Some bands are defined by their members—Ringo Starr and three other dudes are not The Beatles, for example. But Foreigner is a trademark sound: clichéd, superficial, but imminently singable lyrics driven by addictive, adolescent, crotch-rock power chords. This is good news for the only remaining founding member, Mick Jones, whose latest lineup used that satisfying Foreigner stamp to blow the roof off of Green Valley Ranch on April 29. Foreigner also used the stage as a philanthropic platform to help school music programs, with Basic High School’s choir providing onstage background vocals for “I Want to Know What Love Is.” The crowd welcomed the Henderson students, and Basic received $1,000 toward its choir program with an additional undisclosed amount going to VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. Plus, it was great to see a rock band getting high school girls onstage for purely laudable reasons.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.