Sin City - otherwise known as Las Vegas, set in the heart of the Nevada desert, is a haven for all things loud. Everything is brighter, shinier and bigger there - and that includes gay entertainment, and some of your favourite pop stars and singers. Whether you’re there to gamble or to hit the shows, there’s a lot to see, do and enjoy. Whether that’s partying in one of Las Vegas’ gay bars, gambling it up in one of the legendary casinos or otherwise, Britney Spears performing during her Piece of Me residency if you don’t go to see one some of the legendary Las Vegas concerts, you’re missing out. Here’s our gay guide to some of the best shows of the past.
Yes, Britney came back, just like she told us she would, at the end of 2013 with the ‘Piece of Me’ tour. Taking place at The Axis auditorium in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, most people were pleasantly surprised. Others, like Rollingstone.com, wondered aloud if her best was behind her. ‘Piece of Me’ was Britney’s return to the public eye after her 2007 and 2008 public breakdowns. And what a return - with Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez attending, fans enjoyed an even more fabulous opening night out than they first bargained for.
While Forbes.com voiced concern that the Princess of Pop was being overpaid for her Las Vegas shows (obviously, despite her fabulousness), it has since been announced that La Spears will be extending her shows into late 2015, such is their popularity. Good on you, Britney.
How can any list not include the Chippendales? It’s one of Las Vegas’ biggest shows, performed at the the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, a ten-million dollar theater and lounge built specifically for them. That’s right - it’s a different sort of gay bar, where the entertainment is of a higher quality than usual. The Chippendales are a regular - and fabulous - crowd-puller of the Las Vegas strip.
Incorporating a changing lineup to keep regular attenders on their toes, including celebrities, such as Joey Lawrence of ‘Blossom’ fame, visitors can look forward to excellent choreography, fantastic musical numbers and, erm, great bodies.
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Surprisingly new to the Las Vegas scene, how could we mention ‘fabulousness’ and ‘Las Vegas’ in one sentence and NOT make a mention of the one, the only, Lady Gaga?
Choosing Las Vegas as the first two nights to kick off her ‘Cheek to Cheek’ tour with fellow crooner Tony Bennett, Gaga received rave reviews. It was at The Cosmopolitan casino, as Forbes.com mentioned, resort that Gaga transformed from a mere pop singer to a chanteuse, according to Forbes, demonstrating that there is more to her than her fabulous makeup and costume choices (the meat dress, anyone?)
And, while we’re on the subject of synonyms for ‘fabulous’ and ‘Las Vegas’, we present an old hand - Barbra Streisand.
You have to hand it to Ms Streisand - she’s not only stormed the Las Vegas stage countless times (A New Year’s concert, originally meant to be a two day event, sold out within an hour and later became a half-year long, multi-city tour). A few years ago, she held the record for having the highest priced tour tickets of all time. The rumours have been flying that she has yet more Las Vegas shows planned for the future...
Want to see what makes Barbra so special? Here she is, back at the Las Vegas MGM Grand:
Liza Minnelli. There, we said it.
Weighing in at almost an equal amount of Las Vegas performances as Barbra Streisand, Liza (‘with a ‘Z’)’s lineage almost made it inevitable that she would one day rule the Nevada desert kingdom.
And that she did - several times over. After coming down with a serious case of viral encephalitis in 2000, she was told she would never walk, and maybe not even speak (let alone sing) ever again. Thankfully, she recovered and returned with one of her greatest shows of all - the triumphant, enthusiastically received Liza’s Back! in 2002.
And, obviously she’s not through yet - she’s pumping out fresh material as well as old favourites all of the time. Here she is ‘At the Palace’ in 2009:
Photo Credit: YouTube.com, georgemichael channel
Onto a memorable tour for other reasons.
His first North American tour in 17 years, George Michael’s visit to Las Vegas became infamous for his extra-curricular activities. Proclaiming he was happy to be home afterwards, Watford’s very own boy wowed the crowd, despite being 40 minutes late on stage. With a fantastic set list, plenty of audience interaction and memorable accompanying visuals (such as a video of Dita Von Teese’s champagne glass routine) it was a shame that other events overshadowed the memories of a fantastic set.
With probably his most famous hit ‘Careless Whisper’, here he is performing on his 25 Live tour: