Cher cancels two shows last week at Caesars Palace

Sep 30, 2008 7:00 PM
The Full Monti by Monti Rock III | Everyone was caught off guard when Cher canceled two shows last week at Caesars Palace. Not to perform at a venue which seats 4,500 every night is rare and the Caesars shows do command ticket prices leaning to the high side.

So you do the numbers.

Some friends from New York City expected to see Cher last Tuesday and were actually seated when it was announced the show was canceled due to an illness. Last Wednesday another group of friends from Miami wound up disappointed when the show was called off at 6 p.m.

In past columns I’ve written about Criss Angel, called the Mick Jagger of magic, and his flashy show "Believe" at the Luxor. Previews of the show started this week and from all reports it sounds like all is well and smooth riding from here. The actual opening for the show is scheduled for Halloween night.

I had to catch "America’s Got Talent" on television for the finals. The winner, chosen by the number of votes from phone and Internet voting, receives $1 million and a chance to headline in Las Vegas. Remember last year’s winner Terry Fator made his Vegas debut at the Hilton. The finalists will appear at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.

Maybe it’s the time of year or just the quality of the current television shows, but this year’s Emmy Award ceremony drew fewer viewers than last year. What a bore! The highlight of the show, of course, was Vegas favorite Don Rickles.

With every other show being some kind of reality theme, it’s hard to find a good drama or even a comedy with the exception of one of my favorites "Mad Men"– which by the way won an Emmy. It seemed the latest concept of using six co-hosts, each one talented, was a big mistake. Where is Billy Crystal when your really need him?

Last Thursday I attended the press opening for Donny and Marie Osmond at the Flamingo. One of the best parts of the evening was finding out that some of the media had been "dis-invited." Ha, ha, ha!

We saw the official opening last Thursday and the show is nothing short of fabulous. Both Donny and Marie were first class, all the way, Donny looking the same and Marie is better than ever. They are what performers should be. They sing, dance and have great comedic timing. It’s hard to believe that so much time has elapsed since they first wowed the TV audience so many years ago.

Word is the second show for Jersey Boys at the Venetian is a little slow. This wouldn’t be the first big show to do a cutback.

 And, another media event was held at the Hilton on Friday for Barry Manilow. His newly revamped show had opened this past Friday, concentrating on his own music rather than music written by others. This is just another reason for his fans to come back again and again.

Among his many talents, Barry gets to bring out the teenager in his adult female fans. They scream, swoon and some even cry. All in all, it’s a very well produced and entertaining show.

Returning to Caesars Palace for a fourth year is Comedy Festival, slated for Nov. 20-22. Among those slated to appear are: Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Dane Cook, Kat Williams and Tracy Morgan. Tracy will be hosting a celebrity roast for Cheech and Chong. Keep them coming. We need all the laughter we can get in these troubled times.

This coming Sunday, yours truly is being honored at the Meatball Awards held in the Plaza Hotel downtown. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend since I’m hosting my own TV show with the Kiki Posner Sweet 16 affair.

Dominick Dunne has been in town covering the O.J. trial, or should I say, show. Unfortunately Dominick experienced health problems on two separate occasions this week so he had to miss part of the action – or rather the non-action.

This is supposed to be Dominick’s last trial before heading to retirement. His TV shows probably will stay in re-run for a while.

I’m not big on politics nor am I a political columnist but I’ve been watching former President Clinton. He’s a great politician and diplomat for the Democratic party. Clinton is a fan of John McCain, though he’s still a Democrat.

We’ve been hearing about "Raw Talent," the new Bernie Yuman show at the Sahara. However there is no other information at this time. What’s going on, guys?

From the rumor mill comes word of a major property, and I do mean major, about to be sold. This is big news because the owners have been trying to unload it for years.

"Minus 5" is about to begin doing weddings in their ice chapel, complete with stained ice windows.

The very hot Reverend Monti will be glad to perform his "Million Dollar Wedding" magic for you. I’ve got three set for this week.