By Heather Turk
Almost everyone has a favorite rock concert they’ve been to over the years. While the bands might be different, there are certain classic rock acts that repeatedly get mentioned as the best of the best whenever you ask someone what their favorite rock concert was—groups like Kiss, Journey, Heart and Van Halen.
Now, Las Vegas audiences can relive the glory days of rock ’n’ roll during a 90-minute tribute show that pays homage to the genre’s greatest acts appropriately titled “World’s Greatest Rock Show.”
Produced by veteran Las Vegas producer Dick Feeney and Red Mercury Entertainment owner Darin Feinstein, “World’s Greatest Rock Show” lives up to its name by featuring six talented tribute acts performing the hit songs that made their real-life rock ’n’ roll counterparts household names. Audiences will be in awe as each act takes the stage, as they not only sound like the rock stars they are portraying, but they look like them, too.
“We’re giving you as close to the real thing as you can get, and after years of producing ‘The Rat Pack is Back’ and ‘MJ Live,’ I am convinced that is what folks prefer,” Feeney told Sunseeker.
The show premiered at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower on April 4 with a star-studded lineup that had audience members on their feet dancing along to the music. Currently, the show features tribute acts performing as Bruce Springsteen, Heart, Van Halen, Journey, Meat Loaf and Kiss, with plans to develop additional acts and change the lineup in the future. Each act plays for approximately 15 minutes and is backed by a full band that’s specific to each act’s needs.
“It’s not just a singer with the same backup musicians,” Feeney noted. “All instruments and vocals are live, too, except for a few sweetening tracks.”
Feeney said he is especially proud of the talent featured in the show, as “it is by far the top talent in the business.” While the producer admitted that he and Feinstein had a general idea of which acts they wanted to pay tribute to in the show when casting the production (“We wanted to go with groups that had a minimum of four blockbuster hits and at least one hit that could be considered a stadium rock anthem,” Feeney explained), it was the talent who showed up to audition that truly decided the final lineup.
Although even the most casual rock ’n’ roll fan will no doubt be singing along to such familiar songs as Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” Kiss’ “Rock and Roll All Nite” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” during the show, die-hard fans of the groups featured in the production will appreciate Feeney and Feinstein’s attention to detail when bringing the acts to life. From Kiss’ striking makeup and costumes to the girl in the audience the Bruce Springsteen tribute artist pulls onstage to dance with him while performing “Dancing in the Dark” (a nod to Courteney Cox, who was pulled up onstage to dance with The Boss while filming his “Dancing in the Dark” video), it’s clear “World’s Greatest Rock Show” was a labor of love for all involved. There’s even a funny bit involving a very confused Ozzy Osbourne impersonator wandering around aimlessly onstage between certain sets.
Guests can also sip tasty cocktails named after some of the songs performed in the show while watching the rockin’ production, like the Barracuda, a mix of Absolut Lime vodka, Malibu rum, blue curaçao and pineapple juice, and the Panama: Patrón Silver tequila with peach purée, lime and Sierra Mist.
While Feeney wouldn’t divulge which act was his favorite in the show (“I can’t say because the cast will definitely see this,” he smartly replied), he did share with Sunseeker that there are many bands he would like to see join “World’s Greatest Rock Show’s” tribute lineup someday, including Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Queen and AC/DC. For now, though, he’s more than satisfied with the current lineup of rock legends the show pays tribute to, and the diverse group of ticket holders it should attract.
“I’m always thinking about the next show idea,” Feeney said. “Part of the consideration of what might work is based on audience demographics, and there is a huge group [of people]between the ages of 21 and 70 that love all sorts of rock.”
“World’s Greatest Rock Show” rocks the Stratosphere Theater Tuesday through Sunday at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $65 plus tax and fees. Guests must be five years of age or older to attend. Be sure to stick around after the show, as the cast members are available for photos in the theater lobby. For more information on “World’s Greatest Rock Show,” visit stratospherehotel.com.
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