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Shania Twain has fun in ACC show

By Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun | June 24, 2015 10:42 PM EDT

TORONTO - Turns out blondes do have more fun.

Or so a lighter-haired Shania Twain would have us believe as she brought her pyro-packed, over-the-top costumed Rock This Country tour to the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night for the first of two back-to-back homecoming shows before she returns for a third show Oct. 11.

The 49-year-old Canadian country-crossover singer claims she’s on her farewell trek after a successful two-year Las Vegas residency and a performing history that goes back four decades, not to mention 75 million in album sales over the last 20 years, but we shall see.

With the big 5-0 coming up for Twain in August, maybe she’ll have a mid-life epiphany and keep on touring.


All we know for sure is that she’s working on a new record and she’s definitely having the time of her life on stage right now, appearing looser and more energized than in her Vegas show which I caught on opening night.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ I Love Rock N’ Roll heralded Twain’s arrival Wednesday night before sexy black and white images of her played on two large video screens towering over a slick looking stage holding seven musicians.

Eventually, Twain emerged from beneath the floor of the stage on a riser decked out in red sunglasses, a fringed black leather jacket and matching thigh-high boots and a sparkling red sequined mini-dress.

It was a lot to digest and if the retro-rocked out vision of her wasn’t enough there was plenty of pyro as the show kicked off with Rock This Country! and Honey, I’m Home before she delved into You Win My Love and crowd favourite Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

“It’s just so great to be back in my home province - I love Ontario,” said Twain, after sustained applause from the crowd.

“A little tomboy girl from Timmins, Ontario - look at me now! It’s still crazy. I cannot believe it. I’m so grateful to be back with you. It’s very touching. ... It’s been a long time since I’ve been here - 11 years. It’s like a reunion.”

Twain, who said the night was going by too fast, continued with I Ain’t No Quitter, which featured a chiselled male dancer in a black and white video behind her; Don’t Be Stupid, with her venturing out onto the catwalk, and Any Man of Mine, which saw her get wheeled around the floor of the arena in a portable mini red stage so she could high-five concertgoers.

After a break for a costume change into a silver sequined top, black short shorts, a black duster coat, and heels straight out of Frederick’s of Hollywood, Twain cranked up the pryo again for I’m Gonna Getcha Good!, and Any Man of Mine before opening act Wes Mack joined her in a duet for Party of Two.

Then she saddled up - literally - for Up! a song that saw Twain fly around the arena seated on a red-fringed saddle attached to an extended arm.

That moment was topped only when she spotted a man wearing a “Kiss me I’m 82” T-shirt near the front of the stage and stopped to do just that before Twain strapped on a acoustic guitar for a three-song acoustic set of Today Is Your Day, No One Needs to Know and You’re The Still one, the latter which she dedicated to, “all of you who are still around - you’re still the one Toronto!”

Twain finally took her fashion and the concert down a notch with a black sequined cape and gown ensemble for From This Moment On, definitely the most dramatic and classiest moment in the hour and 45-minute show as she sang on the rotating end of the catwalk,

But she quickly went back to shamelessly sexy with a red sequined black off-the-shoulder mini dress and thigh-high red sequined boots for That Don’t Impress Me Much, a song that usually sees her wearing leopard print - the leopards were featured on the large video screen behind her instead - and the set ending (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!

Twain’s encore saw her return in black thigh-high boots, black leather gloves and a black and silver metallic body suit that left little to the imagination for Man! I Feel Like A Woman!

Like the song says, “The best thing about being a woman is the perogative to have a little fun.”

And boy did Shania ever.

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SET LIST: 

  • Rock This Country!
  • Honey, I’m Home
  • You Win My Love
  • Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
  • I Ain’t No Quitter
  • Love Gets Me Every Time
  • Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
  • Any Man of Mine
  • I’m Gonna Getcha Good!
  • Come on Over
  • Party For Two (with Wes Mack)
  • Up!
  • Today Is Your Day (Acoustic)
  • No One Needs to Know (Acoustic)
  • You’re Still the One (Acoustic)
  • From This Moment On
  • That Don’t Impress Me Much
  • (If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!

ENCORE

  • Man! I Feel Like a Woman!

http://www.torontosun.com/2015/06/24/live-shania-twain-at-the-acc



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Shania Twain rocks her home country at ACC: review

Twain pulled out all the stops in a dazzling visual spectacle, during her first of three Toronto appearances on the Rock This Country tour.

By Nick Krewen | Toronto Star | June 25, 2015

Shania Twain

Four out of Five stars 

June  24 at the Air Canada Centre.

It seems that her two-year stint in Vegas has taught our Shania a few tricks of the performance trade.

In the homegrown pop-country superstar’s first Toronto concert appearance in 11 years, and the first of three at the Air Canada Centre (the second happens Thursday night and the third ends the Rock This Country tour on Oct. 11), Shania Twain pulled out all the stops and then some, in terms of production value.

No dollars were spared in the execution of fireworks, fireballs, a “flying” saddle, a gigantic metallic fan, videos galore and a dazzling light show, providing a glitz overload that dwarfed both previous Twain globetrotting treks in terms of spectacle.

The 19-song, 100-minute show that found Twain fronting seven musicians, including fellow Canuck instrumental wunderkind Cory Churko on guitar, keys and fiddle, also wasn’t short on glam, thanks to the handful of costume changes the extremely photogenic, and now blond, singer and songwriter donned during the show.

This is where the other Vegas influence made its presence known: The Timmins-raised singer dressed more provocatively than on prior tours, emerging from below the stage for the opening “Rock this Country” and “Honey, I’m Home” wearing a leather-fringed jacket, sunglasses, glittering ruby top and hot pants, and thigh-high boots.

A leg-baring silver-and-black number replaced that outfit, but the biggest eye opener was the encore of “Man! I Feel Like A Woman,” where the 49-year-old wore a metallic corset seemingly extracted from the 1968 sci-fi film Barberella.

The statement being flaunted with the multiple Grammy- and Juno Award-winning performer’s sudden embrace of her 50 Shades of Shania persona is one of relaxed confidence, something that was more evident throughout the evening as she rocked along with her band, sometimes playing air guitar during the more aggressive numbers and letting loose.

Twain’s voice, although good, wasn’t picture perfect: she occasionally wavered on pitch for “Come On Over” and transitioned weakly over a couple of mid-song key changes, but her epic performance of “From This Moment” or the up-tempo “That Don’t Impress Me Much” erased audience impressions of any inconsistencies.

Of course, it helps if you have a catalog of wall-to-wall smashes to rely on, as Twain does. On Wednesday night, they came often and relentlessly — “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You),” “Any Man Of Mine,” “I’m Gonna Getcha Good” — perfect pieces of country pop confection lovingly and meticulously crafted by Twain and her ex-husband, producer Mutt Lange. These infectious earworms modernized the sound and image of country music forever.

After all, country music’s most famous belly button barer is the original Taylor Swift, producing her visual and musical statements of female empowerment and experience back in the ’90s and ’00s with songs and videos that continue to impact and resonate with women decades later, if the 70-30 female-to-male ratio at her opening ACC date is any indicator.

Twain successfully made the transition from country to pop, clearing the path for Swift two decades later. But unlike Swift, Shania achieved this with much less concert mileage: Rock This Country is only her third major tour, and according to Twain in interviews, her very last.

It’s certain her audience doesn’t want to see her go: they lit up with ear-to-ear smiles, stood up and cheered the moment she arrived on stage, gave her a prolonged standing ovation during the first break, and sang, danced and pumped their fists to every memorable hit.

You could see 14,100 chests swelling with Canadian pride as their beloved Twain expressed how good it was to be back in her home province, explaining how she started out by playing bars and house parties, winding up at the Deerhurst Resort and eventually with a Nashville recording contract.

“I’m a tomboy girl from Timmins — I still can’t believe I’m here,” she exclaimed. “I’m so grateful to be back.”

The wild reception accorded Twain suggested they were equally grateful to be sharing her presence in an arena, celebrating the spectacular success of one of their own.

As for Twain’s claim that this will be her final tour, despite a new album on the horizon, there was an interview conducted many years ago where she adamantly told this writer she’d never author an autobiography.

The fact that From This Moment On exists proves that anyone can change their minds.

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2015/06/25/shania-twain-rocks-her-home-country-at-acc-review.html



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I'm so excited about my new #RockThisCountry merch. New t-shirts, hoodies, koozies, hats & more. Check it all out: http://www.shaniatwainshop.com

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Ottawa tonight! Who's coming? #RockThisCountry

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As is my usual luck, it turns out I'm supposed to "work" on the night of the Miami concert. I asked for my summer schedule ahead of time so I would know and of course I didn't get it. I'm going to try to get out of this work but I don't know if I'm able to. If not I'll have to sell my ticket and try to go to the show in Jacksonville.

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Shania Twain smoulders on her return to the capital

By Corey Larocque | Ottawa Sun | June 27, 2015 10:15 PM EDT

Shania Twain - Rock This Country!

Ottawa - Wesley Clover Park - Saturday, June 27

Rock This Country!

Her boots had been under a bed in Las Vegas for a couple years, but Ottawa fans were quick to forget her dalliance with Sin City and embraced Shania Twain in the capital of the country she's vowing to rock.

It's been a dozen years since an Ottawa audience saw Twain in person. It was 2003 the last time she played the capital.

And after all this time an appreciative Ottawa audience was glad to see her -- blonde hair and all.

"I'm freakin' out! I'm freakin' out!" a woman screamed as Twain's seven-piece band took the stage, the lights went down and the woman who's been Canada's country sweetheart for more than 20 years strutted to the front of the stage.

Twain, 49, was rocking a new look from her days in denim, a T-shirt and cowboy boots.

She wore a red sequined short dress with black leather jacket whose tassels stayed true to her country roots.

Twain took the stage at 8:45 p.m. a little earlier than scheduled, after opening act the Doobie Brothers warmed up a crowd that was expected to peak at 25,000.

She played with the notion that her new tour -- that started in Hamilton, played Toronto and is on to Montreal Sunday -- is a homecoming from the girl from Timmins who has sold more than 75 million albums.

"This is... I can't tell you... I'm home. It feels really good to be here," Twain said as fans erupted in cheers.

"Honey, I'm Home" was the second song of her show.

She opened with Rock This Country! -- the namesake of her new tour.

Twain was the highlight of an event that began at 4 p.m. with Wes Mack, followed by Dan and Shay.

Twain brought fellow Canadian Wes Mack back on stage to perform a duet on Party for Two.

Twain's entrance used a heavy fireworks display that lit up a sky that had threatened rain all evening.

Twain joked she checked the weather every 15 minutes.

"The sky is gorgeous! You're gorgeous!"

And her fans ate it up.

She flirted with a man in the audience who waved a placard with a marriage proposal, bursting his bubble telling him he we was "pretty cute," but she was already married, so he was out of luck.

It's still a great story for him to tell at work Monday.

Then she launched.

Fans knew all the songs, as Twain mined her lengthy repertoire of hits for her set list.

They sang in all the right parts on "I'll Get You Good" and "Come On Over." "I Ain't No Quitter" was one of her few new tunes she played.

