Live Events Are Back In Las Vegas — Bruno Mars, Garth Brooks, Dave Chappelle, Justin Bieber And More Sell Out

Eric Fuller
5 min readJul 25, 2021
Las Vegas is lit

Last weekend, July 9–10 marked the full tilt resumption of ticketed entertainment in Las Vegas. High demand events were everywhere, but tickets were gone. I was in town for the World Ticket Conference, where ticket markets, suppliers, and vendors were all stunned to see the degree to which demand had reappeared after a Covid-19 shutdown which had lasted nearly sixteen months.

Normally, this is a pretty well-connected group who knows how to get into an event. However, demand was so high that folks who run mega-million ticket dollar companies were scrambling to find any ticket for Chappelle, Garth, Bruno or even Cirque du Soleil. The town was full, and everyone wanted to be in one of the rooms where the party was going off.

Bruno Mars returned to the Park MGM theater with his full production show: lasers, fireworks, confetti, and a surprisingly tight production which emphasized the quality of his band, the ways in which they joined Bruno in alternately hyping the crowd, participating in the dancing or building the layers of sound behind Bruno who brought all of his many skills back to a public audience. This was a pop music concert with all the whistles and bells, and it was exactly what the audience had missed while sequestered at home during the pandemic. Bruno Mars was in top form, with multiple solo dancing sequences which were spotlight highlights of his show in addition to his journey through the deep playlist of hits he has created over the years.

Dave Chappelle and Joe Rogan played the MGM Grand Arena on both Thursday and Friday night. Here, more than 12,000 people showed up for a comedy show where tickets seemed to start at $250.00 and move quickly up from there. Both Bruno and Chappelle/Rogan used Yonder pouches to lock away fans’ telephones. I’ve seen that before at smaller shows, but 12,000 people is a lot of folks to try to get into or out of an arena and the added time to lock and unlock pouches adds uncertainty to the timeline. However, it was refreshing to see people inside the venues interacting, rather spiraling every deeper into whichever siren calls flowed there way from deep inside some rabbit hole on the internet. It was also a credit to talent as an event which was…

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Eric Fuller

Consultant to the entertainment industry. Author: Forbes.com. Fan of travel, food, theater & music. Teller of Dad jokes. Eric@FullerFacts.com @ericsfuller