Why Musicians Love Vegas Residencies

Credit Celine Dion, the 'Hollywood Reporter' says

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 3, 2013 12:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – It used to be kind of sad when you heard a rock star was going to take up a recurring gig in Las Vegas, but now younger artists like Deadmau5 and Britney Spears are showing up there, and no one seems embarrassed for them. What happened? As the Hollywood Reporter explains, you can thank Celine Dion. Her A New Day residency at Caesars spruced up the typical Vegas gig—rather than a lounge act, it involved special effects like smoke and fire—and other entertainers, including Elton John, followed suit. (Though Spears is said to be upset with the small size of her Planet Hollywood stage, and not sure where the pyrotechnics will be, according to the New York Daily News.) At the same time, the median age for Vegas tourists dropped from 49 to 45, making Sin City an appealing place for artists who are popular with a younger set.

But perhaps the biggest draw for musicians is the fact that their biggest tour expense—transportation—is cut way down. "You can do bigger things by not having to tear [the set] down every night, drive 300 miles and build it back up," says Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil; the band is currently doing its second residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. "On the last run, it was basically a circus—we had little people, flying people ... a cast of, like, 50 performers. You can't take that many people around. It's not cost effective." Speaking of Dion, she recently gave Spears some advice for her Vegas gigs. Spears should "find a balance between the artist that she is and the mother," Dion tells ET Canada. "Try to find an emotional balance and cope with those two and be the best of both worlds."

Britney Spears performs in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sept. 27, 2011.
Britney Spears performs in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sept. 27, 2011.   (AP Photo/Leonid Naidiouk)
In this 2011 file photo, Britney Spears performs during a concert in Moscow.
In this 2011 file photo, Britney Spears performs during a concert in Moscow.   (AP Photo, file)
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