U2 are set to stage a multi-day residency in Las Vegas next year. According to Billboard, “U2 will be the first group to perform at the MSG Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas when the $1.8 billion arena opens next year.”
The report further noted that, “The performances will be the first dates of a multi-show residency by the band at the high-tech arena, which is being built by Madison Square Garden Entertainment chairman James Dolan near the Venetian off the Las Vegas Strip.”
Official dates for the residency have yet to be announced, though Billboard stated that shows would be “spread out over several months and be performed on non-consecutive days.” The band’s management declined to comment on possible residency plans.
The MSG Sphere at The Venetian will be the latest state-of-the-art mega-venue to grace Las Vegas. Officials have described it as “the next generation of live entertainment, offering fans a multi-sensory experience of sound and light inside the largest spherical structure ever created.” It’s no surprise that parent company Madison Square Garden Entertainment wanted an iconic act to christen the new Las Vegas arena, and U2 – who rank only behind the Rolling Stones on the list of highest-grossing touring bands of all time – certainly fit the bill.
The Irish quartet’s most recent live performance, the closing show for their The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour, took place on December 15, 2019 in Mumbai, India.
More recently, frontman Bono announced Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, an autobiography due out in November. Each chapter in the book will be named after a U2 song, while forty of Bono’s original drawings will also be featured.
Last week, meanwhile, it was announced that U2 – along with Gladys Knight, Amy Grant, George Clooney and Cuban-born composer, conductor, and educator Tania León – are the Kennedy Center Honors recipients for 2022.
The 45th edition of the prestigious awards, presented for lifetime artistic achievements, will be held on Sunday, December 4 on the Opera House stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on CBS at a later date as a two-hour prime-time special and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.