• Wed. May 29th, 2024

Remembering the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino!

In early February of 2020, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino closed its doors after 25 years of rocking Vegas; the property will soon become the home of a Virgin Hotel and Casino.

A few months ago, just prior to the closing, our Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson made a series of YouTube videos showing off the property and a quarter century’s worth of memories there.

There are five videos, with links to them below. Video One covers the Hard Rock Cafe located outside the hotel/casino, Video Two covers the casino floor, Video Three covers The Joint, which was the larger venue catering to arena-headlining bands, Video Four covers Vinyl, the smaller venue which played host to many bands as well as Raiding the Rock Vault, and Video Five is an “Encore” video with additional pics that didn’t make the other videos.

Enjoy, and feel free to share your own memories of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino as well!

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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