Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 | 11:58 p.m.
The 2013 edition of X107.5’s Holiday Havoc featured headliners Thirty Seconds to Mars, with heartthrob frontman Jared Leto, and hometown heroes Panic! At the Disco, with heartthrob frontman Brendon Urie, at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday night in more than four hours of rock.
Despite Leto being sicker than a dog — as he said so repeatedly and matter-of-factly from the stage and sounded like it — he defied doctor’s orders and went on with the concert, much to his fans’ delight.
The band’s setlist included hits “Up in the Air,” an acoustic version of “The Kill” and, humorously, “City of Angels,” in which fans from Las Vegas, L.A. (the City of Angels, natch) and San Diego were (randomly) pulled onstage and sang with Leto “American Idol”-style, the 41-year-old lead singer quipped.
The Las Vegas singer was by far the best. Leto also dropped many F-bombs during the concert. The band’s latest album, “Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams,” was released May 21.
Urie and Panic! were equally engaging, and they finished their set with their biggest hit, “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies.” Urie impressed with his hard-rock gravelly vocals on AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” and amused with a few lines from Dee-Lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart.”
Plus, nobody can rock a pair of skinny black leather pants like him. Their latest album, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” dropped Oct. 8. The band recently headlined at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan (where Urie donned a similar skinny-black-leather ensem).
Las Vegas’ Parade of Lights and Pepper were up first at Holiday Havoc (sadly, their sets were missed due to a lack of parking at the Hard Rock Hotel and a spot finally opening up after nearly an hour of driving). Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery of Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Also at the Hard Rock on Saturday night concurrent with and after Holiday Havoc: a benefit for Aid for AIDS of Nevada at Luxe Bar (which then moved to nearby Body English) and Jenny McCarthy’s “Dirty, Sexy, Funny” after-party, also at Body English. Belvedere Red sponsored both events.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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.