Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 | 10 a.m.
It’s been one year of rock and roll, comedy and offbeat acts at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel, and rebellious Courtney Love celebrated it in style Thursday night.
In addition to the Hole frontwoman’s performance, she cut the first slice of first-anniversary cake, and our thanks to contributing photographer Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery of the celebration and concert.
The celebration at Vinyl continues all weekend. Courtney, on a solo tour, performs again tonight, Street Drum Corps takes the stage Saturday night, and it’s Sin City Sinners on Sunday night after the fourth-annual Vegas Rocks! Awards at the nearby Joint.
After a glittering red carpet of rockers, the “Celebration of Classic Rock” gets underway from the Hard Rock Hotel streamed on StageIt.com. Sunday’s awards lineup includes Jon Anderson (Yes), Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer), Zakk Wylde, Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Slaughter, Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Simon Wright (AC/DC)and James Kottak (Scorpions).
Editor at Large John Katsilometes posted his overview of Vinyl’s first year on Thursday morning.
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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.