Country music superstar Garth Brooks has completed his stay at the Wynn. Not to worry – Shania Twain is coming to town for her new residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. There will be a welcoming event on the Strip set for this Wednesday prior to her December opening.
Let’s hope this talented and beautiful lady will be as successful in her new show as she was in the past. Also, country superstars Tim McGraw and his gorgeous wife Faith Hill open at The Venetian in December. These talented performers helped country music cross over to all audiences.
• Happy Days were here again and people needed people many times over! Barbra Streisand performing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena – it doesn’t get much better than that. This time Barbra’s sister Roslyn Kind and her 45-year-old son Jason Gould were part of the show. Now 70, this diva did not disappoint.
Streisand is having her concerts filmed for an always ongoing special. Her sister has a new career thanks to Barbra and it is about time the rumors of family rivalries die.
• We’ve been talking about Hurricane Sandy’s devastation and its impact on the people along the Eastern seaboard. My brother, other family members, friends and so many people need help. Please donate to the Red Cross, which will put your money to good use helping families get back on their feet and put their lives back in order.
• At the Onyx Theater we have dueling divas. First there’s Kenny Kerr, who to me is Don Rickles in a dress. One night he does not show up for the performance, then comes in the next week with new songs and new direction. Not bad.
And let us not forget David De Alba, the Cuban chanteuse who performed a one-day only Judy Garland Tribute this past Sunday. I recommend everyone go see this striking performance of one who portrays Garland with great respect and devotion when he next appears.
• At the Riviera, The Society of Seven closed. They will find another venue because these are wonderful, spirited and talented performers who bring a great deal of panache to the stage. Talk about “too big to fail,” they are too good to remain on the sidelines. Look for them soon at a venue near you.
• Can it be true that the Boulevard Theater at the Fashion Show Mall is going to be the new home for Tommy Wind and his dream of being a major magician in this town? The week after I will be opening my new magic act (LOL) and tell myself and the audience that I will be disappearing before their very eyes. I guess we all have aspirations.
• At the Aria we now have the new Cirque show called Zarkana. Cirque. Cirque. Cirque.
• My hat goes off to my favorite magician Criss Angel, who has reworked and fine-tuned his show Believe at the Luxor. The man knows his brand and he has a good singing voice, too.
• Rumor has it that a certain show is in trouble. I was sworn to secrecy. Yes, there is still loyalty in this business.
• Donny and Marie are still performing to full houses at the Flamingo. Donnie has a new radio show and Marie has a new TV show. It only goes to prove “there’s no business like show business.”
• Brady mom, Florence Henderson did a show at Cabaret Jazz benefiting AFAN. She gave up shooting a final scene for TV’s 30 Rock final show for this concert. She began performing in Las Vegas in 1967, but gave up the live shows in order to star in The Brady Bunch one of television’s most successful sitcoms.
• As usual the showbiz family is always there to help those in need. For those seriously affected by Hurricane Sandy, Lady Gaga donated $1 million to the Red Cross and Hard Rock Hotel/AEG are conducting a “text-to-donate” campaign from now to Nov. 24.
All attendees to the Guns N Roses performances can donate $10 by texting RED CROSS to 90999. AEG and Hard Rock will match donations up to $5,000. Let’s hope other performers and casinos will follow suit.
• How about the channel changes for some of our TV favorites? CBS affiliate Channel 8 will be home to Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune next September and Dr. Phil in September, 2014. Ellen DeGeneres then moves to FOX Channel 5. Who has the next move?
• Have you spotted your bird yet for Thanksgiving? It seems hard to believe the stores have already decorated for Christmas. Talk about business schizophrenia – you have to wear several holiday hats when going to the stores as we wind down from Halloween. Where has this year gone?
• Election Day has passed and the real work begins as we try to solve the issues facing this nation. Latinos and women were a strong force in re-electing President Obama. Challenge those who were elected because they represent us. We need to see bi-partisanship. Insist upon it!
• What’s on your bucket list? Do you think you’re too old or circumstances prevent you from realizing your dreams? Well, never think it’s too late. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Have a terrific 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].