2020 hasn’t been the year that Las Vegas hoped it would be, but then 2020 hasn’t been the year that anybody hoped it would be for anyone other than hermits. A lot of great shows that should have happened this year ended up being canceled, and not all of them can be re-booked. Millions of people who had ‘once in a lifetime’ trips to Vegas in their calendars were forced to cancel and might never get another chance to come. It’s been sad, and it’s been financially devastating for anyone who lives in Vegas and depends on shows or visitors for their livelihoods.
Fortunately, 2020 is almost at an end, and 2021 is upon us. This isn’t the time for dwelling on what’s gone wrong – it’s time to look forward to everything that could go right. As is the case every year, there are some legendary, world-famous acts lined up to take residencies in Las Vegas next year – some of whom will be doing so for the first time in their illustrious careers. If you’re planning to visit Sin City soon, or if you live here already and you’re wondering who’s about to show up on your doorstep to entertain you, look no further. Here’s our guide to the stars of music who will be making Vegas their second home next year.
Let’s start with a big name form the world of hip hop who’s never set up camp in Vegas for the long-term before – it’s Usher, best known for “Pop Ya Collar,” “Yeah,” “You Make Me Wanna,” and many more classics of the genre from the past two decades. His show, simply called “The Las Vegas Residency,” will open in July 2021 at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. Fans have been promised a spectacular stage show that will include songs drawn from all of his albums, tracking his progression as an artist from his early days to right now, with new material thrown in for good measure. Vegas residencies tend to add more dates as demand increases, but for now, there are twelve dates on the calendar split between July and December. He’ll also be playing on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day 2022 if you’d like to ring in the new year with an all-time great from the music world.
Sting is no stranger to Las Vegas. He’s been to Sin City many times before, but making multiple appearances hasn’t dampened demand to see him in the city. He’ll be one of the first big-name acts to arrive in Vegas in 2021, starting out at Caesar’s Palace on January 29th and staying until February 13th, and then returning in May to play between the 7th and the 22nd. His residency is named after his most recent album, “My Songs,” which is actually a re-interpretation of almost all of his best-known material from his forty-year long career in the music business. The original plan was for the British artist, who’s sold more than one hundred million albums during his career, to arrive in Vegas in May this year, but those plans were changed for obvious reasons. Fortunately, he was able to rearrange, and we’re sure there will be thousands of people eager to welcome him when he eventually arrives.
Here’s another artist who we should have seen in 2020 but never got the chance to. The original plan was for the very first “American Idol” winner to set up camp in Las Vegas in April 2020, but she announced on her popular television show that she’d have to scrap those plans and try again in 2021. We’re happy to say that she kept her word, she’ll be with us next year after all. Unfortunately (and rather strangely), we don’t have the full details on her residency yet. We know that she’ll be playing at Zappos Theater Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, but we don’t know which dates are in the calendar. Because of that, it’s not currently possible to book tickets to see her. The show will be called “Kelly Clarkson: Invincible,” so that’s the search term to keep looking out for if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to get tickets for the opening night – whenever that might be.
Is there any band in the world that suits Las Vegas better than ZZ Top? While they might not have written “Viva Las Vegas (their version is a cover of an earlier song first recorded by Elvis Presley), they’re synonymous with Sin City and its lifestyle. They’ve even strengthened that connection by releasing their own online slots game for casino websites like Clover Casino. The other artists who are due to come to town next year might have ZZ Top beaten in the record sales stakes, but how many of them can claim to be the stars of online slots websites? In truth, quite a few of the musical names of the past who’ve visited Vegas have their own online slots because that’s the way marketing is going now, but we digress. You already know what ZZ Top is all about, and you don’t need us to sell them to you. You’ll be able to find them at the Venetian Las Vegas in April next year, where they’ll be playing on the 9th, 10th, 14th, 16th, and 17th before packing up and heading home again. That might seem like a comparatively short residency, but give them a break – they’re not as young as they used to be! We expect these concerts to be busy because the band and venue are only charging $45 for them.
At the risk of upsetting fans of a few more artists (which, if we have, was accidental), these are the musicians that we believe will make the biggest splash in Vegas next year. Other musicians will be in town, and that’s to say nothing of the theater shows, magicians, dancers, and all the other entertainers who’ll be on hand, so even if none of the above appeals to you, you won’t be short on options. 2020 was the year that Las Vegas had to close for business. Let’s treat 2021 as its grand reopening!