Vice -- The Party Feb. 1, 2008 Venue of Scottsdale
THE RED CARPET:
The folks behind Vice -- The Party were promising that a pretty hefty slate of superstars would be attending their sexy shindig. The one-page press release boasted a beaucoup bunch of celebs that would supposedly be walking the red carpet outside, including Flavor Flav, Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy, Ice Cube and Gabrielle Union. Even American Idol judge and four-alarm wack-job Paula Abdul was touted as a possible attendee for the soiree.
By the end of the night, though, none of them had bothered to show. (They were probably busy at any of the more high-profile fetes going down elsewhere in Scottsdale, like the Leather and Laces affair or the Maxim party).
Fortunately, the assembled crowd of onlookers and media types (including peeps from TV Guide Network and Spike TV) didn't walk away completely disappointed as a slew of NFL players and a few B-level celebrities arrived at the venue to mug for the cameras.
Some of the footballers who turned out for the event dressed in bling-wear and sporting Dolce & Gabbana shades were Tampa Bay Buccaneers' tight end Alex Smith, Cincinatti Bengals defensive back Leon Hall, Oakland Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison, and Tennessee Titans place kicker Rob Bironas. Other players in the house included Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards, and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Akin Ayodele.
Joumana Kidd, the soon-to-be ex-wife of New Jersey Nets star Jason Kidd, also was in attendance.
Hollywood was represented by former 'N Sync member (and current host of NBC's The Singing Bee) Joey Fatone, who had to endure some expletive-laden taunts from a few drunk Scottsdale partygoers gathered on the sidewalk as he was photographed and interviewed on the red carpet.
Joey Fatone was among the B-listers at Vice -- The Party. Watch a slideshow from the red carpet.
The crowd also had some things to say to Alfonso Ribeiro, as the one-time star of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as he arrived at the party; a few female fans screamed "Cartlon, dance for us!" Unfortunately, Ribeiro declined their request to relive his poppin' and lockin' days (or even re-enact his rendition of Tom Jones' It's Not Unusual).
The various photographers and cameramen seemed fairly underwhelmed by the lack of star power at the event, resulting in one quip from the TV Guide Network reporter who asked aloud, "Joey Fatone...is his show even still on the air?"
The New Orleans-themed Venue of Scottsdale was transformed into a 1800s-era Wild West town for the affair, befitting the southwestern setting for this year's Super Bowl, with plenty of smoking-hot models wandering around the joint dressed as sexy saloon girls and comely cowgirls. There was also a model "encased" in a block of ice, fortune tellers and jugglers on hand to entertain the crowd of beautiful Scottsdale types who were downing countless complimentary bottles of Coors and Coors Light (the sponsors for the party).
Several DJs spun Top 40 and club hits for the crowd until headliner LL Cool J took the stage at around 1 a.m. The hip-hop/R&B artist known as "Ladies Love Cool James" didn't waste any time, furiously storming the stage with mic in hand, ready to spit out the hits to the audience members, many of who forked out $1,500 to get in the building. Dressed in a cherry-red T-shirt, sideways ballcap, huge shades and loads of bling, LL busted out with a high-energy gig as he laid out such songs as I Can't Live Without My Radio and The Boomin' System. The crowd was jacked for the rapper, throwing their hands in the air (and probably waving them around like they just don't care) during the songs.
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Thanks to the uber-efficient cabal of security thugs...er, guards, we didn't get a chance to check out the VIP digs located in the upstairs section of the venue. But from the large number of raucous partygoers who were dancing along to LL Cool J and watching all of us commoners from the balcony area, it certainly appeared to be pretty awesome place to be, yo.
"I think the oddsmakers are underestimating the Giants." -- Alfonso Ribeiro