Crowning Prince!

Nov 13, 2006 2:27 AM

The artist formerly, currently, lovingly and everlastingly known as Prince proved to be the smash hit I forecasted when he opened at the 3121 at Rio last week.

Wow! Prince hasn’t missed a beat, and he’s actually developed as an artist. I’d say he’s the Mozart of his generation with his eerie skill as a musician and vocalist. "U Got the Look" never looked better, and neither have I.

At a media function attended by most of the city’s bottom-feeders, Prince did a three-song set, which was just a taste of what was in store for the sold-out crowd at Rio.

Even though Las Vegas presents a new landscape for Prince, he seems comfortable with the Sin City schtick, and I expect he’ll be great for a long time here.

Over at the Hilton after six weeks of six degrees of separation, Barry Manilow is back from hip surgery. One of his new songs is "Can’t Take My Eyes Off You," the Bob Crew hit recorded by Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons.

If you’d forgotten, Bob Crew is songwriter and producer who produced my mega hits, "Get Dancing" and "I Want to Dance With You," by yours truly, Disco Tex and the Sexolettes.

For the Four Seasons number, Barry is using an arrangement by Artie Schroeck and his lovely wife Linda November, who was the meow girl in those commercials. We were all in the audience at the Hilton, and Barry did not disappoint. He had a little more spunk, walked a little slower, but sang with a renewed brilliance.

Over at the Golden Nugget, you recall that I reported on Joe Leone’s resignation as entertainment director after 22 years.

Is there more to the story? A couple months ago, Joe went to London to buy Strictly Ballroom and Cover Girls, which are not doing great business. Now, word is that Joe is helping Clint Holmes fine-tune his show "Breathe" before it goes to London and Broadway. I’ll report more on the progress of Clint’s show next week.

Over at Paris, The Producers’ producers have announced David Hasselhoff will be one of the stars of the stage show.

Pianist Roger Williams, who usually plays the Suncoast Hotel, will set a piano marathon record by performing for 14 hours (8 a.m. — 10 p.m.) Friday at the Fashion Show Mall. Williams, 82, will be playing in the Great Hall area on the lower level.

The holiday celebration gets underway at the Lake Las Vegas Resort’s MonteLago Village Friday with a tree lighting ceremony at 7:30 p.m. followed by a holiday performance by Clint Holmes.

Brittany, Brittany, Brittany. She filed for divorce, and looks breathtaking, even after having her second baby. Now, she’s ready to come to Vegas to the Palms. So, then we will have Brittany Spears at the Palms, Prince at the Rio, Manilow at the Hilton,, Elton and Celine at Caesars Palace, and Rita Rudner and Wayne Newton at Harrah’s.

All we need is an Evening with Monti Rock III for another comeback. Why are you laughing?

From New York City, Michael Piehl just did a TV pilot on Monti Rock’s Vegas and is producing a reality show on yours truly. Check out his website at He is going to tune in to Las Vegas and make it big with the X-rated stuff.

This week I went to see Gordie Brown at the Venetian. He was incredible. He also has a spot on Late Night with David Letterman. Maybe, Gordie can get me on with Dave, who should be reminded I did the Johnny Carson show more than anyone.

No, I’m not kidding. Just ask Ed.