Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 | 6 a.m.
Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough of Backstreet Boys celebrated their “In a World Like This” tour concert stop at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday night with an early Sunday morning official concert after-party at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Before the festivities and Carter’s DJ set at the after-hours nightclub, the trio hosted a meet-and-greet for 150 fans at nearby Vinyl, which just celebrated its first anniversary with a two-night concert by Courtney Love.
On the arrivals carpet nearing 2 a.m. Sunday, Richardson, back with BSB for the first time in a decade, and Dorough donned black from head-to-toe, while Carter kept it more casual in a gray Tampa Bay Buccaneers T-shirt (Carter was likely an unhappy NFL fan later Sunday) and black track pants.
Once inside Body English, Carter, Dorough and Richardson hit the stage to thank partygoers for coming out and chanted, “Ain’t no party like a Backstreet party because a Backstreet party don’t stop” as the crowd sang along. Carter took over the DJ booth for a one-hour set, and Dorough and Richardson joined him onstage as they pulled up several fans and posed for photographs.
Carter’s throwback beats included “I Got a Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas, “Whatever You Like” by T.I., “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan and much more. The Boys danced, sang and partied until the early hours of the morning.
BSB band mates Brian Littrell and A.J. McLean skipped the post-concert soiree. Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery. Backstreet’s back!
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.
Though masculine in lines and furnishings, there are sensuous feminine touches to be found within Body English's black leather upholstered walls and oversized booths.
Guests walk down a long flight of stairs which leads to the main entrance of the club. The first focal point that catches the eye is a larger-than-life million dollar, color-changing crystal chandelier that hangs over the main dance floor, offering a touch of elegance while simultaneously offering just enough lighting to create an intimate ambiance.
Around the perimeter of the upstairs level are the main bar and a number of VIP godfather booths, ideal for elite groups. On the main dance floor, additional VIP booths made of elegant black leather circle the room, giving guests the best view of all the action. Complete with its own DJ booth, bar and waitress staff, the room known as The Parlor, which is adjacent to the main dance floor, also offers an intimate experience for separate parties.