Vegas Weekender: Take a musical trip through the hits

The music doesn’t get any bigger in Las Vegas than it does this week. So put on your best “Sharp-Dressed Man” outfit, jump in your “Slow Ride” and be “Hungry Like The Wolf” because you’re about to embark on a trip through the hits.


One of the biggest acts in Mowtown history, The Temptations, comes to the Orleans at 8 p.m. Friday – Saturday. The group’s achievements include a series of 37 career Top 10 hits, which include classics like “My Girl,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” and “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me).” Tickets start at $38.50.

You can’t have a list of the ’70s top hits without including “Slow Ride.” The band known for the iconic song, Foghat, is slated to perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Boulder Station. Tickets start at $19.95.

“That Little Ol’ Band from Texas,” is coming to Sunset Station with their beards and glasses. ZZ Top takes the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Station where they will perform the hits like “Legs” and “Sharp-Dressed Man,” that propelled them to their induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Queensryche brings the hard rock it built its career on during the ’80s to the House of Blues at 8 p.m. Friday. The band is known for its head-banging hits like “Eyes of a Stranger” and “Silent Lucidly.” During its 30-year career, Queensryche has sold more than 20 million albums and toured around the world with rock legends like Bon Jovi. Tickets start at $40 for standing-room only. 

Duran Duran

Duran Duran

Duran Duran stops by the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel at 8 p.m. Friday as part of its “All You Need Is Now” North American tour. The band known for hits like “Hungry Like The Wolf” brings rising stars NEON Trees along. NEON Trees has quickly made a name for itself after opening for Vegas-based band The Killers on their 2008 tour. Tickets start at $89.50.

The world’s No. 1 DJ, Tiësto, invades the Joint at 10 p.m. Oct. 1. The Dutch mixmaster has performed on the biggest stages from Ibiza to London and the 2004 Summer Olympics. His many accolades include being named the No. 1 DJ in the world for three consecutive years and a Grammy Award nomination in 2008. Tickets start at $40.

The run of another king in Las Vegas is coming to an end. “The Lion King” at Mandalay Bay has entertained audiences, young and old, since 2009 but will close Dec. 30, making these the last few months to see the show for the first time or one last time.
The production show is based on the 1994 Disney movie in which the future king of Pride Rock, Simba, overcomes the death of his father, Mufasa, to learn that his own uncle was responsible for his murder. The cast includes more than 40 actors in innovative costumes and 200 puppets to bring Pride Rock to life.

The Lion King performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The show is dark Friday. Tickets start at $66.


Vegas isn’t home to any major league professional sports but a few find their way here now and then. The L.A. Kings take on the Colorado Avalanche in the annual Frozen Fury XIV preseason hockey game at 6 p.m. Saturday at MGM Grand. Tickets start at $28.

 WBC super-bantam weight champ Toshiaki Nishioka attempts to defend his belt against Rafael Marquez at 4:15 p.m. Saturday inside the Marquee Ballroom at MGM Grand. Tickets start at $50.

Special Events

The sounds of American-engineered power come rolling into Las Vegas Wednesday – Sunday when the Las Vegas BikeFest kicks off the party in Primm before it takes over downtown. The festival features vendors, stunt shows, poker runs, custom cycle shows, bikini contests and of course plenty of parties, especially at Hogs & Heifers, which serves as a default home to the bike fest. Some events are free to attend but guests who are looking to participate in the action can purchase passes that start at $40.

  The Golden Nugget will be raffling off a new 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle at 9:15 p.m. Saturday on the Fremont Street Experience First Street Stage. Contestants can get entries in a number of different ways, including signing up for the 24 Karat Club membership, register for the BikeFest Poker Walk or Las Vegas BikeFest and by hitting a number of bets at tables and machines. Must be present to win.

The Venetian and Palazzo celebrate their second annual Festivino, a celebration of Bordeaux wines throughout the month of October. The two resorts will kick off the celebration with a wine tasting Friday and will have special menus and wine specials at select restaurants and bars. The wine tasting runs from 7-9 p.m. and features wineries such as Château Giscours and Reserve de Barons de Rothschild. Master sommeliers will be hand to teach guests about each wine. Tickets for the wine tasting are $40.

Boulder City, located about 35 minutes east of Las Vegas on the way to Hoover Damn, will hold its 49th annual Art in the Park event Saturday-Sunday. The event features more than 320 original artists in the fine art, fine/contemporary craft and traditional craft categories. The free event, which draws more than 100,000 visitors, benefits the Boulder City Hospital.