Gwen Stefani glams it up for opening night of her Las Vegas Strip residency

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. There were many concerns heading into the debut production of “Gwen Stefani: Simply a Lady” at World Hollywood’s Zappos Theater Wednesday night, none more vital than this: When would Stefani present some extra-large banana props for a performance of her 2004 hit “Hollaback Lady,” which invested a month at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100? And when, not if, that happened, would this show be bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S?

The former No Doubt frontwoman and current judge on “The Voice” rolled out the big yellow items from the dive, appearing onstage at 9:19 p.m. atop a grand black-and-white staircase flanked by dancers and showgirls equipped with stated bananas. It was a splashy Vegas arrival to be sure, one that prompted an audience of varied ages from their seats clapping and singling along.

Image Gallery Gwen Stefani arrives on the red carpet for her new residency at Planet Hollywood Thursday, June 28, 2018. Gwen Stefani Begins Residency at World Hollywood Gwen Stefani commemorated the start of her residency” Simply a Woman “at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas with a red carpet Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Thumbnails < a id

=” gallery31180″ href =” https://lasvegassun.com/photos/galleries/2018/jun/28/20180627_lvnb_Gwen_Stefani_red_carpet/662093 “> Gallery Stefani is not a pop star along the lines of Britney Spears or the Backstreet Boys, nor is she an all-around entertainer like Jennifer Lopez. In between No Doubt’s stockpile of rock hits and her dance and pop-oriented solo work, she has plenty of music, however it was difficult to anticipate exactly what her program would feel and look like. After night one, it’s clear Stefani and her team have a vast appreciation of Vegas-style glitz and glamour and have fashioned excessive visuals that link the dots with her style and brand name. For the brassy “Spiderwebs,” the staging is a speaker-stocked neon houseparty. For “Wind It Up,” the entire theater ends up being a colorful cupcake-rainbow explosion. Digital teardrops fall during the climax of “Used to Love You” and Stefani is elevated on a rose-covered platform for the ballad “Do not Speak.” Numerous videos played between sets of songs allowed her to inform little bits of her life story and describe where she discovers motivation.

Stefani’s opening night enjoyment was palpable. After getting here with “Hollaback Woman” and following it with the funky No Doubt track “Bathwater,” she dove into the more current “Infant Don’t Lie,” exclaiming, “I can’t believe you’re here!” She revealed thankfulness to the first ticket purchasers and guaranteed an impressive night. By my count she reeled off 23 tunes, including covers of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and “The Tide Is High,” made well-known by Blondie in 1980. Her greatest performances came in the 2nd half of the show with the Dr. Dre-produced track “Rich Woman,” the energetic electro-pop single “Exactly what You Waiting on?” and “Do not Speak,” which triggered the most significant crowd action of the night.

Stefani closed in a sparkly cowgirl getup, one of a number of spectacular outfits, with “Make Me Like You,” “Hey Infant” and “Just a Lady.” Prior to the finale, she teased her partner in the audience: “You don’t know exactly what it’s like to use a cowgirl costume in front of Blake Shelton right there. It’s my dream become a reality.” For Stefani and her many different, faithful fans, the first big Vegas program satisfied the ultimate fantasy.

” Gwen Stefani: Just a Lady” continues at 9 p.m. June 29 and 30, and July 3, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20 and 21 at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood (3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-777-2782) and more information can be discovered at caesars.com.

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