Rock bands with a side of zombies
Ever seen zombies dance? You just might. Or at the very least, you can dance and vicariously schmooze with zombies. Who knows—maybe they’ve got moves. Such possibilities arise this summer at Fremont Street Experience, that five-block, thoroughly Vegas-y thoroughfare of sight-and-sound diversions, dining and shopping.
“This year we’re kicking things up a notch,” says Patrick Hughes, the Fremont Street Experience’s president/CEO, in a statement extolling its new Downtown Rocks concert series, the latest installment of which brings Good Charlotte to its outdoor stage July 22. Rocking in right behind them will be classic rocker Rick Springfield (Aug. 12), post-grunge, South African band Seether (Aug. 26), Georgia-based Collective Soul (Sept. 1) and alt-metal specialists Chevelle (Sept. 30). Pair that up with this year’s unveiling of the Experience’s Fear the Walking Dead-based attraction.
“The free concert experience is our way of saying thank you to our tremendous loyal fans,” says Hughes of the series that has already seen appearances by Marcy Playground, Dishwalla, and Ann Wilson of Heart. “Their support and patronage allows us to show our appreciation in the best way we know how, to throw parties and free concerts featuring top acts all summer long that deliver exciting, quality entertainment experiences for our fans.”
Credit this lineup to the Experience’s partnership with eight of its member casinos—The D, Four Queens, Golden Nugget, Golden Gate, Main Street Station, California Hotel, Binion’s Gambling Hall and Fremont Hotel. (Also anchoring the Experience’s ongoing entertainment slate are free nightly concerts on a trio of stages featuring local, national and international performers.)
Hailing from Waldorf, Md., the five members of Good Charlotte—twin bros Joel and Benji Madden, Paul Thomas, Billy Martin and Dean Butterworth—have rocked the music scene since 1996 with their pop-punk/alt-rock sound. They’ve released six studio albums: Good Charlotte, The Young and the Hopeless, The Chronicles of Life and Death, Good Morning Revival, Cardiology and Youth Authority. As Spin magazine put it about Good Charlotte: “It’s their angst-ridden, palm-muted power chords that leave the kids swooning.”
In a zombie mood? Seems everyone’s in an undead state of mind via the big and small screens—which explains the arrival (strike your zombie pose here) of the Experience’s Fear the Walking Dead: Survival attraction.
Located near the end of Fremont Street by the entrance to the SlotZilla zip line, it’s described as “part thrill ride, part escape room, part maze, part haunted house and part video game” and is based on the hit AMC series. Expect elaborate sets, audio and video elements and motion-simulator technology for a theme park-style experience. You can thank Triotech—a Canadian company known for its multisensory interaction attractions in more than 40 countries—for the ghoulish jolts of fun.
As you pass by everything else this unique street offers—including the razzle dazzle of Viva Vision’s light show, the monster-size SlotZilla and zipline and even the artery-challenging cuisine of boldly named Heart Attack Grill—score a drink from the flair bartenders and hoist it in a toast to this signature Vegas experience.
Yes, the Strip is hip. Yet the Street can’t be beat—and you can boogie to that beat as Downtown Rocks the summer.