Is Vegas A Big Gig For Musicians?
Everyone knows that Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, as a fact as well as big casinos there are also many famous musicians that often play in Vegas as it is such a huge and popular hub for big names to play from Elvis Presley to Prince. Las Vegas has always been a popular place among many up-and- coming as well as well-established musicians and singers. Vegas is definitely a big gig for musicians, and performing thre can make or break their career this dates right back from the early 50s and 60s. However in most recent years there has been a massive increase of a newer cast of stars to hit the stages of Las Vegas from Celine Dion to Elton John, all of which have previously and now quite regularly play in Vegas.
There have also been even more recent names including the likes of Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Pitbull who have introduced residency shows to the Vegas scene. Britney Spears first played in Vegas in 2001 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and she had another residence back in 2013 too.
Moving your act or performance to the Las Vegas Strip is now the official sign of you becoming a global star, one of the first to start residency shows was Rod Stewart at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. In fact as it worked out so well for Rod Stewart, the singer’s agent then recommended it to Motlely Crue which then signed on for a residency at the Hard Rock. This then had another knock on affect as when Guns N’ Roses saw that Motley Crue had become fairly successful with their residency they also jumped on the band wagon and got signed for a residency at Hard Rock Hotel too.
Residencies don’t just benefit smaller acts by giving artists a chance to perform and potentially be their big break, they also protect the promoter. If it doesn’t work out with the artists they are only locked into a small number of performances which presents a much lower risk factor.