Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 | 3:34 p.m.
2013 VRMAs at the Joint
The bump-and-grind routine that bra-and-panty-clad Miley Cyrus thrust on Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night grabbed the headlines, but rock fans around the world are still talking about the lineup of legendary artists at the fourth-annual 2013 Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards.
The music icons were simultaneously celebrating the ninth anniversary of Vegas Rocks! Magazine, and its publisher, Sally Steele, hosted the show at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, which was streamed live around the world at StageIt.com. Our thanks to contributing photographer Denise Truscello for her photo gallery and to Richard Corey for his red carpet video and backstage with the winners.
Honorees included Jon Anderson (Yes), who was honored with the Voice of Progressive Music Award; Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Yes) received the Drum Legend Icon Award; D.J. Ashba presented Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne) with the Riff Monster Award; and newcomer Laura Wilde received the Best New Female Artist Award.
The event featured entertainment by rock artists and bands from Las Vegas and California. Performances included Geoff Tate’s Queensryche, who opened the show; Carl Palmer performed an ELP song with Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater and Rudy Sarzo (Dio and Quiet Riot); and Jon performed an acoustic set, including one song joined by Carl on percussion.
Vegas Rocks! Publisher Sally co-hosted with James Kottak of the Scorpions. The red carpet included Chris Holmes (WASP), Jeff Young (Megadeth), Stacey Blades (L.A. Guns), porn king Ron Jeremy, reality TV royal Danny “The Count” Koker, Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno, John Payne of “Raiding the Rock Vault,” Paul Shortino, Howard Leese, Tracii Guns, Robin McAuley, Andrew Freeman, Jay Schellen, Michael T. Ross, Jizzy Pearl, Craig Gass, Murray Sawchuck, Chris Phillips (Zowie Bowie), Ron Keel and Marvelless Mark.
The all-star celebrity jam for the finale included Geoff Tate’s Queensryche, Jon Anderson, D.J. Ashba, Simon Wright (AC/DC), James Kottak and many of the attendees and honorees. Sally summed up: “This was truly a night to remember for rock and roll, and what rocked in Las Vegas was able to be seen and heard around the world.”
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.
Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.
Follow Vegas DeLuxe on Twitter at Twitter.com/vegasdeluxe.
Follow Sun A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.
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.