Twain opened up to the audience, talking about her fears she might not ever perform again.

"It's been a lot of years since I've been on tour. I'm just so grateful all of you are still here."

The crowd roared -- like there was ever any doubt they'd forget a Canadian legend around who was part of the New Country revolution and who earned international fame.

"I wasn't sure I would ever sing again. It's just amazing how love goes. There's nothing but up from here," she said, introducing - wait for it - "Up!"

http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/06/27/shania-twain-smoulders-on-her-return-to-the-capital



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Music review: Shania Twain 'grateful' to be back and Ottawa glad to have her

By Lynn Saxberg | Ottawa Citizen | June 28, 2015

Shania Twain christened Ottawa’s newest festival site at Wesley Clover Parks on Saturday with a concert extravaganza that pulled in a youthful party crowd of 24,000 people.

It was the biggest single night, and the only outdoor show, of the country-pop superstar’s first tour in more than a decade. Whether her Rock This Country excursion is a comeback or a farewell seems to be up in the air, but to the fans caught up in the moment, it made no difference.

In thigh-high boots, a red-sequined mini dress and black-fringed jacket, the first of several glamorous costumes, the 49-year-old singer made an eye-popping entrance, strutting her way through the anthemic Rock This Country and the sassy Honey I’m Home before slowing things down a tad for You Win My Love. A terrific band, including three fiddle players, backed her, while the huge stage pulsed with lasers and blasts of pyro.

In the crowd, it was a massive girls’ night out. Of course, there were men in attendance, too, but the vast majority of the audience consisted of smiling cowgirls singing along to every word, unified by the power of sisterhood (and probably a few beverages).  Their favourites were the feisty ones: Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?, Don’t Be Stupid, Any Man of Mine, That Don’t Impress Me Much and especially, Man! I Feel Like a Woman.

After the string of big bro-country shows that have passed through town in the last year or so, it was not only refreshing to hear a female perspective but also surprising to see the music connect with the same young demographic. After all, Twain hasn’t released a new album since 2002’s Up!

Despite some technical issues with the mic that made her voice sound choppy, Twain performed with the confidence of a seasoned diva, a stage persona honed over the last two years of her Vegas residency. Between songs, though, the Timmins tomboy revealed a vulnerable side, relieved that fans remembered her.

“It’s been 11 years since I’ve been on tour,” Twain said. “I’m just so grateful that all of you are still here. I wasn’t sure I would ever sing again. I really thought that was it. Over. Done. It’s just amazing how life goes sometimes. I’m very happy to be back. There’s no way but up from here.”

Twain also expressed her happiness at being back in Canada, and sent out a greeting to her aunt and cousins from Timmins who were in the audience. At one point, she brought opener Wes Mack, a Calgary lad, on stage for a fun duet on Party for Two.

Twain’s concert was the first show to be mounted at the recently redeveloped Nepean equestrian centre, now known as Wesley Clover Parks. Although the grassy field has plenty of space, there were some crowd flow issues and long lineups for food, beverages and washroom facilities.

And in one of the most unexpected concert pairings of the year, warmup duties fell to the Doobie Brothers, the California boogie rockers from the 1970s. New country artists Wes Mack and Dan & Shay were also on the bill.

The current configuration of the Doobies features just two original brothers, singer-guitarists Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston, but they came with an extended lineup of veteran musicians, including two drummers, who were able to recreate the sound with just the right balance of polish and groove.

“We are the Doobie Brothers, in case you aren’t sure,” joked Simmons as he surveyed the vast young crowd.  Judging by their inattention, it was a valid comment.  Jesus Is Just Alright, Rockin’ Down The Highway and South City Midnight Lady barely warranted a reaction from anyone over 25, which was too bad because the songs sounded fantastic. Takin’ It To The Streets, Black Water, China Grove and Listen to the Music fared better, earning a round of appreciation from the baby-boomer minority.

http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-reviews/music-review-shania-twain-grateful-to-be-back-and-ottawa-glad-to-have-her



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Wesley Clovers Parks apologize for delays at Shania Twain concert

By Corey Larocque | Ottawa Sun | June 28, 2015 02:39 PM EDT

Operators of the Nepean park where Shania Twain performed Saturday night have apologized for the "discomfort and inconveniences" concert-goers experienced when the show ended at 10:30 p.m.

Twain played, along with the Doobie Brothers, at Wesley Clover Parks, a former equestrian park.

Organizers boasted ticket sales of 25,000 but utter chaos ensued when thousands of people all left at the same time.

"We will seriously review the viability of events of that size at Wesley Clover Parks, and will only agree to host future events of that magnitude if we are assured that a far more workable plan can be deployed and effectively executed," a message on the park's Facebook page Sunday stated.

The park is on Corkstown Rd., west of Moodie Dr.

The park is in a rural, isolated area served by only one two-lane road.

The park is managed by the Wesley Clover Foundation, which took over the operation of the former National Equestrian Park and the adjacent Ottawa Municipal Campground, the foundation's website states.

Wesley Clover Parks was intended to become a "robust community asset" providing an outdoor recreation area, health benefits and economic impact for Ottawa residents.

A fleet of school buses were supposed to shuttle ticket-holders back to off-site parking at nearby lots.

But the system broke down and gridlock crippled traffic on Corkstown Rd. and Moodie Dr.

Some concert-goers reported a two-hour wait to get back to their vehicles.

There was a potential dangerous situation with concert-goers walking out of the park along Corkstown Rd., in the dark, mixing among the stop-and-go traffic.

Some who were walking solicited rides from strangers who had parked on-site and were driving away from the park.

When pedestrians reached Moodie Dr., there didn't appear to be anywhere for them to go.

Some just flopped down on grassy boulevards or the grass-covered islands near the ramps to Highway 41.

Concert-goers also complained of long line-ups for food, beer and ATMs.

http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/06/28/wesley-clovers-parks-apologize-for-delays-at-shania-twain-concert



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Concert Review: Shania Twain at the Bell Centre; June 28, 2015

By Erik Leijon | Montreal Gazette | June 29, 2015 7:15 AM EDT

On Sunday night at the Bell Centre in front of an audience of 15,581, Shania Twain found herself back in the saddle again – both literally and figuratively.

At one point during the near two hour-long set – her first in Montreal since 2004 – the Canadian country pop superstar was lifted on a stationary mechanical bull attached to a moving crane as she performed the cheery title track to 2002’s Up!

More importantly, though, the 49-year-old’s Rock This Country tour marks a return to touring after an extended hiatus. Outside of a Las Vegas residency, her last spate of shows occurred over 2003 and 2004. In the years following Up!, Twain lived largely outside of the public eye, until the dissolution of her marriage to husband and longtime collaborator Robert “Mutt” Lange.

She tiptoed around the subject of her dark post-divorce days once during the show, before an acoustic rendition of her 2011 comeback single Today Is Your Day, a song she told the audience was for when she was having a bad day and required a kick in the butt. “Before I start to cry I’m going to cheer things up,” a choked up Twain said afterwards, before moving on to the more upbeat No One Needs to Know from her 1995 breakthrough record The Woman in Me.

With no new material to promote, Twain’s 21-song setlist focused on the records that made her the best-selling female artist in country music history. She saved her biggest hits, That Don’t Impress Me Much, (If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here! and Man! I Feel Like a Woman! for a strong denouement that left concertgoers humming towards the exits. Twain didn’t deviate from the recorded versions, but given the time elapsed since her last show here and the vocal cord problems that nearly robbed her of her singing voice, an easygoing hits-only set from the Canadian singer was what the audience was looking for. Not known for bombast, Twain’s steady performance did nothing to suggest she had been beset with vocal ailments in recent years.

Twain addressed the crowd in English and French, saying she wanted everyone in the audience to understand, yet her in-between song banter was not overly revealing.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been up on stage,” she said after Party of Two, a duet she performed with the night’s opener, Wes Mack, but she didn’t elaborate much beyond that. Instead, the night felt like a low-key celebration of an artist’s unexpected return from self-exile.

Her backing band wielded muscular guitars, hands-free mics for en masse harmonizing and produced two fiddle players when required. A lap steel was used sparingly, so the amount of twang heard during the set was limited.

Hot flames emanated from beneath the stage, as did other pyrotechnics. If a song’s raw emotional power inversely correlates to the amount of pyrotechnics allotted during its performance, Twain’s no-frills version of You’re Still the One while sitting with an acoustic guitar proves it remains her most direct, resonant love song and the ideal showcase for her understated vocals. Power ballad From This Moment On, on the other hand, was delivered with all the fireworks and artificial mist they could muster.

On her Up! tour, Twain started her sets with Man! I Feel Like a Woman! and ended with Rock This Country! This time, their positions were switched. Twain wasn’t ready to make wholesale changes for this long-awaited comeback tour, but Sunday night’s performance felt like a positive start to a new chapter in Twain’s decorated career.

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In honor of @ShaniaTwain's show tonight, here's a special throwback to her last show here in 2003!

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Ooh groovy I'm excited to see what Gavin Degraw's set list is.

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Shania Twain’s Stylist On The Star’s ‘Rock This Country’ Tour Shoes

By Mosha Lundstrom Halbert | Footwear News | June 30, 2015

Tonight, Shania Twain brings her “Rock This Country” tour to Madison Square Garden — and she’ll be performing in a number of arena-worthy shoes. FN caught up with her stylist, Tiffany Gifford, to hear more about the singer’s footwear on and off the stage. “Shania is currently quite obsessed with the Saint Laurent Candy that was a new style for spring,” Gifford reveals of the platform heels. “She has it in a few versions and incorporated one pair into her tour. She loves the height of the platform, as she’s quite petite, and the comfort [is great] for on and off the stage.”

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Saint Laurent’s Candy platform heels

For Twain’s “Up!” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” Gifford and Twain paid tribute to her memorable music videos with an update of her signature over-the-knee boots, custom-made by La Duca — a favorite of marquee performers and Broadway dancers.

Even when not belting out her hit songs, Twain often wears similarly leggy pairs. “She does have a favorite pair of Roberto Cavalli over-the-knee micro-suede boots that she loves. They’re stocking-style boots, fitting close to the leg, that are incredibly flattering, with a platform that makes them quite [walkable] as well,” says Gifford.

The country-pop star has also made multiple red carpet and other high-profile appearances recently. “She’s worn a variety of brands for press and shoots to promote the tour, including Saint Laurent, Charlotte Olympia and Tom Ford,” says the stylist, who also works with Miranda Lambert.

Twain also supports newer talent, wearing shoes designed by her friend Chloe Gosselin. She even auctioned off a signed pair of her own Datura pumps, raising $3000 for her charity, Shania Kids Can, last year.

Chloe Gosselin DaturaThe Datura pump by Chloe Gosselin that Twain wore, signed and then auctioned to benefit her charity, Shania Kids Can.

It’s been 11 years since Twain last went on tour, and while her style has certainly evolved over the years, there are definite constants: a love of platforms to lift her 5’4″ frame, playful sneakers and sky-high boots. She has often been ahead of the trend curve, sporting these of-the-moment styles well before they became mainstream. When it comes to her footwear taste, Twain does Impress FN Much.

Click through to look back at some of Shania Twain’s shoe standouts from her current concert tour all way back to 1999.

