Cheap ‘Trick’ our treat

Jun 16, 2009 5:03 PM
The Full Monti by Monti Rock III |

I attended the press conference and luncheon given by The Hilton to announce the arrival of Sgt. Pepper Live featuring legendary rock and roll artists Cheap Trick.

The show, produced by Bill Edwards, features a full symphony orchestra and many guest singers. Cheap Trick is probably the only band able to inject American Rock to the music of The Beatles in a live performance. The limited engagement begins Sept. 13, with tickets having gone on sale last Saturday.

Cheap Trick formed in the 1970s and created a substantial fan base through its own brand of power pop music. Their biggest hits include "Surrender," "I Want You to Want Me," "Dream Police" and "The Flame." The band is most popular in Japan, where they have remained popular superstars since their first album. Cheap Trick was ranked No. 25 in VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists Of Hard Rock.

Sgt. Pepper Live brings back memories of one of my greatest moments as I recall filming the final scene of the 1976 movie of the same name which starred Peter Frampton. But even more heartwarming for me was when three members of Cheap Trick remembered me from NYC and my days at Trudy Heller’s fabulous Greenwich Village club.

By the way The Hilton is still negotiating with Barry Manilow to extend his contract for a couple of years. Also, "Mystere" extended its contract for another five years! It’s still the first and best Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas.

CineVegas is only one example if you’re into star search. Both on screen and off you’ll find actors and entertainers of all levels. Two years ago one of my own films was presented at CineVegas and I was thrilled to be part of the annual affair. For some reason many of the stars associated with the films were no shows.

Palin vs. Letterman may very well be the latest in a title bout. It did seem as if television’s long time late night host stepped over the line when joking about the Palin family. Probably most would agree Palin can defend herself as well as her family. And now it’s Gene Simmons vs. Carlos Santana. Neither of them should resort this ‘low’ as Santana is a huge success at The Hard Rock and Gene still has his TV reality show.

Bette Midler’s 100th performance at the Colosseum was an absolute delight. It was quite the celebration and as usual Bette didn’t disappoint. She works furiously hard singing and joking better than ever. My thanks go out to Caesars Palace for providing such beautiful accommodations in the new Augustus Tower where the view of the Strip was spectacular. And they treated me like a star!

Charo’s fans are looking forward to her opening at the Sahara in a couple of weeks. We’ve been friends over the years and I am a true fan. Charo says she’s opening at the Sahara with a new attitude, full band and fabulous flamenco which should be something special.

Many fans aren’t aware but as a young girl Charo studied under the great Segovia in Spain. There must be a way to market this remarkable lady here in Las Vegas. Maybe it has to do with ticket brokers or something.

"Lord of the Dance" will be at the Steve Wyrick Theater at Planet Hollywood as I announced last week. This is a limited engagement and producer Bob Cayne is taking a big risk, but then haven’t we all. Landlord Steve Wyrick hasn’t had the best reputation when it comes to shows for his theater. The tenant list includes Wes Winters, Trent Carlini, Bubble Man and Puppet Man. In the meantime Steve Wyrick the performer keeps his own show open.

The International Rock Star Academy (1631 East Sunset Road) seems to be getting off to a good start. The Academy has already produced two young performers recently acknowledged for their singing abilities and may soon head to a reality television show. The Academy is SAG affiliated and has special offers for their students this summer. Call (702) 373-3702 for a free evaluation.

The latest from the coroner in Thailand is that the death of David Carradine could not have been a suicide. I first met David and brother Keith Carradine many years ago in Hollywood. That was before all of those wives and 20 or so kids. That’s quite a legacy. The family is insisting there be a full investigation as to what really transpired.

Las Vegas is still struggling with the loss of Danny Gans. The latest report states it was an accidental death brought about by a reaction to a prescription pain killer. However, there are no recent prescriptions. Was the medication outdated or did he take an incorrect dosage?

In any case, our hearts continue to go out to the family

The M Resort is offering poolside concerts this summer, which might be a nice way to spend a warm evening in the desert. In case you’re interested, some of the hotel pools are open to locals.

Human Nature, the boys from down under, just opened at the Imperial Palace in their Motown tribute where Ben Vereen was spotted in the audience. It’s good to see Ben out and about.

"Defending the Caveman’s" third anniversary has Kevin Burke working shows daily at 4 pm and 7 pm at The Excalibur. Kevin also has his nightime stand-up comedy act at Fitzgeralds.

A charity affair on June 20 will have the Metro Police competing with the Henderson Firefighters in a burrito eating contest to benefit both the LV Police and Henderson Firefighters. Also there will be a benefit performance by The Jersey Boys for Nevada Public Radio on June 26. These are both worthy causes.

Celebrity impersonator Trina Johnson-Finn is finally back home after being acquitted on charges of defrauding a Suriname audience. Innocent or guilty, an American in a foreign prison is no fun, to say the least, especially for a female. If it is any consolation, she is now known all over the world and will undoubtably be working for a long time.

Just in: Cher’s daughter to become Cher’s son. Yes Chastity Bono, daughter of the late Sonny Bono, is set to have sex-change surgery in the very near future. Details to follow as they come in.