What was Canadian country superstar Shania Twain most nervous about before launching her new show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas?
It wasn’t the fact she’d be singing in front of a sold-out crowd for her first performance in eight years—or that she’d be making her entrance on a flying motorcycle.
No. Her main concern was footwear. “How am I going to be able to run around in high-heel shoes again?” says Twain.
Along with her 13-piece band, Twain, 47, is the newest performer at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where she’s booked for a two-year run of Shania: Still the One.
Twain sat down with up! to discuss the show, her 2011 autobiography and her new music.
What are your must-dos in Vegas?
The thing I love most about Vegas is seeing shows. Every night, I’ll go to a different show. I’ve even seen some things twice. They’re just so incredible and so elaborate. If there’s anything new in town, I’m always anxious to go and see that.
Do you gamble?
No, I’m not a gambler. I don’t even know how to play blackjack, [but] I find the atmosphere of the casinos a lot of fun. I like The Strip a lot—the vibe is just interesting. People are there to have fun. The food is great and the shopping is great, so I think it’s a great place for entertainment of all kinds.
Do you have plans to tour when you’re not performing in Vegas?
No. I’m going to go back to the Bahamas [where she now lives] and carry on with life. I enjoy it. My son [Eja, 11] will want to be with his friends and get back to normalcy. We’ll enjoy tapping into the temporary performances in Vegas and then coming back to reality.
Have you considered doing a cover album?
I’d love to do a cover album with all my favourite songs. There’s just never time to do it. I always have a desire to work on my own writing and the final stage of that is recording it and it’s very satisfying to finish it. I’ve always put the cover album idea on hold, but I do believe it is something that I will do and it will be a completely self-indulgent experience.
After writing your autobiography, From This Moment On, is it easier to write songs?
No, I’m still an extremely private person. I was extreme in separating my professional and personal life to a degree that wasn’t healthy for me. I had to switch gears, dramatically. It’s a delicate balance because there are secrets that you never share and then there are secrets that you realize aren’t even secrets. I don’t feel that I can be my real self in the public eye anymore unless I can be more relaxed about the personal side of myself. Without doing that, I never would’ve been able to have gone back into the public eye after what happened with my divorce [from Robert “Mutt” Lange]. I think it’s more of a maturity than anything.