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Shania Twain's Farewell Tour Launches With Sell-Out Shows

By Bob Allen | Bilboard | July 16, 2015 9:22 PM EDT

Shania Twain leads the pack on the weekly tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) with the first box office stats reported from her third major tour – and her first in 11 years - dubbed Rock This Country, set to visit 60 North American cities through October.

The country/pop star grabs the No. 1 ranking based on $19.3 million in sales from 15 shows at the first 11 venues on the 18-week jaunt.

Marketed as her farewell tour, Rock This Country launched in Seattle on June 5, but headed next to Vancouver to begin a 13-show stretch in nine Canadian cities through June 28. Two days later at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Twain kicked off a run through 34 U.S. arenas that will continue through late August.

The Rock This Country tour’s initial ticket on sale date was in March, but in May a fall North American leg was announced, adding 19 more concerts during September and October. An international trek has been rumored for next spring and summer, but a tour extension into 2016 has not yet been announced.

Twain last toured 11 years ago behind the 2002 release of her fourth -- and most recent -- album Up!. That trek ran from the fall of 2003 through the following summer with jaunts through both North America and Europe grossing $87 million from 96 reported shows. Most recently, she appeared in Las Vegas at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace with Still the One, her residency production that ran from Dec. 1, 2012 through Dec. 13, 2014. Sales from 105 performances reached $43 million from 346,021 sold tickets during the two-year run.

Landing in the No. 2 slot among the 10 top-grossing tours of the week, U2’s Innocence + Experience tour brought in $15.7 million from 133,434 fans at the two most recent venues reported. Chicago’s United Center hosted the iconic rock band for five sold out performances between June 24 and July 2, logging a gross of $11.3 million. A two-night engagement in Toronto, attended by a crowd of 38,364, added $4.4 million to the tour’s overall sales total that currently tops $48 million since launching in May. The sold ticket count now registers 432,457 after 24 performances on the North American leg that continues through the end of July. A fall trek in Europe will follow, beginning on September 4 and wrapping on November 15.

Eric Church’s bustling summer on the road not only includes headlining dates on his Outsiders world tour but also appearances on Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival tour and a host of North American fair and festival shows and other events. The country artist claims this week’s third place ranking with Outsiders tour dates at outdoor venues in two states. First is a concert at the Amphitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala. that drew a sellout crowd of 10,021 on June 12. Also in the mix is a concert at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine with 11,869 fans present on July 9. 

RankACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
1SHANIA TWAIN
 $19,337,657
 June 5-30
 KeyArena, Seattle (1/1)
 Rogers Arena, Vancouver (2/2)
 Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (2/2)
 SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (1/1)
 MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/1)
 Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario (2/2)
 FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ontario (1/1)
 Air Canada Centre, Toronto (2/2)
 Wesley Clover Field, Ottawa, Ontario (1/1)
 Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
 Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
 193,249 (193,249)
  
2U2
 $15,794,778
 June 24-July 7
 United Center, Chicago (5/5)
 Air Canada Centre, Toronto (2/2)
 133,434 (133,434)
  
3ERIC CHURCH
 $1,181,382
 June 12-July 9
 Amphitheater at the Wharf, Orange Beach, Ala. (1/1)
 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, Maine (1/0)
 21,890 (23,765)
  
4DEF LEPPARD
 $530,470
 July 5
 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/0)
 7,030 (7,075)
  
5JAMES TAYLOR
 $486,031
 July 7
 Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, Maine (1/1)
 5,993 (5,993)
  
6ROB THOMAS
 $322,569
 June 12-20
 The Colosseum at Caesars, Windsor, Ontario (1/0)
 Harrah’s Stir Concert Cove, Council Bluffs, Iowa (1/0)
 6,850 (8,934)
  
7LINDSEY STIRLING
 $251,965
 May 23-26
 Big Sky Brewery, Missoula, Mont. (1/1)
 Outlaw Field, Boise, Idaho (1/1)
 8,500 (8,500)
  
8SLAYER
 $181,039
 June 16-17
 The Paramount, Huntington, N.Y. (2/2)
 3,146 (3,146)
  
9HOZIER
 $170,352
 June 14
 Horseshoe Casino, The Shoe, Cincinnati (1/1)
 4,056 (4,056)
  
10"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC
 $140,625
 June 26
 The Colosseum at Caesars, Windsor, Ontario(1/0)
 3,714 (4,934)

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6634396/shania-twain-farewell-tour-sellout-shows

 



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I N C R E D I B L E. Her vocals were on point the entire night. She looked AMAZING. The show was spectacular. I know we've had some doubts about her singing live or singing well, but after seeing the show I'm convinced it's 100% live and her vocals are tops. If I had any complaints about the show, it would be that musically it's a bit tired - I would have loved to see an album cut or Endless Love or something thrown in there. Today Is Your Day is 1000 times better live. Working on photos/videos. :)

edit to add - somewhere on this forum there was an article about Gavin DeGraw. He put on a great show but the audience wasn't there for it (both physically and mentally). That author was right that Gavin is not much of an arena player. I enjoyed it, but he definitely seems like a theme park/small theater type of guy haha.



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Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Associated Press | July 17, 2015

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

1. The Rolling Stones; $8,066,135; $178.44.

2. U2; $6,030,279; $111.53.

3. Paul McCartney; $5,111,024; $158.57.

4. Take That; $4,461,359; $108.93.

5. Taylor Swift; $3,104,630; $108.24.

6. Fleetwood Mac; $2,692,909; $116.05.

7. Kenny Chesney; $1,886,595; $82.75.

8. Shania Twain; $1,741,551; $99.13.

9. Neil Diamond; $1,210,336; $102.27.

10. Bette Midler; $1,179,237; $126.93.

11. Luke Bryan; $1,164,083; $63.11.

12. André Rieu; $1,100,450; $79.10.

13. Herbert Grönemeyer; $958,492; $57.49.

14. Olly Murs; $931,720; $64.97.

15. The Who; $843,896; $95.95.

16. Dave Matthews Band; $794,122; $59.43.

17. Maroon 5; $783,712; $57.73.

18. Ed Sheeran; $746,953; $60.14.

19. Romeo Santos; $717,996; $87.91.

20. New Kids On The Block; $683,598; $59.65.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2015/07/17/top-20-global-concert-tours-from-pollstar/



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Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

Hi @BSWArena #RockThisCountry

6:36 PM ET - 18 Jul 15

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Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

Enjoying a day off before we take #RockThisCountry to DC tomorrow!!

9:23 PM ET - 20 Jul 15

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Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

Soundcheck. #RockThisCountry

6:07 PM ET - 21 Jul 15

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Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

DC! Are you ready!!! #RockThisCountry

8:35 PM ET - 21 Jul 15

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Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

DC brought it tonight! See you tomorrow PA #RockThisCountry

10:56 PM ET - 21 Jul 15

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Good morning Philadelphia! #RockThisCountry

10:41 AM ET - 22 Jul 15

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Shania Twain goes big and bigger at Verizon Center

By Dave McKenna | The Washington Post | July 22 at 3:14 PM

Shania Twain reminded fans why she’s both country music history’s greatest selling female act and its least accessible superstar during Tuesday’s show at Verizon Center.

No doubt some of the emotional distance Twain has always had with her fans, particularly compared to most artists cranked out by the Nashville machine, can be attributed to geography: She was born and raised in Canada, and at the height of her fame moved to Switzerland to live in a medieval mansion with producer Mutt Lange. But it’s also the music. Lange had been known for cranking out hard rock chart toppers (Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” is archetypal Lange) before trying to make it in Music City and hooking up professionally and matrimonially with the then-unknown Twain. Early in the 90-minute Verizon Center set, Twain performed “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” the 1995 single that was her first hit produced by Lange and the song that helped her walk through the country crossover door that had been opened wide several years earlier by Garth Brooks. Although always billed as a country act, Twain’s hits were put through several remixes targeted to appeal specifically to non-country audiences. She went on to sell more than 80 million records. Not since Phil and Ronnie Spector had pop music seen such a fortuitous Svengali/artist pairing.

But life in the castle wasn’t all fairy tales for Twain. She halted touring early into the new century when she lost her singing voice to polyps. Then she found Mutt putting his boots under the bed of her best friend. She divorced Lange and married Frédéric Thiébaud, the ex-husband of her ex-bestie, and her vocal problems largely disappeared. Yet Twain, who turns 50 next month, is still dancing with the guy who brought her to superstardom. For starters, she’s calling the current tour “Rock This Country,” and the arrangements she gave her old hits had a lot more to do with vintage Def Leppard than Hank Williams. Her wardrobe, full of fishnet stockings and thigh-high boots and lots of studded accessories, was similarly heavy metallic.

The show was big on bigness. Twain performed “I’m Gonna Get You Good” in front of a dangerous-looking assortment of flamethrowers blasting fire. For “Up,” Twain strapped herself to a mechanical bull and let a crane drag her to the arena’s rafters. During “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” Twain banged her head as one of her four guitarists delivered a shrieking solo.

The smallest moments of the show were its best and provided hints of Twain’s humanity. She sat on a stool to croon an acoustic version of “You’re Still the One,” which showed a kinship with the finest wimp rock from the 1970s. Twain introduced “Today Is Your Day” as something she wrote during a “particularly crappy time” in her life. As she strummed the you-can-do-it song on an acoustic guitar, many members of the overwhelmingly female audience that filled two-thirds of the big room held each other and swayed. While Twain was thanking the fans for coming out, a parent pushed her 6-year-old daughter toward the stage with an aggressive plea to let her sing. Twain tried calming the terrified kid down by handing over the microphone and letting her warble “Honey I’m Home” as the audience roared.

