Nousha Salimi / AP
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 | 1:49 p.m.
Las Vegas' upcoming New Year's Eve celebration just got a lot louder.
Veteran hard rock band Guns N' Roses has announced it will close out its 2011 U.S. tour with a Dec. 31 show at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. Tickets start at $95 plus fees and go on sale Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the Hard Rock box office.
Guns N' Roses went 15 years between albums before releasing the long-awaited Chinese Democracy in 2008. Along with leader Axl Rose, the current GNR lineup includes DJ Ashba, Richard Fortus and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal on guitar, Tommy Stinson on bass, Chris Pitman and Dizzy Reed on keyboards and Frank Ferrer on drums.
The release accompanying today's announcement promises "a two and a half hour show with all of their hits." Guns N' Roses' best-known songs include "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Paradise City," "Patience," "Don't Cry" and "November Rain."
Other scheduled Las Vegas New Year's Eve concerts include Stevie Wonder at the Cosmopolitan, John Legend at the Pearl and NOFX (with Lagwagon, Old Man Markley and Holding Onto Sound) at House of Blues. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band play Mandalay Bay on Dec. 30.
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.