Before the announcement that new mother Beyonce Knowles would be the headlining act for the Memorial Day weekend grand opening at Revel, the 1800 room luxe casino hotel coming soon to the northeast end of the Atlantic City boardwalk, rumor had it that the first big name act to play Revel would be blues-rock duo The Black Keys.
That rumor turns out to be true. The Keys - the tandem of guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney - will play Revel's 5050 capacity Ovation Hall on May 19, at the tail end of the eight-week preview which precedes the grand opening, and will begin on April 2.
And speaking of April 2, that brings us to perhaps more interesting news about Revel: In addition to big room that Beyonce and the Black Keys - and Coldplay, the other rumored booking? - will be playing, there's also a small multipurpose room at Revel called The Social that will seat 400 for concerts and also convert into a dance club.
The plan is for the club to book "live bands from 9 p.m. to midnight nightly." On the caino's soft opening day after April Fool's Day, that room will open up with The Raveonettes, the fuzzed-out girl-group rock duo from Denmark featuring Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner.