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Monti leaves Atlantic City rockin'

Nov 4, 2008 5:05 PM


Saturday night at Taj Majal in Atlantic City your columnist, Monti Rock III, performed to a sold out crowd as part of the featured show "Disco Ball."

I revisited Disco Tex and his Sex-O-Lettes. Vito Bruno, my producer, put together 10 dancers, a big band, and young Sex-O-Lettes. It was a triumph!

Thanks to the Trump organization all of the performers enjoyed first class accommodations and top of the line amenities. It’s good to be Disco Tex again.

A little side note regarding my appearance at Taj Majal’s arena. I have to give it to Bette Midler for her shows night after night at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. I walked (make that pranced) up and down the stage for little more than four minutes. Still, I could hardly catch my breath. How does Bette do it night after night? My hat’s off to her.

With the sellout of around 5,000, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised to find the casinos in Atlantic City filled and with a lot of action. It was perfect for promoting my CDs and T-shirts. All this made me quite aware of star power. But what do I know? I’m just a journalist.

Following the successful outing in Atlantic City, I headed to New York City to visit longtime friends and shop, shop, shop. Not sure what I enjoyed more, the shopping or my friends. Of course, it was my friends. When I say longtime friends, I really do mean it. Many were with me at the very start of my many careers.

While in New York City, Criss Angel’s show "Believe" at the Luxor celebrated the grand opening with a gala party. So far, the reviews have been shall we say mixed. I’ll do my own review sometime in November and still hold to the idea that everyone deserves a chance to prove themselves. Right now Criss deserves a shot.

One wrong click on the e-mail send key sparked a misunderstanding about my invitation to the opening. Now, all is well again. I guess the best way to generate publicity for me is to be out of town at the right (or wrong) time.

Last week I wrote about all the "Cirque" shows in town and how I thought it might be time for someone to come up with something new. In my enthusiasm to make a point I goofed. "Le Reve" at Wynn is not part of the "Cirque" scene. The powers that be must not think "Cirque" has reached its max here in Las Vegas because at this very moment a show about Elvis, a "Cirque" show, is being written.

The economy continues to struggle and that holds true for Las Vegas. The casino and hotel earnings are way down, some by more than 50 percent. There are at least two major properties for sale and many others are making big cuts.

It seems as one restaurant closes, two more open. Even though Mayor Oscar Goodman keeps trying to generate business for downtown, it could take another five or six years to see any real development.

Downtown holds a couple of exceptions. The Golden Nugget continues to be a mainstay and everyone is waiting for the arrival of Gordie Brown in February. And we can’t count out the Plaza which continues with "Viva Las Vegas" and "The Rat Pack is Back."

On the Strip, Donny and Marie Osmond are doing a brisk business at the Flamingo while Midler continues to draw the crowds to Caesars. And as mentioned in an earlier column, the word is that international sensation and adopted resident Celine Dion is waiting in the wings at the Colosseum.

Celine’s earlier show was sold out for five years. Her return would break records again, no doubt. First, though, she’s trying to have another child. Our beloved Cher is coming back to Caesars in February and will do her thing through May. Stay healthy Cher, we all love you!

I love New York City and all the shows, but some simply don’t translate well to the Las Vegas scene. I’m not sure what the answer is, but we all remember that last year saw the opening and closing of such Broadway shows as "Avenue Q," "Hairspray" and "Spamalot."

Once again there are exceptions such as "Mamma Mia" at Mandalay Bay which will be closing in January after a successful six-year run. Also "Jersey Boys" at The Palazzo seems to be surviving along with "Phantom of the Opera" at the Venetian which, incidentally, has been cut down to only one cast.

Word on the street is that "Wicked" and "Lion King" are coming to Las Vegas, making it a family-oriented scene. Didn’t they try that before and it ran out of steam?

Barry Manilow at the Hilton continues strong as well as "Menopause the Musical." Penn and Teller still sell out at the Rio and Lance Burton continues forever at the Monte Carlo.

On Halloween, did you trick or treat? Just curious.

Did I hear a collective "Yeah!" in celebration of the end of campaign ads on television? Campaign signs along our streets, dialogue and rhetoric at every turn! Families are divided, while disputes among friends can now end. May the mud slinging stop and our lives return to some semblance of normalcy.

Come to think of it, I would imagine television networks will see a tremendous drop in their advertising income with the end of almost two years of campaigning. Not to worry. With all the promises made, I’m sure all will be well with the world.

Now it’s up to all of us to hold their feet to the flame. Sweet revenge for the many months of promises. Did I hear another "Yeah!"?