Five observations from Judas Priest at the Joint October 23
Wed, Oct 26, 2011 (5:27 p.m.)
Photo: Erik Kabik / Retna
1. Singer Rob Halford doesn’t wait to break out his trademark wail (he hits those piercing high notes during opener “Rapid Fire”), but it does sound a little threadbare at times.
2. Although this alleged farewell tour is the band’s first minus founding member K.K. Downing, he doesn’t warrant a mention. Replacement guitarist Richie Faulkner ably fills in, and has clearly gotten the dress-code memo (leather with metallic accents).
3. “We’re going to do our best to take you through 40 years of Judas Priest heavy metal,” Halford promises. Way to make the audience feel old.
4. For “Prophecy,” from the awesomely ridiculous 2008 concept album Nostradamus, Halford dons a shiny wizard’s robe and carries a staff fashioned after the band’s trident logo. Of course, it shoots sparks.
5. Sure, everyone here knows the words to “Breaking the Law,” but that’s no excuse for letting the crowd sing the entire song while Halford just stands there.
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.