Four shows, 80 songs for Cheap Trick in Vegas

The Kats! As of this writing, the office is Betfred of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. This is the Book Shop operated by Mohegan Sun Casino. I couldn’t understand why Virgin didn’t go more aggressive with its in-person sports betting annex. You still can’t bet here, as the operators aren’t licensed in Nevada yet. So it looks more like a business center than a sports betting center, like someone is printing faxes.

Maybe that’s what attracted me. I can just plug and play and no one bothers me.

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A new trick

cheap stuff repeated on Friday.

“We don’t do this very often”, great guitar Rick Nielsen said a few hours before this rehearsal.

When was the last time the band rehearsed?

“1974,” Nielsen said.

He was joking. Cheap Trick rehearsed in earnest for the last time before playing their entire “Sgt. Pepper Live” revival at the Las Vegas Hilton (now Westgate) in 2009. The band returned for a tour at the Strat Theater, having opened this weekend and played twice more on Friday and Saturday.

The concept is new, at least for Cheap Trick, of playing different eras every night, from 1975-85, ’85-’95 until his most recent release, “In Another World”, last April.

“We wanted to put on something special and do four different shows and four different sets,” Nielsen said. “So it’s, I think, over 80 songs. But it should be fun. We can not wait to be there.

These dates could lead to an extended run for Cheap Trick at The Strat, but fans should be patient. The band toured Australia for three weeks with Stone Temple Pilots; is co-starred with High ZZ across Canada in April and May; went out with Rod Stewart for a US tour through September; and finally a UK series coming in the fall. That leaves November as the likely earliest time frame for Cheap Trick to play Vegas again.

Mahomes moves the chains

Patrick Mahomes and his Kansas City Chiefs entourage visited Delilah at the Wynn Las Vegas for dinner and Zouk nightclub at Resorts World Las Vegas on Friday night. This was the second set of stockings, so to speak, for Mahomes’ very Vegas bachelor party. The superstar quarterback and insurance pitchman is set to wed Brittany Matthews This year.

Peripheral references to column favorites savannah lynx, perform at Delilah on Saturday; and Charlie Jordan, who grew up in VegasVille as Zouk’s first DJ. The headliner Louis l’Enfant closed the evening.

Earlier, the group played golf at the majestic Summit Club.

Silence Footsteps Sounds

The sound quality at Allegiant Stadium seems to improve with each show. I had been a little nervous about Friday’s Metallica show, remembering the uneven sound mix of Garth Brooks in July and (especially) Guns N’ Roses at the stadium. I couldn’t wait for Slash’s next solo that night, because Axl Rose the voices were almost inaudible.

The Rolling Stones show was a step up and the building withstood the torrent of sound produced by Metallica. What we experienced, for the most part, was that the tour sound crews found the place. Any show that arrives at Allegiant Stadium will use its own technical team, and shows can be hit and miss. Rehearsing the performances gave these tours a kind of scouting report on how to calibrate the audio setup.

I actually watched the Wynn Field Club show, my first time to a full show at this club. And it’s a club experience, open to performance. It’s a good place if you don’t want to hustle on the floor. The Golden Knights game played on one of the monitors inside, but to see the show you had to duck out. It’s kind of like Hyde Lounge at T-Mobile Arena, a cool place outside of the concert experience.

Arts District Duck

The night before the show, the Metallica crew ventured to Esther’s Kitchen in the Arts District. The band and tour staff were at the restaurant. This would be Esther’s most famous artist cover since Bailiff dropped a few UsherBucks at the spot last March.

great escape

COVID knocked out John Mayer for the second time, launching four shows in his “Sob Rock” touring schedule. But Mayer’s reservation at the MGM Grand Garden for March 11 is still ongoing. This show is actually the reboot of Mayer’s tour.

Bono hits 22

“The Dennis Bono Show” celebrated its 22nd anniversary Thursday at the South Point Showroom. Anne Martinez, Niki Scalera and Giada Valenti were the featured guest vocalists. Bono’s “bored limbs” Frankie Scinta, Vinny Adinolfi and Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips also joined the party. Rich Little also showed up, as a surprise guest, at an old-school Vegas-style dripping event. Featuring the Music Director Joey Singer and sidekick Corrie Sachs. Bono’s simulcast is at 2 p.m. Thursdays at South Point, a hint of what our town was like.

cool hang alert

A little more gas for “Life In The Fast Lane,” our annual anniversary celebration and fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, scheduled for 8 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.) Sunday at the Copa Room at Tuscany Suites . No gifts and no cover charge. Donate to the cause at and search my name. We have over 30, but less than 40, performers lined up for a show themed around all forms of transportation. Bring your own 1967 Mercury Cougar. I know I am.

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