Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 | 11:42 p.m.
Rock legends Aerosmith -- with singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry front and center in the spotlight -- and opening act Cheap Trick rocked MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite for an assignment and a photo gallery that he called one of his absolute favorites in his more-than-40-year career.
The tour set list for the Entertainment Capital of the World on Saturday night: “Mama Kin,” “Love in an Elevator,” “Jaded,” “Oh Yeah,” “Livin’ on the Edge,” “Movin’ Out,” “Walking’ the Dog,” “Last Child,” “Rag Doll,” “Lover a Lot,” “What It Takes,” “No More, No More,” “Come Together, “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” and “Walk This Way.” The encore: “Dream On” and “Sweet Emotion.”
No “Angel,” “Janie’s Got a Gun,” “Pink” (it’s my favorite color) or the band’s sole No. 1, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” from “Armageddon.” Aerosmith was in town recently for the 2012 iHeart Radio Music Festival, also at MGM Grand.
While Tyler was in town for the “Global Warming Tour” stop, he took his son and friends to Cirque du Soleil’s “Love,” his fourth time watching the Beatles spectacular at the Mirage, after dining at nearby Stack and before partying, like the rock star that he is, at 1 OAK.
Think Nicki Minaj was secretly in the audience? Probably about as likely as Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez reuniting.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.