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DISCO TEX & HIS SEX-O-LETTES
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MONTI–LICIOUS FEB 23, 2015
Norbert Aleman, producer of Crazy Girls, the longest-running girlie show on The Strip, has reportedly found a new, soon to be announced, venue for this production. Who could forget that fabulous poster of the derrieres of these beautiful girls!
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you the best.
THE FULL MONTI - 02/16/15
The 2015 Grammys didn't disappoint. I loved Madonna in her bullfighter production segment.The choreography, the dancers and the costumes were right on. Madonna proved once again that she is still the queen of the divas.
Other highlights were the fabulous Annie Lennox performing a show-stopping rendition of “I Put A Spell On You" and Pharrell Williams’ new version of his hit “Happy." Also worthy of mention was Beyonce doing her gospel number. On another level was the very funny banter between Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder.
Future Grammy shows take note. - More spontaneous humor is much needed. Sam Smith, as predicted, won several awards, including record and song of the year as well as best new artist and best pop vocal album. Beck won the Album of the Year award, and this set off another “Kanye” moment. The rapper ranted that Beck should have given his award to Beyonce, and that this low-selling album did not deserve this recognition. Mr. West, you’re a talented and successful man, and it really is beneath you to act the way you often do.
In memoriam, the segment devoted to those in the industry, who passed away this year included the listing of the late Bob Crewe. Bob, as you know by now, was the genius behind the making of yours truly, Disco Tex.
Prior to the Red Carpet opening of the show “Sexxy” at the Shimmer Cabaret in the Westgate, we had an early dinner at Sid’s Café.This restaurant, located in the former high roller room has replaced the Paradise Café, which was one of the better hotel coffee shops in town. Many of the items on the menu are home-style comfort foods. Such as, arguably, the best matzo ball soup, meatloaf, and Reuben sandwiches in town and they remind me of my youth in New York City. All this is in a soothing taupe tone area with marble table tops, upholstered chairs, and a large crystal chandelier in the center of the room.
“Sexxy” is one of the best of the topless shows in the city. Producer, choreographer, and star, Jennifer Romas, is a showstopper with her acrobatic stripper pole routine. The girls are great dancers as well as beautiful. Bottom line-a big hit in the late night show genre.
Suzanne Somers will soon be appearing at the hotel in her one-woman show and plans are in full swing for Priscilla Presley to be bringing in an Elvis exhibition. This looks like the beginning of major changes in the Westgate entertainment division.
The Clarion Hotel isn’t going down without a fight. All toppled down except the elevator shaft so a second procedure was needed. This, as many of us know, was the sight of what was once known as the Debbie Reynolds Hotel, a venue that never quite made it.
The Caesars bankruptcy proceedings are reportedly responsible for changes in upper management. This will probably be the beginning of many more changes as the company tries to reinvent itself.
The tragic multi-car accident involving Bruce Jenner is bringing on more negative publicity for the former star athlete. The media has made a bad a joke out him and his life-style. Bruce Jenner is not gay - he has long felt like a woman, and it takes a lot of courage to do what he is doing at this stage of his life. Diane Sawyer will be doing an in depth conversation with him to be seen of ABC-TV very shortly. How about giving him some needed privacy and respect?
Too bad about the Brian Williams situation. Brian, anchor of the top rated NBC evening news is alleged to have lied, notably about his involvement in a 2003 helicopter report from Iraq, and his Katrina reports. These allegations have resulted in a 6-month suspension without pay pending the findings of an NBC internal investigation. Guilty or innocent, he loses credibility and the public’s confidence. A long career now seems to be over as NBC has removed his name from all areas in which he was connected.
After 17 years, Jon Stewart is leaving Comedy Central’s “ The Daily Show”. This brilliant comedian has been giving us his version of what he calls newsworthy stories. His head to head interviews have been outstanding, and we will miss his take on the news. Jon plans to concentrate on film directing. Whatever he does will be great, but can he ever top these last 17 years? Comedy Central has 2 big “holes” to fill what with the loss of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
Legendary basketball coach, Jerry Tarkanian died last week at the age of 84 after a long bout with pneumonia and it complications. In his 31 years of coaching major college basketball, 19 of which were at UNLV, he won 700 games. His colorful antics like chewing on a towel at his team’s games brought him into the public eye. He was instrumental in making college basketball so successful. A big loss to sports, especially basketball and all the players that loved him. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.