But there was little humane about the bombast that took complete control by night’s end. For her encore, Twain appeared in a spiked pleather onesie amid a blitz of lasers, fog, fireballs and strobe lights for an Earth-shaking run-through of “Feel Like a Woman.” Whatever she felt like, at that moment the most successful female country singer of all time looked like a backup singer for Motley Crue.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/shania-twain-goes-big-and-bigger-at-verizon-center/2015/07/22/9268a10e-308e-11e5-8f36-18d1d501920d_story.html



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How we feeling tonight @WellsFargoCtr? #RockThisCountry

8:32 PM ET - 22 Jul 15

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Shania Twain's final tour rocks Wells Fargo Center

By Elliott Sharp | Philadelphia Inquirer | July 23, 2015

Shania Twain delivered a thrilling career-spanning concert when her Rock This Country tour stopped at Wells Fargo Center Wednesday.

It was a bittersweet night for her fans, though, because they knew they'd never see the "Queen of Country Pop" wrap her fingers around a microphone, throw her hair back, look up to the heavens, and belt out the big hits - or any songs - on stage again. This was the last time. Ever.

If we believe the announcement Twain made on Good Morning America earlier this year - and it's reasonable to be skeptical, since many artists retire, and then come back for one last cash-grabbing hurrah - this is the 49-year-old Canadian's final tour. She's retiring. Well, not really. She won't perform, but she says she'll continue making music; she even plans to release a new album in the next year.

Whether or not Twain hits the road again, she's had an awesome ride filled with ups and downs. Like Dolly Parton before her, she paved the way for artists like Keith Urban and Taylor Swift to cross over from country to mega-pop stardom. Without Shania, there'd probably be no Taylor.

In 2012, Twain began a two-year residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. (Still the One: Live from Vegas, a collection from her Caesars stint, was released in March.) When she took the stage at Wells Fargo Center, it was like she'd never missed a beat - and learned some flashy new tricks in Vegas. There were outrageous pyrotechnics, wardrobe changes (from a black leather jacket to an elegant black, sequined ball gown), and remarkable stage production that created numerous dazzling visual environments. She even rode a mechanical bull (during "Up!," of course) that soared at least 15 feet above the crowd.

And she played the colossal hits for which the world will always remember her. She performed "Any Man of Mine" on the floor while giving high-fives to ecstatic fans. There was an intimate acoustic version of "Still the One," which cooled things down after the hard-hitting first half of the set (and the hot pyrotechnics). During "That Don't Impress Me Much," she prowled the stage like an immortal lioness. For the encore - beginning with her excellent live band shredding a heavy-metal instrumental that made Metallica sound like Coldplay - she brought the crowd to its feet with a mind-blowing performance of "Man, I Feel Like a Woman."

Twain's voice isn't what it used to be. She struggled to hit the right notes, missing many throughout the night. But she owned the stage and the songs in a way no one else could. It's tough to believe she's done performing because she's just so darn good at it, and she does it with such singular grace. And she obviously has tons of life-affirming fun under those lights - how will she stay away? Let's hope this isn't her last rodeo.

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20150724_Shania_Twain_s_final_____tour_rocks_Wells_Fargo_Center.html



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Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

Travel day. #RockThisCountry

4:01 PM ET - 23 Jul 15

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Tix & VIPs for my newly added Canadian dates are on-sale now! #RockThisCountry

Oct 18/19 - Regina, SK
Oct 21 – Grande Prairie, AB
Oct 22 – Prince George, BC
Oct 24/25 – Victoria, BC
Oct 27 – Kelowna, BC

http://www.shaniatwain.com

2:49 PM ET - 24 Jul 15

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Power restored at arena just in time for Shania fans

By Adrian Chamberlain | Times Colonist | July 24, 2015 10:18 AM PT

Fans who lined up for Shania Twain tickets Friday morning got a fright when a power outage threatened to shut down the ticket system at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

About 20 customers had lined up 30 minutes before the tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. The lineup erupted into cheers when an arena representative told them power had been restored.

“Our engineers have managed to rig up the terminals,” he told the crowd at 9:30 a.m.

More than 3,000 homes were without power in Oak Bay, Victoria and Saanich after a bird hit a power line, according to B.C. Hydro.

Among the relieved fans was Peter Moon, 42, who drove from Nanaimo to arrive 90 minutes before tickets went on sale.

Moon said buying in person is preferable to online purchasing, which doesn’t guarantee a good seat.

“Going online, it’s like gambling, so many people are trying to get tickets,” he said.

If the power outage had continued, customers would still have been able to purchase tickets online through selectyourtickets.com.

Twain brings her Rock This Country tour to SOFMC on Oct. 24 and 25.

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Shania Twain tickets still available

Citizen staff | Prince George Citizen | July 24, 2015 10:18 PM PT

Tickets for country music legend Shania Twain's show at CN Centre have not sold out quite yet.

As of late Friday afternoon, there were "not many left" according to the Ticketmaster website.

While a sellout looks likely, CN Centre manager Glen Mikkelson said there is a chance that once the stage is in place for the Oct. 22 show, Mikkelson said a few more may be made available.

"I can't commit to that but it does happen," he said. "It does happen once we get the stage in place and we're able to see the sight lines, yes, there can be an opportunity.

"And certainly, sometimes the artist will release some holds that they have as they get closer to the show so just for people to keep checking from now until October to see what may become available."

Tickets went on sale on Friday morning and more than 5,200 fans are expected to take in the performance.

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/shania-twain-tickets-still-available-1.2012110



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Shania Twain brings the hits, polish in Palace show

By Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press Pop Music Critic | July 26, 2015 12:47 a.m. ET

This is the year when the 1990s decided to pay country music a visit — with pizzazz and pyrotechnics intact.

Five months after Garth Brooks hit Detroit as part of a post-retirement tour, fellow onetime trendsetter Shania Twain made a return trip of her own, performing Saturday night for a near-sellout crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

It was the 49-year-old star's first show here since a 2003 doubleheader at the Palace, and followed a lengthy touring gap that included voice issues, a divorce and a two-year Las Vegas residency.

Twain, whose arena productions during her '90s heyday helped raise the bar for live country, certainly didn't need any lessons from Vegas in the art of stagecraft. But her stint there seems to have made its mark: At the Palace on Saturday, she led a lights-lasers-and-pyro spectacle marked by precisely calibrated moments and even — at times — a perfunctory, mechanical feel.

This was a homecoming of sorts for the Windsor-born singer, and there was a solid Canadian contingent on hand at the Palace, judging by the Ontario license plates outside and the loud response when Twain name-checked her home nation early on.

A high rock energy accompanied the proceedings, as Twain and her polished seven-piece band drew heavily from the pair of bazillion-selling albums — "The Woman in Me" and "Come On Over" — that helped make her the biggest female success in country history. Three costume-change breaks gave the band a chance to whip up showy rock interludes worthy of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Twain had kicked it all off with, fittingly, "Rock This Country," emerging in sunglasses, fringed jacket and knee-high boots as a riser elevated her at center stage. The stream of hits and familiar hooks flowed from there: "Honey, I'm Home," "You Win My Love," "Love Gets Me," "Any Man of Mine."

Twain's country roots weren't totally forsaken, and the twang periodically came to the forefront, including the saucy 2005 single "I Ain't No Quitter" and fiddle-driven "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)." An arrangement of red theater curtains gave the stage a scaled-down feel for a low-key stretch that found Twain armed with a guitar and one of the night's best moments, the poignant 2011 song "Today is Your Day."

Beneath the peppy demeanor and musical sass that became Twain's public persona two decades ago, there long lurked a vague sense of isolation and disconnect, even in concert. But on Saturday, she managed to peel back some layers, stopping to reflect on her time out of the limelight and revealing vulnerabilities.

"When you stop doing something for a long time, you lose your confidence and courage," she told the Palace crowd. "And you just have to go out there and find that again."

Twain was never a powerhouse vocalist, succeeding instead through the strength of her material and the verve she brought to it all. Her voice is no stronger at 49, and the 100-minute set brought its share of slippery notes (along with seemingly prerecorded backing vocal tracks).

But that was likely just a small obstacle for a high-charged Palace audience that came to soak in a night of nostalgia and Shania comeback glory, driving the energy as Twain hit a homestretch that included the soundtrack-worthy grandeur of "From This Moment On" and the strobe-blasted " (If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"

This may have been the last glimpse of Twain on a metro Detroit stage: While she says she'll continue to make music, she has also declared that this tour — which will include overseas dates next year — is very likely her last.

http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/brian-mccollum/2015/07/26/shania-twain-palace-detroit-review/30686467/



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Shania Twain’s rock country show at Palace delivers plenty heat

By Adam Graham | The Detroit News | July 26, 2015 1:25 a.m. ET

Auburn Hills — Shania Twain’s Rock This Country tour swooped into the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday night with a little bit of country and a whole lot of rock.

The country superstar’s 100-minute concert — her first Metro Detroit show in a dozen years — was a rock and roll extravaganza, with more pyro than a Kiss concert and more leather than a Mötley Crüe show.

With her initials, ST, twisted into a Styx-like font, Twain was either aiming for an ’80s rock homage or delivering one unknowingly. By the evening’s final song, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” she was dressed in a metal-trimmed black one-piece, knee-high leather boots and a long cape that made her look partially like a dominatrix and partially like Wonder Woman’s evil twin. As flames shot up around her and her bandmates headbanged in unison, it felt more like the encore at a Whitesnake concert than it did the closer of a pop-country show.

