My trip to Las Vegas is still more than a month away, but I’m already planning a return in January 2013!
It’s no secret since I announced in a February blog, “Birthday Bash 2012”, that I was excited to see Madonna on my birthday, October 13th, and stay at the Blue Moon Resort. Well, thanks to an unexpected booking of a “swingers” party, we cancelled our reservation and the owner graciously extended the expiration date on our certificate for another year to visit to the resort. I think I found a weekend to go! (You can read the original “Birthday Bash 2012” and “To Be or Not To Be ‘Swingers'” blog at the bottom.)
On an average January 25th in the Quad Cities (Moline, Illinois), the average high and low are 31° and 14°. Over the past five years on that date, we’ve seen high of only 14° (in 2009) and a low of -15° (in 2008) and in 2008, we also had 5″ of snow on the ground. That sounds very wintry. This was the scene in the Quad Cities in late January of last year.
On the other hand, in Las Vegas, on January 25th, the averages are 59° for the high and 40° for the low. Over the past five years, no rain or snow has fallen on that date and last year, the high was 66°!
So, wouldn’t you say that visiting the built-up glitzy desert mecca of Las Vegas, Nevada, would be a good idea to break the late January “cabin fever” of the Midwest? I do and here’s why I chose that date.
Yesterday, Lady Gaga announced the first leg of her North American “Born This Way Ball” tour dates consisting of 26 shows that kick off on January 11, 2013, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and runs through March 16, 2013, with a show in Miami, Florida. In between, there are shows in New York City, Chicago (February 13), and Las Vegas on January 25, 2013.
Barring no cancellations, before that show even hits North America, Mother Monster will have performed 77 sold out shows that kicked off April 27, 2012, in Seoul, South Korea. The international leg of that tour ends December 12, 2012, in Moscow, Russia. In all, before it hits our shores, she will have performed 16 shows in Asia, 17 in Australia and New Zealand, 32 in Europe, 10 in Latin American, and 2 in Africa.
Love her or hate her, Lady Gaga has the creative vision of another amazing icon that people either love or hate. Yes, I’m talking about Madonna, who will be playing at the MGM Grand Theater, too. Look at the stage plans and the actual stage for Lady Gaga. Huge!
The show will be phenomenal and I want to be there. Now, I just have to convince Ray to see Lady Gaga again.
We first saw her “The Monster Ball Tour” in January 2010 in Rosemont, Illinois. She was still a newcomer enjoying radio success with hit after hit, but this was her first major tour following 2009’s small venue “The Fame Ball Tour” in 2009.
And, then in August 2010, Gaga played Chicago again. This time it was Lollapalooza and we watched and listened from across Lake Shore Drive at Lake Michigan to avoid the 80,000+ people attending the outdoor concert. (I bought the DVD of “The Monster Ball Tour” from Madison Square Garden to get the real feel of the concert).
So, now I just have to convince Ray to see Lady Gaga again. If he’s hesitant, I’ll find a forecast that is predicting the snowiest and coldest winter of recent memory to convince him that we need to get away from Old Man Winter!
Here’s Lady Gaga at the Vienna, Austria, stop of “The Born This Way Ball” performing one of my favorite songs from “Born This Way”, “Fashion Of His Love” and the song that started it all for her, “Just Dance”.
And, a bonus, “Bad Romance” from Auckland,New Zealand.
You can read the birthday bash blog here: https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/birthday-bash-2012/ and the “swingers” blog here: https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/to-be-or-not-to-be-swingers/