Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 | 9:31 p.m.
Country crooner Dierks Bentley performed a rowdy show at Pearl at the Palms on Friday night amid Day 2 of the 10-day 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in town with all of its competing cowboys and cowgirls and the accompanying country music cornucopia.
Bentley, in a leather jacket, blue jeans and black boots, performed songs from his latest release, “Riser,” as well as his hits “Tip It On Back,” “Come a Little Closer,” “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do,” “5-1-5-0,” “Free and Easy” and, one of my all-time favorites, “Settle for a Slowdown.”
During an instrumental performance, Bentley pulled a female fan onstage and took a seat on his drum riser to drink a beer while she danced and played air guitar. Bentley spotted audience members waiving an Arizona flag (he once lived in Phoenix) and told them that he wanted to party with them post-concert.
Female fans were fanatic throughout the performance, taking off their bras and throwing them to the stage where Bentley layered them on his microphone stand. Only in Vegas. Well, not really, but still …
The Beau Hodges Band served as the opening act for Bentley, who has 10 No. 1 country hits to his name all penned by him. Thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her photo gallery of the country heartthrob.
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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The Pearl is the Palms premier concert venue, hosting some of the most legendary and popular names in entertainment.
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.