In the realm of glitz and glamour that Las Vegas embodies, whispers have once again begun to swirl about the charismatic Harry Styles potentially taking up the mantle of the elusive residency at the MSG Sphere—a venue that promises as much spectacle as the stars it hosts. Our ears first perked up to such rumors back in the waning warmth of September and it seems, the embers of speculation have been fanned into flame once more.
The pop phenomenon and former One Direction heartthrob, poised and polished at 29, has reportedly been in the inner sanctums of Sphere executive discussions, following an impassioned four-hour tête-à-tête after being spotted basking in the aura of a U2 performance within the very walls of the Sphere. It’s there, amid the echo of anthems, that a staggering offer of $50 million is said to have been tabled for Styles to grace the stage for no fewer than ten shows—each promised to be an event of seismic indulgence.
Indeed, a hint of destiny may have been in the air that November night, a musical crossroads where Bono, U2’s legendary frontman, weaved a strand of Styles’ poignant “Sign of the Times”—a touchstone from 2017—into the tapestry of their own timeless “All I Want is You.” As eyewitnesses recounted, Styles’ presence in the audience, immortalized by the flash of cameras, added credence to the burgeoning rumors.
Styles recently capped off his “Love on Tour,” a triumph of an odyssey with 169 shows that spanned the globe, initiating in the September of 2021 and wrapping with the echoes of applause still resounding. U2, too, is on the cusp of completing their own residency at the Sphere, with final curtains drawn on February 18. As the venue stands, waiting for its next luminary, no other events have yet been etched into its calendar.
James Dolan, CEO of Sphere Entertainment, extended a welcoming hand to Styles in a statement to Fox News last October, “We love Harry and whenever Harry wants to come, we’re ready.” The eagerness resonates with the sentiments of fans and showgoers alike.
The Sphere’s potential lineup radiates with star power beyond Styles—with the electric presence of Beyonce also rumored for a $10 million production, following in the footsteps of U2. Lady Gaga, fresh from sharing the stage with U2, and Bon Jovi are among the echelon of artists yearning to celebrate their craft within the sphere’s embrace.
Meanwhile, another familiar face in legendary music circles, Ringo Starr, is set to return with his All-Starr Band to the Venetian, continuing a tradition that’s been a part of Vegas’ rich performance tableau for over three decades. The band, boasting a roster of virtuosos like Steve Lukather and Edgar Winter, has found harmony in a consistent lineup that has played together for years. Six nights are reserved for their performance, with dates stretching from late May into the start of June. The venerated Beatle, who lent his rhythmic genius to the surprise Beatles “reunion” single “Now and Then,” promises yet another series of unforgettable shows.
Bringing a fresh beat to the Strip will be the techno maestro, John Summit, heralding in the inaugural residency at the Fontainebleau’s nightclub, LIV. Summit, a fixture in the electronic music scene from Coachella to Lollapalooza, is set to ignite the venue starting mid-December, a pioneer in what is sure to become one of the hottest tickets in town. His previous engagements orchestrated by the Tao Group Hospitality remain a testament to his rising clout in the industry.
Vegas remains, as ever, a tapestry woven from the threads of legends and mavericks, a city perpetually at the dawn of its next grand spectacle.