Dispatches from our Chicagoan in Hollywood Liz Crokin
Welcome to the Guns show
I always wondered what it would be like to party in the ’80s with some of the best rock bands of the era — until the other night. Courtney Bingham (who is Nikki Sixx’s girlfriend) and I attended one of Guns N’ Roses’ shows at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas during the band’s current residency. My night quickly turned into a bad ’80s rock music video — in a very good way. Axl Rose’s voice sounded good, his energy level was extremely high and the rocker — who is notorious for showing up hours late for a show — even turned up on time. (Assuming he’d be late, we missed the first song.) Backstage there was no shortage of booze, babes and Vegas staples like Carrot Top. Axl performed for hours and proved he can still put on a good show, even without the old band members. Guitarist Dj Ashba celebrated his 40th birthday that night with a three-tiered cake from the band and boasted to me about performing with Axl. “It’s rare you come across a talent such as his,” Dj Ashba said. “There isn’t a G N’ R song that isn’t fun to play.” What may be more fun was Axl’s post-concert after party: Axl hosted dozens of people at his penthouse into the early morning, and the party seemed to revolve around the stripper pole and hot tub. He may be 50, but the ’80s are alive and kicking in Axl’s world.
Kristen Stewart and Ben Affleck’s hot dinner date!
Kristen Stewart and Ben Affleck were recently spotted in a deep conversation during a one-on-one dinner at the swanky Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills. However, Jennifer Garner and Rob Pattinson have nothing to worry about — yet. An inside source tells this column that Ben was trying to persuade Kristen to sign on to his new film project as his on-screen love interest. Ben’s pitch worked like a charm because Kristen reportedly took the gig. Both mega stars have been known to hookup with their co-stars, and my source said there was a lot of chemistry between them at dinner. I’m just saying …
Johnny’s new love
Johnny Depp’s relationship is heating up with new gal Amber Heard. The couple was recently spotted at AV Nightclub in Hollywood. They sat intimately together on the patio and drank nonalcoholic beer, according to a source. Johnny is known for his love for drinking — especially wine; he has racked up big bills at Gibsons and ordered many bottles there. Perhaps the biggest news of all is that he may be going sober for his new leading lady.