Shania Twain rocks, Celine Dion extends 5 years

Apr 2, 2013 3:00 AM

Shania Twain is back at the Colosseum and I was surprised at how enjoyable the show was. I don’t know what I expected, but she drew me in, and now I’m a fan. As for Celine, the latest out of Canada says she has been signed to an additional five years and will entertain us at the Colosseum through 2019.

Very few entertainers could consistently fill a venue such as the Colosseum on a long term basis, but this golden voice can and does do it.

Britney Spears’ negotiations are reportedly still going on and rumors have it that Caesars Entertainment is about to announce an additional big singer residency.

This week, my friend Frankie Valli, along with Bob Gaudio, received their stars in front of Paris Las Vegas on the Vegas Walk of Fame. They deserve their star, and we are all products of the great producer, Bob Crewe.

Monti Rock III and producers are getting ready for the retirement from show business, filming the ending of my movie, Monti Rock Unmasked – Thriving and still surviving.

At the D hotel, we have The Scintas opening this Wednesday with a new show and outlook that is quite extraordinary. Talked with Frankie Scinta who says they are very excited about the updated production. It is a show everyone in Vegas needs to see.

If Aretha is the Queen of Soul, her “little sister” Gladys Knight is the Empress. You will remember back in the day Gladys performed with relatives called The Pips and produced several iconic songs that are a part of America’s soundtrack.

Gladys recently performed at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm to a sold out and very appreciative audience with a soulful medley of her old hits, and new songs that showed she still has the gift. Hers is a voice that is as rich and smooth as whipped chocolate. She looked great in red lamé and her choreography was sexy. What a concert!

There’s a new show at the Boulevard Theater on the Strip called Stars in Concert. These are singers with wonderful voices, and the show elements are very entertaining. You will find Tina Turner, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Michael Jackson and the Blues Brothers are all represented. This is real entertainment and hopefully it will be around long enough for folks to find Boulevard Theater and come to see this show. You won’t be disappointed.

There are all sorts of rumors and angst coming from the Stratosphere that, frankly, I can’t comprehend. Sounds like I must break out my leopard attire for some investigative reporting. I can be the gay Mentalist!

Dinner parties and drama. It’s what your humble correspondent lives for!

My hostess Marsha Ratner, who is Brett’s mother, hosted a breakfast at the Wynn property in the Tower Suites with her young Puerto Rican husband Rene Pratts. In the mix was Miamian Margie Jacklone, whose husband Frank gave me my first break in show business at The Tenement in New York.

If that wasn’t enough, there was lunch at Joe’s Stone Crab and later dinner at Carla Pellegrino’s restaurant, Meat Balls, at Town Square – an exciting experience in true Vegas fashion.

Tony Sacca hosts the new Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show at LVH beginning with this Friday’s taping at 4 p.m. in the Shimmer Theater. Performing on the first show will be Estaban and Joy, The Phat Pack, Anthony Padilla and the Gregg Peterson Band. The show will air on Cable Vegas TV14 and the Internet this Saturday at 3 p.m.

Good clean music for our pre-teeners and young teeners can be found in the recent release of Eryn Nicole’s “Party Girl,” co-produced and written by Artie Schroeke. This is a fun, bouncy tune the kids (and grownups) can listen and dance to.

Cutbacks have forced Nellis Air Force Base to cancel its annual Aviation Nations show. This is only the start of the budget tightening tactics by the government. Many other federal programs will be canceled and/or downsized in the near future.

The Rev. Monti hopes you wore your Easter bonnet Sunday, and sincerely hopes this Easter season brings you all good health and happiness.

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

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