The start of a new year is a special time when everyone comes together to celebrate, leaving you ample time to bury the you-know-what. Let auld acquaintance stay forgot with this GrouponLive deal to see the Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve 2013 with Buckcherry at the Fremont Street Experience. For $16, you get one ticket for general admission on Monday, December 31, at 6 p.m. (up to a $33 value, including all fees). The event ends at 3 a.m.
The year 2012 goes out with a nine-hour explosion of sight and sound as the Glitter Gulch of Fremont Street transforms into a playground of Technicolor revelry. Under the technological marvel of 12.5 million synchronized LED modules known as Viva! Vision, party animals gawk at a sharply pixilated canopy that spans the length of five football fields. The covering projects a fireworks display (synced up to real fireworks in the sky), a heart-tugging 2012 year-in-review retrospective, and a midnight countdown led by Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. As peripheral visions are bombarded and Mayan calendars are ripped apart like losing horseracing tickets, multiple stages play home to a rowdy soundtrack. Popular local tribute acts pay homage to Elton John, David Bowie, and Def Leppard, and party rockers such as Party Rockers pump out pop tunes by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
Hard-rock fans get their fix of monster riffs and therapeutic aggression release with the dirty Midwestern grunge of Pop Evil and the horseshoe-in-glove punch of local alternative metal merchants Otherwise. Famed ’80s hook machine Quiet Riot rallies fans with timeless imperatives such as “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “Bang Your Head (Metal Health),” and prog-metal heroes Queensrÿche add a dose of sonic intellect to the proceedings, connecting the ear bone to the brain bone with hits such as “Silent Lucidity” and tracks from their seminal dystopian concept album Operation: Mindcrime.
The Grammy-nominated tunesmiths of Buckcherry serve as the hell’s belles of the New Year’s ball with a headlining set of serrated rock ‘n’ roll. Fans can admire the skin ink of singer Josh Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson, a pair first introduced by their tattoo artist, as they soak up selections from Buckcherry’s songbook. Its repertoire stretches from heart-rending classics such as “Sorry” to the lewd kiss-off and runaway hit “Crazy B,” along with new aural libido from their upcoming album, Confessions. Nelson’s licks chug along with stomping crunch as singer Todd howls about the sensations of feeling “lit up” on love and secondhand Bubble Yum.
Buckcherry – “Lit Up” (DirecTV Concert Series 2010)
Warning: Contains frequent drug references. Cautionary drug references, but drug references nonetheless.<p>