Shania Twain will return to the stage with a two-year residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. She's scheduled to perform 60 shows per year beginning Dec. 1, 2012.
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Twain and Caesars Palace executives made the announcement Wednesday (June 8) at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
"This a dream for any performing artist," she said of the concert series at the lavish hotel and casino. "What more could I ask for? I don't want to even use the word opportunity. ... It's an exceptional gift, and that's how I really feel about it."
An American Express presale of tickets begins Wednesday night when Twain announces the male video of the year honor at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville. The awards show airs live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com. Other tickets go on sale June 19 at 10 a.m. PT. For full details,
go to www.cmt.com/shania.
Twain last toured in 2003-2004, promoting her album, Up!, released in 2002. She issued her Greatest Hits in 2004 and a single, "Shoes," in 2005. However, she remained mostly out of the spotlight until she announced her separation from her husband, record producer Robert "Mutt" Lange, in 2008. The separation stemmed from Lange's alleged romantic involvement with his personal assistant, Marie-Anne Thiébaud. Later in the year, Twain served as a presenter at the CMA Awards and received a standing ovation as she walked onstage.
Fans were curious about Twain's plans to resume her music career. She addressed their questions in a long letter published on her website in June 2009.
"The personal issues that took place just over a year ago have been well documented, and there's no need to go into more detail here," she wrote. "Since then, I've been inspired by my pain to write and use writing as a therapy through the suffering. I truly wouldn't wish this on anybody as a means to get inspired, but it's been a productive period with so much emotion trying to find its way out. However, there is no telling how long it will take me to actually finish these songs and record them so they can get out to you."
A year later, her divorce was finalized, and she entered into a relationship with Frédéric Thiébaud, the former husband of Marie-Anne Thiébaud. They married on Jan. 1, 2011.
Twain's visibility has greatly increased since then. She starred in a compelling docu-series, Why Not? With Shania Twain, gave a rare interview during the final season of Oprah and unveiled her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This week in Nashville, Twain will be sign copies of her new memoir, From This Moment On, during the CMA Music Festival. Her new single, "Today Is a New Day," will debut Sunday (June 12) during the season finale of her OWN series.
From 1995 to 2004, Twain landed 16 Top 10 country hits, including "Any Man of Mine," "Love Gets Me Every Time," "You're Still the One," "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" and "Forever and for Always." Her 1997 album, Come On Over, has been certified for 20 million units sold. In addition, her 1995 project, The Woman In Me, has been certified for 12 million and earned her first of five Grammy Awards. Meanwhile Up! (a double album) earned a certification for 11 million and Greatest Hits, issued in 2004, is quadruple-platinum.
View photos from the press conference.