Gordie delivers at Planet Hollywood; Celine a wonder at Billboard Awards
May 30, 2017 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
My crew and I went to see the great Gordie Brown at his new room at Planet Hollywood’s Cabaret Theater last week and he was fabulous.
I missed him having a full orchestra as he did when he was at the Golden Nugget, but the performance level was superb! Add a larger room with live music and we’ll really have something.
Kudos also to Bill Fayne, who did his Broadway Showstoppers at the Suncoast showroom last weekend. A terrific musician, he also sings and puts together a sensational show. We are so happy Bill made it through his health crisis of a few years back and has returned to entertaining.
The Billboard Awards blasted through Las Vegas at the great T-Mobile Arena and Celine Dion was incomparable. Ensconced by a crystal chandelier, she sang “My Heart Will Go On” in a white incredible creation with angel like shoulders and a black stone embellished front. She was other worldly – a diva’s diva!
Drake took home 13 awards during the show, breaking Adele’s mark last year of 12 in a single ceremony. Ludacris, who co-hosted with Vanessa Hudgens, was slightly ludicrous. Vanessa was fine. Imagine Dragons, LV’s very own home grown group, brought the house down with “Believer.”
And Miley Cyrus shocked me by actually wearing something that was covering over her bottom. Cher, incomparable at 71, received the Icon Award and sang “Believe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Please, go see both Cher and Celine at their residencies – Cher at the Park Theater and Celine at the Colosseum.
Please, put those cell phones away – they are distracting to the people around you! Also, don’t stand for the entire concert – everyone else has to stand as well in order to see the stage. It is not fair after spending a lot for tickets. I, for one, want to sit and enjoy a live performance.
I had a great buffet (as always) with my close comrades at the red Rock Resort last week. They are the only local buffet that actually has my favorite – paella! The staff is extraordinarily gracious and accommodating.
Human Nature made the news – the group from Australia has now had 1,500 shows under its belt after being headliners on the Strip for eight years! Way to go, my Aussie friends. I have seen that show dozens of times and still feel the newness of it each time I go. The same group also brought to our Strip, Thunder From Down Under.
No. 78 enjoyed
Now – the best for last – my birthday was May 29. I’m now 78! It was celebrated with a series of private dinners and friends all over town. Everyone who came was part of my life, my very special friends who did not abandon me when my partner passed away last June 24. These are the real friends, these are the ones I have to thank. We also had a one year celebration of life for my devoted Bruce. I still miss him very much!
Zozo the wonder dog and I say thank you to all for making this a great week and making my celebrations fantastic!
The weather is getting hot, hot, hot and so are the people all over – clothes are skimpy and tempers may flare. I can smell bar-b-que all over, and yes, it is the time for summertime bliss and a heat wave! Is your pool ready? Time to dive in for summer fun.
Bless you all and the USA! Thanks to all who have served our country!