Burlesque Pussycat Doll’s founder and choreographer Robin Antin has a new act coming to Las Vegas. British singer Matt Goss on September 4 will start performing regularly at the Lounge in the Palms Casino & Hotel.
Goss was the lead singer of 1980s pop group Bros, recording and performing many UK chart-topping tunes. In the summer of 2003, Goss did a tour of 13 UK venues, releasing in November his first single in the UK since 1996, “I’m Coming With Ya,” that reached number 22 in the UK charts.
He also appeared on the TV reality TV show “Hell’s Kitchen;” in March 2005 he released his autobiography, “More Than You Know”.
“Matt will be having women in the audience just crying, “says Antin, adding, it doesn’t hurt that “he looks like David Beckham.”
Just three years ago Terry Fator was giving a performance at a fair near Houston, Texas to an audience of one. He considered walking away from show business but made a fateful decision to audition one more time and after winning the second season of America’s Got Talent, Fator has stopped wondering whether he’s in the right profession.
Fator has signed a five-year contract to perform nightly at The Mirage Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. He is replacing Danny Gans, who has moved to Steve Wynn’s Encore, and will be presenting his show at the Terry Fator Theatre.
But if the ventriloquist act isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, take a look at the artists who are working the room on the nights that Winston the Impersonating Turtle is taking a break. Ray Ramono and Brad Garrett, Ron White and Lewis Black will all give it a whirl in the Terry Fator Theatre in 2009.
Don’t count out the entertainment value of a night with Fator and company: “I look at myself as a talk show host and the characters are my guests,” says Fator. “I can guarantee anyone who comes to my show, within a second or two, will feel that the puppet is the real entity.”
Sir Elton John started out as a limited run scheduled for just 75 shows over 3 years. But as the lights went down on the first Elton John Red Piano performance at Caesars Palace on February 14, 2004, it became clear that this wasn’t going to be just a normal Vegas revue gig. And it wasn’t the David LaChappelle photography, the inflatable banana’s and cherries or the actual red piano center piece that made his Las Vegas performances stand out. It was the music, performed by Sir Elton John and his band that routinely drew his fans to his sold out show.
Now, 241 performances later, Sir Elton John will say good-bye to the Coliseum at Caesars Palace on April 22, 2009.
Sir Elton John’s career began in 1961 as a member of the band Bluesology. In 1967 he started working with Bernie Taupin and a legendary music industry relationship was born. After his 1970 self-titled debut album there followed a long string of critical and financial successes. From 70’s hits like the perpetually popular “Your Song” to “Good-bye Yellow Brick Road” to 80’s favorites “Empty Garden” and “I’m Still Standing,” Sir Elton John and his who’s who cache of co-writers and producers have entertained audiences around the world.
In 1992 Sir Elton John established the Elton John Aids Foundation to help find a cure for HIV. To date, this organization has raised more than $150 million and actively works in 55 countries offering support services and treatment options to those living with HIV/AIDS.
Also in the 1990’s Sir Elton John began another somewhat magical musical relationship when he collaborated with Tim Rice on Disney’s ‘Lion King’ soundtrack. He earned a Grammy and his first Oscar for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and went on to work with Rice on the Broadway hit ‘Aida.’
While performing at Caesars these last five years in Las Vegas, Sir Elton John has shared the Coliseum Theater with Celine Dion, Cher and Bette Midler. In late 2008 he took the Red Piano on the road, touring Europe with the show before returning to Las Vegas for the final Caesar’s performances.
Money-hurting music pop star Michael Jackson, on and off again Las Vegas resident, has got rid of his white gloves and is now in talks to mount a concert comeback with up to 30 live shows in either London or Las Vegas later this year.
If it happens, it would be Jackson’s first major performance since his 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges.
London’s O2 arena is said to be competing with a few hotels in Las Vegas to lure the 50-year-old “King of Pop” back to the stage he once ruled. This effort has been launched in the past, but now it’s in earnest.
Even though his bizarre behavior has wrecked his image, some insiders think the shows could net him $215 million, according to published reports in British newspapers.
“It will be the greatest comeback in the history of pop and there would be no problem selling out the O2 every night,” one source told London’s Daily Mail. “No one is concerned about his reputation and people don’t feel it is a risk. Organizers are confident people will come from all over the world to see him.”
There’s one fact for certain: Jackson really needs the work. Once one of the richest entertainers in the world, he’s in severe dire financial straits these days. Last year he had to fight a $7 million lawsuit by a son of the King of Bahrain over an unpaid debt. In April, he’s auctioning off thousands of his possessions, including the sequined white glove he famously wore in the “Billie Jean” videos.
Jackson has said he is working on a new album, but nothing has materialized. An adaptation of his video “Thriller” is supposedly headed for Broadway. Released into 1982, “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time and launched Jackson’s career into the stratosphere.
He’s largely been a mysterious recluse in recent years while his reputation has been battered by sex scandal, strange illnesses, plastic surgeries and other odd and eccentric behavior.
Criss Angel, 41, magician extraordinaire performing at the Luxor in Las Vegas, and his girlfirend Holly Madison, 29, are no longer a couple. Word is that they broke up when Madison moved back into her parent’s home. According to Angel’s publicist, Steve Flynn: “They remain very close friends and wish each other the very best.”
Madison is best known for her work on the reality TV show “The Girls Next Door.” She had been dating Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner until last October.
“All she’s doing is following Criss Angel around to all of his magic shows, with no legitimate job to speak of,” a source told USmagazine.com. “She’s still heartbroken and regretful about how things went down with Hef. Then she ran into the arms of Criss Angel, but then it’s like, ‘This is not everything I thought it would be.'”