Classic Las Vegas showrooms may offer a close glimpse of superstars with seating to accommodate several hundred to more than 4,000 guests. Las Vegas’ larger arena-style venues can host crowds well into the tens of thousands.
Event centers and arenas sell out regularly and have featured myriad celebrity acts, including U2, Eric Clapton, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Britney Spears, Bob Dylan and many more.
The Palms’ Pearl concert venue seats 2,400 guests and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for recording live albums. Performers have included Jay-Z, Stone Temple Pilots, Duran Duran, Kid Rock and Mary J. Blige.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena is a 17,157-seat special events arena that can accommodate concerts, sporting events and awards shows. In 1993, the Grand Garden made history when Barbra Streisand returned to the stage for a legendary New Year’s Eve show after a 20-year hiatus. Upcoming concerts include Aerosmith, Rod Stewart and Nickelback.
Performers as versatile as the destination itself have played to capacity crowds at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center. Toby Keith, Juan Gabriel, Barenaked Ladies, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and the Jonas Brothers are just some of the artists who have brought their talents to the Las Vegas Strip. World championship boxing and other sporting events are also held at the Events Center.
The $95 million Colosseum at Caesars Palace is the contemporary interpretation of its ancient namesake in Rome. The 4,000-seat facility is home to Bette Midler and Cher. The facility is adaptable to varied types of entertainment when these shows are dark. In addition to accommodating headliners, it can be configured to host special events, including boxing.
Similar to its Los Angeles counterpart, legendary and up-and-coming musical artists have made stops at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues, an intimate venue with a capacity of 1,800. Performers have included Norah Jones, Everclear and Cheap Trick.
The Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino is a 7,000-seat, state-of-the-art venue. The traditional seating auditorium makes the theater an ideal place to see a concert, Broadway-style production, awards show and other types of entertainment.
The original Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, which hosted everyone from the Rolling Stones to the Foo Fighters, closed in February. The venue was replaced in April by a new 4,000-capacity concert hall. With the opening, which featured a concert by The Killers, came the announcement that Carlos Santana would be the first resident performer at the new Joint. Santana signed a two-year deal to play 36 shows a year.