• Tue. Jul 23rd, 2024

Arms of America as U2- A Tribute to the Myth and Music at Compendium: Rockin’ the Las Vegas Strip

The Compendium Show is the latest premier Rock N’ Roll residency on the Las Vegas Strip. Housed at the Sin City Theatre inside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Mezzanine. Every Thursday through Sunday at 10 p.m., Las Vegas’ top tribute acts present a “compendium” of popular artists.


Arms of America - A Tribute to U2 is the latest in the bands performing at Compendium inside the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood
Arms of America – A Tribute to U2 is the latest in the bands performing at Compendium inside the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood


Compendium combines the live tribute performances with a video presentation of archived film footage and rare photos.  Kicking off this residency was the well-received “Rock N’ Roll All Night: A Tribute to Kiss”.  Now in performance is  “A Tribute to the Myth and Music of U2”, which opened on Independence Day eve.  This Compendium of U2 runs through August 18th.


Arms of America's " Edge" in performance at Compendium
Arms of America’s ” Edge” in performance at Compendium


This U2 tribute features Arms of America, the #1 U2 tribute band in Las Vegas. Arms of America is John Genet (Bono) doing vocals, Robert Van Groski (Adam Clayton) on bass, Sam Torreso (The Edge) playing guitar and Josh Harris (Larry Mullen Jr.) on drums.  All, fantastic musicians.  I enjoyed their “real band” interaction, not just cover band banter.
This evening’s performance began with a quick introduction by the show’s producer, Pete Housely (along with theatre founder John Paydon).  Next, was a short video montage of U2 videos and live performances.  Too short. It would have been nice if the monitor was bigger since the video presentation is not only a big part of the compendium but, the opening.
Arms of America took the stage without excess fanfare, going right into the performance.  They covered U2 songs from early releases to contemporary hits.  Perhaps covered is not the right word.  These guys were subtly interpretational.  Not sound-alikes, instead capturing the vibe of U2.  Genet’s “Bono”  certainly hit all the right notes and the band played with U2’s low-key flair.  It was nice to hear them easily incorporate strains from other artists into one or two of the U2 songs.


" Bono" in performance at Compendium
” Bono” in performance at Compendium


In a nutshell, Compendium of U2 was a great show. With an audience filled with lots of U2 fans, it wasn’t surprising to see a spate of dancing girls. Arms of America definitely charmed the crowd. At one point, John came out into the audience to give hugs. He was pleasantly surprised by a bear of a guy who gladly hugged him back. I’m sure the guys from U2 would have liked that.
Beginning August 22nd, Compendium moves on to the next big tribute, Nirvana. That show will feature “Smells Like Nirvana”, repleat with a real left-handed “Kurt.”  I can’t wait to see Compendium again and again.


Arms of America's "Bono" with  Smells Like Nirvana's "Kurt"  on the red carpet at Compendium
Arms of America’s “Bono” with Smells Like Nirvana’s “Kurt” on the red carpet at Compendium


For tix and theatre info: (702) 777-7776 or (800) 745-3000 or www.facebook.com/SinCityTheatre
For show info: www.compendiumshow.com or www.facebook.com/compendiumshow
For band info: www.armsofamerica.weebly.com or www.facebook.com/armsofamerica

By Lu Frith

Lu Frith- Writer Lu is a Veteran Entertainment Journalist, a former senior staff writer at Las Vegas Music Scene Magazine, Former Radio Talk Show Host, aspiring script writer, Running Enthusiast & Vodka Conniseur. You WANT to know Lu- her ” I know nothing” demeanor is but a facade

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