October celebrity celebrations
Oct. 2: With every breath we take, we are reminded of the greatness of Sting – who returns to Vegas in May 2020 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for his My Songs residency — as he turns 68.
Oct. 3: The man who leaves us all in a Twist — and occasionally does it on the stage at the South Point — celebrates a milestone as Chubby Checker turns 78.
Oct. 3: Sure, by reaching age 50, “Hollaback Girl” Gwen Stefani has hit 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, Just a Girl, on Oct. 11 at the Zappos Theater.
Oct. 7: At age 60, actress Judy Landers remains memorably etched on our pop culture memory as adorably ditzy Angie Turner on Vega$, the series that immortalized us.
Oct. 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 — who roars into town Jan. 8 for his new David Lee Roth: Rocks Vegas residency at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues — turns 65.
Oct. 10: It’s (Delta) dawning on us that as she hits the milestone age of 61, frequent Golden Nugget headliner Tanya Tucker just keeps on truckin’.
Oct. 12: In memory of … Luciano Pavarotti, who left us in 2007 at age 71. They should throw a memorial birthday bash right here in Las Vegas — on our very own Pavarotti Avenue. (Yes, it’s real).
Oct. 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 72. … Oh, and he keeps on ROCKIN’, too.
Oct. 13: Forget the paper roses. Send the real thing to ever-classy Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond, who turns 60 and is still a little bit country. There’s some other person — the name escapes us — who is a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. See the dynamic duo before they end their 11-year Strip run on Nov. 16.
Oct. 13: Slip out the back, Jack. Make a new plan, Stan. Don’t need to be coy, Roy. Just listen to 78-year-old Paul Simon. Actually, we just did that when he played the MGM Grand last year — before he retired from touring. Perhaps he’ll change his mind and revoke that sound of silence. We can always hope.
Oct. 14: Raise a glass — better yet, a knife and fork — to salute Bouchon Chef Thomas Keller, proprietor of the famed Venetian bistro, who turns 64.
Oct. 15: Yes, we’ll say it: Chef Emeril Lagasse — who has turned Las Vegas into his own culinary playground — keeps on cookin’ at age 60.
Oct. 16: Even at age 73, 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.)
Oct. 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. Eternally, Evel’s got his pedal to the metal.
Oct. 19: Lend an ear to our birthday greeting — just don’t ask 57-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.
Oct. 20: In memory of … Tom Petty. The music legend sadly created a void in our rock ‘n’ roll hearts when he left us in 2017 at age 66. How well he will be remembered is reflected in the Billboard Century Award he won in 2005 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Oct. 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. Surely right now, in that Big Casino in the Sky, he is quipping: “May a diseased yak take a liking to your sister.”
Oct. 25: She is (a Vegas-performing) Woman. She is Helen Reddy. Hear her roar at age 78.
— Steve Bornfeld