If you didn’t dance at Neon Trees’ concert, you weren’t there. Lead vocalist Tyler Glenn tornadoed onstage with a firecracker energy the crowd consumed. The band teed off with new single “Songs I Can’t Listen To,” and it was all a desert dance party from there. Glenn gyrated his hips, pirouetted in place, danced on the tips of his toes, flattened out on the floor and even high-kicked.
Chart-toppers “Animal” and “Sleeping With a Friend” generated stadium-size reactions; the sing-along audience overpowered Glenn’s vocals. At a break, the vocalist shared how Las Vegas played a crucial part in the band’s history when the Killers drummer discovered them during a gig at Jillian’s on Fremont Street, which led to the band becoming an opening act. Glenn also admitted that the band still gets nervous playing Las Vegas. He then went on to dedicate the percussion-heavy serenade “Mad Love” to the crowd.
For the encore, the band played the head-rattling hit, “Everybody Talks” and a spirited rendition of Dexys Midnight Runners’ “Come on Eileen.” To say the evening ended on a good note is an understatement. One fan exiting the pool told his friend, “It’s like the music’s still playing in my head.” Indeed, Neon Trees prescribed an experience we’re not likely to forget. ★★★★✩
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