HARD ROCK hotel & casino Las Vegas UNVEILS new concert venue THE JOINT with A FULL WEEKEND of rock ‘n’ roll entertainment

 Paul McCartney, The Killers and Avenged Sevenfold Christen The JointSnoop Dogg Performs at REHAB Season Kick Off Carey Hart Opens Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company at its New Home Base
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 The scene in Las Vegas is about to change forever, starting with the opening of the new Joint concert venue at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. Despite the economic downturn, the Hard Rock is still expanding and plans to welcome summer in true rock fashion with a wild, wet, and unbelievable weekend April 17-19. Sir Paul McCartney will headline the extravagant weekend opening the all new $60 million concert venue The Joint at Hard Rock.

“We’ve had some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry perform at our hotel over the past decade including The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Foo Fighters,” said Randy Kwasniewski, President and COO of Morgans Hotel Group Las Vegas and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “The new Joint allows us to take the live music scene in Vegas to the next level by giving artists and bands the opportunity to perform in front of sold out crowds inside one of most sophisticated and authentic concert venues in the country.”

The weekend lineup also includes the much-anticipated grand opening of motocross superstar Carey Hart’s Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company. The event marks the achievement of Carey’s two longtime dreams of having his tattoo shop and rock club, Wasted Space, under one roof.

And as many people around the country are anxiously awaiting warmer weather, the creators of Vegas “daylife” will launch a new season of REHAB for its record-breaking sixth year.

Hard Rock Weekend Rundown:
Friday, April 17
The Killers performing at The Joint

Saturday, April 18
Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company Grand Opening with Carey Hart
Avenged Sevenfold performing at The Joint
Hart & Huntington Grand Opening afterparty at Wasted Space with Avenged Sevenfold and Steel Panther

Sunday, April 19
REHAB season kick off with Snoop Dogg performing
Sir Paul McCartney performing at The Joint

Events will continue at the property all weekend with various after-hours parties at Wasted Space, Rare 120, AGO, and Body English.

“We are proud to celebrate this important milestone in our expansion, especially during this challenging economic time,” said Phil Shalala, VP of Marketing for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “The Hard Rock is staying true to what our audience expects and starting the summer season on a positive note.”

The Joint:
The new Joint will rock to larger audiences and will be one of the most sophisticated, intimate, and authentic venues in Las Vegas. The state-of-the-art and innovative concert venue is continuing the legacy of its legendary original Hard Rock venue. To maximize fan’s enjoyment with a genuine experience, the new Joint will double in size while keeping the historic atmosphere of the original venue, from which it inherited its name. The furthest seat in the house for any of the 4,000 fans is only 155 feet from the stage, keeping the performance personal and memorable.

Creating the “daylife” pool party scene in Vegas, the sixth season of Rehab will be kicking off with a blowout performance by non-other than the infamous Snoop Dogg on Sunday, April 19. Selected by the Travel Channel as one of “The Top 10 Pools” in the world the Hard Rock continues to raise the bar for REHAB with cabanas often filled with the hottest celebs and swim-up blackjack at the poolside Palapa. Rehab takes place weekly ever Sunday through September.

Hart and Huntington Tattoo Company (H&H Tattoo):
H&H Tattoo is officially opening April 18 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The shop is founded by freestyle motocross legend, FMX phenom and television star of “Inked,” Carey Hart. The shop will cater to Hard Rock’s young, hip clientele and celebrities. The shop and Hart’s nightclub Wasted Space will host various parties for guests throughout the weekend. “The Hard Rock has always been, and continues to be, one of the coolest and most high profile casinos in Las Vegas so it was a natural fit. We are one of the most high profile tattoo shops in the country so we chose to be in the highest profile casino in the country,” says Hart on the recent move to the Hard Rock.

About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, owned and operated under Morgans Hotel Group and equity partner DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, is a premier destination entertainment resort located on 16.7 acres situated strategically on Harmon Avenue, one of Las Vegas’ fastest growing entertainment corridors. Built in 1995 and expanded in 1999, the property is currently undergoing another expansion set for completion in early 2010, more than tripling its current size. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where such acts as The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails and The Killers have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Hard Rock Hotel tower with 647 guest rooms; a 30,000 square foot casino; The Beach Club with a swimming pool that was selected by the Travel Channel as one of “The Top 10 Pools” in the world; Rehab, the trendsetting Sunday afternoon pool party; Body English nightclub, which was selected by Cosmopolitan Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Sexiest Places in the World”; The Joint concert venue; the newly opened rock lounge Wasted Space, owned by motocross star Carey Hart; restaurants like the newly opened AGO, world-renowned Nobu, Pink Taco and Mr. Lucky’s; three cocktail lounges; several retail stores; and Rock Spa, an 8,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness center.