Warhol’s retro chic art at Bellagio

Feb 11, 2003 6:04 AM

Remember, I come from the 70s where another old friend, Andy Warhol, once said everybody would have his or her 15 minutes of fame. Well, I’ve had almost 20 minutes, and I’m counting the seconds!

Warhol used to carry a small camera and follow me around town in New York. I used to scream because I didn’t want to be an underground star. I wanted to be above ground, like, on top. By the way, Warhol’s celebrity portraits are showing at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts. The exhibition has Liza Minelli doing an audio guide. Liza is another old friend who’s been seen around town the last two weeks. Can you imagine what a celebration it might be, a great party for all those who have survived rehab!

When I heard the news about super record producer Phil Spector, though he does admit that he might be a bit insane, was arrested for murder, I was shocked. Phil is an old friend and a recluse who can afford his $1 million after his arrest in Los Angeles. He hasn’t been indicted yet, but murder is a serious accusation.

Could he have actually pulled the trigger? I called his former wife, Ronnie Spector, of the Ronettes. Remember, she sang "Be My Baby."

Michael, Michael, Michael. Jacko, oh, wacko! I wouldn’t be a fine columnist if I didn’t comment on his escapades. Michael, who can’t or doesn’t want to escape the media, is taking them along on his heavy-spending Las Vegas shopping sprees”¦I wonder why he didn’t invite me as I adore shopping, especially when someone else is picking up the tab. Ironically, wherever he shops ”” usually with his children and always with his body guards ”” he loves to spend money. What I don’t understand, as a man who loves Las Vegas, I can’t imagine where you shop and spend that kind of money he’s has been reported spending?

Lets head to the bar. Last week I finished shooting my reality show, two pilots. Look out Anna Nicole and Osbournes.

The sexiest most divine producer I know, Bob Ferreri, is here building a recording studio. A lot of Los Angeles and New York influence seems to be finding Las Vegas, creative influence powers coming to the Third Coast.

What is happening to the Âí­Sevilla supper club at the Desert Passage in the Aladdin? Tito Puente, Jr. has been providing the Latin sound during Charo’s absence, but when I dropped in the other evening I was astonished. As I’ve said, I call the Desert Passage the deserted passage. I pray that Sevilla won’t follow in the footsteps of the Bluenote, which abruptly closed. We hope Charo’s return can light up the Passage. We wish her well, but it remains to be seen.

We’re all waiting for the opening of Celine’s New Day at Caesars Palace. With 4,000 seats a night to fill she may be the one to do it. And then we have Mama Mia at the Mandalay Bay. A three-hour show with an intermission. A different culture. I believe we’re ready for theater but can we support the shows? Remember we have "O" at the Bellagio, which has been a spectacular hit.

There’s a brand new show at the Golden Nugget. It’s David Strassman in Dummy. I’ve got to see this. I’ve got to experience it. Dummy is replacing the wonderful Amazing Johnathan who has just opened at the Flamingo. And don’t forget we have Ronn Lucas at the Rio. Maybe puppets are the new wave. Then there’s the undiscovered Justin Tranz at O’Shea’s. I went back to see him and he has a great show. He deserves a bigger room.

The wonderful Rita Ruder’s television show debuted this week. Rita’s show at New York-New York created rave reviews for her.

We’re all wishing a speedy recovery to Englebert Humperdinck.