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Shania Twain welcomed by Madison Square Garden crowd; Nassau Coliseum show is Wednesday

By Glenn Gamboa | Newsday | June 30, 2015 10:56 PM 

Shania Twain has always had a flair for the dramatic.

When the Madison Square Garden crowd screamed for her to welcome her to the stage Tuesday night, she screamed back at them.

"This is my party and I'm so glad you came," she said, following a raucous "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" She added, "I'm having the time of my life."

Twain said the "Rock This Country" tour -- which stops at the Nassau Coliseum Wednesday night for the next-to-last concert before the Uniondale arena's renovation -- is her final one, to allow the 49-year-old to focus on creating new music.

We'll see.

Twain has been off the road for the past 11 years -- as she dealt with a very public divorce from husband and collaborator Robert "Mutt" Lange as well as a health scare that threatened her singing voice.

But she handled her show like she was never away.

Twain effortlessly juggled styles from the classic country of "Boots" to the heavy metal stomp of "Honey I'm Home" to a string of acoustic ballads that ended with the lovely "You're Still the One," which began as an a capella sing-along that eliminated any doubts about the strength of her voice.

"Life is full of ups and downs," Twain explained before a charming "Today Is Your Day." She said, "You have to take the good with the bad."

That seems to be her attitude toward hanging up her thigh-high leather boots soon.

"This is my last go-round," she said. "I'm going to make the most of it."

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Shania Twain rocks MSG: Sparkling set marks whopping farewell

By Bobby Olivier | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | July 1, 2015 at 9:47 AM

New York — She's still the one.

Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood may be credited with the most recent blurring of pop and country lines, but Shania Twain is indisputably the queen of crossover.

Notching the best-selling country album of all time -- and launching most of its tracks into regular rotation on Top 40 radio stations -- deserves a tip of the 10-gallon hat. 

And Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, the lovely Canadian songstress and longstanding genre icon celebrated her success, as well as the bittersweet conclusion of her career as a touring artist. 

Twain, 49, has publicly said this roadshow, titled the Rock This Country tour, will be her last. If she holds to her word, at least she gave her fervent supporters one more chance to dance and sing to "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" and "Come On Over." 

Tuesday night's concert was only the second U.S. show of the tour so far, as Twain just wrapped a 13-date stint Sunday north of the border. But with her newly blonde locks in tow, she seemed prepared for the long, American leg ahead and delivered an engaging and infectiously fun two-hour set for the big city crowd. 

Twain will ride into Newark July 7 for a date with Prudential Center and a new batch of loyals anticipating the brassy synth of "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!"

HIGHLIGHTS

- No, Twain has not toured in the traditional sense since the Up! tour in 2003 -- in support what's still her most recent album 13 years later -- but that's not to say she hasn't been performing. At Caesar's Palace, her three-year residency pumped out 105 shows, which featured virtually the same, crowd-pleasing set list as Tuesday's show, just re-ordered a bit.  

Consequently, Twain's purpose on this tour is certainly not to promote new material. It is meant to remind her '90s-nostalgic fans why they fell in love with her to begin with, and to produce a whopping sendoff as she heads for a quiet, family life and the land of "special guest" award show cameos. 

Tuesday's set absolutely achieved both objectives. Twain was endearing and gracious, thanking fans for their longtime support and unafraid to joke about her age. After spotting her grand-niece in the front row, Twain jabbed "who wears fishnets and has a great-niece?" 

But she was also the lively, commanding frontwoman who told the crowd early on: "This is my last go-around and I'm going to make the most of it." Strutting and bouncing in her shimmering mini-dresses and leather shorts, she was captain of the farewell party cruise on "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)" and her smash "That Don't Impress Me Much." Her platinum-white smile radiated throughout the venue -- she had a ton of fun up there.  

- Twain's production crew spared no expense in upping the visual "wow" factor and bolstering the singer's bon voyage. Fireworks and showy pyrotechnics accompanied many songs, and her seven backing musicians were constantly rearranged. She worked in two costume changes, and for the buoyant "Up!" Twain rode a leather-clad mechanical bull, which was attached to a huge steel arm that lifted her three stories high and swung out over the cheering crowd. Most everyone was able to get at least one good snapshot of her. Huge theater curtains were hung from the rafters for an acoustic session incorporating "You're Still The One" and the oldie "No One Needs To Know." Of course, this was a concert, but it was also a show -- there was much to see. 

- During "Any Man Of Mine," Twain traded the stage for a small, plexiglass cart and sang as roadies pulled her through the crowd and around the edge of the arena to greet her fans. The spectacle came with mixed emotions, like watching Wade Boggs ride the police horse around Yankee Stadium after winning the 1996 World Series. It was fantastic to watch the victory lap, but it signified the end of a sensational run. 

- Twain swung through nine tracks off 1997's "Come On Over," the genre's best-selling country album of all time (40 million copies worldwide) and country music's "Thriller" equivalent. Of the record's 12 singles -- 12 singles! -- the only ones she didn't touch were "When," "You've Got A Way" and "Holding On To Love." And for the ones she did revisit, the crowd never faltered. "From This Moment On" and the closer "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" were sweeping sing-alongs. 

THE SET LIST 

  1. Rock This Country! 
  2. Honey, I'm Home 
  3. You Win My Love 
  4. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? 
  5. I Ain't No Quitter 
  6. Love Gets Me Every Time 
  7. Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You) 
  8. Any Man of Mine 
  9. I'm Gonna Getcha Good! 
  10. Come on Over 
  11. Party For Two (with Gavin DeGraw)
  12. Up! 
  13. Today Is Your Day 
  14. No One Needs to Know 
  15. You're Still the One 
  16. From This Moment On 
  17. That Don't Impress Me Much 
  18. (If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!
    Encore:
  19. Man! I Feel Like a Woman! 

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Shania Twain's Farewell Tour Stuns with Big Hair, Big Glitter and Bigger Hits

By Jill Menze | Village Voice | July 1, 2015

"I don't know if it's good or bad, but I'm just a stubborn ass girl," Shania Twain told the crowd at Madison Square Garden before launching into her admittedly rarely played "I Ain't No Quitter." Stubborn might be one way to look at it. Having been relatively off the scene for more than a decade, the country superstar recently embarked on her 48-day Rock This Country tour, a jaunt she's billing as her "farewell" to the road.

Judging by the crowd's reaction, no one is looking for Twain to disappear any time soon. This is the woman we can credit for country-pop crossover success (Taylor who?) in the Nineties and beyond. Specifically, she's one of the most successful female artists of all time, selling more than 75 million albums with 17 Top 10 singles. To say she'd been missed is a gross understatement.

And while her time off hasn't yielded any new hits, it did give her time to polish her extensive catalog. After finishing a two-year residency in Las Vegas, Twain kicked off this tour with a refreshed stage show that panders to exactly what the audience wants: Big hair, big glitter and big, big hits.

The show was a throwback of sorts to when the country in pop-country remained intact. The sweet, irresistible twang of songs like "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" and "Any Man of Mine" may have aged, but it aged damn well — much like Twain herself. At 49-years-old, Twain's voice has matured without losing any of its power. She can still rock a pair of thigh-high pink glitter boots better than people half her age. She's a rare breed of what's missing in artists today: true talent backed by true showmanship.

Twain kicked off the show in pure stadium-rock fashion with the anthemic "Rock This Country," rising to the crowd from below the stage surrounded by pyrotechnics. Her band added heft and muscle to songs like "Honey, I'm Home," "Love Gets Me Every Time" and "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)" as she crawled on hands and knees to share her mic with fans.

To further play up audience participation, a rotating stage brought her around to all corners of the venue. Opener Gavin DeGraw (who seemed kind of drunk? Maybe?) joined her for the excellent duet "Party For Two." But the real highlight of this portion of the show came courtesy of a mechanical bull. Twain mounted the animatronic animal like a seasoned pro for the upbeat "Up!" as a crane elevated it into view, which, naturally, left the crowd elated.

"Music has been my savior," Twain announced as she settled in with her guitar to the acoustic session of the show, which began with her 2011 single "Today Is Your Day." "No One Needs to Know" and show highlight "You're Still the One" followed, prompting the audience to link arms and sing along

The show closed out with a triple threat of power hits: the epic, string-backed "From This Moment," the sassy kiss-off "That Don't Impress Me Much" and crowd favorite "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here."

"Man! I Feel Like a Woman" closed out the encore, the fiercest example of Twain's female-empowerment anthems. It's been nearly a decade since the song was released, but its message — and Twain's delivery — stays strong. If it's her prerogative to have a little fun, we hope she'll be back to share it with us again very soon.

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Shania Twain's Rock This Country Tour Brings Her Timeless Talent to MSG

By Kenneth Partridge | Billboard | July 1, 2015 11:35 AM EDT

Given all that’s changed over the last 10 years, both in her personal life and the corner of the pop universe she helped design, Shania Twain could’ve put together a very different farewell tour.

It’s called Rock This Country, her triumphant return to touring after 11 years away, and yet on Tuesday night, as the 49-year-old singer and songwriter once crowned the Queen of Country Pop took the stage at Madison Square Garden, it never felt like forced reclamation of the throne.

Sure, the concert began with Twain rising up from under the floor on a pedestal that shot 50 feet into the air. But once she came back to earth and started strutting and air-guitaring through “Rock This Country!” in a fringed black jacket and matching thigh-high boots, Shania was as playful and disarming a diva as she’s ever been.

Maybe she’s not worried about Taylor Swift or Kacey Musgraves or where she fits into a country landscape filled with bros and bad girls and talk of “tomatoes.” And for good reason: If and when Twain releases her long-awaited fifth album, it won’t feature any Kendrick Lamar guest verses, and it won’t be some anti-Nashville bid for rootsy credibility. It’ll be the same Shania that came through at the Garden -- one that never goes out of style.

Twain followed “Rock This Country!” with the fiddles ‘n’ fireworks of “Honey, I’m Home” -- in many ways a quintessential Shania jam. It goes from stomping Def Leppard verses (signposts of ex-husband and producer Mutt Lange) to more classically minded country. And by playfully flipping traditional gender roles, the lyrics reveal a flirty everyday feminism that is her trademark.

A couple of tunes later, on the honky-tonk-ska rave-up “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” Twain returned to another of her common songwriting themes: not suffering fools. The song has arguably taken on added significance following her divorce from Lange -- who reportedly had an affair with her best friend -- but here’s another thing Rock This Country isn’t: a “Coming Out of the Dark”-style celebration of overcoming adversity.

During the show, Twain made only passing reference to her divorce (she’s since remarried) and the vocal problems that kept her sidelined throughout the late ‘00s after she’d gone pop (on her terms) with 2002’s mega-selling chart-topper Up! One place she alluded to her struggles was just before “Up!” -- a tune she sang while circling the arena on a saddle affixed to a crane. It was splashy and a little hokey, also Shania hallmarks, and yet the flying saddle wasn’t quite the motorcycle she swooped down on night after night during the two-year Las Vegas residency that began her comeback in 2012.

