Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 | 10:02 p.m.
It was a weekend of back-to-back headliner entertainment in the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, as L.A. favorites Silversun Pickups rocked the stage Friday night, with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Fiona Apple taking the Saturday night spotlight.
Silversun Pickups’ third Dangerbird Records album is titled “Neck of the Woods,” and the first single is “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings).” Their breakthrough and biggest hit is “Lazy Eye,” and they were nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist.
Silversun Pickups is singer and guitarist Brian Aubert, bassist Nikki Monniger, keyboardist Joe Lester, and drummer Christopher Guanlao. They also performed at the Joint in July 2010.
Apple performed at the Joint the following night in support of her latest release, “The Idler Wheel,” of which Rolling Stone said, “Apple’s first LP since 2005 is full of cold truths and her most raw music yet. … Throughout, Apple sings amazingly, wringing different colors from her voice in every song.” The album’s first single is “Every Single Night.”
Apple burst onto the music scene at age 19 with 1996’s “Tidal,” and Rolling Stone named her Artist of the Year in 1997. The following year, she won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for “Criminal.” She had been a bad, bad girl. (A personal favorite is her 1998 cover of the Beatles’ “Across the Universe” for the soundtrack of “Pleasantville.”
Thanks to contributing photographer Erik Kabik for his extraordinary photo galleries from both nights of performances.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.
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.