James Taylor, Smokey, Billy Idol: Vegas Residencies

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A trio of popular music’s biggest names have announced 2019 residencies, separately, in Las Vegas. More artists are finding the tourist destination a way to let the fans come to them.

James Taylor will do a 12-show run with his All-Star Band at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Smokey Robinson is doing four shows in as many nights at the Wynn Las Vegas. Billy Idol is doing a 10-show residency at the Palms Casino Resort, with dates in January and October. Classic rock band ZZ Top also play Vegas this winter. (See all of the dates and ticket info below.)

Aerosmith also announced a big residency, Deuces Are Wild, in spring and summer 2019.

Robinson’s song, “Shop Around,” which he recorded with the Miracles, became Motown’s first #1 hit on the R&B singles chart. In the years following, he continued to pen hits for the group including “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “More Love,” “Tears of a Clown” (co-written with Stevie Wonder), and “I Second That Emotion.”

Robinson also wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats including The Temptations, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye and others. “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “You Beat Me to the Punch,” “Don’t Mess with Bill,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” and “My Guy” are just a few of his songwriting triumphs during those years.

He has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, and Kennedy Center Honors. He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

Related: Our review of Idol’s memoir, Dancing with Myself

ZZ Top, Venetian Theatre at the Venetian Las Vegas (Tickets are available here and here)

Jan 18-19, 23, 25-26, 30
Feb 01-01

Billy Idol, Pearl Theater, Palms Casino Resort (Tickets are available here and here)

Jan 18-19, 23, 25-26
Oct 4-5, 9, 11-12

Smokey Robinson, Wynn Las Vegas (Tickets are available here and here)

Feb 27-28
Mar 01-02

James Taylor & His All-Star Band, The Colosseum, Caesars Palace (Tickets are available here and here)

Apr 17, 19-20, 24, 26-27
May 1, 3-4, 8, 10-11

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