Last week also marked the death of actress Elizabeth Scott at the age of 92. She came up at the same time as Lauren Bacall, whom she resembled. Her career was all but ended for a time when she was labeled a Lesbian by one of the smear publications of the era. An era when gays were mostly in the closet because neither Hollywood nor the general public would accept them.
Another death last week was that of award-winning journalist, Bob Simon, who died in a tragic auto accident in New York City. Bob was best known for his 20 years at CBS’ 60 and coverage of the major wars beginning with Viet Nam. His book, entitled “40 Days” described his capture and being held prisoner for 40 days in Iraq during the desert storm conflict. He was a true journalist in this era, where many of his peers had lost the real meaning of their craft, and he had won 27 Emmys and 4 Peabody Awards.
Breaking News----Janet Jackson, Lionel RIchie, and Ricky Martin are reportedly signing for mini-residencies at the Venetian. Diana Ross is already set for performances in May. This will make the Venetian a major home for superstars, something the Colosseum has been doing for some time. There are enough “spectaculars’ already on the Strip.
More breaking news is that the iconic Riviera Hotel and Casino has a new owner and will be imploded to make way for more expansion of the Convention Center. The Riviera, in its day, was a top hotel and the home of many great performers, but now has become what is considered a budget hotel on the north end of the Strip. No date has been set yet for the closing, or the implosion. Let’s face it; the face of the Strip is ever changing.
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you the best.
MONTI–LICIOUS - 02/10/15
JUST IN, AS OF THIS WRITING: Rosie O/Donnell has split from her significant other after 3 years of “bliss.”She has also announced that she is leaving “The View” this week so as to spend more time with her 5 children. ABC supports her decision and will keep her on “The Fosters’ sitcom and welcomes her to do special visits on “The View”. Well Barbara, who will be the next “permanent” co-host to sit in that soon-to-be empty chair.
Tom Brady and the Patriots did it again. Tom was crowned MVP once more in his 5th Super Bowl, and he led the Patriots to a record four victories in 14 years. The game was exciting from beginning to end, especially when young Malcolm Butler kept Seattle from getting that last-minute touchdown. What a play! Tom Brady, always a class act, gave his MVP Chevy truck to young Malcolm in appreciation for how he played.
John Legend kicked off the festivities with a terrific rendition of America the Beautiful, followed by the fabulous Idina Menzel who sang the National Anthem. Halftime entertainment was in the hands of Katy Perry and guest stars Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot. Katy entered on a mechanical lion and later “flew” through the air around the stadium, singing well and looking ravishing. The entire production was a technical spectacular. It is unbelievable to see how much work is involved in putting this show together and how much is done in such a short time to get it ready on the field. Paul McCartney was among the many celebrities seen at this event. Las Vegas sports books were packed and brought in an estimated $3.3 million profit.The sports book at the Westgate, the largest one in town was completely filled, and parties began as the game ended. All in all, a good weekend for Las Vegas, especially the taxi drivers who made about $50 per passenger taken to the many strip clubs around town.
We haven't heard a lot from Holly Madison lately. That has changed as she is involved in a lawsuit claiming that someone had been videotaping her and some of her cast mates in her dressing room at her Mandalay Bay show 1923 Bourbon and Burlesque. She left the show soon after opening as it was not exactly a hit. A similar show Pin Up, starring Claire Sinclair at the Stratosphere turned out to be successful. Holly went from TV reality show fame to star in Peep Show in Las Vegas, and then on to being a celebrities' celebrity. After being seen around town with people like Criss Angel, and others, she married and had a baby. I think she missed being out there, and this alleged taping brings her back into the public’s eye. She DOES know how to gin up publicity.
Have we all noticed that the toned down Fashion Police, featuring the obnoxious Kathy Griffin, just doesn’t have it anymore. Without Joan Rivers this show and the E channel’s Red Carpet have become a complete bore. No longer entertaining, just plain mean in their critiques. A note to Kelly Osbourne: Let your hair grow back; this style is not at all becoming. The next Red Carpet will be prior to the Grammy Awards next week. What are they going to say about Madonna this time around? Let’s face it, Madonna knows how to reinvent herself whenever she makes an appearance and that is why she is still a superstar. Not even Lady Gaga can top her.
