Beacher rocks IP

Aug 21, 2006 4:58 AM

To celebrate the opening of Beacher’s Rockhouse Bar at the Imperial Palace on Aug. 29, there will be a block party from 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be vendors, carnival games, entertainment, food and drinks and more in between The Flamingo and O’Sheas Casino on Caesars Palace Way across the street from Caesars. At 9 p.m. Beacher will attempt to break the record for "World’s Heaviest Pig In a Blanket" as he will be wrapped in dough by little people, lifted 10 stories by a crane, and dropped in a giant pool of ketchup where he will attempt to stay submerged for 10 minutes. If this isn’t a five-star barf event, what is? I can’t wait!

What an exciting and eclectic time for your humble columnist. I’ve been giving performers a second chance to see if they have improved to warrant a higher grade from your long-time entertainment aficionado. Toni Braxton at the Flamingo is much improved as now you can hear and understand her words, but she is still MTV comes to Vegas. Her dancers are superb and the staging is state of the art. The Flamingo has added Society of Seven at 3 p.m. daily.

Still no word when "The Producers" will bow at Paris or "Spamalot" will hit the boards at Wynn. I’m predicting next spring for both, but it could be longer.

Barry Manilow departed the Hilton a tad early to have his hip surgery. He’ll be back in November.

Comic/juggler Michael Holly is the new "Folies Bergere" specialty act at the Tropicana. He tosses bowling balls! And, would somebody please tell me why PR queen (just love that word) Lisa Johnson resigned from the Venetian!

I made my weekly trek downtown. The buzz is all about the Golden Nugget and its future entertainment plans with Joe Leone and David Saxe doing the booking. A terrific show at the Four Queens has Bobby Ruffin’s tribute to The Drifters — he’s the last remaining member of the original Ben E. King group — joining forces with comic stalwart Pete Barbutti. The show is only $19, so you can’t beat it.

Elvis Presley is still the king judging from the response I received after writing about Jerry Schilling’s new book about his friendship with Elvis last week. It was amazing all the e-mails and calls that I received wanting to know more. As a reminder, Schilling will be in Las Vegas at Borders Books and Music to sign copies of the book and to answer questions about Elvis on Thursday evening. Schilling was the youngest member of Elvis’ Memphis Mafia — a mixture of friendship, support system and bodyguard unit — also has been a music manager, a film editor, TV and documentary producer and president of the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission. He gives Elvis credit for making him who he is. "I was a shy kid who didn’t talk much, who has certainly made up for it since. Elvis gave me a certain amount of confidence." Schilling became friends with Bono, John Lennon and a host of other celebrities. "Elvis gave me that backstage pass."

It’s no joke. Illusionist David Copperfield says he has found the "Fountain of Youth" — he hasn’t returned my call — in the southern Bahamas, amid a cluster of four tiny islands he recently bought for $50 million. One of his islands in the Exuma chain, Musha Cay, is a private resort that rents for up to $300,000 a week and the other islands serve as buffers to keep prying eyes away from celebrity guests on the white sand beaches. The MGM Grand headliner is elusive about his reasons for the Fountain of Youth claim, but the man best known for entertaining with grand deception insists his archipelago also contains the legendary waters that bestow perpetual youth. Seriously! "I’ve discovered a true phenomenon," he told Reuters. "You can take dead leaves, they come in contact with the water, they become full of life again. Bugs or insects that are near death, come in contact with the water, they’ll fly away. It’s an amazing thing, very, very exciting." Copperfield, who turns 50 next month, (is this tale a mid-life crisis?) said he had hired biologists and geologists to examine its potential effect on humans but he’s not inviting visitors to swim in or drink from it just yet. I’ll be first in line.

The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon returns to Las Vegas and will be telecast live from the South Coast Hotel Sept. 3-4. The annual event will feature prominent entertainers (but not me) and raises funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. There are no advance tickets and seats are available on a first-come basis. The audience rotates every hour.