Vegas gaining steam as a rock and metal town

Posted by on August 22, 2017

In the 1950’s, great musicians such as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby played to packed out crowds in Las Vegas, laying the foundation for future generations of performers to gig in the Nevadan desert. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that 1950’s tribute bands are becoming increasingly popular in Las Vegas. Harking back to simpler days of jazz, rock and roll and rhythm and blues is becoming more and more appealing to the younger generation.

Since the heady days of the 1950’s, it has become the norm for art, film, TV and merchandise to be produced to remind people of the era. 888casino has taken advantage of this. with the online casino successfully reminding players of the era’s pop and rock music through the Glorious 50’s slot game. The birth of the rock era clearly had an effect on every industry. Less than 20 years later, rock gave birth to heavy metal, and while there are many venues in Las Vegas that cater to every genre, metal and hard rock certainly has a place in Sin City.

Famous Heavy Metal bands from Vegas

Ranker have rated the level of fame that heavy metal bands from Vegas have achieved.

  • Escape the Fate are at number 4 on the list overall, making them the highest on the list in the genre of heavy metal.
  • At number 8 is Mark Slaughter.
  • Just below Mark Slaughter in 9 is the band he founded before going solo, Slaughter.
  • Perhaps the most extreme Vegas band, who came in at  number 13, is Goatlord. Even though they stopped performing in 1997 their legacy remains.

Notable earnings and attendance figures:

In 2016, Volbeat, Black Stone Cherry & Monster Truck performed to 2,623 fans at The Joint in Las Vegas. The gross sales amounted to $114,350 with the most expensive ticket $125. Black Sabbath & Rival Sons also performed in 2016, they managed to gain an attendance of 8,555 with gross sales amounting to $962,808. The attendances at these events may have been quite small in comparison to other heavy metal acts around America but the returns were very impressive, everything really is bigger in Vegas!


Where to Find Metal in Vegas? 

The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel has doubled in size since it was first built. Through the years it has seen some memorable acts including The Stones, Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses among the bands that have done residencies there. The memorabilia is also worth checking out for fans of every type of music.

The House of Blues boasts the most varied calendar in town. There are regularly heavy metal acts performing there, as well as any other genre of music you can possibly think of. Tickets can be purchased for $30 or less without pre-booking and they have a pretty impressive menu.

The Double Down Saloon hosts mainly punk music, however if you time your trip right you can find some heavy metal in there. The one time we were there, we took in a surf rock band playing a Black Sabbath medley while a topless hula dancer shook to the music. The venue has been so successful that there is an exact copy in New York. One key difference is that the club in Vegas hosts live music. Both are free.


In a nutshell

Thousands of musicians aspire to perform in Las Vegas due to the reputation it built up in the 1950’s. Tribute bands are now incredibly popular in Las Vegas due to the status that was created in the 50’s. Las Vegas has a rich history of heavy metal bands, with many of them being regarded as some of the most famous musicians to come out of Nevada. A number of famous bands have performed in the region, with the returns lucrative compared to what i elsewhere in the country. There’s even a music festival designated to the hard rock and metal, with the brilliantly named Las Rageous making it’s inaugural run with Avenged Sevenfold headlining earlier this year.


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