Thirty years after the release of its chart-topping debut album, the prog-rock “supergroup” no longer can fill arenas, but instead is playing clubs and theaters this tour. With the foursome filling the small Ovation stage, they played much of that 1982 album, opening with “Only Time Will Tell” and “Wildest Dreams,” before delving into the rest of their catalog, including three songs from their latest album XXX. Guitarist Steve Howe played an acoustic set, and singer/bassist John Wetton and keyboardist Geoff Downes performed a couple of newer songs without further accompaniment. Taking drummer Carl Palmer out of the mix for such a long period dragged the show’s energy level down, but his return for the driving “Cutting It Fine” and “Holy War,” which led into a fiery Palmer solo, brought the pulse back up. Asia had been playing its 1982 single “Sole Survivor” to lead the encore at nearly every other show this tour, but chose to skip it here, instead sleepwalking though its signature hit, “Heat of the Moment,” before leaving the stage. It was a weak ending to a show that could have delivered much more. ★★☆☆☆
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.