John Mellencamp announces shows on the Las Vegas Strip in 2023

It seems like yesterday, even though it was Friday, I mentioned to a friend that I once saw John Mellencamp perform at the Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts.

Always one of my favorite shows at this venue, or anywhere in Las Vegas. He wore jeans, a cheap T-shirt and rocked the house.

Coincidentally, Mellencamp is set to make headlines on the Strip again.

It makes its Encore Theater debut on March 24 and 25 at the Wynn Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on October 7 at

Mellencamp is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Halls of Fame and has received the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation Champion Award, Woody Guthrie Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. His latest prestigious honor is the Founders Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers.

Encore Theater is presented by AEG Presents, sponsored by Turner Classic Movies. Mellencamp has never partnered with an outside company on any of his tours. Either way, we’re expecting ‘Pink Houses’, ‘Lonely Ol’ Night’, ‘Paper in Fire’ and ‘Authority Song’ in a long-awaited doubleheader.

A high experience

We had the chance to hang out with David Blain this week at Resorts World’s Crossroads Kitchen restaurant. As he previewed his scheduled Friday and Saturday shows, Blaine swallowed a handful of nails and chewed on a glass of wine.

Odd. But hey, the place is vegan.

I actually want to visit Home Depot with Blaine, as he walks down the aisles gobbling up inventory. “Ignore my friend, he’s just snacking.” »

But Blaine saves the big stuff for his production at the Theater at Resorts World. Without revealing the Big Reveal too much, in one act it will be in the air. So it won’t be. He will be submerged in water, for what seems like a long time, and in a way that you can wave to him.

And know that Blaine’s show is for the whole family, and you will be part of the events.

Blaine returns on October 28 and 29, then December 16 and 17. Although it has not been officially announced, he has made it known that he plans to perform at Resorts World through 2023 and 2024. He does not plan to perform past the age of 52 ( Blaine is 49 now), because that’s how old Houdini was when he died.

Blaine has of course been offered all sorts of residency opportunities in Las Vegas, home to over 20 headline magicians/illusionists/mentalists. But it was the architecture of the Theater that finally convinced him to commit. You will understand better by seeing the show. He really works the piece, top to bottom.

S&R team meets

Former members of the Siegfried & Roy production team reunited Sunday at the Healing Garden in downtown Las Vegas. S&R had donated the Tree of Life oak to the park, which is a memento of victims of the October 1 shooting. Bette Gaines-Snyder emceed, with a lift of Sandra Shulman, both former dancers who made careers as executives of MGM Resorts International.

Machinist Samantha Sage, Floyd “Sweets” Harrison of the King Charles Dance Troupe, line captain and dancer Angelo Moio and show general manager Todd Dougall were among the 60-something S&R team. Those gathered were part of a show that entertained more than 25 million fans from Vegas to Paris, from Japan to New York.

Sage had been with S&R since 1980, when the duo were specialist performers at the ‘Lido de Paris’ at Stardust.

“It was like, ‘Page the curtain for the elephant!’ And then a cat would be rolled on stage,” Sage said into the microphone. “Oh, my stars.” She was part of the production that toured Tokyo and Osaka.

“I really wanted to observe what Roy was doing, how did he make the magic happen?” Sage said. “And I learned that he looks into the eyes and sees the soul of an animal, a sacred being.”

The S&R family still believes in it. They hung together to watch the sunset. Unless there was an effort at the Mirage to officially honor the duo (and there wasn’t), this might have been Siegfried & Roy’s final salute.

No buffet before 11 p.m.

jimmy buffet ended performing in 2022, a decision that wipes out two upcoming shows at the MGM Grand Garden.

Health issues prompted Buffett to move his performances from October 8 and 15 in Las Vegas to March 4 and 11.

Buffett’s team posted on social media: “Due to health issues and a brief hospitalization, Jimmy will be required to refrain from touring for the remainder of the year. On doctor’s orders, he is to take this time to recuperate and heal. Jimmy is looking forward to returning to the stage next year.

Buffett’s statement further advises that tickets for the MGM Grand shows will be honored for the new dates. Fans have 30 days to request a point-of-sale refund.

The MGM shows were two of three that will be rescheduled. His performance at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego has been moved to a date yet to be announced. Shows at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on October 10 and Ford Idaho Center in Nampa have been canceled with no return date.

cool hang alert

Lounge icon and favorite column Ronnie Rose is back at the Stirling Club at 8 p.m. Thursday (doors 7 p.m.). Rose can do it all, having won numerous Entertainer of the Year awards over the past five decades. In fact, I met him at the Stirling Club about 15 years ago. Fan forever. It’s $25 for members, $35 for non-members; go to for information.

John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at Contact him at [email protected] Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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