How did we get here? Let’s review. Twain is country’s all-time best-selling female artist, a title she earned thanks to her massive collaborations with her producer and husband Robert “Mutt” Lange, who poured some sugar on Def Leppard and turned them into pop-metal immortals. With Lange at the helm, Twain netted three consecutive 10 million-plus selling albums, a feat unlikely to ever be duplicated.

But in 2004 she dipped out of the spotlight and later suffered a series of setbacks, including a nasty split from Lange and a bout with dysphonia, a disorder which affects one’s vocal chords and nearly sidelined her career. She returned to the stage with a Las Vegas residency in 2012 and her current tour is her first outing in more than a decade, and she’s only released one new song — the self-affirming “Today is Your Day” — since 2005.

Twain turns 50 next month, and she joked about her age on stage in front of the nearly sold-out Palace crowd. “I was born in Windsor, on the other side of the river,” she said, receiving strong cheers from the crowd’s healthy Canadian contingent. “I’m not even sure the hospital is there after all this time!”

But Twain is still standing, and while she wasn’t able to match all the bombast going on behind her – lights, lasers, flames, fireballs – she sold the show with confidence. There were times when her voice sounded strained and when her shoulder dips and hair flips came off stale, but she projected a veteran’s air of craftsmanship while still coming off humbled by the enthusiastic crowd.

Twain’s setlist, while lacking fresh material, balanced hits with tracks making their live debuts on this tour.

She opened with “Rock This Country,” sporting a pair of red shades, a tassled black leather jacket and thigh high black leather boots, while a blinding wall of lights lit up behind her. Twain strutted across the stage and down the catwalk that stretched out to the floor, kneeling down to slap hands with fans, who twice threw bouquets of flowers onto the stage.

During “Any Man of Mine,” Twain boarded a small cart and rode around the perimeter of the arena floor, greeting fans and performing while holding a selfie stick whose footage was projected onto the stage’s screens. And for “Up!” she straddled a mechanical bull that rose up and over the crowd — all while telling the fans the difficulty she once had in overcoming her stage fright.

That stage fright never seemed to be an issue, and during “Today is Your Day,” she stripped away all the razzle-dazzle of the evening and performed a sparse acoustic version of the song with her seven-piece band. “I’ve decided that every day, for the rest of my life, is my day,” she said, rolling into “No One Needs to Know” and “You’re Still the One,” her monster ballad that is one of her most towering hits.

There were some cheesy moments — the pyramid of lights that formed above her during “From This Moment On,” the pair of tigers (or were they cougars?) on the screen during “That Don’t Impress Me Much” — but Twain was never going for cool points. Her show was a rock country showcase that set out to singe your eyeballs, and it delivered plenty of heat.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/adam-graham/2015/07/26/shania-twains-rock-country-show-palace-delivers-heat/30690201/



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Shania Twain triumphs at boisterous iWi return

By Jonathan Turner | Quad-Cities Online | July 26, 2015 10:47 pm

MOLINE -- Shania Twain's triumphant, high-energy return Sunday night to the iWireless Center brought to mind the Beatles' "Hello Goodbye."

The 49-year-old Ontario, Canada, native last performed at the Moline arena in May 2004. So, a hearty "hello," girlfriend -- you look amazing and sound great. But it's also a bittersweet "goodbye," as Ms. Twain has said her "Rock This Country" victory lap likely will be her last tour. 

We can only hope that Ms. Twain will reconsider and, please, come on over back again -- without waiting 11 years this time.

The five-time Grammy winner's 1997 "Come On Over" is the best-selling country music album of all time. She turns the half-century mark on Aug. 28 but is, by far, still a spring chick compared with many big names still touring such as the Rolling Stones, Dylan, McCartney, and Tony Bennett at 88.

Ms. Twain withdrew from performing in 2004 citing trouble with her voice. She returned in 2012-14 for a two-year Las Vegas residency. Her last single, the inspirational "Today Is Your Day," came out in 2011. Her first studio album since 2002 is expected in the next year.

On Sunday, she let loose and had a lot of fun with the nearly sold-out crowd clearly (and very loudly) thrilled to see her one last time.

After what seemed a long, 25-minute intermission capped with a loud recording of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" to feed the frenzy, the stage's tall red curtain rose slowly and dramatically. A characteristically dazzling light display added a sense of anticipation until Ms. Twain -- as befits pop-country royalty -- regally rose from beneath the stage on a platform that went very high, during her appropriately rockin' opener, "Rock This Country."

Wearing red shades, a red sequined mini-dress, a black leather jacket with fringe and thigh-high black boots, she reveled in the swaggering joy and elicited the first of many huge ovations from the audience. She immediately came back to her country roots with the boisterous "Honey I'm Home," which turned into a big singalong.

"Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" was a jaunty toe-tapper, filled with fiddle flourishes. After her jacket came off, Ms. Twain remarked that we were ready to party, and she obliged with the high-spirited "Love Gets Me Every Time" and the danceable, buoyant "Don't Be Stupid," which soared with the hoedown-like fiddles.

Reflecting the crowd's bliss, Ms. Twain broke into a wide smile and said how she loves feeding off a loud crowd. "I love watching you guys," she said. "You guys are my show."

She carried the audience up into Cloud 10 as she traversed through the main floor during "Any Man of Mine." Many fans in the lower bowl piled down near the floor to get photos or a chance to touch her hand as she made her way all the way around.

Her opener, Gavin DeGraw, did the same during his awesome cover of Billy Joel's "Big Shot." Ms. Twain even carried a camera phone on a selfie stick part way, beaming video back to her screens on stage.

After the band rocked an instrumental hard 40 minutes in, Ms. Twain changed outfits and donned a long-sleeved number with a flowing floor-length cape thingy, heating things up with bursts of flame for "I'm Gonna Getcha Good."

She removed the cape to reveal a silver long-sleeved top and a very short black skirt or shorts to show off her still great-looking gams for the lively, upbeat "Come on Over."

The slickly produced show not only featured relentless pyrotechnic light displays, but also varied video screens that changed almost with each song.

Mr. DeGraw -- who Ms. Twain said she's admired for a long time -- joined the down-home diva in the duet "Party for Two," a jubilant crowd-pleaser, which showcased dual video screens at the rear. They danced and linked hands in a party for 10,000-plus.

Deadlines forced me to miss most of Ms. Twain's biggest hits during her planned 100-minute show. But Mr. DeGraw was solidly entertaining during his 45-minute set that included "Soldier," "In Love With a Girl," "Chariot," "I Don't Want to Be" and his big hit ,"Not Over You."

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By David Burke | Quad-City Times | July 27, 2015

Shania Twain apparently had a lot of concert special effects to catch up on with her "Rock This Country Tour," which stopped at the iWireless Center on Sunday night.

More than 10 years since she'd been on the road, and 11-plus since she played Moline, the Canadian country-rocker's almost two-hour show was filled with lasers, fireworks, smoke, fog, video and all sorts of technical wizardry.

And the crowd, if not a sellout darned close to it, ate it up — standing throughout the night, singing along to Twain's hits, pumping their fists and rushing to the perimeter of the arena where she rode in a cart while singing "Any Man of Mine," the song that first gained her national attention in 1995.

All of the bells and whistles throughout the night could be used to cover up a singer who hasn't had a top-10 country hit in more than a decade.

But Twain — whose vocal cord injuries forced her to take a lengthy hiatus since her last big tour — and her delivery could have held up well even without all of the visual extras heaped onto her.

Just a few days and a month away from turning 50, Twain showed she's still fashion-forward, with three major costume changes and numerous variations throughout the night.

She made her entry — as a blonde, which was disconcerting to more than a few fans — on a hydraulic lift from center stage to the song "Rock This Country!," wearing a fringed black jacket over a sparkly red mini dress, with thigh-high black boots and, inexplicably, large, red-tinted sunglasses. The shades were tossed after the second song, the jacket doffed after the next tune. Her costume changes continued throughout the night, with a variety of off-the-shoulder dresses, short skirts and at least one more pair of thigh-high boots.

Twain took delight in the crowd, whose eager response to some of her songs appeared to throw her.

"I love watching you guys," she said at one point in the night. "You are my show."

Besides being carted around the stage, she also mounted a black saddle atop a red-fringed horse-type body, which took her above the crowd on a lift for a 360-degree ride during her hit "Up!"

Twain's most recent top-10 hit, the duet "Party for Two" with Billy Currington, was re-created with opening act Gavin DeGraw filling the male vocal.

DeGraw gave an animated set to start the night, with his own tunes such as "I Don't Want To Be," "Chariot" and "In Love With a Girl," as well as covering Billy Joel's "Big Shot" and Bryan Adams' "Heaven." During the Joel song, he made his way to the edges of the arena, and climbed into Section 107, where he climbed the stairs to a barrage of high-fives, fist bumps and selfies.

Earlier in the night, DeGraw noted the Quad-City Times Bix 7, and asked if anyone in the crowd had run the race.

"Did you win?" he asked the volunteer. "Did you get, like, a Gatorade sponsorship or something?"

Twain had said this is her farewell tour, but if other locations responded as resonantly as the Quad-Cities, she may consider changing her plans. 

SET LIST

Shania Twain's set list from Sunday at the iWireless Center:

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!  (Interlude)
I'm Gonna Getcha Good!
Come on Over
Party For Two (with Gavin DeGraw)
Up!
Today Is Your Day (acoustic)
No One Needs to Know (acoustic)
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!

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Shania Twain Sets Out to “Rock This Country” on Farewell Tour Featuring Clay Paky Fixtures

Entertainment Technology News | July 27, 2015

Her farewell tour is called Rock This Country, and country icon Shania Twain is doing just that as she bids good-bye to her fans from coast to coast. More than 300 Clay Paky lighting fixtures are along for the ride, selected by lighting designer Mark Butts who also serves as the tour’s co-production designer with Raj Kapoor.

