Bill Clinton can’t quit Fleetwood Mac. As you’ll remember, his campaign theme song was “Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow).” His favorite band still is the big Mac, says guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.
So Clinton asked the band — which is sometimes together, sometimes not — to play Friday at his 65th birthday gala at the Hollywood Palladium. (His actual birthday was Aug. 19.)
Buckingham said no, but not for political reasons.
“I was gonna have to cancel two weeks of shows” to do it, he tells me, “because we’d have to go rehearse. It just wasn’t possible.”
So Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks offered to perform for Clinton, instead.
Here’s the Vegas connection. Nicks is performing Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel. Buckingham is playing Friday at Aliante Station.
Buckingham says it’s just a coincidence the two Fleetwood Mac stars — and ex-lovers in the ’70s — are gigging in Vegas separately on the same weekend.
However, he says the reason Nicks is staging a Vegas show at all is to earn money to cover her costs of putting on a birthday concert for the former Mr. President.
“To get the band up and running (even for one night) is not an inexpensive proposition. So I think (Nicks’) idea was to do the Las Vegas show (and a few other tour dates) just to subsidize that effort,” Buckingham says. “That’s my understanding of it, anyway. That’s how it was put to me.”
Clinton also is hosting a concert Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl, with Bono and The Edge, Lady Gaga, Usher, Kenny Chesney and Juanes.
If you want to attend Clinton’s weekend, you’ll have to pony up $1,000 to $1 million.
A million bucks. What’s that get you? Glad you asked: a bunch of tickets to the concerts; seats at sound check; receptions with Clinton; seats at his table; a Chelsea Clinton brunch; and a golf outing with Bill. Ticket sales will go to the William J. Clinton humanitarian foundation.
Buckingham’s Aliante tickets cost $53-$82. Nicks’ Hard Rock tickets fetch $45-$156.
Paul Oakenfold launched DJ culture in Vegas by starting a regular residency at Rain at the Palms three years ago. He’s leaving there but not Vegas. He spins at Chateau’s new “Butterfly” promotional clubbing event Oct. 29. Chateau’s new outdoor deck at Paris is open, by the way.
Mario Lopez and girlfriend Courtney Mazza made a paid-hosting appearance Saturday at Gallery nightclub. They drank vodka mixers, danced and sauntered with the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon dancers. Earlier, they were at Sugar Factory, as was LL Cool J. … Windell Middlebrooks, the “beer delivery guy” from new Miller ads, boozed it up with 14 friends at Surrender on Saturday. … Funny T.J. Miller, from “Our Idiot Brother” and “She’s Out of My League,” chowed on Slidin’ Thru food truck sliders at the Vegas StrEATS festival while in town to perform stand-up at the Palms. … Hot and naughty Laura Croft appeared Saturday at Tao Beach for “Save Second Base” fundraising for the Susan G. Komen foundation. … Ryan Cabrera partied after midnight Sunday at the Bank and was joined briefly by the Boston Celtics’ Jermaine O’Neal. … Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox went to Marquee on Saturday. … And E!’s Giuliana Rancic and husband Bill ate Saturday at Lavo. Because they’re skinny, they shared an Oreo zeppole dessert, whereas I would have eaten the whole plate by myself, oink.
Doug Elfman’s column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Contact him at email@example.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.