There were a couple of other Vegas-style moments, like when the onstage video screen flashed clouds and moons as she sang her monster ballad “You’re Still the One,” which began as an a cappella showcase for her renewed vocal powers and went on to involve the entire audience. And then there were the costume changes -- each an opportunity for Twain to put on another long jacket or cloak that would inevitably be discarded in that tastefully sexy way she’s always favored. 

“Still the One” concluded a mini acoustic set that also featured “Today Is Your Day,” the inspirational comeback single Twain released in 2011. It wasn’t her strongest moment -- the background vocals verged on overpowering -- but when Twain introduced the song by calling music her “best friend,” it felt like the most genuine bit of stage banter from a show filled with the usual talk about how she came to party and have the best night ever.

“Man, I Feel Like a Woman!” -- an anthem for folks of all ages, genders, sexual preferences, races, whatever -- served as the natural encore finale, the only tune fit to follow arena-rocking set closers “That Don’t Impress Me Much!” and “If You’re Not In It For Love (I’m Outta Here).”

In her black-and-silver dominatrix/superhero outfit, Twain was, indeed, a super woman, leaping tall cultural discussion points (how a middle-aged woman is allowed to dress, what feminism looks and sounds like, at what point is a country-pop artist no longer be considered country) in a single bound. And she did so in tall boots only she’s fit to wear. 

Rock This Country MSG Set List

“Rock This Country!”
“Honey, I'm Home”
“You Win My Love”
“Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”
“I Ain't No Quitter”
“Love Gets Me Every Time
“Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”
“Any Man of Mine”
“Ka-Ching!”
“I'm Gonna Getcha Good!”
“Come on Over”
“Party For Two” (with Gavin DeGraw)
“Up!”
“Today Is Your Day”
“No One Needs to Know”
You're Still the One”
“From This Moment On”
“That Don't Impress Me Much”
“(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!”

Encore:

“Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"

https://www.billboard.com/articles/review/6613212/shania-twain-rock-this-country-tour-msg-nyc-setlist



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Review: Shania Twain electrifies New York's Madison Square Garden

By Markos Papadatos | Digital Journal | July 1, 2015

New York - On June 30, country mega-star Shania Twain performed at New York's Madison Square Garden, with singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw as her opening act.

Twain waltzed onto the stage dressed in a low-cut red dress, a black leather jacket, black boots and red sunglasses. She was backed by a seven-piece band.

She began her set with the rocking "Rock This Country!" and immediately broke into "Honey, I'm Home," where she had her fans pumping their fists up in the air, as they sang along. "That's right, New York City," Twain exclaimed.

Twain took off her red shades for the fiddle-driven "You Win My Love" and had the crowd clapping along, prior to taking them on a trip down memory lane to 1995 with the upbeat "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" as yellow laser lights graced the stage.

"Yeah," she shouted. "I'm going to have so much fun tonight. This is my party and I'm so glad you came. I'm having the time of my life. It's great to be back in New York City. I love your city. I feel like home here," she added, with tears in her eyes.

"I Ain't No Quitter" was sassy and optimistic, while her chart-topping single "Love Gets Me Every Time," which stayed at No. 1 for five weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, showcased her country-rock side, as she blew a kiss to her fans.

During "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)," she interacted well with the audience by greeting them, shaking their hands, signing autographs and even taking several selfies. "I can hear you real good, New York," she said, with a smile on her face. "This party is just beginning."

Prior to "Any Man of Mine," she noted that her great-niece is in the audience tonight. "Who wears fishnets and has a great-niece?" she joked. "My family starts young." Twain went into the crowd during this performance, which resonated well with her "Big Apple" fan-base.

After a haunting, instrumental version of "Ka-Ching," Twain underwent an outfit change and belted out her spitfire tune "I'm Gonna Getcha Good," which turned out to be explosive, with pyrotechnics.

"Come on Over" displayed her honey-rich voice, and she complimented the audience for being "amazing." "You are all different and beautiful," she exclaimed.

For "Party For Two," Twain brought back her opener, Gavin DeGraw, who joined her for this duet. "It's been a long time since I've been on tour. The last time my son was a toddler and now he is a teenager," she explained.

"Up!" was a fearless live performance, since she sat on a pommel horse, which had a pulley attached to it, that raised the award-winning songstress high into the crowd.

She shared that the acoustic portion of her show reminded her of when she started out. "I didn't start out in New York City in Madison Square Garden," she said, prior to noting that she began singing at bars at the age of eight, at a time when she was too young to be in bars, yet she was able to earn $25 a night there, which was a big deal for her family. She revealed that being in bars has contributed to her having asthma, yet "music has always been her great savior. "We all share that," she added, prior to singing an acoustic version of "Today Is Your Day."

Twain picked up the pace with the upbeat and sing-along tune "No One Needs To Know," which featured her angelic vocals. She began her smash hit "You're Still the One" a cappella, which was controlled and impressive, and immediately broke into her signature love ballad in full force, while accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. "All together now," she said.

A background video played her ballad "Don't" on the televised screen, which afforded Twain time to undergo yet another outfit change, an elegant black gown, which she wore to sing the fan-favorite vocal of the evening, the wedding staple, "From The Moment On."

Twain was sassy on "That Don't Impress Me Much" and closed with the up-tempo "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!" She returned for a one-song encore where she sang her Grammy-winning hit "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"

"Shania Twain was absolutely incredible tonight at Madison Square Garden," said teen pop sensation Nick Tangorra, who was in attendance. "She proved to still be at the top of her game, even so many years into her career."

The Verdict

Overall, Shania Twain was able to deliver at her headlining show at Madison Square Garden. She was truly able to "Rock this Country," and the audience was aware that they were in the presence of a country-pop musical goddess. She commanded the stage well and had the crowd in the palm of her hand. Her songs were eclectic: uplifting, fun and emotional. She was able to show the versatility of her artistry as a contemporary singer and songwriter. This is one concert that should be experienced by all. Her live show garnered an A rating.

For more information on country superstar Shania Twain and her upcoming tour dates, check out her official website.

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Shania Twain's Agent Says She Will 'Very Likely' Extend Her Tour Overseas

By Melinda Newman | Billboard | July 1, 2015 5:00 PM EDT

Shania Twain, who is on her first North American tour in a decade, will “very likely” take her outing overseas in 2016, a source close to the superstar tells Billboard.

“We’re busy exploring an international tour,” says Marc Dennis, Twain's agent at CAA Nashville. “I think next spring and summer you’ll see a fairly substantial international tour. I’m not so sure it will be 75 shows like this one in [North America], but it will be substantial.”

Dennis says the negotiations are ongoing for next year’s global swing. In the meantime, Twain is busy with her AEG-promoted Rock This Country tour in North America. The arena outing has already extended its North America portion with an additional 19 fall dates announced in May. The final date is now Oct. 11 in Toronto.

The North American tour, which will gross $75 million according to Dennis, follows Twain’s two-year residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The circuit, which is marketed as Twain’s last major tour, started June 5 in Seattle. Wes Mack opened the first portion; Gavin DeGraw took over the support role Monday (June 30) through Aug. 23.

Twain stressed in May that she is not retiring. “I will be doing music for sure until the day I die,” she told reporters in a conference call. “As much as I’m overdue for the touring, I’m overdue for new music.” Twain’s last full studio album was Up! in 2002. A new 2011 track, “Today Is Your Day” -- which was recorded as the theme for her OWN reality show, Why Not? With Shania Twain -- peaked at No. 36 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Earlier this year, Twain released Still The One: Live from Las Vegas, an 18-track CD and 25-track DVD, which bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

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Well, I hope she will come here in Europe. A concert in London, Paris or even Germany and I'll be there for sure. Maybe something outdoor like Hyde Park 2003.

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Would be awesome if she'd come to Europe! So I finally can show my mom why I went all the way to Vegas to see Shania live. If she comes to Europe, I'll make sure I'll get tickets. Got some money put aside for emergencies like this ;) .



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Review: Shania Twain in Concert Recalls Glory Days

By Jon Pareles | New York Times | July 2, 2015

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Everything shone brightly when Shania Twain performed at Nassau Coliseum here on Wednesday night. After a long residency in Las Vegas, she is back on the road for her first tour in over a decade — one that she has said will be her last. She brought Las Vegas with her. She had blond hair, sequined minidresses, thigh-high boots, banks of lasers, tall video screens and bursts of fireworks. For “Up!,” the title song of her blockbuster 2002 album, she was literally back in the saddle, one that was mounted on a cherry picker to lift her up and closer to the audience.

The show was a reminder of Ms. Twain’s heyday as country’s crossover queen in the 1990s, when she sold tens of millions of albums and spearheaded country’s move into arena rock. She polished a high-concept persona: a smiling, sexy, hardheaded, down-to-earth, one-man woman who’d tell her guy, in one song, “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You).” Her music moved between honky-tonk tradition and pop songs undergirded by big drumbeats and hard-rock guitars. Many of her hits switched from rock to country midway through; by the time she released her most recent studio album, “Up!,” she offered the entire album in country, pop (leaning toward rock) and “world” (Bollywood-influenced) versions. (When she sang “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” from that album, the arrangement was a medley of all three.)

But in 2004, Ms. Twain withdrew from performing, reporting trouble with her voice. “Not so long ago, I thought I’d never get back on the stage again,” she told the audience on Wednesday. “I lost my mojo and my courage.” In 2010 she divorced her producer and songwriting partner, Mutt Lange, and has since remarried. (In an odd wardrobe choice, she sang “From This Moment On” — which works as a wedding song — in a long black dress.)

Eventually, Ms. Twain received treatment for her vocal cords. She released a single in 2011, “Today Is Your Day” — a self-help ballad that she wrote, she said onstage, “to cheer myself up” — to inaugurate her Las Vegas run. That was the newest song in her set, which relied on many hits. Some, like “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” were still grounded in country and Cajun music; she had fiddles and pedal-steel guitar for those. Yet most songs also had a walloping beat to kick them off.

Ms. Twain, at 49, isn’t the same singer she was before what she called her sabbatical. Her voice has lost some of its perky sweetness; it has a rasp in it now, and she sings some of her hits in lower keys. There was strain in songs that had been playful, and there were out-of-tune patches. But she brought a more seasoned conviction to the elegantly constructed “You’re Still the One,” and her new roughness suited rockers like “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!” and the moody whisper of “Don’t!” Ms. Twain is working on a new album, her first without Mr. Lange. With luck, it will reveal her latest, grown-up mojo.

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Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

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Another review from New York City on June 30.

Shania Twain Proves She’s ‘Still the One’ at Madison Square Garden

“This is my party and I’m so glad you came.”

By Annie Reuter | Radio.com | July 1, 2015

There was no question that it was Shania Twain’s party last night (June 30) at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

And for good reason. The show was only the second U.S. date of Twain’s 2015 Rock This Country Tour, her first North American jaunt in 11 years and one that’s being billed as her last.

Throughout a nearly two-hour set that spanned her career, she frequently stopped for selfies with fans, told the stories behind her songs and simply paused to take it all in.

“This is my party and I’m so glad you came,” she said excitedly four songs into her set. “I’m having the time of my life, I really am! It’s just great to be back here in New York City. I always feel like home when I’m here.”

