Fans and gossips, like me, will be watching to see if country king Blake Shelton is in Las Vegas tonight for girlfriend Gwen Stefani’s concert at T-Mobile Arena. Not just because the singing duo are enjoying a 10-month-old romance that insiders are saying will lead to an autumn marriage, but also because this could be the weekend their engagement may become official onstage.
Showbiz execs will be watching to see if Blake’s possible appearance will help salvage her soft-ticket sales at 25 cross-country arenas. Reports indicate that Groupon was enlisted to help move tickets. There have been reports that she’s slashed ticket prices for the tour to boost sales and that promoter Live Nation has offered $10 upgrades to persuade fans in nosebleed seats to move to fill the near-stage area.
The New York Post reported insiders saying “ticket sales have been horrifying.” Premium floor seating was still available this week for her “This Is What the Truth Feels Like” show at T-Mobile at $137.57 per ticket.
In her Charlotte, N.C., concert, Gwen got into trouble with Music Pavilion security when she caused a stampede inviting fans to move closer. She admitted from the stage that she’d gotten into trouble with security and had to ask fans to move back.
Critics are saying Gwen’s 25-song setlist makes for a great show and that her energy is at peak performance. Some have called it “electric and euphoric.” She also is looking sexy onstage wearing short shorts, ripped tartan pants and an eight-zipper pair of jeans.
The title of the show, “The Truth,” is just one song that has candid lyrics about Blake: “Misery’ is another one. But ex-beau No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal and ex-husband Bush singer Gavin Rossdale, father of her three boys, are stung in the setlist: “Don’t Speak” and “Used to Love You.”
The problem for Gwen is that this is her first tour in seven years, and her new album titled for the tour didn’t make much noise on the charts. Her current recognition has come more from tabloid romance stories in recent years, the split with Gavin and romance with Blake after his breakup with Miranda Lambert.
Eve is her opening act. Gwen sings “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” and “Rich Girl” with Eve. She’ll close with No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” and 2006’s “Sweet Escape.”
It will be a fabulous show with or without Blake sneaking onstage with an engagement sparkler. If there’s a 6-foot mic onstage, you know he’ll be dropping in, and fans will agree just as he does that Gwen is a girl in a million.
They’ve already booked a famous Hollywood wedding planner for her October birthday bash, which has insiders guessing that it will be a cover for a wedding. She will be 47 on Oct. 3, marking one year since they were judges on NBC’s THE VOICE and started dating.
She’s such a great performer, and she’s enjoying a wonderful romance. All she has to do now is make her music as famous again as the tabloid headlines.
SALUTE TO SANTANA
A note to encourage applause and support for my friend, actress Eva Longoria, when she honors legendary guitarist and House of Blues at Mandalay Bay headliner Carlos Santana at Saturday night’s 16th annual nonprofit Padres fundraiser committed to improving the quality of life for children with cancer and their families.
It’s a weekend-long celebration at The Venetian and The Palazzo for supporters and sponsors partying at Tao, enjoying treatments at Canyon Ranch Spa, attending BAZ: STAR CROSSED LOVE and enjoy a departing brunch at Morel’s.
Eva, still on her honeymoon after marrying Mexican TV exec Jose Antonio Baston, has recruited her friend George Lopez to be MC, with singer Prince Royce providing entertainment. Las Vegas resident Carlos is being honored for his honesty, character, integrity, commitment to community and service to humanity.