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Common and Jeremy Piven Ring in 2013 at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas

Common performance at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas
Hyde Bellagio
in Las Vegas rang in 2013 with a live New Year’s Eve performance by GRAMMY Award-winning entertainer Common with a surprise drum set from Emmy Award-winning actor Jeremy Piven (Photo credit: Isaac Brekken/WireImage)

Jeremy Piven on drums at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas NYE
Jeremy Piven on drums at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas NYE

Photo credit: Isaac Brekken/WireImage.

Common and Piven were accompanied by The Sayers Club Band, known for its raw live performances and impromptu celebrity ensembles at sbe’s acclaimed live-music venue The Sayers Club in Los Angeles.

Jeremy Piven and Common do the NYE Countdown
Jeremy Piven and Common do the NYE Countdown

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Common and Piven arrived at the Sin City hot spot with separate entourages, but the longtime friends who starred in the 2007 film “Smokin’ Aces,” met on the red carpet where they greeted each other with hugs before posing for photos and heading into the nightclub. Once inside, the friends settled into a plush VIP area where they enjoyed dancing and drinking to the sounds of DJ Jace One. Also stopping for red carpet shots before joining the celebration at Hyde was former Miss USA Shanna Moakler and professional poker players Tiffany Michelle and Daniel Negreanu.

Common counts down NYE at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas
Common counts down NYE at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas

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As midnight approached and the crowd’s energy amplified, Common and Piven took the stage to count down the last few seconds of 2012. Common grabbed the mic and introduced Piven before inviting the excited crowd to count down together, saying “We came to turn it up and ring in 2013 the way it should be done! Let’s go 2013!” The club erupted as the clock struck midnight, confetti rained down and fireworks blasted outside over the Fountains of Bellagio.

Shanna Moakler at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas
Shanna Moakler at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas

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While clubgoers celebrated the New Year, The Sayers Club Band opened their set with a cover of David Guetta and Sia’s “Titanium.” Lead singer Maiya Sykes performed soulful renditions of smash hit songs including Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.”

Common at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas NYE
Common at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas 

Photo credit: Isaac Brekken/WireImage.

The biggest surprise of the evening came when DJ Jace One announced to the crowd, “Give it up for Jeremy Piven on the drums!” as the well-known star of HBO’s Entourage jumped behind a drum set in the DJ booth to show off his talent. The crowd went wild as Piven jammed with The Sayers Club Band for a cover of The Black Keys’ “Little Black Submarine” featuring an extended drum solo.

Jeremy Piven and Common at Hyde Bellagio
Jeremy Piven and Common at Hyde Bellagio

Photo credit: Isaac Brekken/WireImage.

Soon after, Common made his way through the packed club for his much-anticipated performance, greeting fans again with cheers of “2013!” as he launched into a cover of Kanye West’s “Clique” followed by an impromptu, freestyle rapping session peppered with shout-outs to Vegas and Hyde Bellagio. Common called to the crowd, “I came to party at Hyde tonight in Vegas. This is going to be a wonderful year!” before joining Sykes for a collaborative take on his hit song “The Light.” Common kept the energy high during his performance, dancing on the back of oversized, leather couches and interacting with fans.

Hyde’s resident DJ Mick Boogie called to the crowd, “One more time for Common!” before spinning electric dance hits to the ecstatic crowd. Common joined Piven back at their plush VIP booth, where the friends celebrated the New Year until sunrise.

Common and Piven’s live performances rounded out a star-studded New Year’s weekend at Hyde Bellagio. On Sunday night, celebrities including Ryan Lochte, Hilary and Haylie Duff, and UFC’s Dana White partied at the sleek nightspot, where they enjoyed unparalleled views of the Fountains of Bellagio, an exclusive performance from Australian DJ Havana Brown and the high-energy vibe of the hottest club in Vegas.