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Monday, June 2, 2014 | 11:56 a.m.
Caesars Palace resident headliner Shania Twain welcomed fellow Canadian musician Avril Lavigne to her show Sunday night at the Colosseum.
It was Avril returning the favor, as Shania was at The Backstreet Boys and Avril concert Friday night at Axis in Planet Hollywood, where Avril served as the opening act to the legendary boyband. (Axis is home to Britney Spears’ resident show “Britney: Piece of Me.”)
According to an update posted May 31 at “Girlfriend” hitmaker Avril’s Facebook page, the 29-year-old Napanee, Ontario, native was performing the first of a two-night stand on a bill with BSB when “The Queen of Country Pop” popped in for a visit. The 48-year-old Windsor, Ontario, native had a night off from “Shania Twain: Still the One.”
The Canadian chanteuses got together after the show and hung out along with Lavigne’s husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. Both stars posted pictures of the get-together on their Facebook and Twitter pages, with Shania posing for photographs with Avril, Chad and The Backstreet Boys.
Posting the photos to her Twitter account, Shania wrote, “Reuniting with Canadian friends Avril Lavigne and Chad backstage after Avril's concert at Planet Hollywood!” Avril tweeted back, “Thank you to the beautiful Shania Twain for coming to my show.”
The “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” hitmaker was an early influence on Avril’s style and was pivotal in her rise to stardom. In 1999, Avril won a radio contest to perform with Shania at the Corel Centre in Ottawa before an audience of 20,000 and joined Shania onstage to sing “What Made You Say That.”
Both stars will be busy with shows throughout this month. Avril continues her U.S. tour with The Backstreet Boys today in Albuquerque while Shania resumes her residency at the Colosseum with shows Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more details, go to AvrilLavigne.com and ShaniaTwain.com.
While in town, Avril and Chad partied with a large group of friends, including uber-manager Larry Rudolph (Britney’s manager) and Chad’s bandmates from Nickelback, at Creative Director David Furnish and Sir Elton John’s private VIP table on the upper level of Fizz champagne lounge. Also at Fizz, which is next door to the Colosseum, The Backstreet Boys’ Kevin Richardson with his wife Kristin Willits.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.
Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.