The Palms is not messing around.
Already riding a wave of good buzz as it undergoes a $620 million makeover, the iconic Las Vegas resort served notice Monday that its comeback is legit, announcing Blink-182 as resident headliners in its newly remodeled Pearl Concert Theater.
The 16-show residency, first reported by the New York Post, is dubbed Kings of the Weekend and kicks off May 26 with Blink’s current lineup of Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Matt Skiba. The Life is Beautiful alums will play two shows Memorial Day weekend, six in June, two in October and the final six in November.
In an announcement video, the pop-punk trio are shown taking sledgehammers and axes to sections of the hotel, leaving their personal stamp on the renovations.
“This whole place is gonna need some upgrades,” Hoppus says. “We need to make sure that every department is up to Blink-182 code.”
Blink doesn’t fit the definition of “nostalgia act”—their most recent album, California, dropped in 2016—but Palms is likely betting on fan favorites such as “Dammit” and “All the Small Things” to draw audiences to the residency.
The resort is also teasing the possibility of additional resident acts, calling Blink “one of the resort’s first major entertainment collaborations” as part of its ongoing renovations.
While the announcement is not a direct challenge to rivals, it positions Pearl Concert Theater as a player in Las Vegas’ residency wars, which includes Hard Rock’s The Joint, Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater (formerly The AXIS) and Park Theater at Monte Carlo (soon to be Park MGM).
At the same time, the residency adds another layer to Palms’ comeback story, which began with its 2016 sale to Station Casinos for $312.5 million. The company has for months been pouring money into every area of the resort, upgrading the casino floor, debuting a new culinary lineup and most recently replacing its famed outdoor marquee with all-digital signage.
A revamped cocktail program is also set to debut at Palms’ APEX Social Club and Camden Cocktail lounge, in the venues formerly known as Ghostbar and The Lounge, respectively.