’Tis the season for giving.
For you, anyway.
I myself give year-round.
During the past 12 months, I have given you so much, namely, countless reasons to fire off angry emails after reading something I’ve written.
And so now, it’s my turn to benefit from the graciousness of others.
With this in mind, here’s my Christmas wish list.
And you don’t even have to bother wrapping any of ’em:
■ New records from the Big Friendly Corporation, Red State Soundsystem, Spun In Darkness and Black Camaro.
■ The return of the Summer Slaughter tour to town. My favorite tour annually, it hits Vegas sporadically (it came in ’07, ’09 and ’12). Would save me a trip to SoCal or Phoenix.
■ An overcast day for the Warped Tour in June.
■ An end to shows with six local openers leading up to a national act that hits the stage at 2 a.m. On a Tuesday.
■ A residency from the Drive-by Truckers at the Silverton, which the band nearly leveled in the spring of 2011, turning in one of the best shows of the year. The band has a new record coming out, and they could compensate for Britney Spears’ presence here.
■ The helicopter ride package to and from Electric Daisy Carnival. Would be nice to be able to cover EDC without spending three hours in traffic coming and going from the speedway.
■ A 12-month prohibition on shows by The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett and Bon Jovi, who seem to perform here every year. If you want to extend the ban to 120,000 months, no argument here.
■ If Vegas is to get any act from all the Coachella spillover that we get treated to annually, let it be the rumored Outkast reunion. If not in the spring, bring ’em in as a Life is Beautiful headliner in the fall.
■ Speaking of acts that I’d most like to come to Vegas, the top three performers I’ve never had a chance to see that need to play here pronto: Tom Waits, Mark Lanegan and PJ Harvey. C’mon, somebody bring ’em in.
■ There are so many award shows that take place here — the Soul Train Awards, Latin Grammys, Billboard Music Awards, American Country Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards — so why not host one for a genre that somehow doesn’t have one yet: gut-roiling gore grind! Vegas’ own Phalloplasty could play.
■ Yeah, we get the iHeartRadio festival every year now, but nobody really “hearts” radio, because terrestrial radio sucks. So, how about an iHateRadio festival full of bands you never hear on the commercial airwaves. Just name pretty much any act worth listening to and there’s your potential lineup. Book it!
Contact reporter Jason Bracelin at email@example.com or 702-383-0476. Follow him on Twitter @JasonBracelin.