Paul McCartney has been tapped to open the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's new Joint in Las Vegas on April 19. Motley Crue will close the old Joint with back-to-back shows tonight and tomorrow night (Feb. 7).
Tickets for McCartney's concert go on sale Feb. 14 at the Hard Rock Hotel box office and through ticketmaster.com. Along with his show in Vegas, McCartney will also headline this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 17-19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif.
Meanwhile, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino VP of entertainment Paul Davis wants to make one thing clear about the new Joint: "This is not a remodel or a refurbishment of the original Joint," he tells Billboard. "It's a brand-new building."
As part of Hard Rock's $800 million expansion in Vegas, the new 4,007-capacity Joint will be twice the size of the old venue and feature state-of-the-art lighting and sound, along with seven VIP suites. Hard Rock's expansion includes two new hotel towers, as well as new restaurants, retail and entertainment space.
"We needed a bigger venue to accommodate the type of acts that this property has an appetite for," Davis says, noting that the new Joint will maintain the same feel of the old club. "It just makes it a lot more palatable to do those acts in a room that has arena-level production capabilities and a bigger capacity."
The old Joint, built in 1995, will be turned into casino space. The new $60 million project will be erected in a parking lot on the east side of the property along Paradise Road.
"Ironically, in that parking lot, we had done multiple outdoor concerts," Davis says, citing such acts as Linkin Park, the Killers, Incubus and Bon Jovi.
Other acts have been confirmed to perform at the new Joint, but Davis declined to reveal any names as of press time.
AEG Live will continue to exclusively book and promote concerts at the new Joint, Davis says.