It looks as if gambling and bachelorette party weekends are about to come with a side of Britney. As her negotiations continue, it's seeming more and more likely that Ms. Spears will be shacking up in the city where she once tried to shack up with ex-hubby Jason Allen Alexander at age 22. Let's hope she doesn't get too comfy in Vegas. Her antics can't be constrained to one city just yet.
Vegas has long pursued whatever the art of music throws at America, from country to '80s rock and now, to dubstep. Courting the genre of "wobble wobble," the city is bringing Skrillex and the Cirque Du Soleil together for what is sure to be an acid trip of entertainment. Our bets are that LIGHT, the venue behind the epic show, will host many Hangover-esque adventures.
The best mouse-headed DJ of this millennium (or any) began a residency in Vegas at the beginning of 2012, proving that the city wasn't just about crooners but electronic music too. Sometimes you need something more upbeat than Celine Dion to get down to in Sin City.
Remember when Joaquin Phoenix fell off the stage during his odd hip-hop performance in Vegas? As much as he thought this was a grand hoax serving his larger documentary I'm Still Here, no one could ever forget that day. Maybe there was something all too real about the bearded, shouting man we saw that day.
Who doesn't want to spend New Years Eve dancing to "99 Problems" and making out to "Sparks"? It should be no surprise that Jay-Z and Coldplay's legendary year-ending show in Vegas in 2010 was such a success. Their Vegas show was so epic that even Kanye West and Beyoncé stopped by, and Jay Play got together to bring down the house again the next year in Brooklyn.
Our favorite singer of "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" and cutout cameo in I Heart Huckabees made an epic return to music in 2011 when she began a 2-year residency in Vegas. After a bumpy divorce, a reality show on Oprah Winfrey's network and the slow recovery of her voice, Vegas was Shania's chance to get back in the game. Her show is known to feature her singing "You're Still the One" to a horse, for what it's worth.
Celine Dion is synonymous with two things: Vegas and sinking the Titanic. Indeed, our hearts went on—and on—as Dion began her second Vegas residency in 2011, this time with a full orchestra behind her. Her "Celine" residency made her the most profitable act in Vegas, since Elvis of course. It's hard to beat the king.
GNR kicked off a month-long residency in Vegas last year called "Appetite for Democracy," a play on their Chinese Democracy album title. While the group arguably looked a little worse for the wear, they gave fans plenty of spectacle, including a levitating piano. Are we full yet?
The man, the legend, the artist himself set up camp in Vegas for a whole two years at his own venue, 3121. Fighting rumors that this somehow meant his retirement into Vegasland forever, he played stripped-down shows that provided a major contrast to the flying monkeys and topless girls that make Vegas an arms' race of spectacle. If only it had lasted...
Out of many music legends, Elton John got especially comfy in Vegas. His "The Red Piano" and "The Million Dollar Piano" show residencies found him there twice, where he eventually rang in his 3000th show as a musician. He's still playing at The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, so there's still plenty of time to catch him in the city of lights.
Just when fans thought they would never see Cher perform live again after her farewell tour, the "Believe" singer announced a residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. From May 2008 to February 2011, the Vegas icon dazzled audiences with her costume changes, dancers and classic songs including "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "The Beat Goes On."
Las Vegas wouldn't have the level of spectacle that it has today without the mashup of animal taming and magic tricks that Siegfried and Roy brought to it. The duo spent 13 years performing their act before Roy was bitten in the neck by his tiger Montecore. Last we heard, he and the tiger were still good friends, but the magic was gone.
The king himself had an ambivalent love affair with Vegas. When he first played there, Newsweek described his show as "like a jug of corn liquor at a champagne party." That critic got spurned years later, when the rock legend returned to make millions off the city.
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