Kenny Loggins helps christen Sam’s Town Live!

Nov 22, 2000 10:00 AM

Whenever Kenny Loggins creates music and needs to get back in touch with his feelings, he knows exactly where to go. An advocate of a natural lifestyle, he heads for a treehouse built 50 feet above the ground in a giant monkey-pod tree on the Big Island in Hawaii.

After enduring his own Survivor ordeal to cleanse his soul, Loggins returns to civilization this Friday and Saturday as the debut artist at Sam’s Town Live!, the newest showroom on the Boulder Strip.

His most recent trek along King Kamehameha’s valley was the inspiration for his new CD, titled December, a collection of Christmas music.

Following Loggins, Boyz II Men appear at Sam’s Town Live on Sunday.

Stormy Weather ”” I notice local columnists’ "exclusive" announcement for the new Mandalay Bay show Storm will be opening soon. Sorry, but you folks must be reading my re-runs, unless GamingToday is arriving by Pony Express. The initial announcement of this excellent program, produced by a Latin superstar, was found in this column some six weeks ago (Oct. 10-16 edition) as the lead item.

Michael Gill, who is a wonderful gentleman, is working his tail off to make the show work as stage manager.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the casino from the Mandalay Bay Theatre, the House of Blues presents Los Lobos and the Villians on Dec. 9, before moving on to the West Hollywood "House" for shows on Dec. 29-30.

Planet convergence — The new hit musical revue Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus is coming back stronger than ever at the Flamingo after being dark during Comdex. A close source tells me that the week prior to the convention, the show produced its highest numbers ever and that the show is only getting better ”” but what do you expect from such a wonderful, talented cast?

Meanwhile, Flamingo folks may be back-tracking, with whispers that the Richard Martini production of Forever Plaid may not close in January. This gem of a musical at the Bugsy Theatre had been slated to leave if it didn’t convert to a four-wall situation. We’ll see.

What gut? — Too good to pass up, Mac King, who has the wonderful afternoon show at Harrah’s, informed me that he has signed for three more years.

Talking about Harrah’s, its topless show Skintight is picking up steam. While many similar shows are suffering, this one is doing spectacular business.

See, we, the public, are smarter than they think ”” we don’t want to see trash.

Fortunately, other properties are taking the clue.

At Luxor, the Anita Mann show Midnight Fantasy is retooling and reworking itself to make it more spectacular and sexy. Meanwhile, the Luxor’s innovative show Blue Man Group is doing a brisk business.

Other craziness ”” Todd Doogle, entertainment director at MGM Grand, informed me that the Crazy Horse show from Paris "may be coming soon" to the Cabaret Theatre. He couldn’t say yes, he couldn’t say no ”” I can say "yes!"

After closing at the MGM Grand, Rita Rudner will return in February following her record-breaking run. She called the office the other day and thanked our staffers.

This ”˜n data ”” David Brenner has apparently signed to star at the Golden Nugget. . .

David Cassidy is not closing at The Rio (the buyout clause is way too high, possibly EIGHT figures!), despite the future departure of Sheena Easton, who plans to resume her recording career. . .

The Billboard Music Awards 2000 lands at the MGM Grand on Dec. 5. . . Bobby Brown, following his Aladdin show with wife Whitney Houston, dropped a few thousand when shopping at Desert Passage at the Billy Martin Clothing Store. . .

From London, Jeff Kutash called to inform me that his new show will be ready come March or April. It’s not the same show that is close to signing at Paris-Las Vegas, which will be an elegant, Paris-inspired topless show. . .

Size matters ”” The sad news at The Venetian is that Sheldon Adelson declined placing a restaurant or lounge at the top of the Bell Tower. It would have been a nice spot to overlook the gondoliers.

Auld Lang Syne ”” For New Year’s Eve, most major Vegas properties will be focusing on high-roller parties and big events. Since these high-rollers do most of the gambling, it only stands to reason they’ll want top-name entertainment.

For those of you still making plans, here is Monti’s countdown on what to choose from:

- Goo Goo Dolls, House of Blues, Mandalay Bay.

- Kool and the Gang and Time, Fremont Street Experience.

- KC and the Sunshine Band, Las Vegas Hilton (still tentative).

- Van Morrison, Hard Rock Hotel-Casino.

- The Gap Band, The Bellagio.

- Wayne Newton, Stardust.

- Mary Wilson & The Supremes, The Riviera, where, at the stroke of midnight, Mary will smack Diana Ross and tell her to grow up and get a life.

The Venetian Hotel’s C2K promises a big star line-up, plus, Melinda, and Andre Philippe.