Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015|4:32 p.m.
It should be an initiation rite appointed by neighborhood caretakers such as Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak that every vocalist or band who headings in Las Vegas carries out “Viva Las Vegas.”
Call it the entertainer’s price of admission for playing Las Vegas. Write up a contract (a while back, I noted my favorite, pre-The Killers remakes of the song). And the version by which those covers must be determined today is the rendition carried out amidst terrific phenomenon by The Killers on Friday night at the 2015 iHeart Radio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Making their very first show look in Las Vegas since the 2013 Life Is Stunning festival downtown, The Killers accomplished (or, eliminated it, to owe to the apparent) with a set-opening remake of “Viva Las Vegas.”
This was not simply a shrieking musical account of the title song from the iconic 1965 film starring Elvis and Ann-Margret, though it was that. The band roared through the number (brace for embellishment here) led by the strutting appearance by blue-jacketed frontman Brandon Flowers and the requisite percussive flourish of drummer Ronnie Vannucci.
Signing up with the band were a host of showgirls– genuine showgirls from “Jubilee” at Bally’s who had rehearsed with the band previously in the day. A call-out to these beautiful dancers: Kat Schwing, Katie Wolfe, Sarah Sutter, Michelle Gaftoi, all curtained in silver sequins and crimson headpieces and boas.
Throughout the number, the video screens glimmered with shots of rolling slots as Flowers moved quickly across the stage and behind the keyboards. It was a refreshing Las Vegas minute, and Flowers called out after the song, “We’re The Killers, brought to you by method of incredible Las Vegas, Nevada.”
Got ta love Flowers, forever a person who draws a 4 after striking a difficult 17. The Killers also threw down with “Mr. Brightside,” “All These Things That I Have actually Done” and “When We Were Young,” with a super-tight set that showed they continue to be among the leading live acts, anywhere.
Of course, the opening night of iHeart was much more than the Las Vegas superstars. The performances I captured were Kenny Chesney (as much a rock artist as country artist these days), Jason Derulo (great dancer and shedder of t-shirt, is he), Demi Lovato (she was equipped impressively in a hard-leather number, but her piercing vocals were set at a method too high level and her introduction of Stephan Jenkins and his acoustic guitar about silenced the audience), Lil’ Wayne (where’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. when Lil’ Wayne is onstage? That’s generally where I see him, approaching the ring with Cash) and Duran Duran.
Aside from The Killers, that last listed band was the highlight from my seat. Duran Duran efficiently summoned the fond memories, hearkening to an era where music was still acquired on vinyl discs and observed not just during show tours, however also on MTV. James Corden mentioned in their intro that Duran Duran has actually been around for 35 years, however that can’t hold true because I am still only 19.
However the band was nevertheless spot on with “Starving Like the Wolf,” “Wild Boys,” “Infamous” and a set-closing “Rio,” with the ever-familiar video graphic of the woman whose name is Rio. Even today, she dances on the sand.
“Rio” was a welcome performance, revealing that in this city there is always a spot for a stunning gal. Just ask Mr. Flowers for a table.
MGM Grand Hotel and Gambling establishment
MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, provides 5,044 spaces and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Funny Club; and world-class home entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort provides signature dining establishments by star chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish Home, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes 5 star dining establishment, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has redesigned all spaces and suites in its main tower and is adding a number of new experiences to its lineup consisting of Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Club, a new high end dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a modern, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Health spa, Cristophe Hair salon, “CSI: The Experience” and a welcoming swimming pool complex showcasing the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations consist of The Estate, an unique hotel within the hotel; the glamorous two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Trademark at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel situated surrounding to the primary resort.
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard S. Las Vegas, NV 89109
MGM Grand Garden Arena The MGM Grand Garden Arena is the home of concerts, champion boxing and premier sporting and unique occasions. The Arena provides comfortable seating for as numerous as 16,800 people with excellent views and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. The Grand Garden Box office is open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South Las Vegas, NV 89109