Def Leppard has a residency show at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. I am a HUGE fan of Lep, and my first concert ever was in Lakeland, FL on May 22,1983 on the Pyromania tour. Lep is doing the entire Hysteria album from start to finish at the Vegas shows.
My fellow Lep friends and I decided to go to two of the shows. I would have liked to go to all three last week, but at the time we made our plans, one of my friends was not working, so she didn't want to commit to a third show until she found a job.
In any event, we flew out last Tuesday. We got a great deal on Southwest (who I abhor for their treatment of overweight and obese people), but not only did we get a great deal, the flight times were right. Even with all that, they were not my first choice, but I got talked into it. For $450 a person, we had roundtrip airfare, 4 nights at the MGM Grand with a $75 food & beverage credit, and a rental car.
Our flights were fine, and I even had a few legs without anyone in the middle seat, so I was comfortable. The check-in was simple because MGM has a check-in desk at the airport, so we didn't have to wait on the long line at the hotel's front desk.
The food was phenomenal. I did not pig out. Desserts and appetizers were shared, and I didn't take the last bite of anything (I think?). I insisted on going to Fluer at Mandalay Bay for the Onion Veloute soup. I could have cared less if I had anything else there, I just wanted the soup. I ate at Fluer 6 years ago, and it's taken me this long to get back there. My friends agreed it was the best onion soup they've ever had (and possibly the best soup ever).
I attempted to have salad and/or fruit when feasible, and drink as much water as I could ($5 for an 8 oz bottle of water is ridiculous).
On Wednesday, we spent the day at the pool. It was beautiful out, and it wasn't hot. I used plenty of sunscreen and did not burn. I went two rounds around the lazy river, and many times purposefully went against the current. My legs were jelly when I got out.
Wednesday night was the first Lep show. We purchased VIP Nation's package, and got an acoustic set and a meet & greet with the band before the show. I've met the drummer on many occasions and one of the guitarists once, and have been on a call-in radio show with the singer once, but I've never met all of them, and never at the same time before Wednesday night. They were gracious and welcoming, and my picture with them is really nice (if you just look at the excitement on my face and not how fat my shirt makes me look - although I am fat anyway). It's taken me 30 years to meet them since I first saw them in concert, and it was worth the money and standing on lines for an eternity. I will do it again if the circumstances are right.
The show that night was fantastic. They played a lot of stuff that I haven't heard live in a while before they went into Hysteria. One of the reasons I love this band is that they are a fabulous live band. They look like they enjoy being on stage, and that it's not just an ego trip or money grab for them.
Thursday, we went to Red Rocks National Park and took the scenic drive through the park. It's really beautiful there, and the weather was still nice enough to have the windows open. After the park, we went to Fluer as I mentioned earlier.
Later that evening, we went to dinner at American Fish in the Aria hotel. I had the best piece of grilled halibut that I've ever had. I also talked the girls into sharing 2 different desserts (and one with fresh fruit!) instead of us each getting our own. We were so full that we didn't finish either one of them, and I wasn't going to force it down my throat!
After dinner, we went to see Carrot Top. I was not looking forward to it - he's kind of creeped me out with what he's seemingly done to his face. Well...I am so glad I went! His show was extremely well-executed and funny as hell! He also don't look as weird in person (and we were front row in a small theater, so I have no doubt that it's basically eyeliner and funnily shaped eyebrows that makes his face look so odd sometimes).
Friday, I spent some time at the spa (as much as I love my travel companion, I needed a break) and got a really nice facial (where I was told that I have fabulous skin and she didn't try to sell me anything!), and then got my hair shampooed and blown out. The blow out lasted 3 days!! Worth the $$ I suppose.
Friday night we had our second Lep show to attend. We didn't do the meet & greet this time, but we were sixth row and we got some fabulous pictures.
We all had a hard time falling asleep Friday night, trying to come down from the excitement of the concert. I don't drink at shows (much less most other places), so I wasn't mellow at all! Saturday morning came too fast, and off to the airport we went.
Although I had a fabulous time, I was grateful to be home where I could use my shower, my scale, and my bed! Plus, I'm the only one here, and I'm the only one who snores - so that's a bonus!
My Fitbit broke while in Vegas, so only two days got recorded, but I walked over 10,000 steps the two days that are recorded, so I'm going to assume that I walked that much for each day of the trip. That's one thing about Vegas...everything is a walk!
I got a new Fitbit yesterday, and this one has an altimeter (which is nice because I work on the 3rd floor and I live on a 2nd floor walk-up). Evidently today, I climbed the worlds tallest sandcastle (4 flights). When I upgrade my phone soon, I'll be able to sync with the new phone. It's just another tool for me to get back on track!