Oct. 23, 2006: The Beastie Boys at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas NV
I've seen the Beastie Boys twice before--at the Brixton Academy in London in the mid-1990's, and at Key Arena in Seattle in 2004 or 2005. The show in Vegas was a lot looser, not quite as flashy. It wasn't really a tour stop, as far as I can tell, so there weren't elaborate backdrops / electronics / costume changes. While I enjoy the costume changes and the flash, it's pretty amazing that the band doesn't really need any of that to put on a great show.
Most of the photos I took are terrible, I'm not all that adept with using my point-and-shoot camera in the dark. The GA crowd wasn't super pushy/shovey, so I was able to get pretty close to the stage without worrying about bodily harm or unnecessary crushing. Towards the end I was a little closer to the gigantic speakers, no earplugs, so I'm a little bit deafer today. Not to be mistaken with def-er, I think that the knitting blog tells the real story about my rapidly fading coolness.
Love the Rat Pack Look, very Vegas.