Shania Twain returns to Vegas 'with more mental and emotional space' to produce new show
By Jane Stevenson
June 17, 2019
Shania Twain is ready to say, “Let’s go (girls,)” again in Sin City.
The Canadian country crossover star announced Monday that she will begin her next Las Vegas residency — called Let’s Go! — at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater starting Dec. 6.
Tickets for 23 performances through to June 2020 go on sale Friday, June 21, and one dollar of every ticket sold goes towards Shania Kids Can.
Twain, of course, previously dipped her performance toe on the Vegas strip with the Still The One show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace that ran from 2012-2014 and was followed by the 2017 release of her Now album and 2018 Now tour.
“Every time over these years since I left to go on tour and make an album, I’m always asked, ‘Are you going to come back and do another show in Vegas?’” said Twain, 53, in a Canadian print exclusive with the Toronto Sun.
“So it never felt like they forgot about me. And it was such a really great impression on both (my and the city’s) parts. So I’m ready to do it again for sure.”
But the Still The One show came at a time when Twain was just getting her performing legs back after a long break when her singing voice was weakened by dysphonia and Lyme disease.
With Let’s Go!, Twain is ready to take control as the producer and director.
“I’m taking more responsibility with this show,” she said. “The Still The One show, I was really overcoming (some things). I threw myself into that on purpose to face my fear of going out live again and challenging my voice and my ability. I didn’t know what to expect from it. And that really went very well. And that’s really why I went on that world tour. I would have never leapt into that off the bat. So everything’s evolved and naturally fallen into place. Now, I think I’ve gotten more mental and emotional space to produce the show. I established a very good team on the tour as well so I had a head start on pulling that team together for this show.”
Not that Let’s Go! will have any similarities to the Now tour, said Twain.
And, sadly, unlike the Still The One show, there won’t be a horse on stage.
“One day, I’m going to have a horse again in a show!” said Twain.
“It will not be the Let’s Go! show. The Let’s Go! show is really about the party and the audience and the interaction, fashion, and letting your hair down. This is the ‘Let your hair down, shake it all out,’ show. But talking about horses. The beauty about being back in Las Vegas and being somewhere where I can stay for awhile, I’m bringing my horses to Las Vegas. So I’ll be riding my horses AFTER the show. Wishes is mine and my husband (Fred’s) horse is Harley.”
Meanwhile, her 17-year son Eja (with first husband-producer-songwriter “Mutt” Lange) is “super good,” she reports.
“He’s producing music. It’s what he loves.”
The Zappos Theater has previously hosted the likes of Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and the Backstreet Boys.
Twain was disappointed to have never caught JLo but got advice from some of the other artists.
“I love her,” said Twain of Lopez. “I wanted to see her. I’ll have to catch her somewhere else. She’s one of my favourite artists. I’m a very big fan. But I’ve seen everybody else. Gwen was great. She was sharing a lot about the sound and how she was adapting things in there being a very different room in a lot of ways, just talking a lot about the stage, about the room in general. The Backstreet Boys, we’ve talked a lot about that. They loved being there and they loved bringing their families.”
Twain said she is writing new music for a studio album and planning a Christmas album but doesn’t think either will be ready this year because of the new Vegas residency.
That doesn’t mean audiences at the Zappos Theater won’t hear new songs.
“It would be quite dream-like to be able to introduce songs that I’m going to record that I haven’t recorded yet, that would be fun to share with the audience I think,” said Twain. “And I will do a couple of new songs from the new album, for sure, from Now. (But) I will primarily do the classics because I want everybody to enjoy that nostalgia.”
In fact, this new show is centred “around the interaction with fans,” said Twain with a laugh.
“I’m reconfiguring the stage so it’ll be a stage in Zappos that no other artist has had. So I’m designing a dance floor on the stage so you can imagine what’s going to happen there.”
Sporty Shania speaks:
Shania Twain, who was in Toronto last Thursday for Game 6 of the NBA Finals which saw the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in Oakland and win their first-ever NBA championship, was excited about the way the whole country has embraced the Raps as their team.
“Woooo! Isn’t that great? I love it!” she said enthusiastically. “I mean, how awesome is that? I’m just so thrilled that this is happening. I’m quite sure that a Canadian (James Naismith) invented basketball so, of course, we need to have a star team.”
Twain was also thrilled to see the Canadian women’s soccer team dance and sing to her song Man! I Feel Like A Woman on the team bus in France as they compete in the Women’s World Cup.
“This is what I do music for — to inspire people, all kinds of people,” said Twain.
“When there’s a sports team, a female sports team, on top of it, that are using my music to build up their confidence, to prepare them for a big moment, it moves me. It’s touching, very touching.”
Twain, a well-known hockey lover, was also in Toronto the day after the St. Louis Blues won their first-ever Stanley Cup defeating the Boston Bruins, a game she watched.
She said she wasn’t surprised at their win.
“No — this is one of the staple teams of my youth,” she said. “I’ve actually watched quite a bit of the season. And don’t forget now that I’m spending more time in Las Vegas (at my new residency) and they’ve got a hockey (team with the Golden Knights) now (so I’ll get to see more.)”