Blake Shelton might be gearing up for his upcoming Back to the Honky Tonk Tour, but that isn’t stopping him from thinking about another exciting gig: a Las Vegas residency.
The “No Body” singer floated the idea of a potential Las Vegas residency during a recent interview (Jan. 19) with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Shelton contemplated the idea of his own residency after saying how “blown away” he was watching wife and fellow The Voice judge Gwen Stefani perform during hers.
Did Gwen Stefani Inspire Blake Shelton To Want To Have A Las Vegas Residency?
“I probably saw [Gwen’s Las Vegas residency] 12 or 13 times, up in the loft, and I was blown away every time,” Shelton said. When asked if an existing partnership with Caesars might prompt Shelton’s own Las Vegas residency or a collaborative one between him and wife, Stefani, he said it was “a stepping stone.”
“That’s probably a good way to put it, a stepping stone,” he shared. “I mean, it’s not until now that I’ve ever even thought, ‘Maybe I can do a Vegas residency.’ I don’t want to mislead you and say that something’s on the table, but it’s on the radar.”
“A lot of my friends are doing these things, and knowing the inside and outside of Gwen’s show, I’m thinking, if there’s a way that I could do it, I would have a blast. So I’m definitely starting to think about it now. I’ve had a lot of thoughts over my career that never became anything, but this makes all the sense in the world,” he explained.
Blake Shelton Recently Open A New Ole Red Location In Las Vegas
While Shelton may not be ready to do a Las Vegas residency, he does have another exciting project coming to Sin City.
Shelton will be bringing his live music bar, Ole Red to Vegas and opening a location on the Strip, according to the outlet. The four-story, 686-seat music club will go up on the corner of Flamingo Road and the Strip. The live music club will cover 27,000 square feet and feature a 4,500 square-foot rooftop platform as well as Southern cuisine and some hard liquor.
Shelton also plans to play pop-up performances at the location, which joins previous outposts in Florida, Tennessee (with locations in Nashville and in Gatlinburg), and the country singer’s native Oklahoma.
Shelton discussed the venture with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, telling the outlet that this kind of venture requires him to “go huge.”
“If you’re going to come to Vegas, you’re not going to have to just go big, you’ve got to go huge. And I feel like that’s what we’re doing with this location. We have the things that you would expect when you come to Las Vegas, we have the private suites where the high rollers or VIPs can be a part of the scene and the party. You can’t come here without including the elements of Vegas,” he said.
His dreams of a potential Las Vegas residency and new music club aside, Shelton is working on some other cool things.
Shelton has teamed up with The Voice host Carson Daly and professional wrestler, Nikki Bella on their new USA Network show, Barmageddon. The show, which features live music, bar games, and special appearances by other artists, is filmed at the Ole Red in downtown Nashville.
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Additionally, Shelton is also preparing to hit the road on his Back to the Honky Tonk Tour. The 18-date tour kicks off on Feb. 16 in Lincoln, Nebraska before wrapping on Mar. 25 in Buffalo, New York and features support from fellow country artists Carly Pearce and Jackson Dean.