Jerry Cantrell, Scott Ian Opening Bar in Las Vegas
Alice in Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian have joined forces to launch a new rock bar and venue in Las Vegas this November.
Named Dead Man's Hand by Cantrell, in homage to Wild Bill Hickok, and featuring a logo designed by famed artist Shepard Fairey, the space was conceptualized as "a place that we would want to hang out in," explains Ian. "There's a huge segment of the music audience that likes to go out but doesn't want to go to places that only play Lil Wayne and Lady Gaga and charge $750 for a bottle of vodka. We want to be the opposite of that."
To fit within their concept, the bar reportedly will not feature any of trendy décor, snobby attitude or extravagant prices so prevalent in Vegas. Instead, Dead Man's Hand promises to "favor grit over glitz, providing customers great music, cool atmosphere and affordable drinks all year long."
Among the bar's reasonably priced drinks will be the Dead Man's Hand (whiskey and spicy ginger ale) and the Black Tooth Grin (Crown Royal with a splash of Coca-Cola), late guitar legend Dimebag Darrell's famed beverage.
With a total capacity around 200, Dead Man's Hand will feature a long, semicircle-shaped bar that seats 30, as well as booth-seating and a stage with state-of-the-art equipment donated by both Ian and Cantrell's respective gear companies. The bar will showcase DJs and, of course, live music. Says Ian, "We're also putting together the Dead Man's Band, which will be Jerry and I and probably some other sub-partners who are also in well-known bands ... when we're all around, we'll get up and jam out a bunch of covers."
While the sub-partners for Dead Man's Hand have not yet been announced, the venue's premiere event will be Nov. 7 to coincide with the World Series of Poker finals Nov. 9