The illustrious Mary Wilson was honored in New York City at the premiere of the Motown Show, which just opened on Broadway. I hear she and Diana Ross made up. Really?!! I’m not holding my breath.
Remember that Diana was trying to make a comeback with the real Supremes, but there was a discrepancy in the money being paid to each celebrity. It’s always about the money. The reunion show was a flop with no ticket sales and the show was cancelled. Wilson will be at the Suncoast Casino showroom on May 11 and 12, and there are rumors she may be at The Venetian two nights per week when Human Nature is dark.
Last week we saw the passing of the great and marvelous Kenny Kerr. Kenny and I go back a very long time. As a performer at Trudy Heller’s in New York City, I was kind of the outrageous gay boy next door.
Kenny would come down and sit in my Rolls Royce and we would talk about his dreams and aspirations. I was amazed that everything he wanted, he went for. Later on, the late Bill Moore would always try to help Kenny find a room, a show, a backer, you name it.
He was Don Rickles in a dress. Kenny didn’t always have it good financially. The last time I saw him was at The Onyx Theater, where he looked frail and thin but still funny.
Vinnie Favorito, the great comic at the Flamingo, was at the Zowie Bowie Roast at the Stratosphere. They had Clint Holmes sing a song about “Who is Zowie Bowie? Or whatever his name is?”
Vinnie did the job of being the best MC by really ripping everyone – being truthful, honest and funny. Vinnie holds the record for doing seven nights a week to soldout audiences. He’s a comic, stylist and hilarious. Thank you, Vinnie, I would have done the same.
Over at MGM, the new hangout, the Hakkasan, has star-studded celebrities and the jet set. Most importantly, it is a major gamble and a big investment. Then there was the Puerto Rican bombshell Jennifer Lopez being coy about returning to American Idol. News has it Mariah Carey is out and Jennifer may be back.
Jennifer has a clothing and perfume line. She’s a movie actress, recording artist and, let us not forget, she owns the young stud called Casper Smart. All this is too much for the brain. I had my own Casper. Mine was called Lester and he was less than Casper.
In international news, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones are celebrating 50 years, a tour, and not willing to retire yet. For all you Monti Rock fans, you must know I once opened for the Stones – on roller skates – singing “Ain’t He Peculiar?” Those were the days my friend.
Back to the Stones. They performed at a small Los Angeles club just prior to the start of their “50 and Counting” anniversary tour. There were tickets available for $20, a far cry from the tour ticket prices. They are true legends.
A new show coming to town is Deep Throat – the Musical. This show is being written by Artie Ripp and is the funniest show I have ever seen. Just can’t wait! It is very deep!
I hosted a media night at Excalibur for Adam Steck at the two-year anniversary show of The Australian Bee Gees. I want to thank Adam, Jean George and everyone for treating my staff, entourage and film crew with respect. It was a wonderful evening for yours truly.
AEG is in court in Los Angeles for the wrongful death of Michael Jackson because MJ was “not a drug addict.” Katherine Jackson and the children will be testifying along with Diana Ross and Quincy Jones. How about Dr. Conrad Murray, who seems to be taking all the credit? I came through an intervention $25 million poorer but alive, and now I’m a Gossip Queen. Put me on that witness list.
Singer Margo Rey, who has a four and a half octave range, has had a setback as her breast cancer has returned. You will beat this, Margo, and go on singing!
Our friend Clint Holmes is winning rave reviews for his Cabaret Jazz weekends at the Smith Center. He also wowed them with his songs at the Zowie Bowie roast. Clint is famous for his charitable work.
I don’t want to forget welcoming Elton John back to the Colosseum. As always, the Rev. Monti wishes you all a fabulous week!
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].