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Adele adds New Year’s Eve shows to Vegas residency

Adele has expanded her Las Vegas residency with the addition of two shows from December 30-31.

A presale for the newly announced concerts, powered by Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan programme, takes place tomorrow (23 November).

The singer’s 30-plus show Weekends with Adele run is scheduled to conclude on 25 March 2023. Fans who previously registered for the events must re-register for the chance to buy tickets to the added shows.

In a Twitter post, the 34-year-old singer tells fans: “New Year’s Eve has always been a let down for me, I seem to always end up spending it in a car on my way to or from somewhere! But not this year!! I’ll be ringing 2023 in on stage!!”

Due to the limited number of tickets available, if demand for tickets from Verified Fans exceeds supply, there will not be a public onsale.

“I’m truly sorry for any inconvenience and any disappointment that I’ve caused, but we’re here tonight and together”

Ticket prices have ranged from US$85 to $685 for the Live Nation-promoted run, which was postponed just 24 hours before opening night in January and finally kicked off last Friday (18 November) at The Colosseum (cap. 4,100) at Caesars Palace.

“I’m truly sorry for any inconvenience and any disappointment that I’ve caused, but we’re here tonight and together” she said from the stage on the opening night, according to Variety. She added that delaying the run “was the best decision I ever made”.

Other acts with current or upcoming residencies at The Colusseum include Rod Stewart, Garth Brooks and Sting.

Adele, who is represented by Lucy Dickins and Kirk Sommer at WME, returned to the stage over the summer for two sold-out nights at AEG’s BST Hyde Park concert series in London.

Adele’s 25 Tour was the fifth highest-grossing tour of 2016 according to Pollstar, grossing $167.7 million from 107 shows.

 


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C3 Presents plans new US-based hard rock festival

C3 Presents has announced a brand new US festival for hard rock and alternative music fans called Sick New World.

System Of A Down, Korn, Deftones and Incubus are set to headline the one-day event, taking place on May 13 2023 at Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

Evanescence, Turnstile, Chevelle, Mr. Bungle, Papa Roach, Death Grips, Flyleaf, Placebo, Spiritbox and The Sisters of Mercy are also among the 50 acts billed for the festival, with general admission tickets starting from US$249.99.

C3 Presents’ festival portfolio already includes US festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.

Sick New World follows two other brand-new rock festivals launched by C3 Presents parent Live Nation.

The promoter’s inaugural When We Were Young festival took place last month at Las Vegas Festival Grounds with headliners Paramore and My Chemical Romance.

Evanescence, Papa Roach, Flyleaf, Placebo and Spiritbox are also among the 50 acts billed for the festival

The 85,000-cap “emo nostalgia” festival was expanded to three days due to demand, and the 2023 edition sold out before the 2022 event had even started.

Next year’s instalment features a pop-punk twist featuring headliners Blink-182 and Green Day, who will be joined by the likes of 30 Seconds To Mars, The Offspring, Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds of Summer and All Time Low, Yellowcard, Rise Against, Sum 41, Pierce the Veil, Gym Class Heroes, Michelle Branch, Thrice, Rise Against, Simple Plan and New Found Glory.

In addition, Live Nation is also launching a new alternative music festival based in Atlantic City, New Jersey (US), called Adjacent.

Blink-182 and Paramore are set to headline the all-ages event, slated for 27 & 28 May 2023 (Memorial Day Weekend).

Turnstile, Japanese Breakfast, Coheed & Cambria, Bleachers, Jimmy Eat World, The Front Bottoms, IDLES and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness are also among the 40 bands that will perform across three stages.

 


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Adele confirms rescheduled Vegas residency

Adele has announced the rescheduled dates for her long-awaited Weekends With Adele residency in Las Vegas.

The Live Nation-promoted run was originally due to kick off in January, only for it to be postponed just 24 hours before opening night.

“It’s been impossible to finish the show,” explained the star on Instagram. “I can’t give you what I have right now and I’m gutted.

“I’m sorry, it’s last minute. I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed and I’m so sorry to everyone that’s travelled again.”

It has now been confirmed, however, that the 24 rescheduled concerts – plus eight new shows – will now take place at The Colosseum (cap. 4,300) at Caesars Palace from 18 November 2022 to 25 March 2023.

