A Planet Hollywood executives confirmed my earlier scoop this week when he reported this morning that five-time Emmy award winner Steve Harvey will host the 66t Miss Universe pageant at the Axis theater in Planet Hollywood on Nov. 26 on the Fox network.
SHANIA IS BACK
It’s 15 years since country star and former Caesars palace resident Shania Twain had her album “Up!” At the top of the charts. Now, her new first album since she lost her voice and separated from the controls of former husband and producer, Mutt Lange, she has her new album out tomorrow (Sept. 29).
It’s titled “Now” and in a kiss-off to her ex and his affair with her one-time best girlfriend and features such songs as “I’m Alright” and “Life’s About to Get Good.”
In the song “All in All” Shania, who wrote all the lyrics, says “ I’m still myself but I’ve changed. Afraid to jump but had to try. Exhaled and said goodbye.”
She told me she lost her voice and nerve to write and sing again because of the shattered marriage, which ended in 2010 before she started her Colosseum residency.
‘HUMAN NATURE’S’ NEW RECORD DEAL
At the best of times, the odds of winning big showbiz success are stacked against you but gambling on a move from 7,500 miles away in Australia to Los Angeles where you arrive as unknowns is the ultimate risk. Even if you are Down Under’s top-selling pop vocal group, it’s a daunting task.
But brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney along with their schoolmates Toby Allen and Phil Burton pulled off the impossible. They’ve been together now for nearly 30 years the last eight right here on the Las Vegas Strip to the joy of new-found fans.
The foursome’s U.S. invasion actually began in Atlantic City for two months in 2008,but a year later with encouragement and sponsorship by Motown legend Smokey Robinson, they landed a one-year deal at the-then Imperial Palace, now the Linq Hotel.
The first-year contract led to a new two-year deal, and “Human Nature” celebrated its 500th show there in June 2011. Then in January 2013, they signed a new two-year deal at The Venetian. All that time, they performed Motown classics and even had a PBS special, “Human Nature Sings Motown.”
For a while, it looked as if they’d forever be solely known as the Australian Motown stars — trapped inside ,as it were — a Motown music box. But producer Adam Steck and the four awesome Aussies created a brand new show, “Jukebox,” a party with pop classics, boy band hits, jukebox favorites and a street corner section. Everybody fell in love with the new look and sound. Of the 25 songs and medleys on the show’s set list, only three remain connected to the Motown mystique.
As one of Australia’s best exports after Foster’s beer, the quartet has sold more than 2.5 million albums, earned 25 platinum awards, 17 Top 40 hits and five Top 10 hits worldwide. “Human Nature” has performed sell-out shows around the globe since signing with Sony Music Australia more than two decades ago, a partnership that continues today.
And now, they’ve earned their spot as one of the world’s best pop vocal groups of the modern era and signed with Sony Music Entertainment for the release of ‘The Ultimate Playlist- Jukebox’ on Nov. 3. The announcement of the 17-track album was made at the launch event on the rooftop of the SONY building in New York on Monday night (Sept. 25) with a performance by the four singers before a backdrop of the Empire State building.
They told me: “This brings together our treasured history with Sony Music Entertainment Australia who signed us 22 years ago and continue to be an incredible part of all we do together. We are very honored to be joining the Legacy Recordings family at Sony Music Entertainment in North America, Europe and the UK It was very exciting to reveal the new album and perform on the New York skyline.”
MELODY’S NEW SHOW
Following sold-out performances of her acclaimed show earlier this year, enchanting chanteuse “Melody Sweets” returns to The Smith Center of Performing Arts with her acclaimed show “The Sweets’ Spot,” this time with an all-new roster of glamour-puss performers, tricks and treats, and just in time for Halloween.
This one-night only extravaganza is sure to satisfy your “Sweets” tooth, as Melody and friends prepare to dazzle audiences at Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center on Oct. 24 at 9:30 p.m.
“I love performing at The Smith Center and I am so excited to be invited back for a fourth time,” said “Absinthe” chanteuse Melody. “Being able to purr-form my show with my friends in such a gorgeous venue is a thrill — and, since Halloween is around the corner, you can bet we have some thrills up our sleeves … and in our g-strings! And, there’s also a costume contest!
Melody promises her evening of decadence will be filled with dazzling eye candy, specialty cocktails, glamorous burlesque, enchanting original music, classic covers, kinky cabaret and a variety of vaudeville-style variety acts. In addition to her all-star, 10-piece band featuring Emmy Award-nominee, Lon Bronson and Jassen Allen, audiences also will be entertained by local burlesque favorites such as Miss Exotic World Kalani Kokonuts and LouLou D’vil, international pin-up queens Ms. Redd and Bettina May, and King of Boylesque — Mr. Gorgeous (making his Boylesque debut at The Smith Center.)
