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Everything To Know About John Legend's Las Vegas Residency
The EGOT-winner and Voice coach wanted to showcase "your favorite songs" during his Sin City tenure.
In 2022, The Voice Coach John Legend took on a new challenge for his extensive musical career: a Las Vegas residency. The EGOT winner certainly has enough of his own discography to fill multiple nights, and his dynamic, exciting 2022 show, "Love in Las Vegas," was a great showcase of all of his work.
Legend took to Instagram in December 2021 to announce the residency, promising fans that it would be "featuring your favorite songs from my entire career… full band... beautiful show...magical night."
Here's everything to know about the star's magical Vegas offerings.
How long was John Legend's Las Vegas residency?
The "Love in Las Vegas" residency lasted for 24 shows in total, spanning from April 2022 to October 2022.
The residency took place in the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Why did John Legend do a Vegas residency?
Beside having a broader discography than can fit into one specific concert tour, Legend wanted to enjoy what Vegas had to offer an artist. "I think Vegas is a fun canvas to paint on; there’s already so much tradition, so much allowance to go big, and kind of the expectation that you’ll go big," he told Billboard. "It’s kind of liberating; it makes you feel like you can do things you may not have done on a normal tour."
He was also inspired by other artists who had done successful residencies, like Usher and Gwen Stefani. "I loved seeing Gwen’s show, reminiscing through different looks and styles she’s gone through over the years," he said. "Part of what’s cool about a Vegas residency is that it’s a chance to look back and celebrate all the stories in your life that brought you where you are.
What new songs did John Legend perform in Vegas?
Much of the Vegas set included older hits from the famous artist, but it was certainly not limited to that.
The singer performed plenty of the solo piano songs from his latest album, "Legend," including the song "Nervous," which later gained over 6 million views on YouTube. The video offered a small glimpse into Legend's residency for fans who were unable to attend live.
What was John Legend's Vegas residency about?
The show was ultimately about Legend's career in general. "We wanted to tell my story — and a lot of that was about going back to my beginnings in church, where I learned to play music, music that influenced me," he told Billboard. "We also wanted to be sure it was retrospective on my entire career so far, so music from all of my albums."
Compiling years as a prolific musician into one single night is no easy feat, so the process of putting the residency together helped him narrow down what he should perform. "I think it starts from knowing who you are as an artist, basing it in who you are, the music you’ve created, your story and what makes you unique," he said.
Will John Legend do another Vegas residency?
Legend is currently appearing on The Voice Season 24 as a Coach, and has made appearances all around the world since his tenure, but does not have another Vegas residency on the lineup just yet. His upcoming shows include evenings of "songs at stories" in places like the Hollywood Bowl and New York City's Beacon Theater.
"It’s a great mid-career thing," Legend said of doing a Vegas residency. "You have enough of a repertoire to sustain a residency, but you’re definitely not retiring. There’s so much ahead of us. It’s a good time to look back and celebrate, but to show people what’s next as well."