Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Actress and singer Cher didn’t talk kindly about her 200 Las Vegas residency-show audiences when she appeared on a British TV show with host Graham Norton. At first, I thought she was joking, but she wasn’t kidding.
Cher said that she didn’t enjoy her residency when she began in 2008 for its three-year run at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Now approaching 70 and still wearing fishnets and black leather mini-skirts, Cher’s comments have set off a firestorm:
“The audience was very, very old, often sedated and didn’t seem into the music at all. I knew I had to go ahead and put my feelings aside. It was difficult. The audience was not allowed to stand up, and sometimes they had walkers and oxygen masks. I’m not kidding.”
She wasn’t. It was a slam, and it has people up in arms because it wasn’t true. I saw her show three times, and not once did I see what she described. In fact, her audience was young and middle-age fans and predominantly gay men.
Cher piled on the insults: “I was angry for a long time and then finally I thought this might be the last concert they ever see, and they are enjoying it in their own way. It’s not my way, and it didn’t make me feel good, but they were having a wonderful time.”
Why is she bothering to return here for a Sunday, May 25, show at MGM Grand if she dislikes Las Vegas audiences? This was a cheap and unnecessary shot on a talk show overseas, but it has traveled here to bite her in her often-exposed butt.
Celine Dion and Ne-Yo
CELINE’S PRAISE: Thankfully our No. 1 leading lady Celine Dion at the Colosseum is enjoying every moment of her residency and boosts our city and the showroom every chance she gets. Celine loves it here so much that she’s building a new, larger home and will extend her run to 2019.
Over the weekend, she released a music video of her duet with Las Vegas-reared Ne-Yo performing “Incredible”, which will be on her new album “Loved Me Back to Life” out Nov. 5. Her shows at Caesars begin again Dec. 30 after Shania Twain’s run.
This is Celine’s first English-language album in six years and features collaborations with hit-making artists including Sia and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Celine and Ne-Yo teamed on “Incredible” at Studio at the Palms. The duo crafts his lyrics and their silky voices into a masterpiece that Celine says “could be a song for the Olympics. It’s a really inspirational message and a refreshing combination.”
Celine is on the talk-show circuit, appearing this morning on NBC’s “Today” and tonight on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” On Wednesday, she joins Barbara Walters on “The View” performing new songs from the album. Next week, she promises a sneak preview video of the making of the track “Water and a Flame.”
TERRY’S TOUR: NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw has landed a nearly yearlong, cross-country tour of his stage show “America’s Favorite Dumb Blond: A Life in Four Quarters.” He debuted it at the Mirage in the summer, and I sat in on the first rehearsals with contributing photographer Tom Donoghue
In June, this he told me that the show was his bucket-list dream and hoped the Las Vegas premiere would lead him to a tour and a Strip spot. The new show starts its run in Lake Tahoe on Dec. 13. It is 90 minutes of comedy, singing and storytelling. Backed by his singers, The I-Qties,” and a Nashville band, Terry shares heart-tugging stories about growing up poor in Louisiana, his four Super Bowl rings and the financial fallout from three marriages and his cattle ranch fiasco divided into four quarters.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP and four-time All-Pro will tell untold tales of his life and show never-before seen videos with surprise guests dropping by. He has January-November dates in Iowa, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Kansas, with an open summer for a Las Vegas return that’s already under discussion, plus, a new TV host season of football.
DE NIRO’S OPULENCE: Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, who is a principal partner with star Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa in their Hospitality Group, toured the rooftop of his Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace to check on construction for the opulent Nobu Villa.
The sprawling 10,300-square-feet villa is well underway and should open early in the New Year with a 4,700-sqare-foot outdoor terrace overlooking center Strip. Nobu Hotel General Manager Gigi Vega and Robert discussed final design plans for the space and while on the terrace marveled at the sweeping Strip views.
ELVIS DANCES: Advance word ahead of tonight’s “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC indicates a Las Vegas salute to Elvis Presley. Contestant Bill Engvall filmed with his dance partner Emma Slater and Official Elvis of Las Vegas Jesse Garon at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign during the weekend. Bill has been dubbed the “Redneck Dancing King.”
Jesse and Bill are from Dallas, so they hit it off immediately trading jokes while preparing for tonight’s tribute. Bill is a big Elvis fan and sought out Jesse for tips to impress the “DWTS” judges with his shake, rattle and roll lips and hips. Said Jesse: “I tried to teach him how to thrill like the real deal. I hope the King of Rock will help ya stay on top.”
CONGRATULATIONS: Las Vegas racer Jay Beasley won $10,000 driving into first place at the annual Fall Classic 150-lap Super Late Model finale at the Bullring of Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the weekend. Forty drivers entered the event, and the 24-car starting field included two other Las Vegas drivers, Dylan Kwasniewski and Chris Clyne.
MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY: Foul-mouthed “Absinthe” host Gazillionaire and raunchy sidekick Penny Pibbets play hosts at a wacko Alice in Wonderland” tea party at STK in the Cosmopolitan tonight for Halloween. “Absinthe’s” sparkling striptease artist Melody Sweets will tantalize as a ghostly Green Fairy. It certainly won’t be Mom’s Halloween bash, and don’t be late for this very important date.
Comedienne Rita Rudner returns to the Venetian for two nights.
Country singer Jana Kramer, who won the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Artist Award this year, is at Gilley’s Saloon and Dance Hall at Treasure Island.
Lil Jon is at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
DJ Eric D-Lux is at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan for Halloween week revelry.
Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis reveals plans for her first-ever restaurant right on the Vegas Strip, plus, Halloween horrors with the original fright show, Marilyn Manson, and the continuing furor of Criss Angel’s attempts to raise the dead.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.