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Vince Neil, center, joins his friends from Massacre, who headlined Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.
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Massacre, Vixen and Steelheart at DLVEC
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Slaughter, Vixen and Steelheart headline Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.
Slaughter, Vixen and Steelheart heading Downtown Las Vegas Occasions Center on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.
Massacre, Vixen and Steelheart headline Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.
It was a trip down memory lane to the 1980s and 1990s, with rockers Massacre, Vixen and Steelheart headlining Friday night at Downtown Las Vegas Occasions Center across from The D Las Vegas downtown.
Las Vegas resident and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, on a break from the Crue’s goodbye tour, visited backstage at DLVEC to say hello to his buddies in Massacre.
Friday night began with Steelheart taking the stage, fronted by Miljenko Matijevic. The group pumped up the outside crowd up with hits including “Blood Pollution” and “Gim me Gim me.”
Next up was the all-female rock band Vixen, who kept the party ambiance going with “Rev It Up!” “Just how much Love” and “Cruisin’.” The group likewise admired other artists with their covers of Eddie Cash’s “Take Me Home Tonight,” Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” and Toxin’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”
Putting on a custom-made Massacre coat, DLVEC and The D Las Vegas CEO Derek Stevens took the stage to present the night’s headliners. The crowd went wild as the Las Vegas rockers jammed in their home town with songs consisting of “The Wild Life” and “Burnin’ Bridges.”
Massacre reached fame in 1990 with their very first cd “Stick It To Ya,” that included the hits “Up All Night,” “Invest My Life,” “Mad About You” and “Fly to the Angels.” The album reached double platinum status in the U.S.
Massacre continues to visit and includes original members frontman Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum, along with Zoltan Chaney and Jeff “Blando” Bland.
Vixen, established by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund in St. Paul, Minn., is the only all-female hard-rock band from the 1980s to offer more than 1 million cds, have six No. 1 videos on MTV and location 4 tunes on Signboard’s Hot 100.
Prior to revealing their reunion in 2012, Kuehnemund was diagnosed with cancer. After losing her battle in 2013, band mates Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci, Share Pedersen and Gina Stile kept Vixen’s tradition alive.
Recently reunited Steelheart started as a hair-metal band in the early 1990s. Steelheart’s brand-new sound is modern-day and edgy while still keeping Matijevic’s roots– his effective voice and multi-octave variety have become the heart and soul of the group.
Thanks to Tom Donoghue of Donoghue Photography for his photo gallery of the three bands who remain to continue rockin’ in a totally free world.
Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s home entertainment and luxury senior editor and has been a journalist for nearly twenty years.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous fame” has been a reporter for more than 50 years and has invested the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play ground.
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D Las Vegas
The D Las Vegas is the brand-new revved-up name for a long time downtown Las Vegas hotel, Fitzgeralds, which had functioned because 1987.
Owner Derek Stevens rebranded and refurbished the hotel in fall 2012 to offer it a motor city style, utilizing the nickname of his beloved city, Detroit, for the name of the brand-new hotel. He also brought in two restaurant favorites from Detroit: American Coney Island and Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.
The home functions 638 redesigned modern spaces and suites. The special two-level casino included slots and table video games. Dancing dealers are featured on the very first floor. And the second floor transportations visitors back in time to old-school Vegas with its Vintage Gambling establishment.
The casino likewise features the LONGBAR, the longest bar in Nevada, where sports fans can watch games on big screen Televisions. Outdoors on Fremont Street, D Bar welcomes guests and passerby alike to delight in revitalizing frozen libations and specialized mixed drinks as skilled, trickster bartenders send bottles and glasses flying through the air.
The Showroom at the D includes the interactive funny show, “Marriage Can Be Murder,” where guests can be part of the mystery.
301 Fremont St Las Vegas, NV 89101
Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
200 S. Third St. Las Vegas, NV