Last year when Twain was in her residency at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas where Kapoor was her show director, Butts conceived a 'big, edgy, modern rock & roll look' for her farewell tour. “I wanted a big lighting rig, big pyro, lots of automation – the biggest possible system that we could easily move around the country,” he says. “And that led me to Clay Paky.”

According to Butts: “The only way to implement a rig of this size was to use super efficient small, high-power lights with a ton of features. There was no way I could have done this without Clay Paky gear, especially Mythos – I couldn’t have done the show with standard, giant 1500-watt hard-edged fixtures. So I designed the show around the gear.” VER supplied the lighting to Butts’s specifications.

Fifty-six Clay Paky’s new Mythos fixtures are touring with Twain. Butts had evaluated Mythos demo units last year and used a large number of them on Kenny Chesney’s current Big Revival tour. “I had a lot of experience with them and knew they would work for Shania,” he says.

Most of the Mythos fixtures are mounted on ten upstage and ten downstage truss fingers, which run perpendicular to the primary lighting truss, notes Nashville-based lighting director and programmer Andre Petrus. “The Mythos are great – super bright and with low power consumption,” he says. “They act as beam or profile fixtures with colour mixing optics and animation wheels.”

Ninety-six A.leda B-EYE K20s are housed in six big automated aluminium pods, which can rise in the air or descend to the stage deck. Each pod contains 16 B-EYEs in a 4x4 configuration. “I knew that having big banks of them would be a major element of the show,” says Butts. “I like their individual pixel control and organic shape.”

Butts devised a unique way to showcase 120 Sharpy fixtures. He integrated them into 12 x 30-foot high moving set pieces. “I didn’t wanted to be locked into a giant upstage videowall,” he says. “So we designed chunks of wall that could spin and move on a track. Each piece has a 5mm LED wall on one side and a vertical row of ten Sharpys on the other. The pieces can spread out or come together in any configuration. I picked Sharpys because I wanted to pack a lot of lightweight, low-power fixtures with a lot of punch into a small space. They were the perfect choice.”

Petrus says the possible combinations for the modular moving LED/light walls are: “Almost endless. They can create a different look for every song.” He notes that: “The band risers also track stage right to stage left so the band is constantly on the move, too.”

Seventy-two Sharpy Washes are also mounted in the truss fingers where they wash the stage and band and deliver “big, cool aerial beam effects,” says Petrus. “I love how small and efficient they are while having a narrow, bright beam almost like Sharpy,” adds Butts. “They’re pretty versatile.”

Butts gives kudos to the continuing support he gets from A.C.T Lighting and its staff members, especially for big projects like the tour. “A.C.T is the gold standard in product support, so when they started to represent Clay Paky that told me all I needed to know about the products,” he says. “I haven’t been disappointed.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky area manager for North and Latin America, added: “We’ve been a big fan of Mark’s work for years. It’s great to see him on this tour and we’re thrilled that he’s using so much of our gear.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky. http://www.claypaky.it

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Shania Twain concert sold out

Kelowna Daily Courier | July 27, 2015 9:23 pm

The Shania Twain concert, scheduled for Oct. 27 at Kelowna, has sold out.

The Canadian singer and songwriter’s Kelowna appearance sold out in under five minutes, Prospera Place said in a news release.

Additional tickets and/or a second show may be announced closer to the concert date. Updates will be released via the Facebook and Twitter pages of Prospera Place and Select Your Tickets.

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One #PartyForTwo is not enough. Proud to announce we are back on the #RockThisCountry tour w @ShaniaTwain this fall.

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Review: Shania Twain doesn't impress me much

It all felt so familiar at the sold-out Target Center concert.

By Jon Bream | Star Tribune | July 28, 2015 — 11:51pm

She still sports a fringed leather jacket, over-the-knee boots and those long, luxurious locks.

Whoa! Wait a minute! Shania Twain is now a blonde.Whose foils have those roots been under?

After a 12-year hiatus from the road (due to voice and marital problems), Shania is back on tour, for what she says is her final tour. And, frankly, nothing has really changed much.

Her sold-out performance Tuesday night at Target Center felt so familiar. It was the same old songs from the bestselling female artist in country music. The same old sound that (re-) defined country music in the 1990s. OK, a new hair color and a much raspier and slightly deeper voice.

One aspect that hasn’t changed, however, is Shania’s performing instincts. Even after two years of working in a small Las Vegas auditorium before launching this comeback tour, she’s still the one who shows no humor, emotion or personality onstage.

On Tuesday, she almost seemed remote, isolated, distant. Her patter was practiced, not sincere or spontaneous (though she did break script and mention that she’d be back at Target Center on Sept. 26). She didn’t move with ease, energy or attitude (except on the sassy, snarling “I’m Outta Here” and the glorious, rocking finale “Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” though she still doesn’t know how to strut).

She rarely filled her voice with passion (except on the bombastic if pitchy ballad “From This Moment On”) and she couldn’t find the cheekiness that made so many of her lines (e.g., “OK, so you’re Brad Pitt” in “That Don’t Impress Me Much”) such zingers.

Shania knows how to ride the horse that she rode in on. A month before she turns 50, she still wears it well — the fringe, leather, sequins, rhinestones, thigh-high boots and blonde mane with roots showing. Her sumptuous video clips were as responsible for her success as the sound that producer/husband Mutt Lange crafted.

There was plenty of eye candy Tuesday — enough fireworks and flame throwers for a Kiss concert, a plexiglass enclosed ShaniaMobile (like the Popemobile, only less secure) for a tour around the arena (complete with a selfie stick), and a saddle on a motionless mechanical bull on the end of a cherry picker for her bloodless ride over the arena floor (for the song “Up,” duh).

Thankfully, Shania’s sound (well, Lange’s sound) still worked on Tuesday: those big drums (that helped make his previous clients including AC/DC and Def Leppard arena rockers), those heavy guitars (arena rock, again) and enough fiddle passages to suggest that these songs are country.

Actually, a couple numbers were truly country — the honky-tonkin’ “Any Man of Mine” and the fiddle-fueled “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” the first song on which she collaborated with Lange (in 1995) and a tune whose lyrics speak of what eventually happened to their marriage (there should be some good songs out of that sometime; she hasn’t put out an album of new material since 2002 but still plans to record).

Shania trotted out opening act Gavin DeGraw for a duet on “Party of Two,” for which she was actually animated for the first time. In fact, she was holding his hand, leading him around the stage and no longer looking at the world through rose-colored glasses.

But, ultimately, it was the roaring, female empowerment anthems that put the woman in Shania Twain. With the power of the music, the potency of the lyrics and the passion of her raspy voice, “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” was what impressed me much.

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Review: Shania Twain's show a well-oiled machine, and fans love it

By Ross Raihala | St. Paul Pioneer Press | 7/29/2015 12:01:00 AM CDT

Shania Twain sold out Minneapolis' Target Center Tuesday night during a stop on her first tour in 11 years. But the country music superstar, who turns 50 next month, has also said this is the final time she'll tour, effectively turning it into a comeback/farewell affair.

Judging by her performance, and the audience's rapturous response, don't be surprised if she borrows a page from the Cher Playbook and rethinks her pledge to retire.

The show opened with Twain emerging from beneath the stage on a moving pillar to her opening number, "Rock This Country!" (Twain loves exclamation points, with a total of eight popping up in the songs she sang Tuesday.)

Clad in an odd ensemble that bared a lot of upper thigh -- a theme for the evening -- along with fringe and an oversized pair of red sunglasses, Twain clearly fed off the energy of the crowd of more than 15,000.

From there, Twain offered a set list that basically replicated her 2004 "Greatest Hits" album, including "I Ain't No Quitter," one of the new singles she wrote for that compilation with her former husband/producer Robert "Mutt" Lange.

The guy behind such rock music behemoths as AC/DC's "Back in Black" and Def Leppard's "Pyromania," Lange married Twain in 1993 and helped her created her trio of smash albums: "The Woman in Me," "Come on Over" and "Up!"

But in a turn of events straight out of a soap opera, Lange cheated on Twain with her best friend, and Twain turned around and married that woman's ex-husband.

Twain only faintly alluded to that torrid affair Tuesday when she slowed things down for "Today Is Your Day," a song she says she wrote as a "cheer-me-up type thing" after her divorce. She also spoke about her insecurity about returning to the music business while straddling a red leather saddle attached to the end of a cherry picker that lifted her above the crowd for "Up!"

Twain's confessions felt scripted, though, and the entire concert had the feeling of a touring stage musical, a well-oiled machine with little room for improvisation. (That's not necessarily a bad thing given the amount of fireworks and pyro belched out by her stage.) Her backing vocals sounded prerecorded as well, leaving Twain to harmonize with phantoms.

Of course, many arena-level tours arrive with the same level of polish. But they don't always earn the adoration of Tuesday's audience, which was largely female and noticeably younger than expected. The crowd greeted nearly every song of the show like an old buddy, from "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" to "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" to "That Don't Impress Me Much."

Twain saved the best for last, "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!," a song so massive it requires two (!!) exclamation points.

She has already booked a Sept. 26 return to the Target Center and has overseas dates planned for 2016. This may well turn out to be one long goodbye.

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Shania Twain brings flashy show, jukebox hits to Target Center

By Kara Nesvig | City Pages | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Let’s get this out of the way first: Yes, Shania Twain trotted out all of her big hits at her Rock This Country tour stop at Target Center on Tuesday. Yes, the order was somewhat predictable, and so was the stage show. But who actually cares? No one. Shania has been gone for far too long – she hasn’t been in Minneapolis for 14 years, and we missed her. That’s why the first sold-out Twin Cities date on her so-called "final" tour quickly added another date in September.

