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New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas: Stars galore, ‘America’s Party’ fireworks


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Fireworks and New Year’s Eve on The Strip on Dec. 31, 2010.

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It’s taken a year of planning, and -- thanks to vocals from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and ZZ Top -- this year’s “America’s Party” on New Year’s Eve will be an all-time spectacular with more than 56,400 pyrotechnic effects making it one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country. City and Clark County officials are estimating that 315,000 visitors will be here to watch the sky over the Strip light up at midnight.

Hometown singer Ne-Yo is included on the 8-minute, 36-second music soundtrack to accompany the Fireworks by Grucci display shot from the rooftops of eight casino hotels. Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released details for the first time this morning.

This year’s theme is “Dance: Las Vegas,” and the soundtrack will start with Sal Soul Orchestra’s rendition of “Countdown to New Year’s Eve” as blue-and-green aerial shells highlighted by titanium flashes light up the sky. The music continues with LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” and Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer as the backup to Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything Tonight.” The festivities continue with “On the Floor” by Jennifer Lopez and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” with the finale from ZZ Top with “Viva Las Vegas.”

During “Party Rock Anthem,” the sky will flash with shells of lemon strobs, followed by yellow-and-green chrysanthemums and green-and-gold coconut shells. Fireworks by Gucci, which has produced numerous Las Vegas special events and grand openings, promises a multitude of effects with twinkling willows, gold twinkling mines with purple pear comets, pink peonies, red-and-blue comets and powder-blue shells. The finale will feature a volley of silver bees followed by barrages of red, green, blue and silver shells ending with titanium salutres and red strobbing tiger tails.

The firing locations are set at Tropicana, MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, Venetian and Stratosphere. “It doesn’t get any better than celebrating New Year’s in Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World,” Mayor Carolyn Goodman said. “We offer the best entertainment, restaurants, shopping and hotels, and we also have the best New Year’s party whether you are on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip or downtown on Fabulous Fremont Street.”

Las Vegas Events President Pat Christenson added: “ ‘America’s Party’ has become one of the most anticipated events of the year, and this year we will coordinate this display for thousands of revelers on the Strip and those watching around the world. The scope of the production is huge and matches the fact that Vegas is a huge draw for New Year’s Eve celebrations and revelers.”

“Our family is honored and proud to once again paint the heavens with a tapestry of color and bombardment that only Fireworks by Grucci can deliver,” said Felix Grucci, executive vice president “As we prepare to leave 2011 in the past and enter 2012, ‘America’s Party’ will come alive with music, parties, good wishes and the most spectacular fireworks display in the country.”

“America’s Party” festivities also include concerts and video fireworks under the canopy of Fremont Street Experience with the Fourth Annual TributePalooza with 10 nonstop tribute bands, including Steel Panther and Rock Sugar.

Elsewhere on and off the Strip, celebrities will be performing or hosting nightclub parties, including the opening of 1OAK at the Mirage with Black Eyed Peas bombshell Fergie, while Will.I.Am is at Surrender in Encore. Other stars include Good Charlotte, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris; Guns ’N Roses, Sebastian Bach, Adelitas Way, Drake and DJ Pauly D at the Hard Rock Hotel; John Legend, Boogie Knights, Paul Oakenfold and Playboy Playmates at the Palms; LMFAO at Haze in Aria; and Bruno Mars at the Bank in Bellagio.

The fun continues with Pamela Anderson at Studio 54 in MGM Grand; Holly Madison at Gallery in Planet Hollywood; Kim Kardashian at Tao in the Venetian; Rob Kardashian at Tryst in the Wynn; Tony Orlando at South Point; Mary J. Blige at the new RPM Nightclub at Tropicana; Samantha Ronson at Lavo in the Palazzo; Chris Brown at Pure in Caesars Palace; B.o.B at LAX in the Luxor; Arianny Celeste at ROK Vegas in New York-New York; Vanessa Williams in concert at the Riviera; and Stevie Wonder and DJ Kaskade at the Cosmopolitan.

Las Vegas is now set to be the top city to celebrate the last of 2011 and the start of 2012 with a spectacular fireworks display and a large lineup of superstars.

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