Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders Open The Park

Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde perform at The Park,
Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde perform at The Park,

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MGM Resorts International celebrated the milestone grand opening of its newest live entertainment venue on the Las Vegas Strip — Park Theater at the Monte Carlo last Saturday night. The theater came to life with inaugural performances by singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks and rock group The Pretenders.

The Pretenders wow with rousing renditions of their most beloved songs including “I’ll Stand By You” and “Back On the Chain Gang.” Then, before taking the stage, Nicks was presented with an honorary key to the theater and commemorated the unveiling of the venue by autographing a backstage wall, starting a tradition for all Park Theater performers to come.

Receiving a huge ovation upon her entrance, Nicks greeted the sold-out crowd, welcoming guests to the new theater. Nicks’ performance featured a variety of hits from her multi-decade career, including “Edge of Seventeen” and “Wild Heart,” while showcasing the venue’s technology with visual graphics throughout her set. The opening night crowd was treated to a surprise duet performance of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Nicks and The Pretenders frontwoman, Chrissie Hynde.

The performance concluded with a powerful encore of “Landslide,” dedicated to MGM Resorts International executives Bill Hornbuckle and Richard Sturm for inviting Nicks to be a “part of history” as the first headliner to perform at Park Theater.

The premiere of Park Theater serves as the first step in the re-imagination of the Monte Carlo. The transformation, taking place over the next two years, will include two distinct hotel experiences — a Las Vegas version of Sydell Group’s NoMad Hotel and the launch of a new luxury hotel named Park MGM. Each will feature fully redesigned guest rooms and new food and beverage outlets, highlighted by Eataly, an Italian marketplace with cafes, to-go counters and full-service restaurants interspersed with high-quality products from sustainable Italian and local producers.