I am not sure where my aversion to cover bands stems from, probably one too many ‘roll your eyes’ experiences of performers trying to be that which they are not and doing it badly. As a homeschooling family we are always looking for new ways to enhance our arts and cultural learning. Focusing on music appreciation and rock history I came across a series at the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton). All performing at the theater at the LVH for two night runs are: Queen Nation, Led Zepagain, The Ultimate Stones and The Stars of Beatlemania. This series of legendary British rock bands is great entertainment with great value and performances that are accurate enough to make you feel like you went back in time.
Queen Nation, which my family saw over the weekend, is a 90 minute recreation of the British band Queen and its original members Freddy Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon, (bass guitar, guitars, vocals), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). The performance was entertaining and theatrical, and all four performers were very good musicians. During the concert two large screens displayed album covers, concert photos and photo shoots from the original band. Rock history lesson indeed! Queen Nation played such classics as We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, You’re My Best Friend and Under Pressure. My children ages 11 and 8 both enjoyed the show, the music, and the bead necklaces thrown to the audience. People were dancing in the aisles, and this show really catered to all ages. Most importantly the music was amazingly accurate; if I had not been sitting close enough to know better I would have sworn it was lip-synced.
Led Zepagain aims to replicate a classic Led Zeppelin concert. The British rock band, formerly known as the New Yardbirds, consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. The Led Zepagain show is said to feature all the Zeppelin classics, including both high energy electric and melodic acoustic tracks, with customary soaring leads on the double-neck guitar and brilliant keyboard passages as well as Plant’s high, keening voice and Bonham’s trademark pounding rhythm.
Still available to see on June 29th and 30th are The Ultimate Stones, a tribute to The Rolling Stones. Another British rock band, the Stones were formed in 1962 by Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), and Keith Richards (guitar, vocals). According to the press release: The Ultimate Stones have become best known for setting the bar in performance and production standards – the great Jagger/Richards songs that we all know and love performed completely LIVE (without any sweetener tracks or audio trickery), presented in a bedazzling concert reproduction of the real deal.
The final performance of the series is The Stars of Beatlemania who perform as the four original member of The Beatles; consisting of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). The Stars of Beatlemania have performed world wide “From Japan to Brazil, and Germany to Las Vegas” and “have thrilled audiences in the world’s most prestigious theatres, and often with the world’s great symphony orchestras.” The dates for this performance are July 6th and 7th.
All show tickets range from $10 – $19 and start at 8:00 PM making it ideal for the whole family.