Las Vegas is considered the Entertainment Capital of the World. The city is known for its electrifying entertainment scene.
Over the years, it has hosted several concerts. Many notable artists have performed on its stage, and some of them have left an indelible mark on the city's history.
The live performance and concert plays a vital role in drawing millions of people each year to Las Vegas. Therefore, those performances are considered the driving force behind the city's popularity as an entertainment destination.
The Beatles (1964), Elvis Presley (1969), Grateful Dead (1969), Celine Dion (2003), Nirvana (1990), Circle Jerks (1995), etc., are some of the best concerts in Las Vegas.
Their performances are remembered by the fans for years to come.
The Beatles concert at Convention Centre Rotunda is frequently known as the loudest concert. Not because of the speaker's decibel level but because of the audience.
At that time, the ticket price for the concert was only $2.20. Promoters sold the tickets at an exorbitant price of $5.50 at that time, demonstrating the immense popularity of the Beatles' performance.
Held in a venue with a fire-coded capacity of 7500 people, the concert created a cheerful and unforgettable atmosphere.
The selected setlist for the Beatles concert at the Convention Centre Rotunda is listed below:
Twist and Shout
You Can't Do That
All My Loving
She Loves You
Things We Said Today
Roll Over Beethoven
Can't Buy Me Love
If I Fell
I Want to Hold Your Hand
A Hard Day's Night
Long Tall Sally
Elvis Presley - 1969
Inside a packed International Hotel showroom, Elvis delivered a thrilling performance that left 2000 fans, dignitaries, celebrities, and high rollers in wonder on July 31, 1969.
During a four-week span, between July 31 and August 28, Elvis graced the stage with his hit songs Jailhouse Rock and Hound Dog, which captivated the audience with his vibrant performance.
The concert became one of the most consequential and significant events of his career. Presley's talent and powerful stage presence played a vital role in shaping the appeal of present-day Las Vegas.
Elvis Presley Setlist
A setlist for the Elvis Presley concert at the International Hotel is given below:
Blue Suede Shoes
I've Got a Woman
All Shook Up
Love Me Tender
Baby What You Want Me to Do
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Grateful Dead - 1969
The Grateful Dead performed a concert at the Las Vegas Ice Palace on March 29, 1969. The performance shows the band's most exploratory and concentrated style.
It was the band's first visit to Vegas, where they played a show that has been widely circulated in recorded form among the band’s horde of tape-trading fans.
The Grateful Dead performed below songs at the Las Vegas Ice Palace:
Good Morning, School Girl
Doin' That Rag
Turn On Your Love Light
Celine Dion - 2003
Canadian singer Celine Dion performed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 25, 2003.
She is widely known as the most successful artist in Las Vegas since Elvis. Dion's Opening Night Live concert was hosted by Justin Timberlake.
The concert was unlike any other, as a Colosseum-style venue was built specifically to host her performance.
This event shows Dion's biggest hit track and they are listed below:
I've Got The World On A String
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
I Drove All Night
What a Wonderful World
Love Can Move Mountains
Nirvana - 1990
An American rock band, Nirvana, performed at Calamity Jayne’s in Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. The concert was held on August 16, 1990.
Vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic, and drummer Dale Crover were the artists at the event.
Kurt played his first and only Las Vegas show more than a year before the release of Nevermind and almost two months before Dave Grohl joined his band.
Following are the average setlists for Nirvana:
Floyd the Barber
About a Girl
Circle Jerks - 1995
The punk rock group Circle Jerks performed at the Huntridge Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 28, 1995.
The theatre roofs collapsed just an hour before their expected arrival. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries.
According to the lead singer, Keith Morris, as soon as they got to the venue, they were told that the roof had collapsed, which led to the cancellation of the show.
They did not have any other options left, so they set up their equipment in the parking lot and played for the 30 and 40 remaining people.
The band only performed a few songs because the venue collapsed but their planned setlist was as follows:
Beat Me Senseless
In Your Eyes
All Wound Up
I Wanna Destroy You
Back Against the Wall
Kiss - 1975
The iconic group Kiss performed at the Sahara Space Centre in 1975. It is a large venue at the famous Sahara Hotel and Casino, which is located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A Canadian rock band, Rush, served as the opening act, which brought more enthusiastic audience members to the concert.
This show played a vital role in accelerating Kiss's evolution as a band. It was a huge success, as all 4,500 seats were sold out.
No one had predicted that this band would do well in a venue like the Sahara Space Centre, at that time.
The following are some of the setlists performed by the band "Kiss."
Got to Choose
Hotter than Hell
She" Ace Frehley guitar solo
Nothin' to Lose
C'mon and Love Me
Prince - 1997
In the late 1990s, Prince captured the hearts of thousands in Las Vegas. His performance drew massive crowds of more than 13,000 fans at the MGM Grand.
His after-show party was scheduled for October 25, 1997, at Club Utopia, which starts at 3:20 a.m. The length of the show was seventy minutes, and the price of the tickets was $25.
He performed his most famous hit song as well as a funky impromptu at the show. Prince performed the following songs during his show at Club Utopia:
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin
I’ll Take You There
I Got The Feelin’
The Way You Do The Things You Do
Pearl Jam - 2000
The most legendary concert took place in the year 2000, leaving an indelible mark on both Las Vegas and Pearl Jam. This became a significant moment in music history.
The band kicked off their performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. They opened with Pink Floyd’s "Interstellar Overdrive, a cover of Elvis Presley’s "Can't Help Falling in Love," at the event and thrilled the audience with some of their biggest hits, "Corduroy" and "Breakerfall.
Therefore, this concert solidified the band's position as one of the best and most exceptional shows in history.
Pearl Jam performed a variety of songs during his concerts. Here are some of the setlists:
Nothing as It Seems
Given to Fly
Red Hot Chili Peppers - 2005
The American rock band Red Hot Chilli Peppers, along with Weezer and The Adolescents, performed in Las Vegas on July 2, 2005, at Silver Bowl Sports Complex.
For the centennial celebration, the City of Las Vegas distributed free tickets to the audience, offering music lovers the chance to enjoy their performance.
They delivered an unforgettable performance at the event and attracted a massive crowd of 50,000 people. This concert became a memorable event in music history.
Here are selected songs from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers' performance during their concert at the Silver Bowl Sports Complex.