Gwen Stefani Q+A

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Gwen Stefani talks Las Vegas residency, favorite songs, Blake Shelton, fashion

“Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas” was the message for singer-songwriter and fashion designer Gwen Stefani, who was welcomed to the Las Vegas Strip by hundreds of fans Friday, April 13, when her residency, “Gwen Stefani: Just a Girl” at Zappos Theater, was officially announced outside Planet Hollywood.

Ain't No Hollaback Girl

Country singer-songwriter Blake Shelton was among the morning crowd. The couple, who have both served as mentors on NBC’s “The Voice,” began dating in 2015 after Shelton’s split from country singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert and Stefani’s divorce from Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.

Stefani joins Jennifer Lopez, The Backstreet Boys, Pitbull and Lionel Richie as headliners at Zappos Theater, and her grand opening night is Wednesday, June 27. Stefani, whose many hits as a solo artist include “Hollaback Girl,” “Wind It Up,” “The Sweet Escape” and “Cool,” answered questions from TheModern.news:

Ain't No Hollaback Girl

Country singer-songwriter Blake Shelton was among the morning crowd. The couple, who have both served as mentors on NBC’s “The Voice,” began dating in 2015 after Shelton’s split from country singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert and Stefani’s divorce from Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.

Stefani joins Jennifer Lopez, The Backstreet Boys, Pitbull and Lionel Richie as headliners at Zappos Theater, and her grand opening night is Wednesday, June 27. Stefani, whose many hits as a solo artist include “Hollaback Girl,” “Wind It Up,” “The Sweet Escape” and “Cool,” answered questions from TheModern.news:

Ain't No Hollaback Girl

Country singer-songwriter Blake Shelton was among the morning crowd. The couple, who have both served as mentors on NBC’s “The Voice,” began dating in 2015 after Shelton’s split from country singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert and Stefani’s divorce from Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.

Stefani joins Jennifer Lopez, The Backstreet Boys, Pitbull and Lionel Richie as headliners at Zappos Theater, and her grand opening night is Wednesday, June 27. Stefani, whose many hits as a solo artist include “Hollaback Girl,” “Wind It Up,” “The Sweet Escape” and “Cool,” answered questions from TheModern.news:

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas. Why a Las Vegas residency at this point in your career?

A Las Vegas residency makes a lot of sense for me at this point in my career and with songs that document the different times in my life. It also works out really well for me because this is a way for me to be creative and also manage my time as a mother at home.

Is it surreal to think that you’re a headliner on the Las Vegas Strip now?

It’s very surreal. It’s not something I ever dreamed of or thought would be possible. I feel like it’s one of those lifetime achievements that I couldn’t even think up, and it’s an honor. I know it’s going to push me creatively beyond something I thought I could do.

When I saw No Doubt and you at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas in 2009 — nine years ago — I was struck by the high energy of your concert and interactivity with and appreciation for your fans. What can your fans expect with “Just a Girl” at Zappos Theater?

“Just A Girl” at Zappos Theater is going to feel like a very nostalgic night down memory lane. The songs document specific time periods of heartache and joy in my life. It’s going to be interesting to walk everybody back through that journey again through the music — and not just the music but the style and fashion that I love so much. I really want to give everybody a little taste of everything I’ve done and show them the DNA of my whole career.

Did you see Britney Spears or have you seen The Backstreet Boys, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez or Pitbull in the theater that you now share at Planet Hollywood?

I haven’t had the chance to see everybody who I want to see just yet, but I did see Jennifer Lopez’s show, which was incredible. And I got to see The Backstreet Boys and Elton John. They’re all incredible shows. It’s very inspiring to go see those artists. It really shows what extensive careers they’ve had, and it really takes you back to those moments when you heard those hits on the radio.

What is your favorite part about performing?

Every time I’m onstage, I remember how much I love performing, and I’m so excited and looking forward to having the opportunity to create a show for Las Vegas.

What are some of your favorite songs to perform after all this time?

I get joy out of playing the songs that bring people joy. The biggest songs are always the most fun to perform because you get that feeling that people are enjoying it so much. Personally, some of my favorite songs to perform are from my last record. “Truth,” “Misery” and “Make Me Like You” are some favorites because that was a really incredible moment in my life.

Can we expect a duet with Blake Shelton onstage on occasion?

Blake and I always have fun performing together, so you never know what could happen.  

As a successful fashion designer, what are some of your all-time favorite fashion fads and trends?

I have never followed trends or fads, but I’m the kind of person who likes to shop all over the place. I love getting something on sale. I love splurging on a designer. I love when people introduce me to designers I’ve never heard of — I just love fashion and clothes. I always have.  

Is there anything on your Must Do List while you’re headlining in Las Vegas?

My Must Do List for Las Vegas is going to be a challenge because there are so many incredible restaurants in Las Vegas that I want to try. There’s going to be a nice balancing act to get to every amazing restaurant in Las Vegas but also control myself at the same time so I fit into my costumes.

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