Vance Joy for FAULT Magazine Issue 28

Vance Joy x FAULT Magazine Issue 28

Vance Joy FAULT Magazine Issue 28

Words and Photography: Miles Holder
Fashion: Rachel Gold

Vance Joy first caught our eye back in 2013 with the release of his debut album EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing which featured his runaway hit ‘Riptide’. In February 2018 Vance Joy returned with his second album record Nation of Two which featured hits ‘Saturday Sun’ and ‘I’m With You’. About to embark on his worldwide tour, we caught up with Vance to find out more!

FAULT: You’re about to embark on your Nation Of Two world tour, excited?

Vance Joy: We did a short European tour last month, and it was so much fun to see the fans and reconnect with them in person. It’d been three and a half years since we’d last played in Europe, so it’ll be great to relaunch with the big shows and play some new material. IT should be a lot of fun, and everyone is really excited.

Do you find that your songs suddenly take on new meaning when you get to play them live to your fans?

Vance Joy: I’m always surprised to find that so many people know the lyrics to a bunch of songs and it’s such a warm and enthusiastic vibe when I’m playing, and it’s super encouraging. You don’t know what songs people will know and recently on tour we played some of the deep album tracks, and it was great to see people enjoying them. As we tour, I’m getting more comfortable with the songs and finding new ways to sing them and wear them in a bit. ‘We’re Going Home’, and ‘Saturday Sun’ are tracks in particular which are starting to feel good to perform on stage.

Vance Joy FAULT Magazine Issue 28

 

Is there a date in particular or festival in particular that you’re especially excited for?

Vance Joy: I’m looking forward to going to LA for a rehearsal for a few days, so I’m looking forward to the band and me having a relaxing time out there. We’ll do a couple of shows and then head to Coachella which is a big one that everyone will know. There are also dates in huge venues which will also be a new challenge and experience for us, but it’s exciting to play to bigger rooms and larger audiences. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all goes!

Nation Of Two released a couple of months ago now; do you ever find yourself wanting to make changes or fixes to it or do you feel like the project was exactly what it needed to be at the time and it should remain that way?

Vance Joy: I’m quite relaxed when it comes to that stuff; I think you need a deadline and know when to say goodbye. I feel like when you have a song that you feel strongly about but there’s pushback, and people say, “I don’t think you quite nailed it on this song”, then I listen. I listen to all of those perspectives and then eventually you’ve got to release it and say “that’s it”. I sometimes think instead of looking too closely and getting too stuck on the minutia you can get distracted. Certainly, after two months you might hear it on the radio and say “oh, I’m seeing it differently now” but I think you can get distracted and go off course with perfection and I don’t think there’s such a thing.

Vance Joy FAULT Magazine Issue 28

What is your favourite tour story?

Vance Joy: I was fortunate and got to play the AFL Grand Final, and I was playing with another band called Living Head, and the main headliner was Sting. After we played, we were chilling out in the green room, and I felt someone hug me from behind, and I turned around, and it was Sting! It was surreal, I just shook his hand and said: “lovely to meet you!”

What is your writing discipline, do you sit down at a writing station and try to get through it or do you just let them come to you naturally?

Vance Joy: I think there’s a bit of both and always a push and pull. If you haven’t written a song in a while, you can get frustrated. Sometimes you just have to pick up your guitar, and a song comes, and other days it feels like you’re trying to force it out. I think ultimately the excellent stuff songs happen mysteriously and catch you off guard. Some days you can write and take the chance that magic will happen again but sometimes you have to approach it with a bit more discipline. The best stuff happens when you’re not trying to force it too much.

What is your FAULT?

Vance Joy: I can be impatient, and when I’m in a bad mood, the atmosphere can be quiet and cold. I might not say anything, but people can tell! I’m learning to try and remove myself at times when I’m annoyed (or hungry) but it doesn’t happen too often, but I’m trying to notice when it does.

Vance Joy FAULT Magazine Issue 28

 

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Daniel Bruhl covers our Film section inside FAULT Issue 28

Daniel Bruhl – FAULT Issue 28

 

Daniel Bruhl for FAULT Magazine Issue 28

Photographer – Udo Spreitzenbarth
Stylist – Ty-Ron Mayes
Groomer – Nate Rosenkranz
Imaging – Lorraine Baker
Photo Assistants – Daniel Stauch & Nate DeCarlo

Words: Alex Bee

You might call Brühl an Actor-demic: his performances as an actor are always backed up by extensive, academic-level research. For his role in American period drama ‘The Alienist’, Brühl studied. Hard. The intelligent star, known for his credits in Good Bye Lenin!, Rush and Inglorious Basterds, embodies pioneering criminal psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler in the eight-part series.

