Sighting: Kid Rock, Uncle Cracker and Stone Temple Pilots feat. Chester Bennington Celebrate the D Las Vegas’ 1 Year Anniversary with 3-day Party
This weekend, in celebration of the downtown property’s first year in Las Vegas, the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel hosted three massive concerts for thousands of fans on the Fremont Street Experience (FSE).
Thursday, September 26 – Uncle Kracker
Kicking off the weekend-long celebration, Uncle Kracker delivered a high-energy performance on Thursday night. Before inviting his fellow Detroiter to take the stage, the D CEO and Owner Derek Stevens welcomed the crowd and said, “I’m so proud of what we have been able to do downtown in the past year. We’re just a small part of this great growth story and we’re only a part of it because you all are a part of it.”
Sporting a casual red v-neck and jeans, Uncle Kracker opened the show with his single “Nobody’s Sad on a Saturday Night” from his most recent album “Midnight Special.” The country rocker had fans singing along all night to hits “Follow Me,” “Drift Away,” “Smile” and more as well as covers of rock classics like Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Friday, September 27 – Stone Temple Pilots feat. Chester Bennington Friday, the party rocked on as Stone Temple Pilots took the stage with new front man and lead vocalist Chester Bennington. Stevens again introduced the band, firing up the Fremont Street crowd after saying, “This is the greatest place to have a party I’ve ever been to!”
As green smoke billowed from behind the drum set, the longtime rockers emerged to thunderous cheers, kicking off the set with “Down.” The song was a fitting way for Bennington to introduce himself as the newest member of STP, belting the line, “Pleased to meet you, nice to know me.” The band parted ways with longtime front man Scott Weiland in February and re-outfitted this spring with Chester Bennington, who is best known as the lead singer of Linkin Park.
The ecstatic crowd sang along to smash hits “Vasoline,” “Dead & Bloated,” “Plush,” “Interstate Love Song” and “Sex Type Thing” while the show streamed live high overhead on the Viva Vision canopy. Fans also got a taste of STP’s new sound, rocking out to “Out of Time,” the first released track off their upcoming EP High Rise which will be the first production featuring Bennington’s vocals.
The scheduled set list wasn’t enough for the passionate audience who cheered for an encore until the band came roaring back on stage for a few extra songs.
Kid Rock – Saturday, September 28, 2013:
The three-day celebration finished with a bang thanks to a wild show by five-time Grammy Award nominee and multi-platinum selling artist Kid Rock on Saturday night. Derek Stevens welcomed the rock superstar saying, “We’ve had a lot of fun this last year and now we’re kicking it up a notch. There’s nobody I wanted more for this show than the guy from my hometown, Kid Rock!”
Kid Rock opened his set with hit song, “Devil Without A Cause” as a white curtain dropped revealing the band to the massive crowd gathered around the Third Street Stage just outside of the D. The bad boy rock star looked every bit the part in a black fedora, gold aviators, black T-shirt, dark wash Levi’s and red Jordans. He engaged with fans throughout the show, even telling first timers he’d ease them into the concert and to prepare for a crazy time.
The band performed a range of fan favorites including “Cowboy,” “Wasting Time,” “God Bless Saturday,” “Rock Bottom Blues,” “Born Free,” “Only God Knows Why,” and “All Summer Long.” Fans were wowed with pyrotechnics when ten-foot flames blasted from atop Kid Rock’s touring sign during the performance of smash hit “Bawitdaba.” Kid Rock gave an incredibly diverse set, spinning the tracks for a DJ cameo as he blasted confetti into the crowd and later crooning a soulful guitar duet of “Picture,” with bandmate Shannon Curfman. He closed out the high-energy show saying, “I want to thank the D for putting on this little shindig!” as the crowd roared with applause.
Notable guests on Saturday night also included Academy Award-winning rapper DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia and retired NFL player Jevone Kearse, who enjoyed the show from the D’s VIP booths on Fremont Street.
The epic three-night bash was a celebration of the property’s successful first year in business. In just one year, the D has become a hip, go-to spot in downtown Las Vegas. The completely renovated property features a sleek look and an entirely new gaming experience, entertainment and dining options as well as remodeled contemporary rooms and suites. The unique two-level casino boasts the latest in slots and table games manned by the D’s playful dancing dealers on the first floor, and transports guests back in time to old-school Vegas with its Vintage Casino on the second floor. Guests can enjoy drinks inside the casino at LONGBAR – the longest bar in Nevada – or on Fremont Street at D Bar where world champion flair bartenders send bottles and glasses flying through the air. For delicious dining 24/7, the D offers contemporary American fare in a stylish setting at the D Grill, and serves up Detroit’s legendary Coney Dogs and more at American Coney Island. Prominent Restaurateur Joe Vicari delivers his award-winning restaurant concept to the D with Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.