A tale of two sets: Muse vs. Afghan Raiders
Wed, Dec 16, 2009 (2 p.m.)
Muse at the Joint December 12.
Despite a generally icy reception, the local electro openers showed no fear. Afghan frontman Mikey Francis strutted the giant stage the same way he does inside Beauty Bar, while sonic manipulator Vince “Beans” Campillo bobbed his head so hard he complained of neck pain the next day. Thumping versions of “Future Thinkers” and “Solid Gold” might not have won tons of converts, but if nothing else, the night goes down as a successful resumé-builder.
As for Muse, the trio served up an hour’s worth of empty calories—attempting to sound so epic at all times, its concoctions felt more like parody than actual music. Last time the Brits played the Joint, a Weekly reviewer described the experience as “era-defining.” Lord, I hope not.
The Joint, which holds 4,000 people, features seven luxury suites, a VIP studio level, a state-of-the-art sound system and a superior video system.
It has received numerous accolades including “Best Concert Venue” in Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012, “No. 1 Hottest Club in America” award by Billboard Magazine in 2011, “Best New Major Concert Venue” at the 2010 Pollstar Awards, and “Best Live Music Venue” in AOL City’s Best 2010 awards.
The Joint has been the venue for concerts by Paul McCartney, Prince, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Arcade Fire, Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses, Rise Against, Paramore, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. The venue hosted Vegas’s first rock n’ roll residency, "Supernatural Santana: A Trip through the Hits," and in February 2012, Vegas’s first hard rock residency, "Mötley Crüe in Sin City." In 2011, the venue welcomed "Tiësto In Concert," a groundbreaking live show created exclusively for The Joint featuring the world’s No. 1 electronic DJ and producer Tiësto.
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