FAULT: How did you prepare for your role in ‘The Alienist’?
Daniel Bruhl: I didn’t know the book before but it’s one of those that you cannot put away. I felt like a 12 year old with a book and a torch under the blanket. I read it very quickly and was immediately fascinated by the world that Caleb Carr [the author] created, about each of the characters and the fact that it’s the beginning of so many things at the time that are so important now. My wife [psychologist Felicitas Rombold] put me in touch with criminal psychologists and I’d read a lot about these famous psychologists at the time the story is set. I also read books about New York in the late 1800s just to get an idea of how that place was back in the day.

What do you think makes the series so successful in telling the story of the time?
Daniel Bruhl: What helped tremendously was the passion that was put into that show in recreating the time because its so real and so authentic. When we were working on it we didn’t feel that it was fake, which sometimes can happen if there’s not enough energy and money and passion on a project. I come from movies, and when I was young when I would read a script for a period film and it would say there will be 500 extras and 50 characters and on the day you have one carriage, an old donkey and three extras and then you are supposed to recreate the magic – it just doesn’t work! What was very nice was the chemistry and the friendship we had. Dakota, Luke and I even spent most of our downtime together. Almost every weekend we met and I think that chemistry is something you cannot take for granted.

Daniel Bruhl for FAULT Magazine Issue 28

What series have you been watching at the moment?
Daniel Bruhl: ‘Mindhunter’ [a Netflix series that explores similar developments in criminal psychology] is amazing. I was absolutely blown away by ‘The Handsmaid’s Tale’, it’s a masterpiece! I was very pleased to meet Elizabeth Moss at The SAG Awards, who I think is one of the best actresses around, and I was happy to be able to tell her how magnificent she is. I also spent some time with Matt Smith who is such a great guy and interesting in ‘The Crown’ portraying Phillip – I’m hooked on that show!

How do you find the time to keep up to date with the latest programmes?
Daniel Bruhl: I always find the time! I have a couple of days where I can watch shows in my downtime or I’ll watch them when I’m travelling on the plane.

What was it like working on the third installment in the ‘Cloverfield’ series, which unexpectedly hit devices all over the world after a surprise announcement during a Superbowl ad break?
Daniel Bruhl: It was such a great ensemble. It was interesting because you have astronauts from all over the world and they managed to get all these wonderful actors from different countries, so the opportunity to work with them all was really great. Also, it was something really different for me as I am usually always travelling back in time and this was the first time that I’d actually explored the future.

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How does working on an – equally cinematic – series compare to a film?
Daniel Bruhl: It’s the luxury of time that you have. You don’t feel so restricted as you do when working on a movie when sometimes you feel that pressure. To have that privilege of 10 hours a day and 100 shooting days with one character and the ability to explore the character to the core is very rewarding.

As a pacifist, how do you find taking on roles that are often borne from a conflict?
Daniel Bruhl: That’s whats fascinating about our job as actors: to try and get into the skin and the head of somebody who is different.

What bands or artists are you listening to at the moment?
Daniel Bruhl: There’s a band called War on Drugs that I’m listening to lately and someone from the US called Francis and The Lights. Also Roosevelt, Sigur Ros and Alt-J. There is a lot of great music here in Berlin too with artists and DJs like Frank Wiedemann, Henrik Schwarz and David August – I can highly recommend coming to Berlin for clubbing.

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Ady Suleiman: Exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 28

Ady Suleiman was shot by Miles Holder and styled by Edith Walker Millwood exclusively for FAULT Magazine Issue 28 – the Structural Issue. Interview by Will Soer.

