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Christmas and News Year's are coming soon. There seems to be a great holiday spirit in and around the guru   I’ve always loved this time of the year when the Strip hotels go all out with their decorations and exhibits.  One of the finest, if not the best, is the display at the Bellagio Conservatory & the Botanical Garden. The snow globe and 42-foot tree are really something to see and enjoy, as are the thousands of white carnations used for smaller displays.

We went to see Shania Twain last week and were amazed to  see how her show has become one of the best on the Strip.  She is smooth and relaxed and appears to be really enjoying what she‘s doing.  Shania belongs here and we hope she will be back in the not too distant future.

Menopause The Musical is on the move once again. This long running hit, featuring among others, Paige O’Hara, moves from the Luxor’s Atrium showroom to the Improv at Harrah’s. Poster The final show at the Luxor will be on Jan. 18 and should open at Harrah's on Feb. 8. Menopause began in Vegas in 2006 at what was then the Las Vegas Hilton, then moved to the Luxor in 2009. It has been a box office success at each of these venues.

The Jennifer Lopez Planet Hollywood residency has not yet been confirmed, but the final decision should be announced very soon.  As I’ve said before, having Jennifer in Las Vegas would be a real plus. She sings, dances, acts, etc., and is a wonderful live performer.  She also has created a successful business empire.Monti

The great Bob Anderson will be appearing here,  beginning in January at the Venetian,  with his fantastic  Frank Sinatra Tribute.  Bob, with the help of some prosthetics and makeup, becomes the legendary Mr. Sinatra and he has the singing and mannerisms of ol' Blue Eyes down pat. This is a must-see show.

Tony Sacca’s 29th annual Christmas show will be televised from the Railhead at Boulder Station. Tony has become a Las Vegas institution since he started here years ago with his late twin brother. We do admire his tenacity, as he has remained constant and important to the Las Vegas scene.

Last week the Luxor held an "invitation only" birthday party for one of their top casino employees, Sue LaForce.  It was a Disco-themed affair and I was there as DIsco Tex to help judge a disco contest. Host Jean George and Tim Evans really know how to throw a party.

The Wrangler National Rodeo Finals were here until Dec. 13. These people also know how to party. Country music prevailed as there were country stars galore performing in many of our hotel/casinos. The NRF brings about $100 million to the Las Vegas economy along with about 150,000 tourists.

Word has it that “Showstoppers” the new show opening at the Wynn on Dec 20th is a real winner.  This Steve Wynn production is said to be one of the best shows of its kind in years and will have the audience singing Broadway show tunes as they leave the theater.

North Korea has been putting pressure on Sony Pictures and Seth Rogen to either withdraw distribution, or at least, “tone down” the movie “Interview” comedy is about journalists hired as hit men to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  C’mon guys –this film is a comedy, the subject of which is not to be taken seriously.
The Rev. Monti, as always, wishes you only the best.


MONTI-LICIOUS - 12/08/14

This week, socialite Marsha Ratner, of Miami and Beverly Hills and mother of movie mogul Brett Ratner, was here over the weekend.  Brett's latest project is building his own studio. Move over, Warner Bros. Her small holiday luncheon party was a big success.  Yours truly thanks her for including him at the party.

Lo and behold my partner and I, with some friends, were having a snack at the Rampart Buffet when the bells went off in the casino; one, lucky, local, won the $14 million jackpot. It had been 10 years since the last major jackpot was won at this location.  It does pay to be a Las Vegan. The lucky winner stated he would donate a major portion of the winnings to his church.

Shania Twain will end her run at the Colosseum this month. Shania is the beautiful, glamorous and talented traditional country music star who made the successful crossover to country pop. Her show, which had her opening while riding a great white stallion, was one of the better shows on the Strip in recent years.

We are now awaiting the announcement for the return of Celine Dion and confirmation of Jennifer Lopez coming to Planet Hollywood.

