On Aug. 1, 1985, the rock anthem, “We Built this City” by Starship was released. The song serves as the inspiration and rallying cry for the youth of the Sunset Strip who have made the various bars, concert venues and the surrounding area their home. “We Built this City” is just one of the many ‘80s rock songs that have audiences standing up, dancing and singing in “Rock of Ages" at the Venetian Las Vegas celebrating the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles in 1987.
When first released, the radio station KLUC 98.5 FM promoted “We Built this City”as an anthem for Las Vegas with the DJ speaking during the chorus, “the city that never sleeps” and that the video for the song uses giant dice rolling over the audience.
One of the stars of "Rock of Ages," Colt Prattes, recently toured Las Vegas to select five places that he felt helped "built this city in 2015," as he told AXS.com.
5 – NikeTown in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
"If you know anything about me outside of performing, it’s that I am addicted to fitness. I love being active and challenging myself to find new ways to do so. When I need active clothes, I always hit up one of the best Nike stores in the world. And I should know, I’ve been to most of them," he explained. Prattes has toured extensively and stated that the NikeTown store in Las Vegas has the the best in selection, style and convenience of shopping. According to Prattes, the brand and what it represents has helped to define Las Vegas for retail.
4 – The LINQ Promenade
Prattes enjoys visiting the The LINQ Promenade whether a date night with his wife or taking company from out of town. "Great food, great beer selection, close to home and I literally couldn’t ask for more. But if after dinner, you were still in need of entertainment there’s no better place to be," he said. The Linq has restaurants and bars but the High Roller, which is the world’s largest observation wheel, is one of Prattes' favorite places to take in the sights for a photo opportunity. Prattes also visits the Polaroid Store located on the promenade which he considers a metaphor for the 1980s returning to the 21st century.
3 – The Encore Theater at The Wynn and The Encore, home of “Showstoppers”
Prattes wife, Angelina Mullins, is in “Showstoppers,” bringing hit Broadway songs and routines from the past decades. Las Vegas is a combination of the past, present and future and, along with "Rock of Ages," is played out in "Showstoppers."
2 – Pizza Rock in Downtown Las Vegas
Pizza Rock was opened by Tony Gemignani, 11-time World Pizza Champion, with a rock vibe ad a place to hang out, much like the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. According to Prattes, the correlation of following a dream and working hard in a brick and mortar place fits with building a city with both locals and tourists.
1 – “Rock Of Ages” at The Venetian
"This show has been a blessing to me in many ways; not the least of which is bringing me back to Vegas," said Pratte. "Getting to perform with these people and sing these songs every night? Heaven for me." As Ptrattes stated, singing the hits of the 1980s in 2015 to a diverse audience showcases the how a city is built on rock 'n' roll.
Prattes currently stars as Stacee Jaxx in “Rock of Ages" as the frontman for the world-famous rock band Arsenal, which got its start at the legendary Bourbon Room in the heart of Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip. In an effort to save the Bourbon Room and Sunset Strip from being demolished by a German development team, bar owner Dennis Dupree invites Stacee and Arsenal back to the bar for one last show. This is just one of the story lines in “Rock of Ages” with love, disappointment, betrayal, revenge and triumph.
“Rock Of Ages” performs nightly at 8 p.m. at The Venetian Las Vegas. Tickets can be purchased at any Venetian or Palazzo Box office, online or by calling 702.414.9000. For more information, visit RockofAgesVegas.com.