Las Vegas Billboard Music Awards

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Didn't have time or the energy to write a day by day account of my time in Vegas this week, so how about a synopsis: I HATE VEGAS!!!

Fly out of RDU on Sunday the 4th, on America West Airlines, no less. There is a reason this airline went bankrupt, only one rung above SouthWorst in my opinion. Full flight to Phoenix, we arrive late, missing my connection. Luckily Phoenix and Las Vegas are both hubs for AW, so there are express flights every hour. Get on a much bigger plane to Vegas, and actually see my luggage go on the plane (wonders never cease).

Arrive in Vegas around 10pm, I was smart enough to call the car service that is picking me up and let them know I was on a different flight. Meet the driver and wait a very long time for my bag. Run into numerous fellow crew members, who arrive after me and grab their bags and are off to the hotel. Great. check into the MGM Grand, where we are playing, and join a few of the boys for some dinner. We can only find one of the ten or so restaurants in the casino/hotel still open. I thought Vegas was 24/7 like NYC?? Guess not. We eat and talk for a couple of hours, then up to the room for some sleep. Always fun finding your room here, as they have more than 5000 rooms.

Meet in the lobby on Monday at 11:45am to walk over to the attached arena where we will be playing the Billboard Music Awards. Got up early and took advantage of one of the casino's numerous Starbuck's, mmmmmmmm Chai Tea. Load in and then wait around for the promised lunch, which never appears, so we walk to the in house Emeril's restaurant and have lunch. Return to the gig later for set-up and camera blocking/rehearsal. Done late, and over to the food court (only thing open) for a Nathan's hot dog. Sit around with Beau and Geoff and talk for awhile, we decide to try and get some Blue Man Group tix for tomorrow night, since we'll be done earlly. As it is late I'm off to bed.

On Tuesday, do the Starbuck's thing again, then over to the arena for dress rehearsal. We are performing first, which is a plus, so we can make the Blue Man Group at 7pm. After rehearsal, we leave the MGM for the first time since Sunday, venturing next door for some Tex-Mex food. Back to the gig to get ready for a 5pm performance. At 5, the band is announced as 'Billboard's Band of the Year', nuff said. Song goes well, and we are loaded up and ready to go by 6pm. We cab it over to the Venetian for the Blue Man Group show. Beau bought us some choice seats online last night. My per diem for the trip out here, just covers the ticket cost. The show is amazing, very hard to put into words, part comedy, part music (lots of drumming), and part magic. I highly recommend seeing it. Maybe if I see more shows here, I'll start to like Vegas a little more.

Up super early on Wednesday, as I have a 5:30am lobby for a 7am flight. I won't get home till around 4pm. The airport is packed even at this early hour and I stand in line for security for 20min or so. Arrive home safe and sound, and on time!!

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