Rocker Wolf Van Halen, son of legendary rocker Eddie Van Halen, is giving his followers a sneak peek of tonight’s Guns N’ Roses concert at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. His band, Mammoth WVH, will open for Guns N’ Roses.
“First rock show ever at @AllegiantStadm with @gunsnroses in Vegas tonight!! Let’s go!!” Van Halen tweeted Friday.
Wolf Van Halen to Perform With Guns N’ Roses at Allegiant Stadium
Friday’s concert will be Allegiant’s first rock show ever, KTNV reports. Moreover, it’s likely to bring snarled traffic to the area around the stadium.
Previous shows at Allegiant have featured EDM act Illenium and country superstar Garth Brooks, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
It’s a big night for the young rocker. He recently kicked off his tour with a show in San Jose, California. His band and Guns N’ Roses played their first concert together at SAP Center, which seats 19,190. Allegiant Stadium dwarfs that, however. So Wolf Van Halen – who has previously toured with his father’s band as a bassist – will now get a chance to play his own band’s original songs before epic crowds.
Allegiant Stadium’s Construction Was Costly
While Allegiant Stadium was completed by last summer, pandemic restrictions have limited attendance at sporting events, and musical acts are only just now beginning to go back on tour. The venue seats 65,000 and features cashless concession stands and retractable windows.
The stadium’s construction cost about $2 billion, according to Fox Business. It was partially funded by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, NBC reports. In a deal that drew criticism from some as a handout to a billionaire, $750 million of the total cost of the stadium came from public funding. Nevada state lawmakers raised hotel taxes by 0.88 percent to pay for it.
However, as the pandemic hindered tourism in Las Vegas, Clark County was forced to draw from its reserve fund to cover bond payments on Allegiant Stadium, per Channel 3. Insufficient hotel tax collection for 2020 pushed the county to draw about $11.6 million from its reserve fund for debt service.
Tourism in Las Vegas was down nearly 50% in October of 2020 compared to October of 2019. But by last month, tourism had recovered, with visitation numbers reaching their highest levels since the start of the pandemic.
So that can only bode well for Wolf Van Halen’s concert tonight, which will probably draw thousands of fans to the newly-constructed stadium.