The Miley Cyrus VMA awards performance was as close to hardcore porno as anything yet seen on a television show geared to a younger audience.
This was so uncalled for as neither she nor Robin Thicke really need this kind of adverse publicity. Hannah Montana, where are you when we need you?
There seemed to be less drugs and rock ‘n’ roll this year. Justin Timberlake did 15 minutes, one of the longest-ever VMA awards show performances. His ‘N Sync band reunion was a standout. This group still shows us why they were one of the most popular of its time.
Why would Lady Gaga want to look like Morticia – black wig, etc.? Her opening number and Katy Perry’s closing were fabulous, but the highlight of the evening for me was Taylor Swift with her on and off screen facial expressions. One picture is worth…
Reminder: The one and only Bob Anderson will be doing a special performance at the Italian American Club Sept. 14-15. Don’t miss this great talent. For more information and reservations please call 702-457-3866.
Tommy Wind will be back in 30 days at his own Tommy Wind Theater (formerly The Boulevard). This is a great venue, but hard to find as it is hidden on S. Las Vegas Blvd. across the street from the Monte Carlo.
Sad news for the show, “The D Word,” which was set to close in September. Though written by the same playwright, this show is no “Menopause” with star Paige O’Hara and the rest of the cast, who keep bringing in brisk business for that long-running hit. Other closings that have been set are for Peepshow and The 80’s Show.
Other sad news is that the MDA Telethon did not show any Jerry Lewis tidbits in the segment featuring great moments of past telethons. As we all know, there would never have been any such shows if it were not for Jerry. He deserves more respect for what he did all those years.
Sunday Monti Rock3 is live on stage at Ichabod’s Lounge on Flamingo and Pecos doing his workshop performance. Clint Holmes, who just came back from touring and is featured monthly at Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, is going to perform again at the Carlyle Hotel in New York. Clint said he was there to help fine tune my show. If you want to see me, the “show” is at 7 p.m. this Sunday. There is also great dining at Ichabod’s.
The movie “The Butler” is a shoo-in for major awards this year. Forest Whitaker, as usual, proves he is one of our most gifted actors. Oprah Winfrey also gives a good performance and has been seen on almost every TV talk show promoting this film.
Oprah also makes sure she’s on the cover of her magazine (thank goodness for air brushing). Director Lee Daniels is becoming another Woody Allen in that so many major stars want to be in one of his films.
Talking about Woody, his movie “Blue Jasmine,” starring the amazing Cate Blanchett along with Alec Baldwin and Bobby Cannavale, is considered to be one of his finest films. Even Andrew Dice Clay gives a notable performance.
Last week AFAN held its 27th annual Black & White Party at the Hard Rock and collected approximately $130,000 to be used for HIV/ AIDS victims in Southern Nevada. This was really a star-studded event and featured many of our local talented performers. Veronic DiCaire, with her 50 voices, was a show-stopper.
The iHeart Radio’s Music Festival features a lineup of stars such as Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars, among many more. This event is being held on Sept. 20 and 21 at the MGM Grand and is already sold out.
I had lunch with Jimmy Emerson, who will be working his magic on some new projects very soon. Leave it to Jimmy – producer, director, and performer, to come up with something special. Stay tuned.
Progress continues at SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara). This $400 million remodeling project is approximately one year away from completion. It reportedly will offer a new type of experience. They hope to attract locals as well as tourists to this luxury-boutique hotel/casino. This project will definitely bring new and much needed life to the northern end of the Strip.
With the ending of shows in Las Vegas and closings due to poor box office figures, brokers see falling ticket sales for local talent. How do the shows survive? Adam Steck, who has about six shows on the boards, seems to have found the key to survival.
How wonderful he was to Mike Tyson to arrange a one-man show and helped Mike forge a new career. This week, Tyson revealed he was still drinking, etc. He has since gone back to AA and swears he will beat this addiction once and for all. Mike, you can do it – the public will bring support as you have shown us there is a strong human side. We wish you the best.
This week’s pick is Jubilee and why it is the last of its kind for showgirls. The costumes, the variety, the sinking of the Titanic, show us again that this is one of the great spectaculars Vegas has ever seen and probably the end of an era.
Las Vegas star Tony Sacca will be hosting a weekly variety show on Fridays beginning Sept. 13 at the Railhead inside Boulder Station. Local entertainers will be featured. Tony will again be on hand for the 2013 San Gennaro Festival which runs Sept. 10-15 at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center.
As always, the Rev. Monti wishes you all a great 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].