Welcome to fabulous Rock in Rio USA! We kicked off our inaugural journey to the United States with tens of thousands of fans from all around the world. When our gates opened, fans streamed into the City of Rock and started exploring 40 acres of beautiful festival grounds. All three Rock Streets were a big hit, with street performers and culture represented from the US, UK, and Brazil.
Cirque Du Soleil opened up our Main Stage with an exclusive one-time-only performance in front of an adoring crowd. Stilt-walking creatures, electric violinists, and a Mohawk-clad acrobat who hung upside-down from the rafters were just some of the things that our fans got a chance to witness. It was the perfect way to bring some more Las Vegas culture to the party.
Fans moved back and forth between the Main Stage and the Evolution Stage to watch all different kinds of rock music. Saints of Valory, Theophilus London, Smallpools, Gary Clark Jr, The Pretty Reckless, and Foster The People each have different energies, but they all proved that they belong in the City of Rock.
The night culminated with an extremely well-received set by the legendary Mexican rock band Maná. Both English and Spanish speakers joined together to speak the language of the world: music. After a triumphant finale, the Main Stage lit up with a spectacular fireworks show that you could see from all over Las Vegas.
Maná might have had the fireworks, but it was No Doubt‘s explosive closing set that really brought the crowd to its feet. Gwen Stefani led the band through a career-spanning set, with hits stretching all the way back to their breakthrough album Tragic Kingdom, which celebrates its 20th anniversary year.
The set felt equal parts punk and reggae, with Gwen Stefani pushing the audience to dance and sing through 19 songs filled with flair and energy. The highlight of the set had to be when the singer saw a fan down in the crowd with a sign that said “I’ve waited 20 years for a photo with No Doubt” and immediately brought her on stage to make her dream come true.
All in all, it was an incredible first day in the United States, and it’s only going to get better tomorrow. Metallica, Linkin Park, Deftones, Rise Against, and so much more will join us in Vegas to bring our Rock Weekend to a heavy finale.