These are watershed years, as some of the pioneers of the modern pop and rock music era make what must surely be their final curtain calls. One thing is certain, when you have tens of millions in the bank, you’re under no obligation to keep working, and investment bankers or barristers will be long since retired. Rock stars, however, do what they love to do and there are plenty who were born in the early 1940s who are once again touring this year.
Among them is Van “The Man” Morrison. The Northern Irishman’s career spans an incredible eight decades, having started out played the pubs and clubs of Belfast as a teenager in 1958. Last year, Morrison sold out The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace over two three-night stops in February and October. He has just confirmed that he will be back for three more nights in Sin City this September, and tickets are certain to sell like hot cakes.
Three nights at Zappo’s
This year, Morrison will be playing at Zappo’s, one of the largest venues on the Las Vegas strip and the jewel in the Planet Hollywood Resort’s crown. He will be performing on September 6, 8 and 9, with shows scheduled to commence at 8PM.
If last year’s performances are anything to go by, fans can expect a memorable night from the man in the dark glasses and fedora, although be warned – he plays by his own rules and is not beyond a little gentle teasing. Last year’s Colosseum set list featured as many blues covers as hits of his own, and while crowd-pleasers like Gloria and Brown Eyed Girl were begrudgingly included, his monster hit Moondance was twice hinted at but remained unplayed.
Morrison turns 78 this year, and has more than earned the right to play what he pleases and what pleases him. For anyone who disagrees – well, there are no shortage of other entertainment options in Sin City.
What else is happening in Vegas?
We’ve all found a renewed appreciation for live entertainment since the unprecedented events of 2020 and the haunting images of a deserted Las Vegas strip. Internet connectivity came to the rescue then, and it was amazing to see just what could be achieved in terms of virtual gigs. They kept the music fans sane, just as live online casino games kept the Las Vegas gambling fans entertained – this article provides more information on the best live casino operators and how to get the most out of them. But for all their benefits, online casino games will never be a complete substitute for the casino floor at Wynn’s or The Bellagio, and likewise there is no substitute for a live gig at a Las Vegas theatre.
It’s as much of a thrill for the performers as the fans, and that’s why the biggest names keep coming back for more. Just a few of the others playing Vegas this year include Madonna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Usher, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and Garth Brooks.