Photos by Denise Truscello
Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester showed fans a new side Saturday night as the actress and singer-songwriter took the stage at TAO and wowed the crowd with four songs. Meester arrived on the red carpet in a Nina Ricci dress and Derek Lam shoes, but later in the night she was clad in all black as she crawled across the stage to start the show. Meester began her electro-pop set with the Cobra Starship song “Good Girls Go Bad,” a song she is featured on, and then followed up with “Somebody to Love”, “Playing Games” and “Your Love’s a Drug”. After her performance she headed to a sky box table in the moat overlooking the entire club where she celebrated her last night before heading back to the Gossip Girl set with her band, dancers and crew. Earlier in the evening the entire group dined at LAVO with an Italian feast including favorites such as the Kobe Meatball, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Parmagiano and more. Meester toasted her crew at dinner, thanking them all for joining her for the best week of her life.
Saturday at TAO Nightclub & LAVO Nightclub…
Also spotted at TAO, Nicky Hilton and David Katzenberg along with Nicky’s parents Rick and Kathy Hilton. The family caught Meester’s performance from a table on the dance floor after having dinner at LAVO earlier in the evening. Just a few tables down on TAO’s dance floor was Travis Pastrana, who was celebrating breaking the world record for the longest rally car jump over 200 feet of water in Long Beach, CA on New Year’s Eve.
Deryck Whibley returned to TAO for the third night in a row with a table in the nightclub, and David Spade was spotted dining in the restaurant early in the evening. Spade, who always eats at TAO when in town for his shows at The Venetian, had one of his favorite dishes, Kung Pao Chicken and his signature drink of Jack Daniels neat and Diet Pepsi without ice.
Over at LAVO the Tapout crew played host to a post fight party in the nightclub after owners Punkass and Skyscrape dined at TAO. Rashad Evans, who defeated Thiago Silva at the night’s earlier UFC fight, celebrated his win at LAVO.
Club goers at LAVO were in for a surprise when MC Hammer showed up just after 2 am. The crowd went crazy when DJ Reach played Hammer’s hits “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit” on repeat.