One of the best things about visiting Las Vegas is the insane amount of talent all clustered in one little strip of land, where they continue to thrill visitors with showstopping performances each and every night. From Céline Dion to Britney Spears to Lady Gaga, the current pool of talent lighting up Las Vegas is immense. That pool just got a little deeper thanks to an announcement on Tuesday that Gwen Stefani will be heading to Sin City for her own residency beginning in June 2018.
Rolling Stone reports that Stefani's show, currently titled Gwen Stefani — Just a Girl, will be custom-made for Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood. The space seats 7,000 people and has 60 ultra-high-def projectors and LED walls. It’s a space that been tested by previous major celebrity residencies before too. Jennifer Lopez and the Backstreet Boys are performing there now and Pitbull will reportedly join them later this month.
No doubt (see what I did there?) Stefani, who seems to be born to create, also relishes the idea of having the unique challenge provided by a residency. “To be able to do a show in Vegas is such an incredible honor. Growing up in Anaheim, Calif., I could never have imagined one day having my own Vegas residency. I have been so fortunate to tour throughout my career, but to create a show for Vegas is something I've never experienced and I can't wait," she said in a statement alongside the residency announcement news.
As Stefani’s three kids grow older — right now they’re 4, 9 and 11 years old — it makes sense that she might want to spend more time with them. A residency, which keeps her in one place and close to both her home in Los Angeles and boyfriend Blake Shelton's home in Oklahoma, seems like the perfect solution. A source close to Stefani told E! News, “This is about spending more time with her kids. She doesn’t want to go back out on a big tour again and be away from her kids for six months at a time. There’s flexibility that comes with doing a residency. She’ll be able to come in and out of Las Vegas for a couple weeks at a time throughout the year and she’ll never be too far from home.”
...or too far from her sweetheart. The couple, who have been dating since November 2016, are the kind of adorable that could make you sick if it weren’t so perfect. She’s been visiting his Oklahoma ranch with her sons, and recently, Shelton called her “an adopted Okie,” also adding, “I love you, pretty girl.”
Now that her Las Vegas residency has been announced, Stefani's schedule will be shifting around to make accommodations for this show and any other performing or TV duties. Stefani will take a few breaks during her residency, with announced performances at the end of June and throughout July. She'll then take some time off until December after the Christmas holidays and will return in February 2019 and go through mid-March.
Stefani was rumored to be working on new music when she left The Voice after Season 12, and now we know she may have been working on these plans as well. She’s never been one to just take time off and play. During her last reunion with her band, No Doubt, she was working on both a solo album and a group album, and while on break from The Voice, she released two new albums in 2016 and 2017. After leaving The Voice, she also produced an animated series for Nickelodeon based on the Harajuku girls.
Tickets for Stefani’s new show will go on sale April 13 to the public. Some presales for American Express cardholders and Caesars Entertainment Total Rewards members will start on April 10. All shows will start at 9 p.m. with seat prices starting at $59. This should be a residency to remember!
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