Joint Venture

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino celebrates its newest music venue

By: By Skye Mayring

 Paul McCartney played the opening weekend of The Joint © // Emanuelle Scorceletti 2009
Paul McCartney played the opening
weekend of The Joint
© // Emanuelle Scorceletti 2009
On the third weekend in April, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino celebrated its grand opening with performances by Paul McCartney and Las Vegas-natives, The Killers.

A sold-out crowd listened on, as the suspender-clad McCartney opened with The Beatles 1965 hit, “Drive My Car.” McCartney and his band played more than two hours’ worth crowd-pleasing songs, including “Yesterday,” Blackbird” and “I Saw Her Standing There.”

Celebrity McCartney fans — Donald Trump, Donny Osmond, David Spade, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graff— were also in attendance.

Although the 81,875-square-foot music venue opened its doors last month, The Joint has been a household name for music-loving locals for more than 13 years. (Before the venue was relocated, bands like Oasis and Motely Crue graced the stage.) A $60 million project, part of the Hard Rocks’ $750 million expansion, The Joint is now a completely new venue located near the casino’s gift shop.

The Joint was designed by renowned Montreal-based architectural firm, Sceno Plus, to ensure that the farthest seat in the house is only 155 feet from the stage. A state-of-the art sound and lighting system and seven VIP luxury suites will help to make The Joint one of Sin City’s premier locations for corporate functions, trade shows and concerts.

“We have had a brilliant time at the opening night of the new Joint in Las Vegas,” McCartney said near the end of the performance, as reported by the Las Vegas Sun.

“We were there, and we rocked. But, this is about the time where we have to go. You don’t have to!”

The Joint’s summer lineup of concerts includes performances by Earth, Wind and Fire with Chicago; Incubus; Wilco; The Roots; Third Eye Blind; and Gavin Rossdale.