In the live music sphere, Las Vegas long was known as the place where acts went to die. From Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley on down, stars big and small spent their twilight years entertaining tourists on the Strip, a tradition that continued into the 2000s.Credit Celine Dion for turning the tide. Her A New Day show at the 4,000-seat Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which debuted in 2003, was the first to freshen up the residency from schmaltzy lounge act to theatrical extravaganza complete with smoke, fire and brimstone — a model emulated by Elton John for his The Red Piano, which ran from 2004 through 2009, and The Million Dollar Piano, launched in 2011. Now Britney Spears’ Piece of Me residency at Planet Hollywood kicks off Dec. 27. PHOTOS: Viva Residencies: 19 Music Superstars Who Rocked Las Vegas Spears’ arrival comes as the median age of the city’s tourist demographic is dropping — from 49 to 45 in the past four years — thanks in large part to the EDM (electronic dance music) scene that has made Vegas its primary home. Such superstar DJs as Tiesto and Deadmau5 have settled into new state-of-the-art nightclubs like MGM’s Hakkasan for their own… Read full this story
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