If you were not one of the 40,000 or so raving fans fortunate enough to watch U2 perform at Sam Boyd stadium on Saturday or you weren’t lucky or fast enough to get tickets for one of Garth Brooks first 20 shows, then you, sadly, were not part of the Economic Revival of lethargic Las Vegas.
U2 not only sold out, but it created the biggest revenue blip ever in the history of Sam Boyd stadium.
On Saturday tickets for Garth Brooks’ first 20 shows at the Wynn Las Vegas resort sold out in less than five hours. The resort said it reached maximum capacity for callers at 141,934, with many just getting busy signals for their effort.
Officials also say the ticket Brooks’ Web site had more than 5.4 million page views with 40,000 waiting to buy tickets online at one point.
Brooks announced a five-year deal with casino owner Steve Wynn last week that includes 15 weeks of shows a year in the Encore Theater, which seats about 1,500. Tickets were $125 plus fees. Feel free to do the math.
Brooks, the best-selling solo act in history, plays Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of select weeks beginning Dec. 11.
Las Vegas Backstage Access says to keep the momentum going- it’s great as a start for reviving entertainment fervor and revenues in Las Vegas!
If you haven’t got tickets yet, just forgedaboutit. In a few hours from now more than 40,000 people are expected to jam Sam Boyd Stadium for their 360 Tour until it probably bursts wide open, surely setting a record for the largest concert ever held at the venue.
It took 135 trucks to haul in the 500,000-plus pounds of equipment used to construct the foreboding claw-like structure that will surround the band. The massive stage will stand more than 150 feet tall. And, if that’s not enough, they’ll show off a new cylindrical video display of connected LED panels held high by a 150-foot steel frame.
Compared to their November 2001 show during their Elevation Tour, only 18,000 people came. But that was a memorabable event nonetheless, as No Doubt opened for them and rocked out for 30 minute. Not to be outdone, freelance photographer Denise Truscello, who still photographs in Las Vegas, got an impromptu makeout session with Bono when he ducked his head into the photographers’ pit.
But what everyone remembered was not Truscello, but when the glowing LED screen behind the stage rolled with the name of every person killed in the attacks of Sept. 11 as Bono sang out “One.” A band capable of evoking any emotions onstage reduced 18,000 fans to tears.
U2 always does something unpredictable when they perform in Las Vegas during their 16-city U.S. tour.
The U2’s “U2360” tour, scheduled only for large stadium settings around the world, will include an October 23 stop at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The announcement coincided with word that U2 had scored its seventh No. 1 album on the U.S. pop album chart.
But even the hugely popular Irish rock group is taking a hit during the recession. “No Line on the Horizon” sold only 484,000 copies during the week ending March 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s well down from the band’s best opening of 840,000 in 2004 with their “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” album.