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Concerts at Cosmopolitan

By MikeE on Wednesday, 22nd December 2010 2:50am
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Call me a spoiled brat, but I think I speak for everyone at the Cosmopolitan opening when I say that we were expecting a little something special. This isn't unreasonable considering the emphasis they put on all the festivities occurring before doors opened to the general public.

While many took issue with the check-in fiasco, my biggest complaint was the fact that non-hotel guests overran their pre-opening party. Yes, I understand why Jim Murren and Andrew Pascal got invitations. Yes, I think Steve and Elaine totally deserved to be there. But then you consider the overwhelming number of people I heard whispering to each other, "Who is that?" as John Unwin gave a most excellent speech at the Chandelier Bar and it became clear that the e-mail invitation with this lovely fine print...

This communication may contain confidential and/or privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient (or have received this communication in error) please notify the sender immediately and destroy this communication.

...was forwarded through people's inboxes faster than YouTube videos of cats playing keyboards.

Regardless, there was one special experience set aside for us guests that trumped all others. What I thought would be a quick stop during opening night festivities became the smash hit of the evening and single-handedly put me in forgiveness mode. That experience was Brandon Flowers.

Now it should be stated, I'm not a particular fan of him nor The Killers. There's probably only one song I really like and a couple others I recognize. In short, I wouldn't pay to see him.

Unless it's at Cosmopolitan's pool deck.

To be outside on a misty Vegas night four stories above the strip with the other casinos towering over you was incredible. Hotel guests were given special wristbands to a VIP second floor with a clear view of the stage, blankets were handed out, and drinks flowed freely. Lower floor terraces were filled with people dancing as champagne corks popped off the balconies. The sound was crystal clear, and that marquee - oh my gawd that marquee - projected the concert with a vivid brilliance for all to see. The entire evening was surreal rivaling any of my top Vegas nights. This was the city at its very best. For a couple hours, I was a diehard Brandon Flowers fan.

Living in southern California, I don't bother with concerts in Vegas because I know the big names I want to see will have a stop down the street from where I live, but if they're playing Cosmo's pool venue, I'd have no hesitations hopping on a plane.

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Comments & Discussion:

I was going to sneak in by claiming that I was just heading for registration, but I got my Google laptop that night AND had to do some emergency restore from a backup, deciding eventually to go ahead and just drop in for the party and leave.

Given the photos I saw of opening day it looked pretty dead in there, by 8:30 PM it was a definite madhouse on the second level, but with more noise than Penn Station after a Knicks game and attractive women all over the place who may or may not be employees, I think most people would not want it any other way.

By the way, ever tried the Mandalay Beach concerts? Their pool is crazier, and while you don't get center strip the giant hotel tower overhead does indeed confirm that this is Vegas.

I didn't cover this in my write up but I totally agree. It was a unique experience in a great setting. I think I said this on the VGang but if they can pack that place with huge acts as an exclusive amenity, they'll have something awesome.

Hey Mike! This is Lindi, and after all my following of Vegas related stuff, and now the Cosmopolitan opening, I figured it's time to become a member. Besides, I know where some of those "non-guests" were from on opening night. Star 98.7 had some role in getting Brandon Flowers to perform because they were giving away "tickets" for that performance and opening night. However, I think they were staying at Mandalay LOL.

Lindi? Who is this Lindi? Mike? Explanation?

Lindi is a dear friend of mine who I've had the pleasure of sharing many Vegas trips with. So glad we've lured her in :-)

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