Las Vegas New Year’s Eve festivities stupendous as usual

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve festivities stupendous as usual

January 02, 2018 5:15 PM
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I can’t believe it, another year has passed. It was a strange year – tragedies, happiness, great days, sad days, but in the end we all won out.

New Year’s Eve festivities were, as usual, stupendous! Fireworks on the Strip and at local casinos, where most of us residents tend to go when the roads are closed up by the Strip.

The New Year’s celebrations included a black tie masquerade party on the lake at Hyde Bellagio nightclub. It was elegant. I like getting dressed to the nines, in formal attire; putting on the Ritz, as they used to say.

The Downtown Grand had a Gatsby themed party for all the revelers welcoming in the New Year. There were plenty of servers, models and actors dressed 1920s style to add to the atmosphere. Phrases such as “oh, you kid,” “23 skidoo” and “all that jazz” were in the air.

The Fremont Street Experience put on a spectacular show with pyrotechnics, an EDM stage, the premiere of a new Viva Vision light show from Vegas’ very own The Killers, and an appearance by the Mayors Goodman – Carolyn (current) and Oscar (former).

The Cannery had In-A-Fect, which seems to have a universal sound and sizzling harmonies. The group can do pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, old school funk, Motown and more. This was the place to get your groove on.

But before I completely walk away from 2017 I would like to reminisce about the best two performances I saw this past year: Elton John’s Million Dollar Piano and Celine Dion, both in residencies at Caesars Palace Colosseum. I was awestruck by their unbelievable talent and perfection in performance. Kudos to Sir Elton and the Divine Ms. Dion.

A personal gripe

Residencies! I am tired of that term. Years ago, it was limited engagement, long term engagement, or extended engagement. Residency implies someone is a resident of a theater; no one lives on the stage. Yes, they live to perform on the stage but the connotation is somehow askew. That’s just my opinion of the word residencies.

Purple bargain

Purple Reign, the Prince tribute show starring Jason Tenner, has announced an offer for locals that’s hard to ignore.

Throughout all of 2018 those residing in the Las Vegas valley can purchase up to four show tickets for the special price of $19.99 (plus those annoying taxes and fees). The price is good for any show, Wednesday through Saturday; just show your ID to get the deal

Concert fever

Rock legends Styx with very special guest star Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, will take the Vegas stage for an unforgettable five-night engagement at The Venetian Theatre, Jan. 26, 27, 31 and Feb. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $59 (plus tax and fees).

Willie Nelson & Family will be appearing a the Cosmopolitan on Friday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 13. Tickets are $20 with reserved seasts starting at $45.

This iconic Texan has been kickin’ it for six decades and has over 200 albums. That’s impressive.

Golden Nugget will have a concert every Friday through 2018, offering a diverse lineup of acts, from GRAMMY award-winning pop artists to rock and roll royalty.

Lita Ford, who got her start with the ‘70s all-girl hard rock band The Runaways, kicks off the series this Friday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m.

She will be followed by American rocker Rick Derringer on Jan. 12. You remember him, he was with The McCoys back in 1965 when their recording of “Hang on Sloopy” soared to No. 1, bumping “Yesterday” by The Beatles.

The Association will take the stage Jan. 19, followeed by Ambrosia, Jan. 26.

A Happy, Healthy, Heavenly New Year to one and all!