Madison Vanderberg
June 28, 2018 10:14 am

Gwen Stefani kicked off her “Just a Girl” Vegas residency at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018, and she took it all the way back to her No Doubt roots. Stefani aced her way through throwback songs like “Sunday Morning,” “Ex-Girlfriend,” “Don’t Speak,” and of course, “Just a Girl.” The show was a kind of love letter to her origin story and to the ride-or-die fans who’ve been with her since the ’90s.

“[The show is] nostalgic,” Stefani told Entertainment Tonight earlier this month, “bringing people through the long journey I’ve been on with music and sharing that and exchanging the love I have with people. It’s really just that same journey again, but in a new Vegas-y way.”

When Stefani first stepped on the scene with No Doubt, it was her specific brand of angst and songwriting that really struck a chord with ’90s kids.

“Songwriting is the thing that helped me get my identity and my confidence and helped me to think I had any value at all in this world,” she shared during the show. “Being able to write my feelings in songs struck me. I didn’t know I had that in me and I don’t think anyone around me expected it as well.”

According to fans on Twitter, Stefani sang live for the full two hours and left the occasional choreography and theatrics to her backup dancers.

She also surprised the audience with a cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and told the audience, “We just do shit. I just do songs I wish I had for myself!”

Stefani will perform select dates this month and next, and will return in December and again in February and March of next year. You can buy tickets to “Gwen Stefani: Just a Girl” at Zappos Theater here.

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