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October 09, 2012 3:00 AM by Monti Rock III

With NFL fans and players rejoicing the return of the pro referees, maybe we should have them on the set of “American Idol.” Nicki (Minaj), control yourself! The “F” word does not belong here. Be a lady!!! It seemed like neither Keith nor Randy could get her to shut up. And she was heard threatening to “show the bi…h.”

Hey, a little tension among the judges creates excitement but this thing between her and Mariah Carey went too far.

I have been watching “Vegas,” the semi-fictional show about the former sheriff of Las Vegas, Ralph Lamb, who is indeed to this very day one of our most colorful characters.

Dennis Quaid (who portrayed Doc Holliday in the 1994 movie “Wyatt Earp”) playing Ralph Lamb is a slam dunk. Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) also stars in this well-tuned drama that boasts a fantastic cast. In fact, in my eyes, Michael steals the show. He portrays evil personified.

This is my new guilty pleasure and the TV is now set for it on Tuesday nights (CBS, Ch. 8 from 10-11 p.m.).

Hurry, if you want to see the great Garth Brooks at the Wynn. This country superstar will be closing his show Nov. 17 in order to reportedly prepare for a big tour and new album. He has been performing at the Wynn for the past three years.

“Total Recall” by Arnold Schwarznegger! OMG, why write a book and put your family through your mistakes? That man’s ego is bigger than all my careers – it’s world-wide!

Seats for Barbra Streisand at the MGM (Friday, Nov. 2) are almost sold out. The ones at $104 per ticket are gone. She’s going back to Brooklyn, but it’s not the same Brooklyn now. She says her son Jason Gould (who has a voice like “butta”) will be singing on tour with her and doing a duet album.

What took Barbra so long and whatever happened to Roslyn Kind, her sister and also a great singer? Another dysfunctional family? What would it have taken for Babs to be gracious and recognize that Roslyn also was blessed with a great voice? Family matters and family issues seem to be the beast in this one.

Over at the Riviera, Crazy Girls just celebrated 25 years of butt-kicking action! Veteran producer Norbert Aleman was in rare form – the media was crawling all over from local, national and international coverage of this event.

I have to take my hat off to PreferredPR and Michelle Tell, along with special kudos to Scott Santos’ marketing. Scott is also the publisher of Strip Magazine. To do 25 years with any show in continuous performance is in itself a miracle! The reception prior to the show was awesome.

Let’s hope the Riviera returns to its former place as a top player on the Strip. The girls mingled through the crowd, showing us why they were there. Mayor Goodman even declared the occasion as Crazy Girls Day in Las Vegas.

Last week, the great Jaki Baskow produced Keith Urban’s appearance at Caesars Palace at a private function. Also last week at Caesars, Matt Goss celebrated his 44th birthday. To me, Kenny Kerr is Don Rickles with a dress! This great impersonator is now performing at the Onyx Theater every other Saturday. Go see him and you’ll laugh your behind off!

Since Lindsay Lohan’s location shoot in New York City the crime rate in LA has gone down, while NYC’s is rising. A one-woman prison movie! Paris Hilton and her boyfriend had an altercation that resulted in some arrests. Nothing like competition! Will the police blotter ever stop processing these names?

Jon Theiss and his Babylon Tours will be the new VIP Service Manager at Bagatelle. Awaiting word when Tropicana opens the envelope as to the starting date of that new venue.

My friend Frankie Valli is performing a one-man show on Broadway while his Jersey Boys, – the biggest franchise currently in production, – is wowing them on the Broadway boards with theater-goers still flocking in to see this megahit!

OK, reality can be in Vegas, but how many of these shows do we really need? We had Elite, Las Vegas Housewives (do they really clean house?) and along with gigolos, pawn stars, porn stars and more porn stars. As for Snooki, who cares?!

We went to Buffalo Bill’s in Primm last week to see one of the funniest comedians in show business, Sinbad. His show is a two-hour romp full of stories, reflections and reminiscences that had the audience in tears from laughing.

Sinbad has a unique style – fast-paced and nonstop. Best of all, it’s clean – no obscenities or four-letter words to get a laugh. Sinbad’s handling of a drunk heckler was something to see. All in all one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had in a long time.

We also got to the L.A. Comedy Club at Planet Hollywood. Comic Mark Patrick headlined that night and was much better than we expected. Hopefully he will move to a larger venue that will enable him to really show his stuff. This guy is funny!

After my near duet with death, I have risen and revived my Monti Rock Christmas. Believe me, I understand the spirit of the holidays and appreciate it more than ever.

Speaking of the approaching holidays, Ethel M starts its winter wonderland display very shortly. Do not miss this – its sugar heaven!

Where did the summer go? Although at 90 degrees, the rest of the nation would say we are still in summer.

Until next week, the Very Reverend Monti Rock III sends you all his very best.

Monti Rock, who starred with John Travolta is the classic Saturday Night Fever, is a legend, performer, GamingToday entertainment columnist and marketing expert. Contact Monti at

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