Las Vegas Sun – Pia Zadora Rocks out with ‘MDQ’

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Not readily recalled during her cabaret-styled performances at Piero’s is that Pia Zadora is something of a rocker. Yessir, in 1985 Zadora was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for “Rock It Out.” Tina Turner won the award for “You Better Be Good to Me,” topping a remarkably diverse list of nominees: Zadora, Wendy O. Williams (“Wow”), Bonnie Tyler (“Here She Comes”) and Lita Ford (“Dancing on the Edge”).

Among those not nominated were Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar … and Boy George #SheckyKats.

By the time of those awards, Zadora had won a 1981 Golden Globe as Best New Star for her spin in “Butterfly” and since has long been known as a singer of standards as she opened for Frank Sinatra and continues to work with Sinatra’s one-time music director, the eminent Vince Falcone.

But Tuesday night, Zadora is sauntering back to her rock ’n’ roll roots. This takes some relocating, as Zadora moves from Piero’s to Sam Phillips’ Sun Studios (or a replica of such) for a guest appearance in “Million Dollar Quartet.” She is to sing Brenda Lee’s “Sweet Nothin’s” (a song I first heard in the movie “American Graffiti”) with the cast at the conclusion of the production’s mini-“fantasy” concert, which typically ends the show.

“It’s a night for me to go from standards back to rock,” Zadora said in a phone interview over the weekend. “I love the show because it really captures a moment in time for these guys who would become legends. It has a kick-ass band, and I’m just looking forward to going back in and watching it.”

Zadora is the fifth guest star in the show (joining Frankie Moreno, Taylor Hicks, Veronic DiCaire and Holly Madison) but won’t be the last. The show is to receive a shot from another guest vocalist by the end of the month, and, yes, there is a hint in there.

And there is more, even, to impart about the “MDQ” crew.

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Las Vegas Sun – Mamma Pia! Zadora is Ringleader of Vintage Vegas Hang

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Pia Zadora speaks during “The Showbiz Roast” of former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman at the Stratosphere Theater Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Fifty percent of the show proceeds benefited Miracle League of Las Vegas.



By John Katsilometes

As the singer at Piero’s took a break on Thursday night, a cluster of dignified gents convened in the middle of the club for a little kibitzing.

Mingling in what could be termed the Piero’s Circle of Legends were Rich Little, Steve Rossi and Vince Falcone. A few feet away, sitting idly and comfortably at the bar, was Piero’s owner Freddie Glusman. Still onstage, tending to his guitar, was Joe Lano.

Little and Rossi are two of the more significant comedy performers over the past half-century, Little as a groundbreaking impressionist and Rossi for his long and storied partnership with Marty Allen (the two famously appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” the same night the Beatles made their national-TV debut in 1964). Falcone served as Frank Sinatra’s pianist and music director for more than a decade. And Lano, who has played for nearly every major artist to headline in Las Vegas (including Sinatra) is positively revered among artists across all demographics in Las Vegas. As he performed behind the star of the evening — the expressly cute and sweet-voiced Pia Zadora — Justin Shandor energetically asked, “Is that Joe Lano on guitar? Wow.”

Shandor plays Elvis in “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s and won the International Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis three years ago. Seated in the same booth was a summarily impressed Rob Lyons, who plays Carl Perkins in “MDQ” but looked more like an excited Buddy Holly with his dark-rimmed glasses and combed-back hair. Lyons is among the coalition trying to get the word “groovy” back in the public lexicon, and accurately noted, “This is really groovy.”

Zadora wound up at the table and quickly the talk leapt to the possibility of Zadora performing a “walk-on” at “Million Dollar Quartet.” So far, we have not encountered the person who would not want that to happen (this is where a double-negative becomes a positive). The night ended with Shandor and Lyons in animated conversation with Zadora and her husband, Michael Jeffries, and PR Plus reps Laura Herlovich and Hillary Smoot.

Who knows if Pia will ever jam with the “MDQ” crew. But this thing that happens at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays evenings in what is called “Pia’s Place” is a very cool hang.



