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‘Peepshow’ star Josh Strickland talks about his experience at his first Electric Daisy Carnival



Peepshow” star Josh Strickland, in neon green, at the 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Josh Strickland at 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival

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While Robin Leach takes his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun — and along the Amalfi Coast, as well, this year — in Italy, many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with stars of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood: Josh Strickland, Coco Austin, Cheaza and Zoeth Cardenales. The adult spectacular opened in April 2009 and ends Sept. 1.

As I finished the finale number in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood, I ran off the stage excited for the night to finally begin. I ran into my dressing room and began rifling through a pile of neon greens and oranges, pulling out an electric pink backpack, feeling as though I had just been thrown back into the 1990s.

No, there wasn’t a cast theme party taking place that night, but rather my first time to attend the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. I had wanted to go to EDC since the first time I had heard Holly Madison talk about it; she had gone all three nights in 2011. Each night, her costume was more elaborate than the previous, which made me even more excited to attend.

In 2012, I finally had a chance to experience the festival firsthand, and it turned out to be one of the most epic weekends I had ever had. On the first night of the festival, we rushed to the Maverick Helicopter facility to catch our ride to the festival. As we climbed into the helicopter, my stomach swirled with butterflies, nervous with anticipation as we began to ascend into the air.

As the helicopter approached Las Vegas Motor Speedway, I was at a loss for words. As we began to descend, I couldn’t help but think that what lay below was similar to a magical wonderland.

Walking around the festival, I found myself completely in awe of the stages and genres of music I could hear being performed. The lights of the carnival rides illuminated the grounds, and the green lawns were filled with friends and strangers chatting the night away.

Seeing the crowd of 100,000-plus festivalgoers bond over the music being played that weekend was electric. I found myself inspired by the amount of effort and creativity put into the festival and the hours labored to make sure everything went off without a hitch.

After the festival, I learned that EDC was attended by more than 300,000 people and had generated more than $200 million in revenue for Clark County. Insomniac and its leader, Pasquale Rotella, had accomplished something I had truly never seen before. His efforts, along with Insomniac as a whole, had created a musical experience unlike any other.

The Electric Daisy Carnival is an experience filled with love, friendship and unexplainable joy that ignites the soul. This was an experience I will never forget, and I cannot wait for the years to come.

Everyone must experience EDC.

Check out our other guest columns today from Josh’s “Peepshow” castmates, Coco Austin, Cheaza and Zoeth Cardenales, and on Tuesday from chef Mary Sue Milliken, “First Lady of Magic” Melinda Saxe and producer Andy Walmsley.

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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