Weekend best bets: ‘Wicked,’ Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Comedy Jam and Tony Bennett

Past shows are memorialized on a large set piece during load-in for “Wicked” at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.
Photo: Leila Navidi

This weekend's best bets include concerts featuring legends like Tony Bennett and Neil Diamond. It's also the opening weekend of "Wicked" at The Smith Center and there are a slew of Labor Day Weekend club and pool events. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:

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      Friday-Saturday: Metal King and the Monsters of Rock at The Riviera

      Metal King and the Monsters of Rock (formerly known as Metal Elvis) will perform two shows each night on Friday and Saturday, featuring different playlists at the 9 and 11 p.m. shows. You know you want to hear a mashup of “Don’t Be Cruel" and "Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Admission is free with a two-drink minimum.

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      Friday-Sunday: Wicked at the Smith Center

      On Broadway and around the world, "Wicked" has worked its magic on critics and audiences. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, "Wicked" is Broadway’s biggest blockbuster according to The New York Times. Catch the popular musical in Las Vegas at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $42-$175 and show times are 7:30 Thursdays-Sundays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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      Friday-Sunday: Pauly Shore at the South Point

      Comedian Pauly Shore hit the big screen with comedies like "Encino Man," "Jury Duty" and "Bio-Dome." Now hear his stand-up over three nights at the South Point Showroom. Tickets are $15-$25 and shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

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      Saturday: Randy Couture at Las Vegas Fight Shop

      Five-time World Champion Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Randy “The Natural” Couture, visits Las Vegas Fight Shop inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood for an autograph signing. The event is free and begins at 11 a.m.

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      Saturday: Dee Snider at the Fremont Street Experience

      If you find yourself screaming, "I Wanna Rock" this LDW, head downtown to the Fremont Street Experience for the Rock of Vegas concert series featuring Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider. The concert is free and begins at 9 p.m.

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      Saturday: Shaquille O’Neal’s All Star Comedy Jam at The Joint

      Shaquille O’Neal’s All Star Comedy Jam makes a stop at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. With legendary DJ Spinderella as the featured DJ on tour, there is a fresh new “spin” to the show. The lineup will include host Gary Owen, fresh off his co-starring role in the movie “Think Like A Man”; Capone, “The Gangsta of Comedy”; Tony “The Comedians Comedian” Roberts, and Michael “The African King of Comedy” Blackson. Tickets are $35-$96 and the show starts at 8 p.m.

    • Saturday: Tony Bennett at the Colosseum

      Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Tony Bennett will serenade the masses at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Look forward to hits like “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Body and Soul.” Tickets are $58-$195 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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      Saturday: Neil Diamond at MGM Grand

      The MGM Grand Garden Arena welcomes legendary musician Neil Diamond. Look forward to hits like "Sweet Caroline" and "America." Tickets are $49-$139 and the show starts at 8 p.m.

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      Saturday: Wine Walk at Lake Las Vegas

      The Village, Lake Las Vegas hosts a Wine Walk to benefit New Vista Community. Enjoy an evening of sampling up to 20 different wines live music. Tickets are $25-$30 and the event starts at 7 p.m.

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      Sunday: Tedeschi Trucks Band with B.B. King at The Joint

      After earning a Grammy for its debut album, Revelator, the Tedeschi Trucks Band is touring and recording its first live album. Blues and guitar legend B.B. King joins the husband-wife team of singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and slide guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks and their 11-piece band. Tickets are $41-$121 and the show starts at 8 p.m.


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