The coronavirus pandemic has changed Las Vegas in many ways this year. One of the most noticeable differences for visitors is the lack of entertainment. Sure, visiting a casino that isn’t full of people enjoying the gaming, drinking, and dining isn’t the optimal experience but those parts of Las Vegas can still be fun – albeit a different kind of fun.
Las Vegas entertainment including touring concerts, residencies, sporting events, and clubs are barely even available today in Las Vegas. Sure some shows are taking place but 50 or fewer people in attendance create a strange atmosphere. Clubs are similar with more mellow socially distanced experiences that just aren’t the same.
The Las Vegas Weekly detailed all of the residencies that have been canceled this year and it’s an astonishing and diverse list of entertainers:
Boyz II Men
Reba McEntire with Brooks & Dunn
The Righteous Brothers
David Lee Roth
This list doesn’t include comedy shows, stage shows, and nightclub DJ’s that regularly appear in casinos around Las Vegas. The Las Vegas experience in 2020 has been quite different. Hopefully, Las Vegas (and the rest of the world) get bet to some sense of normalcy next year.
Las Vegas Residencies in 2021
The good news is that some of the residencies have been rescheduled for next year. In fact, earlier this year Caesars announced a new Usher residency for Caesars Palace in 2021. His residency reaches one day into 2022!
July 2021: 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30, 31
Dec. 2021: 28, 29, 31
Jan. 2022: 1
The Kelly Clarkson residency at Planet Hollywood was one of the new shows postponed until next year. During the “Kelly Clarkson Show” she announced that dates for the show would be rescheduled for next year. Caesars hasn’t announced new dates for the Planet Hollywood show just yet. That could happen sometime early in the new year.
Caesars did announce new 2021 dates for the Sting residency. The lead singer from The Police is scheduled to kick off his first Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace in late spring next year. Sting: My Songs are scheduled in May and October:
May: 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22
Oct: 29, 30
Classic Rock band, ZZ Top is also scheduled to return to Las Vegas next spring. ZZ Top: Viva Las Vegas is currently planning to take the stage at The Venetian on the following dates:
April: 9, 10, 16, 17
Earlier this year, Caesars announced a residency for alternative rocker, Morrisey. His shows remain scheduled for late summer next year:
Aug: 28, 29
Sept: 2, 4, 5
Wynn Las Vegas has already announced new dates for a couple of comedians next summer. Together, Trevor Noah and Joy Koy have a handful of shows at the Encore Theater scheduled for 2021:
Trevor Noah: July 9 and 10
Jo Koy: Sept. 3, 4, and 5
Keep your eyes peeled for more
During an interview with the American Gaming Association, Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox targeted the summer of 2021 for Las Vegas to become the vacation destination so many people have come to love.
Not all entertainers or casino operators have been so aggressive as Caesars in rescheduling shows for next year. For example, MGM Resorts announced a few shows reopening only to close them after capacity limits weren’t extended beyond 50 people. The company might be more conservative reopening shows next year.
Expect to hear a slew of announcements when Las Vegas starts to see the light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel. If Maddox’s target is correct, announcements for summer entertainment should start happening shortly after the new year.
Of course, nobody exactly knows how long coronavirus will continue to spread around the world. Having said that, it’s nice to have something to look forward to.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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