The live shows have been the main reason millions of people venture to Las Vegas every year. Especially when it comes to enjoying live concerts, there is no better place to be.
Over the years, the entertainment capital of the world has proven true to its moniker, welcoming some of the most legendary musical artists to perform on its world-class stages. Here we take a trip down memory lane, recounting the best of the best iconic shows that will never be forgotten.
The Beatles (1964)
Las Vegas was one of the first American cities to have a live performance by the hit British band The Beatles. In the late summer of 1964, they played at the Convention Center Rotunda to a screaming and cheering crowd of thousands. Although it’s more than hard to imagine now, back then tickets for the ground floor cost just over $3.00.
Elton John (1971)
Elton John also graced the same venue in September 1971, singing his famous tunes to an audience full of loyal fans. The particularity of this concert was that it took place in the middle of the working week on a Wednesday evening.
The fact that the musician was still able to sell tickets for a performance that took place not a weekend was extremely symbolic for his career and the concert industry itself during this time.
Just two years after their band’s founding, iconic band Kiss came to Vegas for a highly anticipated performance at the Sahara Space Center, an extension of the famed Sahara Hotel and Casino on the northern end of the Strip. Although nowadays the casino industry has been largely digitized with virtual offerings and online gaming, at the time of this show, brick and mortar locations in Vegas were the hottest attractions imaginable.
Because Kiss played in a venue that was practically a casino site, fans traveled everywhere to rock their heads at the world’s best rock and roll and then had the convenience of playing their favorite table games just to the side. Not to mention that another famous group, Rush, opened the show to them and brought with them even more enthusiastic spectators.
Pearl jam (2000)
Just before Christmas 2000, Pearl Jam played a knockout show at the legendary MGM Grand Arena on the Strip. Performing some of their biggest hits like “Corduroy” and “Breakerfall,” and even covering some Pink Floyd songs, the band gave their audience an evening for the music history books.
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