KEEP MEMORY ALIVE DATE
Another superstar-studded gala to raise funds for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has been set for April 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The glittering event is presented by the clinic’s fundraising arm, Keep Memory Alive with an all-star chefs dinner, an extraordinary auction and celebrity concert.
NEW TV SHOW
My new “Food Quest” television show with co-host, former super model Kim Alexis will premiere on Sunday (Oct. 1) and our 13-week run of finding the best food around the world in exotic locales will run every Sunday and Tuesday on the Cooking Channel and again on the Food Network every Friday. Our first episode took us to the Grand Velas resort in Mexico where we discovered a $15,000 taco! Join us for a fun trip around the world to such exotic locations as Italy for truffle hunting, to Sonoma Valley for wood-burning oven meals and New York for the amazing delights of the Rainbow Room created by Vegas hospitality queen, Elizabeth Blau. We film here for another episode at the Hard Rock Hotel on Oct. 10 and 11 before Kim jets off to shoot in Hawaii.
‘LEGENDS IN CONCERT’
The 34-successful years of “Legends in Concert” at the Flamingo is rocking on. The new cast through Nov. 19 will be the amazing Lisa McClowry as Cher to “Turn Back Time;” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” performed by the extraordinary look- and sound-alike Damian Brantley; Brian Duprey as Frank Sinatra; and sensational Kevin Mills as King of Las Vegas, Elvis Presley. “Legends” debuted at the former Imperial Palace in 1983 and moved to the Flamingo in 2013 in conjunction with the show’s 30-year anniversary. Vegas producer, On Stage Enterprises, also have “Legends” shows in Atlantic City, Branson, Missouri, Foxwoods, Connecticut; and in Waikiki at the Royal Hawaiian heater plus a high seas show aboard the Norwegian Pearl.
TAPPING THE KEG
“Animal Planet” reality stars from the “Tanked” series, including Irwin “The General” Raymer, Wayde and Heather King and Robbie “Redneck” Christlieb were at Hofbrauhaus for the 14th annual Oktoberfest celebration. They were followed at the beer hall the next night by the cast of “Raiding the Rock Vault.” This weekend the guest stars tapping the keg will be the cast of” Chippendales” tomorrow (Sept. 29) and celebrity magician Murray Sawchuck from Planet Hollywood on Saturday (Sept. 30).
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Resuming his comedy juggling show at Paris Las Vegas every Wednesday starting Nov. 8 is Jeff Civilico.
“Performing just one night a week in Vegas allows me to maintain my presence as a headliner in this city I love so much while affording me time to pursue my other TV hosting, keynote speaking and entertaining for companies and running the Win-Win Entertainment charity that has produced more than 500 charity performances with Strip entertainers working on their days off.”
Jeff headlined at the Linq and the Flamingo with more than 1,000 shows over the past five years before knee and shoulder surgeries sidelined him for a one-year hiatus.
• The new Samsung Galaxy Studio will be launched by the fountains of Caesars Palace by DJ electronic producer Marshmello in concert with the Boys and Girls Club of America brand ambassador and pop-star singer Kelly Rowland. Donations will go to clubs in the Houston area affected by Hurricane Harvey.
• Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Bavarian beer festival and now it’s coming to the Park outdoor space outside the T-Mobile Arena. The kickoff is tonight and runs until Oct. 1 with flowing beers, games and live music until late night. Ein prost!
• Legendary French music hall singer, actress and entertainer Line Renaud, will be celebrated at the Restaurant Guy Savoy in Caesars Palace when Clark County officials rename a street near the Augustus Tower in her honor.
• To toast the opening of the Nevada Ballet theater’s 46th season the company partners with David Yurman jewelers for a modeling show of specialty pieces at the Yurman boutique in the Forum Shops of Caesars Palace.
• The 14th anniversary of our sister magazine Luxury will be celebrated at the Mr. Chow restaurant in Caesars Palace with David Perrico’s band and a fall fashion event. My great colleague Johnny Kats will host the party with Mr. Chow’s delectable cuisine.
• J. (Justin) Pierce will continue the W Hotel’s Artist Remix series with live painting in the Living Room there. His use of colors and patterns makes for unique and attractive art outside the box. Justin’s passion extends to fine arts, product design and custom urban murals.
• The Amity Affliction, Miss May I and Motionless in White join William Control for their concert at the Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq.
• The parking lot of the Sunset Station in Henderson will be packed with food trucks for the return of the Great American Foodie Fest. In addition, there’s a beer garden and carnival rides.
• Social Club Misfits, Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed make the music at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.