The Sin City resting place of the Grateful Dead until the very end, Sam Boyd Stadium (formerly the Silver Bowl; old-timers still refer to it as such) isn't so much a stadium as it is a solar-powered barbecue. Aside from being at the mercy of the elements, however, the Boyd isn't too bad a venue as stadiums go. We've seen and heard worse and that was in temperate 70-degree weather. U2 sounded great here when they opened their "Pop Mart" tour on premises. Parking, however, is a sandblasted nightmare; plan accordingly. Currently undergoing renovations. Tickets available at the Thomas & Mack box office 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Box office closed Sundays, unless it's an event night.
-- Staff report