“Words can’t explain how ecstatic I am to finally be able to announce these rescheduled shows”

“Words can’t explain how ecstatic I am to finally be able to announce these rescheduled shows,” Adele tells fans on social media. “I truly was heartbroken to have to cancel them. But after what feels like an eternity of figuring out logistics for the show that I really want to deliver, and knowing it can happen, I’m more excited than ever!

“Now I know for some of you it was a horrible decision on my part, and I will always be sorry for that, but I promise you it was the right one. To be with you in such an intimate space every week has been what I’ve most been looking forward to and I’m going to give you the absolute best of me. Thank you for your patience, I love you x Adele.”

Tickets for the original dates were priced from US$85 to $685. A select number of tickets will be available across all 32 performances, with priority given to fans who held tickets for the original show dates or had previously registered and been waitlisted for the Weekends With Adele Verified Fan Presale.

The residency will see Adele follow in the footsteps of legends such as Celine Dion, Elton John, Madonna, Mariah Carey and Rod Stewart in performing at the famous Colosseum theatre.

The 34-year-old singer, who is represented by Lucy Dickins and Kirk Sommer at WME, returned to the stage earlier this month for two sold-out nights at AEG’s BST Hyde Park concert series in London.

Adele’s 25 Tour was the fifth highest-grossing tour of 2016 according to Pollstar, grossing $167.7 million from 107 shows.


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Aerosmith cancel Las Vegas residency dates

Aerosmith have cancelled the first set of dates of their Las Vegas residency after singer Steven Tyler entered rehab.

The Live Nation-promoted Deuces Are Wild run at Dolby Live (cap. 5,200) at Park MGM was due to run from 17 June to 11 December in celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary, but will now start in September after Tyler relapsed on pain medication following foot surgery.

“As many of you know, our beloved brother Steven has worked on his sobriety for many years,” said a statement on the band’s social media channels. “After foot surgery to prepare for the stage and the necessity of pain management during the process, he has recently relapsed and voluntarily entered a treatment programme to concentrate on his health and recovery.

“We will continue our 2022 dates starting in September”

“We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must cancel our first set of Las Vegas residency dates this June and July while he focuses on his well-being. We will continue our 2022 dates starting in September, and we’ll let you know any further updates as soon as we can.”

The legendary American band, who are represented by CAA in North America, were due to become the first-ever act to perform in Dolby Live using spatial audio technology, Dolby Atmos. They previously launched the residency in 2019, playing concerts in Vegas up until February 2020 when the Covid pandemic brought live music to a halt globally.

Earlier this year, the group cancelled their delayed 2022 UK and European headline tour due to “uncertainty around travel logistics and the continued presence of Covid restrictions and other issues”.

Dolby Live is currently hosting a residency by Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak’s Silk Sonic superduo.

 


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ASM Global names Duc Nguyen VP of global content programming

ASM Global has expanded its content division with the hire of Duc Nguyen as vice president of global content programming.

In his new role, Nguyen will be tasked with content generation for the company’s arenas, stadiums, theatres and convention centres—under the leadership of John Boyle, global chief content officer.

“I am very excited to join the content team at ASM Global,” says Nguyen, who will be based in Las Vegas.

“Duc is the consummate pro who knows every detail of the promotion business inside and out”

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with some of the world’s most iconic venues and be part of a dynamic operation that encompasses so many different live entertainment experiences.”

Boyle added: “Duc is the consummate pro who knows every detail of the promotion business inside and out. He has an absolute passion for putting on shows and is a fantastic addition to our expanding team.”

Before joining the ASM Global team, Nguyen served as vice president of bookings at the new Allegiant Stadium in Nevada, which opened as the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020.

He also previously did a stint as a talent buyer at Live Nation where he focused on booking shows in venues throughout Pennsylvania and Atlantic City.

 


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Grammy Awards ’22: Ukraine, Foo Fighters and more

In a Grammy Awards ceremony that featured a video plea from Ukraine’s president, as well as a tribute to Foo Fighters dummer Taylor Hawkins, artists including Olivia Rodrigo, Silk Sonic and Jon Batiste scooped the top prizes.

The 64th event was held last night (3 April) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas after a three-month delay due to the Covid-19 surge in the US.

