Avril Lavigne had an unexpected V.I.P. in the audience at her show May 30 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The Canuck punk-pop princess received a surprise visit from fellow Canadian superstar Shania Twain.
According to an update posted May 31 at the "Sk8terboi" hitmaker's Facebook page, the 29-year-old Napanee, Ont. native was performing the first of a two-night stand on a bill with The Backstreet Boys at the popular Vegas resort when the Queen of Country Pop dropped by for a visit. The 48-year-old Windsor, Ont. native was in Vegas and had a night off from her hugely successful AEG Live produced Shania Twain: Still the One residency at the Colosseum in Caesar's Palace.
The pair of multi-Juno Award winners got together after the show and hung out along with Lavigne's hubby, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. Both stars posted pictures of the get together on their Facebook and Twitter pages with Twain posing for shots with Lavigne and Kroeger, as well as with The Backstreet Boys. Posting the photos to her Twitter account, Twain wrote, "Reuniting with Canadian friends Avril Lavigne and Chad backstage after Avril's concert at Planet Hollywood!", while Lavigne tweeted back, " Thank you to the beautiful Shania Twain for coming to my show."
The "Honey, I'm Home" hitmaker was an early influence on Lavigne's style and played a pivotal role in her rise to stardom. In 1999, Lavigne won a radio contest to perform with Twain at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Ont. before an audience of 20,000 people and joined Twain on stage to sing "What Made You Say That."
Both performers will be busy with shows throughout June. Lavigne continues her U.S. tour with The Backstreet Boys on June 2 in Albuquerque, N.M. at Isleta Amphitheatre while Twain resumes her residency at the Colosseum in Caesar's Palace with shows on June 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7. For more details, check out AvrilLavigne.com or ShaniaTwain.com.
Did you know? In 1999, after winning a radio contest to sing with Shania Twain, a literally unknown teenage Avril Lavigne told the country mega-star that she was going to be "a famous singer."