Virtually every major American musical tour makes a stop in Las Vegas, but the truly committed never leave. From Cher to Celine Dion, some of music’s biggest names have proven that you don’t have to go to your fans, they will come to you if you establish a big enough residency in Las Vegas. Here are the five hottest acts habitating in Sin City in 2017.
This summer will bring the legendary rock band The Who to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. It’s not exactly the hottest residency right now, but it will be soon. The first run of six shows are scheduled for July and August, and $1 from each ticket sold will benefit Teen Cancer America. The band members have said they haven’t yet made decisions regarding the set list, but they’ve sold more than 100 million records and have been performing for over 50 years; they have plenty of hits to choose from.
Headed by 71-year-old guitarist Pete Townshend and 73-year-old singer Roger Daltrey, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Tickets run from from $76 to $501, so you’ll have to put a dollar amount on just how big a fan you really are. Tickets are on sale here.
Location: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas.
Elton John has been a staple on the Strip since 2011, and while Sir Elton hasn’t missed a beat, this show is currently en fuego because the last performance is scheduled for May 5, 2017. By the end of the residency, John will have performed over 170 shows and rocked audiences with classics like “Tiny Dancer,” “Your Song,” and “Bennie and the Jets.”
“Caesars Palace is just a perfect idyllic place to play, and the show will be a gargantuan feast of music and imagery. I’m going to have a fabulous piano that Yamaha have been working on for four years, and that’s the reason why the show is called ‘The Million Dollar Piano,’” John said when his residency was first announced.
Tickets run from $55 to $500 and are available here.
Location: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas.
“We wanted to do something that has never been done in Vegas,” Martin told Entertainment Tonight. “There’s gonna be a mosh pit! … Right here, in the center, is where the crowd [won’t] have chairs. It’s about dancing and having a great time.”
Over two weeks in April, Ricky Martin will play a handful of shows that already have his fans flocking to Sin City. His residency is slated to run through September of this year, but later dates haven’t yet been announced. Recently, Martin released a new song, “Vente Pa’ca,” with Colombian singer Maluma and served as a judge on The Voice Mexico and The Voice Australia.
Tickets start at $54 on Ticketmaster and are available here.
Location:3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas.
Latin music is evidently the flavor du jour on the strip (make that, “flavor del dia“). Guitar legend Carlos Santana is promising an intimate night filled with his intricate rhythms at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. May 17 marks his first concert date of the summer, and the May shows are already threatening to sell out. The show is called “Greatest Hits Live” so get ready to hear favorites like “Evil Ways,” “Persuasion,” and “Black Magic Woman.”
You can get tickets starting at $99, but the prices quickly get out of control. The House of Blues is offering an “Intimate Package” that gets you two tickets at a VIP table, two VIP lanyards, private bar access, priority entry, a bottle of champagne, a snack, a poster, and a “Carlos Live” DVD for $495. There’s also an “Up Close and Personal Package” with slightly better perks for $750.
Drain your bank account here.
Location: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas.
The 90s icon turned heads when she launched her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood and staged what can be considered one of pop culture’s biggest comebacks. The “Oops I Did It Again” singer has stunned concert goers with her age-defying dance moves and theatrical performances since 2013 when she premiered her “Piece of Me Show.”
The original two-year contract has already been extended twice and will run to the end of this year. She is reportedly in negotiations for another two-year extension, but the Las Vegas Review Journal seems to think she may move elsewhere on the Strip. Yes, she’ll still be in town; but no, it won’t be the same show that brought her back from the brink of head-shaven insanity. Tickets are currently on sale through Sept. 2 and she will launch a global tour, including a stop in Israel, in mid summer.
Location: 3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Sam Lavi [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
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