Jazz musician Batiste won album of the year for We Are, while Rodrigo won best new artist and best pop album.

Silk Sonic, a joint project between Bruno Mars and rapper/drummer Anderson .Paak, took home both the record and song of the year prizes for Leave The Door Open.

This year’s Grammys presented one of the most open fields in years, with the “big four” categories expanded to include 10 nominees each.

The ceremony featured performances from Silk Sonic, Gaga, Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, J Balvin, BTS and more

Other winners included Lady Gaga, Doja Cat and Foo Fighters, who picked up three a little more than a week after their drummer Taylor Hawkins was found dead in his Colombia hotel room at the age of 50.

Presenter Jimmy Jam accepted the prizes in the band’s absence, “with prayers to their loved ones”.

Elsewhere, in a pre-taped message, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky urged musicians to “fill the silence” left by Russian bombs “with your music”.

“Tell our story,” he said. “Tell the truth about the war on your social networks and TV. But not silence.”

His speech was followed by a performance by John Legend, accompanied by Ukrainian musicians Siuzanna Iglidan and Mika Newton, and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.

The ceremony also featured performances from award winners Silk Sonic, Gaga and Rodrigo, as well as Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, Chris Stapleton, J Balvin and K-pop stars BTS.

A full list of award winners can be found here.

 


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OVG plans $3bn ents district in Las Vegas

Oak View Group (OVG) is planning a 25-acre entertainment district in Las Vegas, costing an estimated US$3 billion.

According to the global sports and entertainment company, the district will feature a 20,000-seat arena for live music and sports, a casino, a hotel, and an additional entertainment venue amphitheatre.

The 25 acres is located on 66.5 acres of land near the intersection of two major freeways, I-15 and I-215, adjacent to the planned Brightline high-speed rail station.

The site will boast direct and easy access to and from I-15 and Las Vegas Boulevard and streets such as Blue Diamond, Warm Springs, and Dean Martin. The Las Vegas Strip resorts and the airport are a 10-minute drive.

With a focus on the prioritisation of technology, sustainability, and green initiative, the groundbreaking and construction for the district and arena will commence in 2023.

“South of the Las Vegas strip represents one of the few areas of potential future growth of the gaming and entertainment corridor,” says Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group.

“We will usher in the evolution of Las Vegas as the new entertainment and sports capital of the world”

“This unprecedented project is an industry game-changer, and we will usher in the evolution of Las Vegas as the new entertainment and sports capital of the world. As the largest arena developer in the world, we look forward to driving good paying job creation to Clark County as well as creating the most innovative and environmentally sustainable live entertainment point of destination in the world.”

Irving Azoff, co-founder of OVG, adds: “It doesn’t get much bigger or better than Las Vegas. From the world-class Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle to UBS Arena in New York, and Moody Center in Austin, Las Vegas will be the next jewel in the OVG crown.”

Veteran sports industry executive and former president of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, Marc Badain, has partnered with OVG to spearhead and consult on the new project along with the president of business development, Francesca Bodie, who will oversee business transactions and operations.

Badain comments: “In the time I have spent in Las Vegas, I have been overwhelmed by both the entrepreneurial spirit and the willingness of its residents and leaders to embrace the innovation and vision that guides its future. This project represents the next step in that exciting evolution. It is an honour to be a part of it and to help deliver on the vision provided by Oak View Group.”

Designed by global industry-leading architecture firms Gensler and Populous, the state-of-the-art privately financed sports and entertainment arena will set a new global standard for events in Las Vegas and represent OVG’s biggest project to date. In addition to Gensler and Populous, the project development will be led by Steve Collins, OVG’s president of global venue development and special projects.

OVG oversees the operations of Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center and UBS Arena in Belmont Park, NY. The company’s arena development projects include Moody Center in Austin (Texas), Acrisure Arena in Palm Springs (California) and Co-op Live in Manchester (UK) among others.

 


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Aerosmith confirm Vegas residency for 50th year

Aerosmith has confirmed the return of their Deuces Are Wild residency to Las Vegas this year, in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

The four-time Grammy-award winning rock legends will be the first-ever act to perform in Dolby Live (cap. 5,200) at Park MGM using spatial audio technology, Dolby Atmos.

The band, which is represented by CAA in North America, previously launched the residency in 2019 and played concerts in Vegas up until February 2020 when the Covid pandemic brought live music to a halt globally.

