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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Review Stevie Nicks in Las Vegas December 17th

FIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT STEVIE NICKS WITH THE PRETENDERS AT PARK THEATER (DECEMBER 17)
by Spencer Patterson
Las Vegas Weekly



1. For the record, the first song performed publicly at the Las Vegas Strip’s newest music venue—attached to the Monte Carlo resort (soon to be rebranded with the same Park name as the theater and adjacent outdoor plaza)—was “Alone,” the title track from the Pretenders’ latest studio album. The first hit, 1981’s “Message of Love,” arrived two numbers later.

The sound inside Park Theater ranged from fairly muddled for the Pretenders’ first half-dozen songs (turn up Chrissie Hynde’s vocals!; and is that slide guitarist actually playing, ’cause we can’t hear him at all) to somewhat improved midway through that opening set (Hynde sounds great, but there’s still no slide in here) to pretty pristine for Stevie Nicks’ headlining performance (which bodes well for the future).

3. The venue lays out roughly like the Colosseum at Caesars Palace or the Axis at Planet Hollywood, though it’s less ornate than the former and less comfy than the latter. The lobby’s chandeliers and the second floor’s circular patio deck are memorable touches, and two giant side-stage screens provided close views of the musicians, but the theater itself felt a bit generic for Las Vegas’ most modern concert hall.

Sight lines seemed clear across the venue—unless you were seated on the flat floor and someone stood up in directly in front of you. The primo seats appear to be those in sections 201 through 205, and then working back.

A few logistical quibbles: Armrest drink holders render armrests virtually useless (there’s a reason most venues build their drink holders into the backs of the seats in front of you). Concession lines looked lengthy all night, probably because there aren’t many areas set up to sell food and drinks at this point. And upstairs bathrooms are quite small, so time your visits wisely.

4. The Pretenders are one of those, “Oh, I know that song!” bands. Serious fans aside, I doubt most attendees knew they’d recognize so many tunes on Saturday—“Back on the Chain Gang,” “I’ll Stand by You,” “My City Was Gone,” “Middle of the Road” and “Brass in Pocket” among them—and the band still left some of its classic cuts (like “Talk of the Town” and “Show Me”) unplayed during a healthy 15-song set.

At age 65, Hynde remains a strong singer and a magnetic presence, bringing an Elvis T-shirt and good grand-opening awareness to the stage: “Elvis played on this stage … in spirit. We’re the first band to play this stage.” She also marveled that Las Vegas will soon have hockey, and delivered this zinger during her intro of 65-year-old founding drummer Martin Chambers: “We couldn’t get Buddy Rich, because he’s dead.”

5. Nicks explained that she designed her latest solo tour to excavate deeper cuts from her catalog, and she did just that Saturday night, at one point reeling off six-consecutive non-charting songs between Fleetwood Mac classic “Gypsy” and synthy solo favorite “Stand Back.” That unorthodox approach largely succeeded, on the strength of Nicks’ still-powerful pipes (her voice sits in a lower octave these days but retains its singular, spine-tingling quality), her crack eight-piece backing band (Hynde also joined in for “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around") and her folksy between-song storytelling. The 68-year-old singer occasionally got off track as she related the origins of songs like Buckingham-Nicks oldie “Crying in the Night” or newer solo composition “New Orleans,” but the loose approach brought a cozy, living-room vibe to the sold-out, 5,300-capacity room.

Of course, the crowd cheered loudest for the night’s closing quartet of all-timers—“Gold Dust Woman” and “Edge of Seventeen,” and then “Rhiannon” and “Landslide” in the encore—and whenever Nicks twirled in place, proving that even in shiny new buildings on just-enlivened stretches of the Las Vegas Strip, some things never change.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Review, Photos, Press Release Stevie Nicks Opens Park Theater in Las Vegas

PARK THEATER AT MONTE CARLO OFFICIALLY OPENS
WITH UNFORGETTABLE OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE BY STEVIE NICKS AND THE PRETENDERS SATURDAY, DEC. 17

PR Newswire – LAS VEGAS (DECEMBER 18, 2016) – Last night, MGM Resorts International celebrated the milestone grand opening of its newest live entertainment venue on the Las Vegas Strip – Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. The dazzling theater came to life with inaugural performances by legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks and renowned rock group The Pretenders.

The evening began with an unforgettable performance by The Pretenders, wowing guests with rousing renditions of their most beloved songs including “I’ll Stand By You” and “Back On the Chain Gang.” Then, prior to taking the stage, Nicks was presented with an honorary key to the theater and commemorated the unveiling of the venue by autographing a backstage wall, starting a tradition for all Park Theater performers to come.

Receiving a huge ovation upon her entrance, Nicks greeted the sold-out crowd, welcoming guests to the new theater.  Nicks’ performance featured a variety of hits from her multi-decade career, including “Edge of Seventeen” and “Wild Heart,” while showcasing the venue’s industry-leading technology with stunning, immersive visual graphics throughout her set. The opening night crowd was treated to a surprise duet performance of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Nicks and The Pretenders frontwoman, Chrissie Hynde.

The remarkable performance concluded with a powerful encore of “Landslide,” dedicated to MGM Resorts International executives Bill Hornbuckle and Richard Sturm for inviting Nicks to be a “part of history” as the first headliner to perform at Park Theater.

The premiere of Park Theater serves as the first step in the reimagination of Monte Carlo. The transformation, taking place over the next two years, will include two distinct hotel experiences – a Las Vegas version of Sydell Group’s famed NoMad Hotel and the launch of a new luxury hotel named Park MGM. Each will feature fully redesigned guest rooms and innovative food & beverage offerings, highlighted by Eataly, a vibrant Italian marketplace with cafes, to-go counters and full-service restaurants interspersed with high-quality products from sustainable Italian and local producers.

Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders are the first of many renowned artists who will take the stage at Park Theater. This New Year’s Weekend (December 30 and 31), the venue will welcome musical genius Bruno Mars for the launch of an extended engagement. In 2017, the one and only Cher will begin performances of her new show, “Classic Cher,” followed by international pop sensation Ricky Martin, slated to make his residency debut in April. Park Theater also will host comedians including Katt Williams, international music sensations such as Fish Leong and Il Volo and many others. Beyond live music, Park Theater will serve as a new home for MMA and boxing, among other sporting events still to be announced.

Park Theater will play a key role in MGM Resorts’ strategy to further evolve the entertainment landscape in Las Vegas, providing intimate exposure to some of the most celebrated artists and athletes. Featuring unparalleled audio and visual technology, luxurious d├ęcor and much more, the 5,200-seat venue will provide artists an exclusive space to create productions unique to the venue. Built with the audience in mind, the intimate seating allows guests to feel up close and personal for any and all events.

For more tickets or more information, please visit ParkTheaterLV.com.


Legendary Singer-Songwriter Stevie Nicks Autographs Wall Backstage at Grand Opening of Park Theater at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas - Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 - All above photos by Al Powers for Park Theater

Stevie Nicks, Pretenders shimmer at new Park Theater
by Jason Bracelin
Las Vegas Review Journal

The venue was christened with a double take, an old pro regaled by the new.

“Look, it’s us,” The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde marvelled as she gazed at 20-foot-tall versions of herself and her bandmates, her voice a mix of awe and amusement as she gawked at the video screens bookending the stage and doubling as massive mirrors as they played.

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Stevie Nicks Live in Las Vegas December 17, 2016
Grand Opening of Park Theater at Monte Carlos Resort and Casino

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