Exclusive Interview With Colosseum Headliner Shania Twain On Her One Year Anniversary in Las Vegas, New Album

Posted Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by in Caesars Palace, Celebrities, Las Vegas Entertainment. 24 Comments.

Las Vegas showstopper Shania Twain incorporates two different horses into "Shania: Still the One."

Las Vegas showstopper Shania Twain incorporates two different horses into “Shania: Still the One.” (Photo by Denise Truscello)

Dec. 1 will mark one year since Shania Twain debuted her resident concert at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and if you’ve missed out on the show so far, get tickets to her upcoming performances on select dates from Oct. 15-Dec. 14. The number one selling country female artist of all time has plenty to say as she reflects on the last year and looks ahead to making her first album since 2002’s “Up!”

The one year mark of “Shania: Still the One” is coming up on December 1. How does it feel now that you’ve got almost a full year completed, and does it feel different than you thought it would?
It’s great to look back on it now and it’s such a great feeling. I guess I feel relief that it succeeded. It’s always an anxious feeling putting yourself out there with such a huge commitment in front of you, and facing that, and getting through that, and landing on the other side of it which is where I am now. During the process, I was enjoying the creative outlet for sure. I really love developing ideas, and watching them play out. I think I could just do that for a living, with my job, just developing and creating ideas and then stepping out of it and not being the one in the spotlight. But the show is rewarding as well because people are happy, I’m enjoying the audience every night. The place I’m at out now is I’m enjoying the fruits of my labor to be honest. The people, their reaction, and my interaction with them, and not worrying anymore about whether it’s going to work or not.

You had several runs of Colosseum shows under your belt now. What has surprised you the most about the whole experience? 
The surprise probably more than anything has been how interactive I’ve been able to be with the audience because all of my past experience on tour—even though I’ve always wanted more contact with the people and more one-on-one interaction with them—it’s just been the size of the venue and the set up. The stage is so far from the people, you’re high up above, it’s just not practical to have as much personal contact with people. In this room, I’m able to indulge in that more than ever before so I’m surprised by how much I’m able to do that and how fun it is. I always had fun with it, but I’m having a blast getting to know the audience, talking to them, and hugging them. It’s just a really fulfilling, personally satisfying experience for me.

Your sister, Carrie Ann Brown, works in the show with you as a back-up singer. How has her being up there every night helped or comforted you in this whole process? 
She is a giant support for me personally. Having to take the personal me and whatever those issues are and were and will be in the future…we just all need family and friends. The fact that she is in the show is an ongoing support, so it’s not like she just was there and the show happened, and then she was gone. Having her there all the time as it’s happening is a big part of it. She is running the whole marathon with me, if you will, not just there for the training. That’s been amazing, It’s been a childhood dream. I always wanted her there with me and to have family and friends with me, and I was never able to manage that so this is really the first time this is happening for me in my life.

Shania Twain's sister, Carrie Ann Brown, sings in her Las Vegas show as a backup singer.

Shania and her sister, Carrie Ann, (right) and have been singing together since their childhood days in Canada. (Photo by Denise Truscello)

Since it’s been confirmed you’ve started work on your new album, I think fans are really curious about what kind of musical direction you’re going with next because so much has happened since “Up!.” What do you think will surprise people the most about this next disc? 
It’s hard to say, but I’m writing different. My song direction is different, just stylistically. I think it’s just because I’ve been spending so much time writing by myself, whereas before I was writing so much in partnership with Mutt that that influence was split, and mutual. Now I’ve been left alone in my own, stylistically, so I think that will be the biggest difference. I think the sound of the record will depend a lot on the producer, and that will be more where the outside influence comes in, in the production.

Is it going to be a 50/50 country and pop mix, or what music direction as far as the genre?
I do think there will be a contrast there for sure. That is already just who I am anyway. Even if I was producing it myself I would maintain a level of contrast. I think that’s why it has worked so well to make the records that I make. The rock and country is something I am attracted to so I think that wide, broad spectrum of contrast is going to remain. I don’t think I would ever make a straight rock album. It just wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t make that blend in there somewhere.

