The iHeartRadio concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena was a star studded extravaganza that was completely sold out.
There were memorable moments like Miley Cyrus breaking down as she thanked the 14,000 fans, not to mention Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Tim McGraw over this 15-hour musical marathon. It was a huge hit for Las Vegas and the MGM.
The Emmys were boring except for Neil Patrick Harris and his musical numbers – one of which should have opened the show. I also liked the banter between Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. “Behind the Candelabra” was the big winner of the evening. I’m sure Liberace would have loved this.
The Emmy show as well as the preshow Red Carpet should be renamed “What are You Wearing?” The designers are becoming the stars of this event, which needs a lot of revisions. These award shows are keeping shows like “Fashion Police” so popular. However, what about the sensational Sofia Vergara in that red gown? She really knows how to show her best assets. So does Heidi Klum in her form fitting gown.
Britney Spears will begin her two year residency at Planet Hollywood in December. She has to bring something to the Strip. The pop princess is also reportedly a partner in a restaurant adjacent to the theater at PH. The marketing and publicity are great and essential to the success of this new venture.
I previously mentioned in this column that David Bowie was being discussed as the next rotating resident at the Colisseum. Bowie has the magic and showmanship to be up there with Celine, Rod Stewart, Elton and Shania Twain. Speaking of residencies, Mars (Bruno not the planet) has been signed to a semi-residence deal at the Cosmopolitan, performing Dec. 29 and 31 and then six more dates scattered throughout 2014. These are the type of entertainers we need to draw in the crowds.
I’m still getting news from Hollywood about the biographical film of Tiny Tim, who I have been compared to for years! Tiny was a sort of freak, while I was the Lady Gaga of my time. His biggest claim to fame was his on-TV wedding to Miss Vicki. As for me, I’m not preparing for my film and a tour in March with Disco Mania. Plus, there is the one-man show. Ah, show business!
The third edition of The Showbusiness Roast at the Stratosphere this Friday will feature Frank Marino. This promises to be big with Lon Bronson’s ban and eight dancers. Some of the roasters are Robin Leach, Louie Anderson, Frank Scinta and Murray SawChuck. I’m sure Frank will be wearing his best drag.
Kelly Perine, son of James and Rose Perine will have two of his films shown at the Pollygrind Underground Film Festival in Las Vegas from Oct. 9-13. See www.pollygrind.com for more info. Mosiac, the all-vocal group, began a 12 month residency at LVH in the Shimmer Cabaret Showroom. This is perhaps the best group of its type. They were frequent guest performers at the George Wallace show at the Flamingo.
For you Garth Brooks fans, tickets are on sale for his two weekend performances at the Wynn on Oct. 18-19 and Nov. 8-9. Call 702-770-1000 for tickets and info. Josh Strickland, after more than four years in Peepshow, has moved over to Vegas! The Show. He will be singing Sinatra and Elvis standards. He also played Tarzan on Broadway.
It appears Mike Tyson has a hit with his Fox Sports reality show. The first episode was televised last Monday and will have a regular spot on Fox. Check local listings for time and day.
Taylor Hicks, Paris headliner and “American Idol” winner, is looking for a venue to open his Las Vegas restaurant Saw’s Juke Joint. He is a part owner of the one in Birmingham, Alabama, and would like to introduce their kind of food here in the Valley. Sounds good to me.
Finally, the Tropicana is to be the next home of the Las Vegas revival of Mama Mia. The newly refurbished theater has not yet had a successful booking since it reopened. The operatic vocal trio Forte will perform there Dec. 28-30. This group was the fourth place winner on “America’s Got Talent.”
The Rev. Monti again wishes all of you 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].