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Los Angeles Times – Las Vegas: Pia Zadora to Sing at longtime Sin City Favorite

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Chanteuse Pia Zadora begins an open-ended string of performances this week at Piero's Italian Cuisine in Las Vegas. (Pia Zadora)



Actress and singer Pia Zadora is about to embark on an open-ended residency at Piero’s Italian Cuisine, an old school Las Vegas restaurant.

The restaurant’s lounge will be transformed into Pia’s Place, where Zadora, a Golden Globe winner, will perform at 9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays beginning Thursday. The chanteuse will be accompanied by a quartet led by Vincent Falcone, a pianist and former musical director for Frank Sinatra.

Zadora will sing such standards as “All of Me,” “That Old Black Magic” and “The Lady is a Tramp.”

A cover charge of $30 includes two cocktails.

Piero’s, just east of the Strip at 355 Convention Center Drive, is a longtime favorite among Vegas locals. It was popular with the mob when it controlled many Vegas hotels.

Some scenes from the movie “Casino” were filmed inside the restaurant. It opens at 5:30 p.m. daily for dinner.

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Hollywood.com – Pia Zadora: ‘Summer Arrest Drama was over a dumb family incident’

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Actress/singer Pia Zadora has broken her silence about the embarrassing summer (13) family showdown at her home in Las Vegas that led to a police stand-off. The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult star, who is married to a detective, was taken into custody on 1 June (13) after a late-night altercation with her 33-year-old stepson, during which she sprayed him with a water hose. But it was her 16-year-old son, Jordan, who called the cops and reported his mum was acting crazy in a house full of guns. He also claimed Zadora had sprayed him too in an effort to get him to go to bed. She was charged with domestic abuse and coercion, and during a court hearing on 12 September (13), she was ordered to attend an alcohol use evaluation and undergo impulse control counselling. Opening up about what really happened, Zadora tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, “It was, like, three in the morning, I was tired, I wanted to go to sleep, and my 33-year-old stepson decided he wanted to come and hang out.

I tried to get him to leave (and) he refused… He was getting very loud. I took the hose and I hydrated him… He’s, like, six-four (six foot, four inches), he weighs 300 pounds; what am I gonna do? Get into a fist fight with him? I don’t think so. “Then I decided to get the 16 year old to go to bed and I hit another brick wall, because he wanted to stay up and hang out with the 33 year old… and play video games, and so his stepbrother, when I insisted, handed him his cellphone and said, ‘Dial 9-1-1′.” Zadora insists she never sprayed the teenager, despite what he told the police, adding, “He might have been in the vicinity and he might have gotten a drizzle but I directed the hose at the 33 year old… He said, ‘My mother’s running around the house like a crazy woman and there’s a gun in the house…’ There were a lot of guns in the house because my husband has Fort Knox in the house. He’s a cop… But obviously that was like a red flag.” When she woke up hours later, the place was surrounded by cops. She recalls, “I heard stuff outside the house, noises that sounded like fireworks…, so I knew something was wrong, so I had to call 9-1-1 because obviously if I had gone out without notifying them I might not be here to talk about it today. “I called 9-1-1 and I said, ‘What’s going on?’ and they said, ‘We’re outside. Can you come out and bring Jordan (her son).

I woke him up and we both marched out just like in the movies with our hands up… The cops separated us, they interviewed me , they interviewed him and they arrested me… for a jagged gel nail, because when I went to grab the phone from him, I made a little scratch, accidentally, behind his ear.” Looking back on the incident, Zadora wishes she had been a little less impulsive, but she’s playing down reports suggesting she was drunk when she attacked her stepson: “I wish I had just gone to bed… but I’m sort of somewhat of a control person, where I want everyone outta the house. I didn’t want my stepson to stay there because if he had too much to drink he would have to stay over and I wanted my privacy. It was a nice Friday night and I wanted to be with my husband. “I was drinking that night; I had a couple of glasses of wine with dinner and a lemon drop when I came home. (I was) maybe a little buzzed… I wasn’t drunk… The whole thing is dumb; it was a whole dumb family incident. “There were no charges, no convictions, no pleas, no nothing. They’re like, ‘OK, we’re gonna dismiss this if you do an online impulse control (course)… and if you have an alcohol assessment’, which was very helpful.”