Ady Suleiman knows who he is. Since he started singing his own songs aged 18 he’s been through a lot; collaborations with superstars (Chance the Rapper, Joey Bada$$, Erykah Badu), major label deals, and intense promotion schedules. His blend of honesty and groove formed irresistible rolling RnB, that explored the issues of his life in real time. Last year he wrote an article for the Independent opening up about recent mental health issues, a heavy stall on his mind and career that had taken a lot of work and lifestyle changes to release. Today I’m talking to him a couple of weeks before his debut album Memories will drop, and one day before he thinks he’ll be over a flu, but things are calm where he is. He’s enjoyed the excuse to binge-watch TV in his London flat and feels excited to be back on the road. Before getting into the interview we talk about another recent experience he enjoyed; his photoshoot with FAULT chief-editor Miles Holder; ‘it’s a skill for the photographer to get a natural look, as standing in front of loads of bright lights is always a bit tense.’

FAULT: Do you find photoshoots that different from performing in gigs, in terms of aesthetically presenting yourself?

Ady Suleiman: With music you always have the song. Any time I get lost and start thinking ‘oh shit there’s a lot of people in here’ and that’s in my mind, I say to myself ‘listen to the music’ and I can get back into character.

One thing I noticed in your music is that there’s a lot of direct addresses, to friends and lovers, when performing these tracks do you go into that headspace?

I think it’s really good to, as it’s like a scripted performance; you can perform the lines in a million ways, some are right. You can just go onstage and perform, and people would think it’s alright, but I want that extra level; the songs are personal and emotional and quite direct, so I want people to feel that story. I don’t necessarily visualise the person I’m addressing, but I always think about me as a character, what am I showing here to the audience, the emotion I was feeling when I wrote that song.

Do some of your tracks have an element of you talking directly to yourself?

100%, it works in both ways. For example, with Why You Runnin Away, it came about from me being frustrating with someone close to me, I was like why the fuck are you doing this shit. As I wrote it I related it to myself; maybe me running away doesn’t have as much consequence as yours does because you’re in a more severe matter, but I can still apply this to myself.

I recently read an article that connected the rise of quiet-storm style RnB in the US with political tension, as it’s a time when people need help with pessimism and anxiety. Do you think about your music as something that could help people like this?

Definitely. It always depends on the concept, sometimes it is just a story, but sometimes I think what am I trying to say with the story? Why am I telling it? Music is stuff that you say, you know everyone goes through, I can get away with saying it by singing it. Like with Running Away maybe I didn’t actually say that stuff to my friend. Some other people are comfortable just saying that stuff normally, but me not so much.

Do you feel like, this ability to express yourself more through song than through spoken word is aided by your musical lineage? Do you think that, in comparison to other genres, your style empowers you more?

I don’t think so, because I don’t really think of genres as doing a specific thing. I think I’d still be direct if I was into metal. If someone gave me a hip hop beat, a reggae beat, a soul beat, a jazz beat, what I’d do on top of this would be similar in terms of my delivery. Genre for me is more the instrumentation and what you put around it, rather than delivery. I think I got that from Amy Winehouse, because she was doing Jazz on that first record, but her lyrics were like ‘I need to get the right angle so he can fuck me right’. That’s why I really liked it, it was contemporary; she spoke the same way that we speak. I wanna talk the way I talk and speak freely.

So is she the GOAT for you?

Vocally, yeah 100%. She made me believe in myself, because she did that jazz/hip hop cross when I was wondering if I’d be able to the music I wanted to make.

She gave British music more hunger for that kind of direct honesty and strident character, that broke away from the semi-American ambiguous Simon Cowell delivery.

Yeah absolutely, I feel like I knew her, like she was my mate. When I went to see that documentary about her everyone in the cinema left feeling the same way, and I felt annoyed, like ‘you don’t know her better than me!’ I don’t think we’ll see anyone like that for some time.

Listening to the 6 minute version of Need Somebody To Love makes it clear how central rhythm is to your voice, even the acapella section keeps a headnod going, and I could tell when the track’s end came without checking my phone screen because your voice broke time and curtails off. Where do you think that flow in your voice comes from? I’m assuming it’s not Amy Winehouse.

I don’t know, maybe hip hop, I listen to a lot of stuff like Damian Marley and Lauryn Hill. This is just me making sense of the question, it might not be true, but I think it’s because of my dyslexia. My reading comprehension is actually quite bad, so when I write something I freestyle. The freestyle has a specific flow, and I write to that flow. Some people can write something and then change the melody afterwards but that’s not how my brain works, it’s too fucking slow. I wish I could, because it takes ages to write this way, but once I’ve written something it’s already got an accent. Because I write in this instinctive manner I feel stuck to this flow. The music’s put around that; I don’t write to beats, it always starts with me and the guitar. It’s always so natural, which can be a fault sometimes because I want to just write a sentence, but at the same time it helps bring that uniqueness. Like I don’t focus on that flow in my music, it’s not a conscious thing, it’s just me. If you really want to be unique, even if you can’t sing, just crack your voice on a record, because no one else has your voice.

