Shania arrives at gig on horseback
Shania Twain has arrived on horseback for a two-year headline gig at Caesars Palace, parading up the Las Vegas Strip with a herd of 40 horses.
Promoters called the event a stampede, but hooves were kept to a steady, slow gait by nine wranglers who escorted the country music star to a reception crowd of several hundred people in front of the famous Caesars fountains. Dozens more people watched from the sidewalk of the Flamingo resort across Las Vegas Boulevard.
"We could either lose a few hundred dollars inside or come out and see what kind of spectacle she puts on," said Steve Huffman, a UPS manager who watched with his wife, Debi, from an overhead pedestrian walkway.
The couple were in town for his 52nd birthday and learned through a Twitter message that Shania planned to arrive on a horse. They identified her hit, Man, I Feel Like a Woman, as the country singer rode up the street, and they said they'll plan to see the show next year.
Still The One blasted from speakers as Shania stepped onto a temporary outdoor stage near fountains made famous by events including daredevil Evel Knievel's motorcycle crash during a stunt on New Year's Eve 1967.
To some, her arrival echoed singer Frank Sinatra's heralded arrival on a camel at the old Dunes hotel in September 1955.
Her show Shania: Still The One opens on December 1 at the nearly 4,300-seat Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The venue also hosts entertainers Celine Dion, Elton John, Jerry Seinfeld and others.
Shania, 47, is touted as one of the best-selling female country artists of all time. The Canadian singer-songwriter has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide.