kanye West residency in Vegas is a little intimidating to contemplate. It would pretty much have to involve costume changes, purple lazers, flying pianos and light-up sunglasses, for starters. Then there'd be the showgirls in outrageous attire (also lit up), the 4-D video screens and the endless string of hits.
What club in Vegas could compete with that every night? Here's hoping Kanye buys a casino and makes this happen sooner rather than later--we're trying to make holiday plans.
8. Bruce Springsteen: We can see the billboards now: "Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street All-Stars." Kind of rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? The Boss is renowned for his marathon concerts, and once installed in a Vegas theater, he could just go ahead and play for two months straight. No doubt Springsteen's Vegas revue would be short on glitz and glamour, but it's a safe bet that more than a few pairs of panties might still find their way onstage.
7. Insane Clown Posse: Seriously, this has to happen. What duo could possibly be a better fit for the theater at Circus Circus than Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J?
ICP has already proven conclusively that they can pull in thousands of fans from all over the country for special events like the Gathering of the Juggalos. Imagine the concert series they could put on with a Las Vegas show budget behind them! Faygo might need to open a new bottling plant in Nevada just to keep up with demand from the production.
6. R. Kelly: R. Kelly has never seen anything wrong with a little bump and grind, and neither has Sin City. He's got the kind of silky voice that built those big Las Vegas theaters, making him a perfect fit for the Strip.
Snugly ensconced in his very own Las Vegas residency, Kells could deliver the hits without worrying about reigning in his kinky side. Lucky for him, casino security has plenty of experience making sure everyone backstage is over 21.
5. Kid Rock
Two words: stripper poles. Kid Rock is practically tailor-made for Las Vegas. Big, loud and flashy has always been the American Badass' preferred style, and he could reel in the big crowds playing his patented mixture of rock, rap and country.
We picture the Kid showing off his multi-instrumental skills, switching from vocals to guitar to turntables to drums while topless showgirls writhe on the hoods of multiple onstage muscle cars. By God, that would be a Vegas residency worth the plane ticket.
4. Mariah CareyIf Vegas flipped for Celine Dion, just wait 'til Sin City gets a load of a real diva. One of the world's biggest selling artists of all time, Miss Mariah would have no trouble packing the house anywhere in the globe. Now that she's mother to two twins, though, maybe Mimi would prefer to stay off the road and let the audiences come to her.
She's got precisely the sort of deep repertoire of hits that plays well in Vegas, and she's been belting them out long enough to charm multiple generations of fans. Frankly, we can't think of a good reason why we haven't already seen "Glitter" live onstage on the strip.
3. Enrique Iglesias:Crooning heartthrobs have been making a killing in Las Vegas since the 1950s, and judging by his recent performance at RodeoHouston, Tom Jones ain't got much on old Enrique. In Vegas, Iglesias could finally deliver the adults-only extravaganza his longtime fans have been itching to experience. We'd hate to be the chumps paid to dry out all those seats.
2. Clay AikenClay Aiken knows his way around a theater stage better than most, having starred on Broadway in Spamalot and won over millions of viewers on American Idol. He's got that perfect mix of vocal chops, stage charisma and aw-shucks charm to pull off a classic Vegas variety show. He can tell a few jokes, sing a few songs, and change into dozens of dashing costumes. You can't tell us that crazed Claymates wouldn't fly in from the four corners of the globe to revel in Aiken's vaudeville vision.
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1. Andrew W.K.: What a party this would be! An Andrew W.K. Vegas revue would have all of the flashing lights, insistent beeping and simple rush of video poker slots. We're talking grand pianos, we're talking confetti cannons, and we're definitely talking wet T-shirts. On showgirls. On showguys! On everybody, basically, by the time Andrew W.K. was done with us.
Until the MGM Grand puts forth an offer, we'll try to content ourselves with hearing I Get Wet at Fitz Sunday.