Las Vegas is a city built on relentless optimism and big gestures. Thousands have found out the hard way that whilst the original sin city is one hell of a good time, its bright lights, shotgun wedding chapels and garish facades don’t survive on good luck or judgement. The same applies to Vegas and its music. Rather than producing their own stars, the city has more often that not imported the finished product for a quick win, be it Elvis Presley, the Ratpack, Celine Dion or Prince – for decades, the strip has dealt in superstars rather than the next big thing.
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