You sing about your social anxiety in Pass The Alcohol; is it difficult to re-access songs that are about being in that dark place?

Absolutely not. Those songs written about my mental fragility, I find it really easy to slip back into them, probably because I still have those thoughts but I respond differently to them. That song was about a time when I was using alcohol to deal with social anxiety, and I can still imagine doing that, but I’m choosing not to. Serious and State of Mind can be harder because they’re more about me having a theory, and I’ve developed on those theories now; I see naivety in them.

Do you wanna keep it that way, or would you consider rewriting songs to fit where you are now?

The only thing I sometimes do is in the outros, I’ll add little bits on, it’s a reflective period. And that’s actually how Need Somebody To Love was, the rappy part after the big chorus when it’s like *sings ‘bam bam bam bam’ beautifully*, in the story it’s like ‘cool, now I’ve met that person.’ But because it’s all me it’s not hard to go back to those places.

Do you think that your ability to slip into the mindset of something that’s been hard for you is easier once that you’ve solidified it into a song?

There’s a sense of that, because there’s a distance from it. When I come offstage I’m not still in that song, it’s over, though that depends where you are in your life. When I wrote Drink Too Much and performed it in those months, I’d come offstage and think about it, and I’m having a fucking drink. This is why I called the album Memories, because these songs are like little segments, little thoughts. Have you seen that Harry Potter thing, where he pulls memories out and puts them in a bowl? I can go into the songs and then come back out, without it sticking.

Photographer: Miles Holder
Fashion: Edith Walker Millwood
Grooming: Shamirah Sairally
Words: Will Soer

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Nothing’s changed… exclusive editorial by Alberto Raviglione

For her: dress and shoes: Mila Schon Earrings Madame Paane
For him: Jacket and pants: Isabel Benenato

 

For her: Body versus Mini bag: Ies Petits jouers Belt Sergio gavezzeni
For him Total look: Versus Versace

 

For her: jacket: march rambaldi, Bra and earrings: rada ,Pants cestIaV
For him: Jacket: Andrea Pompilio, Shirt: Versace, Pants: Levis

 

For her Dress: Lou De Bètoly Ring: Rada
For him: Shirt: Les Homme

 

For her: Jacket and pants: Armando serving Shirt and gloves: Cristiano burani
For him: Jacket and shirt Legos Pants Andrea Pompilio

 

For her: Dress: Alessia Giaoobino Earrings: Madame Pauhne
For him: Total look: Angelos Frentzos

 

For her: Top and skirt: redemption Earrings rada Bracelet Rosa Antioa
For him: Jacket: Antonio Marras

 

For her: dress:Antonio marras Earrings: Mila Sohon
For him: Total look: Antonio Marrass

 

Collier: Gerlando Dispenza Jacket: Alessia Giacobino Belt: Stefano De Iellis

 

Jacket: model’s own

Photographer: Alberto Raviglione
Stylist: Enrica Lamonaca @freelancer
Make Up: Chiara Cima @aldocoppolaagency
Hair Styling: Mimmo Di Maggio @freelancer
Stylist Assistant: Martina Repetto

Model: Mats @ILove
Model: Aleksandra @Fashion

Contact Lenses: The End of the Glasses Dilemma

Glasses wearers, this is a call out to you. There are numerous situations when glasses just get annoying, and what’s worse, there’s nothing that can be done, as glasses are vital in providing the ability to see clearly for some. Or is that really the case? Yes, everyone, contact lenses do exist, and you should have heard of them by now, this is the 21st century after all.

If you are still a bit squeamish at the thought of wearing contact lenses and sticking your finger in your eye, then perhaps it is time to overcome your fears, because contact lenses do so much more than allow you to see. They can transform your life, whether that is dressing to impress on a night out, or just for sheer practicality. Move on over glasses, let contact lenses show you what they can do.

