Tougher times of a British hue are, bizarrely, on view at the Mirage hotel.
Here the Cirque du Soleil's show Love, a tribute to The Beatles, opens with a re-creation of the Blitz. Think Michael Jackson's Thriller video meets George Formby - yes, it's truly terrifying.
There are rumours on the Strip that a similar tribute is being planned around the music of The Beach Boys.
Curiously, while The Beach Boys were arguably the nearest thing that America had to The Beatles, there is a noticeable indifference to their achievements.
(2009 Mar 17 / Frank Barrett)