Tommy Rocker's tops more or less


Entertainer/bar owner Tommy Rocker is joining the crowd.

"I'm going to embrace the topless business," he said, trying to keep a straight face.

Next week, he hopes to switch Tommy Rocker's Cantina & Grill to a strip club, after 12 years at its current location, 4275 Dean Martin Drive.

He took the stage Saturday night for the last time with his long-running solo sing-along act at that location.

"I'm retiring from playing at my place, but I'll show up at any sleazy bars that will have me," said Rocker, who came to Las Vegas in 1984 after years as a road musician.

He got his first gig at Carlos Murphy's near UNLV, "and they couldn't get rid of me. It was one of the few bars in town with live music. I think I was the oldest guy there."

He's going to keep his name on the Dean Martin Drive marquee and operate his Southside Grill at Eastern Avenue and St. Rose Parkway. His wife, Donna, runs Black Mountain Grill at 11021 S. Eastern Ave.

He said the strip club's motto will be, "Fun for the whole family, except your wife and kids."

THE SCENE AND HEARD

The deal is done: KVBC-TV, Channel 3 is going with the husband-wife team of Kim and Dana Wagner as the morning team on what reportedly will be billed as "Wake Up With the Wagners." The idea is to turn it light and breezy, which helped KVVU-TV, Channel 5 make gains in the morning ratings. ...

Sahara entertainment director Ron Garrett is going down a new career path: radio sports talk. He's co-hosting "The Wise Guys" on Fox Sports Radio 1460 with the Sports Dude. They've replaced Steve Cofield and The Pig, whose UFC-centric show moved to 5-7 p.m. ...

Paul McCartney put on a two-hour show at a New York City club last week. Playing with a four-piece band at the Highline Ballroom, 16th Street and 10th Avenue, he gave the crowd of 700 a little of everything, including tracks from his new album, "Memory Almost Full." He's going to be at The Mirage for the one-year anniversary this month of the Beatles "Love" show with Cirque du Soleil. McCartney, who turns 65 on Monday, said he'll be touring next year.

SIGHTINGS

Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee, in the crowd at "The Beauty of Magic" (Planet Hollywood Resort) Saturday to support his ex, Pamela Anderson. After the show, they partied at the Heart Bar with friends, including illusionist Hans Klok. ... New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen, on their first getaway to Las Vegas, wound up in the same restaurant Friday with Brady's new receiver, Randy Moss. Brady and Bundchen were dining at N9ne Steakhouse (Palms) at the same time as Moss, traded to the Patriots in April. Brady picked up the tab for both parties and posed for photos with Moss. Earlier Friday, Brady and Bundchen played golf at Wynn Las Vegas. ... Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, enjoying DJ Bree's music so much at Lure (Wynn) Friday they asked for a CD to take home with them. ... Charlize Theron, Anthony Hopkins, Dennis Hopper and Penn Jillette, dining at Nove Italiano (Palms). Theron, Hopkins and Ben Kingsley were honored Friday during the CineVegas awards reception at the Palms Pool & Bungalows, with CineVegas chairman Hopper presenting the awards. ... Actors Chazz Palminteri and Arthur Nascarella, gambling Friday at Playboy Lounge (Palms). ... Former Carolina Panthers running back Stephen Davis, partying at Moon nightclub (Palms) Friday. ... Actor Seth Green, dining with friends Friday at N9ne.

THE PUNCH LINE

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Norm Clarke can be reached at 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

 

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