Dress to Impress

Source: Pexels

Date night or time with friends? Contact lenses can elevate a look in the simplest of ways. Choosing an outfit with colours that match your eyes will make them stand out more, ideal for when you are sharing loving gazes with your other half. Nowadays, buying lenses online is becoming more popular, as you don’t need to make the extra effort to go the shops, and you can order them in time for the next big night out. In some cases, such as with Vision Direct, you can order at 8pm to receive the following day. Contacts and nights out also go hand-in-hand on a practical level too, especially with couple’s time such as a cinema date. 3D films are a nightmare with glasses, as you end up having to wear the 3D glasses over your normal glasses. Not a way to show off your fashion prowess. Contact lenses change this though, also making for a more comfortable and stylish evening.

Fitness Fun


Fitness Photography – Female Fitness Mod” (CC BY 2.0) by vanitystudiosphotography

Treating yourself to some more fitness gear feels almost as good as getting glamorous for a night out. Not only is it a source of motivation for working out, but you also get to strut your stuff at the gym or on the sports’ grounds in the latest sportswear designs. It sounds great, doesn’t it? The issue is glasses. Granted, glasses look the picture of sophistication with formalwear, but when you are going to be running and jumping around, having to keep adjusting your glasses is not fun. If you are someone who works out regularly, monthly lenses will avoid this inconvenience and contacts can actually improve your performance as a result. Wearing lenses does not have to break the bank either, as you can get cheap contact lenses that work. This way, you can afford more nights out, clothes and gym sessions.

Just with these simple tips and tricks, making the switch from glasses to contact lenses is easy and makes a big difference to even the smallest things in life. No more awkward moments on nights out such as the double glasses look or worse, glasses ruining a first kiss because they are in the way. Contacts let you feel better in your own skin, and all that’s left is fashion, fitness, and fun. Impressive.

 

I Am With You – new editorial by Holger Maass

Blouse: Rebekka Ruetz
Culotte: Mademoiselle Yéyé

Jacket: mbyM
Jeans: DAWN Denim

Coat: Stefania Sarre

Jacket: mbyM
Jeans: DAWN Denim

Jacket: Prandina
Trousers: mbyM

Vest: Rebekka Ruetz

Jacket: mbyM
Jeans: DAWN Denim

Coat: Rebekka Ruetz

Pullover: Rebekka Ruetz
Jeans: DAWN Denim

Vest: Rebekka Ruetz
Bra: Victoria Secret
Panty: Magic Bodyfashion

Dress: Escada
Jacket: Escada
Cuffs: VintageLove

Dress: mbyM
Coat: mbyM

Dress: Escada
Jacket: Escada
Cuffs: VintageLove

Photographer: Holger Maass
Photographer’s Assistant: Michel Truong Nhu

Model: Vlada Petrenko @Woman Model Management, Milano
Styling: Claudia Cerminara
Hair & Makeup: Jani Danilakis

Festivals: They’re Not All About The Music

It’s not even spring, but our minds are already firmly switched onto the summer festival circuit. Across the globe, acts classic and new will be taking to the stage – and it’s likely that you’ve already got your favorite picked out.
But what if festivals could be so much more? Don’t worry – they already are.

Spiritual Awakenings

The UK’s Glastonbury Festival is one of the most prestigious festivals around. This year, the eclectic festival is headed up by Radiohead, the Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, and punters can expect a diversity of acts spattered across the bill.

It’s also a spiritual home away from home. Regardless of faith – or lack thereof – Glastonbury is home to a special church as well as Hari Krishna practitioners, on hand to offer food and simple welfare. You will also find the healing fields, famous for being a harmonious place where different groups gather together. Buddhists, Taoists and Hindus sit alongside pagans. You can go along in between acts to learn more about different cultures, or even learn more about yourself and your current situations with some insight from tarot readings, this traditional and almost legendary way of fortune telling.

Finally, you’ll also find the Iona Community in the Field of Avalon. Their beliefs stem from a Scottish sect of Christianity, but they devote their lives and their time at the festival to matters of peace, equality and social and environmental justice. Join them for worship, counselling or simply a conversation.

Artistic Collectives

Everyone knows about Burning Man, but nobody really knows what it’s all about until they’ve been – and since it’s so creative, it changes every year. If you can score tickets to this desert party, this August will be a wild, unknown ride. One thing is for sure though. If you’re going to Burning Man, you’re probably quite creative. This is so much more than a festival – this is true art.