The Live Nation-promoted residency will mark Aerosmith’s first concerts in over two years

The Live Nation-promoted residency, which comprises select dates from 17 June to 11 December, will mark Aerosmith’s first concerts in over two years.

Earlier this year, the band cancelled their delayed 2022 UK and European headline tour due to “uncertainty around travel logistics and the continued presence of Covid restrictions and other issues”.

The band were also expected to perform at this year’s Glastonbury festival after previously being confirmed for the 2020 edition. However, Aerosmith do not currently appear on this year’s line-up.

Dolby Live will also host residencies from Lady Gaga and Silk Sonic this year, while Keith Urban, Van Morrison, Sting and Rod Stewart are to deliver residencies at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum theatre (cap. 4,300).

 


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US appointments: OVG360 and MSG Sphere name presidents

Oak View Group has named Gregory O’Dell as president of venue management at the company’s newly rebranded facilities division, OVG360.

O’Dell will oversee venue operations for more than 230 properties that OVG owns and/or operates globally, including stadiums and arenas, state fairgrounds, performing arts centres and convention centres.

His responsibilities will include setting a strategy to strengthen venue staples like sustainability efforts, booking and content development, premium and sponsorship sales, public safety and public health, and parking and transportation.

The live events veteran joins OVG from Events DC, where he was president and CEO since 2009 and oversaw three business lines (conventions and meetings, sports and entertainment, special events).

O’Dell is due to start his role in April and will be based in DC and Philadelphia, reporting to OVG360 CEO Chris Granger.

O’Dell will oversee venue operations for more than 230 properties that OVG owns and/or operates globally

Elsewhere, Lucas Watson, a seasoned executive with over 25 years of global experience accelerating growth and building brands, will join the MSG Sphere as president, effective 28 March.

In the new position, Watson will lead the strategy and execution of all business aspects of MSG Sphere and the company’s planned state-of-the-art venues.

The first MSG Sphere venue, MSG Sphere at The Venetian, is currently under construction in Las Vegas and is scheduled to open in the second half of calendar 2023.

Watson will oversee the global development of the MSG Sphere brand, including selectively extending the MSG Sphere network to other markets.

He will be based in Burbank, CA and report to James Dolan, executive chairman and chief executive officer, MSG Entertainment.

Watson most recently served as SVP commercial operations at Cruise, where he was responsible for leading the development of the commercial strategy and go-to-market operations plan for the self-driving car technology company.

 


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BTS announce four-night Las Vegas residency

K-pop juggernauts BTS have announced a four-night residency at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, US.

The boyband will bring their Permission To Dance On Stage concert to the 65,000-capacity stadium on 8, 9, 15 and 16 April.

All four dates will be broadcast live at the nearby MGM Grand Garden Arena, in what’s being dubbed a ‘live play’ event. The final day of their residency will also be streamed online worldwide.

The Las Vegas concerts will come four months after the group’s last US dates at the SoFi Stadium (cap. 70,000) on 27 and 28 November, and 1 and 2 December 2021.

The four-night residency attracted approximately 813,000 people across the four sold-out shows, becoming the biggest single venue concert engagement by any act in almost a decade.

According to Billboard, the Los Angeles leg of their Permission To Dance On Stage concert series sold 214,000 tickets and grossed US$33.3million.

All four dates will be broadcast live at the nearby MGM Grand Garden Arena, in what’s being dubbed a ‘live play’ event

News of BTS’s Las Vegas residency comes after the boyband announced a three-night run at Seoul’s Olympic Stadium (cap. 70,000) on 10, 12 and 13 March.

The ministry for culture has permitted the group to invite 15,000 people per night to Permission To Dance On Stage – Seoul’.

Elsewhere, the boyband’s agency Hybe (formerly Big Hit Entertainment) today announced a 30.8% increase in operating profits in the last year, despite the pandemic.

It almost tripled its revenue from content, such as games and digital comics featuring BTS.

Its takings from merchandise also grew, and that from advertisements, artist appearances and their management more than doubled.

However, concerts have seen a slow recovery with Hybe’s earnings from performances under a quarter of what they were in 2019.

The company operates as a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management and concert production company, and as a music publishing house.

 


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