Scott Harrison/Hard Rock Hotel
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 | 5:34 a.m.
Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba celebrated his 40th birthday Saturday night before taking the stage at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, where the band has a mini-residency, “Appetite for Democracy,” through Nov. 24, and contributing photographer Scott Harrison was onsite for a photo gallery.
The Hard Rock and AEG Live presented Ashba with a custom-made, three-tiered cake featuring a rocker top hat (Ashba’s signature), guitars and roses. Band members Frank Ferrer (drums), Chris Pitman (keyboardist), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboardist) and Tommy Stinson (bass) were on hand for the presentation. (Hmmm … who is missing here?)
Ashba’s milestone birthday weekend also included Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” at Aria on Friday night. The remaining GNR dates of “Democracy,” which spans debut album “Appetite for Destruction” (1987) through “Chinese Democracy” (2008), are Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Nov. 21, 23 and 24.
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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Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.