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Generation X Entertainment

Discussion in 'Shows & Entertainment' started by egelston2, Apr 3, 2013.

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  1. egelston2

    egelston2 Low-Roller

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    I think the one area in Vegas that I have grown sour on in Vegas is the selection of entertainment available Vegas. Generation X, which constitutes people in their 30 and 40s, does not have the entertainment options available that other generations have available in Vegas. There may be a couple R & B groups in residency from the 1990s but that is not my cup of tea. GNR, even though it is just Axl, is more of a bridge between hair bands and the Grunge movement.

    I guess that what I'm saying is that the music of the era that I grew up is not well represented in Vegas. There are no shows based on that time and there are no groups that play for more than one or two shows. I guess the self implosions from the groups of that era make it difficult.
     
  2. HoyaHeel

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    As a fellow GenXer, I agree and disagree. I love Broadway style musicals (was raised on them) and they are readily available in Vegas and I have seen a few (though we have a fantastic new performing arts center where I work so I see more at home instead of on vacation these days) But as to music (headliners or even concerts) I would agree. I haven't ever seen a concert in Vegas, and if I did, would probably go more for the classic rock than millennial pop.....
     
  3. mike_m235

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    For any kind of headliner, just watch the ticketmaster feed. Everyone plays vegas at some point. You just have to decide if it's important enough to build your trips around a specific date.
     
  4. egelston2

    egelston2 Low-Roller

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    I guess that I'm Cirqued out and I have no interest in seeing Celine Dion or Rod Stewart. I have seen some of the classic rock acts but still seek something from my era. Just a wish. Our trips to vegas our contingent on a parent or in law watching our daughter, and therefore we cannot schedule based on tour dates.
     
  5. Nevyn

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    Residencies are a tricky formula. You need someone washed up enough to not be able to make way more recording and touring, in good enough health to be able to perform, mainstream enough to have broad based appeal, having been big long enough to be able to fill out a set, and willing to uproot their family and move to Vegas.

    And for a rock residency that is every member of the band that has to be willing to do that.

    In the meantime, why not just keep an eye on the headliner bookings at MGM/Mandalay/etc and book your trip when a 90s band that actually has staying power comes to town. I'd much rather pay to go see Soundgarden or Green Day at the Garden arena while on vacation than shell out 50 bucks for a Silverchair residency.
     
  6. HoyaHeel

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    Funny that's what you went to in terms of music. For me, it's about 80s alternative - so really unlikely to ever have a residency (and I'm fine with that!) But so many solo artists and bands still out there making music:peace:

    Personally, I don't enjoy going to concerts any more. I did go to a couple last year (at the new performing arts center, smaller venue, nice seating...:peace:) but I'm a crotchety misanthrope and I'd rather sit on my patio with a nice glass of wine and SiriusXM than drive an hour+, pay for a ticket & parking (and probably dinner & drinks) and come home late and have to deal with crowds, etc.

    See? Crotchety:evillaugh

    I also don't like Cirque shows - my current favorite type of entertainment in Vegas is a comedy club:peace:
     
  7. Nevyn

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    Well, I am on the younger side of Gen X :Þ
     
  8. egelston2

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    I know that there is no easy solution to the problem and that it won't be fixed anytime soon. I think it that it just saddens me somewhat that there is little representation of music of that era in Vegas. Maybe someone could try to do a "Rock of Ages" for the 1990s but the groups of those times, especially Nirvana and Pearl Jam, guard the use of the music because they were anti-commercial in the first place.
     
  9. smartone

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    Gen Xers are 30><50 or there abouts? I'm slightly above that at 54, but the Hard Rock has done a great job of utlizing their new Vinyl entertainment venue for national and local bands that sure seem to attract a lot of folks in the referenced age bracket. Vinyl only holds about 300 I believe, so it's nothing major by any sretch, but is solid live entertainment and very reasonably priced.
     
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    What's really funny is that my husband - older than I am by 5 years (still GenX) likes "younger" music than I do. I freely admit that my music preferences are ....unorthodox, at best. My top 3 presets on satellite radio are 80s alternative, 90s country, and Broadway show tunes:peace: In high school (late 80s) I was listening to Grateful Dead, Cat Stevens & Simon & Garfunkel. In college (early 90s) I listened to 80s alternative again, some punk, and some what I might call the "Reality Bites" soundtrack. But grunge was getting going in college and I hated it - that's when I turned to country music (via the "back door" of folk & blues)

    I didn't like 80s hair bands until the early 2000s. Guess I'm a decade or two behind? Does that mean that at some point in my 60s, I'll like Britney Spears or N'sync?:evillaugh

    As for the "age" of GenX, I tend to think of it as people born 1960-1980....
     
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    Maybe we are the last of the "degenerate gamblers" :evillaugh Most of us aren't clubbing, and seeing the shows; so what are we doing in Vegas? We are sitting listening to the music in the casino, the only place we hear "our tunes" :thumbsup: Chasing the jackpots, looking for the CW for another drink! :beer:
     
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    I wonder if they're going to ever let Green Day back in there after last time.
     
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    Go see Steel Panther!!

    They play HoB at Mandalay on Fridays and GVR on Saturdays when going the LV/LA circuit (and they do Sunset Strip in LA during the week)
    They've been doing more national and international, but the LV/LA gigs has made bank for them.
    Listen to their stuff (with a sense of humor), see their videos and then go to a show....it's all that was wrong with the 80's...LOL
     
  14. egelston2

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    One or two times NY Ny had some good cover bands that would hit some of the classics of the 1980s and 90s. Not sure if they do that any more because we don't hang out at that hotel.
     
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    I have to agree music wise theres not much if you are around 40

    Still havent figured out why theres no 80's show

    I would pay big money for a ladies of the 80's show with a combination of paula abdul, taylor dayne, debbie gibson, tiffany ,wilson phillips. samantha fox ....... They wont pack the coloseum but those acts are pretty cheap to book and could play b level places

    But with GNR, motley crue, def leppard now doing it at the hard rock thats pretty good and hopefuuly a sign of things to come
     
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    90,s is tough, but there are a ton of great 80's cover bands in Vegas. Check out the Spazmatics, Love Shack... Yellow Brick Road does 70's and 80's...
     
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    As a Gen-X pseudo-raver, I'm embracing the EDM and jelli 96.7. In fact, I think a lot of the music is equally good or better this time around. My wife missed out the first time around, so I'm glad she can take part this time around.

    As for the 90s, are you considering that Lollapalooza-type music? I would like to see the Chili Peppers play Roller Coaster of Love in a casino, just like in Beavis & Butthead.

    Speaking of B&B, does anyone else say it when they pass the hoover dam on their way into town? I do, every time.

    schwaiguy
     
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    As mentioned, I think the Hard Rock does a good job bringing back both famous and obscure 80s and 90s bands for concerts. I notice Motley Crue is back for another short residency.

    Also, you cannot beat the Fremont Street summer Rock of Vegas concerts for great 80s rock entertainment.

    Plus, it seems to me that almost every in-house casino bar band has a standard list of 80s and 90s classics that they run through every night along with current hits.
     
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