Among the performers you can see in Las Vegas next year: Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, and a murderous fleet of robots fighting to the death.
Discovery's BattleBots TV show is getting a live theatrical version. In case you're unfamiliar, the reality competition features teams pitting weaponized, remote-controlled creations against each other in displays of explosive mayhem that's still not anywhere near as vicious as what Twitter bots are capable of.
Appearing exclusively in Vegas and developed by the same people behind the TV series, BattleBots: Destruct-A-Thon will become a permanent fixture at Caesars Entertainment Studios, located just off the Strip at 4165 Koval Lane.
After the premiere on Friday, February 3, 2023, shows will take place every Thursday through Sunday.
In a press release, the BattleBots team promises audiences all the drama and destruction of the TV version in an intense, fast-moving 80-minute theatrical experience.
"It’s going to be the most violent show in Las Vegas where nobody ever gets hurt," says BattleBots CEO Trey Roski in a statement.
(Courtesy BattleBots, Inc.)
Many fan-favorite robots, with fearsome names such as Kraken, Lock-Jaw, Hypershock, and Whiplash, will enter the BattleBox Arena, along with all-new contenders built especially for the live show.
Existing "robot combat teams" will face off, with rookie challengers occasionally entering the fray.
The matchups will not be scripted with preordained outcomes, according to BattleBots cofounder Greg Munson. Instead, each performance will be fresh. Can Katy Perry say the same?
“Although this is a show designed for a great Las Vegas theater experience, this is not a preplanned, rehearsed event,” Munson says in the press release. “All the fights will be real, and no one, not even the drivers, will know what’s going to happen each night. It will be full of shocks, surprises, and carnage.”
Since combatants often leave a match damaged at best and on fire at worst, "we are constructing a large robot repair workshop in Vegas," executive producer Tom Gutteridge told Frommer's in an email. In order to ensure popular bots can make repeat appearances, technicians will stay busy repairing the mechanical warriors between shows.
There will be multiples of certain designs, Gutteridge says, "but it will still be a challenging repair operation."
Admission for BattleBots: Destruct-A-Thon starts at $49 per person. Tickets for the first six months of the run go on sale Monday, November 14. Go to BattleBots.com for more information.