Walk along the Las Vegas strip and you’ll see some of the world’s biggest acts up in lights. From Elton John, to Britney Spears, to Donny & Marie casino theaters are filled with some of the biggest hits of all time. Acts themselves have become associated with Sin City with Elvis impersonators lining Las Vegas Boulevard. Of course a lot has changed since the early days of The King with huge structures rising on the strip, and laws allowing for you to play the likes of live roulette online or RouletteVision without even having to leave your hotel room. But to this day one of the main draws of Las Vegas is the music. As a new year on the strip gets under way, we take a look at the biggest and best residences in the Entertainment Capital of the World…
Elvis Presley is synonymous with Las Vegas. Almost 40 years since his death and the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll still has a prominent place in the city. His image is plastered all over the strip, but it’s been over 45 years since he finished his infamous residency at The International.
What was seen as his comeback, it shot Presley to superstardom and he was paid $1million in a five-year contract at the hotel, a legacy that is still as important as ever in the city.
Las Vegas is made for Elton John. The flamboyant superstar has long been a staple on the Caesars Palace stage rocking out hits such as Philadelphia Freedom, Bennie and the Jets, and Your Song, wowing crowds and getting them up and jiving. The 67-year-old still has a few months left on his contract so far playing to over 320,000 people. His voice still stands up today, and of course in the city of Liberace, it’s only right to witness some incredible piano playing.
The Rat Pack
If it wasn’t for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr, it’s likely Las Vegas entertainment wouldn’t be what it is today. The Rat Pack would cause such a buzz around the city that people would sleep in their cars just to be part of the phenomenon at the Sands. When one singer would perform, the others would often turn up, wowing audiences. They set a precedent of entertainment in Vegas, and whilst all the members have passed on, and the Sands has since closed, the spirit lives on to this day.
Although today the strip is less focused on crooners and has slowly become a hotspot for the world’s best DJs. Playing at the Hakkasan nightclub at the MGM Grand, he’s the highest paid DJ in Vegas earning around $425,000 per performance, sparking a new form of entertainment in the party city. Could the Canadian DJ spark a new future for music on the strip, just as Ol’ Blue Eyes did back in the 1950s.
We all know Prince doesn’t do anything by half except when it comes to his height, and that was certainly the case in Las Vegas. Not only did the Purple Rain star take to the stage to dazzle punters at the Rio, but he opened his own nightclub too. Named 3121 – the name of his 2006 album – the 56-year-old played regularly at the joint, typifying what Vegas is about, entertainment and one hell of a party.