David Siegel is doing a great job in refurbishing the Westgate. Timeshares are doing well and the casino has taken on a bright and cheery atmosphere. Rumor has it that Priscilla Presley may be part of the Westgate’s future, but again that’s only a rumor. There’s also a new topless show, which just opened at the Shimmer Theater.
One of the nice surprises is the new Sam’s Cafe. Located in the former high roller area is a beautiful informal restaurant decorated in taupe tones with marble top tables and upholstered chairs as well as booths against the walls. A large beautiful crystal chandelier hangs in the center of the room. “Grandma’s” matzo ball soup, ( the best I’ve had since my New York days) and “Mom’s” meatloaf brought back memories of my childhood. On the dessert menu is what they call “Mile-High Chocolate Cake,” seven layers of the best chocolate cake ever. Sam's Cafe is definitely worth a visit.
Celebrity Magician’ Murray Sawchuck has to be one the busiest men around. Last week he and wife Chloe Crawford filmed TV shows for Expedia Canada, Gordon Ramsey’s “Master Chef 6” and CWs’ Masters of Illusion along with doing his daily show at Planet Hollywood. Chloe, his wife, received Assistant of the Year from the Society of American Magicians .They are like the Eveready Battery –they keep going and going. I get exhausted just writing about them.
It’s time for "American Idol" to be put to bed. We love J Lo, Harry Connick Jr, and Keith Irwin. Their interaction is great and they seem to be having a good time, but longtime MC, Ryan Seacrest, appears to be getting bored. I think his other business ventures are becoming a priority. The show is very repetitious -- only the participants change. Another show franchise that has run its course is “Housewives.” This too is repetitious with the wives throwing barbs at each other and screeching over and over again. "America’s Got Talent." belongs in this group also-the same thing season after season.
What can we say about the tragedy of Bobbi Kristina, daughter of Bobby Brown and the late, great Whitney Houston. She, like her mother was found face down in a bathtub, and is now in an induced coma, and on a ventilator. It is not surprising because growing up in that drug-filled atmosphere definitely took its toll on this young lady. Bobby Brown claims that she and Nick Gordon were never married, and they reportedly were fighting and arguing on a regular basis. Bobby is insisting that Nick Gordon is not her legal husband, and can have no say in her treatment, etc, The whole situation is reportedly under investigation. Let's all pray for Bobbi’s recovery.
Not to be outdone is Sheldon Adelson, who is reported to be seriously thinking about building an arena on property behind the Venetian/Palazzo hotels. How many arenas do we need along the Strip?
Songwriter and poet Rod McKuen has passed away at age 81 after a long bout with pneumonia and its complications. I met Rod many years ago when we both were working in New York’s Greenwich Village. He wrote more than 1,500 songs, and sold over 100 million albums. His poetry books sold 1 million copes in 1968 alone. Oscar and Grammy nominated, he worked with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Johnny Cash. His many hit songs include the heart-wrenching “If You Go Away.” RIP, Rod McKuen.
Legendary artist Tommy James, and his Shondells, will be appearing at the Golden Nugget here in Vegas on Friday, 02/27/15. He has 23 gold singles, 9 platinum albums and has sold over 100 million records worldwide. His music can be heard in 27 films as well as TV’s Breaking Bad, Criminal Minds and the Simpsons. His career spans over 40 years and his music is timeless. His autobiography, “Me, the Mob, and the Music”, is in development for a film. For more information contact Carol Ross – firstname.lastname@example.org
A legal tug of war surrounds the Robin Williams estate. His children are “at war” with his third wife. Robin set up a trust for his children and a separate trust for his 3rd wife and her two children. He left his new house and its belongings to her. The major portion of the estate goes to his children, who claim that the memorabilia in the house should be theirs. Too bad that what appeared to be a loving family is at odds with each other. Robin had enough turmoil in his life and now this unfortunate situation after his death makes for more sadness.
The, much, anticipated movie “Fifty Shades of Gray” opens on Feb 15th. This movie version of the best seller (100 million copies), features Dakota Johnson as the co-star in this steamy and sexy film. Dakota, daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, does not want her parents and certain childhood pals to see her in this film, which is full of sex, and nudity. The film is already causing quite a stir prior to its release. They are hoping for at least a $60 million opening weekend as advance sales have some theaters already sold out.