Shania has been around a long, long time and her place in country music history will never be forgotten. Though we’d seen glimpses of what would be come “pop country” in the ‘80s with Kenny Rogers and company, it was Shania who brought the concept where it is today. Without Shania, there would never have been a Taylor Swift. Yep, I said it. In the ‘90s, you heard Shania’s songs everywhere, from country channels to Top 40 radio and MTV. You heard “From this Moment On” at weddings. You heard “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” on TV. She was inescapable, and she took her talent, gorgeous face, and charm and made herself an icon.

It was the icon who was out to play at Tuesday's sold-out show, though her trademark chestnut mane has been dyed blond (that was a shock!). She’s a month shy of her 50th birthday, but she doesn’t care; she’s wearing thigh-high boots and Britney-worthy bustiers. Shania looks incredible, and she knows it. A few years ago, she went through a messy divorce with producer ex Mutt Lange, lost her voice, and dealt with some serious stage fright, but in true Shania fashion she bounced back. After all, the girl formerly known as Eileen chose the name “Shania” because it means “I’m on my way.”

Shania came out dripping in fringe, wearing a leather jacket that was part Stevie Nicks, part Def Leppard. Her stage show is a mix of flashy pyrotechnics, cheesy video interludes, and a whole lot of red, black, and white. What do those colors represent, Shania? Maybe it’s the darkness of her heartbreak and the red and white of the eventual triumph, the passion of her eventual marriage to that hot dude her cheating ex-best friend was married to. She only wears those colors, too, whether it’s the sequined cape she wore while belting out “From This Moment On” to the white sequined men’s shirt worn during “Up!,” where she flies through the crowd on a red saddle. Sure, it’s all flash, but Shania is fresh off a Vegas residency. I was actually disappointed there wasn’t a horse onstage. The best thing about Shania is that she, like Hooters, is delightfully tacky, yet unrefined. Her taste for leopard print, duster coats, and neon accents will never get old.

Though homegirl lost her voice and was afraid she’d never sing again, you’d really never know it from her stage show. She’s said she needs to warm up much earlier and longer than she used to, and her show did feel short, but that voice is remarkably strong and supple, albeit a little bit lower in timbre. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that she still holds her own through various key changes from ballads like “You’re Still the One” to her big honkytonk hits like “Any Man of Mine.” The crowd goes bonkers for her; Shania is beloved by everyone from suburban moms to three-year-old boys. When she sat alone with her guitar to do “You’re Still the One,” I swear the room stopped dead for a moment before eagerly singing along. We were there for Shania during her struggles, and we’ll be there for her when the tour ends and she says goodbye. I cried.

Shania may do the same ‘ol, same ‘ol songs, but why shouldn’t she? Her hits are still so insanely good that we’d be content hearing them forever – and we will. Everyone wants to hear Shania on the jukebox.

Critic's bias: “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” is my go-to karaoke song. I learned everything I know about singing from Shania; I studied her mannerisms.
Notes on the opener: It’s Gavin DeGraw. Remember him? He comes out to do “Party for Two” with Shania, which she originally did with both Mark McGrath (pop album) and Billy Currington (country album).
Random notebook dump: Shania in her leather jacket looks like a cross between Aunt Becky from Full House and Stevie Nicks. 
The crowd: Moms, daughters, a whole lot of drunk bitties in boho outfits — when did that become country?
Overheard in the crowd: "Is there still wine?”

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Kindred spirits Shania Twain, Dolly Parton to share Nashville Friday

By Beverly Keel | The Tennessean | July 29, 2015 1:48 p.m. CDT

The usually unflappable Shania Twain found herself nervous at Mercury Nashville’s 2002 party for the release of her album “Up,” but it had nothing to do with the industry crowd. She was finally going to meet her idol, Dolly Parton.

“I've just had Dolly on the brain all night, to be honest,” Twain told me.

Meanwhile, Parton had been just as eager to greet a kindred spirit. “I'm on serious business to meet Shania!” she told me. “I love her music and what she stands for.”

Their meeting occurred in front of a group, but it didn’t distract the divas from hugging and holding each other’s flawlessly manicured hands in an intimate moment. When Twain began talking to Parton, the tears started — “I don’t know why I’m crying,” she said — and she remained choked up even after Parton’s departure.

“I cried, of course … Dolly was fantastic,” Twain said.

The meeting of the two country icons was significant in country music history because it was a sharing of a flame, a crossroads of very different journeys and musical styles that overcame similar hurdles and embraced like-minded themes. The petite powerhouses had a relentless ambition and musical gift that propelled them from poverty to international acclaim.

So it’s only fitting that the two legends perform at sold-out shows about a block apart in downtown Nashville on Friday. Twain will take the stage at Bridgestone Arena for her “Rock This Country” tour, while Dolly Parton’s “Pure and Simple” tour stops Friday and Saturday at Ryman Auditorium.

“It’s going to be an amazing weekend of music in Nashville — one of the best nights of the year,” says Jason Owen, Twain’s manager. “I’ll be going to Shania on Friday and Dolly on Saturday. Two icons in one weekend! This is what I love about Nashville."

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Without Parton, we might not know Twain.

“This is my hero, musical and personal hero of all time. A beautiful person inside and out and a person that I always wanted to grow up to be,” Twain said of Parton in 2011 on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" before joining her to sing “Coat of Many Colors.”

In turn Twain has been a hero to many young women, including Taylor Swift, who described Twain as “the reason I wanted to do this in the first place” and “the most impressive and independent and confident and successful female artist to ever hit country music.”

Like Twain, Swift was also moved to tears by meeting her idol.

Twain, who hails from Canada, and Parton, who was born in East Tennessee, have both written best-selling autobiographies that vividly described their rags-to-riches stories.

“Both women are survivors,” says Alanna Nash, music journalist and author of “Dolly: The Biography.” “They had times when their careers could have tanked, but they didn’t listen to others and followed their own instincts.”

Parton, 69, is the most-honored country female in history. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, has garnered 25 No. 1 Billboard country hits, the most of any female artist, and has more than 40 top 10-selling albums.

Twain, 49, has won five Grammys and sold more than 85 million albums, making her the best-selling country female of all time. She is the only woman in music to have three consecutive albums certified diamond for sales of 10 million each.

At a time when the national spotlight has been placed on country music’s treatment of women, this weekend is a celebration of two females who never allowed the music industry or media to define them or their forward-thinking songs and career directions. Indeed, these beautiful women have always maintained absolute control over their powerfully feminine images — sometimes with tongues in flawless cheeks — in such a way that it minimized media objectification.

While their bodies launched a million conversations, they never diminished their reputations as being among their generation’s best entertainers and singer-songwriters.

Indeed, it is their bodies of work that are the reason for their continued ability to sell out shows in America and abroad. Parton’s songs such as “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors” and “I Will Always Love You” and Twain’s repertoire including “You’re Still the One,” “Any Man of Mine” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” have proven to have a timeless appeal.

While the two will put on much different shows this weekend, it is their common threads personally and professionally that make these women endure as entertainers who have left an indelible mark on country music.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/07/29/kindred-spirits-twain-parton-share-nashville-friday/30799157/



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Country queen Shania Twain rocked the Palace

By Christian Kennedy | The Michigan Daily | July 29th, 2015

The year was 1998 — I was two years old, and I stood in front of my family’s 5-foot-deep television set while “Shania Twain: Live” played through the VHS player.

* flash forward 17 years *

It is July 25, 2015 and I just walked out of The Palace of Auburn Hills after Twain’s Rock This Country Tour. All I can think is "she's still the one.” And it is quite possible she always will be.

Last Saturday, Shania Twain gave what can only be described as a holy performance. A stop on her farewell tour, she brought the house down with a plethora of sequins, pyrotechnics and violins — more than I’ve seen at any rock show, ever.

The setlist was spectacular — inclusive of all the hits she’s ever had, each delivered with gravitas and passion. The arena exploded with “Rock This Country” and the momentum did not stop until the final lights went out on “Man, I Feel Like A Woman.”

She emerged on stage in a red sequined piece, black tassled jacket and red bug-eye sunglasses, a look only she can pull off. She had no back up dancers, only herself and her band.

She brought the twang out on earlier, countrier hits “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” and “Any Man of Mine,” both coming off her second LP, The Woman In Me. Conversely, she turned up the rock on tracks from her best-selling album Come on Over “Love Gets Me Everytime” and “Honey I’m Home.” The highlight of the set came from an unexpected song: “Come on Over.” The slow-rolling track managed to keep the crowd’s spirit high, while bringing everyone onto the same level, everyone could “unwind and take a load of [their] mind.”

She rode a mechanical bull 50 feet above the crowd during “Up,” the title track from her third album. The chemistry between Twain and opener Gavin Degraw during the duet “Party for Two” was infectious — they went back and forth a few times beyond the conversational lyrics, thank yous abound. However, the real showstoppers were Twain’s aura and energy. It’s not the easiest task to fill an entire arena with one woman, but she succeeded.

Despite her obstacles, vocally and personally, Twain triumphed over every expectation. She hit her notes and evoked the spirit of rock 'n roll throughout her set, as well as emotions during an acoustic set, consisting of “Today is your Day” “No One Needs To Know” and ultimately, “From This Moment,” after which I couldn't stop my tears from flowing.

Her story is one for the books: best selling female album of all time, married to a producer, producer cheats with her best friend and she eventually embarks on a world tour singing the songs they wrote together. If she can do that — we can all do anything.