It sounds like it’s going to be 100 percent all you this time. Do you think it will be your most personal album yet?
I think so, yes, that would definitely be where my head is at. To really just talk in my songs and make it something meaningful for myself that I can appreciate it as a personal experience when I’m performing, probably more than ever before. I’d say that’s a good guess as far as the direction I am going to take it.

Can fans expect for a spring or summer release?
No release date in mind at all. I am really still in the stage where I’m accepting the fact that I’ve decided to make another record.

Would you consider extending your Colosseum residency after you fulfill the two-year mark?
It depends on what is going on with the new album. I’m at a stage in my life where I am really taking one thing at a time. Producing the whole show itself was a giant feat for me and now getting through the performance phase of it, being on stage again. The next step is making a record. I just haven’t thought that far ahead yet, I’m really more in the phase of the record.

See Twain perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on select nights Oct. 15-.Dec. 14.

Her greatest hits, including “From This Moment On,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” are all included in the 90-minute stage spectacular.

You’ve said before that touring your shows around the world is all you were doing for so many years, and you love the Vegas deal because it’s so stationary. Do you see yourself ever doing dates out on the road again or do you just like being in one place?
I have enjoyed being stationary. It is nice to be able to have a show of such high quality that you couldn’t take, technically, anything as sophisticated as that on a traveling show because it wouldn’t be practical. To have the sophistication we have in that room at The Colosseum, it’s hard to not love that aspect of it. I’m also liking the stability of it. As a mother I really enjoy not traveling around everywhere all the time, so that’s also been a real luxury. It’s too early for me to decide. I’m in the phase where I’ve already decided to make another album, and that’s as many decisions as I can make for myself at the moment.

What are you loving about your time spent in Las Vegas?
I am enjoying the diversity of the place. We love the restaurants, we love the variety of the shows and the amazing talent that’s there. It’s very inspiring. We get out of the city, there’s a great zipline out there and a lot of beautiful landscape to take in. The other line I’ve integrated myself in is charity because I opened a school program at Tom Williams Elementary for underprivileged kids, so there’s a lot of reward there and depth for me in Vegas. There’s a lot of variety and it’s not all based around what I’m doing with the show. It’s a pretty well-rounded experience for me when I’m in Vegas.



About The Author

A 14-year Las Vegas resident, Emma Trotter has worked in the media industry since 2006, with a focus on entertainment journalism and celebrity news. Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism & Media Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she has worked as a copywriter, editor, writer, reporter, blogger and produced several photo shoots for local lifestyle magazines. A true advocate of the city's diverse offerings and glitzy lifestyle, Emma has promoted Las Vegas extensively, whether writing about its top hidden gems, to exploring its rich, fascinating history or covering Las Vegas’s social scene and real estate, fashion, beauty, nightlife, dining and profiling the top influential executives.

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24 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    I see that this young ladies beauty and lovely voice can even put a horse into a trance!

  2. Nicole Bellamy

    i wish you were coming to AB

  3. Joana Marini

    This concerte is THE BESTEST EVER! I loved being therelast May and Cant wait to go again ;)

  4. Pauline

    Shania. You are one classy lady and a great performer. My daughter got me tickets to your show in Dec 2012 for my birthday and it was the best birthday ever. Please never give up and keep your spirits high because you are worth it girl!!!!!!

  5. George Cornejo

    Hi Shania! I’m an Asexual straight man, don’t have the perverted drives of
    the average person, I consider this a gift from God! I’ve loved and admirer you
    since 97, I was 33 when I started following you on my first PC, I’m 48 now! I
    can’t wait for your new music CD to be realized, I’ll listen to it forever and
    play it so loud it’ll be heard all the way to mars! Love you always! –
    George

  6. […] so much in partnership with Mutt that that influence was split, and mutual,” Shania tells Pulse of Vegas Blog. “Now I’ve been left alone in my own, stylistically, so I think that will be the biggest […]

  7. BengtVal Thulin

    As that I own Caesars License Company LLC you are here by
    permanently Banned from all my properties.

