Famous Musicians in Las Vegas

Panic! Killers! Slaughter!-It’s All Vegas…
There is no doubt that Las Vegas is one of THE destination spots for people from around the globe. The gambling, people watching, sporting events, music… it is a welcoming place for all who want to get away and relax, cut loose, forget about things for a while. What many don’t know, though, is that Las Vegas is also an origination place for some of the best music to grace the airwaves. No, not Celine, Rod, nor Wayne… but how about some pop punk from The Killers, or a few hip-hop grooves from Ne-Yo, or a healthy dose of heavy metal from Slaughter?
Vegas is a music lovers gold mine, and a variety of artists call The Strip their home. Hip-hop, pop, punk, heavy metal…it’s all in Las Vegas.
It would be crazy to try and “rank” the music acts that have come out of Las Vegas. There are many, and they each have their own audiences and followings. If you’re a hip-hop fan, Ne-Yo, who is on the DefJam label, penned the 2004 hit “Let Me Love You” for singer Mario, and recently released his sixth album, Non Fiction, in January of 2015. Rolling Stone said of Ne-Yo and his latest album: “Some things never go out of style”.
Two punk/pop bands to rise from the desert include The Killers and Panic! at the Disco. Both bands featured dynamic frontmen, Brandon Flowers of The Killers and Brendan Urie of Panic! The Killers have released four studio albums: Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town, Day & Age, and Battle Born. They are regarded as the most successful act to come out of Nevada, with gigs at England’s Wembley Stadium and New York’s Madison Square Garden. Brandon Flowers launched a solo career, releasing the album Flamingo, and has topped the UK charts 5 times with his songs.
Panic! at the Disco recorded and released its first studio album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out in 2006. With the top ten lead single, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, the album eventually went double platinum in the United States. Brendan Urie, who has collaborated with the band Fall Out Boy, recently sang before President Barack Obama and Billy Joel at Joel’s Kennedy Center induction.
For heavy metal fans, Mark Slaughter of the band Slaughter represents Vegas well. Now a resident of Nashville, Slaughter is best remembered for Stick It to Ya, which produced hit singles including “Up All Night” and “Spend My Life”. Slaughter still tours nationally to sold-out crowds.
Las Vegas is not just gambling and sports-it has some deep music roots, too. Check it out.