Tiesto Light Show Debuts at Fremont Street Experience

Bigtime DJ Tiesto recently got his own fountain show at Bellagio, and now the Dutch import has a show featuring his hits on the Viva Vision screen at Fremont Street Experience.

The Tiesto light show debuts at downtown’s Fremont Street Experience on Feb. 3, 2016. As if we were going to wait. If you can’t do a security breach at your own job, where can you do one?

The new light show features three of Tiesto’s songs, “Secrets,” “Red Lights” and “Wasted.” The show is called “Tiesto – A Town Called Paradise,” after his 2014 album of the same name.

“Red Lights” and “Wasted” were Tiesto’s first two gold singles in the U.S., which we knew off the top of our head immediately after reading Tiesto’s page on Wikipedia.

That’s also where we learned his name uses two dots over the “e.” Which we thought was an umlaut, but the ä in bär is an umlaut, but the ë in Tiësto is a diaeresis. There are surprisingly many things to be learned from electric dance music. That doesn’t mean we’re going back and adding a diaeresis to Tiesto’s name in this story, but at least now we know the name of the thing we’re not doing properly.

Tiesto Las Vegas

Tiesto’s real name is Tijs Michiel Verwest. Good luck pronouncing that without injuring yourself.

The three Tiesto songs in the new Viva Vision show have a combined 212 million views on YouTube.

Among Tiesto’s accomplishments, he was the first DJ to play live onstage at the Olympics (in 2004) and was among the first celebrity DJs to earn what would later be dubbed a “metric ass-ton of money” doing gigs at nightclubs like Hakkasan and Omnia in Las Vegas.

Here’s a little “Secrets” action.

Tiesto’s new Viva Vision light show joins Imagine Dragons as a recent addition to the line-up at Fremont Street Experience (where this blog works in marketing as our day job). And about time. All due respect, Bon Jovi.

The Tiesto light show was created by the same Montreal-based multimedia company as the Imagine Dragons show, Moment Factory.

At five football fields long, the Viva Vision screen at Fremont Street Experience is the largest in the U.S. and second largest in the world after Harmony Times Square in Suzhou, China. Thanks for ruining everything, China.

The new Tiesto show will run nightly at 11:00 p.m. Check the official Fremont Street Experience calendar for seasonal time changes. Otherwise, come on down and dance like nobody’s watching. Believe us, everyone else is.

In other Fremont Street Experience news, we were the first to report (hey, we work there) Patrick Hughes has been named the new President of Fremont Street Experience, replacing former President Jeff Victor. Hughes is currently Vice President and General Manager of Cannery Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas. Hughes formerly worked at Boulder Station, New York-New York, Desert Inn and The Resort at Summerlin (Rampart Casino).

13 thoughts on “Tiesto Light Show Debuts at Fremont Street Experience

  1. RustyHammer

    I’m glad there are new shows with something other than classic rock, but does having some gimmicky DJ’s music really draw a new crowd to Fremont? Does it appeal to those who frequently inhabit downtown?

    1. Scott Roeben

      I think the idea is to just mix things up, especially with more current artists. I believe in this case, it was Moment Factory’s existing relationship with Tiesto that make this choice easier. I am just thankful when there’s something, anything new, since I hear these same shows over and over each night. The show has more energy and a more modern look than others, so I like that things are being changed up. Not sure what an overall strategy might be, other than to perhaps appeal to a broader audience.

      1. JWalt

        The first time I saw Tiesto was in 1999 and I was 23. He isn’t a gimmicky DJ by any means attracting kids. Do the math, I’m older now and next time I’m in Vegas I’ll be stopping by to see this! He has a following that goes back almost 20 years now along with those just discovering him now. Many of us have kids now who think of this as their parents music.

  2. Todd Sterling

    I agree rustyhammer exactly what crowd are the trying to bring in? I didn’t care for any of the songs, now granted the light show looks cool but I’m not going to spend minutes outside listening to songs that I can’t sing along with.

    1. Scott Roeben

      Yeah, the shows tend to be older hits, so everyone knows the words. Appreciate your thoughts, and look forward to hearing what people think. I’m glad to have something new, and this one’s peppy.

      1. Lewmoore

        I’m hardly an expert on electronica or these DJ’s but I’m glad there are some new shows! As much as I have an appreciation for bands such as The Who, The Doors, and Bon Jovi…those will mostly appeal to a demographic that is: white and north of 60 years old. If Vegas (and the FSE) wants to continue to prosper (and not become Branson, MO with slot machines) it has to continue to evolve and include things popular since after…the dawning of the age of Aquarius. That being said, it would be cool if they could mix in some of the older shows…a particular Viva Las Vegas retro show was quite cool if memory serves. Classic Vegas will always have a place whereas only classic rock, all the time, will not.

  3. Kram Sacul

    Never heard of him.

    I miss the older VivaVision shows that were Vegas themed. They even had a few seasonal ones. They should put those in the rotation sometime.

  4. Bouldersteve

    Glad the FSE is updating the Viva Vision. The current selection has been around a long time. Not a fan of electronic music but its popular with the younger crowd.

  5. Sam Wood

    EDM is like a bug zapper for millennials, they cannot resist. I think wherever you put it in Vegas, the 20-somethings will come, which has it’s pros and cons.

  6. Troy Swezey

    I wonder if there is a sort of permission by the artist granted before one of these shows can be created and shown?

    1. Scott Roeben

      We collaborate with all the artists featured in the light shows. There are months of negotiations, and substantial cost, involved. The artists approve the shows. Interesting process.


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