It had been over a decade since Twain last took the stage at the Garden, and this fact was not lost on her as she stopped to snap a photo with a fan from the edge of the catwalk.

“This is my last go around New York City, and I want to make the most of it,” she said before she saw her niece in the audience. “Let me go say hi to my little niece. My niece and my great niece are here, that’s how old I am. Who wears fishnets and has a great niece? She knows a whole different me, thank God.”

Though she has toured most of the world, Twain managed to debut a few songs (“I Ain’t No Quitter” and “Party For Two”) that she had never played for a live audience before. And nearly every song in the set was a sing along, with the exception of her one new track, the acoustic ballad “Today Is Your Day,” which she wrote three years ago to cheer herself up and “share that courage and optimism” with the audience.

One of the many highlights in her set included a duet with opener Gavin DeGraw on her 2004 hit, “Party For Two.” As she introduced the “fun, party song,” she said she wanted to perform it with “one of my favorite artists for many, many years.” The two artists exchanged vocals and danced with each other throughout the song effortlessly, making it seem as if DeGraw was on the original version (which featured Billy Currington).

The Rock This Country Tour is Twain’s comeback and farewell tour rolled into one, and it was hard to believe she’s been off the road for over a decade. She still owned the stage with her powerhouse vocals, unyielding energy and of course drop-dead gorgeous outfit changes that included a sequined red dress with knee-high black stilettos, a black trench coat with shorts, fishnets and knee-high red boots, and a black leotard for fan favorite and show closer “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

Throughout her 19-song set, every track she played seamlessly blended together. Whether it was the songs with more rock edge like “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” and “(If You’re Not in It For Love) I’m Outta Here!” or the ballads including “Today Is Your Day,” “No One Needs To Know” and “You’re Still the One.”

During the latter, Twain sat center stage with her guitar and told her back story.

“I certainly didn’t start at New York City at Madison Square Garden,” she said, sitting comfortably and talking casually, as if letting us into her living room. “But I’m still doing the same thing all these years, it’s just what I do.”

She explained how she started performing for “a lot less people who drank a lot more” when she was just 8 years old, singing in smoky bars.

“On my set break the strippers would come on,” she said as the crowd laughed. “I’m serious. In my part of the world, Northern Ontario, us Canadians, we mix it up pretty good.”

It was those early gigs, which paid $25 a night, that provided her early schooling. She later noted that “life has a lot of ups and downs” and that you have to “take the good with the bad.”

“Music has always been my greatest savior, my best friend through it all and I’m happy to share that with you,” she added. “I think we all share that in common, really.”

It’s no question that the audience at Madison Square Garden felt the same way. As Twain ended her set with “Man! I Feel Like A Woman,” it was evident that the host of the party was right back at home onstage.

Shania Twain Rock This Country Tour Madison Square Garden set list:

“Rock This Country!”
“Honey, I’m Home”
“You Win My Love”
“Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”
“I Ain’t No Quitter”
“Love Gets Me Every Time”
“Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”
“Any Man of Mine”
“I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”
“Come On Over”
“Party For Two”
“Up”
“Today Is Your Day”
“No One Needs To Know”
“You’re Still the One”
“From This Moment On”
“That Don’t Impress Me Much”
“(If You’re Not in It For Love) I’m Outta Here!”
“Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

Shania Twain’s Rock This Country Tour continues across the U.S. and Canada through October.

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Concert Review: Shania Twain makes some noise at Mohegan Sun Arena

By Donnie Moorhouse | Special to The Republican | July 4, 2015 at 12:48 AM

UNCASVILLE - Never has an "unplugged" set been as welcomed as the one delivered by Shania Twain during her 90 minute set at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night.

The country star, coming off an 11 year touring hiatus, stepped back into the spotlight with her "Rock This Country" tour, a career-retrospective for the once-reigning queen of the genre.

It was a heavy-handed approach to a greatest hits performance, with pyrotechnics whizzing around a seven-piece band and Twain bleating out the songs. To be fair, she was in fine voice but the victim of a sound mix that was over the top, even for an arena setting.

She opened the show with "Rock This Country," rising out of a gap in the stage wearing rose-colored glasses and the first of three different costumes she would don during the night.

Sparks accompanied "Honey, I'm Home" and "You Win My Love," was borderline abrasive.

The shake and rattle in Twain's performance was by design. It was loud enough to shake loose some over-anxious pieces of confetti from the rafters which were meant to discharge at the end of the show.

The sound settled in for "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under," and introduced "Ain't No Quitter" a song she had yet to perform live in concert.

"I can feel you getting into it, it's coming," she said. "I need to carry on making a lot of noise."

She rode a chop-shop version of the Popemobile, pushed by roadies around the perimeter of the floor during "Any Man of Mine."

The band played through Twain's costume change and she returned to duet with opener Gavin DeGraw (who had no such sound issues during his opening set) for "Party for Two."

The unplugged mini-set came just in time, with the band fiddling through "This is Your Day," and Twain's best song of the night "No One Needs to Know."

Twain turned the microphone to the crowd for "Still the One," while the band plugged in to get ready for "From This Moment On."

The volume returned (yet now with a pristine mix) for a triumphant run to the close with "Don't Impress Me Much," and "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here," which closed the set. Twain encored with her signature "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," letting loose the confetti cannons on the crowd.

The highlight of DeGraw's strong opening set was the co-mingling of his hit "Not Over You" with Bryan Adams' "Heaven."

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Review: Shania Twain shows no quit in her final tour

Grammy winner brings 'Rock This Country Tour' to Mohegan Sun

By Stephen Peterson | The Sun Chronicle | July 5, 2015 12:00 am 

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Shania Twain hasn't toured in more than a decade, and says her current tour will be her last.

That would be a shame as Twain, 49, swept away a packed arena at Mohegan Sun Friday night with her country and pop rock tunes.

The five-time Grammy award-winner says she still plans to continue recording, but plans to retire from going on the road. Twain is visiting several venues in the U.S. and her native Canada on this "Rock This Country Tour" following a two-year stint at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

And, appropriately enough given where she's been working, her concert had touches of a Vegas show, with fireworks and flames shooting from the stage and the singer-songwriter - now a blonde instead of a brunette, changing sparkling and sultry outfits several times.

The dazzle began with the first song as Twain rose on a platform from under the stage to sing "Rock This Country!"

For "Honey, I'm Home," Twain made use of a part of the stage that extended into the crowd.

After "You Win My Love" was "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"

"I Ain't No Quitter" is a number that came out after her last tour. And "Love Gets Me Every Time" was followed by "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)"

Twain cruised the crowd on "Any Man of Mine," off her second album "The Woman in Me" from 1995 that brought her worldwide fame.

A surprise after "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" was Twain and Gavin DeGraw, who opened the show, singing a duet, "Party For Two."

Another highlight of the show was Twain riding a saddle that was at the end of a crane-like extension that rotated her above the crowd on "Up!," the title track off her 2002 and last studio album.

The show slowed down with an all-acoustic set that included the uplifting "Today Is Your Day," "No One Needs to Know" and her sweet classic, "You're Still the One" that fans helped her sing.

The latter song that hit No. 2 in 1998 and the next song, the Top 5 "From This Moment On," are from "Come On Over," her third album, which was the best-selling studio album by a female act in any genre, the best-selling country album at 40 million copies, and won her four Grammys.

The tempo switched with the spunky "That Don't Impress Me Much" that charted in the Top 10 in 1999 and "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"

The encore was restricted to one song, "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"

The band featured two fiddle players, three guitarists, a keyboardist and drummer.

In her 2011 autobiography, Twain cited a weakening singing voice as a reason for retiring from stage in 2004. She later learned she had lesions on her vocal cords that were treatable. "I never thought I would be back on stage again," Twain said.

Twain's fifth album and first in nearly 15 years is expected to be released soon.

DeGraw, 38, a soul and rock singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, rose to fame with 2003's "I Don't Want to Be" from his debut album. The song became the theme song for the TV show "One Tree Hill."

His "Not Over You" became a hit in 2011. Both were part of his group's song set that included a cover of Billy Joel's "Big Shot."

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From one of Shania's band members. I wonder if they sell these at the concert???

Jason Mowery @jason_mowery

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Shania Rock This Country M&M's anyone?

4:47 PM ET - 7 Jul 15

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Shania Twain says farewell to Boston

By Sarah Rodman | Boston Globe | July 9, 2015

There was a time when Shania Twain was convinced she might never sing again. The Canadian superstar — who soared to fame in the mid-’90s cannily combining arena rock power chords with mainstream country pop craft — was stricken with dysphonia, which causes spasms in speech and singing. Wednesday night Twain’s gratitude was palpable when she announced from the TD Garden stage that it was medical care and therapy that she sought in Boston four years ago that helped her find her voice again and, she said with a grin, “I’m here.”

The near-capacity crowd was as ecstatic as the headliner herself. But the finely-tuned 100 minute performance served as both hello and goodbye, as Twain — who recently ended a two year Las Vegas residency at Caesar’s Palace — has said that this tour, her first in 11 years, will also serve as her last on this scale.

As such, Twain threw everything at the wall and much of it stuck. As her chipper, skilled seven-piece band churned out the jukebox of hits that have made her one of the best-selling artists ever, Twain — outfitted variously in sparkly tops, fishnets, and leather hot pants — offered up the full arena spectacle combination platter. There were pyrotechnics, flames, and confetti, booming beats and heavy riffage, and, in the night’s most quietly charming interlude, a stripped-back acoustic set that focused more on the singer-songwriter’s musicality and the warmth of mandolins, fiddles, and dobros.

That passage included the winsome, Beatles-esque “Today is Your Day” and the kicky Everly Brothers ringer "No One Needs to Know” — both bolstered by dreamy harmony vocals — before ending with the adult contemporary gold of “You’re Still the One,” no doubt conjuring memories of the couples’ skate at the roller rink.

Lovely as that was, Twain is a performer who loves her exclamatory pop songs and many of those made an appearance including mission statement opener “Rock this Country!”; “Up!” performed as she sat astride a saddle raised above the crowd; explosive set closer “(If You’re Not In it For Love) I’m Outta Here!”; and encore “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

If some of the midtempo country stompers like “Honey I’m Home” filling the gaps between the bigger hits suffered from a certain sameness and haven’t aged as well, Twain has always been a performer capable of making up for a lack of range with spirit and a sense of real passion inside the glittery exterior and Wednesday was no exception as she bid farewell with joie de vivre.

Opener Gavin DeGraw — who did a quick set of his own hits as well as Billy Joel and Bryan Adams covers — returned to join Twain in the fizzy duet “Party For Two.” 

Shania Twain with Gavin DeGraw

at the TD Garden Wednesday

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7 things you need to know about Shania Twain's 'Rock This Country Tour'

By John Serba | MLive.com | July 9, 2015 at 5:31 AM

Shania Twain recently joined the ranks of superstars embarking on high-profile "final" tours.

Cue the cynics, who will undoubtedly express their disbelief and cite the likes of KISS, Cher and Ozzy Osbourne, who all sold mountains of concert tickets teasing their retirements, only to double back and un-retire later. (Or Motley Crue, who signed a "cessation of touring" legal agreement as a publicity stunt in 2014; their tour stretches deep into 2015.) But Twain, speaking to reporters during a May conference call, seemed earnest in her intention to call it quits.

