Good time had at iHeart Radio Music Festival inside MGM Arena

Oct 2, 2012 3:00 AM

Over at the MGM Grand Arena iHeart Radio had Pink, No Doubt, Mary J. Blige and a surprise appearance by Prince, creating a rock and roll dream team.

There were meltdowns, fabulous performances, scandalous behavior, but all in all, it was a sellout and a good time was had by all. Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong freaked out on stage, but I’ll reserve my comments. There are enough stars interested in this music festival to create a future three-day weekend and possibly use both the MGM Grand Arena and the Mandalay Events Center.

At Stratosphere, Frankie Moreno – the young flavor of the month – held a “playback party” for his new CD. He’s been signed for a couple of more years at that venue. Sadly, Stratosphere is closing the show Bite on Halloween. I talked with the producer and rumor has it Bite is moving to the Plaza.

The Emmy’s – what a long snooze. Jimmy Kimmel didn’t sizzle. A least they gave awards to such fine shows as Homeland. Now, it is all about the fashions. This show is no longer about the awards but rather a long, tiresome commercial about designers and their mediocre creations. What makes Kelly Osborne a fashion critic? Darling get a life, a career, off TV and into somebody’s classroom.

Dancing with the Stars (All Stars version) began this week and The Voice with Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera (somebody must have told her to tone that hair down), Adam Levine and Blake Shelton find the newest and hottest talent to amaze America. Half a yawn.

At American Idol Nicki Minaj is a part of the new dueling diva team featuring Mariah Carey. Paying Minaj $12 million may help her to buy better wigs. She now has a perfume and clothing line. Give me a break! When did she become a maven? Her clothes are straight out of Thrift Store heaven.

How do the producers of this show find these folks to be judges? They’ve never come looking for me and I represent 50 years of experience in the business and could be a better mentor. I wouldn’t charge them $12 million either.

My partner and I were treated to an evening of the finest in buffet dining at the new Bacchanal at Caesars Palace. This was not just a dinner, but a feast for which the Emperor Caesar himself would be proud.

Nine separate open kitchens prepare the best international dishes, some made to order, in a magnificent glass and steel dining room. The seats are comfortable, the tables are larger than most, thereby affording the diners comfort as well as great food. This is the new home for “gourmet” buffet food. It’s the best!

Bob Formica, who was always on my side trying to find me work at all of the Station Casinos, passed away this week. He worked in movies, was an actor, stage manager and, most importantly, one of the classiest show business personalities. His generosity, kindness and all around friendly spirit will be missed.

My staff went to Reno and was dropped in the middle of Street Vibrations. This is the gigantic motorcycle rally that consumes this little town. Tattoos all over the body, all the leather and many very masculine men sewing emblems on leather jackets.

The great food and the overall ambiance turned Reno into a mecca for these loud but friendly “hoggers.” My staff saw the excellent Jersey Nights at the El Dorado Hotel. They borrow from Jersey Boys, the music is the same and you get a bit of Human Nature in their presentation because one of the guys has a British accent. An entertaining show with impressive singing and choreography, this is a must see if you go to Reno.

There are still great seats available for Wicked at the Smith Center. This Broadway megahit closes this Sunday. This is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz and answers some of the lingering questions of life and love prior to Dorothy’s tumultuous appearance on the scene. The Smith Center continues to bring noteworthy performances to our town at reasonable prices and raises the cultural level here in The Valley.

Peep Show will be undergoing some major changes this month. Holly Madison, who is now pregnant, will be leaving. Reality star Coco Austin, wife of Ice-T, will take over from Dec. 3 through March 10. Coco is a trained dancer and will appear fully topless. Her reality series begins this season on Oct. 28. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

The highly touted new TV series, Vegas, premiered last week. The show, based on the life and career of former sheriff Ralph Lamb, is a winner. Dennis Quaid as Lamb and Michael Chiklis as a mob boss help bring back the feel of Old Vegas. Chiklis is outstanding as one of the strongest villains ever seen on a television series. This show should undoubtedly be beneficial to Las Vegas.

Music legend Andy Williams died last week at the age of 84 after a year long battle with bladder cancer. This beloved singer first appeared in Las Vegas in 1947 as one of The Williams Brothers and went on to be one of the most successful entertainers of his generation. His long running TV show introduced us to, among others, the Osmond Brothers.

No one can ever forget his rendition of songs like Moon River, Days of Wine and Roses, and Dear Heart. His annual television Christmas shows were always a must-see. Andy was also the first pop star to open his own theater in Branson, Mo., the center of country singer venues.

Another great entertainer and true gentleman who will surely be missed. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.

The Rev.Monti as always wishes you all a great week.

Monti Rock, who starred with John Travolta is the classic Saturday Night Fever, is a legend, performer, GamingToday entertainment columnist and marketing expert. Contact Monti at [email protected]

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