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Fox 5 News Las Vegas – Pia Zadora talks about Summer Arrest

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Actress and singer Pia Zadora expressed her embarrassment about her arrest after the SWAT team was called to her house during the summer.

Zadora was arrested after someone called police June 1 and said Zadora was going crazy and choking him, according to an arrest report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

“It started with my 6’2″, 300-pound, 33-year-old stepson, who wouldn’t leave the house at three in the morning,” Zadora told MORE’s Sean McCallister. “[He] was keeping my 16-year-old up.”

Zadora said that was when, out of frustration, she reached for a garden hose and sprayed her stepson, perhaps escalating the situation.

“My stepson handed my 16-year-old the phone and said, ‘Call 911,’” Zadora said. “I went to grab the phone from him, and … the stepson grabbed it and hung up the call. Next thing you know, SWAT was outside the house.”

Zadora was eventually arrested and accused of battery against her 16-year-old son.

“What happened was when I went to grab the phone from my 16-year-old, I had a jagged gel nail, and I accidentally scratched him on the ear.”

Zadora avoided jail time in the case, when she accepted a 30-day, suspended sentence last month.

The Golden Globe winner said she learned a valuable lesson from the experience.

“Never to let a family crisis or stupid issue get out of control,” Zadora said. “It’s a lot of drama, but we’re all OK. We’re holding together.”

Zadora, 61, first gained fame as a child actor on Broadway, starring in Fiddler on the Roof in the mid-1960s. She won her Golden Globe for her performance alongside Stacy Keach and Orson Welles in the 1981 film Butterfly. Additionally, Zadora was nominated for a Grammy award in 1984 for the song Rock It Out.


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Pia Zadora Announces Residency at Piero’s

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LAS VEGAS, Sept. 13, 2013 – Consummate performer and Las Vegas resident Pia Zadora joins forces with another notable mainstay, Piero’s Italian Cuisine, with the opening of “Pia’s Place,” a space long known as the Monkey Bar. Opening September 19, Zadora will perform in the intimate room Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings indefinitely beginning at 9 p.m.

At “Pia’s Place,” the chanteuse reunites with legendary Sinatra pianist and musical director Vincent Falcone rounding out a quartet. Zadora will showcase her versions of standards such as “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Old Black Magic,” and “All of Me,” as well as a variety of timeless classics.

“I have always loved Piero’s and I’m excited to become a part of their family and share my music with their guests,” said Zadora. “Piero’s is the quintessential establishment that exudes old Vegas charm.”

Pia Zadora performs in “Pia’s Place” at Piero’s Italian Cuisine, 355 Convention Center Drive, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 9 p.m. beginning September 19. A cover of $30 includes two drinks. Must be 21 and over with a valid ID.

About Pia Zadora
Golden Globe winner, GRAMMY Award® nominee, ShoWest winner, accomplished singer, film and Broadway star all describe Pia Zadora. Performing since the age of six, for those who have seen her in concert, what comes to mind first and describes this multi-talented performer is simply this: Pia Zadora is the complete entertainer. For more information, visit http://piazadora.com or follow her on Twitter @OfficialPiaZ.

About Piero’s Italian Cuisine
Piero’s Italian Cuisine opened in 1982 and today, some 31 years later, remains one of Las Vegas’ most notable restaurants favored by the city’s influencers, celebrities and founding families. Old school Vegas and hip all at once, Piero’s has earned a Zagat Award, Jerry Lewis Five Star Award, Five Star Diamond Award and American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award as well as the DiRona Award (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) – established in the 1990’s as the only non-profit inspections program in the world to exclusively evaluate fine dining restaurants the United States, Canada and Mexico. The restaurant is open for dinner daily from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.PierosCuisine.com.