Above & Beyond’s first return show in the United States lands at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

The Hard Rock Hotel hosted some of Above & Beyond’s first concerts in Las Vegas, which is a perfect fit given the trio’s diverse musical trends and international appeal.

“There are two parts to old Hard Rock that I remember best,” Tony McGuinness told the Weekly, reminiscent of a Miami Zoom. “I smoked for so many years, and the [hotel rooms] had all these balconies. And there was a [room] there was a display stand with Dave Navarro’s leather coat and leather boots, and I used to stand there and covet these boots, thinking, my God, I wish I could find where they’re sold and buy some myself. It was an extraordinary pair of boots.

Like so many visitors and locals to Vegas, McGuinness and his pals Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki will be looking to make more memories at the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, born from the Hard Rock site in March.

Above & Beyond will play their first concert in the United States in almost two years on October 23. The group’s AnjunaFamily Reunion Tour stop at Elia Beach Club stands out as one of the biggest events in the busy EDC week schedule.

The Grammy-nominated British outfit have played a part in some of the most memorable sets in EDC history, so you can tell the guys are excited to make their return to Las Vegas during the festival.

“This week in Vegas is the only time I feel famous,” laughs McGuinness. “It’s everywhere you go. There are so many people going to shows, that represents a good part of the population. So you walk out of a bar and there’s a good chance someone will recognize you.

Each A&B member has spent the last year’s shutdown exploring individual musical and creative pursuits, McGuinness says, staying in touch but not meeting to work together until tour plans start to come together. shape.

“The first big thing we did was [U.K. festival] Creamfields in August, which was a weird thing because in normal life it’s our late summer gig, ”he says. “It was like starting your first big dinner in a long time with a coffee. It was wrong. “

Getting back on the road was also a bit of a tricky process – “like getting out of bed in front of the camera” – until, according to McGuinness, the band hit their stride at their Group Therapy 450 concerts in September in London.

“We had these two really great days, 10,000 people every day,” he says. “We played all these songs and some new songs, our new single ‘Almost Home’ with Justine [Suissa], and I felt like we’re back there.

“It’s still a bit strange. And the Vegas show is going to be unusual because it’s a place we haven’t been to for so long, ”he continues. “But everyone from our team to the promoters kind of remembered what we do and how fun it is, and that’s why we do it.”

ABOVE AND BEYOND With Fatum, Gardenstate, Pretty Pink, Tomas Heredia. October 23, 11 a.m., $ 60. Elia Beach Club, 702-693-5570.

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