Residency Roundup: Lionel Richie Extends ‘Back to Las Vegas’ At Encore Theater

Tickets to the new run of 2022 Lionel Richie shows are set to go on sale November 5

When you’re dancing on the ceiling, you never want to get down.

Lionel Richie has extended his “Back to Las Vegas” residency at Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theater, adding 12 shows spread over the first four months of 2022. The extension comes as the singer settles back into the Las Vegas residency lifestyle – Richie had a lengthy run at Planet Hollywood from 2016 to 2018, leading to the release of his fourth live album, “Hello from Las Vegas,” in 2019.

That same year, Richie took the party to his new home at Encore Theater. Tickets to the new run of 2022 shows are set to go on sale November 5 at 10 a.m., and can be purchased via the Wynn Las Vegas website. 


Lionel Richie: Back to Las Vegas

2022 Dates: Jan. 26, 28-29; Feb. 2, 4-5; Mar. 30; Apr. 1-2, 6, 8-9; all shows at 8 p.m.  

Price: Starting at $69.95 plus feesVIP Packages: Available November 2 at

The Legacy

With more than 125 million albums sold worldwide, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, four Grammy Awards, the distinction of MusicCares Person of the Year in 2016, and Kennedy Center Honoree in 2017.  In March 2018, Lionel Richie put his handprints and footprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, one of the oldest honors in Hollywood. He recently received the Ivor Novello PRS for Music Special International Award. The Tuskegee, Alabama native is a true music icon. 

The Hitmaker

The chart-topping singles of Lionel Richie’s career include: 1976 “Just to Be Close to You” (R&B #1), 1977 “Easy” (R&B #1), 1978 “Three Times a Lady,” 1979 “Still,” 1980 “Lady,” 1981 “Endless Love,” 1982 “Truly,” 1983 “All Night Long (All Night),” 1984 “Hello,” 1985 “Say You, Say Me + We Are The World,” 1986 “Dancing on the Ceiling” (Radio & Records #1).

Photo Credit Patrick Gray

Award Worthy

Lionel Richie’s stack of Grammy Awards includes: Album of the Year (1984) – “Can’t Slow Down,” Best Male Pop Performance (1982) – “Truly,” Producer of the Year (1984), Song of the Year (1986) – “We Are The World.”

Sting Does His Thing, and Does It Well

Judging by what we’ve seen on Instagram Stories, the wait for Sting was worth it.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Hollywood Walk of Fame) inductee kicked off his “My Songs” residency at The Colosseum on October 29, treating fans to a setlist of his greatest hits. 

If you came for The Police, Sting didn’t let you down, as he kicked things off with “Roxanne” and “Message In a Bottle” and later sprinkled in “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” “Every Breath You Take,” and, of course, “Roxanne.” Sting also worked in tracks from his new album, “The Bridge,” which drops November 19.


Sting: My Songs

2021 Dates: November 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13

2022 Dates: June 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18

Price: Starting at $59 plus fees

Photo Credit Denise Truscello 

The Legacy

Throughout his career, Sting has sold 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist. The Police released five studio albums, earned six Grammy Awards and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. 

Award Worthy

Sting has received an additional 11 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, four Academy Award nominations, a Tony nomination, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year.

KISS Scraps Vegas Residency, Breaks Hearts

While we were celebrating the return of Sting on the Strip this weekend, word spread that KISS was canceling their highly anticipated residency at Zappos Theater, which had been scheduled to kick off December 29.

The band was shaken by the death of its longtime guitar tech Francis Stueber, who died of complications from COVID-19 on October 17. Both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have also tested positive for the disease and are recovering. 

On October 29, Rolling Stone published a scandalous account of the band’s most recent tour, alleging risky working conditions and lax COVID protocols. The band issued a statement to the magazine, insisting its safety protocols “exceeded federal, state, and local guidelines.”

We’ll cross our fingers that everyone comes out of this healthy and, hopefully, KISS will reschedule the residency someday down the road. 

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