    As that I own AEG Live LLC (the Colosseum) you are
    here by permanently Banned from all my properties.

    And you know why Ei (Shania)

  8. Dahun

    You’re the one Shania! Beautiful in voice and person.

  9. Gary w/ g

    Hi kid. I would like to kick that mutt for you, Dec. 1 will be the 14th year of my liver transplant, I hope your come back will at lease last that long, most hep c liver transplant only have a survival rate of a few years. 98.7% are dead at 10 yrs. Again good kuck.

  10. Shari Johnson

    I’m thrilled your back in the United States! My husband and I are hoping to get tickets to your show for our 26 year anniversary (just had on Nov 7) & Christmas gift to each other. He’s still the one :)..We have always wanted to attend one of your concerts. We both love your music and love horses. Think your amazing and I’m happy to see your doing well. Good for you!! Trying to find a way to get tickets to one of your Dec 2013 shows. Hopefully, our dreams will come true soon.

  11. Clarence McGregor

    Still THE One!

  12. newsea25

    Still the most beautiful woman on the planet Earth!

  13. StevenBall

    Long before Justin Timberlake, Shania brought the sexy back. She is the best.

  14. jake snod

    Why did Shania’s hubby dump her? must be a bad lay. 4’11” of ice.

  15. Janet Felks

    YOUR SOOOO FUNNY !! TELL THEM TO TWITTER ME SO I CAN FIRE THEM,,,,,,,,ROFLMAO

  16. BengtVal Thulin

    Major contract dispute going on here folks. Get used to it.

  17. BengtVal Thulin

    Major contract dispute going on here folks. Get so you had better used to it. It is going to get a whole lot worse because Ei (Shania) will be going to Prison for Life for “Conspiracy Fraud” and “Conspiracy Larceny” as well as many other appropriate charges.

  18. BengtVal Thulin

    There is a Major contract dispute going on here folks. Get so you had better used
    to it. It is going to get a whole lot worse because Ei (Shania) will be
    going to Prison for Life for “Conspiracy Fraud” and “Conspiracy Larceny”
    as well as many other appropriate charges.

  19. Alan3008

    Get lost troll.

  20. Alan3008

    I seriously doubt you have two nickels to rub together, let alone own any property. Get lost, troll.

  21. Lightoening

    ..

  22. Marsha

    I’m almost 65 and had been stuck singing Carpenter Songs until I heard “Man, I Feel Like A Woman” on a car commercial, I was hooked. Shania, you are such a wonderful person and I wish you and your family the very best. I know your mom is looking down and beaming with pride.

  23. Shania:

    I have following you ever since your ewraly days singing country music. I took my wufe, now deceased, 10 years ago, in ecember, on a surprise trip just to see you in your show at Caesar’s. It was well worth the long trip. ( I even joined your fan club so I could order tickets prior to public offering) The following weeks I got a notice that you were going to be in a show in Raleigh, N C – 40 miles from home ! I just ordered tickets to the Sat, Dec 6th show at Caesar’s and talking my son for his 50th birthday.

    See you then !

  24. I have loved you and your music sense the first time I heard you sing . And still do.I listen to your music everyday . I even sing along even man I feel like a woman. ha ha And I think of myself as a manly man.I dress in western wear. yet your singing has brought me to tears on several occasions with the words and your voice I am absolutely in love with you for years. I don’t know how long you will be at Caesar’s but I hope to see you in concert soon that would the greatest moment in my life . I am 62 years old and just retired from Harrahs Cherokee Casino in Cherokee North Carolina Which is a Caesar’s property. Yours truly Jim Thompson.

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