MONTI –LICIOUS APRIL 20,, 2015
How about us starting with a retraction. “Forbidden Vegas” was produced by Bob Cayne and John Bentham, not by Dick Feeney .” Forbidden Vegas” “-Forbidden Broadway”-“ Forbidden “Chicago”-“ Forbidden This and That” --- just too many “Forbiddens” to keep track of.
Last week was a big political week with many politicos announcing their candidacy for president. Hillary Clinton, the only Democratic candidate as of this writing, is trying again after being defeated by President Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign. Will she become our first woman president? The Republicans have three candidates so far - Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. Are we ready for the onslaught of political TV commercials, mud-slinging and endless debates? At least the local elections are over and Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Stavros Anthony can return to their regular jobs.
Brett Ratner IS doing a movie with Mariah Carey after all. The rumors of a romance were wrong as they are only good friends. Mariah is now getting ready for her debut as one of the new semi-residents the Colosseum in May. She spent the Easter holidays with her children and their father Nick Cannon. Nick is busy with his comedy specials, hosting America’s Got Talent, and his other businesses.
One of the sweetest people I met when I first came to Vegas was Billy Stevenson. Billy passed away last week at age 73. He and his wife moved to Las Vegas in 1978 to so he could play at the Dunes with his cousin Bob Anderson. Billy once played piano for me at the Flamingo. I was present at his services last week. He was one of 12 children and all of his surviving siblings came in from Detroit to be here for this beautiful and touching service. RIP Billy.
We also lost Sam Distefano, who was vice president of entertainment and special events at the Riviera from 1984-1993. He brought in stars like Frank Sinatra. Liza Minnelli, and the great Luciano Pavaroti as well as boxing to the Riviera. I was introduced to Sam by the late Ruth Bowen(Aretha Franklin’s long-time manager and head of Queens Booking in NYC). Sam befriended me when I arrived in Vegas in 1997 and made me aware of what my chances would be to re-invent myself here.
Also gone at the age of 80 is the quintessential cabaret chanteuse Julie Wilson. She was known for her interpretations of standards and her stunning good looks and great black gowns. Julie was a favorite at New York’s Carlisle Hotel and often appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of these wonderful people.
Bob Anderson’s Sinatra tribute show keeps getting better and better. Hopefully this show can be brought to NYC after its run here. it’s that good.
Vinnie Favorito (one of my favorite comedians) had his show abruptly cancelled at the Flamingo because of his alleged financial problems. Vinnie worked to full houses seven days a week for the last five years. He reportedly has a reality show in the works. We wish him good luck with any other future endeavors he may be working on. Vinnie is the best of the comics who perform in the Don Rickles-style of insult humor.
The MTV Movie Awards, (one of the leading bad taste shows) was held last week. Multiple vagina jokes and crotch grabbing should have gotten their own awards. Robert Downey Jr. ( in his survivor award speech) directed his words to today’s youth and how they should strive to go after what they want and not stop until they’ve achieved those goals. Robert, after many ups and downs, has proved that people can reinvent themselves and become winners.
Last week was the series finale of Justified, one of the best TV shows of the past few seasons. Producers of the show felt after 6 seasons and 78 installments that it was time to end the series despite the moans and groans of the show’s many fans. Great performances by stars Timothy Olyphant, Walt Goggins, Joelle Carter and guest star Sam Elliot along with great writing made Justified a show to be seen.
Countdown to the implosion of the Riviera is on. Crooner George Bugatti is the last entertainer to appear there=-he closes on April 25th. He has performed in places like the Bellagio, the Sands Atlantic City, and helped create and co-star in the off-Broadway show “The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen. Songs for the finale all may include “The Party’s Over”, I’ll Be Seeing You” and possibly “One For My Baby and One More For The Road”, all of which are appropriate.
Paige O’Hara is still with Menopause, which is now at Harrah's. Paige, a good friend, does so much for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while she paints for Disney and performs in special tribute composer concerts . She does go on every evening in Menopause, despite problems with her neck and knees. Paige is a real star in the show business tradition.
