Several famous DJs will take turns spinning music at the Hard Rock’s Vanity nightclub tonight to pay tribute to DJ AM and to raise money for a drug-rehabilitation fund.
The names of the DJs are being withheld officially. I can confirm they are stars in the DJ world who headline Vegas, plus an appearance by the legendary group De La Soul.
Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein’s turntables, mixer and Nikes will be enshrined in a glass case at the hotel’s Joint concert hall.
His family is expected, but sister Lara Long, who established the DJ AM Memorial Fund, died of colon cancer at age 40 in May.
DJ AM became a fixture in Vegas after he started dating Nicole Richie in 2003. I first saw him spin then, before he was more famous, at a celeb party in a little MGM lounge, where Flavor Flav chatted up Tara Reid, who was shivering. Yeah, that was a weird night.
AM died at 36 in 2009 from an apparent overdose. His family said he lost sobriety after taking meds to relieve pain from head and hand burns he suffered in a 2008 Learjet crash, which also injured Travis Barker. AM and drummer Barker played club gigs together.
Tickets ($50 at VanityTickets.com) cover hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. It starts at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds go to AM’s memorial fund. After Vanity opens for regular business around 10:30 p.m., admission dollars go to the fund too.
1. De La Soul performs Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel dayclub. 2. Sean Paul shoots a music video and sings today at Bank at Bellagio. 3. Steve Aoki DJs today at Surrender at Encore. 4. Ex-Charlie Sheen “goddess” Bree Olson appears today at Chateau at Paris. 5. DJ Jazzy Jeff spins today at the Palms pool dayclub. 6. Kelly Rowland appears Saturday at Chateau. 7. Donald Glaude DJs Saturday at Liquid dayclub at Aria. 8. ATB DJs Saturday at Marquee then Sunday at Tao Beach at Venetian. 9. Keri Hilson performs Saturday at Haze at Aria. 10. Rome from Sublime performs acoustic Saturday at Encore Beach Club then Saturday night at Blush at Wynn.
I’ll see you Saturday at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas pool for Aid for AIDS of Nevada’s annual Black & White Party, featuring Penn & Teller, performers from “Le Reve,” “Absinthe” and others. Tickets are cheap ($40), and it’s usually one of the best parties of the year.
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