Caesars has just announced the signing of its new semi-residency entertainers at the Colosseum . Reba McEntire will costar with Brooks & Dunn in their show "Together In Las Vegas" from June to December 2015. They will be costars in this new production show - neither being the opening act for the other. If it is as successful as anticipated the contracts will surely be extended.The show is being produced by AEG, who has produced the Celine, Shania, and Rod Stewart shows at that venue. AEG is also the largest producer of live music festivals in the business. Tickets are now on sale.  For more information, etc.please contact Caesars Colosseum.

Dec. 14 is the day that yours truly will officially announce the return of Disco Tex. This iconic star was one of the most influential characters of the disco era.

How will two ventriloquists fare simultaneously on the Strip? Terry Fator has been a tremendous hit with his show at the Mirage. And now Jeff Dunham begins his residency show at Planet Hollywood. They are two ventriloquists, both with a strong following from TV, yet completely different styles. Terry Fator with a family type show while Jeff Dunham performs an edgy, adult-themed show. It should work as both are talented and cater to different audiences.

Magicians are everywhere, including Jan Rouven at the Tropicana, Dirk Arthur at the Riviera, Rick Thomas in a weekend engagement at the Suncoast, Murray Sawchuck at Planet Hollywood and Nathan Burton, Mac KIng, and Tommy Wind at other venues. Topping the list, of course, are Criss Angel, David Copperfield, and Penn & Teller. Las Vegas IS a magical place!

The National Finals Rodeo is back in town for its 30th year in Las Vegas. This event, which runs through Dec 13th brings in about $90 million in non-gaming revenue, and keeps The Thomas and Mack Center full for every performance. You'll be seeing lots of western boots and 10-gallon hats around town - a welcome sight.

Dotty's Taverns will feel the brunt of the new gaming regulations now in effect regarding their type of tavern/gaming locations. All locations will need full service kitchens or lose 1/2 of their slots. In many cases some of the, approximately, 100 taverns will close. Their clientele are mostly neighborhood people who normally don't frequent casinos so the loss of this clientele will result in a loss of tax revenue.  Small businesses like this that do not cause any trouble should be left alone and keep doing business as usual.

Each year I do my Top 10 list and here are my current favorites:
1. Celine Dion at the Colosseum. Celine is the voice of her generation.

2. Clint Holmes, whether it's weekends at Cabaret Jazz, aboard luxury liners at sea, or big shows like the Ray Charles tribute. You name it and he's there!

3. Michael Jackson ONE - the fantastic Cirque du Soleil take on MJ.

4. Frank Marino, one of the best female impersonators in the business and the one who has had more than 20 successful years starring on the Strip.

5. David Filter and his English Garden Florists.  He is our major florist to the stars and is about to add a coffee shop to his flower shop location.

6. This spot is shared by two major local producers who keep feeding us top entertainment. David Saxe with Vegas The Show, among many others, and Adam Steck of Human Nature Live!, also one show of many. These two are the Las Vegas counterparts of the likes of Hal Prince and David Merrick.

7. Vinnie Favorito is, in my opinion, one of the best standup comedians in the business. His sharp wit can be seen nightly at the Flamingo. His show is the one to see if you want non-stop laughter.

8.The best all-around show is definitely Donny and Marie at the Flamingo. These famous siblings still put on a classy, fast-paced, and entertaining production. If you see only one show in Las Vegas, be sure it's this one.

9. Best afternoon entertainment is the Mac King Show. His astounding slight of hand is a wonder, and his show is family-friendly. Mac is a very talented and likeable gentleman.

10. Anita Mann's Fantasy at the Luxor is the best of the "T & A" shows. Anita's choreography and direction show these girls to their best advantage, and she always features a terrific lead singer. 

As always, the Rev. Monti wishes you all the best






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.

When magician Murray Sawchuck and his beautiful stage assistant Chloe Louise Crawford tied the knot in a secret surprise wedding Friday night, it was truly a magical affair. The groom and bride have known each other for five years in traveling the world with his magic act and now as headliner at the new Tropicana.

“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.


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A Meal With Monti
By Monti Rock III



Siena Deli



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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