This week I was accused of being bitchy. It is important to note I have been writing this column every week for 15 years. And yes, sometimes I’m wrong, but for the most part I’m right. I try my best to give information that is, in my opinion, valid.
I don’t expect everyone to abide by my opinions. My mother once told me if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. But I never listened to my mother. I say what I feel. I tell the truth.
Michael Jackson was a musical genius and the Jackson family has been living off his estate. Michael’s CDs, concert film footage and merchandise have made a fortune since his death and yet this reportedly is not enough to satisfy some of the vultures.
AEG is being accused of many things in the wrongful death trial, including that they and not MJ, hired Dr. Michael Conrad. Also, AEG knew of MJ’s frail health and allowed the star to continue with the show. Many witnesses claim Michael was in good health prior to his death, but Katherine reportedly was very concerned when she saw rehearsal footage.
I keep discussing how I survived the many years of alcohol and drug abuse during my career in show business. I’m one of the luckiest men alive as I’ve been sober for 18 years. I also had a doctor who “helped” me (ha, ha) to go out there and perform.
Unfortunately, there are those “fans” who are always there to help you destroy yourself by supplying drugs and drinks. It’s hard to stay on track. Show business also makes it easy to fall prey to addiction as you have the time and money to get in trouble.
Cory Monteith, who began using drugs and alcohol at age 13 could not get back on track. As a young adult he tried to clean up his act, but as we all know, it didn’t work. A successful career and serious relationship with his co-star were not enough to save him. Where were the people close to him who could have helped? They know who they are.
This week in Las Vegas we have a film festival, hotels offering summer deals and some shows having customer specials to see stars and productions that many could not afford at regular prices.
As I said in my previous column, this is not a theater town. We have the Cirque spectaculars, Celine, Vinny Favorito, George Wallace, Criss Angel and David Copperfield. The magic of Vegas is not only gambling.
Strip clubs, pool parties, night clubs, gourmet chefs and fabulous shopping are going strong. Much money is being spent on these things while less is spent at the casinos.
Casinos are springing up everywhere, however we have them plus all the other activities to keep the tourists coming back again and again.
Rumor has it the Abba tribute show will be moving to Planet Hollywood in September with a new version of the show. Peepshow, which closes on Sept. 1 at PH may reopen at either the Quad or Harrahs.
Jeff Beacher and his Madhouse are returning to the MGM shortly, after several years at the Hard Rock and then the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. The Crazy Horse Theater is being remodeled to accommodate this circus- type spectacular which has always been shocking and sexy.
Beacher’s following includes people like the Hilton sisters and Shaquille O/Neal. Shows have featured acts like the band made up of little people backing a 300 pound singer. We will soon see if Beacher’s Madhouse still has the drawing power it once enjoyed.
We will soon have a new TV Channel – LVES-TV. Las Vegas Entertainment & Sports Television is about to launch broadcasting 24/7 from Vegas.
Programming will consist of mostly original, live and/or same-day tape-delay, weekend concerts, boxing, weekend variety specials, game shows, comedy, and news magazine shows. All this is headed by Jon Astor-White, who has over 40 years experience in entertainment and television broadcasting, is scheduled to begin in December.
William and Kate finally have their baby – Prince George Alexander Louis. These two have brought British royalty back to the forefront. Where else can we see such pomp and pageantry?
They really have given the stodgy old faction a modern and popular look, which Britain truly needed. This newly born young man, heir to the throne, has his life cut out for him. It won’t be easy. Is it really “good to be king?”
Downtown Vegas is still on the road to being rediscovered in a big way. Hotel/casinos like the Golden Nugget, The D, the Plaza and the future opening of the Grand (formerly Lady Luck) are leading the way.
Headliners like Gordie Brown (doing great business), the Scintas and Louie Anderson are appearing at these venues. Hopefully, more big names will be performing downtown in the not too distant future.
Things are going well for my favorite “new star,” Veronic. Her original contract with Bally’s has been extended from Aug. 21 to at least Dec. 21. This talented singer/impressionist will be around for a long time and deserves all the success she is about to receive.
Brett and Peter Feinstein, the father and son team behind the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas are adding a new touch. Sapphire Comedy Hour will be added to their present entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
Featuring illusionists, comics and dancers, this segment at Sapphire is being co-produced by Doug Leverovich and Philip Peredo. This is a unique concept for strip clubs and should draw a new audience to these venues.
TMZ as well as the paparazzi still resort to pushing the right (or wrong) buttons with celebs who they know will react in a negative way. They repeatedly attack people like Alec Baldwin, Justin Bieber, and of course, Kanye West.
None of us would appreciate cameras pushed in our faces wherever and whenever we go out in public. Kanye wouldn’t take any more and just about lost it. Paparazzi will “attack” even when celebs are out with their children etc., etc.
How about licensing these vultures in order to establish some rules so their targets can go places and enjoy some privacy? As for TMZ, in my opinion they go for the jugular and do not care who they may be hurting.
TV favorite and character actor Dennis Farina died last week at age 69. This former Chicago police officer was best known for his 2004-2006 stellar role on “Law & Order” after Jerry Orbach left. He was adept in comedy as well as drama and audiences loved him. Rest in peace, Dennis.
“Meals with Monti” will soon be seen on billboards all over town plus “Monti Minutes” and, of course, my film, which is currently in production. Monti here, Monti there, Monti, Monti everywhere!
But, as always, the Rev. Monti wishes you a great week!
Monti Rock, who starred with John Travolta in the classic Saturday Night Fever, is a legend, performer, GamingToday entertainment columnist and marketing expert. Contact Monti at [email protected].