On May 7th the sensual show, X Burlesque will celebrate its Lucky 13th Anniversary. This topless show, created by husband and wife team Matt and Angela Stabile, has added sexy new dance numbers and choreography. For more information and tickets call 702-733-3333 or visit www.flaming
Wayne Newton’s Shenandoah project is finally set to open in about two weeks. This is Wayne’s “Graceland” with his house, treasures, and classic cars for the public to feast on. There was a media event, which gave us a tour of what the public will be seeing. All this after a long dispute with the neighboring homeowners, regarding the traffic, tour buses, etc. More to come in the next few weeks.
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you the best.
The latest of the Fast and Furious films opened over Easter weekend breaking all April records. The film, featuring the late Paul Walker, grossed approximately $149 million in the U.S.A, and $390 million worldwide.Interest in the film was spurred by the untimely death of Paul and how his character’s demise would be handled. This huge take at the box office will probably result in another film for that franchise.
The film version of Clint Eastwood’s version of Jersey Boys had its HBO debut last week. The film shows, among other things, how Bob Crewe was instrumental to the huge success of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Bob, as you know, was the musical genius behind the creation of Disco Tex (yours truly) and The Sex-O-Lettes. Watching the film brought back many memories from my past, both good and bad.
Another HBO event was the 4-hour documentary film about the career of Frank Sinatra, in commemoration of his 100th birthday. We see him as one of the greatest performers of all time as well as one who helped break the color barrier in the show business world. He refused to perform in some instances when people like Sammy Davis Jr would not be allowed in places as part of entourage - no Sammy meant no Frank.
He, a great humanitarian, also gave his time and money’s to many other worthy causes. We get a glimpse of his relationship with first wife Nancy, Mia Farrow, the great love of his life, Ava Gardner, and with Barbara Marx, his last wife. It also touches upon his relationship with his children Tina, Nancy, and Frank Jr. His alleged tie-ins with the mob are also discussed. His daughter, Tina’s first husband Wes Farrel was one of my record producers.
This Easter Sunday was very special to me, and my partner. We, along with some close friends went to see Tony Orlando at the Southpoint after having dinner at Don Vito;s great Italian restaurant at that hotel, compliments of Tony. He and I go back many years along with the late Freddie Prinze and Geraldo Rivera. We,(“The Four Horsemen”) were active in Puerto Rican issues in New York at that time, while trying to make it in show business.
How about that roast of Justin Bieber on Comedy Central. Justin, now 21, was a good sport, sitting trough 2 hours of being tossed around by a group of comics plus the unlikely roaster, Martha Stewart. Justin, in addition to jabbing back at them , finished with a sincere apology for his antics and his promise to “grow up” and act appropriately in the future, This young man, who was already amassed a $200 million fortune, definitely still has a show business future if he keeps his promise to “man-up”.
Diana Ross has Frank Marino as one of her biggest fans. He has reportedly seen her show over 100 times including every Friday night during her current engagement. In many cases their costumes are similar. Frank has his designer creating a new white boa for her as a gift. Ms. Ross’ current show at the Venetian is a smash.
Clint Holmes continues to change his shows at Cabaret Jazz every month. Last weekend he performed songs he has written and some that he would have liked to write. This change of format helps keep Clint’s shows new and fresh and if you go more than once chances are you will see and hear music not heard before. The talented Mr. Holmes knows how to keep us entertained.
MJ LIve has opened with its newly revamped show at the Stratosphere after a long run at the Rio. This Dick Feeney & Darin Feinstein production is one of the better Michael Jackson tribute shows around. The show I saw featured Brazilian performer Jalles Franca as MJ. Jalles is one of 3 who rotate as MJ, and he is fabulous. The new costumes and staging at their new home make for an extremely entertaining show. The new “digs’ seem to have give the show some new energy. Jalles Franco’s rendition of “The Man in The Mirror” is a standout.
I won the raffle at the pre-show party. It was a portrait of MJ done in the lobby of the Stratosphere. More to follow about the 2 talented people doing these paintings.
Co-producer Dick Feeney has always been a class act to yours truly. When I first came to Las Vegas he wanted me in a show called ”Forbidden Vegas”, but unfortunately that didn’t work out.
Elton John has been visiting the Wax Trax Record store lately. He has been able to buy some of his old record albums as well as other classic albums. He is said to have bought over 75 items so far. The Rosen family owns the store, and are avid Elton fans.
How about the new Ellen Degeneres slot machines. Two new Ellen slots will soon be in all MGM properties. The theme of one machine is Ellen’s Dance Party and the other features Ellen’s 12 Days of Give-Aways..This should be a winner for slot maker IGT as well as for Ellen.