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Yes, Shania Twain Is Blond

But She's Still the One

by Alison Bonaguro | CMT.com | July 30, 2015

“I thought that was Faith Hill”

“Who is that?”

“There’s no way that is Shania.”

Those were just a few of the comments I saw when I posted some photos from Shania Twain‘s Chicago show at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday night (July 29).

It was all about the blond.

So after a 22-song set, complete with pyro, a mechanical bull of sorts, some acoustic tunes and a sold-out arena full of passionate hardcore fans, that’s what people want to talk about.

Her long blond hair was stunning, and I’ll admit that she did look a lot like Faith Hill, but what Twain looked like was hardly as important as what she sounded like. And she sounded amazing.

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It helped that her band had two fiddlers — and a third on “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)” from 1997 — and that she was able to pack her two-hour show with back-to-back hits. And even do one song she’s never done on tour before, “I Ain’t No Quitter.”

But really, this show was all about her voice.

She sounded, to me, like the Twain we all fell in love with when we first heard her 20 years ago on “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”

Blond or brunette, that’s what mattered most.

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So good to be back in #Nashville! #RockThisCountry

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Shania Twain Stays Genuine on Rock This Country Tour

A newly blond Shania came out firing on all cylinders from the very first note.

By Tricia Despres | Country Weekly | July 31, 2015

Coming off her two-year residency at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace, a newly blond Shania Twain came out firing on all cylinders from the very first note of her July 29 show at Chicago’s AllState Arena. Sunglasses and leather fringe and thigh-high boots were the attire of the night, but once she started singing, she could have been wearing some old frock from a thrift shop.

The crowd was entranced with her.

Assisted by an ever-present drumbeat, Shania hit on all the favorites, from “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” to “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)” to “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” Yet the sweetest moment of the night might just have been the moment when Shania sat on that massive stage with just an acoustic guitar cradled in her lap, singing a sweet package of songs including “No One Needs to Know” and “You’re Still the One.”

Granted, there were some odd, almost cringe-worthy moments. Her trip on the much-talked-about flying saddle, which swung over the crowd on a firehouse-looking ladder as she sung “Any Man of Mine,” looked nothing short of uncomfortable. And a musical interlude/costume change toward the end of the show resembled some sort of bad ’90s music video.

But at the end of the night, one thing was evident: the fans have missed Twain, and she has missed them. And in a world where far too many artists have a hard time staying genuine when that big arena spotlight hits them, everything about Shania felt authentic (“You guys are my show,” she told the crowd), reminding all in attendance why we all fell in love with her in the first place.

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Shania Twain turns up the heat in Nashville

By Brian Mansfield | USA TODAY | August 1, 2015 1:23 a.m. EDT

Tough choice. For a country music fan in Nashville, Friday night presented a difficult decision. At the new Ascend Amphitheater, Eric Church was playing a stripped-down, largely acoustic set as part of the venue's opening weekend. A few blocks away, Dolly Parton was returning to her old stomping grounds, the historic Ryman Auditorium, where she made many appearances as a Grand Ole Opry member during the '60s and '70s. Finally, at the nearby Bridgestone Arena, country-pop queen Shania Twain was playing her first show in the city in nearly 17 years.

Talking about Nashville. Twain, 49, took the stage to Rock This Country! wearing a black fringe jacket, sparkly red shorts and thigh-high black boots. After performing three of the '90s country hits that made her country music's top-selling female act — Honey, I'm Home, You Win My Love and Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? — she paused to reflect on moving to Nashville in her 20s. "It was a whirlwind experience," she said. "I met a lot of warm and wonderful friends. I really do feel like I'm coming back home here.

Party of too soon. Twain briefly lost her place in the set and started to introduce Party for Two, a duet she recorded with country singer Billy Currington but performs on tour with support act Gavin DeGraw, six songs too early. "I think I'm just overwhelmed by being here — I'm nervous!" she said. "It's kind of scary, doing this in Nashville."

That personal touch. When a young woman in the audience informed Twain that she was celebrating a birthday, Twain stopped the show to sing Happy Birthday to her. "She's so cute," Twain said. "She's got a leopard outfit on — I love it!"

Beyond the stage. Twice, Twain took the opportunity to get closer to the crowd. As she sang her 1995 chart-topper Any Man of Mine, members of her road crew rolled her around the arena floor on a wheeled platform, with Twain waving and shaking hands like a queen among her subjects. For Up!, she climbed up on a saddle attached to a part of the stage's catwalk that lifted her into the air and pivoted her around the venue.

Light show. Twain pulled out all the stops production-wise. In addition to the moving parts of the stage, she had lasers and plumes of flame during several numbers, as well as rotating video backdrops and banks of lights that raised and lowered. The Rock This Country Tour stops in Atlanta Saturday and continues through October.

The set list for the Nashville concert follows:

  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. Happy Birthday
  9. Any Man of Mine
  10. Ka-Ching! (instrumental interlude)
  11. I'm Gonna Getcha Good!
  12. Come on Over
  13. Party for Two(with Gavin DeGraw)
  14. Up!
  15. Today Is Your Day(acoustic)
  16. No One Needs to Know(acoustic)
  17. You're Still the One
  18. From This Moment On
  19. That Don't Impress Me Much
  20. (If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!
  21. Man! I Feel Like a Woman!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2015/08/01/shania-twain-turns-up-the-heat-in-nashville/30978731/



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Shania Twain brings Vegas-style production to Nashville

By Cindy Watts | The Tennessean | August 1, 2015 2:32 a.m. CDT 

Shania Twain might have been off the road for 11 years before her Rock This Country Tour that she launched earlier this summer – but she hasn’t been off the stage. Twain spent much of 2013 and 2014 performing a residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. When she brought her Rock This Country Tour to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Friday night, both the experience and the Vegas influence were on full display.

Twain, who will be 50 later this month, appeared from under the stage on a platform that rose into a tower lifting the singer high above the stage. Wearing a red sequined leotard with a fringed black jacket, the famously brunette-now-blond singer kicked off her two-hour set with “Rock This Country” as red sparks erupted from each side of the stage.

She followed up with “Honey, I’m Home,” “You Win My Love” and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” before she stopped to address her sold out, enthusiastic crowd.

“Thank you so much,” Twain said, now down from her platform and without her jacket. “It’s so great to be back here. When I came here I was in my 20s and I met a lot of warm and caring friends here. I feel like I’m coming back home.”

Twain told fans that she was overwhelmed and nervous about being in Nashville and since this was her last tour and she wasn’t coming back, she didn’t want the night to end.

Her fans didn’t want her last concert in Music City to be over, either. The bulk of audience members stayed on their feet all night and sang along with hit after hit.  Twain built opportunities into her show that allowed her to get closer her fans.  She changed into an AC/DC shirt and rode through audience in a clear wagon as she sang “Any Man of Mine” and sat atop a saddle that circulated over the crowd  on a large metal arm during “Up.”

She brought opener Gavin DeGraw out to perform Billy Currington’s part in their hit duet “Party for Two” and sang duo partner Bryan White’s lyrics herself in “From This Moment On.”

Strobe lights, lasers and heavy pyrotechnics punctuated much of Twain’s performance, but she didn’t spend the night hiding behind her elite production. Twain had a stripped down section in her concert where she and her band delivered “No One Needs to Know” and “You’re Still the One.”

“You guys, after all this time, Nashville you’re still the one,” she told fans after they sang along word-for-word.

Twain closed the concert with “I’m Outta Here” before returning for a brief encore with “I Feel Like a Woman” as glittery confetti rained down over her audience.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/2015/08/01/shania-twain-brings-vegas-style-production-nashville/30890847/



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That DOES Impress Me Much! Shania Twain, 49, puts on a super sexy display in thigh-high leather boots and fishnet tights as she takes to the stage in Nashville

By Helen Turnbull | Daily Mail | August 1, 2015

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It's been over a decade since she first burst onto the music scene with her debut single and although she's approaching her 50th birthday, Shania Twain showed she's young at heart when she took to the stage in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday.

The country singer put on one super sexy display as she greeted the Bridgestone Arena crowd in a rather vamped-up outfit.

Shania made the most of her svelte figure and slipped into a bottom-skimming red embellished one-piece which flattered her form.

The Man! I Feel Like a Woman hit-maker gave the audience more than they'd bargained for as she paraded her slender legs in a pair of racy black leather thigh-high boots which she paired with fishnet tights.

Shania teamed her revealing look with a heavily-fringed black leather jacket and a pair of red-lens aviator sunglasses.

She left her long blonde-brown hair flowing free and tousled at the ends, whipping it from side to side as she belted out her best-loved hits.

The 49-year-old - who turns 50 at the end of August - stomped up and down the stage, proudly parading her toned thighs.

She looked to be having a great time entertaining the crowd as she was seen fist-pumping at different points throughout the gig.

Shania - who moved to the city in her twenties - admitted to being 'overwhelmed' after briefly losing her place part-way through the set.

Shania - who is originally from Ontario, Canada - told audience-members: 'I think I'm just overwhelmed by being here - I'm nervous! It's kind of scary, doing this in Nashville.

'Talking about her time in the city, she added: 'It was a whirlwind experience. I met a lot of warm and wonderful friends.

'I really do feel like I'm coming back home here.'

Shania's performance comes shortly after she recently revealed the heartbreak she felt after her husband ran off with her best friend nearly ended her high-profile singing career.

She admitted she was so distraught over her husband Robert 'Mutt' Lange's 2008 affair with Marie-Anne Thiébaud that she vowed to stop singing.

She told the New York Post: '[I thought] forget it, this is more than I can handle - I'm never going to sing again. I had to grieve through it.'