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you only the best.
MONTI-LICIOUS - 02/02/2015
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant Bob Anderson at the Palazzo Theater! This entertainer’s entertainer, Bob is currently doing a Sinatra tribute show, “Frank The Man, The Music.” The sold out opening night was one to remember.With some help from his makeup genius, he became “Old Blue Eyes” and brought us back to the era of the great saloon singers. He looked like, acted like, and sang like the “Chairman of The Board." It was an amazing interpretation of Sinatra hits covering a 30-year span. The 32-piece orchestra led by Vince Falcone, who was Frank’s Las Vegas conductor, gave Bob the perfect accompaniment. Bob, who is known as one of the best singing impressionists, brought Frank Sinatra back to life so we could enjoy once again a wonderful bygone era.In the audience were, among others, Clint Holmes, Kelly Clinton, Nelson Sardelli, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Thompson, Zowie Bowie, Murray Sawchuck and so many other celebs. I am proud to have Bob and Karen Anderson as friends.
This Sinatra tribute show also brings to mind the many Las Vegas “haunts” where he used to frequent such as the Golden Steer Steakhouse, the SLS ( formerly the Sahara, Caesars Palace, the former site the El Portal Theater, the Sands, (now the Venetian), The Golden Nugget, Bally’s (the original MGM Grand) and others. All of these places have fond memories of the man and you can still feel his presence there.
This spring we will be seeing two of the great divas as semi-residents on the Strip. Mariah Carey begins a 27-show run at the Colosseum in May. This great venue has Celine Dion hopefully coming back soon. In the meantime, there are, of course, the rotating semi-residents including Elton John, Rod Stewart, Reba/Brooks and Dunn, and now Mariah. Kudos to John Nelson and AEG for this great lineup. Mariah has one of the great voices of her generation along with Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin. She will be singing all of her 18 #1 hits along with some new songs in what promises to be a show with some real surprises.
Diana Ross will be doing nine shows at the Venetian in April. Diana has been entertaining us with her wonderful presence since the Supremes and then going on to films and stage. She is also considered to be one the best performers of her generation. With all these divas here and/or coming here, can we expect to see more of Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera in the near future? Let’s hope so. The Venetian has announced there will be more superstars coming soon to their lineup. It IS time for these great stars to be seen here instead of additional big production shows.
The shell of the Las Vegas Fontainebleau is still there (fast asleep) on the northern section of the Strip. Will someone please take control and complete what started out to be one of the really beautiful structures on the Strip?
Another beautiful property is the Tropicana. Illusionist Jan Rouven and Raiding the Rock Vault are in the refurbished theater and the Laugh Factory Comedy Club seems to be chugging along, but the hotel also needs several top restaurants and a winning buffet-type eatery to attract more customers. In the recent past, they had the disappointing short run of Mama Mia and the openings and closings of some so-so restaurants. A good new marketing program would surely help this iconic 50-year-old hotel/casino.
The Caesars bankruptcy, which has been up in the air, will go through Chicago courts rather than in Delaware. It seems that Illinois bankruptcy laws would make it easier for them to reduce their debt, and in general be good for the company and its major creditors. No matter what, Caesars Palace continues to be what a Las Vegas Hotel/Casino should be.
Comedic magician Murray Sawchuck, currently performing afternoon shows at the Sin City Comedy Club in Planet Hollywood, can also be seen all over town promoting his show. Murray is probably one of the best promoters around.
Iconic film actress and beauty, Tuesday Weld, is 71 years old. She was once married to the late Dudley Moore and is considered to have been a great and underrated actress. Nobody played a bad girl better than my friend Tuesday. A book about her is currently in the works.
There was a media night last week at the new URBAN TURBAN, a Bombay Kitchen & Tapas Bar located at 3900 Paradise Rd. This a modern take on a selection of Indian foods. A very clean and informal atmosphere with an open kitchen makes for comfortable casual dining. The limited menu consists of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian platters., full of new takes on familiar items. The tapas served that evening made us want to come back for more, which we will do in the very near future.
The Rev.Monti once again wishes you only the best.
