After performing 48 shows since 2022 as part of his Luke Bryan: Vegas residency at the 5,000-capacity theater at Resorts World in Las Vegas, two-time CMA entertainer of the year winner Luke Bryan wrapped his Las Vegas residency on Jan. 6 by bringing a bit of the viva Las Vegas vibe to his show, covering a snippet of the 1970 Elvis Presley classic “The Wonder of You.”
While Bryan is known as a hitmaker and onstage hip-shaker — and his show was indeed filled with many of his 26 No. 1 Country Airplay hits — the country star’s rendition of the Presley classic reminded the audience that he possesses quite a bit of vocal dexterity, as well. Bryan doubled-down on the vocal vibrato as launched into a verse and chorus of the song, backed by piano.
Bryan shared the clip of his performance on Monday (Jan. 8), which happened to be the late King of Rock and Roll’s birthday.
“Listened to this over and over as a kid. Fun to do a small clip on my last night in vegas. Happy Birthday Elvis,” Bryan captioned his post.
The performance, of course, was a nod not only to Elvis’ music, but Presley’s own iconic seven-year Las Vegas residency, which started in 1969 at the International Hotel (which became the Las Vegas Hilton and later Westgate Las Vegas).
“It is unbelievable that we’ve reached the end of our two-year run at Resorts World Theatre,” Bryan also said in a statement about the conclusion of his residency. “Las Vegas has been a home away from home the last two years, and I am grateful to all the fans who have joined us night after night to experience this production. This has truly been an experience I’ll never forget.”
In November, Bryan returned to co-host the CMA Awards alongside Peyton Manning. He will launch 2024 by rejoining Katy Perry and Lionel Richie in February as celebrity judges for their seventh season on ABC’s American Idol, which returns Feb. 18.
Watch Luke Bryan cover Elvis below:
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