Each year has a theme. Last year, it was Radical Ritual, and participants were free to interpret this however they liked. As a result, a variety of art installations centred themselves as part of the bizarre, nine-day-long action. That’s the beauty of it… you never know exactly what you’re going to get.

This one is truly DIY. There’s no cash on site. Everything is paid for through the principles of a gifting society. This doesn’t have to be material items. It’s about creativity and emotional connections but look – just don’t forget your toothbrush!

Music Vacations

Nope, we’re not talking about the absolute nightmare that turned into the failed Fyre Fest of 2017. Music vacations are on the rise, and this goes beyond simply traveling to locations far away for an event.
Did you know you can take a cruise across the Caribbean or over to Mexico with some of your favorite DJs and bands? Sixthman have created an entire business concept over it, inviting artists from Kiss to Paramore, EDM DJs to literally the entire Warped Tour to join them at high seas. You’re not just paying for a music festival, you’re paying for a lifestyle – food, drink, excursions – a true vacation experience.
Festivals are a staple of any summer, but if you’re not quite digging any of the line-ups, don’t give up just yet. You’re still going to have an amazing time.

Lady Gaga to Start Her Residency at the MGM Park Theater in Las Vegas in 2018

Lady Gaga signing her 2-year residency contract with MGM
Source: @LadyGaga via Instagram

Going to the Sin City is not just about poker games and slot machines. Recently, six-time Grammy Award winner Lady Gaga and the MGM in Las Vegas announced that a two-year residency will be happening soon for the “Mother Monster”. A concert residency is a series of live music performances done in one location over a period of time. In this case, Lady Gaga will be performing at the Park Theater. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the Joanne singer will be having 74 shows at the said venue. Park Theater confirmed that the series will commence in December 2018.

Lady Gaga’s hit song ‘Poker Face’, released in 2009

The 31-year old multi-awarded singer, known for her hit song Poker Face which was released in 2008 as part of her debut album The Fame, expressed her excitement to be performing in the Sin City, where big names such as Elton John, Elvis, Judy Garland, Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra and more have also performed and had residencies throughout the years. “It has been a life-long dream of mine to play Las Vegas,” she exclaimed, before adding “I am humbled to be a part of a historical lineup of performers, and to have the honor of creating a new show unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before.”

It is said that the deal is worth $100 million and Lady Gaga is expected to make $1 million for each show. The Park Theater is a 5,300-seat venue located at the Las Vegas Strip resort. It is currently transitioning from the Monte Carlo to Park MGM.
 

How Las Vegas Became a Music Destination alongside being a Gambling Destination

 
The concept of a concert residency started with piano virtuoso and singer Liberace, who debuted in Las Vegas in 1944. After Liberace’s debut, Frank Sinatra followed suit with the Rat Pack and Elvis Presley. In April 1956, Elvis began a two-week concert residency at the New Frontier Hotel and Casino in the Sin City, after his self-titled debut album was released.

Caesars Palace vice president of entertainment Kurt Melien shared that for a time, the music scene in the Sin City was not as glorious as it was or is now, “Historically, Vegas residencies were more a loss-leader event – famous artists playing in small showrooms just to draw in the gambling crowds.” In the live music world, Las Vegas used to be known as the place where singers went to die, where they could earn a crust in their twilight years entertaining tourists on the Strip alongside magicians like David Copperfield, or Siegfried & Roy.

However, Celine Dion restored the popularity of concert residencies in Las Vegas with her A New Day… residency which spanned from 2003 through 2007. During Celine Dion’s residency, she introduced a refreshing form of live musical entertainment that involved a blend of song, performance art and state-of-the-art stagecraft and technology. Las Vegas residency was revitalized and became something which all the top music artists aspired to achieve.

Kurt Melien commended Celine Dion for bringing back the popularity of Vegas residencies and paving the way for others, “Celine was a pioneer without question. Twenty years ago, we couldn’t have got someone the stature of Britney Spears to appear in Vegas. [Celine Dion] changed the face of modern Vegas.” The singer returned to the Sin City in 2011 for her second residency, Celine. And in 2016, Celine Dion performed her record-breaking 1000th performance in her years of residency in Las Vegas.
 

Famous Music Artists Who Have Performed in Las Vegas

 
Since the glory days of concert residencies in Las Vegas which began in the 1940s by singer-pianist Liberace and reignited by Celine Dion in 2003, various popular music artists such as Cher, Toni Braxton, Rod Stewart, Ricky Martin, Shania Twain, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears.

