Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas Summer Concert Series Continues
with Free Concert June 13
Go Back to the 1980s with Performances by – Martha Davis and The Motels, The Tubes & The Smithereens
Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas summer concert series continues as Martha Davis and The Motels, The Tubes and The Smithereens are set to perform a free concert on the 3rd Street Stage on Saturday, June 13 at 9 p.m. Every May-September, Fremont Street Experience transforms Downtown Las Vegas into the hottest place to be with the annual Rock of Vegas summer concert series; one of the most popular summertime events in Las Vegas featuring rockin’ nightly entertainment, free headliner concerts and Viva Vision shows.
Martha Davis and The Motels
Martha Davis was born and raised in Berkeley, California, she moved to Los Angeles in the early ‘70s, along with the first incarnation of The Motels. In 1982, the Motels released the album All Four One. The smash single “Only The Lonely” rocketed into the Top 10, immediately propelling the album to gold status. The group dominated the music scene and was voted Best Performance for “Only The Lonely” at the 1982 American Music Awards. In 1983, the Little Robbers album went gold due to the Top 10 single “Suddenly Last Summer,” as well as their Top 40 hit “Remember The Nights.” In 1985, the “Shock” album yielded the Top 20 hit, “Shame” and 1987 saw the release of Martha’s first solo effort, Policy. The current band line-up includes Brady Wills on bass, Nicholas Johns on keyboards, and former Gnarls Barkley touring band members Eric Gardner and Clint Walsh on drums and lead guitar, respectively. They have been together for 10 years, longer than the original Motels. Martha continues her passion for writing, currently co-writing several songs for the new album with her current band, as well as an exciting and diverse group of collaborators.
The Tubes originated in Phoenix, Arizona in the late ’60s, where Bill Spooner (guitar), Vince Welnick (keyboards) and Rick Anderson (bass) formed ‘The Beans’ (alternately billing themselves as the Radar Men from Uranus). The aspiring trio eventually relocated to the post-psychedelic haze of San Francisco in 1972. The first real incarnation of ‘The Tubes’ was born when the original members recruited Michael Cotten (keyboards) and former roadie Fee Waybill (lead vocals). By 1981 the Tubes signed to Capitol Records and released the David Foster produced ‘Completion Backwards Principle. Both Talk to Ya Later and Don’t Want to Wait Anymore earned them significant airplay on American radio, while the album became the Tubes’ first Top 40 chart entry. Two years later, in 1983, due to a provocative video, the single ‘She’s a Beauty’ reached the Top Ten, and pushed the Tubes’ sixth studio album, ‘Outside/Inside’ into the U.S. Top 20. The Tubes have always managed to expose, enlighten and entertain audiences worldwide by combining art with trash, comedy with tragedy, and innovative rock theatre with consummate musicianship.
Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and original bassist Mike Mesaros grew up in Carteret, New Jersey, forging a friendship as teenagers through a mutual love of ’60s rock ‘n’ roll and other vintage sounds. After meeting the similarly inclined Pat DiNizio, the four formed the Smithereens, and won some local renown with a pair of independently released EPs, 1980’s Girls About Town and 1983’s Beauty and Sadness. The Smithereens were already a seasoned live act by the time they achieved surprise commercial success in 1986 with their first full album Especially for You, with spawned the MTV hits “Blood and Roses” and “Behind the Wall of Sleep.” The band continued to reap considerable airplay, critical acclaim and fan loyalty with the subsequent longplayers Green Thoughts, Smithereens 11, Blow Up, A Date with The Smithereens and God Save The Smithereens, which yielded such enduring numbers as “Only a Memory,” “House We Used to Live In,” “Drown in My Own Tears” and “A Girl Like You.”
For complete information on the headliner concerts and nightly entertainment, visit www.vegasexperience.com.
Martha Davis and the Motels will perform a free concert during Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas summer concert series on Saturday, June 13 at 9 p.m. at the 3rd Street Stage.
The Tubes will perform a free concert during Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas summer concert series on Saturday, June 13 at 9 p.m. at the 3rd Street Stage.
The Smithereens will perform a free concert during Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas summer concert series on Saturday, June 13 at 9 p.m. at the 3rd Street Stage.
Rock of Vegas Concert Series
Throughout the summer, Fremont Street Experience will provide the ultimate nirvana for rock music fans with an exciting lineup of performances that include: Smash Mouth and Toad the Wet Sprocket on June 27; Dropkick Murphys headlining UFC International Fight Week concert on July 10; Theory of a Deadman on July 18; Spin Doctors and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies on Aug. 1; and Kansas and Blue Oyster Cult on Sept. 6. All concerts start at 9 p.m.
About Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience, a five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas features Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen – 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system. Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue that includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on three stages. SlotZilla, the world’s most unique zipline attraction, features the 850-foot Zipline and the 1,750-foot Zoomline as people launch from a 12-story slot-machine themed takeoff platform to fly under the Viva Vision canopy. With direct pedestrian access to 8 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts more than 17 million annual visitors. Fremont Street Experience can be found online at www.vegasexperience.com.