Legends-maker to be honored

May 22, 2006 2:08 AM

John Stuart will be honored by the Las Vegas Walk of Stars with a star of his own during the Celebrity Impersonators Convention at the Imperial Palace, May 29-31.

The actual placement in the ground will be May 31 in front of New York-New York. John’s "Legends in Concert" (he was the founder and creator) is entering its 24th record-breaking year, though he no longer operates it. He’ll quickly tell you that he made "the biggest mistake of my life" when he went public with the show and lost control of it. There’s also no truth to the rumor that he’s buying it back. I asked him and that’s what he said.

Don’t feel too sorry for him as he’s active as ever: he’s producing the "Blue Brothers Revival" around the country and recently obtained the world-wide live stage musical rights to "American Bandstand." Look for a local version of Dick Clark’s class television show before the end of the year.

John also produces Steve Connolly’s "Spirit of the King" show at Fitzgerald’s and owns and operates First Choice Ticketing downtown. Oh yes, have you ever seen the fancy Show Float that drives The Strip at night? Well, it belongs to John! I should consider using it as part of my birthday celebration!

Resident headliners continue to be the local trend with the latest being country super duo Brooks & Dunn, who at a press conference yesterday (Monday) morning revealed they’ll be joining fellow country star Reba McEntire at the Las Vegas Hilton. The pair’s multi-year engagement kicks off during December’s National Finals Rodeo. Now that’s smart booking!

Reba might be able to add to her Hilton schedule as the fledging CW television network didn’t pick up her series. I’m hearing, though, that it could return. If it doesn’t, and they want to consider a tragic comedy, I’m available.

In the weirdest worded press release I’ve read in a long time (yes, I can actually read), Grammy Award-winning songbird Toni Braxton has reached "an agreement in principle" with the Flamingo Las Vegas to become the permanent home of her new show, "Toni Braxton: Revealed." She starts a series of six-week engagements (with a week off in between) August 3. "I’m taking baby steps," she said about the deal. "We’ll see how it goes then go from there."

"Revealed," by the way, has nothing to do with the other current trend of European-style pools (topless) at the hotels.

Engelbert Humperdinck has cancelled his September and November Orleans engagements because, I’m hearing, that he’s tired of playing Las Vegas. I think there’s more to it, but who am I to pry into a 70 year-old’s life.

A thin Jerry Lewis is still claiming that he’s returning to the Orleans July 13-16 with a show entitled "Jerry Lewis — The Laugher is Back with Funnyman Max Alexander."

Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme cancelled their Memorial Day weekend Stardust engagement because of doctor’s orders. Eydie has a torn meniscus in her left knee and has been advised not to perform for 45 days. The couple, according to the hotel schedule, close the showroom Oct. 26-28. and then it’s blow-it-up time. The new schedule also has no headliners booked for June, July and August. Please, I’m available!

The 14th annual veterans salute, "Celebrate America," is scheduled Monday at Hills Park in Summerlin from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will feature "The Wall of Honor Memorial," Sen. John Ensign, the Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard, a big screen video presentation honoring veterans, entertainment rides, food and vendors. A fireworks spectacular will complete the festivities that cost only $5 per person.

If you see me around town, the press has been very kind to this columnist. The CineVegas Film Festival, June 7-17 will be showing my film by Danny Lairamore, "The Business That Is Monti Rock, III." My autobiography is slowly coming to a conclusion, unlike my life. Then there are parties, tributes, roasts. It is good to be Monti Rock, III. It’s good to be The Full Monti.

Again, I must at this point thank CineVegas and the judges and my supporters and friends who know I love being Mr. Vegas. I love being a columnist and love being inside as well as outside. CineVegas — "The Most Dangerous Film Festival" — oh, I love being dangerous, is celebrating its eighth year. It has grown and it is a great honor for me to be part of it. Those who know me know that I just have fun being this character. But who else could pull it off?