What does $620 million get you in Las Vegas? If you're the Palms Casino Resort, in the midst of a massive reinvention under new owners Station Casinos, it gets you a complete refresh that will sprinkle its fairy dust on virtually every aspect of the off-Strip property, from the guestrooms to the restaurants to the nightclubs and casino.
That redevelopment project is already beginning to come to fruition. The Palms' iconic marquee came down earlier this year to make way for more modern, digital signage. A new buffet opened in December to enthusiastic reviews. Asian noodle bar Send Noodles arrived in March, and May will bring the resort's new steakhouse, Scotch 80 Prime, as well as nightspots Apex Social Club and Camden Lounge.
Also, launching this month is the first rock residency at the Palms' famous music venue, the Pearl Concert Theater.
Fresh off its own renovation, which included updating furniture and adding bars (but leaving the impressive acoustics well enough alone), the Pearl will host Blink-182's Kings of the Weekend residency, a 16-date run that kicks off Memorial Day weekend and continues through November.
"They fit our personality really well," said Palms general manager Jon Gray of the irreverent pop-punk trio of Travis Barker, Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba. "They transcend a lot of generations. They nail the mark for us in terms of who they relate to as well as they're just a fun group of guys to have around."
While musical residencies have become a staple of Las Vegas resorts in the past decade, the Palms is taking a slightly different approach to its first inside the Pearl, spreading the band's image and attitude throughout the property when the guys are in town.
"We love how we're positioned with being such a boutique property," Gray said. "Blink won't just be in the Pearl. You'll see them come to life throughout the whole footprint. You'll know when Blink is playing at the Palms."
That means the band's albums playing through the overhead music on the casino floor, their image splashed across table felts and key cards.
"We really want people to know that when Blink's here they're a part of the experience of the whole property," Gray added.
The group will also likely cross over to the property's nightlife venues, a return of sorts for drummer Barker, who had a co-residency with the late DJ AM at the hotel's former Rain Nightclub.
While Gray was light on specifics, he did mention that Blink's first date inside the Pearl comes a week after the opening of new rooftop club Apex in the former home of Ghostbar. "May is a big month for us," the Gray said.
Indeed, and there will be more big months to come as the resort continues its reinvention. And perhaps more residency announcements, too.
"We're certainly in a lot of great conversations," said Gray. "There's a ton of momentum right now for the Pearl. Residencies are part of our strategy for sure."
For more information or to purchase tickets for Blink-182's Kings of the Weekend, visit blink182vegas.com.