By Cheyenne Kent
If you want to freely experience 80s nostalgia with ballads mixing with a hard rock twang, Dennis De Young has brought out his guitar and keyboard into the Vegas limelight.
In his free concert, The Music of Styx, the former lead singer performed Top 10 hits like “Renegade,” “Come Sail Away,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Lady” on the 1st Street stage. These hits were performed live over the 70s, 80s and 90s with the six-member Styx, which sold 35 million albums worldwide.
The 80s scene can’t be complete without Vista Vision’s light show from a library added to every year. With 12 million LED modules, 555,000-watt sound system and 16.7 million color combinations, the display is so sharp on what is called “the world’s largest screen.”
The light shows themselves start at dusk and continue every hour on the hour. Among these is a “Tribute to Queen,” where visitors “are the Champions” and Queen will “Rock You.”
KISS fans also can rock out their own tribute to the legendary foursome in hits such as “Lick it Up,” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll All Night.”
This is all part of the Fremont Street Experience ― a free nightly concert and entertainment venue on two stages ― which has set up a queue of high-voltage rock and rollers to rock it out this summer. This 100 day concert series kicked off Memorial Day Weekend with Mötley Crüe singer, Vince Neil.
Now, De Young has become one of those rock-and-rollers and whose “most recognizable voice” still influences fans. The multi-million album seller headlined the show that he shared with Sticky Sweet, Dirty Pairadice, ARENA, Rock of Ages and other artists along five-block entertainment complex located in historic downtown.
“Guests often use the word ‘real’ when they talk about this environment. They bring big smiles, curious eyes and lots of laughter.” Fremont Street Experience president, Jeff Victor told Vegas.com. “[It offers] a very different feel than the Strip.”
Fremont Street Experiencers can walk to more than 10 casinos, 60 restaurants and specialty retail centers.
“Visitors come to Fremont Street Experience for multiple reasons,” Victor said.