Initially wary about playing the Strip, French DJ David Guetta now commends the intensity of Vegas crowds. “When American audiences go, they go hard,” he says. Guetta (left) and fellow DJ/producer A-Trak photographed March 1 at XS Nightclub.
When he was a kid, Brandon Fl...
When he was a kid, Brandon Flowers' brother scaled one of Wayne Newton’s exterior walls and snuck a peek at his helicopter. “We talked about it for weeks at school,” recalls Flowers (left). Newton, who has performed in Vegas since 1959, and Flowers were photographed Feb. 24 standing on Newton’s Fokker F-28 airplane at Casa de Shenandoah.
“It’s a good time...
“It’s a good time to be in Las Vegas, because it’s extremely productive financially and even spiritually,” says Carlos Santana, photographed Feb. 12 at Foundation Room. During the past seven years, the legendary bandleader, 67, has become a Las Vegas staple, most recently with multiple strings of dates at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues (next up: May 22-31).
“Vegas is the most comp...
“Vegas is the most competitive nightlife market out there,” says Jesse Waits, managing partner, XS, Tryst at the Wynn Hotels. From left: Waits and fellow Vegas club kings (and queens) Jason Strauss, co-founder, Strategic Hospitality Group; Zee Zandi, vp brand development and entertainment, The Light Group; and Alex Cordova, executive vp marketing, Hakkasan Group photographed Feb. 28 at the Neon Museum.
Britney Spears was barely 21 when the...
Britney Spears was barely 21 when the idea of a Las Vegas residency first crossed her mind. It was 2003, shortly after wrapping Dream Within a Dream, her first full-blown U.S. arena run, when she and a friend stayed at Celine Dion's palatial estate off the Strip to see how the French-Canadian star lived away from the touring circuit. "I remember how beautiful it was -- really cool, low-key -- and her dressing room was great," Spears tells Billboard. "I was actually jealous."
For DJs, the benefits of playing Las ...
For DJs, the benefits of playing Las Vegas extend beyond the paycheck. "If we spin in Vegas, we get billboards in L.A.," says Alain Macklovitch, 32, better-known as A-Trak, who is a regular at the club Light. "It's insane marketing. I can't think of anywhere else that has that kind of trickle-down effect. You want to see how big Vegas EDM has become? Drive down Sunset Boulevard."
"All of us here -- regardless of what...
"All of us here -- regardless of what genre you might be recognized in -- push the envelope a little bit to see where it will take us, because if there is one city that would allow that, it's this one," says Wayne Newton.
"The first time I came here," Santana...
"The first time I came here," Santana recalls about the House of Blues, "I said, 'Oh, they love Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters' -- everything that I love; the first music that I loved from America. So when I come to a place and the first thing I see is the pictures of these beloved people, I'm like, 'I want to be here.' I'd rather be here than the Vatican."