Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 | 12:07 p.m.
Las Vegas alternative rockers Imagine Dragons, one of the breakouts stars of 2013, had a jam-packed Monday at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
Band members Dan Reynolds, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman and Wayne Sermon started their itinerary by unveiling a memorabilia display at the off-Strip hotel. After the presentation, the group posed for photographs with fans onsite to support the hometown heroes.
In the evening, frontman Reynolds and his Dragons took over the Joint for a sold-out show that included their inescapable hits “Radioactive,” “It’s Time” and the current smash “Demons.”
In an only-in-Vegas moment, more than 20 Elvis impersonators joined the band as they sang “On Top of the World.”
During the concert, Reynolds took the mic to thank fans, saying, “I never thought I’d be able to play two sold-out shows at the Joint. Imagine Dragons’ music wouldn’t be possible without you.”
He added, “I can’t tell you how good it feels to be back in Las Vegas. This is our home.” The crowd included “Dancing With the Stars” pro-dancer stars Derek Hough and Mark Ballas and singer-songwriter B.C. Jean.
After the show, concertgoers headed over to nearby Body English for an exclusive DJ set by Reynolds. Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery of Imagine Dragons at the Joint and Reynolds post-show at Body English.
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.