Judds take over Venetian

Oct 13, 2015 3:00 AM

As I said before, country music is alive and well in Las Vegas. The Judds, after years in retirement due to health and personal issues, are back performing as a team with their show at The Venetian.

Naomi and daughter Wynonna have a history of being at odds with each other, but they are family and there is often infighting in these situations, especially with mothers and daughters who are strong willed like these two.

The show, entitled “Girls Night Out,” runs through Oct. 24. Missing from the Strip is the fantastic Dolly Parton, one of the true greats of country music. Carrie Underwood would also be a great addition to the likes of Shania, Garth Brooks, Reba, and Brooks and Dunn, to name a few.

Epic Rain

South Carolina floods are the worst in 96 years. Maybe this is another warning of the effects of global warming, something many people will not admit to. Some say it’s just the effects of El Nino, which was felt this week here in Vegas.

We had more rain in one day than we normally have during the entire month of October. We needed the rainfall, and now we are back to beautiful fall weather.

New York Bound?

Bob Anderson will reportedly be closing his fabulous Sinatra tribute show in November, but news is he may be taking the show to New York. There are so many tribute shows in this the year of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday.

Steve Wynn will have a star studded production that will also be televised and there are shows with Clint Holmes and Jack Jones. Frank’s popularity has not lost any of its luster and deservedly so as he was one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century.

Let’s Celebrate

Crazy Girls and Fantasy are both celebrating anniversaries, 26 years for Norbert Aleman’s Crazy Girls and 16 for Anita Mann’s Fantasy.

Magician Murray Sawchuck is sharing the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood with Crazy Girls.

Murray is breaking in a new assistant to fill the spot left by ex-wife Cleo. She, incidentally, also left Anita Mann’s Fantasy to begin her career as a magician.

America’s Got Issues

Puppeteers Ronn Lucas and Peter Strassman have accused Paul Zerdon, winner of “America’s Got Talent,” of using unoriginal material in his act on the show.

They are miffed that someone using the copyrighted work of others claiming it to be original should be allowed to win.

Scary Duo

This season the “American Horror Story” on FX TV has Matt Bomer and Lady Gaga in featured rolls. Casting these two as lovers is a casting director’s dream.

Gaga can now add acting as one of her many talents. Matt is multi-talented as he has shown us in the Magic Mike films, HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” USA TV’s “White Collar” and several stage appearances.

SNL Influence

Have you been watching the debates? Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live” was much more fun than the debates. She showed herself to be a good sport.

Miley Cyrus, also on the show, sings well and is just a very talented girl whose has been allowed to go a little too far with her antics. She is still young enough to get on the right track and not burn herself out doing the wrong things.

Viva Charo

Every few weeks I talk about some of my favorite stars. Remember Charo, “the cucci cucci girl,” who at a very young age was married to rumba king Xavier Cugat. She appeared on many TV series and talk shows yet her favorite way to perform is to play a great Flamenco Guitar. She had a residency at Planet Hollywood plus a restaurant in Hawaii and is now a favorite on the cruise ship circuit.

This would be a good time for her to return to Vegas with the Latin explosion happening through J-Lo, Pitbull, and the Gloria Estefan Broadway show. Charo would be a great hostess/performer in a Latin review.

Poor David

My old friend, the very talented David Cassidy, is in trouble again. He has been arrested on DUI charges for the second time in six months. He also was arrested for drunk driving in 2010. His stepmother, Shirley Jones, has said on more than one occasion that David is a very troubled man and in need of serious help.

Growing up as the son of the late Jack Cassidy was not easy. Too bad, as David is a top-notch performer who with the correct help could still be a headliner.

SLS Changes

Sam Nazarian has relinquished all control over the SLS Las Vegas. Principal investor, Stockbridge Capital will take control of all aspects of the property. Nazarian had reportedly been involved with a convicted felon on drug and money laundering connections.

With Stockbridge in full control, the SLS has a better chance to finally show a profit and live up to its potential.

Remembering Bob

There was a memorial service for Bob Crewe, the man who was behind the Disco Tex phenomenon of the disco era. However, behind all this success, yours truly was never paid for his major role in this venture. The entire cast, crew, and “managers” got their money and the balance was hidden by creative bookkeeping, so there supposedly was nothing left for me.

Bob was a marketing genius, musician artist and, most of all, an egomaniac. I survived all of the betrayals and am now the columnist seen and read in Las Vegas. My blogs appear everywhere and can all be seen on my website, montirock.com. I also have expertise in publicity and marketing. Last but not least, The Rev. Monti officiates at many weddings here. Please visit my other website, weddingsbymontirock.com

Ultimate Celine

I got to see Celine Dion at her Colosseum show again and it gets better and better, which is not an easy feat. The staging, music, settings and of course the fantastic Celine can do no wrong. It’s no wonder the demand to see her is so big she has added 23 additional performances in 2016 from Feb-June. Better get your tickets now. They are selling out at a rapid pace.

TI makes sense

Here is an update on the off-Broadway hit, “Nunsense” that opens here Nov. 2 in the Kahunaville Dinner Theater at Treasure Island. A Jay Harvey Production, it is being promoted by Arthur Kasarjian and directed by its author, Dan Goggin. For an evening of hilarity, treat yourself and see this show.

Happy haunting

Halloween is coming upon us and there will enough events between this holiday and Thanksgiving to keep everyone busy. Just about every property will have some type of magical extravaganza. So get out your best Halloween costume and frolic in the many haunted houses going up around town.

One more thing

Just a note telling you to try and avoid ever bruising or damaging your rib cage as I recently did. It is extremely painful and takes forever to heal.

The Rev. Monti again wishes 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].