Celeb celebrations: October
“Happy (Vegas) birthday to you! Happy (Vegas) birthday to you! Happy (Vegas) birthday dear (Vegas-connected) famous person! Happy (Vegas) birthday to (Vegas-loving) you! (A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E!)
10/2: With every breath we take, we are reminded of the greatness of Sting – who will return to Vegas Oct. 13 at the Park Theater — as he turns 67.
10/3: We’ll find out Nov. 23 to 25 — when he brings his act to the South Point — whether Chubby Checker can still do “The Twist” (and then twist again, like we did last summer) at age 77.
10/3: Sure, by reaching age 49, “Hollaback Girl” Gwen Stefani is scraping the half-century mark. But she’ll prove age means absolutely zero when it comes to performing potency when she hollers into a Vegas microphone again upon the return of her Planet Hollywood residency on Dec. 27.
10/7: At age 59, actress Judy Landers remains memorably etched on our pop culture memory as adorably ditzy Angie Turner on Vega$, the series that immortalized us.
10/10: Can we get a great big “Hummala bebhuhla zeebuhla boobuhla
hummala bebhuhla zeebuhla bop” (whatever that lyric means) for David Lee Roth? The “Just a Gigolo” wild man and occasional Vegas drop-in performer turns 64.
10/10: It’s (Delta) dawning on us that as she hits the milestone age of 60 — and will celebrate by bringing her ever-youthful voice to the Golden Nugget Dec. 7 — Tanya Tucker just keeps on truckin’.
10/12: In memory of … Luciano Pavarotti, who left us in 2007 at age 71, but would likely still be belting out arias today at age 83. They should throw a memorial birthday bash right here in Las Vegas — on our very own Pavarotti Avenue. (Yes, it’s real).
10/13: Biz whiz Sammy Hagar — proprietor of Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops, and Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill at McCarran International Airport — keeps burnishing his restaurateur cred at age 71. … Oh, and he keeps on ROCKIN’, too.
10/13: Forget the paper roses. Send the real thing to ever-classy Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond, who turns 59 and is still a little bit country. There’s some other person — the name escapes us — who is a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.
10/13: Slip out the back, Jack. Make a new plan, Stan. Don’t need to be coy, Roy. Just listen to 77-year-old Paul Simon. Actually, we just did that when he played the MGM Grand back in May. And we’ll have to suffer the sounds of silence until his return.
10/15: Yes, we’ll say it: Chef Emeril Lagasse — who has turned Las Vegas into his own culinary playground — keeps on cookin’ at age 59.
10/16: Even at age 72, ex-Westgate Las Vegas headliner Suzanne Somers would welcome you to come and knock on her door. No doubt, she’s been waiting for you. (But the kisses are only hers – not hers and his.)
10/17: In memory of … Evel Knievel, the daredevil who rode out of our lives in 2007 at age 69, leaving us the memory of that attempted (but not completed) 1967 jump over the Caesars Palace fountains. Today, he would be a still-fearless 80-year-old. Now, he’s eternally got his pedal to the metal.
10/19: Lend an ear to our birthday greeting — just don’t ask 56-year-old Evander Holyfield to lend one, as he suffered enough ear trauma thanks to that infamous 1997 encounter with Mike Tyson at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
10/20: In memory of … Tom Petty. The music legend sadly created a void in our rock ‘n’ roll hearts when he left us last year at age 66. Today, at 67, he would no doubt still be tearing it up, proving anew that the Billboard Century Award he won in 2005 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was richly deserved.
10/23: In memory of … Johnny Carson. The Forever King of Late-Night, who took his final bow in our lives in 2005 at age 79, was also a comic staple at the Sahara. He even had a stake in our community as co-owner of TV station KVVU from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. Today, at what would have been Birthday No. 93, he would no doubt still be cracking: “May a diseased yak take a liking to your sister.”
10/25: She is (a Vegas-performing) Woman. She is Helen Reddy. Hear her roar at age 77.
— Steve Bornfeld