"The performance side of (music) is a phase in my life," she said. "I've been doing it for so long. I'll be 50 this year, and I've been on stage since I was eight years old. I've done my fair share."

The "Rock This Country Tour" launched June 5, and consists of 48 concerts, including stops at Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena July 11, and The Palace of Auburn Hills July 25. During the conference call, she promised big-yet-intimate live performances on the run, as well as a commitment to a refurbished career as a songwriter. Here are seven things you need to know about Shania's career, tour and life in 2015:

1. It's her last tour, but not the end of her career in music. "I'll be doing music until the day I die. I love music too much," she said. "It's time to do different things – I want to write more. I miss making records. I haven't made enough records in my career. ... I want to write songs for other artists that are coming up, and sit back and enjoy them, be part of their success. I''s a whole other exciting phase for me. I see it as an evolution in my career, really."

2. Her time away from the stage wasn't entirely her choice. She experienced a highly publicized health scare via dysphonia, an affliction of the voice box that not only threatened her singing, but her speaking voice as well. It can be a psychological affliction, and a few years ago, she cited the stress of her high-profile split with then-husband, music producer Mutt Lange, as a factor. (He reportedly had an affair with her close friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud; in 2011, Twain would re-marry, to Marie-Anne's ex-husband, Nestlé executive Frédéric Thiébaud.)

"I wasn't sure I was ever going to sing again," she said. "Initially, (I took the sabbatical in 2004) more so just for the break and to be a mom. The first few years after the tour were deliberately to concentrate on my son and my home. The shorter sabbatical became a long one, and the problem with my voice compounded.

"It was very, very scary. It went way beyond not being able to perform, beyond concerns for my career as a singer. It was a part of me I was losing, like losing a hand. I really thought that I had lost the voice that I knew. It was something I was having a terrible time coming to terms with. Before I gave up completely, I found the courage to tackle it and take it on. For a period I believed I would never sing again, and it was incredibly depressing. "

3. High-tech, but also small. In March, Twain announced her current string of dates, her first full-blown tour in 11 years. It follows a two-year, 105-show residency in Las Vegas, dubbed "Shania: Still the One." The venue she played, The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, holds 4,300, and the singer says she wants to bring the small-room vibe to the arenas and sheds she's playing this summer, while still offering audiences a dynamic, modern, flashy stage show.

"What I've missed the most is the connection with the fans," she said. "The audiences (in Vegas) were very close to the stage, one of the luxuries I enjoyed. It was really cool to touch the people, mingle with them, and enjoy that theater environment. I thought, 'I have to do more of this. I want to do more of this.' ... It won't be as easy to do because of the scale of the rooms, but we're going to do it. It's part of the plan, and built into the production."

4. Expect a new album, maybe even this year. "On my days off, I'll be recording vocals or working on songwriting," she said. "I'm not going to get out much, working between the stage and the new album."

5. But don't anticipate any new songs in the current set. Not yet, at least. "There won't be any new music on the set list, at least at this point," she said. "Maybe by the end of the tour. I don't want to bore people with songs they don't know, either. When I go to a concert, I want to hear the songs that I know and have memories with. If it's close enough to when I'm going to release something, it would be fair to do one or two songs off the new album. If the album progresses quickly enough, I might put one or two new songs in, close to the end of the tour."

6. In other words, expect all the hits. "The music is bringing us back together," she said of her relationship with the audience. "It's a chance to reminisce and celebrate, and play all the hits that they know. A lot of the kids that were listening years ago are adults now, so it's exciting for me to be reunited with them."

7. Twain is taking a more personal approach with her songwriting efforts. She said she never stopped writing during her time off. "It's a creative outlet that I'd do wehter I was touring or recording or not," she said. "The spirit of the songs is very relatable, more communicative. They're not obscure or anything like that. I'm writing it all myself, with no other writer or producer directing it. So it's naturally going to give a different spirit to the music.

"It's very personalized songwriting, a very therapeutic process for me. I'm pouring my heart out in the music, literally in the lyrics, or in the melodies and chord progressions. It's been a great experience and I want to do more of it. I don't want to stop, just want to keep going. I could just do that – write music – and be very satisfied. I'm learning that about myself. I'm feeling less extroverted about my music, and more content just creating it."

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Concert review: Shania Twain back in the saddle at Consol Energy Center

By Scott Mevis | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | July 10, 2015

Before there was Carrie and Taylor, there was Shania, the ’90s Queen of Country Pop, earning a share of the credit or blame for the state of the genre.

Out of action for more than a decade with bum vocal cords and a messy divorce, Shania Twain is waging a hit-and-run comeback on the Rock This Country Tour, which played Consol Energy Center tonight before a crowd of more than 14,000.

This will be a one-off, she claims, a farewell to the fans, as she turns 50 in August.

Fresh off two years in Vegas, her current tour is a full-blown flashy arena spectacle, beginning with her rising out of the floor, amid fog and fireworks, on a riser that kept going up, up, up on “Rock This Country!” She was rocking platinum hair, long black fringe and thigh-high boots.

That one wasn’t so country, but the fiddles were flying, steel guitars crying and heels kicking up on “Honey, I’m Home,” “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” and “I Ain’t No Quitter,” among others.

The Canadian singer has never been about knockout vocals, especially live, and that hasn’t changed. Her voice is noticeably deeper and raspier, not soaring like you want it to on songs like “Love Gets Me Every Time” and “Any Man of Mine.” Awkwardly enough, Leah, a precocious fan she brought on stage, out-sang her on “Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You).”

But this was really about celebrating Shania and the country/pop/hair-metal creations she cooked up with her ex, Robert “Mutt” Lange. They came loud and furious, with pyro, costume changes and trips into and over the audience. “Up!” had her up not on balloons — that would have been cool — but a saddle attached to a crane, with red lasers, for the country-pop answer to “Spinal Tap.”

A musical highlight was her flirtatious duet with opener Gavin DeGraw on “Party for Two.” One of her best vocals actually came when she sang country on a twangy acoustic “No One Needs to Know.”

After scenery-shedding power ballad “From This Moment On,” she brought it to a happy, rocking finish with “That Don't Impress Me Much,” “(If You're Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

Truthfully, it didn't impress me much, but the roar of the crowd spoke loudly about the fan feeling.

Mr. DeGraw put on his usual fiery opening set, pounding through hits like “Best I Ever Had,” “I Don't Wanna Be,” Billy Joel’s “Big Shot” and Bryan Adams’ “Heaven” wrapping around “Not Over You.”

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Shania pours out the fan favorites in return to touring

By Kellie B. Gormly | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | July 11, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

In one of the most delightful and memorable moments of Shania Twain's Friday concert, the Canadian country-pop singer played on the saying “getting back in the saddle” by, literally, mounting a saddle.

An extended leg of the stage at Consol Energy Center raised Twain into the air and, astride the saddle, she sang the uppity-up, happy hit “Up” while rotating over the audience.

The “Up!” performance was a metaphor for Twain who, after an 11-year break from touring, is embarking on her Rock This Country Tour, which she says is her final one. After she completes this tour, Twain says she will retire from concerts and focus just on songwriting and recording new music. But who knows? At almost 50, Twain is looking and sounding fabulous, and she sang every word like she meant it. Maybe she will change her mind in the future and return to the stage for encore touring.

In her almost 20-song set, Twain — who most recently spent two years performing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas — gave us most of the fan favorites from the 1990s and early 2000s, when she became the crossover queen from country into rock/pop music.

Surprisingly, the show included extensive pyrotechnics, including showers of fireworks and even many full-bodied flames shooting from the stage in a technique usually reserved for hard-rock outdoor concerts.

Twain's multiple glittery, sensual outfits — which included thigh-boots and sequined bodices, complementing her sparkling red microphone — brought a Vegas touch to the show.

With a sometimes raspy voice that survived a throat illness and still sounds mostly great, Twain sang classics including the rip-roaring honkytonk dance songs “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” — backed by images of colorful boots on the stage screen — and the pre-encore finale with arguably Twain's biggest hit, “(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!”

Twain showed her more soulful side with an acoustic, self-strummed version of “You're Still the One,” and the powerful “From This Moment On,” a song accompanied by a smoky stage and backdrop.

The audience adored Twain and, according to a sign one fan held high, came from as far away as Thailand to see her perform. Other fans held up the red and white Canada flag to honor Twain's home country.

Twain sang “Happy Birthday” to two fans having birthdays in the audience, and the audience sang it back to her, since Twain turns 50 on Aug. 28. She interacted with the audience in a way that made people feel like they were in Twain's living room, even though they were crammed into a large venue with thousands of other fans.

During “Any Man of Mine,” Twain went out into the audience to shake people's hands, and during “(Don't Be Stupid) You Know I Love You,” she brought a woman from the audience onto the stage to sing with her.

“This is like a reunion,” Twain told the audience in between songs. “I could just talk to you all night.”

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Twain's still the one, pleasing Pittsburgh fans

By Scott Tady | Beaver County Times | July 11, 2015 10:45 am

PITTSBURGH – There was lots of red, but no signs of rust Friday from Shania Twain at Consol Energy Center.

The singing star's first tour in 11 years, and first Pittsburgh visit in 12, ran like a well-oiled machine, with fireworks, flames and fabulous clothing adding to the visual flair as Twain sang all her hits.

A month shy of 50, Twain looked magnificent. She's a blonde now, who started her show in sparkly red c0cktail attire layered under a fringe-y leather jacket, with heeled thigh boots and red-tinted sunglasses that were to die for, matching her blinged out red microphone.

Her 19-song performance launched with “Rock This Country,” which was more country than rock thanks to the fiddle that came twofold on her next song, “Honey, I'm Home” rendered in all its honky-tonk-pop glory with sparks shooting from the stage.

Twain shed her shades before “You Win My Love,” another twangy tune from her band, several of whom played red instruments. Clad in black with red embellishments like her lead guitarist's necktie, they laid down the ridiculously catchy groove to “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” as big neon boots danced on the jumbo screen..

A giggly Twain finally took a breath to chat with the crowd that looked very close to sold-out, mixed in age, but skewing more towards people old enough to remember her 1997 groundbreaking emergence.

That glittery red top slipped off one shoulder after Twain sang “I Ain't No Quitter,” which she described as an ode to her stubbornness and determination. Remember: She's just five years removed from a vocal box disorder that threatened her career, though Twain's singing sounded flawless Friday as her set progressed towards its country/adult contemporary crossovers.

“Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)” brought the night's main spontaneity, as Twain pulled on stage a front-row female fan, who with a purse slung across her shoulder, began belting out the lyrics like a seasoned pro. A delighted looking Twain ushered the fan (as luck would have it, an amateur singer) around the stage to let her capably sing some more, later remarking, “That's the first time I've ever done that as a duet.”

As Twain learned during her two-year residency in Las Vegas, fans have come to expect face-time and photo ops with their singing stars, so she gave her Pittsburgh fans both, first by taking a lap around the arena's floor atop a wheeled vehicle I'd like to think is called the Shaniamobile. For “Up!” from 2002, she road a stationary mechanical bull lifted by a crane that spun her slowly around the room, eye-level with fans near the top of the lower bowl.