With most celebrities being weight conscious why are performers like Kelly Clarkson and Sherri Shepherd allowing their weight to climb. Sherri, who lost all that weight in the past is a diabetic and had better be careful. Kelly, by now, should lose the pounds she put on during her pregnancy. On the other hand, Giuliana Rancic and Bethenny Frankel seem to be dangerously thin. Hey gals, try to get to a normal weight and maintain it.
Vinnie Favorito’s long-running comedy show at the Flamingo was abruptly closed on April 4th. He had been there since 2008 poking jabs at his audiences wit; his Don Rickles stlyle of comedy. Alleged tax problems, personal debts and a gambling addiction are said to have been factors in the closing of the show by Caesars Entertainment.
We are sorry to see him go as he is one of the funniest comics in the business.
The 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children opening brings the FedEx Cup to Las Vegas as the PGA TOUR returns to the Las Vegas Valley for the 33rd consecutive year. Many of the top golfers in the world will participate in the competition and help support the mission of Shriners Hospital for Children from Oct 19-25 at TPC Summerlin.For more information, visit. ww.shrinershospitalforchildren.org.
This show should be one to see. Cedric ‘The Entertainer,’ Mike Epps, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy will come together for one historic night of comedy for ‘The Black and Brown Comedy Get Down’ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday, May 2 at 11 p.m The one-night engagement is presented jointly by AEG Live and Caesars Palace.
Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 866-320-9763 or online by visiting www.thecolosseum.com or www.axs.com. Orders are subject to additional service charges and fees. Ticket prices are $69.50/ $99.50/$150/$195 (prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax). For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851. Showtime is scheduled for 11 p.m. after the big fight.
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you the best.
I had the good fortune to see Diana Ross’ (Ms. Ross , as she prefers being called), at the Venetian. MS. Rosswas at her very best in a show that could have gone on and on. It was obvious she was enjoying the show as much as her audience as she pranced along the stage making eye contact with so many people. The full house of Diana fans got to hear many of her hits as she sang non-stop except for the costume changes. Her gowns were exquisite, and she sure knows how to wear them. The Venetian Theater is the perfect venue for this legendary performer. Her top-notch musicians were able their stuff when she left the stage to change gowns. My only regret is that she didn’t sing enough of her “Lady Sings The Blues” songs as she still has the voice that we all remember and love. Let’s hope this semi-residency engagement is only the beginning of a long and successful run.
The Review Journal Best of Las Vegas lists Jubilee the best showgirls show in town. This spectacle has passed the test of time and I went to Bally’s to see the latest version of this Con Arden classic. New costumes and new music have brought this version to fit into todays type of entertainment. Hip-hop with showgirls proves to be a winner along with the classic the Titanic and Samson and Delilah segments. This show is what Las Vegas was combined with what Las Vegas is today. A must see for young and old!
This years IHeart Radio awards show voted Taylor Swift (who else) as their Entertainer of The Year. Kelly Clarkson showed she is one of the best of todays singers in this world of pop/country music. The tribute to Justin Timberlake was well deserved as he is a great all-around performer. A show-stopper was Chris Brown-can he dance!. But how many award shows do we need. The impact of these awards is minimized and become less meaningful.
It’s hard to believe that Absinthe, the little show at Caesars celebrated its 4th year. This show features sexy comedic acrobatics and “Cabaret” style hosts., but is definitely not for the kiddies or those easily offended. What started as a small tent show has turned out to be big hit.
Las Vegas is getting ready for the fight of the century. This championship bout features Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in what will be the biggest fight of all time. Mayweather is said to be making near $160 million and Pacquiao will walk away with over $100 million. Muhammad Ali is said to be a big fan of Paquiao. Can you imagine what Joe Louis would have earned if he were alive and active today? He retired undefeated. But ended up as a greeter at Caesars Palace.
Elton John making news with his call for a boycott on Dolce and Gabanna regarding their comments on same-sex couples raising children and about vitro insemination (synthetic children) according to them. It has started name-calling situation in which both sides are receiving a lot of publicity. It does seem that he and husband David are doing a good job of parenting as are Ricky Martin and Rosie O/Donnell. Let’s face it, there are so many children worldwide in need of a loving family, gay or straight, who would give them the love they so badly need.
