Criss Angel arrived early and did not linger on the red carpet for “Viva Elvis” last night. But Perez Hilton did. Angel was nowhere to be seen when Hilton walked the carpet engaging in a slightly obscene relationship with his “Criss Angel” t-shirt. Honestly, Angel should be grateful that Hilton is kind enough to promote “Believe.” I don’t think Angel’s show has gotten much attention –except for the gay slur thing–- since Angel freaked out at Hilton from the stage. Maybe that is the plan?
The endless revision of “Believe” continues without an announcement of “fixation” being at any stage of completion. For now “Believe” is the worst big ticket show on the Strip and the single embarrassment Cirque has produced in Vegas. Considering the way Angel breezed passed members of the press you could almost forget he was the star of a Cirque show with tickets to sell on the Strip.
Working on a story for The Daily Beast now about “Viva Elvis,” but thought you would enjoy this study in contrasts. Who has the Elvis (or, at least Billy Idol) sneer down?
One thing Angel fans might enjoy was a lady next to me asked who the young man was dressed in black. I told her he was Criss Angel, a Vegas magician, but he wasn’t that young. In fact, Angel and I were the identical age. The woman looked at him and then she looked at me. “He must be a good magician,” she said. Other members of the press set her right on that one. (photos: Lanie Crossman)