Twain's well-liked warmup act, soulful rocker Gavin DeGraw, returned for a duet on “Party for Two.”

Having switched to a shiny, silvery outfit cut thigh-high, Twain took a seat for a three-song acoustic set that started with a quick speech about her gratitude to fans during this comeback tour.

“It was not easy, but I'm having the time of my life,” she said, setting up “Today is Your Day.” With a large red curtain as a backdrop, she followed with “No One Needs to Know” then an utterly solid, acoustic rendition of her huge hit “You're Still The One” dedicated to Pittsburgh fans.

Normally we'd call it smoke, though for Twain it seemed more like clouds rising from the stage for the soaring ballad “From This Moment On.”

She has said this is her final tour, but it didn't feel like an emotional swan song, especially during the rocking conclusion that kicked into high gear with the stomping country-pop of “That Don't Impress Me Much.” Nope, Brad Pitt look-alikes still don't do it for her.

The encore gave Twain time for a third major wardrobe change, as she emerged in a sultry one-piece, her boots striding purposefully across a fire-breathing stage, to sing “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

It felt good for all of us.

Some credit is due DeGraw, for an engaging 40-minute warmup set that offered a few covers, notably a hard-grinding run through “Big Shot” by Billy Joel, who DeGraw opened for last year in the same building. DeGraw was more fun this year.

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Concert review: Shania Twain flashy fun, but a musical featherweight

By John Serba | MLive.com | July 12, 2015 at 5:24 AM

REVIEW: 2 ½ OUT OF 4 STARS

What: Shania Twain with opening act Gavin DeGraw

When and where: July 11, 2015, Van Andel Arena Highlight: (Song name or describe a moment)

Length: 100 minutes for Twain, 40 for DeGraw

Attendance: Sold out (number not available)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" blared out of the Van Andel Arena speakers as the lights went down. The audience roared. From below the stage rose Shania Twain, clutching a metallic-red microphone to match her lipstick and sparkling minidress, accessorizing with rose-colored glasses and leather fringe from here to February.

As the erector-set platform lifted her above the heads of her backing band, they launched "Rock This Country!" – Twain's exclamation point, not mine – re-establishing the Canadian singer as new-country royalty after a decade-long absence from the touring circuit. It's a statement we've heard before from Twain, who crossed over long and hard and fast during the 1990s and early 2000s, and now returns to remind us of the pre-hick-hop era, a kinder, gentler, less embarrassing time.

She has nothing new to say; the current slew of dates, which she's calling her last, is a greatest-hits tour, a nostalgic run-through of her signature tunes before she says goodbye to the stage. The opening number, however, also set the baseline for a show that delivered plenty of visual flair, but lacked musical oomph. Her voice was thin, the sound mix lacked dynamic and her seven-piece backup band was a faceless unit, notable only for one of the three guitarists playing a flying-V lap-steel, a reminder of how they can, you know, rock the ol' country.

The evening's fourth song was one of Twain's signature hot-sass tracks, "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" (see also: "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)" and "That Don't Impress Me Much"). It's the perfect type of number to bat clean-up, a sizzler with a big hook, but like many of her performances of big hits Saturday night, it lacked sonic punch. The choruses blended into the arrangements when they should pop like fireworks.

Truth is, the specter of her former husband and producer, Mutt Lange – the man who pushed AC/DC to stadiums, turned Def Leppard into hit-producing robots and rendered Twain a multi-genre superstar - hangs over the songs like a big, bland fog of homogeneity. Lange's first co-writing credit with Twain was "Boots," ironic considering his footwear reportedly ended up under another woman's bed. But, evidenced by the rose-colored glasses, Twain has moved on, and so should we.

The crowd, eager to love Twain, didn't seem to mind, and sang along loudly and contentedly. She reciprocated the love verbally, and by singing "Any Man of Mine" from a rolling platform pulled around the periphery of the venue by roadies, slapping hands and leaning into the crowd for fan photos. Earlier, a gentleman in the front row gave the singer a massive bouquet of flowers; she nearly mooned half the sold-out arena when she crouched to give him the microphone, into which he revealed that he's 93 years old.

Twain also handed the reins to the audience for her acoustic performance of "You're Still the One," letting fans carry the chorus. Her voice sounded best with less accompaniment - her three-song acoustic mini-set also featured "Today is Your Day," an emotional affirmation that works best presented without the pyro, flashpots, digital-video presentation and other gimmicks punctuating the likes of "(If You're Not in it for Love) I'm Outta Here!" and "Honey, I'm Home"; for "Up!" she rode a mechanical bull, albeit the non-bucking variety, primarily because it was on the end of a rotating extension crane that lifted her above the crowd.

She also brought out opening act Gavin DeGraw to duet with her on "Party for Two," which she originally recorded with Mark McGrath or Billy Currington, depending on what radio-format you listened to in the '90s. DeGraw's 40-minute set featured tight, skillfully executed vanilla pop made an even lighter shade of pale by a cover of Billy Joel's "Big Shot," and by sandwiching "Not Over You" within references to Bryan Adams' "Heaven." DeGraw is best known for the hit "I Don't Want to Be," which features an irrepressible descending melody during its chorus, and the song proved to be just as infectious live.

Unsurprisingly, Twain upheld her status as a pop star with plenty of style but not a lot of musical meat on the bones. After a mid-set costume change, she rose out of the stage and yelled "Let's go!" as the band mushed into "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!", another mildly underwhelming performance boosted by the singer's strut and a high-wattage light show. Truth is, no one was gonna get got unless they wanted to. That's not a bad thing, considering Twain's cheery accessibility and the swagger she brought to show-closing encore number "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!", during which she wore an armored, high-and-low-cut leotard rendering her a country-rock dominatrix. It's hard not to expect a little more such attitude from Twain and volume from her cohorts. It'd be much more rock 'n' roll that way.

Note: Shania Twain will play the Palace of Auburn Hills July 25, 2015

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Tommy, why the tour attendances aren't available yet? I'd like to know if she sold out any shows

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Tommy, why the tour attendances aren't available yet? I'd like to know if she sold out any shows


I haven't seen any attendance numbers posted anywhere. Venues Today's Hot Ticket page used to post all of Shania's Vegas show attendances but they haven't posted any numbers for her "Rock This Country" tour. The concert review posted above says the concert was sold out in Grand Rapids on Saturday night.

If anyone finds a website that has Shania's concert sales & attendance let me know. In addition to Venues Today, I already checked www.pollstar.com and www.tourintel.com.



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ROCK THIS COUNTRY TOUR BOXSCORE (June 5-30)
 
KeyArena, Seattle, Wash., June 5, 2015 - Sales: $1,123,180 - Attendance: 11,428 / Capacity: 11,428 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 7, 9, 2015 - Sales: $2,436,050 - Attendance: 26,418 / Capacity: 26,418 - Shows: 2 [SOLD OUT]
 
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, June 11-12, 2015 - Sales: $2,709,440 - Attendance: 26,892 / Capacity: 26,892 - Shows: 2 [SOLD OUT]
 
SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 14, 2015 - Sales: $1,271,280 - Attendance: 12,927 / Capacity: 12,927 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 15, 2015 - Sales: $1,145,700 - Attendance: 11,265 / Capacity: 11,265 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario, June 19-20, 2015 - Sales: $1,977,840 - Attendance: 16,901 / Capacity: 16,901 - Shows: 2 [SOLD OUT]
 
FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, June 22, 2015 - Sales: $1,375,830 - Attendance: 13,197 / Capacity: 13,197 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, June 24-25, 2015 - Sales: $2,819,350 - Attendance 29,259 / Capacity: 29,259 - Shows: 2 [SOLD OUT]
 
Wesley Clover Field, Ottawa, Ontario, June 27, 2015 - Sales: $1,672,780 - Attendance: 18,426 / Capacity: 18,426 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, June 28, 2015 - Sales: $1,380,360 - Attendance: 14,141 / Capacity: 14,141 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y., June 30, 2015 - Sales: $1,425,847 - Attendance: 12,395 / Capacity: 12,395 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
**TOTAL SALES: $19,337,657**
**TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 193,249**
**TOTAL SHOWS: 15 [ALL SOLD OUT]**
 
 


-- Edited by Tommy on Tuesday 21st of July 2015 08:21:06 PM

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Thanks Tommy!!!
these are really great numbers for a lady who's been out of the spotlight for 11 years and is touring with the same old songs.
I hope she will change her mind about touring, because it looks like her fans are still there

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Tommy wrote:
ROCK THIS COUNTRY TOUR BOXSCORE (June 5-30)
 
KeyArena, Seattle, Wash., June 5, 2015 - Sales: $1,123,180 - Attendance: 11,428 / Capacity: 11,428 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 7, 9, 2015 - Sales: $2,436,050 - Attendance: 26,418 / Capacity: 26,418 - Shows: 2 [SOLD OUT]
 
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, June 11-12, 2015 - Sales: $2,709,440 - Attendance: 26,892 / Capacity: 26,892 - Shows: 2 [SOLD OUT]
 
SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 14, 2015 - Sales: $1,271,280 - Attendance: 12,927 / Capacity: 12,927 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 15, 2015 - Sales: $1,145,700 - Attendance: 11,265 / Capacity: 11,265 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario, June 19-20, 2015 - Sales: $1,977,840 - Attendance: 16,901 / Capacity: 16,901 - Shows: 2 [SOLD OUT]
 
FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, June 22, 2015 - Sales: $1,375,830 - Attendance: 13,197 / Capacity: 13,197 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, June 24-25, 2015 - Sales: $2,819,350 - Attendance 29,259 / Capacity: 29,259 - Shows: 2 [SOLD OUT]
 
Wesley Clover Field, Ottawa, Ontario, June 27, 2015 - Sales: $1,672,780 - Attendance: 18,426 / Capacity: 18,426 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, June 28, 2015 - Sales: $1,380,360 - Attendance: 14,141 / Capacity: 14,141 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y., June 30, 2015 - Sales: $1,425,847 - Attendance: 12,395 / Capacity: 12,395 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
**TOTAL SALES: $19,337,657**
**TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 193,249**
**TOTAL SHOWS: 15 [ALL SOLD OUT]**
 

 I am very happy to see that she is selling out. Yes she grossed nearly $20 million, but how much of that does she get to "pocket"? I hope she gets as much as she possibly can! However, after expenses, taxes, and "agent fees" are taken out, I would be surprised if she even saw $2 million. 