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Shania Twain Proves That She’s Still Got It at Nashville Concert: Live Review

By Chuck Dauphin, Nashville | Billboard | August 1, 2015 3:41 PM EDT

When Shania Twain announced plans for a tour in March, there had to have been a few skeptics. I will admit -- I was one of them. After all, it had been more than a decade since she had been on tour, and one had to wonder about the relevance of her music on a 2015 crowd. However, just as she has done her entire life and career, the singer continues to prove those doubters wrong.

Indeed, her Rock This Country tour stop at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Friday night (July 31) proved that whatever "it" is, the songstress still has it -- in massive quantities. For close to two hours, Twain held the Music City audience in the palm of her hand with a set that reminded fans of just how cutting-edge her music in the 1990s and early 2000s was -- yet, ironically, with guitars tuned up with twang-filled sounds and not one but two fiddle players backing up the 1999 CMA Entertainer of the Year, her show was by far the "countriest" moment that the arena has seen lately.
 
Kicking off with the tour's title track, fans started singing along word for word with Twain and continued for the rest of the night. Energy was the name of the game for the evening, and Twain was -- to quote her 1995 hit "Any Man of Mine" -- very much prone to "shimmy and shake and make the earth quake" throughout the night. From the opening number, Twain continued with classics like "Honey, I'm Home," "You Win My Love" and the song that got it started for her -- "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" which received one of the strongest responses of the show.

Twain chose to get up close and personal with the audience on the afore-mentioned "Any Man of Mine," being pushed along on a platform around the sold-out crowd to shake hands with the audience. She also gave one fan named Terese a birthday to remember by singing "Happy Birthday" to her. Gavin DeGraw -- who delivered an exciting opening set -- gave a likewise energetic performance while filling in for Billy Currington on "Party For Two."

Slowing it down just a little, the singer sat down on a stool and brought out the guitar for "No One Needs To Know," "You're Still The One" and "Today Is Your Day," which was equally a highlight.

As the evening headed toward its crescendo, Twain kept the momentum going with a sexy romp through "That Don't Impress Me Much" and "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here," which seemed to keep fans of both genders on their feet. Exiting the stage after the latter, she returned for one more song -- "Man, I Feel Like A Woman" before the night was over.
 
To be honest, the only complaint that one could have about Twain's performance was that it had to come to an end. As the old show business adage says, "Leave them wanting more." And surely that's what Twain did in Nashville Friday night.

Though it's been a few years, between the vocals, the swagger and confidence, the crowd response to her and her music -- it might as well have been 1999 all over again!
 
Shania Twain's Nashville 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"

"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"

"Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"

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Concert review: Shania Twain bids farewell to Atlanta with slick spectacle

By Melissa Ruggieri | Atlanta Journal-Constitution | August 2, 2015

Claps of thunder shook Philips Arena while dry ice snaked across the stage floor and lasers circled the audience.

Rising from underneath the stage on a steel platform in an eye-popping package of thigh-high black boots, shimmery crimson shorts with matching sunglasses and that newly lightened hair, Shania Twain still knows how to make an entrance.

It’s been more than a decade since the high priestess of country-pop played the arena and, if her seemingly genuine comments in a recent interview hold, Saturday night’s packed show on her “Rock This Country!” tour marked her final visit to Atlanta.

For close to a couple of hours, Twain delivered exactly the type of slick, glossy pyro-filled spectacle fans could hope for on a farewell jaunt, and stuck to a circa-2002 set list (she might own the record for the most song titles punctuated with an exclamation point!) that invited full-throttle sing-alongs.

Like her sisters in single-moniker achievement – Madonna and Cher – vocal superiority isn’t the reason to see Twain. You go for the hooky earworms – no matter how musically vapid – and the spare-no-expense stage production.

But still, Twain’s perfectly pleasant voice soared as she dove into the Def Leppard-influenced, Mutt Lange-crafted backbeat of “Honey, I’m Home” and strolled the expansive stage during “You Win My Love.”

Plenty of video screens existed to broadcast her luminescent smile to the rafters – and, while fans can argue for days about the nuances of her blonde locks, no sane person could deny that, on the cusp of turning 50, Twain looks stunning.

Throughout the show, most of Twain’s seven-piece band, all wearing headset mics, flanked her at the front of the stage near the fan-friendly catwalk.

Their taut harmonies anchored “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” and flashes of fiddle, banjo and pedal steel guitar on “No One Needs to Know” and “You’re Still the One” reminded that Twain is the best-selling female artist in country music.

She also retrieved opener Gavin DeGraw – sporting a Hawks baseball cap – to play the Billy Currington role on “Party for Two,” an exercise that fizzled more than sizzled as both singers were overpowered by the band.

Twain has never been a student of snappy banter, and until an acoustic segment during which she shared that the one constant in her life, especially through messy personal patches, has been music, much of her patter consisted of generic exclamations such as, “You guys are amaaaaaaazing!” and “You guys are party animals!”

Bless her, though, for having the patience to pose for endless selfies as she sang.

Twain gave fans a close-up view when she was pushed around the arena in a Plexiglas Twain-mobile during “Any Man of Mine” (complete with selfie stick) and later strapped herself onto a non-gyrating mechanical bull for a quick fly over the floor seats for “Up!” (get it?).

After an hour of concentrated Shania, her songs start to blur together. But, one of the reasons she’s sold 75 million-plus albums is because they all contain punchy, perfectly sculpted pop hooks. It’s not as if anyone ever looked to Twain for anything other than a fist-pumping female empowerment anthem or a wedding reception song.

Speaking of, “From This Moment On” escalated into grand pageantry as shards of pyro rained behind Twain – now clad in a glittery black coat – and slowly rotating lasers spotlighted her during her strongest vocal presentation of the night.

While her follow-up, the teasing kiss off, “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” could have used a jolt during those amusingly snarky asides, Twain maintained an infectious level of energy throughout the show.

If anything could be read into her frequent smiles and giggles, it’s that Twain is thoroughly enjoying this last joyride. Fans, meanwhile, received an expertly executed farewell.

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Miranda Lambert Has "Girls Night" With Shania Twain After Blake Shelton Divorce: Pic

By Rachel McRady | Us Weekly | August 2, 2015 at 9:51AM

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Country queens! Nashville often plays host to country music's biggest stars, but on Saturday, Aug. 1 (actually Friday, July 31), the Tennessee hotspot got a real treat when Shania Twain brought her Rock This Country tour into town. And the "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" singer, 49, had a special guest in the audience -- Miranda Lambert!

After the show, the pair posed together for an Instagram photo that Twain later posted with the caption, "Girls night, love seeing you! #RockThisCountry."

Lambert, 31, clearly loved the evening out, sharing a picture of her musical idol riding on a mechanical saddle around the arena.

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"Shania Twain. Fringe Saddle. That's All. #nashville #girlsnight #rockthiscountry #badass #musicismedicine," she wrote. 

The highly anticipated evening comes less than two weeks after Lambert and her ex-husband, Blake Shelton, announced their divorce. The pair, who have been seemingly friendly to each other online since the split, had been married for four years. 

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Shania Twain returns triumphant to Atlanta

Examiner.com | August 2, 2015

Shania Twain joined the growing list of artists who are coming through Atlanta in 2015 as part of a farewell tour when she played to a sold out Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday night. The big difference between Shania Twain and Barry Manilow or The Who is that it has been more than 10 years since she was here last.

Shania Twain has spent the last several years on a permanent show in Las Vegas and her new “Rock This Country” tour has plenty of Vegas in it with an incredible lightshow, spectacular pyrotechnics and lots of glamor, gimmicks and glitz on stage.

As would be expected on a farewell tour the setlist was comprised almost entirely of her catalog of popular music but what is surprising is that she only has four studio albums from which to draw. Nevertheless she played for almost two hours and provided plenty of entertainment for her enthusiastic fans.

The set had a number of highlights including a duet with opening act Gavin DeGraw, a tour of Philips Arena in a specially made vehicle and a mechanical bull.

But for the fans it comes back to the music and while she saved “Man, I feel like a woman” for the encore it was “You’re still the one” and “From this moment on” that provided the real highlight of the slickly presented and produced evening.

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! (instrumental interlude)

I'm Gonna Getcha Good! 

Come on Over 

Party For Two (with Gavin DeGraw)

Up! 

Today Is Your Day 

No One Needs to Know
Don't! (instrumental interlude)

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!

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Getting ready to #RockThisCountry in St. Louis at the @ScottradeCenter tonight!

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Shania Twain pulls out all the stops at Scottrade Center concert

By Kevin C. Johnson | St. Louis Post-Dispatch | August 5, 2015

Country music superstar Shania Twain may have been long dormant from the music scene but she proved she’s still the one during her near sold-out concert Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.

Over a decade has passed since Twain has toured or released an album, but judging by the way she managed to pack those 12,000 fans into Scottrade Center, she has been sorely missed.

And with her “Rock This Country!” tour, her farewell to the road, she delivered a satisfying and fun career-spanning set, pulling out all the stops to ensure fans will have a little something to remember after she’s gone.

After a taped intro of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll,” Twain rose from beneath the stage on a dramatically on a continually rising pedestal amid smoke and lights for opening song “Rock This Country!” (Twain has never met an exclamation point she didn’t like as part of a song title).

Newly blond and wearing a black leather jacket, matching thigh-high boots, red shades and a short red sequined outfit that fully displayed her legs, the fit singer got down to business, kicking out pop-country favorites such as “Honey I’m Home,” “You Win My Love" and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” the latter including a blink-and-you-missed-it second of “These Boots Are Made for Walkin.’”

