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Elton John returns to Colosseum

Mar 23, 2004 12:01 AM

Due to popular demand, Elton John returns to Caesars Palace for an extended engagement. The superstar plays through April 4.

The pool to be used by the Cirque show at the new Wynn resort is nearing completion, which means that Steve Wynn will be shedding his suit for a flack jacket to begin war on Bellagio and raiding of the "O" diving crew that he brought on board when he owned the hotel.

"The divers can’t lose," an insider told The Full Monti. "They’re the experts, the only ones in town that understand the underwater mechanisms. Whether they stay or go, they’ll end up with more money in their pockets."

I’m told that the divers at Bellagio, despite the job risks, do not receive hazard pay while others on the "O" crew do. "Steve Wynn is willing to pay the extra money to get the best guys”¦ not only the divers, but the entire crew," says my source. Ladies and gentleman, this is just round one of another exciting few months in the greatest city on the planet. It’s your turn, MGM Mirage!

A must see for all my publicity friends, communication students and fellow journalists is Ben Affleck’s latest, "Jersey Girl," which hits theaters Friday. It’ll hit home as what the trailers don’t indicate is that Affleck’s character is a public relations whiz who burns his buns!

Being an epicurean expert, I certainly agree with the 2004 James Beard Foundation Awards nominations of chef/owner Bradley Ogden for best new restaurant and Luciano Pellegrini (Valentino at The Venetian) for best chef southwest. The pair will find out if they are the winners at the 14th annual ceremonies in New York on May 10.

Though it’s not my cup of tea, Kid Rock’s Mandalay Bay Events Center concert on April 17 is priced at a fair $30 to $65. Congratulations fellow Rock for not trying to rip off your fans.

Despite more than 1,000 Hawaiian visitors becoming ill after recent visits to the California Hotel downtown, Hawaii’s top radio team of Perry and Price will broadcast live back to The Islands from the California on April 3. Hotel honchos have said that the California will be cleaned from stem to stern before they arrive.

"Las Vegas" star James Caan tells New York Post scribe Cindy Adams that he "didn’t have much to learn when it comes to Vegas. I already knew everything. Hey, boy, have I been there. Boy, do I know lots about gambling and casinos. The part I didn’t know much about is TV. But I caught on fast. Now what I’m doing mostly is, just fooling with babes who have boobs."

When Caan’s wife appeared on the scene, he quickly added, "I’m talking only about the TV show, understand."

The exclusive Boulder City Cascata Golf Course will again be the site of Michael Douglas’ benefit tournament for the Motion Picture and Television Fund on May 2. Invitees include Sly Stallone, Andy Garcia, Clint Eastwood, Haley Joel Osment, James Woods and Joe Pesci, among others.

Steve Wyrick’s unique "on-the-street" close-up magic has helped the Aladdin magician shed a few excess pounds. The two-minute plus dash to the front of the hotel, plus the return, has lead to a 10-pound weight loss.

The Supremes, with original member Mary Wilson, perform at the Silverton on Saturday, April 3, for the bargain price of $14.99.

"American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Clay Aiken headline the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday night.

Robin Leach has taped the introduction for "Stuttering" John Melendez when he makes his debut Monday night as announcer for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Leach bonded with Melendez when they were on the ABC reality show, "I’m a Celebrity ”” Get Me Out of Here."

I’m wondering how upset Siegfried & Roy’s manager Bernie Yuman would be if he knew that he was called their "publicist" on the Entertainment Tonight web site?

The next time Bill Medley celebrates the music of the Righteous Brothers ”” a tribute to his departed partner Bobby Hatfield ”” at the Orleans, don’t miss it. It’s an outstanding evening of sensational music loaded with feeling and inspiration. It’s obvious that Medley misses his long-time partner, whom he has called his "soul mate," but it’s not said in a mundane fashion but through their great songs. By the way, I performed on the same bill with Bill and Bobby way back when at a Hollywood club called the Red Velvet. I was doing a dog act (no comments, please) on a show that also included Timmy Yuro, Clay Walker and the Band of Gold. Bill also let it slip that he might be teaming with Connie Stevens for a future local gig.

I got a great welcome from Jason Alexander and Robert Picardo at the Borg Invasion, the new evolution of the Star Trek Experience at the Hilton.

I jumped the gun when I said that Buddy Greco and Lezlie Anders would be opening a six-week run in Palms Springs in the Folies in August. It won’t be until the end of the year.

I’m hoping my two-year reign as Las Vegas’ Most Colorful Character continues when the Las Vegas Review-Journal reveals its’ annual Best of Las Vegas Awards on Saturday at the Rio. Tickets to the afternoon soiree are still available.

New sensation Joss Stone and musical legends Deborah Harry and Cyndi Lauper will join previously announced divas Patty LaBelle and Jessica Simpson (I still don’t know how they consider her a diva) at this year’s "VH1 Divas," scheduled April 19 at the MGM Grand. The concert will air live on VH1 stating at 6 p.m. Las Vegas time.

To prove my point concerning Jessica Simpson, the Washington Post reports that Simpson found herself face to face with cabinet official Gale Norton during a recent White House tour. When Simpson was introduced to President Bush’s Secretary of the Interior, she eagerly told Norton: "You’ve done a nice job decorating the White House." Ouch!

Congratulations George Carlin on your comments about today’s indecency uproar saying it’s nothing more than "religious moralism, media commercialism and election-year politics." Carlin is an expert on the subject for his famous "Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television" that actually got him barred from the Frontier Hotel after first saying them during his act 30-plus years ago.

New York-New York comedian Rita Rudner will be given the Gracie Allen Award by the American Women in Radio and Television in New York on June 22 for "individual achievement, program host," for her syndicated talk show, "Ask Rita."

Poor Michael Jackson can’t get a break. In his memoir, "Howling at the Moon: The Odyssey of a Monstrous Music Mogul in an Age of Excess" (what a great title), CBS Records president in the 1980s Walter Yetnikoff writes that the incipient King of Pop used to whisper in his ear at awards ceremonies that "I have to tinkle. Can you take me to the potty?"