ABRACADABRA! EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: MURRAY SAWCHUCK WEDS CHLOE CRAWFOR
Murray Sawchuck and Chloe Crawford wed in Las Vegas on Friday, July 20, 2012. Monte Rock III officiated, Doug Leferovich served as best man, and Ashton Nicole was the bridesmaid.
“We finally decided to tie the knot,” the “America’s Got Talent” semifinalist told me exclusively. A small group of close friends, Las Vegas magicians and family, including her parents who flew over from England, witnessed the ceremony in the intimacy of the lush garden of hishome in the Lakes in Summerlin.
Monti Rock III, the 1970s icon, disco legend and licensed marriage minister, officiated the ceremony, which included the couple exchanging rings that had been selected by “Pawn Stars” stars at their Gold & Silver Pawn, where Murray serves as a regular expert on the top-rated History Channel show.
Also, a shout out to Mr. Criss Angel. You are a star and you made this columnist a fan! Your generosity and kindness will never be forgotten! Jersey Boys at Paris is wowing the crowds. Check out the Sugar Factory while you are there - a chocolate aroma world that's decadently divine.
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you only the best.
A Meal With Monti
As a gossip columnist, committed foodie and theater critic, I spend the better part of my work week covering all the fabulous shows, clubs, restaurant openings and special events on The Strip—’tis good to be Monti Rock.
Come Saturday and Sunday, what I enjoy most is kicking back in my own neighborhood...Yes, Vegas does have neighborhoods.
One of my favorite haunts has been a Las Vegas fixture for over a quarter century, Siena Italian. Owners Antonio Accornero and Giancarlo Bomparola have created a truly authentic Italian Trattoria experience and recently relocated it to a new, urban-chic site, which includes not only a restaurant, bar and lounge with indoor and al fresco seating, but soon, an Italian Marketplace complete with a bakery, deli and coffee bar.
Trained in Milan, Italy, Chef Giancarlo works the kitchen while Antonio, with his infinite Italian charm, works the front of the house. For starters, you must have the Tortino di Riso—rice cakes, Parmesan cheese and mushrooms in truffle oil—to die for!
Going on to salad, my favorite is Mele E Noci—baby greens, roasted walnuts, apple and Gorgonzola tossed with champagne vinaigrette—heavenly!
The main event, new to the menu this month, Misto Pesce Griglia—fresh scampi, calamari, tuna, jumbo scallops and salmon simmered in lemon juice and olive oil and served with fresh seasonal vegetables—died and gone to heaven for!
And for the encore (I'm sure you’ve had this before, but not this good), Tiramisu—Chef Giancarlo’s family recipe—certain to assure Giancarlo sainthood!
Siena also features live entertainment in the bar and lounge Wed. and Sat. with Sinatra-style crooner Larry Liso. Siena Authentic Italian
Trattoria | Daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; half-price Happy Hour specials in the bar and lounge, daily, 3:30-7:30 p.m. | 9500 W. Sahara Ave. | 702-360-3358
Monti Rock III will be honored during entertainment consumers’ exchange inc’s spring 2012 awards luncheon
DATE OF EVENT: 1:00pm, March 31, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada
Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange will enshrine Monti Rock III into the Fans Entertainment Hall of Fame during their Spring 2012 Awards Luncheon Event. He will also be honored with the Excellence in Entertainment Sweet Louie Living Legend Award. The event will take place staring 1:00 PM on March 31, 2012. at Double Play Restaurant, 9495 S Las Vegas Blvd, (Las Vegas Blvd & Richmar one/ block north of the South Point Resort Casino)
Several other outstanding entertainers will be honored with Excellence in Entertainment Awards. The Shades of Sinatra will be honored with the Tribute Show of the Year. Jim D’Arrigo will receive the Saxophonist of the Year Award and Pascale Elia is to be honored with the Horizon Award for new or emerging star of tomorrow. Jazzin’ Jeanne Brei will emcee the event.
About Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange Inc.
Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange Inc is a 501c7 non-profit association for fans and their favorites in entertainment. The recently celebrated their 10th anniversary as an organization.
About Fans’ Entertainment Hall of Fame:
Fans Entertainment Hall of Fame is about giving the Fans, Audience, consumers those who pay to support their favorites in entertainment a chance to participate in the selection process of selecting who will be in this Hall of Fame. Last year t heir had their first extended display during the month of November at Studio 810 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Zee Matulonis, President of Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange Inc.
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