Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 | 11:11 p.m.
San Diego band Switchfoot performed at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights, and contributing photographer Erik Kabik was onsite Friday night for his photo gallery of the Christian-turned-mainstream rockers.
Paper Route served as the opening act before Switchfoot’s hunky frontman Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (backing vocals, bass guitar), Jerome Fontamillas (backing vocals, guitar, keyboards), Drew Shirley (backing vocals, guitar) and Chad Butler (drums, percussion) took the stage to perform their hits “Dare You to Move,” “Meant to Live” and more.
Switchfoot has released eight albums, including 2003’s “The Beautiful Letdown,” which sold 2.6 million copies; their latest release is 2011’s “Vice Verses.” The group has won Grammy, Dove, ASCAP and San Diego Music Awards.
Upcoming shows at Vinyl include Yellowcard (Friday), the Dreaming (Nov. 7), Blue October (Nov. 13), Empire Records (Nov. 23), the Whammy (Dec. 8), the Aggrolites (Dec. 27) and Reverend Horton Heat (Dec. 28). Chantal Claret has an extended run at Vinyl, with dates this Thursday, plus, Nov. 8, 16, 24 and 30.
Go to the Hard Rock Hotel’s website for Vinyl’s full schedule.
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Vinyl, which opened in August 2012, is the intimate live entertainment venue at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, featuring a diversity of genres, including rock 'n' roll, jazz, blues, pop and even country.
The multifunctional room provides an intimate setting that puts the audience within an arm's reach of the performers.
The space, which is just under 7,000 square feet, can accommodate 650 guests. With a speakeasy atmosphere, Vinyl has an industrial look from its Chicago-common brick and cinderblock, distressed wood floors and an exposed, sky-high ceiling.
An elevated VIP section houses leather banquette seating and offers guests their own wait staff and an exclusive bar. The perimeter features a bar where guests can watch all the action. A state-of-the-art entertainment system offers high-definition screens on both sides of the main stage.
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.