The long rumored Journey Hard Rockresidency was confirmed today. Color me uninspired this announcement. Initial rumors were that this Journey residency was to include the original lineup featuring lead singer Steve Perry. That doesn’t seem to be the case.
Shows at The Joint will be on The Joint on April 29 and then May 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15 and 16.
Even though current singer, Arnel Pineda, is fun to watch as the singer this is nothing more than a Journey cover band in my eyes. They could be playing at the Fremont Street Experienceon a random Tuesday night. Maybe Steve Perry is happy singing along with the 7th inning stretch song a San Francisco Giants games.
Tickets for Journey at the Hard Rock at over $60 after fees and taxes and go on sale January 16th. If you’d rather save the money you can see an hour of Journey’s concert in Manilla below (or buy DVD on Amazon for less than $30). It’s pretty awesome if you like Journey.
I was bored last week so I decided to spend a day and night in Downtown Vegas mostly on Fremont Street. Surprisingly, I didn’t gamble much but I had a great time anyway. I’ll be sharing highlights throughout the week.
One of the highlights last week was outside on Fremont Street when I walked into and out of The D. There was a two person band on the 3rd street stage called Bridge. Bridge are two dudes playing hard rock and heavy metal classics on cello.
Bridge isn’t new to Vegas. You may have seen them performing on the Vegas Strip or on Fremont Street at some point in the past couple years. On this mellow Thursday night I caught them performing for tips on the big stage playing songs from Guns N Roses, Metallica and AC/DC.
If you’re an older metalhead you’ll get a kick out of their show. I’m not quite a metalhead but I knew every song they played. There’s definitely some skill here.
You can see a 25 minute set below (there’s much more on the YouTube) and learn more about Bridge on Facebook. If you see the guys in person and like what you here drop ’em a couple bucks for the good times.
Summer in Vegas is awesome. Fun by the pool (or in the air conditioning) during the day and free concerts in Downtown Vegas under the Fremont Street Experience at night! Fremont Street Experience announced the first batch of free concerts this week. There are 3 shows missing that I’ll fill in as they’re announced. Hopefully they’ll fill in with more mediocre 70’s-80’s-90’s rock. I say this with love.
The shows are always packed so I tend to avoid Downtown Vegas on nights when there are bands that were popular playing. That said chances are good that I’ll make it for Soul Asylum so I can relive my college DJ years.
May 24 — Karmin, 1st Street Stage
June 14 — 3 Doors Down, 3rd Street Stage
July 4 — Papa Roach, POD, Lit, 3rd Street Stage
July 18 — Summerland Tour 2014: Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Space Hog, 1st Street Stage
August 9 — Seether, 1st Street Stage
August 15 — Deep Purple, 3rd Street Stage
August 30 —Fuel, Filter, Local H, 1st Street Stage
The Who is the newest addition to the Fremont Street Experience Viva Vision show on that you see and hear playing on the canopy above you outside of most Downtown Vegas casinos. The 7 minute show will begin this fall and run for 3 years. Here’s the lowdown on the music that they’ll play.
The new, 3D Viva Vision Show, titled “The Who: Miles Over Vegas,” will feature three songs by The Who: “Pinball Wizard,” “I Can See for Miles” and “My Generation.”
Viva Vision isn’t an exclusive reason to visit Downtown Vegas but it’s fun to walk out of a casino while some classic rock jams are playing and lighting up the canopy.
I never used to be a fan of The Who but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come around on them and really enjoy some of their music. As long as Fremont Street Experience is adding former Super Bowl performers maybe they’ll add Beyonce or Britney Spears on Viva Vision someday. For the meantime, I’ll enjoy The Who.
The Golden Nugget will not be charging a Resort Fee. Our Strip competitors are charging up to $25 in daily Resort Fees for use of certain hotel amenities regardless if they are used or not. Beginning July 1st, we will be adding a $5 Fremont Street Fee per day to room bookings. The Fremont Street Experience is an amazing 5-block attraction with free nightly light shows, bars, retail, unique vendors, and security. There are significant costs associated with maintaining the Fremont Street Experience and rather than raise hotel rates or charge high resort fees we have chosen to keep our rates low and implement a nominal $5 fee (80% less than Strip Resort Fees).
Base room rates at Golden Nugget for the next couple months range between $47 and $209. The $5 Fremont Street Experience price increase represents a room rate increase between 2% and 10%. The Cosmopolitan resort fee added about 10% to the cost of their rooms. It doesn’t seem like occupancy at Cosmopolitan was effected by the rate increase and it probably won’t hurt the Nugget because the surcharge isn’t as drastic to the customer.
Hotels add resort fees on top of room rates so that third-party travel sites can’t commission on sales. Last year ago I hypothesized, jokingly, that we’ll soon see free rooms with $100 resort fees so that hotels can avoid paying companies like Expedia. Unless the government steps in to stop hotels from adding fees they will continue to use them as a way to increase room prices and avoid paying third-party booking companies.
Personally, I’ve lost so many times gambling at the Golden Nugget without ever winning that I won’t step foot in there. The price increase is annoying but it’s not out of line. If I didn’t have such strong feelings against the casino this small increase in prices wouldn’t keep me from returning.