Elton is reportedly disappointed with the level of performance of some of his band members, and even walked off stage during one or two of his recent shows. With Elton, you must tow the mark, he is a perfectionist and that shows in every performance. Both shows have come a long way and have been seriously attack
Julie Chen and the co-hosts of The View received their daytime Emmy nominations while the The View, with 4000 shows in the bag, received none Both of these shows have taking on more serious issues these days and have gotten past some of the general gossip going around. Wendy Williams, on the other hand, just sits there and in many cases just makes up stories. Our favorite, Steve Harvey won a well-deserved nomination for his show, which concentrates on personal relationships, etc., not the overdone gossip that most of the others cover.
The on-again, of-again J Lo/Casper relationship was reportedly never really off, but just a publicity stunt to coincide with the release of J Lo’s movie. Both she and Rihanna, great performers and promoters as well as marketing geniuses. J Lo has many different lines available at Kohl’s and Rihanna sure knows how to promote herself.
Norbert Aleman, the iconic producer/director of such shows as La Cage and Crazy Girls In Las Vegas, will be temporarily closing Crazy Girls on May 2 when the Riviera closes its doors. Hie is now looking for avenue for the long running hit show. Norbert has been there through different owners and talent directors, etc., and has always survived. He is still there while many others are not. Be sure to see Crazy Girls at the Riviera before the present version closes. Norbert and the show will be back and soon in a new venue so as to keep us entertained as he always has.
Magician Murray Sawchuck,and wife Chloe, always busy, will be hosting a Vintage Vegas Party at the Riviera on April 9. in addition to performing in his show at the Sin City Theater in Planet Hollywood.
The Ramparts marketing director, Holly MacFarland has had major surgery and should be returning to work sometime in April. We all want to welcome her back polymath saddened is one of my favorite ladies she took a medical leave and him on the phone with her and she's on the mend. Holly, hurry back, the Rampart needs you.
Illusionst Steve Wyrick, the one who keeps appearing and disappearing may be coming back soon in a new venue here in Vegas. Also in the magic news is that David Copperfield's rooftop swimming pool at his NYC condo burst and flooded his apartment and reportedly did some damage to 33 floors below his. David was performing here at the MGM when the flooding occurred.
Mariah Carey is busy getting ready for her show at the Colosseum. She has been rumored to be in a romantic relationship with movie mogul Brett Ratner, whose mother is Marsha Ratner, the famous Miami socialite. However we all know how the press loves rumors. Truth is that Brett and Mariah are only good friends spending some time with each other.
The Rev. Monti wishes you only the best.
THE FULL MONTI 3/30/2015
Unfortunately, there is no headstone as yet for the late Steve Rossi. The cost of his funeral was reportedly taken care of by his long-time friend Rich Little.Some of his showbiz friends are starting a collection for a stone. However, the family wishes this to be left alone for the present. They have still not fully paid the cost of a gravesite next to him for his widow and until all costs are paid, no headstone can be placed. Steve Rossi and I have a long history (both hot and cold) as I once subbed for him at the Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach in the early 1980s.
The new Omnia nightclub at the MGM has opened in grand style with Justin Bieber holding his 21st birthday party there followed by a Miley Cyrus appearance.This huge venue overshadows just about all the the current nightclubs now in existence. Nightclubs and DJs are the "in" thing with the current crop of DJs earning $millions. Their talent with the turntables bring in the crowds and keep them dancing. However, yours truly misses the spontaneity of a live band. Billboards on the Strip now feature the current crop of DJ Superstars.
The High Roller, the world’s tallest observation Ferris wheel at the LInq, is not doing the business originally anticipated by its owner Caesars Palace.It is falling short of its goal of 5,000 riders per day. Discounted packages are reportedly being offered to help increase ridership as well as on board wedding ceremonies and bachelor parties.
The much anticipated Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical is getting ready for its opening on Broadway next fall. This musical bio of the original Miami Sound Machine was on track to open here at the Tropicana, but the lure of Broadway won over a Las Vegas opening.
This week entertainment news is in the hands of the women in Vegas. Celine Dion is coming back in August for a 40 performance run. Celine claims one of the reasons for her return is for her fans, who have been so loyal to her. Her new show will feature new music and a new conductor with new and fresh arrangements.
