We keep hearing about Britney Spears and her two-year, 50-performance contract to appear at Planet Hollywood. She will reportedly be paid over $300,000 per show, making her one of the highest paid performers on the Strip.
Let’s hope she can handle that kind of pressure. There was a massive welcome to Las Vegas event held in the desert near Jean and she arrived to greet these fans in a helicopter (as seen on GMA) that reportedly made her queasy for a little while. This made her cut short that portion of her interview with GMA’s Sam Champion.
The next residency in town will reportedly be Bruno Mars at The Cosmopolitan. He will probably do about 15 shows at a time.
Bruno is definitely one of the best of the younger entertainers. He is slated to perform during halftime of this year’s Super Bowl at the Meadowlands just outside New York City.
Floyd Mayweather keeps on going like the Eveready battery.
Mayweather is again the undisputed champion. Mexican heartthrob Saul Alvarez put up a good fight but could not stop our Floyd. It was a star-studded affair at the MGM that included many in the entertainment field, but standouts were Don Cheadle, Jack Nicholson, Jay-Z, Heidi Klum, Marc Anthony, Liam Hemsworth (ex boyfriend of Miley Cyrus) and Justin Bieber, the new “ghetto boy.”
These fights bring a lot of revenue to Las Vegas hotels, casinos and restaurants. Bottom line, is it a sport or show business?
Back in the day when it was primarily a sport, one of the classiest boxers was Ken Norton, who died last week of heart failure at age 70. In one of his three bouts with Muhammad Ali, he broke Ali’s jaw. We need more prize fighters like Norton to bring the class back to the ring. RIP, Ken.
I went to see Bob Anderson and returned to see the Sunday matinee. Bob was in great form, as usual, accompanied by Vince Falcone. He drew a star-studded audience with Marty Allen, Steve Rossi, Rich Little, Clint Holmes, Lorraine Hunt and Dennis Bono along with, of course, yours truly.
Falcone will be conducting for the Pia Zadora show at her own room in Piero’s restaurant. Pia, who has done movies, TV and clubs, is a show business phenomenon, having recently gone through some turbulent times. In this new venue she will reportedly mingle with the guests as well as sing mostly standards. Sounds interesting to say the least.
Jeff Beacher and his “Beacher’s Madhouse” are set to reopen in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand on New Year’s Eve in the former Crazy Horse Paris venue. Jeff has a tremendous celebrity following and his shows are, let us say, different. Welcome back, Jeff!
On the restaurant scene we have Gordon Ramsay coming to the Strip, Terry Simon offering affordable gourmet burgers and Carla Pellegrino bringing her Meatballs restaurant to Planet Hollywood. Restaurants specializing in meatballs (the current fad) are popping up from coast to coast.
David de Alba will be at the Onyx Theater again on Nov 24. Tickets for his Judy Garland show are now available at the Onyx box office (702-732-7225). Front seats go fast so purchase your tickets now.
I mentioned earlier about Marty Allen, who is an amazing 91 and still going strong. He and costar Karon Kate Blackwell are set to appear at the Plaza Hotel from Oct. 24-26 at 7 p.m. We all know Marty from the “Ed Sullivan Show” and many other TV performances, especially as a regular on “Hollywood Squares.”
Brad Garrett appeared at his club at MGM last week and again had the audience in hysterics. Brad is very much involved with the Nathan Adelson Hospice and is a staunch advocate of euthanasia. He will be in a poker tournament in October to benefit the hospice. Kudos to you, Brad.
Last week I was scolded and told I don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to magic. Houdini, David Copperfield, Penn and Teller, and Criss Angel, all great illusionists are also great showmen who know how to promote and market themselves.
Siegfried and Roy were perfect examples of talented illusionists who really knew how to market their brand. Tommy Wind, the new boy on the block, is another who knows how to promote. He will be opening soon in his own venue at the Tommy Wind Theater. Mike Michaels, producer of my film, is one of the great talents who creates many of the props for these performers.
And people are always asking me why I like Melinda, First Lady of Magic. It is because she IS the First Lady of Magic. Melinda brings a classy version of “sex” along with her magic. All in all, there’s no business like a magician business. Ask Johnny Thompson, who has been a consultant to many of today’s top illusionists.
There is a project in the works about Tiny Tim – remember him? Tim was a tragic figure who made it by being an oddity on TV. Somehow he always appeared wherever I was, and even got in the way of my signing a recording contract by his getting signed instead with his “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” I still retained a strong working relationship with Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin and am still here.
The Monti Rock Workshop performances continue at Chinita’s Mexican Bar and Grill on West Sahara and Fort Apache. Come and see yours truly working on his new show this Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information call Chinita’s at 702-463-1000.
The Rev. Monti wishes everyone only the best.
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].