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Tommy wrote:
ROCK THIS COUNTRY TOUR BOXSCORE (June 5-30)
 
KeyArena, Seattle, Wash., June 5, 2015 - Sales: $1,123,180 - Attendance: 11,428 / Capacity: 11,428 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 7, 9, 2015 - Sales: $2,436,050 - Attendance: 26,418 / Capacity: 26,418 - Shows: 2 [SOLD OUT]
 
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, June 11-12, 2015 - Sales: $2,709,440 - Attendance: 26,892 / Capacity: 26,892 - Shows: 2 [SOLD OUT]
 
SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 14, 2015 - Sales: $1,271,280 - Attendance: 12,927 / Capacity: 12,927 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 15, 2015 - Sales: $1,145,700 - Attendance: 11,265 / Capacity: 11,265 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario, June 19-20, 2015 - Sales: $1,977,840 - Attendance: 16,901 / Capacity: 16,901 - Shows: 2 [SOLD OUT]
 
FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, June 22, 2015 - Sales: $1,375,830 - Attendance: 13,197 / Capacity: 13,197 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, June 24-25, 2015 - Sales: $2,819,350 - Attendance 29,259 / Capacity: 29,259 - Shows: 2 [SOLD OUT]
 
Wesley Clover Field, Ottawa, Ontario, June 27, 2015 - Sales: $1,672,780 - Attendance: 18,426 / Capacity: 18,426 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, June 28, 2015 - Sales: $1,380,360 - Attendance: 14,141 / Capacity: 14,141 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y., June 30, 2015 - Sales: $1,425,847 - Attendance: 12,395 / Capacity: 12,395 - Shows: 1 [SOLD OUT]
 
**TOTAL SALES: $19,337,657**
**TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 193,249**
**TOTAL SHOWS: 15 [ALL SOLD OUT]**
 

 I am very happy to see that she is selling out. Yes she grossed nearly $20 million, but how much of that does she get to "pocket"? I hope she gets as much as she possibly can! However, after expenses, taxes, and "agent fees" are taken out, I would be surprised if she even saw $2 million. 


 i don't see your point. That goes the same for every single big time artist, And i am sure before Shania went on tour she figured out what she would be taking home lol to make it worth her while, she is not stupid. But why do you care what Shania takes home? She is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and didn't need to tour.  I just don't care what money any artist takes home, Shania is very rich and we don't have to worry about her.  I am glad she is doing well though.

 



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My point I was making is that many people don't understand how little entertainers (ESPECIALLY MUSIC) make is small in proportion to how much they gross. It's crazy how many (not saying or implying you) people think the performer receives in relation of net to gross. Back in the 90s, an average price for a CD was $15-$20. The average price for a CD today (if people still buy them, most music is purchased via digital means) is....$15-$20.

As a fan, I want her to be compensated justly for the value she brings to the marketplace. If every show is SOLD OUT, then would it be safe to assume her ticket prices are too low? Just a question to ponder. Remember, pricing is SUBJECTIVE. Some people wouldn't spend $1 on a Shania ticket, others would spend $1000 or more (arbitrary numbers but you get my point).

A very wise, old businessman once told me "If a customer/client opens up his wallet and happily gives you money for a product or service, your prices are too low.....if he doesn't open up his wallet and walks out the door, your prices are too high....if he complains about the price, but still buys your product, your prices are about right." Of course to be fair, I am not in the music industry, and don't claim to have any "insider knowledge" about how artists are compensated, etc.

I guess my question to you, since I am sure you have been to more concerts than I have (I have never been to a concert, to watch any performer) is this.... If you have been to her concert, would you have paid more for the experience and still feel that you got your monies worth? If the answer is yes, then she is underpriced....

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Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

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My point I was making is that many people don't understand how little entertainers (ESPECIALLY MUSIC) make is small in proportion to how much they gross. It's crazy how many (not saying or implying you) people think the performer receives in relation of net to gross. Back in the 90s, an average price for a CD was $15-$20. The average price for a CD today (if people still buy them, most music is purchased via digital means) is....$15-$20.

As a fan, I want her to be compensated justly for the value she brings to the marketplace. If every show is SOLD OUT, then would it be safe to assume her ticket prices are too low? Just a question to ponder. Remember, pricing is SUBJECTIVE. Some people wouldn't spend $1 on a Shania ticket, others would spend $1000 or more (arbitrary numbers but you get my point).

A very wise, old businessman once told me "If a customer/client opens up his wallet and happily gives you money for a product or service, your prices are too low.....if he doesn't open up his wallet and walks out the door, your prices are too high....if he complains about the price, but still buys your product, your prices are about right." Of course to be fair, I am not in the music industry, and don't claim to have any "insider knowledge" about how artists are compensated, etc.

I guess my question to you, since I am sure you have been to more concerts than I have (I have never been to a concert, to watch any performer) is this.... If you have been to her concert, would you have paid more for the experience and still feel that you got your monies worth? If the answer is yes, then she is underpriced....


 i think most people know that the gross is not the amount she takes home and she has lots of expenses lol Bottom line is she still makes millions and millions off this tour. Also you are wrong about low ticket prices. In fact many fans were complaining how high her ticket prices are.  So her ticket prices are in the ball park of what the very top entertainers demand.    Shania is  doing just fine lol



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I am sure if she doesn't make enough on her tour, she will more than make up for it with the sales of her next album...(eyes rolling).

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I am sure if she doesn't make enough on her tour, she will more than make up for it with the sales of her next album...(eyes rolling).


Shania knows exactly how many millions she will make off this tour lol She and her team did the money crunching long ago lol  none of us fans knows how much these artists take home so you are only guessing. But you better believe it has to be very lucrative for Shania to start a huge tour like this. She will make many millions after all the expenses. But like i said, she doesn't need it.



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With nothing to prove, Shania lets it rip Wednesday night in Jacksonville

By Tom Szaroleta | Florida Times-Union | July15, 2015 @ 11:33 pm

Shania Twain doesn’t have a new album to promote. No TV show or CMT special or movie to push. No real reason at all for going out on what is reportedly her final tour.

That sets her free to do pretty much anything she wants, to really let rip with all her hits and not worry about playing the stuff nobody wants to hear anyway.

Wednesday night at a packed Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, she did just that. For nearly two hours she threw a party, complete with fireworks and flamethrowers and laser beams and confetti cannons.

She hasn’t toured in more than a decade (unless you count a couple of years of shows in Las Vegas), but she sure didn’t seem rusty on Wednesday night. She was all over the stage — all over the arena, in fact, thanks to a wheeled mini-stage that she rode in a complete circuit of the floor, pushed by burly security guards — for the whole night, high kicking and tossing her hair and leaning back to hit those really big notes she’s famous for.

Her voice was often muddled and sometimes drowned out by her seven-piece band on Wednesday. But when the band quieted down during the slow numbers and during a short acoustic set midway through the show, it became clear that Twain’s still got it. When she needs to, she can still toss in a in a hiccup or a plaintive wail or one of those curious warbles that are all over her biggest hits. She was particularly good on an acoustic take on “You’re Still the One.”

Back in her ‘90s heyday, she was often criticized by country fans for being too pop, which is kind of ironic when you consider what passes for country today. There certainly were pop overtones to parts of her show on Wednesday, but there’s no question that it was a country show (what else could you call “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”). Two fiddlers (three on at least one song) and a pedal-steel guitar will do that. And if there were any doubts at all, they were settled when a red-fringed saddle rose out of the stage on the end of a crane and carried her in a big circle out over the crowd.

Her set was heavy on hits from the ‘90s, when she dominated the country and pop charts — “You Win My Love,” “Any Man of Mine,” “Come on Over,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “(If You’re Not In In for Love) I’m Outta Here!” — many of which have big, heavy beats perfect for playing really loud in an arena.

Her band, all dressed in black, showed a lot of versatility, jumping from one instrument to another with each new song — guitars, mandolins, banjos, fiddles, pedal steel and keyboards. They also had to keep the crowd going during three costume changes.

They played on just about the most complicated stage imaginable. Pieces would rise and shift and slide so that, from song to song, it sometimes seemed as if you were watching on TV and someone switched the channel.

Gavin DeGraw opened the show with a pleasant enough 40 minute set, but he was an odd choice as an opening act because there is nothing even a little bit country about him. He’s a piano-playing rocker whose style didn’t really translate into a big arena setting. He might be great headlining his own show in a smaller theater, but he seemed out of place opening for a big country star on an arena tour.

http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/music/2015-07-15/story/nothing-prove-shania-lets-it-rip-wednesday-night-jacksonville



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Canada I'm coming back! #RockThisCountry http://ShaniaTwain.com

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ShaniaTwain.com | July 16, 2015

Oct 18 & Oct 19 - Regina, SK; Brandt Centre

Oct 21 - Grande Prairie, AB; Revolution Place

Oct 22 - Prince George, BC; CN Centre

Oct 24 & Oct 25 - Victoria, BC; Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Oct 27 - Kelowna, BC; Prospera Place

TICKETS ON-SALE FRIDAY, JULY 24 @ 10:00 AM

ShaniaTwain.com presale begins Tuesday, July 21 at 10am local time through Thursday, July 23 at 10pm local time. A $1.00 donation from each ticket purchased will go to the Shania Kids Can Foundation.

Due to the overwhelming demand, SHANIA TWAIN’S ROCK THIS COUNTRY tour, has added five more Western Canadian cities. Now Shania’s fans can see her seven more times in Western Canada, doing two back to back nights in Regina, SK and Victoria, BC.

Shania recently completed a SOLD OUT, three week run across Canada. Her tour kicked off in North America on June 5 where she has been performing her extensive catalogue of iconic hits, in a brand new production, for her fans coast to coast in major US and Canadian cities.

“This is a celebration tour. It’s party time! The ROCK THIS COUNTRY tour will have a different spirit than my past tours,” said Twain. “It’s a Shania they’ve never seen before. A lot of years have gone by and I’ve got a lot more to share.”

Beloved by millions worldwide, Shania has multi-platinum album sales in 32 countries with over 75 million albums sold, and 17 top 10 singles. Three of Shania’s albums (The Woman In Me, Come On Over, Up! ) reached Diamond certification, making her the only artist to have three consecutive albums sell more than 10 million copies in the US. Rising to fame with her debut album Shania Twain (1993), Shania became a worldwide phenomenon with the release of Come On Over (1997), which became the best-selling country album of all time, and the best-selling album released by a female artist. For all official Shania Twain tour news go to www.shaniatwain.com.

Produced by Sakamoto Entertainment Inc. and Another Gold & Gold Production.

TICKET INFORMATION

Regina, SK

Tickets available online at www.ticketmaster.ca, charge by phone (855) 985-5000 and any TicketMaster outlet.

Grande Prairie, AB

Tickets Available online at tickets.revolutionplace.com, charge by phone (780) 538-0387 and at the Revolution Place Box Office.

Prince George, BC

Tickets available online at www.ticketmaster.ca, charge by phone (855) 985-5000 and any TicketMaster outlet.

Victoria, BC

Available at www.selectyourtickets.com, charge by phone (250) 220-7777 and at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Box Office.

Kelowna, BC

Available at www.selectyourtickets.com, charge by phone (250) 762-5050 and at the Prospera Place Box Office.

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Woohoo!! I am AT American Airlines Arena waiting for the doors to open!! I'm so excited I can't believe this is happening! Hopefully I'll get some good photos and I'll share them when I get home.

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Woohoo!! I am AT American Airlines Arena waiting for the doors to open!! I'm so excited I can't believe this is happening! Hopefully I'll get some good photos and I'll share them when I get home.


Cool! Have a great time rocking Miami! 



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Woohoo!! I am AT American Airlines Arena waiting for the doors to open!! I'm so excited I can't believe this is happening! Hopefully I'll get some good photos and I'll share them when I get home.


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