Olivia Newton John is shooting a video in Las Vegas’s Share nightclub, recording a new album and getting ready for a new tour. Tickets are now on sale for the Aretha Franklin one-night only, not to be missed, show at the Colosseum in August. Lipschtick, the weekend shows at the Venetian featuring female comics, is also a big hit. There are many really funny gals in the business who are finally getting to appear in the larger first class showrooms.
Suzanne Somers really does sizzle and she proved this once again at the press conference for her big opening at the Westgate. She was a headliner there (the former Hilton) 25 years ago during the heyday of Elvis and of the “rat pack”. Her new 70-minute show will have the multi-talented Suzanne singing songs from the Great American Songbook, dancing and interacting with the audience. This gal still has “IT” and she shows her brand of “IT” on the current season of Dancing With the Stars. The show will run for a year beginning in May, 2015 through May, 2016 in the former Shimmer Theater.
The spa at the Westgate will reopen as “The Suzanne Somers Spa” and will feature “The Suzanne Somers Organic Spa Café” where guests will be introduced to many of her organic food recipes. Samples of some of these as well as food from TJ’s Steakhouse were served at the press conference.
Donny and Marie are still filling seats at the Flamingo as is Olivia Newton John.
Comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham has had his contract at Planet Hollywood extended for an additional four months. He is also bringing in the $$ at the box office. This proves that genuinely talented performers do not need special effects.
Penn and Teller will be bringing their show to the Marquis Theater on Broadway this summer for a 2-month run. This is their first time as headliners on “the great white way”. Rumor has it that Wayne Newton will finally get his wish to open his Casa de Shenandoah in the near future. This has been a dream of his for many years and now it looks like the dream will come true.
Elaine Wynn fighting hard to keep her spot on the board of directors at Wynn Resorts Ltd. The amicably divorced couple of Steve and Elaine Wynn is not so amicable any more.
Had lunch at the Cosmopolitan with my good friend Sherree Montero and her mom last week. The restaurant, “estistorio Milos Las Vegas” is a winner with its Mediterranean/Greek style foods. Sherree is Sr. Officer at North American Financial in Henderson. Big changes at the Cosmopolitan by the new owners are evident which hopefully will make this beautiful hotel show a decent profit.
Legendary comedy genius Jerry Lewis will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award on April 13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Jerry, in addition to his film and TV work, is known as a great humanitarian whose causes, in addition to MDA, include the March of Dimes, St. Francis Food Pantries, Friars Foundation, and the World Smile Foundation.
Easter Seals Nevada will hold its 7th Annual Walk on April 4th. This event is to support Nevadans with Disabilities. For information and donations please contact www.walkwithme.org
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you the best.
MONTI–LICIOUS - 3/16/15
Nascar weekend has come and gone bringing in a great sum of money to the Las Vegas economy. Big winner was Kevin Harvick who has won 5 of the last 9 Nascar Sprints and is now a top-2 finisher.Heavy traffic is still a problem in getting to and from the speedway especially at the end of the event, but to Nascar enthusiasts it’s worth it. Other Nascar news is that Kurt Busch’s suspension has been lifted and he is back racing. No charges were filed by the authorities after his former girlfriend accused him of assault.
The 25th Joe Williams Scholarship Fund Concert was held last week at the University of Nevada Performing Arts Center. The great UNLV Jazz Ensemble directed by David Loeb and Nathan Tanouye was featured. Guest artists included, among others, Las Vegas favorite Clint Holmes, Vince Falcone, Earl Turner, Bill Fayne, Marlena Shaw, and the amazing Bob Anderson. Pete Barbutti hosted this wonderful jazzy affair. The late, great Joe Williams was supportive of the jazz genre through most of his illustrious career and his scholarship fund has been a tremendous benefit to aspiring young jazz musicians and to keeping the genre alive. Kudos to Ed Foster, who for years, has been instrumental in getting this show produced.
After the show we went to Cugino’s for some great Italian specialties and helped celebrate my friend Marci Weiss’ birthday. Debbie Gold, one of “the ladies who lunch,” was also in the group.
