The Who show they still rock at Caesars
August 15, 2017 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
The Who – that amazing British rock band from the 60’s and 70’s – just finished up a six-show residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and although we aren’t aware of any future dates, we can’t imagine this fantastic group not coming back.
Peter Townshend was electrifying as he literally slam dunked the audience with his theatrics and windmill movements. And those guitar riffs are still unbeatable. Thank you, The Who, for making me so happy. Do not miss them when they return.
By the way, Ringo Starr’s son, Zak Starkey, currently plays drums for The Who, and after the shows could be found at the Sand Dollar Lounge, chilling and playing some more sets.
This is Vegas and a 2 a.m. set is the real bloodline of our town. Remember way back when members of The Rat Pack would do unannounced jamming at clubs and restaurants around town? This is the same, only different players, different times.
On a side note, Elton John, who performed with The Who in the movie version of the rock opera “Tommy,” also performs at the Colosseum. He will be back for 11 performances in October and three more in early November.
Caesars surely knows what will sell, what acts to feature and who its audience base is. When it comes to demographics, Caesars marketing/entertainment has it down to a science!
Sharknado fans – it’s true – Sharknado Live is coming! Yes, they are going to make a live musical out of these cult films with their hysterical take on the monster movies of the 50’s through 80’s. And, it will be at a Caesars Entertainment property.
Two giants pass
Tuesday, Aug. 8, was a sad day as we lost two great talents, Glen Campbell, 81, and Barbara Cook, 89.
Cook was someone I had the pleasure of knowing. She was a Broadway mainstay, the original Marian the Librarian on Broadway in “The Music Man.” The lyric soprano, whose career spanned six decades, helmed many Broadway shows; then became a cabaret superstar. She graced The Smith Center in 2012 and 2015 with fabulous performances. On Wednesday, Aug. 9, the lights on Broadway were dimmed to acknowledge one of their own had left the stage for the last time. May you keep singing those high notes in Heaven. The world will miss this great, glorious talented songstress. RIP, Barbara Cook.
Campbell, the real “Rhinestone Cowboy,” had a huge fan base in Las Vegas and will be sorely missed by those many lives he touched. Although he had a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, he stood up to the disease, released an album and kept on touring. What tenacity. RIP, Glen Campbell.
Eateries & buffets
The Rampart has a terrific Friday night crab leg night and the food has up-notched itself over the past year. It is a quieter and less frantic place to enjoy buffet style food.
The same goes for the Suncoast’s San Tropez Buffet. Another winner, and at both Rampart and Suncoast you can eat with points. How much better does it get?
Do not miss Carlos Mencia at The Orleans, Aug. 18-19. He is a great performer and I truly like him.
The Suncoast continues its Friday night Sock Hop through Sept. 29. Dance to songs of the 50’s and 60’s from 6 to 10 p.m. The best part – it’s free. It is amazing how many talented dancers we have in Vegas.
Bryan Ferry, known for his ultra-modern cover performance of the best hit songs, will be at Cosmopolitan Aug. 17. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets start at just $26.
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap will have hearts swooning Friday night, Aug. 18, at the Golden Nugget. Who could forget “Young Girl,” “Woman Woman,” “Lady Willpower,” or “Over You.”
If you are looking for something less mellow, head to the Hard Rock this weekend for Psycho Las Vegas 2017 featuring King Diamond, Mastodon, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ace Frehley, Gojira, Swans, Neurosis, Magma, Sleep, Melvins and over 70 more. Get all the details at https://psycholv2017.eventbrite.com/
And, if you know you were truly destined to be a singer, check out the karaoke every Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday, 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Victory’s Bar & Grill at The Cannery in North Las Vegas.
As you may have noticed, Monti has become a movie fan. It’s a great escape from the heat and lets me be in our wonderful casinos at the same time.
Although many critics rained praise on “Lady Macbeth,” I found it very boring! Please understand, I do like Shakespeare (really!!) and Lady Macbeth is one of his greatest characters, but this film is lifeless.
I saw “Detroit” with a couple of friends – it is devastating! The screen brings to life the true story of the Detroit riots. It totally unnerved me.
“Landline” was fabulous. Set in the 1990’s, John Turturro and Edie Falco head a NYC family that falls apart and gets glued back together again. Please, catch this one!
Kendrick Lamar with Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. at T-Mobile were incredible… “Dancing with the Stars” had its live performance at the Orleans Arena – wow! … Sonny Turner of The Platters fame performed at the Suncoast. What a sensation to hear those oldies… “Something Rotten” at The Smith Center was an enjoyable musical satire on Shakespeare. It is amazing how Myron Martin and staff have succeeded in bringing Broadway to the locals. Where were we before The Smith Center?
Monti and Zozo wish you a happy week.