Celebrating Roctober with ‘Rock of Ages’

If you haven’t noticed, Vegas takes its sweet time when it comes to changing seasons. We are more than a week into the month where the entire Northern Hemisphere is warming up with pumpkin spice lattes yet we are celebrating the fact that our cars have finally stopped transforming into ovens on wheels by noon.

This time of year, our social media is blowing up with all of those enviable fall things that we still have to wait a month to experience (sweaters, boots, all things that make you warm) and we had no choice but to find a way to bust out those leg warmers before autumn envy got the best of us. The solution? Roctober.

Ah yes, here in Vegas you are reminded with “Every Breath You Take” that it is 75 degrees outside but hey, “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” with Roctober in full swing, you can “Beat It” (those can-it-just-be-cold-already blues, that is) while relaxing “All Night Long” to your favorite ’80s hits AND wear leg warmers.

Rock of Ages Photo By Denise Truscello

So, whether or not you’re in for a month of rock ‘n’ roll, we are going to indulge ourselves “With or Without You” starting with a behind the scenes tutorial of how to dress like an ’80s rocker with the cast of “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian.

Why this show? Well, the only thing missing from the rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza that is “Rock of Ages” is the smell of marijuana wafting over the audience.

This show takes you back to the days of rock ‘n’ roll hedonism where big bands had big egos, big hair and played big guitar solos. So complete is the experience that for two hours, you’ll believe it’s 1987, Ronald Reagan is president, leather miniskirts and jean jackets are cool, mullets are a fashionable hair style, and bands like Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Whitesnake and Journey are climbing the Billboard charts.

We don’t know about you, but hell, we are ready to rock and we are going to start by watching our Vegas Insider Haley Caldwell transform into a totally bitchin’ ’80s rocker.

Get your “Rock of Ages” show tickets and see the rad performance at the Venetian, any night of the week at 8 p.m.


Trading one desert for another, I moved to Las Vegas from Arizona nearly three years ago. It was something about the sparkling lights and the all-encompassing entertainment factor that persuaded me to swap cacti for casinos and dry heat for well…even drier heat. And while I do love a good show, I will always keep true to my country girl ways seeing that I am an absolute sucker for a good country concert and will always indulge the opportunity to go out country dancing! But in a city that undoubtedly has some of the world’s best cuisine, a wild assortment of endless experiences, and of course phenomenal shows, Vegas certainly has that unparalleled good time vibe that can make a city slicker out of just about anyone… including myself!