Popular with locals and the growing number of supporters of Downtown Las Vegas, the wall of the old Western Hotel and Casino at Fremont and 9th Streets used to read “Viva Lost Vegas.” When the wall was damaged during the installation of the 2014 Life Is Beautiful festival British artist Dean Stockton, aka D*Face, was asked to create a new work for this space. While D*Face is best known for his trademark comic book-style characters this work is a significant departure artistically. Aside from style however, Widewalls says Stockton’s work “critiques the modern world, in particular, consumerism and the American Dream” so maybe this commentary is in some ways less of a departure than we thought. @dface_official @lifeisbeautiful
On this day in music history: August 8, 1987 - “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by U2, it is the second chart topping single for the rock band from Dublin, Ireland. The song originates as a demo recording built up from a drum pattern created by drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.. Lyrically, much of the song is influenced by gospel music that Bono is listening to at the time, and begins writing the lyrics based on themes of questioning personal faith, and looking for spiritual enlightenment. From there, guitarist The Edge comes up with the songs main chord sequence, with the rest of song coming together in short order. The track is recorded at Danesmoate House just outside of Dublin, an 18th century Georgian styled home, and the former residence of Irish politician William Southwell (now owned by U2 bassist Adam Clayton). Initially, “I Still Haven’t Found” wasn’t in the running for release as a single. The band had originally intended “Red Hill Mining Town” to be issued as the follow up to “With Or Without You”. They change their minds when they are unhappy with the music video shot for “Red Hill”, and also end up dropping the song from the upcoming “Joshua Tree Tour” when Bono has difficulty singing the song in pre-tour rehearsals. A video for “I Still Haven’t Found” is quickly shot on the Fremont Street casino strip in Las Vegas in one evening (on April 12, 1987) with director Barry Devlin, after a concert performance in the city. The single is released as the follow up to their first chart topper “With Or Without You” on May 25, 1987. Entering the Hot 100 at #51 on June 13, 1987, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” receives Grammy nominations for both Record and Song Of The Year in 1988.
Downtown on Fremont Street at 4th. Fremont Hotel & Casino, Red Garter Casino. Coffy screens at Fremont Theatre; Wattstax & Cisco Pike at El Portal Theatre. “Pin Balls and Famus Penny Slots” at Foxy Dog.