On Friday night, to pay tribute to the life of the late DJ AM , Rain nightclub at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas went quiet. DJ AM, born Adam Goldstein, had a weekly gig at the club.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that despite the expensive and complicated sound and light system, the Vegas club turned it all down to observe a moment of silence for AM. It was a far cry from the way the club usually celebrated AM on Friday nights, when he would assume his spot at the turntables just after midnight. AM’s friend and opening act, R.O.B, paid tribute to the DJ.
“Today is a sad day in the nightlife community and an especially somber time for DJs across the world,” R.O.B. said. “He was not only our resident DJ at Rain nightclub inside the Palms Casino Resort, he was also our brother in music. I considered him a close friend, and Palms Casino Resort, the N9NE Group, and myself would like to send our condolences to his family, friends and fans,” he continued. “DJ AM, you will be dearly missed.”
For the moment of silence, clubgoers stood and faced the DJ booth for about a minute. The Las Vegas Sun notes that one patron shouted, “It’s my birthday!” prompting others to shout back “Respect!” and “Respect our boy, AM!”
R.O.B. added that AM was a “talented DJ.” “He has single-handedly brought nightlife and DJs from around the world to another level.” Spinning Diddy’s 1997 tribute to the Notorious B.I.G., “I’ll Be Missing You,” he then asked that the patrons to have a good time, as that’s what AM would have wanted.
The Palms also shut down the lights on each letter in their sign, except for the A and M. In a statement, Palms owner George Maloof said, “I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of DJ AM. He was our resident DJ at Rain Nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort. We considered him a friend and a great artist. He will truly be missed.”