MGM and Caesars are bringing something big back to the Las Vegas Strip
Shortly after Nevada legalized gambling in the 1930s and the construction of the Hoover Dam brought both economic prosperity and an ineffable sense of 20th century modernism to the region, Las Vegas assumed its rightful role. of American identity card.
Much of the country’s post-WWII sense of glamor came from images of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin performing and partying at iconic venues and casinos such as Caesars Palace, and the rest of the country wanted to s have fun. In the 60s, Las Vegas became a country of coming of age and a relative loosening of social mores, as well as a place to have a good time, and live entertainment was always a big part of that.
Sin City is full of local artists or people who have been there and never seem to leave, like comedian-magicians Penn & Teller, Siegfried & Roy (RIP) and Mind Freak Criss Angel. But there are also plenty of musicians who have made the Strip their home, from Celine Dion, who more or less makes her home, to artists like Mariah Carey, who made a year of gigs in 2015.
Like everything else in the world of live entertainment, and the world at large, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Las Vegas residencies hard in 2020, with artists such as the Jonas Brothers and Kelly Clarkson being among the first to cancel their series of shows. .
It’s been a bumpy road back to normal for Las Vegas over the past year, evidenced by the fact that Adele had to postpone her highly anticipated ‘Weekends With Adele’ residency to late last year after half of his crew would have been infected with the omicron variant.
But if Las Vegas stands for anything, it’s the idea that you can’t stop the party, you can just put it off momentarily. As such, a new slate of unique residencies and shows have been announced this year, though promoters and venues are well aware that there is no turning back in 2019.
Which artists are doing residencies in Las Vegas this year?
As much fun as people have always had in Las Vegas, the city has long had a reputation as a place for older entertainers to settle down when they were tired of life on the road.
These artists took a “you come to me” approach, as their fans had grown into adults with jobs who were happy to pay money to travel to see them and make a weekend of it. Celine Dion has more or less perfected the art of it in the 21st century, but unfortunately “severe and persistent muscle spasms” kept her away from the scene lately.
There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, because classics never go out of style, as they say.
But venues have worked hard over the past decade to refresh the town’s image and attract younger patrons by booking residencies with current pop artists such as Katy Perry, who launched her residency ‘Katy Perry: Play last year, giving America the sexy mushroom dance it wasn’t sure it needed.
And you can love or hate electronic dance music and DJ culture, but there’s no denying that it’s about as current as it gets, and DJs such as Steve Aoki, Tiesto and Marshmello have all brought the drop during their Vegas residencies over the years.
The 2022 residency announced so far features a mix of vintage and newer, including the aforementioned Perry, who more or less auditioned for the gig with her debut single “Waking Up In Vegas.”
Here’s what some of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas have on offer this year, so you can check between times at the craps table.
Caesars Palace (owned by Caesars Entertainment) (CZR) – Get the report from Caesars Entertainment Inc.
- Sting launched his latest Las Vegas residency, “My Songs,” at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in October of last year.
- Keith Urban’s residency will end on May 29, as he obviously doesn’t want to be away from his wife Nicole Kidman any longer than necessary.
Resorts World Las Vegas (part of Hilton Hotels & Resorts) (heavyweight) – Get the report from Hilton Grand Vacations, Inc.
- Carrie Underwood debuted her first “Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency” last fall, which runs through April 2.
- Katy Perry will continue to bring the fireworks with her “Play” residency until August 13.
MGM Park (part of MGM Resorts International) (MGM) – Get the MGM Resorts International Report
- Lady Gaga will hopefully continue her good Vegas romance with a two-week run on Dolby Live at Park MGM which ends May 1.
- Silk Sonic, the collaboration between Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak feels like they just woke up from the 70s, but they bring Top 40 hits such as “Leave the Door Open” to their 13-show residency at the Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas.
The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod (owned by Golden Entertainment) (GDEN) – Get the report from Golden Entertainment, Inc.
- AC/DC didn’t write ‘Sin City’ for pop stars to have fun in Vegas, and The STRAT proves rock ‘n’ roll belongs on the Strip with a residency from the Red Rocker himself. likewise, as Sammy Hagar and Friends debuted in October of last year. Do not drive more than 55 on your way.
- Succumb to the charm of power-pop icons Cheap Trick, who will be giving concerts until March 5.
House of Blues (owned by Live Nation) (LYV) – Get the report from Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
- Guitar God Carlos Santana has extended his “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live: Presented by SiriusXM” residency through May 29.
Some Covid precautions remain in place
Much of the country has begun easing its COVID-19 precautions, much to the dismay of many health officials, but Vegas is making it clear that while it has a similar climate and preponderance of retirees to Florida, it continues to take safety seriously.
The House of Blues and most other Las Vegas venues will continue to implement an ever-changing security protocol. As stated on the House of Blues website:
Going forward, prior to venue entry, ALL shows will require attendees to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the event OR a full COVID vaccination -19 (at least two weeks after final dose),” the venue’s website details. “Face coverings are strongly recommended for fans who are not fully vaccinated unless actively eating or drinking, per CDC guidelines.”
Nevada dropped its indoor mask requirement for fully vaccinated people.
Is strict COVID-19 protocol the reason notoriously anti-vax classic rocker Van Morrison only does a handful of shows and not a full residency of crazy nights?