Going, Gaughan!

Jul 31, 2006 4:41 AM

Sometimes when a columnist is in a cyclone, he doesn’t know how to get out of the way of the storm.

Case in point is Michael Gaughan, one of the Titans of Las Vegas and builder of a great empire with the Suncoast, Barbary Coast, Gold Coast and The Orleans.

Gaughan merged with Boyd Gaming, which has major properties as well.

Well, last week Gaughan announced that he is going to purchase the South Coast, which has had major problems since opening, partly due to the accessibility to the restaurants, showrooms, the equestrian events.

The property and ensuing results were a major disappointment to his growing empire. I made one of my phone calls to a PR person who will remain nameless, who told me that Horst Decheur, who is the president of The Orleans, resigned and other major executives are jumping ship, and how everyone was afraid and how fast things can change.

Sometimes change is good. If anyone can make the South Coast a gem of a property, it is Michael Gaughan. The rumor now is that Boyd is now trying to place some of its top people at some of the Coast properties.

But, in typical Boyd fashion, all I get is phone phobia — everyone is afraid to speak.

As a journalist, columnist, and man about town, I am for making changes, especially on the entertainment side. Why is the Red Rock Casino such a hit in Summerlin? Because it is a diamond, designed to be accessible for the restaurants, bars and showrooms.

So, let’s put it this way; Michael Gaughan will turn the South Coast around. I stake my reputation on it and for all the timid creatures on the other end of the phone, get a life. Soon.

I can’t figure out why, but the media turned out in mass to learn about Pamela Anderson’s newest venture, PamelaPoker.com at a press event at the Rio’s Voodoo Lounge. The about-to-turn-40 actress wore a white veil pulled-back from her face because she was getting ready to marry Kid Rock this past weekend in St. Tropez, France.

Without giving any details, she said there are also ceremonies planned in Malibu, Detroit and Nashville. Maybe she’ll share her duplicate wedding gifts with me. Not likely, though. Knowing her, she’ll probably sell them on e-Bay for the publicity.

Have you seen the pretty face of ”˜N Sync boy band member Lance Bass on the cover of People magazine? He reminds of me when I was young and gay. Now he’s coming out and telling the world that he’s gay. Big deal, didn’t we know it all along! I was gay before gay was gay. It is all about your dignity; your respect for what you do.

Broadway’s next soiree into town has been delayed until November or even later I’ve been hearing. "The Producers" at Paris won’t have Mathew Broderick and Nathan Lane as its’ stars because both have prior commitments. So, being the astute expert on the local scene, may I suggest Martin Short and yours truly for the leads. We would be a winning combination!

"Buck Wild" has departed the Sahara and The Scintas former home at the Rio remains empty. Louie Anderson’s "Larger Than Life" show at the Excalibur is now reserved seating with a $45 ticket.

Here’s a bargain — spend $5 at the reJAVAnate Coffee Lounge this month and get a voucher for a free ticket to see "Forever Plaid."

Still no word when the Steve Wyrick venue at Desert Passage will be completed. Let’s hurry up, Steve.

Clint Homes closes Sept. 30 at Harrah’s. If you have never seen Clint perform make sure you get to Harrah’s before he departs.

Still no word on the future of Jeff Beacher at the Hard Rock. His Imperial Palace venture opens at the end of the month.

Have a great week. If you have news to tell Monti, e-mail me at [email protected]