More famous for its Motto: "What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas." The Entertainment area of Downtown Las Vegas welcomed a host of Rock and Metal musicians to help launch a Music Festival (Las Rageous) event. The ambitious organizers of the event intend to make it a yearly fixture.
The people of Las Vegas have anticipated Las Rageous for months. Who would pass up Godsmack and Avenged Sevenfold as headliners. Then when you throw in All that Remains, Anthrax, and Breaking Benjamin, you would be set for a good old fashioned Metal/Rock Festival. But let me stop you right there. This was far from a normal Music Festival. First, downtown Las Vegas doesn't have a lot of open space for a huge festival. But they still chose this location because they wanted the festival to be intimate for the fans so they can be as close as possible and still have the feeling of a Huge Festival.
Las Rageous may grow in the next few years. But for its very first event, it was packed with 20,000 attendees. Not bad for its first time out.
There were 2 stages at the event. At the beginning of day one rocked all the way through as Avenged Sevenfold closed the night out with "A Little Piece of Heaven." Which was awesome! They chose Las Vegas to play this song as it's so rare they play it. The lead singer mentioned the song fit no other city in the World better. His quote to the crowd was "you sick fucks this is for you."
Day 1 was an epic light show. There was perfect lighting for each and every band. All of the great musicians made a real attempt to engage the crowd and every one succeeded in the goal.
There were 4 bands of day that left everyone speechless. These were: Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Of Mice & Men, and Godsmack.
These bands were the ones that truly made day 1 epic.
The moment they came on stage it was an adrenaline rush. Watching them cross back and forth across the stage and interact with the crowd and fans. I absolutely loved the pyro from Godsmacks set! I am pretty sure I lost count of how many times it went off. People in the front row will have new eye brows in a month or 2.
Next up was Day 2.
This day was the reason a lot of people bought their tickets. They came to see Avenged Sevenfold or Breaking Benjamin. All the other bands were the icing on a sugar filled, punch in your face, kick ass metal cake.
Las Rageous may be a small festival but you'll walk away feeling as if you were front row at rock on the range.
None of the Bands lowered their quality for a smaller festival. In fact it felt as if the intimacy of the location affected them as well. Each one of the bands on day 2 put on a thrilling show.
Even Eagles of Guitar Metal showed the crowd what a true guitar solo should sound like. It was odd add on to the lineup, but they felt like more rock than metal. But they were a surprise! Their set had fans cheering the whole time.
Breaking Benjamin, what can one say about them that no one else has? They had amazing lyrics, kickass vocals, and a stage presence that demands attention. If Breaking Benjamin is coming to your town, buy tickets now you won't regret it.
And the last band was the Piece La Resistance of Las Rageous. The band thousands have waited to see for months was Avenged Sevenfold.
Avenged Sevenfold came out timid with their new song at first. The stage was set for what hell they were about to unleash onto the crowd.
It truly was a epic climb to the very last song. "Not Like Your Ex Boyfriend" Avenged Sevenfold kept everyone wanting more with a song like "A little piece of heaven." They ended the night with tons of guitar solos, interacting with the crowd, and it sadly all came to an end.
It was a truly epic festival for its first time. The organizers did a great job. These included: Live Nation and the D Hotel & Casino. It was truly a festival that you don't need to wait and look up online for next year's lineup. Get out your credit card and order tickets now! You will not be disappointed. As the owner of The D Hotel said, "next year will get you hooked for years to come."
I was truly honored to be able to cover Las Rageous and hope to go back next year. I was truly surprised at the amount of attention and organization that went into this festival for its first year. It went off without a hitch!
Get your ass their next year!