Before Jay-Z appeared in front of the crowd, DJ AM unceremoniously slipped onto stage alongside an eight-piece back-up band. The visibly scarred disc jockey was lively throughout the concert — scratching, rapping along with Jay-Z and flashing hand gestures throughout the rap mogul's energetic set. After "Show Me What You Got," Jay-Z called attention to his "special guest."
"Make some noise for DJ AM tonight!" Jay-Z said before giving a shout out to the plane crash victims and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, who was seriously injured in the Sept. 19th disaster in Columbia, S.C. Two pilots and two other passengers were killed, including Barker's assistant, Chris Baker.
The 35-year-old DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, received two skin-graft surgeries on his neck and arm.
Many audience members last night clamored to see the packed show from VIP sections in the Palladium's two balconies overlooking the main floor. After closing last year, the venue received a $20-million renovation and is being leased by the concert promotion company Live Nation. The makeover included restored chandeliers, several new exits and wheelchair ramps.
The historic venue once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, "The Lawrence Welk Show," Led Zeppelin and the Emmy Awards on its more than 11,000-square-foot circular wooden floor.
DJ AM is scheduled to resume his residency at Caesars Palace's Pure nightclub in Las Vegas next Tuesday.