Legends in Concert celebrates 30th Anniversary

May 14, 2013 3:00 AM

One of the legendary shows in Las Vegas, Legends in Concert, celebrated its 30th anniversary with a fabulous reception, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and a wonderful performance of the show, featuring tribute artists for Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley, Britney Spears and Michael Jackson.

It was a spectacular reception and the Flamingo Hotel PR/marketing department deserves some really outstanding kudos for having new and interesting lovely faces (am I talking about me again?!) at the pool party.

Of course, there were some other new faces on older people. Imagine 30 years old, still kicking high and offering a family-friendly show that will be with us for a long time to come.

Reflecting back on Monti Rock: Disco Tex and the Sexolettes. Yours truly was pitched for seven minutes to John Stuart and the late Michael Zalk, but they couldn’t see the value of this act. Me?!

They looked at us because my partner and I were moving to Vegas and this would have been a fabulous act for them to consider. But they looked at me and my agents like we had nine heads each.

The same thing happened with The Rolling Stones. I was once their opening act along with Patti LaBelle and the Blue Bells. Mick Jagger was always a gentleman to the Rock. Heck, I could have been Monti Stone of the Rolling Stones.

Or, perhaps Monti Rock of the Rolling Rocks. Oh well, that was not to be.

AEG is now in court with a billion-dollar lawsuit in the wrongful death of Michael Jackson. On a side note, AEG is not going down quietly. Jackson’s drug problems and personal life should not be out there for the world to consume.

There’s a feeding frenzy and this just isn’t right. The family has made millions off Michael, even after his death. They all need to let him rest in peace. LaToya got a career out of it – give me a break! Janet Jackson married a billionaire and is in semi-retirement.

Even so, we are all waiting with baited breath for the coming of the Michael Jackson Cirque Show at Mandalay Bay. Tickets are now on sale. This will be big!

It’s amazing how the entertainment business is consumed with the death of legends. Case in point – this is a back story on the demise of Kenny Kerr. His landlord threw all of his things into the street. Shame on you!! Let him rest in peace.

Where were Kenny’s friends when he needed them? This is a tragic story. That’s why I am having my own “memorial” service May 28. This will be a very private viewing of the body and career of Monti Rock III. May he rest in peace and go on to become the Empress of Gossip for the Valley. I may wear a headpiece.

We also lost TV soap opera icon, Jeanne Cooper, the mother of actor Corbin Bernson. She played the same character on The Young and The Restless for nearly 40 years and made headlines with her 1984 facelift procedure on live television.

Jeanne took the subject of facelifts out of the closet. Our prayers and good wishes go out to her family and friends. We will all miss this award-winning actress.

I was also saddened with the passing of my friend Richie Havens. A man of color doing folk songs was unheard of back in the day. He came into prominence at Woodstock and was a staple on the music scene for all the years since. We will miss him.

Is Lindsay Lohan in rehab or jail? The poor girl needs help. A lot of people, institutions and programs have made a lot of money off her recoveries and they should be ashamed of themselves. Evidently there is a bevy of truths that lots of folks aren’t facing. Yet, she is still a darling of the talk shows.

Still nothing confirmed or denied that former Supremes star Mary Wilson is going to headline at The Venetian on the Human Nature dark nights. This is a brilliant idea that might just be the way to keep their show well-oiled. It’s the same way I covered several of the Bee Gee’s songs, and in order to do a guest shot on their show since I was one of the stars of Saturday Night Fever.

There is no doubt Motown is the current flavor of the month with its big show premiering on Broadway. There isn’t much Berry Gordy touches that doesn’t turn to gold.

In New York, the Tony nominations came in and we have to give it to Cyndi Lauper and her show Kinky Boots. She was in the wrestling business a few years ago – we all make bad career choices – but Kinky Boots has been nominated for more Tony Awards than any other show. Cyndi’s score is a coupe for this great singer. Her reality show, on the other hand, is brutal.

What’s all this about Criss Angel and Jan Rouven? It seems Rouven claims to have invented the Table of Death illusion for German TV and it has been alleged Criss is using it for a television event to be staged on Fremont Street. Something sounds strange in that Criss was given approval by its original creator, Clive Barton.

The Isley Brothers were at Buffalo Bill’s at Primm. What a show! Those songs are part of the soundtrack of our lives. They still have great voices and those guitar licks are legendary.

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

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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