Ne-Yo Las Vegas music beginnings.

Shaffer Smith, professionally know as Ne-Yo, went to high school at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts until his junior year of high school (got kicked out of Las Vegas Academy for breaking a window… read more) . Shaffer (Ne-Yo) then spent his senior year of high school and and graduated from Rancho High School.

While in the Las Vegas Academy, Smith adopted the stage name GoGo and joined an R&B group called Envy. The group Envy appeared during amateur night on Showtime at the Apollo[1] and on the MTV‘s The Cut[2]

 Ne-yo and Corey from American Idol stinking up Apollo. September 29, 2010 on YouTube.

Ne-yo, Corey Clark, and Cory Robinson Backstage at MTV’s “The cut”. July 20, 2009 on YouTube.

Broken window didn’t stop Ne-Yo – Las Vegas Review Journal

The Killers band Las Vegas beginnings.

The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas in 2001 by Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals). The band has released five consecutive chart-topping studio albums: Hot Fuss (2004), Sam’s Town (2006), Day & Age (2008), Battle Born (2012) and Wonderful Wonderful (2017).

In 2001, Brandon Flowers was fired by his first band, a Las Vegas synth-pop trio known as Blush Response after refusing to relocate to Los Angeles with the band. After attending an Oasis concert in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel during The Tour of Brotherly Love, Flowers realized his true desire was not to be in synth pop band but rather to be in a rock band. Flowers began searching for other Las Vegas rock musicians. He eventually came across an ad posted in a Las Vegas newspaper by Dave Keuning, a 25-year-old guitarist who had moved to Vegas from Iowa a year earlier. The pair bonded over similar musical interests and began writing together in Keuning’s Las Vegas apartment. In November 2001, they started recording at Kill The Messenger Studio in Henderson, Nevada, along with Matt Norcross, a local drummer who they had recently recruited to join the band. It was at these initial recording sessions in Henderson that The Killers recorded “Mr. Brightside”, which was the first song Flowers and Keuning wrote together.

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Imagine Dragons Las Vegas rise to fame.

Front man Dan Reynolds family extends back 3 generations in Las Vegas. Reynolds was a Mormon missionary and formed Imagine Dragons while he was a student at Brigham Young University in 2008. Imagine Dragons drew a large local fan following in Provo, Utah. In 2009, they sought a larger potential audience and a greater chance of success, so they moved to Dan Reynolds’ hometown of Las Vegas to pursue their music dreams.

Imagine Dragons regularly played small casino lounge and small club events in Las Vegas and laid down their first full album Night Visions at Studio X inside a Palms casino.

In 2009, Pat Monahan the lead vocalist for the rock band Train got sick and was unable to perform at Train’s scheduled concert at Bite of Las Vegas Festival. Imagine Dragons filled in at the last minute and stunned a crowd of 26,000 with an unforgettable concert… this was Imagine Dragons first big break. Imagine Dragons was named Best Local Indie Band of 2010 by Las Vegas Weekly and Las Vegas’ Newest Must-See Act by Las Vegas City Life.

Lead vocalist Dan Reynolds is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dan Reynolds and his ex-wife Aja (whom remain good friends) worked together on the documentary Believer which documents how Dan Reynolds went from Mormon Missionary to LGBTQ advocate.

Imagine Dragons have a history of pop-up shows on the Las vegas Strip, here is a three-song acoustic set in front of the Bellagio Fountains in November 2014.

Imagine Dragons “Demons” Las Vegas Feb 9 2013

Interesting Fact: Imagine Dragons band name is an anagram for a phrase only known to members of the group.

HBO documentary Believer

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