“I’ve been doing this gig for 11 years and for 11 years by the end of it I think I have seen everything. But every year, there is something new.” That’s how HAS Productions head honcho Larry Hall describes New Year’s Eve on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. I like to call it the Circus of Human Depravity.

This year, the event grew again, expanding from one day to three and upping the ante from the tribute bands that have been the core of the event in the past and added rock headliners including Queensrych and Buckcherry. AND some of the best tributes in the country including the Ultimate Stones (the Rev.’s pal Albert Margolis is their keyboard player) and Queen Nation. AND popular Vegas party bands including Yellow Brick Road (maybe the best cover band i have ever seen) and Arena. And a Van halen tribute and a Zep tribute and a Bon Jovi tribute and a No Doubt tribute…

AND…

Three stages stocked with Adamson and EAW and RCF and Midas and Yamaha and Avid Profiles. And some very chilly engineers, techs and stagehands who worked while the crowd partied and then got to strike three stages after the last band finished at 3 AM New Years morning. Production  manager Brad Bryan, system engineer James Elizondo, monitor mixer Jack Suarez and techs including Blake Norris, Brian Taylor and Cory Poulin all got to see the first sunrise of 2013. And then, finally, sleep.

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