Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 | 3:48 p.m.
The party continued Friday night for owner and operator Derek Stevens and his D Las Vegas in downtown Las Vegas, as the hotel continued its three-day, first–anniversary celebrations.
Stone Temple Pilots, with new frontman Chester Bennington, performed a free concert Friday night on Fremont Street outside the D Las Vegas, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite for his rockin’ photo gallery.
The setlist included “Sex Type Thing,” “Interstate Love Song,” “Wicked Garden,” “Vasoline,” “Dead & Bloated” and new single “Out of Time” from the forthcoming “High Rise,” but “Creep” was noticeably absent.
I’ve been a longtime Linkin Park and Bennington fan, and he can do no wrong in my book. He proved himself a worthy successor to Weiland, and I’m still in bewildered awe at how he doesn’t wreck his voice screaming as he does.
Bennington, who is still the lead singer of Linkin Park and remains active with the band, joined San Diego’s STP — brothers Dean DeLeo (guitar) and Robert DeLeo (bass) and Eric Kretz (drums) — after Scott Weiland, who gave a crazy performance at Pearl at the Palms in June, was fired in February. After the concert, Bennington shook hands with fans and hung out in the crowd signing autographs and posing for photographs.
Stevens, who was in a VIP box to the left of the stage during the concert, is known to be on his property fairly often, and Friday night was no different. He took the stage during the concert, in a black trench coat with red trim that was emblazoned on the back with “Derek Stevens” and “Stone Temple Pilots,” to welcome STP, Bennington and the downtown revelers, and he was spotted at Long Bar inside the D post-concert.
Uncle Kracker kicked off the celebrations Thursday night, and rocker Kid Rock wraps the three days of free music tonight. Check back Sunday for a report and photo gallery from Kid Rock.
This was shockingly my first concert at FSE, and it will definitely not be my last.
DINNER AT ANDIAMO
Before the concert, I dined at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, a Detroit staple (there are nine Andiamo locations in Detroit) and one of my favorite steakhouses in Las Vegas, with two guests, one of them a new resident to Las Vegas from Detroit who gave the Las Vegas location a thumb’s up.
Everything was high quality, from the calamari and peppers and sausages as appetizers; Caesars salad made tableside; prime rib, one of the night’s specials; and sides of truffle mashed potatoes and wasabi mashed potatoes.
I really enjoy the wonderful food, service and old-school ambience of Andiamo and appreciate that there is no loud music blaring inside the steakhouse. Leave that to Bennington and his boys on Fremont Street.
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 D Las Vegas is the new revved-up name for a longtime downtown Las Vegas hotel, Fitzgeralds, which had been in operation since 1987.
Owner Derek Stevens rebranded and refurbished the hotel in fall 2012 to give it a motor city theme, using the nickname of his beloved city, Detroit, for the name of the new hotel. He also brought in two restaurant favorites from Detroit: American Coney Island and Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.
The property features 638 remodeled contemporary rooms and suites. The unique two-level casino included slots and table games. Dancing dealers are featured on the first floor. And the second floor transports guests back in time to old-school Vegas with its Vintage Casino.
The casino also features the LONGBAR, the longest bar in Nevada, where sports fans can watch games on big screen TVs. Outside on Fremont Street, D Bar invites guests and passerby alike to enjoy refreshing frozen libations and specialty cocktails as talented, trickster bartenders send bottles and glasses flying through the air.
The Showroom at the D features the interactive comedy show, "Marriage Can Be Murder," where guests can be part of the mystery.