• Tue. May 28th, 2024

What Happens When You Mix Guns N’ Roses with Vegas’ Own Sin City Sinners

Inside the Hard Rock Hotel lies Vinyl; a small venue where you can get up close and personal with whoever plays. I’d never been there before to see anyone, but had heard nothing but good. When I found out that the “hardest working band in Vegas”, our favorite locals, the Sin City Sinners would be playing, I could not resist. I was even more excited at the thought of special guests from Guns N’ Roses making appearances, as I was not attending their residency this year.



The night began with the Sinners (Zachary Throne, Doc Ellis, Rob Cournoyer, and Brent Muscat) doing their usual set. As always, their energy and overall showmanship during their set was amazing. Then the first Guns N’ Roses guest, Mr. Dizzy Reed, came up on the stage. After downing a shot of Jager, he went into the classics “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones (covered by GnR) and G N’ R Lies‘ “Used to Love Her”, which is a personal favorite of mine.  As he rocked out on his keyboard to a few more tunes, the crowd, although slightly small, went wild during his small time on the stage.


A few more guests that were not of Guns N’ Roses joined the Sinners before Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal took the stage.  Suddenly, and kind of sadly, all of the phones came out to snap pictures, reaffirming that gone are the days of just enjoying a show without the accompaniment of a cellular phone. Regardless of that, the crowd cheered, and it was evident in the eyes of some of the younger crowd that was there, that this was someone who people looked up to. It had been a long time since I had seen someone really melt and mold with their instrument.



He continued on with Sinners through almost an hour of material. Not once did I see a drop of sweat on his face. Usually by the end of a set, each musician is soaked to the point of needing a towel or a shower, but Bumblefoot remained cool, calm, and collective through the entire thing. Ending the evening with some Iron Maiden, which I had only seen The Sinners do a few times before, I felt exhausted. I had sang, danced, and enjoyed myself thoroughly at a venue that was new to me, with some folks I’d not seen before, but I definitely planned on seeing again.


All photos ©Stephy Hayward

By Stephy Muzio

Stephanie " Stephy " Muzio (formerly Hayward) - Public Relations / Writer/ Photographer and Co-Founder of ZRockR Magazine Co-host of ZRockR Magazine LIVE! Stephy was raised on rock and roll. Originally from Illinois, Stephy is the daughter of an aspiring metal guitarist and a former rock n roll radio dj. Stephy’s first concert at the tender age of 8 was Rob Zombie at the original Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, where she happily threw horns up and sang along to "Dragula" with the best of them ( she incidentally loves horror films too!) . She performed with the VGA choir at the 2007 Video Game Awards show at Mandalay Bay when it was hosted by Samuel L Jackson, sharing the stage with the likes of Foo Fighters as well as Kid Rock. An LVA alum, when she isn’t singing or playing herself (she plays a few different instruments), she is out in support of the local scene and at her friends gigs around the southwest and even when she is back home in Illinois! She has written as well as done some photography previously for a couple of smaller zines including Vegas SoundZ when it was in print. Stephy takes the adage of ” If it’s too loud that is just too damn bad! ” to heart- after all- she was raised around screaming guitars, thunderous drums, production studios and only Led Zeppelin and Nirvana played extremely loud would put her to sleep as a kid! Stephy is a large part of the backbone of ZRockR.

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