I don’t know who’s making the doughnuts at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, but this individual is to be commended. I’ve been to a few events, out Red Rock way, of late – most recently to attend the ten year anniversary party for Noah’s Animal House – and every time, there are doughnuts. And every time, they’re fantastic!
Meanwhile, kudos to the folks at Noah’s, both for their paradigm-shifting vision, and for having cared and protected more than 1,400 pets for a combined 85,000 boarding nights!
After eating my fill, catching the live auction, and grooving to the first number by Otis Day & the Knights (the “Shama Lama Ding Dong” is one of my favorite jams); I grabbed Dawn Hume, and skadootched; ‘cause we had to boogie on down to the Strip, to catch the tail-end of Guns n’ Roses’ Not in This Lifetime… Tour, being presented by Live Nation, at T-Mobile Arena.
Under normal circumstances, I’d have had to pick one or the other; but, since GnR was playing a three-and-a-half hour set (and starting at 7:30pm, sharp), I figured that so long as we left Red Rock by 9pm, and didn’t catch any traffic on the 215, we were good.
We arrived at the T-Mobile Arena, and were chagrinned to find that all of the Box Office windows were closed. I looked at Dawn and said “Oh well… It’ll make for a funny story.” Then, I received a text from Live Nation Las Vegas honcho, Kurt Melien (to whom I’d texted something a moment earlier, about the futility of knock-knock-knocking on Heaven’s door) telling me where to get my tickets. I looked back at Dawn and said “Of course, this makes a far better story!”
Lickety-split, we were ticketed and walking down to our seats (which were fantastic). And despite missing the first two hours, we still caught the last dozen songs! That meant that we missed-out on hearing such favorites as “Rocket Queen,” “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” and “My Michelle.”
Fortunately for us, however, we were treated to fabulous covers of Pink Floyd (“Wish You Were Here”), Derek and the Dominos (“Layla”), Soundgarden (“Black Hole Sun”), Bob Dylan (“Knocking on Heaven’s Door”), and The Who (“The Seeker”); as well as such signature GnR jams as “November Rain,” “Nightrain,” and – what ranks as one of the great latter-day classic rock anthems – “Paradise City.” And that’s not too shabby for an autumnal evening, in the El Vee…
Anyhow, gotta go: It's time to make the doughnuts!
Get into it!