Ever since the late 50s and 60s when the notorious Rat Pack hit the stage in Las Vegas, led by Mr Vegas himself, Frank Sinatra, music has always played a big part in the city that’s best known for its glitzy casinos. From Elvis to Liberace, the shows have always had a reputation for being over the top and the ones you can see today are certainly no exception.
In fact, faced with falling gaming revenues it seems like the city is focusing even more on becoming an all-round entertainment centre. This is underlined by the fact that the biggest current building project isn’t a new casino but a 17,500 seater auditorium part-financed by New York’s Madison Square Garden Co.
The complex won’t be built for some years yet but there’s already plenty of huge talents playing Las Vegas between July and December this year.
Kicking off in July there’s the singer who really has made Las Vegas her own – Mariah Carey – who plays at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. It’s a strictly limited season of just 18 performances in which the diva will perform 18 of her biggest hits plus a few extra surprise songs so expect some pop, R & B and even a little hip hop too.
The next month there’s a must for lovers of heavy rock at the Stratosphere Theatre with The World’s Greatest Rock Show. It’s a collection of the world’s best heavy rock tribute bands including AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Kiss – the only band of them all to have had the honour of having the online KISS slot game invented in their honour – very appropriate for Vegas!
When John Lennon was asked if Ringo Starr was the best drummer in the world he said he wasn’t even the best drummer in The Beatles but that won’t stop the fans flocking to see him when he plays with his All Starr Band at Planet Hollywood in October. As well as covering some of the songs he wrote with the Fab Four he’ll also be playing plenty of his solo songs too.
November sees the heavy rockers Guns ‘n’ Roses play the 20,000 seat T-Mobile Arena in what will certainly be a spectacular, and very noisy, show. It’s the second year running that the re-formed band have played the venue and promises to sell out well in advance. So if you want to be rocking along with them you’d better get booking fast.
If you fancy something a little more mellow for December then try to catch the Righteous Brothers at Harrah’s Showroom. Although one of the duo, Bobby Hatfield, sadly passed away in 2003 his place has been taken by Bucky Heard and together they recreate the magic of old songs like Unchained Melody and You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.
Of course there are many more acts to enjoy throughout the rest of the year at Vegas and we’ve only scratched the surface with these suggestions. So why not get online and start searching yourself for what could be the experience of a lifetime?
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