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Harry Styles has one direction: The MSG Sphere

Updated May 1, 2023 - 7:16 pm

More than a decade ago I caught a One Direction show at then-Planet Hollywood Theatre of the Performing Arts.

If you had told me then one of those young gents might headline several shows at a 17,500-seat venue in Vegas, I would have said, “What!? I CAN’T HEAR YOU!”

It was an ear-piercing experience in June 2012, when One Direction was the hottest boy band in the land. As the quintet has grown up and gone on to independent careers, Harry Styles has become a solo superstar.

Last year, Styles sold out an opulent, 15-show residency at Madison Square Garden. He showed music and vocal chops and a distinct sense of showmanship (it’s sequined jumpsuits and boas for the onetime boy-bander).

Vibrant, Vegas-styled and viable, Styles would be the right call on a residency at The MSG Sphere. We now have two announced productions at The Sphere: “U2 UV: Live at The Sphere” and “Postcard From Earth” theatrical show. U2 has 17 dates (and counting, it seems) beginning Sept. 29-30. “Postcard” opens Oct. 6 and runs multiple times daily in an open-ended schedule.

That about covers The Sphere’s schedule for the rest of this year. There has yet to be any information about who’s next, but Styles’ name keeps surfacing as a likely resident headliner. The British tabloid The Sun has even reported, absent verification, he’s been offered an “eye-watering” $50 million paycheck.

Eye-watering? Maybe Tears for Fears can open.

Anyway, the feeling here is Styles could sell out 10-12 shows at The Sphere, based on his Madison Square Garden appearances, when he sold 250,000 tickets. A 12-show series at The Sphere would cover 210,000 tickets.

Also, Styles is managed by Irving Azoff’s Full Stop Management entertainment agency. Azoff is the entertainment industry giant who is reportedly involved in booking The MSG Sphere, working as a consultant with venue partner Madison Square Garden Entertainment.

Styles, a 29-year-old star on the rise, is at the center of these crisscrossing relationships. His international “Love On Tour” series closes in July. I’d wager he’ll be announced for Vegas by the end of the year, and it’ll be a scream.

Cool Hang Alert

Tyriq Johnson of the Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band Serpentine Fire and a vocalist for Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns is headlining Maxan Jazz at 4130 S. Decatur Blvd. from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday. Johnson’s brother Johnny Johnson, a fixture with Boyz II Men, is on guitar. Sushi and cocktails start at 6 p.m. A $25 per-person F&B minimum is in place for this one, reservations encouraged. Go to maxanjazz.com for info.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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