U2 should open the MSG Sphere and perform a multi-show engagement. That’s according to the original Billboard report, citing multiple sources.
The Madison Square Garden Entertainment spokeswoman said Saturday morning, “We have no announcements to share at this time regarding the opening of MSG Sphere.”
The MSG Sphere is built by Madison Square Garden Entertainment, led by Chairman James Dolan.
U2 have played frequently in Las Vegas, including Sam Boyd Stadium, the Thomas & Mack Center and the MGM Grand Garden. Their final Vegas shows were at T-Mobile Arena on May 11 and 12, 2018.
The U2 shows would be the first dates of the technically advanced musical and theatrical production being built just behind The Venetian and Palazzo off Sands Avenue and the Strip. The opening of the site is scheduled for the end of 2023, at a cost of 1.8 billion dollars.
U2’s production would be presented as a residency, spread over several months and on non-consecutive days.
U2 are the second highest-grossing band of all time, behind The Rolling Stones, with $2.22 billion earned and 28.3 million tickets sold. Among active rock bands, U2 is the oldest band with its original lineup and no changes. The band formed in 1976.
The sphere is configured to accommodate 17,500 people, increasing to around 19,000 when the standing position is opened. A 160,000 square foot display plan, which wraps around stadium-style seating, is among its breakthrough technological features. The high definition screen will have a resolution 82 times better than today’s television screens.
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Aquarius, a 1960s cover band that opened for The Beach Boys and Toto, among others, is back at Rhythm & Riffs in Mandalay Bay from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday. The group samples Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane and others. No cover. The dance floor, or in this case the spin zone, is open.
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