Maroon 5 to make Las Vegas gig memorable

I wish I was a rock star and lived in a bubble, so I wouldn't have to worry about money and memories. Consider Jesse Carmichael, keyboardist for Maroon 5. Nice guy. But his life moves so fast, he's unsure of many things. Such as:

A) He told me Maroon 5 has recorded songs at the Palms' music studio during four previous songwriting trips. But he was under the odd impression the Palms didn't charge the band for studio time.

Carmichael, 30, joked that Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine loses so much money gambling, "free" studio time is a trade.

"Adam pays that off with his gambling debts," he said and laughed.

Palms owner George Maloof tells me Carmichael is inaccurate. Maloof does not give away studio time.

"Definitely not," Maloof (amused) informed me. "It doesn't happen!"

B) Then I asked Carmichael whether Maroon 5 has ever performed on New Year's Eve in Vegas. He wasn't sure. He turned to Adam and other band members:

"Have we ever done New Year's Eve in Vegas?"

The band chatted for a few seconds.

"We're not sure," Carmichael said.

But wait!

"I'm getting reports right now we have indeed played a New Year's Eve show in Vegas, at Rain," Carmichael said, then added as if he remembered it suddenly: "It was a good one!"

Maroon 5 comes back for New Year's Eve to play at 11 p.m. Thursday in the Palms' Pearl ($125-$200; 942-7777).

"We're gonna put on the best show we've ever put on," he promised.

C) And finally, I asked Carmichael why he chose to cover John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" in a video posted on YouTube. His answer: Good question.

"I probably had done something messed up in my life to my girlfriend, and it was on my mind," he said.

Carmichael will bring his girlfriend here for New Year's. So, he won't be the band member doing crazy stuff.

"You want the good stories, you gotta go to Adam. He's definitely taken advantage of the city!"

Personally, I think Levine's high voice has gotten only higher with time. Carmichael agrees.

"That's definitely true. I think he's gone through reverse aging," he joked. "Are you familiar with the term 'eunuch'?"


I asked my Irish-Americany buddy Isaac for his favorite toast for New Year's Eve. It goes something like, "Honor, off her ..." It's too dirty to print.

So I turned to John Windsor (locally famous singer at Irish pubs) for cleaner toasts. He passes along these standards for you to raise a glass to:

• "To a long life and a happy one, a quick death and an easy one, a good woman and a pretty one, a pint of Guinness and another one."

• "I drink to your health when I'm with you, I drink to your health when I'm alone, I drink to your health so many times, I'm beginning to fear for my own."

• "There are good ships and wood ships and ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships so here's to you and me."

• "May the good lord take a liking to you -- but not too soon."

• "May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, and may you be in heaven just five minutes before the devil knows you are gone."

• "When you die, may you be buried in a coffin made out of a 100-year-old oak tree that I am going to plant for you tomorrow."

• "May the roof over your head never fall in, and all of those beneath it never fall out."

• "May you live as long as you want to, and may you want to as long as you live."

On New Year's Eve, Windsor sings at one of my familiar haunts (pretty girls), at J.C. Wooloughan at the Rampart in Summerlin, starting at 3:30 p.m. (4 p.m. is midnight in Ireland); the band joins in at 9 p.m. For other upcoming shows, check out

And e-mail me your favorite toasts.


The Reverend Horton Heat rocks the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay tonight ($24-$28). Has anyone ever gone to see the Reverend and been disappointed?

Doug Elfman's column appears on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. E-mail He also blogs at