Vegas Seven

Sean DeFrank

A Southern Nevada resident since 1974, DeFrank worked for the Las Vegas Review-Journal for more than 13 years, primarily as a sports copy editor but also covering the city of Henderson in the late ‘90s, before coming to Vegas Seven just in time for its launch. The UNLV graduate is also a U.S. Army infantry veteran, and was recalled to active duty in 1991 as part of Operation Desert Storm. He lives in Henderson with his wife, enjoys traveling and going to concerts, and loves his UNLV Rebels.

  • Concerts

    Album Format Plays to Yes’ Strengths

    By Sean DeFrank

    Yes has taken the trend of bands playing entire albums in concert and perfected it.

  • Concerts

    ZZ Top and Jeff Beck Get the Blues to Find Common Ground

    By Sean DeFrank

    Although both ZZ Top and Jeff Beck have deep roots in the blues, this pairing of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers was one of significantly disparate styles.

  • Music

    Riviera Goes on a Big Blues Bender

    By Sean DeFrank

    The Big Blues Bender, September 25-29 at the Riviera, will be headlined by B.B. King and George Thorogood, and will feature more than 20 other renowned acts such as Blind Boys of Alabama and Buckwheat Zydeco.

  • Seven Questions

    Seven Questions for Tick Segerblom

    By Sean DeFrank

    The state senator on his passion for medical marijuana, running for governor and the last time he inhaled

  • Concerts

    Boston Reels Back the Years

    By Sean DeFrank

    For a band whose hits have been so firmly embedded into the classic-rock canon for nearly 40 years, Boston remains largely unfamiliar as a live act.

  • The Making of Greg Maddux

    By Sean DeFrank

    Once upon a time, the guy 'Sports Illustrated' called ‘the best right-handed pitcher born in 100 years’ was just a Las Vegas kid with a wicked sense of humor, a killer instinct and an off-speed pitch to die for. This is the story of Greg Maddux’s early years, as told by the men who shared the field with him.

  • The Dog Days: The Heat Is On!

    Looshie on the Rocks

    By Sean DeFrank

    The dog was first spotted on a hot day near the end of May, meandering along the majestic sandstone cliffs. She had been abandoned at the Calico 1 Trailhead, the first stop along the 13-mile Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive. With the temperature reaching triple digits, it was essential to round up the dog as soon as possible.

  • The Latest

    Baker Is Heating Up a Longtime Landmark

    By Sean DeFrank

    The World’s Tallest Thermometer is ready to rise again. The 134-foot-tall structure in Baker, California, was turned off in 2012 after years of disrepair, but the roadside icon is scheduled to be relit at 3 p.m. July 10, with the adjacent gift shop also reopening that day.

  • Bar Hall of Fame 2014

    The Third Annual Las Vegas Bar Hall of Fame

    By Geoff Carter, Sean DeFrank, Matt Jacob, James P. Reza, Jason Scavone, Lissa Townsend Rodgers

    With input from you, dear readers and dedicated drinkers, we’re immortalizing five more iconic Valley watering holes. Here’s the list of 34 nominees …

  • Concerts

    Steve Winwood Kicks Out the Jams

    By Sean DeFrank

    Steve Winwood all but dismissed the latter chapter of his career, instead stretching out 11 songs over a 90-minute set that featured extensive jamming from Winwood, who played both Hammond organ and guitar, and his accompanying four-piece band.

  • Sports

    UNLV Pitcher Erick Fedde Becomes the Nationals’ Next Vegas Connection

    By Sean DeFrank

    Las Vegas might never get a Major League Baseball team of its own, but the nation’s capital is becoming a surrogate home for our city’s top talent. When the Washington Nationals selected UNLV junior right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde with the No. 18 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft on June 5, he became the latest Vegas-related link to the team.

  • The Last Words of Tupac Shakur

    By Sean DeFrank

    Nearly two decades after the iconic rapper was gunned down near the Strip, his story has passed into legend. But for the Metro cop who was first on the scene, that night remains chillingly real.

  • Concerts

    Perry Farrell Adds Constant Interruption to Jane’s Addiction’s Nothing’s Shocking

    By Sean DeFrank

    It detracted at times from what was otherwise a delightful celebration of one of alt-rock’s seminal albums, a wonderful confluence of beauty and brawn fueled by imagery of sex and drugs.

  • 21st Century Rebels

    By Sean DeFrank, Matt Jacob and Greg Blake Miller

    UNLV basketball has always been important to this town’s identity, and a big part of that has been the fans’ ability to get to know the players. But in today’s college basketball scene, players are rarely with the same program for four years, or even three. Has it become more difficult for the community to […]

  • Concerts

    Concert Review: Mastodon

    By Sean DeFrank

    Mastodon welcomed itself to the crowd with the ascending 13-minute epic “Hearts Alive,” which showcased everything that makes the Atlanta-based band as tremendous and powerful as their name implies.

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