Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 | 7:02 a.m.
The D Las Vegas owner and operator Derek Stevens’ three-day, first-anniversary celebrations wrapped with a Detroit-sized bang Saturday night with rocker Kid Rock on Fremont Street Experience outside the D.
Stevens welcomed the Detroit superstar, saying, “We’ve had a lot of fun this last year, and now we’re kicking it up a notch. There’s nobody I wanted more for this show than the guy from my hometown: Kid Rock!”
Kid Rock opened his set with “Devil Without a Cause” as a white curtain dropped to reveal the band. The bad-boy rock star donned a black fedora, gold aviator sunglasses, a black T-shirt, Levi’s and red Jordans. He engaged with the 6,000-strong crowd, telling first-timers that he’d ease them into the concert and to prepare for a crazy time.
The setlist included “Cowboy,” “Wasting Time,” “God Bless Saturday,” “Rock Bottom Blues,” “Born Free,” “Only God Knows Why” and “All Summer Long.” The concert included pyrotechnics — 10-foot flames blasted from atop Kid Rock’s touring sign during “Bawitdaba.”
Kid Rock also played DJ and blasted confetti into the downtown crowd and later performed a duet of “Picture” with bandmate Shannon Curfman. He summed up: “I want to thank the D for putting on this little shindig!”
Saturday night’s crowd included DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia and retired NFL player Jevone Kearse, who enjoyed the show from the D’s VIP booths on Fremont Street.
Thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for his photo gallery of Kid Rock — Donoghue also photographed Uncle Kracker on Thursday night and Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington on Friday night.
Donoghue said, “It was the wildest, craziest night I have ever experienced on Fremont Street. Derek Stevens was all smiles at the D, Kid Rock was spectacular, and his opening act Kaleido, five kids from Detroit, brought the house down. Kid rock was up on his toes in brillant fashion, and the crowd was crazy.
“There is something about a concert outdoors that just ignites the crowd.”
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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The D Las Vegas is the new revved-up name for a longtime downtown Las Vegas hotel, Fitzgeralds, which had been in operation since 1987.
Owner Derek Stevens rebranded and refurbished the hotel in fall 2012 to give it a motor city theme, using the nickname of his beloved city, Detroit, for the name of the new hotel. He also brought in two restaurant favorites from Detroit: American Coney Island and Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.
The property features 638 remodeled contemporary rooms and suites. The unique two-level casino included slots and table games. Dancing dealers are featured on the first floor. And the second floor transports guests back in time to old-school Vegas with its Vintage Casino.
The casino also features the LONGBAR, the longest bar in Nevada, where sports fans can watch games on big screen TVs. Outside on Fremont Street, D Bar invites guests and passerby alike to enjoy refreshing frozen libations and specialty cocktails as talented, trickster bartenders send bottles and glasses flying through the air.
The Showroom at the D features the interactive comedy show, "Marriage Can Be Murder," where guests can be part of the mystery.