Las Vegas has had a reputation for hosting the world’s top performers for nearly 80 years, when pianist Liberace began residencies in Sin City in the 1940s.
Liberace continued his residencies for over 40 years, ending with his final Las Vegas performance in August 1986 at Caesars Palace on the Strip, six months before his death in February 1987. Frank Sinatra began Las Vegas residencies in the 1950s and would bring the Rat Pack to the Strip in the 1960s.
Many big-name artists would follow with performances on the Strip, including the famous Elvis Presley residencies that began in 1969. Magicians Siegfried and Roy were legendary performers on the Strip from the 1990s and Cirque du Soleil has produced several different shows over the years starting in 1993 with Mystery.
In recent years, musical artists in residence on the Strip have included Celine Dion, Elton John, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Cher and Bette Midler.
Dozens of great shows scheduled
Some of the top shows coming to Las Vegas through the end of the year include Katy Perry at Resorts World Las Vegas, October 5 through October 21. 22; Barry Manilow at Westgate Las Vegas, Oct. 13-Oct. 22, Nov. 10-19; John Legend at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, October 14-21. 29; Santana at House of Blues Las Vegas, Nov. 2-13; and Aerosmith at Park MGM, November 23-29, December 2-11.
The Jonas Brothers, who performed at MGM Resorts International’s (MGM) Dolby Live at Park MGM in June, returns for three shows at Park MGM on November 10, 11 and 12.
Superstar singer Adele will resume her 24-show residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on November 18, which will run until February 24 with a Christmas break on January 20, Caesars Entertainment (CZR) announced in July.
Rumors have swirled that Lady Gaga is planning a new residency production at Park MGM in 2023, but final dates have not been determined. When Lady Gaga returns to Las Vegas in 2023, she is expected to incorporate the Chromatica Ball show, performed during a tour she just concluded, into her residency, but not her previous Enigma show.
As for the shows scheduled for 2023, country singer Miranda Lambert will perform at Planet Hollywood from March 24-30 and April 1-9 after completing three shows on October 5, 7 and 8, while Sting has six shows. scheduled at Caesars Palace starting April 1. -9.
Parrothead icon Jimmy Buffet performs his tropical rock show at the MGM Grand Garden on March 4 and 11, 2023, after postponing the shows on October 8 and 15 for unspecified health reasons.
Mellencamp returns to tour live and in person
Rock legend John Mellencamp, who co-hosted a show with legend Bob Dylan at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in August 2010, announced on September 29 his return to the Las Vegas Strip with two shows on March 24 and 25, 2023 at the Encore Theater at the Wynn (WYNN) .
Mellencamp will no doubt sing many of the hit songs he performed a dozen years ago, including “Authority Song”, “Pink Houses”, “Paper in Fire” and “Small Town”. The shows in Las Vegas are part of the “Hurts So Good” singer’s 2023 Live and In Person Tour which begins Feb. 5 in Bloomington, Ind., and ends June 24 in South Bend, Ind.