As Guns N’ Roses brings their second residency to a close at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, DJ Ashba hosts a night of DJ Ashba and Friends at Body English also located in The Hard Rock on Thursday night, June 5.
Among the lights and the music, a crowd has gathered awaiting to see who will grace the Red Carpet Event for the evening and even more so for the chance to catch a glimpse of the host himself. This is not your typical Red Carpet as rockers are a breed of their own, and it’s rousing to see each approach with attitude, laughter and their own style. Arriving first were the Sin City Sinners who have been deemed “The Hardest Working Band in Vegas” with members Brent Muscat, Doc Ellis, Rob Cournoyer and Zachary Throne. The Sinners have played many late night after parties at Vinyl subsequent to the GNR shows during the residency. They always fill the room with rowdy fans still wanting more even after a near three full hours of being pounded by Axl and the guys.
Crossing the carpet for the evening is the cast of the reality television series Gigolos, which is about five male escorts in Las Vegas. Comedian Murray Sawchuck, Chris Cicchino and Zach Hennig from Rock of Ages as well as Blue Man Group percussionists Jeff Tortora, Marc Roberts, Chris Brown, Vince Verderame and Scot Coogan(also formerly of Ace Frehley) were among the next group for the bystanders. Count’s 77s Barry Barnes and Stoney Curtis is followed by Wicket Picket from Uberschall and Unique Massive. Laughter, hugs, and “horns up” as guests continue to arrive; Vinnie Paul and Christian Brady of Hell Yeah get a rise from everyone nearby. Stacey Blades and former band mate Scott Griffin from L.A. Guns join in the heralding as local band Electric Messiah trails with members Jason Constantine, David Reed Watson, Michael Maysonet and JP Michaels. Just when it appears it’s all rock n roll, approaching the carpet is Ron Jeremy and Carrot Top. The two are priceless as they joke and Jeremy who was in bad health just last year, actually lifts Carrot Top into the air for a moment for an uproarious moment. Rounding out the night with Les Warner of The Cult, Jason and Janea Ebs from Jet Velocity, Nadir D’Priest of London, Roxy Gunn of The Roxy Gunn Project and Systemic.
The host has finally arrived. DJ Asbha with his lovely wife Nathalia are the perfect couple to end the Red Carpet night and carry the party on. Once inside Body English, the music is loud, the lights are strong, the party begins. Ashba and a small entourage gather above the dance floor with DJ Casanova spinning some extreme dance music. The party moves down three stories below the casino into the VIP area. Entering the room, it is small, the crowd is large and the mirrored walls throw shadows and visions across the dimensions as elbow room make it quiet cozy. Turn left, see Carrot Top; turn left see Andrew Dice Clay and boxer, Vinnie Paz; turn completely around and find Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal mingling among the masses. Each are happy to share a pose and a smile for the camera. Ashba’s sister, Kari Kaisner also in attendance is a perfect complement to the rock n’ roll atmosphere for her brother’s party. Old acquaintances catch up, new ones are made, and stories flow as well as the cocktails. Ashba, family and friends party well into the morning; it’s only rock n’ roll…Vegas Style!
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