A Big Hunk o' Love due for 'Elvolution'

Mar 3, 2009 5:05 PM
The Full Monti by Monti Rock III |

What would Las Vegas be without an Elvis show? But, let me tell you, the one Trent Carlini is putting on at Planet Hollywood is pure "Burning Love."

"Elvolution" features Carlini doing eight separate stage acts, elaborate costume changes and 20 Elvis hits.

The show highlights the Army years, the 1968 comeback and the Las Vegas era of the 1970s. Don’t miss the opening March 9 at the Steve Wyrick Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet.

One of the great features of Las Vegas entertainment is that new and creative shows are most of the time embraced without reservation. One such production is at the Las Vegas Hilton. Some say it’s a freaky circus, others a rock concert, I say it’s an experience unlike anything before.

"Platinum Masters’ Monster" features musicians formerly with Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Kiss and others. Starting March 19 the feature will be Dee Snider from Twisted Sister. If you’re a fan of real rock ‘n roll this is one for you. Performances are weekends only in the Barry Manilow Theater at The Hilton after Barry’s show.

The Hilton will continue to star Manilow, who just kicked off his fifth year at the resort. Manilow fans are raving about the great seating arrangement being offered by the Hilton for his show. It’s almost like he’s singing just for you. It’s an intimate affair.

Monster, Manilow is what I like talking about. To all GamingToday readers, no more of that doom and gloom stuff in this column. It’s time to show gratitude and acknowledge those things that have been good in the past.

"Viva Las Vegas!"

This town is full of American history. It created the wide open gambling and entertainment mecca the world was seeking. Millionaires were created out of cowboys and entertainment icons out of lounge acts. No dream was too small or too large for this desert community.

Part of the recent history for Las Vegas was created by Dick Feeney producer of "Viva Las Vegas" and "The Rat Pack is Back." The "Pack" is currently at the Plaza Hotel & Casino downtown and together with Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley pulled off a surprise 84th birthday party for her dad, George Levine.

George earned his place in Las Vegas history as the top Maitre d’ at the Sands Hotel & Casino when Frank Sinatra and the rest of the original Pack were regulars. Bet he’s got some great stories.

The "PeepShow" at Planet Hollywood is scheduled to open March 30 and will star Mel B as emcee and feature Kelly Monaco. "Peep Show" is the creation of Jerry Mitchell who is a Tony Award winning director and choreographer. This is an adult production with sexy, sexy, sexy dancers and humor.

Sounds like earlier Las Vegas shows, don’t you think?

Of course one of my favorite features now is ND’s "Fuego - The Evolution of Nightlife" now at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino. The Rio is being billed as the premier nightlife destination in Vegas and on March 7 will kick off a series of concerts to benefit Jose Jose and family.

All those Latin music lovers recognize Jose Jose as one of the all time greats from Mexico. Some of the biggest names in Latin music are scheduled for this special concert.

As I mentioned last week, Hugh Jackman was spectacular as host of the Academy Awards.

My favorite for Best Actor was Mickey Rourke but the statue was given to Sean Penn for his great performance in "Milk". Sean’s speech was eloquent and heartfelt.

My highlight was when the cameras continued to search out Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who were staring at Jennifer Aniston on stage. Angelina and Brad carried themselves like royalty. When Tina Fey and Steve Martin came on stage it was the best. Everyone appreciates humor, maybe that’s why rumor has it the Academy has already called Billy Crystal.

Rumors keep flying around about Lance Burton. Earlier it was reported he was moving to the Wynn and the latest says he may go to the Tropicana. Speaking of the Trop, when Folies leaves maybe Dirk Arthur will add a few more to his show and fill the showroom.

Jaki Baskow produced a star-studded "Old Hollywood-Meets Las Vegas" party at the new Eleven Spas Vegas in Town Square. Ken Paves, one of the "in" hair stylists, has opened a salon there and was one of the hosts.

It was quite an evening at this beautiful new spa with everything to pamper its clients. The Oscar presentation was seen on several over-sized flat screens TV’s located throughout the salon.

Comic Bobby Slayton, who just completed a successful two-year run at Hooters, already has a new venue (to be announced shortly). We need people like Bobby to keep our spirits up.

Oh! Oh! Can it be? Criss Angel has just confirmed his girlfriend Holly Madison has moved back home. Holly was a protege of Hugh Hefner’s or maybe it was a playmate… not sure.

Anyway, poor Criss. This probably doesn’t help his state of mind especially after so many dismal reviews of his latest show "Believe" at the Luxor. Hopefully it’s just a small setback.

Liz Smith, the longtime columnist for the New York Post was just fired by Rupert Murdock. What’s that about? If Liz was fired, I’d better be careful.

Don’t forget about "Ignite," the new show at the Greek Isles opening March 13. It is a fire show that will set the stage ablaze.

Next week I’ll be on the radio with "Monti Minute" discussing food, fashion and gossip. Time and station will be in next week’s column.