LAS VEGAS — Eve’s performance Friday night at Rain nightclub inside the Palms Casino Resort was unusually cheerful for the Philadelphia actress/MC.
And for good reason: Just moments before Eve took the stage, she revealed to MTV News that it was her last day sporting her alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet, which she was ordered to wear under court order after crashing her gold Maserati in April while under the influence (see “Eve Opens Up About Singing On New LP, Her DUI Arrest, Hip-Hop Lyrics” ).
“It comes off tomorrow at 11 a.m.,” Eve said.
And what does she plan on doing to mark the occasion?
“I’m gonna have a drink!” she joked, before saying — much more seriously — that she has taken full responsibility for her actions on that night. “At the end of the day, I can joke about it, because I’m an adult. And I know drinking and driving is something very serious.”
Eve treated her show just as seriously: She was all business as she strutted onstage to her hit “Who’s That Girl?”
“We gonna get excited!” she yelled to the crowd. “Let’s go!”
Eve then paraded onstage in four-inch pumps as her female backup dancers got busy. It looked like a fashion show with all the flashing lights from cell phones and digital cameras going off.
She quickly transitioned into “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” minus Gwen Stefani. But Big Boi, Gnarls Barkley’s Cee-Lo and “Desperate Housewives” star Josh Henderson added plenty of star power to the club as they dropped in to check out Eve’s performance.(Check out pics of Eve, 50 Cent, Britney and others spotted around Vegas during VMA week right here.)
Decked out in a short beige bubble dress, Eve appeared to be having more than enough fun as she turned to the back of the stage and playfully teased the club-goers lined along the second-floor balcony behind her.
“This is my second single off my new album, coming out October 16,” Eve hollered. “Y’all like reggae?”
To rousing applause, she launched into her Sean Paul collaboration, “Give It to You,” from her forthcoming Here I Am.
But the night wouldn’t end on the right note without her current chart topper “Tambourine.” “I wanna see if y’all know how to … ,” she said as the hook to the frenetic track kicked in.
Hands everywhere popped up, shaking like tambourines as Eve rocked the crowd.
“It’s party time!” she shouted again — but the crowd didn’t need to be reminded.
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