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MUSIC: Crue closing down The Joint

  It’s official. Not that it’s been a huge secret, but the Hard Rock Hotel confirmed today that Motley Crue will snuff out The Joint on Feb. 6 and 7, ending the 14-year run of the music venue that was more famous for the names it hosted than for comfort or great sound.
   A replacement venue already is going up on the east side of the casino. Hard Rock officials haven’t announced a firm opening date, other than to say it will be sometime in the spring.
  The new Joint will be more along the lines of The Pearl at the Palms. It will have a capacity of about 4,000, including more than 700 fixed stadium seats. Of course, the biggest thing the original Joint lacked in today’s today’s market was VIP seating or luxury suites. Celebrities ended up in the balcony, an area originally intended to be the cheap seats. The new Joint will cure that with seven of the kind of luxury boxes that have become the norm for new sports and entertainment venues, thanks to the income they bring from corporate rentals or leases.
  At one point, plans for a new Joint were running neck and neck with construction of The Pearl. But the Hard Rock plans stalled along with the sale to current owner Morgans Hotel Group, which was announced in May 2006 but didn’t close until early 2007.
  The Crue has a thing for closing down Las Vegas concert halls. They had the same honors for the original Aladdin concert hall in November 1997. Back then, frontman Vince Neil (pictured) revealed the group wanted to actually move the crowd out to the parking lot at the end of the show to watch the theater blow up (or, technically, implode). Instead, the theater was spared and became the only part of the original Aladdin still at Planet Hollywood.

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