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How Tiësto came to rule Las Vegas

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Tiësto returns to his Strip headquarters this weekend.

In 2014, a medley of songs from Tiësto’s studio album of the same year, A Town Called Paradise, became part of the rotating soundtrack for the iconic dancing fountains in front of Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip. The Dutch superstar joined the ranks of Sinatra, Elvis, The Beatles and Bocelli, all instantly recognizable musicians, and became the first DJ to be involved in the fountains show.

This past weekend, Tiësto conquered another piece of Las Vegas when two tracks from A Town Called Paradise—“Red Lights” and “Wasted,” along with 2015’s “Secrets”—became the foundation for the newest Viva Vision show broadcast on the world’s largest video screen, the canopy covering the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Vegas. Tiësto popped into the 3rd Street Stage to mark the debut of the show, now playing nightly, before a weekend that saw him play at Wet Republic and then close out the 20th anniversary edition of Electric Daisy Carnival.

Easily one of the world’s most celebrated DJs, Tiësto is clearly one of Vegas’ favorites as well. He’s back at his Strip headquarters, Hakkasan and Wet Republic at MGM Grand, this week, but really, through his music, he’s everywhere, all the time. Tiësto at Hakkasan at MGM Grand, June 23 & 25; at Wet Republic at MGM Grand, June 26.

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