“I was having too much fun. I just wanted to ride around the whole town,” Shania Twain said when she finally climbed down from the horse she rode in on. The black beauty was one of 40 horses corralled down Las Vegas Boulevard by nine wranglers for Twain’s official arrival ceremony on Nov. 14. Police officers, also on horseback, cordoned off the city’s main drag to kick off the country singer’s two-year residency Shania: Still the One at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Show director Raj Kapoor touts it as a spectacular 4-D journey through Twain’s life and career, promising music, fashion, visual experiences and never-before-seen surprises. Could one of those surprises be an equine appearance?
The 47-year-old five-time Grammy winner grew up dirt poor in northern Ontario (where she developed a love of horses), was orphaned young, then sang her way to becoming country’s best-selling female artist of all time. Once Twain’s career skyrocketed—she’s sold 75 million records—she bought several horses of her own, finding solace in their stables when the pressures of the music industry and fame became overwhelming. But just when she was on top of the world, her personal life came crashing down when her husband of 14 years, music producer Mutt Lang, had an affair with her best friend. To cope and heal, Twain put it all down in her 2011 memoir From This Moment On, an intimate look at the superstar’s life. Then she set out on a docu-series tour of healing, on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Why Not? With Shania Twain, wherein she revisited her childhood home and the death of her parents; met with grief counselors and vocal coaches; and found the courage to sing again. So, you’ve got to believe Twain when she says of her Vegas production, “It’s a very personalized show.” Twain’s opening night at Caesars marks her first live performance since her personal drama. “After many years of not seeing each other on the live stage,” she said to her fans looking on from the sidewalk on the Strip, “I look forward to the reunion.”
Can the Colosseum’s stage bear the weight of numerous horses? Since Twain said during her arrival ceremony that riding was her favorite thing to do, we’re hoping the answer is yes.