It looks like the countdown to the implosion of the Riviera has begun as Dirk Arthur ends his brief engagement and Norbert Aleman is about to announce the future new home for his long running hit “Crazy Girls.” The latest attempt by the hotel to bring us affordable shows was reportedly not successful. The Riviera is the last of the iconic Las Vegas Hotel/Casinos and it will soon be only a memory of the “good old days.”
“Defending the Caveman” is returning to its roots in Downtown Las Vegas. It opens at The D on March 19 once again with Kevin Burke starring in this one-man show. This is the longest running one-man show in Broadway history and is also the longest running Broadway show in Las Vegas history. For tickets and more information please call 702-388-2111.
We are all waiting to see what Mariah will be doing in her upcoming show at the Colosseum. Much of the show is reportedly featuring her top-selling 18 songs. Those in the know are saying she is back in great form (both voice and figure) since husband NIck Cannon filed for divorce last December. We are also getting ready for some be “country” goings on when the Reba/Brooks and Dunn debuts later this year. Celine should be back filling the room nightly as no other performer has enjoyed the success that she has had in this venue. She has, however, let go her long-time conductor and 2 other musicians as she reportedly feels she wants a fresh new sound to her music.
The first half of April will bring us top-rated shows. Diana Ross will perform at the Venetian to begin her semi-residency there. Let’s hope we’ll be seeing a lot of this lady from now on.
The Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga show comes to Planet Hollywood at the beginning of April for two nights. You probably got a taste of their show in recent TV appearances where Lady Gaga has shown us how versatile and talented especially with her Julie Andrews/Sound of Music tribute on the Oscars telecast. The amazing Tony Bennett is, thankfully, like the Eveready Battery, he goes on and on.
Country comes alive at the Hard Rock with the fantastic Rascal Flats show. This is country at its best. Ever since Garth Brooks began his residency at the Wynn, the sound has become a staple along the Strip. Rascal Flatts has had a three-week run at the Hard Rock as part of its semi- residency and they really made The Joint at the Hard Rock, rock.
This hotel has made some changes, as Don Marrandino is reportedly no longer at this Las Vegas location. He is supposedly working at other Hard Rock locations. Perhaps Don, who was so successful at the Flamingo, should not have left our town to go to troubled Atlantic City.
This week came the news that co-creator of The Simpsons, Sam Simon, passed away from colon cancer at the age of 59. He really was a very giving human being and was once married to actress Jennifer Tilly. Although divorced, the two remained close and gave a lot to different causes mostly finding homes for animals. He is said to have given his $100 million Sam Simon Foundation in support of animal welfare and feeding the hungry. Though he left The Simpsons after four seasons, he was still listed as executive producer and retained a percentage of its future earning.
The fights “staged” on Andy Cohen’s Housewives shows are becoming more like Jerry Springer/Maury Povich idiotic trash. Andy, it’s time to get these girls back on track and not act like teenagers. The Lisa Rinna (Mrs. Harry Hamlin) /Kim Richards episode was a disgrace. If this is what you want, find another NeNe Leakes. She can teach these gals how to handle these sequences.
The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews is celebrating its 50th anniversary. This film is one of the best musicals ever to come out of Hollywood. Julie, who lost her extraordinary singing voice during a medical procedure years ago, is still one of the most regal ladies in show business. She proved that once again when she appeared on stage to congratulate Lady Gaga at the Oscars.
Caesars has stopped some retirement payments as part of their bankruptcy restructuring. This SERP program is one that is considered an unsecured obligation so this can be legally done. At this time about 50 employees will lose this supplemental income. This is being looked into by Caesars and the Gaming Board so an amicable solution may yet be reached. Caesars expects to eliminate about $10 billion of debt and it looks like this is just the beginning of cuts to be made.
Dancing With The Stars keeps coming up with stars that have a large fan base. Patti LaBelle is one of the latest big names to join the roster of entertainers who help keep that show alive. The great Ms. Patti at 70 years of age will hopefully give the younger celebs a “run for the money”.
American Idol, with all of its popularity has come up with only a few real stars, namely Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. These talented people have true star quality and longevity. It’s amazing that Jennifer Hudson did not win the top spot in the year she competed, but she sure is a real winner now. Others have come and gone and the show seems to survive because of the popularity of the judges especially J Lo. America’s Got (NO) Talent) has Terry Fator as its biggest success and the show, in my opinion, has lost any luster it may have had.
