Buzz around Life Is Beautiful has Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran joining Imagine Dragons this year


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Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” tour stop Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Fri, May 15, 2015 (1:09 p.m.)

As Rock in Rio USA sets its footing for Pop Weekend at MGM Resorts Festival Grounds, there is some percolation about the next major entertainment festival in Las Vegas.

We speak of the third Life Is Beautiful festival set for Sept. 25-27 in downtown Las Vegas. The latest buzz around the city’s entertainment scene is that Stevie Wonder and Duran Duran are to headline during this year’s festival.

This information can be welded to the previous reports that Imagine Dragons, too, are in this year’s LIB lineup. All of these acts have openings in their schedules that would allow them to appear at this year’s festival.

Nonetheless, the official announcement for this year’s talent at LIB is still in the offing. Founder Rehan Choudhry’s only comment about these reports, and of Imagine Dragons’ expected participation, is: “I can’t confirm anything yet, but our lineup of artists will be a beautiful thing.”

Wonder most recently appeared in Las Vegas in November at MGM Grand Garden Arena as part of a world tour during which he performed “Songs in the Key of Life” in its entirety. Duran Duran was last onstage in Las Vegas at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in September 2011.

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