Why Musicians Love Vegas Residencies
Credit Celine Dion, the 'Hollywood Reporter' says
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2013 12:03 PM CDT
Britney Spears performs in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sept. 27, 2011.   (AP Photo/Leonid Naidiouk)

(Newser) – It used to be kind of sad when you heard a rock star was going to take up a recurring gig in Las Vegas, but now younger artists like Deadmau5 and Britney Spears are showing up there, and no one seems embarrassed for them. What happened? As the Hollywood Reporter explains, you can thank Celine Dion. Her A New Day residency at Caesars spruced up the typical Vegas gig—rather than a lounge act, it involved special effects like smoke and fire—and other entertainers, including Elton John, followed suit. (Though Spears is said to be upset with the small size of her Planet Hollywood stage, and not sure where the pyrotechnics will be, according to the New York Daily News.) At the same time, the median age for Vegas tourists dropped from 49 to 45, making Sin City an appealing place for artists who are popular with a younger set.

But perhaps the biggest draw for musicians is the fact that their biggest tour expense—transportation—is cut way down. "You can do bigger things by not having to tear [the set] down every night, drive 300 miles and build it back up," says Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil; the band is currently doing its second residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. "On the last run, it was basically a circus—we had little people, flying people ... a cast of, like, 50 performers. You can't take that many people around. It's not cost effective." Speaking of Dion, she recently gave Spears some advice for her Vegas gigs. Spears should "find a balance between the artist that she is and the mother," Dion tells ET Canada. "Try to find an emotional balance and cope with those two and be the best of both worlds."

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Oct 4, 2013 2:13 PM CDT
The real reason for a rock star to love Las Vegas is the city attracts trashy audiences who aspire to get money through gambling rather than producing wealth (useful goods and useful services). Casinos are smoker friendly and that attracts the lowest class of people who conform to their place and gravitate to low class music by performers who are more entertainers who amuse drunks than artists who earn the right to be respected as concert musicians who had put in years of sustained hard effort to really learn how to play a musical instrument.
Oct 4, 2013 12:52 AM CDT
It's interesting how many people are negative on living in Las Vegas. I've lived there for a few years now and love it. Bought a 5 bedroom 3 bathroom house fo 100k in a great neighborhood. Got a decent job in the gaming industry that pays me 65k a year. The weather is awesome and the weekend entertainment is great. The people here are really cool to. I've lived all over the U.S. and Las Vegas is definitely the best of all the cities I've tried. Just don't gamble away your paycheck, and take the time to find some great outdoor hobbys to involve yourself in. The desert is beautiful out here.
Oct 3, 2013 8:10 PM CDT
Lost Wages is a cesspool of toxic tobacco smoke, which should be bombed back into the Stone Age.