The Bobby Kristina Brown drama continues as Bobby Brown still refuses to allows Nick Gordon to see Kristina. It appears that the Brown family wants to be sure they get their hands on her $20 million estate. We do hope she survives as she is still in a medically induced coma and fighting for her life. Nick Gordon, her significant other, has gone into rehab with the help of Dr. Phil. He is suffering from alcohol and rx drug addiction and is suicidal. He cannot handle the loss of Whitney Houston and the possible loss of Bobby Kristina and is completely out of control. Let’s hope this rehab is successful and this young man recovers. He does come across as genuinely distraught.
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you the best.
MONTI-LICIOUS - MARCH 9, 2015
I have to say more about the press conference for the new, permanent Elvis Presley/Graceland exhibit set to open April 23rd.The luncheon was one to remember as the food from Sid’s Café and the other Westgate restaurants was exceptional, far better than what was served at other recent media events.
Elvis impersonator Trent Carlini was cancelled, leaving only the new show “Sexxy” and the incoming Suzanne Somers show along with the time-share program to lure visitors. There is also an extraordinary new wedding chapel just about ready to begin performing wedding ceremonies.
CEO David Siegel and his company are making other changes, which will make the Las Vegas Westgate a major player once again.
It has been reported that the Convention Center is definitely going to implode the Riviera and make way for a major expansion of the center, which will include floor space and a much-needed additional parking area.
Enough is enough with Giuliana Rancic and her remark about Zendaya’s hairdo on the Oscar Red Carpet.
However, only comics like Joan Rivers could make ethnic remarks and get away with them.Giuliana is not a comedian and should be careful not to make any potential slurs. She and her Fashion Police co-stars have, in my opinion, “lost it” without the late Joan Rivers. The show has become a “who can we put down this week” show rather than a legitimate and constructive critique show. Kelly Osbourne is thankfully leaving the show - no loss. She is reportedly involved with a new reality show.
The Memorial Service for great basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian was held at the Thomas and Mack Stadium on March 1. The full house attendees were treated to seeing and hearing Bob Anderson, in full Sinatra makeup, singing “My Way.” Many a tear was shed during this emotional rendition dedicated to Mr. Tarkanian.
Is Britney Spears getting married to her boyfriend Charlie Ebersol.? Britney has hinted that a wedding just might occur in the near future. Singing star Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio seem to be getting closer and closer, yet he is reportedly also involved with Sports Illustrated model Kelly Rohrbach. Leonardo denies that he and Rihanna are romantically involved, but just good friends. Isn’t it time for Leonardo to finally settle down?
Justin Bieber held his 21st birthday party on a private island off the coast of Granada last weekend. It reportedly was a real blast. Former flame Yovanna Ventura was there, but Selena Gomez was not. What’s going on with Justin and his girlfriends and do we really care?
Tommy James and the Shondells’ one-nighter at the Golden Nugget was a smash. The full house went crazy over this '60s rock 'n' roll icon with fans lining up to get autographs after the wild and energetic show. Tommy’s book about the “mob” may become a film and/or Broadway show.
The Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga duo, a tremendous success at the Cosmopolitan last New Year's weekend, is coming back to Las Vegas in April. They will be performing for two nights, April 10 and 11 at the Axis Theater in Planet Hollywood. Tickets go on sale on March 7th at Ticketmaster or the Axis box office.
What’s happening at Wynn Resorts Ltd? Elaine Wynn, the co-founder of Wynn Resorts was not re-nominated to serve as a director and her brother, who has been with Wynn for 30 years is no longer with the company. Strange things are happening.
Latest news at the Colosseum is that Celine is planning to come back by Sept 23rd. Hopefully, husband Rene is recovering from his latest bout with cancer. Shania may be back for a stop here as part of her 48 city road tour. She announced on GMA that this will be her last tour which will end just prior to her 50th birthday. This top sellng country/pop star can still perform with the best of them, as she IS one of the best.
Another Colosseum resident, Rod Stewart will be ending his run shortly thereby making room for the new Reba/Brooksand Dunn residency. Busy place, that Colosseum.
Marty Allen, 92 years young will be performing in The Grand Parlor in the Downtown D on March 22nd and 23rd. This special engagement comes in conjunction with the release of his new book “Hello Dere”. Marty will be conducting an after the show autograph signing of the book.
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you the best.