Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 | 12:35 p.m.
It’s a powerhouse lineup of rockers for tonight’s concert at Orleans Arena that benefits Brennan Rock & Roll Academy. Dollar Loan Center owner and philanthropist Chuck Brennan, who lives and is headquartered in Las Vegas, recruited the rockers to assist in his 20-year, $3 million commitment to the Boys & Girls Club based out of Sioux Falls, S.D., where he started his first store.
Motley Crue frontman and headliner Vince Neil provided a preview for Vegas DeLuxe:
“It should be a lot of fun. The whole concert is seamless. There are no breaks between songs. There are no speeches. It’s just wall-to-wall music, and as one person finishes singing the next goes right on. That’s a very cool way to hold a concert. We all work with the same ’80s and ’90s cover band, Hairball, so the stage never has to be reset. No downtime at all — just continuous rock from one star to the next.
“I’ll do three songs, but I think Alice Cooper will do four. Look at the lineup: From KISS, we have Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. In addition to Alice and me, Joan Jett signed on yesterday, and we have Rob Zombie, Dee Snider, Tom Keifer, Kip Winger, Jack Blades from Night Ranger and Stephen Pearcy from Ratt.
“It’s no easy task to stage such a big concert like this, but Chuck is pulling it off. We all support his work for the Boys & Girls Club. I went up to Sioux Falls with Gene, and the kids loved what we did there — such a great way to get them interested in music. We could teach them guitar, and if they weren’t interested in that, they could pick another instrument or go into Alice’s Nightmare Studio to learn how to record their music and songs. It’s a really cool way to teach the kids. It’s simply an experience they don’t forget.”
Said Gene: “It’s a cool place. They can come be together, share ideas, have big dreams because all kids have dreams.” Louie Anderson, another supporter, added: “You make something like this happen in hope that one of these kids can fix a lot of the things that are wrong with this world.”
Chuck’s first student concert at his Rock & Roll Academy, which opened at the end of March, was just three months ago, and guitarist Slash attended the opening in September and wound up jamming with the kids.
The rockers move to Comerica Theater in Phoenix this weekend to perform the same concert for Alice Cooper’s 13th Annual Christmas Pudding Party for his Solid Rock Foundation. Think rock icons and good tidings as that fundraiser helps meet spiritual, economic, physical and social needs of teenagers.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading mid-sized arenas, and was recently ranked No. 1 in the United States and No. 5 internationally among venues of similar size by Venues Today Magazine.
The Arena hosts more than 200 events each year, including concerts by top names like Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Van Halen, Brooks & Dunn, Black Eyed Peas, Akon and Rihanna; family favorites like The Harlem Globetrotters and Circus Spectacular; and a wide variety of sporting events, including NCAA basketball tournaments, the West Coast Conference and Western Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, mixed martial arts with Superior Cage Combat, and major motorsports events.
The arena serves as home to the Las Vegas Wranglers professional ECHL hockey team, the Las Vegas Legends professional indoor soccer team, and the Lingerie Football League’s Las Vegas Sin. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleansarena) and on Twitter (@orleansarena).