Posted: February 24, 2022, 9:46 a.m.
Last update on: February 24, 2022, 01:22h.
From pop superstar Celine Dion to German hard rockers The Scorpions, artists have been calling casinos home during multi-night residencies since 2003. With COVID-19 restrictions easing in the United States, 2022 is looking strong for multi-date and multi-month races. Here’s who’s back for 2022:
So far, 19 artists have confirmed individual shows through 2022, with more expected to be announced. Some early adopters of the residency format are doing well.
Katy Perry is currently in the middle of her first Vegas residency for “Play.” The show launched Dec. 29, 2021 at Resorts World Las Vegas, drawing 31,933 fans to the new 5,000-seat venue across eight shows through Jan. 15, 2022, according to Pollstar. The next dates in 2022 are March 2 to March 19 and May 27 to August 27. 13, 2022.
She is likely to join the biggest earners in the game of residence. Pollstar reports that Elton John’s ‘Red Piano’ (2004-2009) earned $166.4 million from nearly one million tickets sold, while Britney Spears’ 2013-2017 series earned $137.7 million. dollars with 916,184 tickets sold.
While Dion remains the queen of Vegas residencies, Billboard reported that “the New Day run between 2003 and 2007 sold over 2.8 million tickets on revenues totaling $385.1 million. She was forced to cancel her 2021-22 dates.
The opening of his new show at Resorts World Theater has been postponed and not yet rescheduled due to the superstar “who is suffering from severe and persistent muscle spasms which prevent it from performing”.
While rock bands don’t bring pop superstar numbers, legacy lineups — from KISS to Cheap Trick to the Scorpions — do shorter residencies that allow fans plenty of dates to see their favorite bands… one or more times.
Las Vegas property The STRAT launched its first live music residency with Sammy Hagar and Friends in October 2021, and they’ve added pop-rock icons Cheap Trick to the 900-seat theater’s lineup. The “Dream Police” rockers will kick off their stint with concerts on February 25 and 26 and March 4 and 5.
While it’s hard to know the main reason guests visit Las Vegas, Sammy Hagar and Cheap Trick have dedicated fanbases who will travel far and wide to see them live. Adding the destination of Las Vegas into the mix makes an incredibly compelling argument to see these shows,” a STRAT spokesperson told Casino.org. Casinos do not quantify customers who travel long distances specifically for a concert.
The confidence engendered by a tailor-made staging for a long-lasting performance also allows the artist to experiment. For example, during Sammy Hagar & Friends’ first six residency shows, the lineup performed over 100 different songs, prompting die-hard fans to attend on multiple nights.
For Cheap Trick’s first residency, Brad Goldberg, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Entertainment for Golden Entertainment, Inc., said, “We’re not just bringing rock ‘n’ roll to the Las Vegas Strip, we’re throwing a party.” calling the Cheap Trick run a “unique experience for their fans.”
Hit guitarist/vocalist Carlos Santana has extended his House of Blues Las Vegas residency into 2021. His “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live: Presented by SiriusXM” runs 18, 20-22, 25, 27-29 may.
COVID-19 Restrictions Booth
House of Blues, like most venues, is implementing ever-updated COVID precautions.
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-19 vaccination (at least two weeks after the final dose)”, Venue website details. “Face coverings are strongly recommended for fans who are not fully vaccinated unless actively eating or drinking, per CDC guidelines.”
Of course, 2021 and 2022 are outlier years because of COVID-19. Cancellations and postponements by artists and attendees were inevitable. But more often than not, artists add dates to an initial residency.
Grammy-nominated retro duo Silk Sonic have added a dozen May dates to 13 previously booked shows from February 25 to April 2 on Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas.
Live Nation Las Vegas remains one of the game’s biggest hitters, producing residency shows from Lady Gaga, Aerosmith and Bruno Mars at the Park Theater at Park MGM; Mariah Carey and Sting at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace; Styx, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, ZZ TOP and Adam Lambert at the Venetian Theater, and more.
Atlantic City is coming
Across the country, Atlantic City is less of a destination for iconic artists hosting residencies. While the Ocean Casino Resort‘s Ovation Hall has seen performances by Loverboy, Brian McKnight and Melissa Etheridge, July 9 will see the launch of Glen Burtnick’s Summer of Love Concert Series.
It will run every Friday and Sunday until August 29 and will focus on hits from artists such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and more.
“Entertainment is a fundamental foundation of Ocean, and as restrictions ease and we are able to open up more of our property, the return of live music and comedy serves to reinforce our premier resort experience,” said Terry Glebocki, CEO of Ocean Casino Resort, mentioned.