• Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

On April 23, 2015, former Faster Pussycat/Sin City Sinners guitarist Brent Muscat celebrated his 48th birthday. Two nights later, at the Hard Rock Café (Paradise/Harmon location), festivities were underway to celebrate in his honor, with an all-star lineup of Vegas musicians, including everyone from youngsters to veterans of the Sunset Strip!




Brent Muscat deserves serious credit for being one of the first people to spur on the growth of the Las Vegas music scene, since he relocated out here in the mid 2000s. This former Faster Pussycat guitarist has toured the world and worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry over the years. Being a founding member of the Sin City Sinners around 2007, Muscat has continued to entertain audiences in and around Las Vegas. Sinners guests have included some of the biggest names in 80s rock, and young up-and-coming rockers around the valley  trying to make a name for themselves in the music world. As such, Muscat is definitely someone responsible for making the music scene in Vegas what it is today.


(Left to Right) Zachary Throne, Brent Muscat, Phil Lewis, Dominick Muzio, and Wayne Carver.
(Left to Right) Zachary Throne, Brent Muscat, Phil Lewis, Blas Elias, Dominick Muzio, and Wayne Carver.


You can tell how respected a part of the music world Muscat is based on how many showed up to pay tribute to him on this special day. No less than a dozen musicians from other bands, and up-and-coming rock and rollers of tomorrow came around for the occasion as well. Musicians involved with Muscat’s celebration included local bands Outta the Black and Wicked Garden, Siana King, Phil Lewis (LA Guns), Nadir D’Priest (London), Louie Merlino (Beggars and Thieves), Wayne Carver, Zachary Throne, Blas Elias (Slaughter), and many others!


Birthday cupcakes with Zachary Throne and Phil Lewis!
Birthday cupcakes with Zachary Throne and Phil Lewis!


This rotating all-star band of the best artists in Vegas made for some great moments on the Hard Rock Café stage. The evening started off with some original songs with Siana King on vocals, who is one of Las Vegas’ rising talents, and one that Muscat and company have definitely taken notice of. Wicked Garden played some of the best rock hits of the 1990s, including work by Stone Temple Pilots and Bush.


Brent Muscat and Wicked Garden.
Brent Muscat and Wicked Garden.


Blas Elias and Zachary Throne took the stage to perform some of Slaughter’s biggest hits; the multi-talented Throne (he is a self-taught musician, actor, AND voice-over artist!) sings these songs far better than Mark Slaughter is capable of doing in this day and age. Phil Lewis took the stage to sing some classic LA Guns tunes, and Nadir D’Priest gave a kick-ass rendition of the Judas Priest version of “The Green Manalishi.”


Nadir D'Priest of London performing Judas Priest's "Green Manalishi".
Nadir D’Priest of London performing Judas Priest’s “Green Manalishi”.


Zachary Throne performing "Fly to the Angels" by Slaughter.
Zachary Throne performing “Fly to the Angels” by Slaughter.


Of course, you need to have some Faster Pussycat tunes if you are going to celebrate Brent Muscat, and Louie Merlino gave us great renditions of “House of Pain” and “Bathroom Wall.” There were no dull moments throughout the entire evening.


Beggars & Thieves' Louie Merlino performing the Faster Pussycat classic "House of Pain".
Beggars & Thieves’ Louie Merlino performing the Faster Pussycat classic “House of Pain”.


It was great to see the turnout for this event; no shortage of rockers and fans alike showed up to pay tribute to one of the 80s rock’s greats who has called Sin City home for a decade now. No one in attendance would disagree that this was a great night of rock and celebration alike!


Happy Birthday, Brent!
Happy Birthday, Brent!


All photos © Stephy Hayward / ZRock’R Magazine

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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