Tag Archives: The Joint

World Extreme Cagefighting Expected to Return to Las Vegas on Dec. 19

World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) is expected to remain in Las Vegas through the end of the year, as the promotion’s rumored WEC 45 event will reportedly take place on December 19 in Las Vegas, likely at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Cagefighting

The Versus-televised event follows November’s WEC 44 card, which will be held at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas and is headlined by featherweight champ Mike Brown vs. challenger Jose Aldo. 

Originally expected to feature the return of lightweight champ Jamie Varner against recently-crowned interim title-holder Ben Henderson as well as the return of former featherweight champ Urijah Faber, it remains to be seen what matchup will headline the event as Henderson’s injuries suffered in last weekend’s win over Donald Cerrone will sideline him until early next year and Faber’s return is currently slated for January. 

During the latest installment of ESPN’s “MMA Live,” Cerrone’s teammate Rashad Evans said “The Cowboy” could get his anticipated rematch with Varner with Henderson hurt, and the Cerrone-Varner matchup appears to be a possibility to headline WEC 45, though a non-title bout, including the return of former bantamweight king Miguel Torres, could be tapped for the WEC 45 main event. 

One confirmed participant for WEC 45 is Bart Palaszewski, who returns to the WEC after scoring a knockout win outside the promotion earlier this month.

Leave a comment

Filed under entertainment, Las Vegas, news, sports, Uncategorized

Prices Drop for Carlos Santana Show in Las Vegas

It was only a matter of time:   Ticket prices have dropped in two price ranges for Carlos Santana’s return engagement at The Joint in the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas.  The bottom two prices are now $55 and $95, a discount of at least $20.  Top tickets for floor seats remain at $155. CarlosSantana

The promoter, AEG Live, didn’t play up the news, just saying the prices were dropped to entice more Las Vegas residents.  The straightforward price cut is in stark contrast to the various short-term discounts that attempt to preserve the face value of tickets at the same promoter’s Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

There is also a prior Las Vegas Backstage Access article on Carlos Santana.  Please use search.

1 Comment

Filed under entertainment, Las Vegas, Music, news, Performances, travel, Uncategorized

Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s Relationship is . . . On-Again!

Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s on-again, off-again relationship appears to be on again. The hot-and-cold couple was all smiles this weekend as they were spotted enjoying each other’s company, swapping gooey spit at Body English nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. tommyleepamelaanderson

The former husband and wife hit the town after Lee and the rest of Mötley Crüe performed at The Joint. Instead of laying low or attempting to shun the spotlight,  the attention-loving couple made their presence hotly known. Surprised fans cheered as the couple literally took center stage amidst an onslaught of blinding paparazzi cameras.

Lee, 46, and Anderson, 42, have a long history of giving their relationship another go.  “We’ve only given it a try 800 times – 801, here we go,” Lee told People in June of last year, as he and Anderson acknowledged they were giving things yet another try. 

“It’s awesome. It’s definitely working,” Lee said, noting that Pammy and their two sons had moved back in with him. 

Unfortunately, 801 proved to not be the magic number for the tumultuous couple and they soon went their separate ways again.

The Anderson-Lee saga dates to 1995, when the couple got married on the beach in Cancun after a short yet hot-and-heavy courtship. 

They had two sons, Brandon and Dylan, before they divorced three years later.

Anderson didn’t just file for divorce in 1998; she also filed charges of assault against her then-husband after he allegedly kicked her while she was holding their son, Dylan. Lee later pleaded no contest, was sentenced to six months in jail, and ultimately served four months behind bars. 

The couple gave things another go after Lee was released from prison, but the reconciliation was unsuccessful. 

They have since engaged in a seemingly never-ending game of cat and mouse, officially and unofficially. They have also dated – and, in the case of Anderson, married – others in the interim. 

Lee’s highest-profile, post-Pammy relationship was with Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia. They lived together in 2001 and were engaged at one point, too, but despite the ring they didn’t make it down the aisle before things went south. 

Hard rocker Lee had been married twice before, to a woman named Elaine Bergen for a month 25 years ago and to actress Heather Locklear from 1986 until 1993. 

Anderson, meanwhile, has been married twice since, to Kid Rock and Rick Salomon. She has also been engaged a time or two, too, including a brief diamond-encrusted encounter with model Marcus Schenkenberg, in 2001. 

Rock gave the former Playmate a rock on the outskirts of Las Vegas when he proposed in the outlaying desert in 2002 (he even borrowed the late Buffalo Jim Barrier’s pink 1961 Cadillac Eldorado convertible for the event). They broke up in 2003 before they exchanged their vows but got back together in 2006.

Once reunited, the couple picked up where they left off and were married in St. Tropez, France, that July. At the time, Anderson called the wedding plans “spontaneous but well thought through.” 

