The Vegas clubs weren’t the only place people partied on New Year’s Eve – the Strip played host to more than 300,000 revelers. Those in the vicinity of Caesars Palace were treated to DJ Shaun O’Neale spinning from a platform in front of Caesars Palace. The event, coordinated by Caesars and La Salsa Cantina, where O’Neale is resident DJ, is billed as the first time a DJ served up a concert-like performance on Las Vegas Blvd., complete with a stage dive and crowd surf at the finale.
O’Neale’s three-hour set began at 10 p.m., with him mixing everything from Deadmau5 to Michael Jackson. Thirty minutes before midnight, he launched into an electro house segment, moving at 11:58 to Spencer and Hill's "Less GO" featuring Lil Jon. Then, whipping up the crowd with his personally produced countdown, at the stroke of midnight, he went to “Auld Lang Syne” on cue with the epic fireworks display launched from eight locations on Las Vegas Blvd, including Caesars.
Looks like the city that saw hotel occupancy drop, bottle service at clubs plummet and tourism dip because of the economic crunch kissed 2010 good riddance and kicked off 2011 with a bang.