Tony Bennett gets $10 million deal


Tony Bennett tells me his next Vegas performance will be in January at the Las Vegas Hilton. But he also tells me he's just signed a new, "unbelievable" $10 million contract with Sony-Columbia.

Apparently, the contract is to reissue songs and albums from Tony's past. And if Tony, 83, cuts new albums, Sony will spend $1 million in marketing for each one, he says.

"I've been there for 60 years. I've been there longer than any other artist. And they have a full catalog of all my albums from 1950 to now," Tony says.

"They said they'd like me to do 12 more albums," he says. "With each album, they'll promote it with $1 million. But if I don't want to do it, they'll still give me the $10 million.

"I don't have to produce anything" to fulfill the contract, It's really the best contract ever written."

Tony was in town this week to sing for VegasTennis.com's Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation at club Tao.

'JERSEY BOY' DRAMA

I ran into the remaining three originals from "Jersey Boys." They said they couldn't comment on last week's sudden exit of Erich Bergen, one of the best actors on the Strip, who played Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio in the show.

I asked if they wanted to punch Bergen. But they insisted vociferously they think he's a "great guy."

"I've known him for 10 years. He'd be dead already if I wanted to kill him," said Deven May, who plays Tommy DeVito and is also one of the best actors on the Strip. "We had nothing to do with it. It's really just going on between the producers and their agents -- and the news."

TOPLESS/HITLER NEWS

Holly Madison ran into the Review-Journal's Fear and Loafing columnist Corey Levitan at Mandalay Bay's minus5 bar and lounge, and they talked about her new "Peep Show" co-star Aubrey O'Day, who's been catching flak for going on a political opinion TV show and inarticulately calling Adolf Hitler and Fidel Castro evil geniuses.

More background: L.A. Times writer Richard Abowitz reported this week that O'Day canceled a show because of the Hitler stuff, and only two people asked for refunds, apparently because show-goers were happy just to see Holly. And O'Day posted a video on YouTube, flashing a very see-through bra to insist she has a hot bod.

COREY: What's your reaction to Aubrey's video?

HOLLY: Yeah, I watched it. It's a little unorthodox, but it's all in entertainment. Whatever gets the name of 'Peep Show' out there is fine with me. I think she just likes to get her voice out there.

Corey: Did you see that L.A. Times report that only two people asked for refunds?

Holly (laughing): Yeah, I read it.

Corey: Did you think she was wrong for refusing to go to work?

Holly (smiling): I just think "Peep Show's" a great show. And I don't want to say this to my detriment, either, but it almost doesn't matter who's in it, because it's such a great show.

I saw Holly's naked boobs again this week, as O'Day joined her on stage. Read my blog to find out how O'Day sounds, and how Holly's behaving backstage.

AGASSI'S BIG TO-DO

Andre Agassi hosted his "Grand Slam for Children" charity concert at the Wynn on Saturday night, and all the usuals showed up: Dane Cook, Tim McGraw, Macy Gray, Daughtry, BrianMcKnight and Lionel Richie.

On Friday, Agassi put on a VIP dinner for big donors. Terry Fator did his singing ventriloquism there.

In Monday's column, I'll give you the scoop on all the fancy doings that went down late Saturday night at Wynn's benefit.

VEGAS STAR SIGHTINGS

Hulk Hogan and his girlfriend Jennifer McDaniel got tattoos at the Palms' Huntington Ink on Friday. She got his real name, Terry, inked on the inside of her right wrist. Hulk's tat on the outside of his right forearm: "I AM THAT, I AM." ... Check my blog for more sightings.

Contact Doug Elfman at 702-383-0391 or e-mail him at delfman@reviewjournal.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.

 

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