Wake up Maggie, Rod's back at Caesars
June 19, 2018 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
Rod Stewart is back at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace! I can't wait to see the soccer man with those great raspy pipes sing again. He is an amazing talent. Still going strong after many decades and looking in his prime.
He will be backed by a 13-piece band that will help this legendary rocker move and groove to his amazing list of hits. You will be on a wonderful memory trip when he does his all-time favorites like “Maggie May,” “You Wear it Well,” “Hot Legs,” “You’re in My Heart,” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,” and “Tonight’s the Night.”
There are four more performances this month – June 19, 22, 29 and 30.
Yes for YES!
This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band is bringing their 50th anniversary tour, Quintessential YES, to the Westgate on Saturday, Sept. 1 -- Labor Day weekend. What a great way to end the official summer season, which seems to have started a bit early this year as the heat is already burning us out with triple digit days and steamy nights.
Founded in 1968, this progressive rock band has sold millions of records. A few of their best songs include “Roundabout,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Long Distance Run Around,” “Close to the Edge,” and “Starship Trooper.”
Tickets start at $40 and go up to $125 (plus those pesky fees and tax).
An original that works
Going original in Las Vegas is a hard sell, as witnessed by the closing of Marilyn! The New Musical at Paris Las Vegas on Sunday (June 17) after only 23 performances. You have got to take time and proper steps to coordinate a real Broadway style musical.
The show Sugar (based on “Some Like It Hot”) was sensational. How about bringing that here instead? Marilyn Monroe is still an icon and alive in the minds of many people, including me, and I think Sugar would do well in Vegas.
The Tony Awards whisked me away – to the left, I guess, and for the very first time, I was bored. Robert DeNiro is an actor, not a politician. This is an awards ceremony, not a political or opinion platform. I dislike the use of entertainment award ceremonies as a chance to convey negativity about your personal issues. It is supposed to be an evening of celebration for the winners, and happiness for all the nominees. Sometimes, it is important to keep your big mouth shut!
As far as the actual awards, the wipe-the-slate winner was “The Band's Visit” with ten Tony's! It won in the following categories: Musical, Book of a Musical, Original Score, Lead Actor Musical (Tony Shalhoub), Lead Actress Musical (Katrina Lenk), Featured Actor Musical (Ariel Stachel), Orchestrations, Direction Musical, Sound Design Musical and Lighting Design Musical.
I think this show is timely and would be a sure fire hit at The Smith Center. (Do you agree, Myron?)
“Once on This Island” won for Best Revival of a Musical (I loved it years ago). Actually, many years ago I used to go to the Broadway shows every week. I never could get my fill of the “wow” factor – live and scintillating!
Nathan Lane (my super favorite; I fell in love with his talent way back in the Broadway revival of “Something Funny Happened on the Way to The Forum”) won Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in “Angels in America” and Andrew Garfield won Best Leading Actor in a Play, also for “Angels in America.”
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” took the award for Best Play and a favorite of mine, Glenda Jackson, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her performance in “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women.”
At the cinema
“Oceans 8” – I saw it twice! – is a film not to be missed. Sandra Bullock looks totally divine. Cate Blanchett is to die for and Rhianna is so beautiful and feisty; a fine actress. I love the plot – revenge is sweet but no real blood.
It is a heist that is a satire of the real thing, not just special effects and flying objects. There is a story line that is terrific and the pace is nonstop action. Great job by director Gary Ross.
As an addition, I got the Telemundo TV show for “The Monti Minute” in Spanish, the Latino version of the non-stop commentary of yours truly!
The weather is hot so don’t forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Until next week, Monti and Zozo