It’s roughly one hour before Britney Spears will take the stage for another performance of her hit Las Vegas show, “Britney: Piece of Me,” when she smiles and leaps out of a chair. Hair and makeup complete, Britney’s ready. But first, the pop star makes a beeline to a small area backstage where she meets with anywhere from two to three dozen eager fans. As she poses for pictures and greets each of them, another sellout crowd is making its way into The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Photos complete, she runs back to her green room to dress for her opening number, “Work Bitch.”
It all happens in what seems like a flash. For Britney, it’s a routine she’s perfected over the past couple years. In fact, when it comes to green-room demands, Britney is rather easy. The girl from Kentwood, Louisiana simply requires some sweet iced tea, a few candles (she says they calm her nerves) and a CD player. “Yes, I still use CDs,” she admits, then adds. “Believe it or not, I still do get a bit nervous before I go onstage. But once the show starts and I hear the roar of the crowd, I’m totally energized.”
Now entering its third year, “Britney: Piece of Me,” has become one of the city’s top-selling, and most talked about, shows. “Vegas has really been a fabulous experience for me. I say it all the time, it’s become like a second home,” Britney explains. “I love everything about it.”
That includes dinners at MR CHOW, hitting the shops and lounging by the pool. She’s learned to make Las Vegas home.
One look at Britney and it’s clear she’s been hitting the gym. Not only has the spunky, always on-the-go mother of two found the energy to keep up with her equally active boys, she’s taken her workout routine beyond just cardio and light weights. She spent this summer mastering Planet Hollywood’s FlowRider — an intense wave simulator — and tackled parkour, an obstacle course training discipline often used by contestants of the show American Ninja Warrior.