U2 will open a Sin City arena by opening a Las Vegas residency, according to reports.
BillboardReportsBono and his band will be the main act at the $1.8 billion MGM Sphere’s opening next year at the Venetian resort. The residency’s dates have not yet been announced, but the shows will reportedly be non-consecutive and spread over the course of 2023.
MSG Entertainment, the company building the new venue hailed as the world’s largest spherical structure, and U2 did not confirm the residency to Billboard.
U2 hasn’t performed a U.S. show since July 2018, when the North American leg was completed. The last time the band performed together was in December 2019, when their Joshua Tree anniversary tour finished in Mumbai, India.
The MGM Sphere was originally planned to open in 2021. However, the Covid-19 pandemic delayed its opening until 2023. The venue, which stands 388 feet tall, will be able to hold between 17,500-20,000 people. It also boasts a state of the art audio and visual experience that includes 580,000 square feet worth of programmable LED panels. KSNV Reports.
Opening the MGM Sphere isn’t the only honor U2 will be receiving in the coming months: Earlier this week, the Kennedy Center announced that the Irish band would be among its 2022 honorees along with George Clooney, Gladys Knight, Amy Grant and composer Tania León.
Next year promises to be a busy year for the band as they also have a Netflix scripted series about U2’s history in the works in addition to working on a new album, their first since 2017’s Songs of Experience.