Our Golden Knights in their very first year have created quite a stir in the NHL! Go, Golden – we love you! Going to a game is a stupendous experience – the energy from the crowds makes you feel like you are part of the speed of the game itself! I love it!
Vegas signed forward Jonathan Marchessault to a six-year contract extension worth $30 million last week. Marchessault leads the team in points.
The Golden Knights continued their incredible inaugural season with a 2-1 win Sunday over the New York Rangers. Vegas has the best record in the Western Conference and the top home mark in the NHL.
The NHL has tabbed Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant as head coach for the Pacific Division at the 2018 Honda All-Star Weekend, slated for Jan. 27-29 in Tampa Bay.
The others are Barry Trotz (Washington) for the Metro, Peter Laviolette (Nashville) for the Central, and Jon Cooper (host Lightning) for the Atlantic.
Under the All-Star selection process, the head coach of the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in each of the four divisions through games of Saturday, Jan. 6 – the halfway point of the regular season, is chosen for the honor.
For the third straight season, the All-Star Game will feature a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, showcasing teams from each NHL division.
Tribute to rock
Red Mercury Entertainment, is going a different route – rock tributes with The World’s Greatest Rock Show Tribute Concert at the Stratosphere. I hope this will be a winner for that fast paced and rising production company.
Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Heart, Kiss, Meatloaf, Journey are all among the tribute acts that are performed in this concert-like show.
The best part – tickets go for $19.95. How can you beat that? But you must get there before Jan. 21, which is the closing night. No excuses, Monti told you to be there.
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is reporatedly in talks for a residency in 2018. The venue – not inked yet – will probably be The Park, where Lady Gaga has her two-year engagement set up for this coming December. You have almost a year to get those tickets and Gaga fans snap them up really fast, so Monti again is giving you the word.
Like old times
Barry Manilow – at the Westgate – oh, my! Coming in March, we hear, though the date may not be firm yet. The great Manilow will be on stage at the old Hilton, now the Westgate, – for a two-weekend-per-month engagement. He generally flies in for his shows from his beloved Southern California residence.
The Venetian is working to get ZZ Top for the spring season. Where do all the old rockers come? Las Vegas! – and we have the baby boomers who come to see them. A perfect fit.
Axis at Planet Hollywood has Pitbull and the great Lionel Ritchie, and at the same property, Jennifer Lopez will closing in September.
Get your freak on
Criss Angel, my favorite magician, is nearly at the end of a mind freaking run for late in October 2018. Please, he is fabulous – see him now – see him often (I do) and let your freak out. He has been at the Luxor for ten years!
As predicted a long time ago when it opened, Circus 1903 would not last past the holiday season. It closed Jan. 7.
This was a true family show and I can imagine it in other cities where a family themed show would be more successful. It was different – but not true Vegas.
At the cinema
Do not miss “All The Money In The World!” I remember the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III when it happened years ago and never understood why the richest man in the world, at that time, would not pay a ransom for his grandson. Michelle Williams’ performance as the mother was terrific – her never ending hope and trying to get her son back was sensational. Christopher Plummer does an Oscar worthy job in the role as J. Paul Getty.
“The Greatest Showman” made the child in me aglow at Hugh Jackman’s song and dance life as PT Barnum. Loved every moment of it!
“The Shape of Water” is very strange. A mute Sally Hawkins – she’s terrific – falls in love in the 1950’s era with a captured creature that has human emotions and orchestrates his release from government bondage and torture. A look at humanity through the crystal ball backward and forward.
By now, all my readers know how much I love the art of film. I spend many hours in the recesses of our movie theaters, but when I pass the sportsbook I get to pick up my copy of GamingToday. I shot a “Monti Minute” at the Suncoast recently after a film and it was great!
Odds and ends
Shows come and go and Piece of Me is gone – bye, Britney (Spears), we know we will see you again soon.
In the rumors mill: Is Mariah about to lose that diamond ring? Oh, my, and it was so huge and sparkly. But that gal has got the all-ins with her glamour and talent; another will soon replace the ring void if it comes to that!
Hail to all the newcomers this year in Vegas. We are experiencing an upturn in residencies – not the stage kind – but in new people who have decided Las Vegas is home. It has been my home for 20 years.
While the snows and blizzards blow the northeast and midwest to smithereens, we have our mild temperatures and good life here, at home, in Las Vegas!
Respectfully, The Reverend Monti Rock III and Zozo the wonder dog.