A sonic eclipse is set to take place over Las Vegas, Nevada from September 26th thru October 6th, 2019. It is a spectacle nearly fifty years in the making, and one that will likely not be repeated again. Over the span of of those eleven days, the two greatest forces in American rock n’ roll will ascend on the Las Vegas Strip for eight individual shows. If you don’t know which bands we are talking about, do a Google search for the greatest american rock bands and two names will top every list, Aerosmith and The Eagles. Far above the lights of the Vegas hotels and casinos, the sky will be filled with the sounds of the greatest songs ever written. “Sweet Emotion,” “Take it Easy,” Dream On,” Desperado,” “Toys in the Attic” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” performed by the musicians that made them famous over the past five decades. This is an opportunity for the deepest of music fans to truly be a part of something special.
From the west approaches the star of the Eagles. The legendary band that holds the honor of having the bestselling album of the century with their Greatest Hits Volume 1 record, will be playing three shows at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It will be the band’s only three U.S. shows of 2019. As if that is not special enough, they will be performing their iconic 1976 album (and 1977 Grammy winner), Hotel California in its entirety each night of the Vegas run. This is something the band has never done before…ever! They will also be playing all of the other favorites from their impressive catalog. At one time, not long ago, the future of the band was in question when founding member Glenn Frey passed away in 2016. But the remaining members of The Eagles decided to carry on and have done so without missing a beat. The group added Frey’s son, Deacon Frey, and Vince Gill to the lineup to help fill the huge gap left with the untimely passing of Glenn Frey. Take the word of a music fan that has seen the current lineup of The Eagles, they sound fantastic and will not disappoint.
From the East arrives the star of Aerosmith. The bad boys from Boston who were inspired by the sounds of The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin went on to change the face of rock n’ roll as we know it today. Fueled by the Toxic Twins, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the band left their mark on the 70’s music scene before hitting some bumps in the 80’s. But with the help of RUN DMC the band rose to even bigger success in the 90’s and 2000’s. 2019 has seen the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers hosting their Deuces are Wild residency at the Park Theater at Park MGM. The residency is much more than a concert. From the moment you step into the theater, you are submersed in Aerosmith History and memorabilia. There is a museum you can walk through, and you can even take your picture with the band’s very first tour van, as featured on History’s American Pickers show. Once the band takes the stage, you will be treated to classic hits and deep cuts through the band’s AMAZING discography.
They say whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. This rock n’ roll enigma will be the exception to that rule. People will be telling the story for decades to come about when they made the pilgrimage to Las Vegas to see America’s greatest rock n’ roll bands play on back to back nights. Every time the song “Hotel California” comes on, it will trigger the story that starts, did I ever tell you about the time I saw the Eagles play this entire album live?!?!? Or when the opening lick to “Walk this Way” starts to play, they will automatically tell the tale of Steven Tyler floating above the crowd at the Park Theater with Joe Perry as they played the song in Vegas. Others may roll their eyes after the third or fourth time of hearing it, but inside they will be thinking I wish I would have seen that.
The only difference between the people who say I was there and the ones that say I wish, is a decision. Of course, it takes planning. And yes, it does require money. But how many people miss out just because they don’t try? The ones that think those kinds of experiences are for other people…the lucky ones. Airplanes fly in and out of Las Vegas quite frequently. There are hotel rooms on the strip that can fit any budget. And there are shows almost every night of the week. All you have to do is look. Or have an Adventure Planner look for you. YOU CAN BE ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES. Okay, so you don’t have enough time to swing The Eagles and Aerosmith experience of a lifetime…How about Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Gwen Stefani, Cher, Lady Gaga or Sting? They all have upcoming residencies in Vegas in the next year. How cool would it be to see any combination of those artists? Not to mention the non-stop one-off concerts that happen in Vegas nearly every night?
The point is, with just a little effort you can put together your dream musical experience in Las Vegas. And while you are in between shows, you can take in the Bellagio Fountains, blackjack at Caesar’s Palace, the brunch buffet at Mandalay Bay, and about a million other things that Vegas has to offer (just stay away from those little cards being passed around on the strip.) Sure, some of what happens may be better to stay in Vegas, but the memories you will make at those shows….they will last a lifetime. Like Bob Seger says, “Rock n’ Roll Never Forgets.” Music and travel adventures are real and you CAN experience them for yourself. Go where the music takes you!!