They reportedly tied the knot twice more, just to make things official, in both Beverly Hills and Nashville. But while three weddings might be a charm for some, they were not for Anderson and Rock: They couple filed for divorce a few months later, in November 2006. 

Anderson was officially single again in early 2007. 

She soon began dating Paris Hilton’s ex-boyfriend, Rick Salomon, and the two got married in Las Vegas on Oct. 6, 2007. Unfortunately, that marriage, which took place at the Mirage, was destined to be little more than a mirage itself, as Anderson filed for divorce two months later. The union was annulled a few months after that, after both bride and groom cited fraud as the reason for the split. 

While Anderson and Lee reunited for what seemed like (and may very well have been) the umpteenth time last year, Cupid’s arrow went astray and they soon went their separate ways. 

Still, reports surfaced of a nervous and still-very-much-in-love Lee who apparently was urging his former flame to reconsider after Anderson fell for former “Baywatch” star Jamie Padgett this year. 

While Lee was never cited as the reason why things didn’t work out for Anderson and her surfer boy, it would appear that it didn’t take her long to find her way back to her longtime, on-again, off-again, man.

Leave a comment

Filed under entertainment, Las Vegas, news, Uncategorized

Blink 182 Kicks Off Reunion Tour in Las Vegas

It’s been four years since Blink 182’s extended hiatus, but now the time is ripe, according to singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker to breathe new life into Blink 182 and kick off their reunion tour in Las Vegas.Blink182

Possible talks of a new tour occurred at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in February, and now, five months later, Blink 182 is back.  The band has already started a new album and spent three months preparing for a 52-date reunion tour, which kicks off this week with back-to-back nights at The Joint this Thursday and Friday at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.

Leave a comment

Filed under entertainment, Las Vegas, Music, news, Performances, Uncategorized

Sold-Out Crowd Rocks new Joint Opening in Las Vegas

The bad economy, $5 beer prices, and long lines didn’t put a damper on the high spirits last night in Las Vegas as The Killers performed to a sold-out crowd during the opening night of The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. killers

Among the celebrities in attendance were tennis great Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf, actor Owen Wilson and Stephen Dorff. 

The new Joint is a bigger, shinier version of the old Joint, complet with a better sound and lighting system and overall crowd experience.  It also features balconies and VIP suites designed for high rollers, with food ranging from sushi to burger sliders. 

Tonight’s show is Avenged Sevenfold and on Sunday Paul McCartney takes the stage. 

The looming question that remains is whether the new Joint and the $750 million renovation can help to bring back the good ol’ entertainment days when virtually all major performer performed at the Las Vegas venue.

Leave a comment

Filed under entertainment, Las Vegas, news, Performances, Uncategorized

Carlos Santana to Headline The Joint in Las Vegas Hard Rock

Iconic guitarist Carlos Santana, 61, and his band, including drummer Dennis Chambers and keyboardist Chester carlossantanaThompson, has just signed a two-year deal through 2010 to do 36 shows a year in the newly refurbished The Joint, which opens on April 17.   Their Supernatural tour starts on May 27 and continues through June 14; they’re scheduled to return in September. 

Santana said he will approach his upcoming The Joint residency “from the point of bringing a spiritual confidence,” philosophically musing “a sunset and sunrise is never the same.  Making love is never the same unless you’re doing something wrong.”

Produced by media production company Frank the Plumber, the group will do four shows a week for three weeks per run.   Tickets go on sale today.

Leave a comment

Filed under entertainment, Las Vegas, Music, news, Performances, travel, Uncategorized

Like Father, like Son: Motley Crue’s Vince Neil & Son Neil Wharton Perform in Las Vegas

neilwhartonA special free treat is in store this weekend for Motley Crue music lovers: Neil Wharton, 30, the son of Motley Crue’s vinceneilVince Neil, will make a rare stage appearance and sing as his dad in the Motley Crue tribute band Generation Swine.  The group will perform next to Vince Neil’s Ink tattoo parlor at O’Sheas casino in Las Vegas this Friday and Saturday, in free 7 p.m. warm-up parties for the weekend Motley Crue concerts at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.   The Joint performance will close the historic venue until a new one is built there and opens with the same name in April. 

Wharton, who now lives in Los Angeles and works as a full-time warehouse manager, sees his dad about 10 times a year.   Normally preferring punk rock versus his dad’s pop metal style, Neil Wharton began filling his dad’s shoes when Swine frontman Rob Gebhard suffered a heart attack last summer and the band needed a replacement. 

Wharton’s main purpose in performing is to raise money for the Skylar Neil Foundation that honors his sister, who died of cancer in 1995.

1 Comment

Filed under entertainment, Las Vegas, Music, news, Performances, travel, Uncategorized