Cher on stage in Las Vegas
Source: Cher on Facebook

Pop legend Cher’s first concert residency was A Celebration at the Circus Maximus Showroom at Caesars Palace. Cher performed a total of 125 shows from 1979 to 1982. Her next stint in the Sin City was titled Cher at the Colosseum which also took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, this time for a three-year engagement from 2008 to 2011, grossing over $97 million. In 2017, Cher signed on for another Las Vegas residency, Classic Cher, this time to perform at the Park Theater.

Britney Spears, who became famous after her hit single …Baby One More Time spent four years performing in her first concert residency Britney: Piece of Me at The AXIS auditorium located in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Her first show was held on December 27, 2013, and her final performance which concluded her Vegas residency was on December 31, 2017. She completed a total of 250 performances.
 

Viva Poker Face: Vegas’ Influence on the Music Industry

 
The allure of Las Vegas to music artists in undeniable, with so many songs written containing reference to the Sin City and its most loved games, including slots, roulette and poker. One such song is Garth Brooks’ Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House which was released in 1990 was originally written and recorded by Dennis Robbins in 1987. The song compares finding the love of your life to a winning poker hand. In this song, the singer and his lover as said to be two of a kind but they are “workin’ on a full house,” which means that there are kids in the cards. The lyrics abound with poker references like a “wildcard man” and “little queen of the south.”

The song Shape of My Heart performed by Sting and released in 1993 is another great song with obvious poker references. This song is about a Texas Hold’em poker player who plays the game not to win, but to learn how poker works so he can crack the code of the game. As the song goes, “he deals the cards to find the answer, the sacred geometry of chance, the hidden law of a probable outcome.” The player eventually learns that “spades are the swords of a soldier,” that “clubs are weapons of war,” and that “diamonds mean money for this art.”

Another song that’s strongly influenced by the poker game is Aerosmith’s Deuces Are Wild which was released in 1994. For casino players who have played deuces wild poker, landing a two is an awesome thing because deuces can be whatever you want them to be. Inspired by deuces, Steven Tyler sings about this woman whom he is obsessed with. Similar to the poker game’s deuces, the singer expresses his passion for this “wild, girl, like a double shot of lovin’ so fine.” Another subtle poker reference in the song is in the part where he sings “cause you and me is two of a kind.”

For those who have been wondering how a few rounds of poker with the devil could end up, an O.A.R. classic released in 1997 and titled That Was A Crazy Game Of Poker would give you an idea. The song narrates the story of an unlucky man who constantly loses at the poker tables, which seems to be something we see every so often at casinos. However, in this song, things got out of hand when whisky, bourbon, and a 45-caliber revolver was added into the mix.

 

A decade ago, Lady Gaga’s Poker Face was released. Hitting the shops in 2008, this track is about reading opponents’ “tells” in the popular casino game, which was already popular online, after the “poker boom” of 2003 onwards. It was a perfect time for Lady Gaga to capitalize on the global rise of online poker, which did (and does) not only mean a rise in the number of players worldwide but also a rise in the number of poker variants available to play online, with Omaha, 7 Card STud and Texas Hold’em the classics next to new ways of playing like SNAP and sit & go tournaments on mobiles and desktops. Lady Gaga’s song became a smash hit because of its engaging beat and the cleverly assembled lyrics that fused love and everybody’s favorite card game of skill. Within the lyrics of this song, there’s a lot of poker-fueled lines, such as, “luck and intuition play the cards with spades to start” and “I wanna hold em’ like they do in Texas.”

Katy Perry’s 2009 hit song Waking Up In Vegas takes the focus away from poker and other card games and centers on the crazy night life in the Sin City and what happens the morning after. In this song, a young couple woke up trying to piece together what happened to them the previous night. It was apparent that they got married the infamous Vegas style as was implied by the line “Oh, did we get hitched last night, dressed up like Elvis.” Other than that, everything else remains a mystery to the hung over couple who seemed to have enjoyed their night in the Sin City a little too much.

Las Vegas is the ultimate place to be for anyone who wants to have fun, and that includes music. Aside from the casino games that we all love like slot machines, roulette, baccarat, and poker, going to the Sin City for live entertainment will definitely give you an amazing experience. And this time around, Lady Gaga will take center stage.