Live music unites people from all walks of life, unlike silence, which only unites librarians and people who crack safes. Bond over shared sound waves with today's GrouponLive deal: for $15, you get one general-admission ticket to the TributePalooza New Year’s Eve celebration, presented by Fremont Street Experience on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, December 31, at 6 p.m. (up to a $32.95 value).
Home of Las Vegas’ first traffic light and high-rise building, Fremont Street keeps fans of vintage Vegas consistently starstruck, with lavish celebrations thrown by the landmark's eponymous party-planning committee. As 2011 wanes, the TributePalooza celebration shreds resolutions into neon ticker tape with eight hours of crowd-pleasing rock strewn across three stages. Headlining the event, raucous hair-metal heroes Steel Panther glam it up with unabashedly goofy stage moves and unapologetic spandex. Following suit with headbanging levity, fellow silly-string strummers Rock Sugar mash up sound-pies of ‘80s pop and mascara metal, creating laughter you can dance to.
Rounding out the night, 10 top-tier tribute bands cover music’s biggest acts, including fun-churning turns from No Doubt cover band No Duh, the Red Not Chili Peppers, Fan Halen, and Rolling Stones tribute band Rolling the Stones. Viva Vision, currently the largest LED screen in the world, makes millions of pixels misty-eyed with a year-in-review showcase, setting the scene for a dazzling midnight fireworks display that illuminates the Nevada sky and nefarious subtext in the lyrics to “Auld Lang Syne.”