Venetian rockin' to 1980's

Jun 5, 2012 3:00 AM

The Bourbon Room at Venetian made its grand opening last week with a surprise flash performance announcing the newest entertainment residency.

Guests enjoyed signature bourbon cocktails and listened to the tunes of classic hairband music videos as more than 40 dancers joined the party in their raddest ‘80s attire.

The party came on the heels of the forthcoming motion picture “Rock of Ages” starring Tom Cruise, which brings back the loud sound of big hair groups like Def Leopard and Twisted Sister.

Popular songs of that era such as “Cum on Feel the Noize,” “I Wanna Rock” and “Nothin’ But a Good Time,” played while John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo addressed the crowd on stage.

“We’re bringing you back to the ‘80s when VJs (vido jockeys) ruled the universe and when classic rock was called rock,” Caparella said. “We went to Broadway, saw a show and said this is what we have to bring to Las Vegas.”

“Rock of Ages” will be performing nightly at Venetian’s Bourbon Room beginning in December.

“When we first conceived the show we always had an eye for Vegas because it felt like the right environment for the type of show we wanted to make, which was just a ridiculous, fun, no excuses, have a good time, leave your inhibitions at the door kind of Broadway experience,” said Chris D’Arienze, writer of “Rock of Ages.” “Vegas feels like home for our show.”