Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 | 11:50 p.m.
It was the most memorable moment of The Wanted’s concert at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday night: British band mates Max George, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes about halfway thought their 70-minute set launched into a medley of songs by hometown heroes The Killers.
In an energetic, fun and well-sung five-song salute that would have made Brandon Flowers proud, The Wanted performed “Human,” “When You Were Young,” “All These Things That I’ve Done” (many think it’s titled “Soldier”), “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside.” The preteen fans seemed lost, but those ages 21 and older (and their mothers) were pleased, dancing and singing along.
The meet-and-greet with the band backstage before the concert was a close second for most memorable moment of the evening — likely first, though, for fan(atic)s. The Wanted greeted and hugged the mostly female fans and posed for photographs with the Strip as a background. All five young men were polite, friendly, smiley and lacking of attitude.
Friday night’s setlist was “Invincible,” “Lose My Mind,” “Lightning,” “Say It on the Radio,” “Heart Vacancy," The Killers five-song medley, “War Zone,” their hit “Chasing the Sun,” “Gold Forever,” “ I Found You,” “All Time Low,” “She Walks Like Rihanna” and, their biggest hit to date, the show-closing “Glad You Came.”
While in town, McGuiness, Parker and George partied Saturday night at Tao in the Venetian for the birthday of George’s brother, who had arrived from Manchester, England. George told me in a Q+A that he enjoys the casinos and clubs and partying in Las Vegas.
A few other notes from the concert: Most of The Wanted donned skinny jeans. It was divulged that Kaneswaran checked out the Star Trek Convention at the Rio before the concert. They’ll be back in September for the 2013 iHeart Radio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena. And the refreshingly down-to-Earth blokes clowned for audience members’ digital cameras and cell phones.
It was not a capacity crowd Friday night, but no matter. The Wanted and their fans had a great time in the Friday night lights of the Strip. DJ Atom E served as the opening act. Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.