Hilton wants to keep Bob

Apr 9, 2001 3:41 AM

Bob Anderson is doing so well wowing crowds at the Hilton that the hotel suits are making overtures for him to stay in the NightClub, the room recently vacated by the Scintas.

   Bob, however, has a date to star in Jeff Kutash’s Main Event starting next month in Atlantic City. His run at the Hilton ends April 22, but we’ll probably see more of him later this summer: Either at the Hilton, or — if Kutash has his way — starring in Main Event somewhere on The Strip.

   Speaking of the Scintas, the popular musical variety show is set to open at the Rio April 12. They’ve bolstered their act with three more musicians, with sets and production design by Blair Farrington. The group couldn’t be in better hands. Although the Scintas must fill a larger room than the one at the Hilton, they’re talented enough to continue their smash run.

   At the MGM, the big news is that the Crazy Horse revue is preparing to open. I had mentioned the possibility of a name change. But, it looks like they will keep the franchise name from Paris. My spies tell me this is an over-the-topless show so hold on to your G-strings and stay tuned!

   Over at Mandalay Bay, the producers of Storm are working around the clock on the most anticipated musical opening since Barbra Streisand extorted millions for her concert debacle three years ago. I attended a sneak preview last week and the show is BIG. It’s probably too long, but the production numbers are huge. And, gratefully, there’s no Barbra in sight!

   The X-factor. Have you noticed the number of new shows geared toward Generation X audiences?

   The aforementioned Storm at Mandalay Bay, the new Second City comedy show at the Flamingo, the Luxor’s Blue Man Group and De La Guarda at The Rio. The ongoing shows are building enthusiastic followings; expect the same from the newcomers.

   Does this tell us anything about the direction entertainment is headed? Or should be headed? Expect more shows for the moon-faced crowd in the future.

  Dueling Divas! These two guys appear in this column so frequently that they should rent space. In one corner we have Frank Marino, the quintessential Joan Rivers impersonator, who just received a Cadillac from Norbert Aleman for his 15 years of indentured servitude at La Cage. In the other corner, we have Kenny Kerr, the quintessential Don Rickels-in-drag impersonator. Are these two ever going to bury the hatchet? Hopefully, it won’t be in each other’s makeup case.

   On a lighter note, I had a chance to attend Kenny’s once in a lifetime garage sale. It was fabulous! It was sort of like sifting through Imelda Marcos’ closet. I probably spent more than I could afford, but how often do you find used feathered boas?

   Speaking of celebrity benefits, the Tiger Woods Foundation is coming back April 28. The Joe Williams Memorial Scholarship Concert will be hosted at the Blue Note April 29 (3 p.m.). Let’s support this one.

   I am sad to report the passing of musician Kenny Shauntee. A memorial fundraiser will be held at the Sahara Hotel and Casino.

   At the Stratosphere, Dick Feeney’s Viva Las Vegas celebrates its 10-year anniversary as the longest continuous afternoon show here in Las Vegas. We wish him luck with his next decade.

Kenny Loggins at the Hilton

   Singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins will be appearing for the first time ever in the Las Vegas Hilton Theater Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $55, and may be purchased by phone at (702) 732-5575.

   Loggins’ songwriting career began in 1970 when he signed on as a staff writer for a music publishing company. He soon met up with Jim Messina and the duo embarked on a musical journey that produced two platinum albums and five gold albums.

   Loggins and Messina parted company in 1976 and Loggins started a solo career that has become one of the most celebrated in pop music.

   His first three albums went platinum and his self-produced Vox Humana was certified gold. Along the way, Loggins picked up two Grammys including Song of the Year for “What A Fool Believes” and Best Pop Vocal for “This Is It.” Loggins has amassed record sales of more than 20 million and his Greatest Hits release recently turned platinum.

‘Honky Tonk’ girl at Railhead

   Country music legend Loretta Lynn will take the stage at 7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, at Boulder Station’s Railhead. Tickets are $32.50, $42.50, $52.50 and $62.50 (plus tax).

   Lynn has been at the forefront of country music for nearly 40 years and counting. The Grammy-winning artist recently released her first solo album of original material in more than a decade, Still Country!

   Her hits date back to 1960, when the singer released Honky Tonk Girl, which became the first of many. As one of her genre’s most celebrated writers, she has penned classics including, “You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man,” “Don’t Come Home a-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” and “The Pill,” a controversial song hailed by many as a country feminist anthem; and the autobiographical “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

   Her best-selling book written with George Vecsey, also entitled Coal Miner’s Daughter, was made into a movie, giving Lynn the distinction of being the first country singer with an Oscar-winning autobiographical movie.

   Lynn has received more awards than any other woman in country music, including 11 from the Academy of Country Music and nine from the Country Music Association. The first female to win CMA’s “Entertainer of the Year” award, she was also honored with the association’s prestigious “Pioneer Award” in 1995 and its “Artist of the Decade” award for the 1970s. In 1985, she was named a “Living Legend” by both American Music Awards and Music City News.

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones electrify stage

   Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall is proud to present a true master of music and electrifying sound to its stage, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. With musical styles ranging from bluegrass to jazz, and with popular album hits like Left of Cool, the band will take center stage in Sam’s Town Live! on Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m.

   Since 1989, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones have become a commercially successful, critically acclaimed, and award-winning band. Fleck won two Grammy awards at this year’s ceremony: one for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and another for Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Leaving Cottondale” with Alison Brown.

   Recently, the innovative bandleader inked a major deal with Sony Music that will result in five recordings for the label: two albums for Sony Classical and three albums for Columbia Records; a solo outing for the jazz division of the imprint and two releases by his celebrated category-defying band the Flecktones.

   The band’s new CD Outbound reflects who the Flecktones are: founding members Victor Wooten on bass, Future Man on percussion/vocals, and Synth-Axe Drumitar (Fleck’s hybrid guitar/synth/drum/machine invention), and virtuoso saxophonist Jeff Coffin.

   Tickets are $22.50.

Johnny Fortuno plays Ricky Martin in ‘Legends’

   After shaking his hips as the King of Rock N’ Roll, Elvis Presley in the Legends In Concert show in Hawaii, Johnny Fortuno has changed gears, now performing at the Imperial Palace as Latin heart throb Ricky Martin.

   Born and raised in Hawaii, Fortuno grew up watching Hawaii’s world-famous crooner Don Ho. At age 17, Fortuno attended one of his shows and was introduced to the singer. Backstage, Ho asked him to sing a little, then immediately asked him to become a part of his show.

   In 1992, Fortuno auditioned for Legends In Concert in Hawaii, and became the closing act — Elvis Presley — for the next six years. Eventually, he returned to his own shows, performing The Johnny Fortuno Show in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Florida, China, Japan, Korea and Hawaii.

   Today, Fortuno has returned to Legends In Concert, but has a different look. Performing twice nightly as one of the newest Legends in the music business, Ricky Martin. Fortuno shakes his hips, once again, through the hits “She Bangs,” “Shake Your Bon Bon,” “Nobody Wants to be Lonely” and “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”

   Joining Fortuno on the Imperial Theatre stage is Steve McCoy as Tom Jones, Suzanne Goulet as Liza Minelli, Melissa Totten performing Madonna, TRIBUTE as The Temptations and Elvis Presley played by Graham Patrick.