Elton John’s back: Can Rod Stewart be far behind?

Apr 26, 2011 6:00 AM

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has just announced the return of Elton John in his latest show, The Million Dollar Piano. Why the title you ask?

It took Yamaha four years to build this piano, so the title is quite appropriate. I’m an Elton fan and have been for years. He’s one of the few entertainers who acknowledged the gift basket I sent him when he opened at the Colosseum several years ago.

I appreciate that from him.

Elton loves performing at the Colosseum and really likes being in Las Vegas, so he’s always warmly welcomed. The 16 performances for this new show will begin Sept. 28, but tickets went on sale April 25. Contact Caesars Box Office or TicketMaster.com for specific dates.

Additional Colosseum entertainment by AEG Live includes Rod Stewart, who is seriously considering a resident performer contract as his recent appearance there was a sellout and a smash success. Other AEG shows were Janet Jackson last weekend and Ricky Martin on April 30.

I’m getting ready for the royal wedding even though it seems my invitation must have been lost in the mail. Not to worry – my top hat is ready.

This should be the wedding of the century, and you can bet I’ll be glued to my television if my invitation doesn’t arrive.

Entertainment is alive and well in Las Vegas and comes in many flavors, such as local favorite Wes Winters, who is performing in the Grandview Lounge at South Point Hotel & Casino on Thursday and Friday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.

 Lounge acts were popular during Las Vegas’ early years. Maybe the trend will return. Grandview Lounge has a spacious dance floor and there’s no cover charge.

 Another local favorite, the band Flashback, will return to the Bounty Hunter at 415 East Windmill on May 7. Flashback is known for their renditions of familiar songs the over-30 crowd enjoys. They have quite the following, and if you catch them, you’ll know why. It’s hard to distinguish who’s having the most fun...the audience or the band.

Flashback has generously offered their time and talents to entertain at the upcoming benefit for Baby’s Bounty on May 26. The benefit will take place at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip (next to the MGM).

Baby’s Bounty is a non-profit organization that provides essentials for newborn babies born into disadvantaged homes. The efforts of Baby’s Bounty is important and is a Las Vegas grassroots non-profit organization that needs our support.

Last weekend, I had a wonderful dinner at Pearl in the MGM Grand as a guest of Shani Burton Johnson, president of Mobile News. I can highly recommend Pearl as one of the best when it comes to Asian dining.

The restaurant takes advantage of seasonal offerings and cooks mainly Cantonese and Shanghai-style cuisine. Specialties of the house include fire-roasted Mongolian beef and crispy garlic chicken, prawn dumplings and one of the most enticing dessert assortments around.

I was astonished to hear I may be teamed with Rue Paul in a new reality television show. How’s that for billing? Two old queens doing the song "I Will Survive."

Another great lineup may be John Travolta as John Gotti and Lindsay Lohan as Kim Gotti, the wife of John Gotti Jr. At least that’s what Fiore Films confirmed to Access Hollywood since talks had broken off with the embattled actress to play the role of Victoria Gotti, John’s daughter. The film is to be called, Gotti: Three Generations.

Production hasn’t started yet, but it sounds as if this should be quite the movie. Some of the surviving family members are reportedly not happy about the entire project. But it is nice to see Lindsay’s name on something besides an arrest warrant.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at the Mirage on Friday and Saturday nights, April 29 and 30, for an evening of music and comedy. Steve is a true legend of comedy, but is also an acclaimed actor, writer and musician. He just released his second bluegrass album.

It sounds like a great time. I used to catch Steve at the Troubadour when I was living in Hollywood back in the 60s. He was funny and quirky and has been an accomplished banjo player ever since the arrow in the head and banjo days.

Comedians are definitely part of the Las Vegas fabric. From such performers as Brad Garrett at the Tropicana to George Wallace and Vinny Favorito at the Flamingo, these guys bring the business every night.

To my surprise, Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack at the Riviera seems to be doing well. I’m not particularly a Sandy Hackett fan, but the show is well-oiled and entertaining. This columnist recommends it.

Legends in Concert at Harrah’s celebrates its 28th anniversary on May 5. To commemorate the occasion, Harrah’s Las Vegas is offering $28 tickets to locals for the entire month of May. For more information call 702-369-5111 or visit their website at: www.harrahsLasVegas.com.

Cafe Nikki at the Tropicana proved to be a shocker. This is a restaurant that’s open 24/7 and also has the nightclub atmosphere. The food was amazing. The Tropicana is definitely on the rise.

My thanks go out to Marvin Lashever and his wife Linda, jewelers to the stars. The Lashevers donated 10 watches for my charity. Marvin is quite familiar with show folks since he’s been in the business for 40 years. He and Linda operate two stores here in Las Vegas, Gold Master Jewelers and "UR" Mail Box LLC, located at 7835 S. Rainbow Blvd.
The Rev. Monti hopes you had a Happy Easter and wishes you all a great week.