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Gwen Stefani joins Blake Shelton at grand opening of Ole Red

Updated April 17, 2024 - 6:19 pm

Blake Shelton understands the concept of the Vegas drop-in.

“We have a guest,” Shelton said at his Ole Red Las Vegas honky-tonk Tuesday night. “This is Las Vegas. You have to have a special guest.”

One who didn’t need an introduction. Shelton’s wife and pop superstar Gwen Stefani took the stage to an ample roar of 400 invited guests and lucky fans who nabbed tickets online.

The cheers subsided so the crowd could sing along.

Shelton’s performance, and Stefani’s unbilled arrival, celebrated the club’s grand opening, though it opened for business in January.

This was second Shelton-Stefani duet since the club opened. The two appeared together Feb. 10, Super Bowl Eve as we have called it.

Asked Wednesday if he might step on stage one day with No Doubt, and create a “Ska Country” or “Country Ska” fusion, Shelton said, “The thing with No Doubt, people have been waiting long enough just to see those four back together. Probably seeing me with those four isn’t isn’t high on anybody’s list.”

As in February, the two teamed on “Nobody But You.” Shelton then told the crowd, “Gwen was over at Coachella last weekend, then she flew to Nashville for a wedding, and she’s been a trooper and wanted to be here tonight to celebrate this grand opening.”

Stefani pointed to a trio of particularly inspired fans at the edge of the stage, saying, “These three girls are my girls.” Shelton added, “We share custody of these girls.”

The two then sang Shelton’s “Happy Anywhere,” with the lively lyric, “You’re always my destination. You’re the only thing that I’m chained to. I could be happy anywhere. I could be happy anywhere with you.” Ole Red, on this occasion, was the anywhere.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on X, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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