Whittle/ Splash News Online
08/29/2009 at 03:35 PM EDT
Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein was to have played at Las Vegas's Rain Nightclub Friday night, doing what he does best. And while he wasn't there physically, spiritually he was everywhere.
In tribute to the celebrity DJ, whose lifeless body
was discovered in his Manhattan apartment Friday, a single floral arrangement sat near the deejay booth while employees of the club wore shirts bearing his face and Nike shoes to honor DJ AM, a self-proclaimed "sneaker head."
The memorial on what was meant to be one of Rain's big nights – dubbed "AM Fridays" – also featured a 60-second moment of silence at midnight.
"Today is a sad day in the nightlife community and an especially somber time for DJs across the world," DJ ROB, who sat in for AM in the deejay booth, told the crowd before the moment of the silence. He added that AM "has single handedly brought nightlife and DJs from around the world to another level."
Though AM was only a resident DJ in Palms Hotel's nightclub since late April, the hotel honored him in a way for all of Vegas to see Friday night by turning off the signage lettering that runs down the side of its building and leaving only the "A" and "M" (of the word "Palms") fully illuminated.