Paris, Paris, je te!

Sep 5, 2006 2:11 AM

Counting Crows, Sarah McLachlan and legendary rocker Phil Collins are a few of the stars who will take the stage Oct. 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to benefit The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation.

Grammy Award-winning producer, arranger and composer David Foster will return for his 11th year as musical director for the big event. For the first time, this year’s concert will feature a performance by the winner of the "Grand Slam to Stardom" contest. The contest is open to residents of Clark County between ages 14 and 28. The winner, chosen by Foster, will open the show.

The 2007 Miss America Pageant will return to the Aladdin Resort & Casino and air on CMT Jan. 29 on a tape delay basis at 8 p.m. Miss America’s activities at the Aladdin begin with the pageant preliminaries, which include swimsuit, talent and evening wear competitions on Jan. 25 and continue through Jan. 27 at the newly-remodeled Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets to the preliminaries and the pageant finals will be available to the public at

This week we saw the arrest of polygamist of Warren Steed Jeffs, aka the Prophet. He was on the Ten Most Wanted List, and arrested on a routine traffic stop. We have to give it to Vegas. This is where all the Top Ten Most Wanted end up. Maybe that is why I am here. I just want to blend in.

Last week the Jeff Bleacher opening at the Imperial Palace was attended by the trendy Hollywood, Las Vegas mad media. Now, the big news is that Paris Hilton who had her debut album did sell 800,000. Go figure. Paris Hilton here, Paris Hilton there. The party at the Pure was pure Paris. What can I say, but Paris, Paris, Oh Paris. You are on my turf. My claim to fame is coming up.

At the Sahara, Ron Garrett, the President is ailing with a broken arm. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Last week Rita Rudner did close her long run at New York-New York, and is opening at Harrah’s in October along with Wayne Newton.

Paris is putting The Producers tickets on sale at the end of October. It was supposed to be opening in November, but they couldn’t find stars, but that all seems to be worked out now and they will be opening in the spring. Stay tuned.

The drama of the V Theater at Desert Passage includes locking David Saxe out. Hostile takeover! Other columnists reported that it was a religious problem, but I heard it was more of a financial problem. The V Theater is one of the most successful venues David Saxe has, but he has very disgruntled partners.

As I reported in this column weeks ago, Steve Wyrick is getting ready for his opening ”¦ it is about 10 weeks away The line up of stars is quite spectacular with ventriloquist Ron Lewis, the Philippine singer Martin Nivera and other stars all lining up to be part of Wyrick’s extravaganza. You have to give it to Mr. W. My spies tell me that he had a very successful show in Atlantic City a while back. From Lady Luck to his extravagant theater at the Sahara, you have to give it to this Texas-born magician.

Over at the Luxor, I want to thank Felix Rappaport and his staff, And, Felix, I love your hair. He was very accommodating to my partners and my staff. We all went to see the Tournament of the Kings at the Excalibur. Quite extraordinary. The big announcement is that Nick Lachey will be appearing from November 10-11. Tickets are on sale now at the Luxor. Nick is Jessica Simpson’s ex.

We all know that Yoko Ono will be here at the Hard Rock September 8-9 showing John Lennon’s artwork. That might be interesting.

All second (late) shows in Las Vegas have plenty of empty seats, so why not give the locals a discount to fill those theaters? It would help.

As I keep saying, now an Elvis Cirque du Soleil-themed show will be coming to Project CityCenter and a magic Cirque project is Luxor bound. How much Cirque do we need? The point is, I am Cirqued out. Can’t anyone come up with something new?

It was announced that the Hawaiian super group, The Society of Seven, have paid their $15,000 and will be honored with a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars either on October 10 or October 17. They weren’t on the original list of 100 nominees, but they did come up with the cash. The group is appearing Wednesday through Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Flamingo. By the way, the Flamingo celebrates anniversary number 60 next year.

A Sacramento preacher has set up a church dedicated to MGM Grand headliner Tom Jones. Pastor Jack Stahl said Jones’s "soulful, spiritual and supernatural" voice helps him contact God. The minister uses his music in baptisms, marriages, funerals and exorcisms. "I’m using his voice to get in touch with God and there’s nothing wrong with that," he said. Of course, not.

Jones is not the first personality to have a church dedicated to him. He shares the honor with Elvis Presley and jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. When Jones was big in the 60s and 70s, it was not unusual for adoring female fans to throw their underwear at him on stage.

Reminds me of my days as a minister. I often worshiped at the alter of Johnny Carson’s ashtray.