How do you welcome a performer like CeeLo Green, someone with a larger-than-life persona, to his new home on The Strip? With an over-the-top Sin City spectacle, of course.
The multi-talented Green made a dramatic, flame-fueled entrance as he was officially welcomed to Planet Hollywood to celebrate the start of his new show, “CeeLo Green is Loberace,” which opens Feb. 27, 2013.
The Strip was shut down for a short period as Green, and a bevy of showgirls (they tend to travel in bevies), cruised down the famed Las Vegas Strip from Caesars Palace to Planet Hollywood. The moving platform featured a piano spouting five-foot-tall flames, just for some added flair.
And speaking of flair…
Fans lined the street outside Planet Hollywood to greet the performer known for his epic hit single, “Forget You” (you know the better version) and his role on the hit reality series, “The Voice.”
After disembarking his flame-throwermobile, Green took part in a Planet Hollywood tradition, placing his hands in cement and signing his name (with a chopstick, which this blog now owns).
CeeLo’s big arrival didn’t just magically happen, of course.
The crowd-pleasing stunt was weeks in the making, and we’ve got some exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos taken during the preparation process. Because that’s how this blog rolls.
The platform used for Green’s official welcome was built in a nearby warehouse, on a massive flatbed truck equipped with the flaming piano, LED light panels and hand-holds for the showgirls. The showgirls appear nightly in “Jubilee!” at Bally’s Las Vegas, just down the block from Planet Hollywood.
The planning of the event was meticulous because of the potentially-dangerous fire elements. Singed music superstars are not happy music superstars. We understand Green’s clothes were even treated with a flame retardant chemical.
The piano top was equipped with tubes which pumped flammable gas (see below), creating the dazzling pyrotechnics enjoyed by the crowds along Las Vegas Boulevard during Green’s arrival.
CeeLo Green’s new show is described as “part dance party, part live concert,” and will feature not only Green’s flamboyant sense of style, but also music that inspires him, from Rod Stewart to INXS to The Temptations.
The show will also have magic and showgirls, of course, because what Las Vegas show would be complete without them?
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