Shania Announces Vegas Residency

Shania Twain announces her Las Vegas residency during a press event in Nashville. (L-R): Gary Selesner, Twain and John Meglen. Photo: Alan Mayor

Shania Twain will head to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for a two-year residency beginning December 1, 2012.

The superstar said she was “beyond excited” as she shared the news at a press conference today (6/8) at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. She appeared with Caesar’s Palace Pres. Gary Selesner and AEG Live/Concerts West Pres./co-CEO John Meglen. They announced that she will play 60 dates a year at the venue, confirming recent rumors about the engagement.

“I feel like I’ve climbed a giant mountain and I’m standing right on top with my arms wide open,” she exclaimed.

Reuniting with her fans seemed to be what Twain was genuinely most excited about, referring to performing for them as “one of my greatest pleasures.”

Planning of the show and stage production has yet to begin, but Twain said she will give “a whole new meaning for the old music.” She said she will let her creativity flow. “I’m going to go nuts! Anything is possible at Caesars.”

Photo: Alan Mayor

Twain addressed the recent medical issues with her singing voice, noting numerous appointments with specialists, including the team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She also spoke briefly about the personal challenges she experienced during her time away from the spotlight, calling the past year a “healing year.”

The start of the Vegas residency will coincide with an expansion opening of the resort casino, including a new hotel. Twain will be the Colosseum’s first resident headliner, joining fellow international superstars Celine Dion, Elton John, and Rod Stewart who have had extended runs there.

Twain didn’t directly answer whether or not she will move her family to Las Vegas. She only said she is in a very “artist-friendly” situation.

A pre-sale exclusively for American Express cardholders opens tonight during Twain’s appearance on the CMT Music Awards. She will be a presenter, and star alongside Taylor Swift in the Thelma & Louise inspired show opening.

This follows the news that Twain is releasing “Today Is Your Day,” her first new music in over six years. She will also be signing copies of her book From This Moment On, Friday, June 10 at the Bridgestone Arena during CMA Music Fest.

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