This week’s announcement that Bruno Mars will be the first headliner at the Cosmopolitan’s new music venue, the Chelsea (opening night: December 29), got us thinking: Who was onstage the night some of Las Vegas’ other live-music rooms launched? Click through and see ...
Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts
When: July 2, 1976
Who: Neil Diamond
How cool/weird would it be for the voice behind “Sweet Caroline” to be back onstage the night Britney Spears relaunches the place (now PH Live)?
MGM Grand Garden Arena
When: December 31, 1993
Who: Barbra Streisand
A big night in Vegas was big for Babs, too, marking her first public performance in more than 20 years.
The Joint (old room)
When: March 10 & 11, 1995
Who: Assorted acts, including The Eagles, Iggy Pop, Weezer, Sheryl Crow, Al Green, Duran Duran, Billy Idol and Bo Diddley.
Reportedly, Jack Nicholson, Salt N Pepa and Corbin Bernson were among the celebrities in attendance. No word on whether they sat at the same table.
House of Blues
When: March 2, 1999
Who: Bob Dylan
Bono joined him for “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” during the encore.
Mandalay Bay Events Center
When: April 10, 1999
Who: Luciano Pavarotti
The opera star returned to the same arena one year later with Three Tenors mates Plácido Domingo and José Carreras.
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
When: March 23, 2003
Who: Celine Dion
The don’t call it the house that Celine built for nothin’.
When: March 17, 2007
Trivia time: Which band was original scheduled to open the Pearl before postponing the show until later that year? (Answer below)
The Joint (new room)
When: April 17, 2009
Who: The Killers
Paul McCartney (April 19) and Avenged Sevenfold (April 18) helped usher in the iconic room’s second phase.
Hard Rock Live
When: October 15, 2009
Who: Chris Cornell
Also, guitars were smashed to mark the occasion at the Strip’s Hard Rock Cafe, by the likes of Holly Madison and ’N Sync’s Chris Kirkpatrick.
Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool
When: December 15, 2010
Who: Brandon Flowers
He’s opened two venues, played Vegoose and will perform at the inaugural Life Is Beautiful Festival next month. You’d almost think he was from Las Vegas or something.
The Smith Center
When: March 10, 2012
Who: Willie Nelson, Carol King, Jennifer Hudson, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples and more for an all-star gala hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
Country singer Randy Travis technically played the stage first—for a pair of private concerts open only to construction workers who helped build the performing arts center.