Spring Music: A-List Headliners
February 25, 2013 | by Katrina Concepcion | Pursuits
Adam Levine of Maroon 5 rocking out.
The legendary rock band’s ever-philanthropic lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi, often headlines local charity concerts, including Tiger Jam. Now he and his bandmates are hitting Vegas as part of their Because We Can – The Tour, which rocks the MGM Grand Garden Arena April 20. Bon Jovi’s 12th studio album, What About Now, is set for release on March 26. MGM Grand, 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com
In her first Las Vegas show since being named Female Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards last December, Carrie Underwood is back at Mandalay Bay Events Center March 2. Named for her new album, her Blown Away Tour is said to be her most theatrical to date, combining country music with high-fashion costume changes and modern technology. “Wanted” crooner Hunter Hayes opens for the blonde bombshell. Mandalay Bay Resort, 702-632- 7777; ticketmaster.com
Back for its 18th year on March 30, Desert Breeze Park’s Extreme Thing Action Sports & Music Festival (organized by Clark County Parks & Recreation) will feature the bands New Found Glory, 3OH!3, Asking Alexandria, Mindless Self Indulgence, Sleeping with Sirens, and The Aquabats!, to name a few. The dubstep stage offers additional acts, including Mike Attack, DJ Teenwolf, Big Chocolate, and many more, while BMX stars such as Ricardo Laguna show off their skills. 8275 Spring Mountain Road; extremething.com
The Adam Levine–fronted Maroon 5 just can’t stay away from Vegas. Only three months after an extraordinary two-day New Year’s Eve weekend concert in the city (in addition to recording many of their hit songs at Studio at the Palms), the band is returning to the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The March 16 show, with openers Neon Trees and Owl City, will feature songs from Overexposed, including “One More Night” and “Payphone,” which reached No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the Billboard charts. Mandalay Bay Resort, 702-632- 7777; ticketmaster.com
The state-of-the-art Pearl Concert Theater, which seats 2,500, is the perfect intimate venue to showcase the pop-rock superband Matchbox Twenty on March 29. Fans will be treated to the hits that put Matchbox on the map, plus new songs like “She’s So Mean” and “Overjoyed,” from their latest album, North. Palms Casino Resort, 702-944- 3200; ticketmaster.com
The English are coming! The English are coming! Muse will perform in concert, along with Dead Sara, on March 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The band’s newest album, The 2nd Law, and its breakout single “Madness” have topped the charts since being released—just the latest achievements in a successful career dating back to 1994. Mandalay Bay Resort, 702-632- 7777; ticketmaster.com
Rihanna will be back April 12 as part of her Diamonds World Tour, her first show in Vegas since closing the opening day of September’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. Along with opener A$AP Rocky, the sassy reigning princess of hip-hop should light up the Mandalay Bay Events Center in an electrifying show featuring her signature spunk, songs from her new album, Unapologetic, and catchy favorites like “Umbrella.” Mandalay Bay Resort, 702-632- 7777; ticketmaster.com
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We go behind-the-scenes with the Las Vegas rockers.