The tour never fell into farewell sentimentality. Rather than address this was her last tour, which she didn’t, she instead continually mentioned how great it felt to be back.

“Now that I’m here, I don’t know what I was waiting for. I should have just done it sooner. But it’s great to be doing it now and you are still here with me,” she said.

She described “I’m Ain't No Quitter” as a song she'd never done on tour before because she wrote it during her hiatus that began around the mid 2000s when she retreated to be a mother to her young son and tend to a voice that was failing her at the time.

“The song says a lot about my personality,” said Twain, who sounded fine here with a voice as sweetly melodic as ever.

Most songs came either with playful video (country studs bearing their abs during “I Ain’t No Quitter,” vintage flashing neon boots, naturally, for “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” her image projected within an ornate picture frame for “Come On Over”) or were elaborate set pieces.

After saying she could hear the fans but couldn’t see them, security rolled her around the arena floor in a complete circle during “Any Man of Mine.” A crane attached to a saddle rotated as it straddled it high into the air during “Up!” The flames during “I’m Gonna Getcha Good” were so intense that were nearly hellish.

She and support act Gavin DeGraw joined forces for the playful “Party of Two.”

Twain said she didn’t want the night to end, then figured she’d “stall,” calling it her chance to slow things down so the evening wouldn't by so quickly. It was a nice set-up to the acoustic segment with the songs “Today is Your Day,” “No One Needs to Know” and “You’re Still the One.”

But she amped it back up for the grand finale that featured rock-soaked hits including “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,” complete with Twain decked out in dominatrix gear.

She impressed, much.

Opening act DeGraw, who did similar duties for Billy Joel at Scottrade Center a couple of years ago, always excels with his energetic show that included “Chariot, “Best I Ever Had,” Joel’s “Big Shot,” “I Don’t Want to Be,” Bryan Adams’ “Heaven,” and “Not Over You.”

He wasted no time getting to the crowd, performing from fans’ seats, taking selfies with the cameras, which has become his thing.

Shania Twain 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” (interlude)

“I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”

“Come On Over”

“Party for Two” (duet 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”

“Red Storm”

“Man! I Feel Like a Woman!

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Review: Shania Twain brought high energy to Wells Fargo Arena

By Joe Lawler | The Des Moines Register | August 6, 2015 10:51 p.m. CDT

There's a danger when a pop culture figure steps away from the spotlight that the audience might move on. Country singer Shania Twain stopped touring for more than a decade, but judging by the way around 13,000 fans ate up her show Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena, the singer was gone but not forgotten.

"I don't know the last time any of you saw me in concert, but I can guarantee it was a long time ago," Twain told the crowd early in her set.

The Canadian country singer started her show with "Rock This Country," her 2000 hit that gives her farewell tour its name. Twain arose from beneath the stage, slowing ascending on a steel platform as she sang while lasers, fog and projection screens went wild around her. With the second song, "Honey I'm Home," sparks showered from the stage's scaffolding.

"You Win My Love" and "I Ain't No Quitter" followed in short order. Unfortunately, so did some technical issues.

During "Quitter" there was some feedback from Twain's microphone and during "Love Gets Me Every Time" there was an ongoing rumble that seemed more like a bassed-up car driving by than anything a musician would want associated with a live show.

By the next song, "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)," the sound issues seemed under control. But they would return.

Next Twain left the stage and was pulled around the floor on a cart while singing "Any Man of Mine." After circling the arena she returned the stage, briefly disappearing backstage and returning with a new outfits while flames shot up around her. She sang "I'm Gonna Getcha Good" and managed to sign an autograph while doing so. Considering she was using a handheld microphone, it was some impressive multi-tasking.

Twain still recorded during her time off the road, meaning there were songs in the show that hadn't been taken out on tour before. One was "Party For Two," a duet with Billy Currington. Opening act Gavin DeGraw joined Twain on stage, singing Currington's part.

Next up Twain climbed onto a saddle, which was lifted on a crane that circled her around the arena as she sang "Up!"

"It's been too long since I've been up here," Twain said, presumably referring to the stage, not the crane. "I don't know what I was waiting for. I'm just really grateful that I'm here now. That's one thing in an entertainer's life; you do your best, go out there and sing and you don't really know if anyone is going to come."

Next Twain broke out an acoustic guitar for a stretch of songs that included "Today is Your Day," "No One Needs to Know" and "You're Still the One." On the last stirring song it was just Twain and her guitar on stage, though her band was still playing behind the curtains.

Twain briefly left the stage again, returning for "From This Moment On." Unfortunately, so did the sound issues. Fireworks on stage helped conceal that a bit, but the issues still lingered during "That Don't Impress Me Much."

After "I'm Outta Here," Twain left the stage while her band continued to rock out. She returned in one final outfit for her big hit "Man, I Feel Like a Woman," with more flames and confetti.

After 11 years, Twain didn't seem rusty at all. She's still at the top of her game and it will be interesting to see where her career goes when she shifts her focus away from performing. It's unfortunate that sound issues marred several of the songs.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/08/06/shania-twain-des-moines-review/31269347/ 



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Shania Twain’s energetic debut in Des Moines

By Luke Matthews | STAR 102.5 | August 7, 2015

Shania Twain is a household name, but Thursday night’s stop on her (supposed) farewell “Rock This Country” Tour was actually her coming out party in Des Moines proper. She hasn’t visited the state of Iowa since her 1998 “Come On Over Tour” when she played the then Iowa concert mainstay, Hilton Coliseum.

Mixed into that absence from Iowa was a lengthy hiatus from music in general for Twain. The singer spent more than half a decade in near seclusion in her adopted home in Switzerland. Twain resurfaced in 2011 for a brief reality show run on the OWN Network which featured her first new music in years.

While Twain was gone, the landscape of the country music world that she once owned shifted – or more like “Swift-ed.” The ascension of Taylor Swift as well as the birth of “bro country” makes listening to Twain’s older material seem almost nostalgic.

While her material may be aging, the woman herself doesn’t appear to be at all. As she emerged from the depths of her stage at Wells Fargo Arena to the screams of more than 13,000, she looked just as beautiful and stylish as the Shania most fans remember from the late 90s. Wearing a red sequined off-the-shoulder number, Twain launched into the tour’s namesake from her massive “Come On Over” album. Lasers, smoke, lights, and pyro all greeted the singer to the stage in a show that, these days, actually seems more familiar than fantastic. It became more obvious throughout the show that Twain’s people (or Twain herself) have been keeping tabs on current concert trends when it comes to what bells and whistles people enjoy seeing. All of the staples were there: fire blazing from the stage, large video screens recreating backgrounds of videos, and apparatuses that elevate the singer over the crowd – in Twain’s case it was a saddle that rose out of the stage’s catwalk. The audience especially loved when Twain was wheeled around the arena in the Shania Twain version of a Pope-mobile. Twain’s opening act Gavin DeGraw beat her to a concert staple of asking the audience to get out their cell phones and shine their flashlights toward the stage.

Concert cliches aside, Twain also seemed to be fighting vocal and sound issues throughout. Early in the show, the sound was crisp and very clean, much like what you would hear in her controlled Vegas residency show. It didn’t take long for Twain’s voice to begin to show its age and in an almost reactionary move, the volume of Twain’s backup back increased, sometimes nearly drowning the singer out.

There were some genuinely nice points in the show. The two standout performances also happened to be two of Twain’s biggest hits in “From This Moment On” and the show’s best moment, a solo and acoustic Twain performing “You’re Still the One.” While a good performance, even “From This Moment On” had a strange vocal effect put on the singer that seemed to be wholly unnecessary.

Shania Twain’s body of work speaks for itself. She’s one of the highest selling female artists of all-time and doing so having released only five albums. She’s a wonderful performer and kept the energy up all throughout her 2-hour and 15 minute show. There were a couple of awkward outfit transitions including one where the audience was treated to a muted version of her song “Don’t” while visuals of the singer posing in slow motion, almost like a lingerie or perfume commercial played on the giant screens.

Devoid of flash, Gavin DeGraw opened the show with fantastic energy. In addition to beating Twain to the flashlight punch, he was also the first to venture into the crowd to sing his hit, “I Don’t Wanna Be.”

Shania Twain may have made her one and only arena stop in Des Moines on Thursday night and it was a thriller for the fans in attendance. While ageless in her energy and appearance, vocally, the country/pop superstar is showing why she may be walking away from the stage. It made for a unbalanced night with tons of flash and substance. That just don’t impress me much.

SETLIST

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 (Outfit change interlude)
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
Don’t (Outfit change interlude)
From This Moment On
That Don’t Impress Me Much
(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here
Red Storm (Outfit change interlude)
Man, I Feel Like a Woman!

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Shania Twain revives her glory days sound for big Sprint Center crowd

By Timothy Finn | Kansas City Star | August 8, 2015

Shania Twain brought plenty of fire, flash and glitzy fashion to her first tour in more than a decade.

For more than 100 minutes Friday night, the former reigning crossover queen of country music unleashed a torrent of Top 10 hits upon a crowd of more than 14,000 at the Sprint Center, many of them women who were young girls when Twain burst into the music world more than 20 years ago. Time has been kind to her and her music.

Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” were blaring through the P.A. system as Twain emerged from underneath the stage and joined her seven-piece band. It was an appropriate overture. A lot of her songs are arena-rock anthems built on cast-iron guitar riffs and heavy drum beats and set to bubbly melodies. There was widespread singing-along all night.

She opened with “Rock this Country,” one of the few songs on the set list that wasn’t among her 16 Top 10 U.S country hits. She followed that with one that is: “Honey, I’m Home,” a jaunty country-pop anthem from her blockbuster “Come On Over” album, which has sold 20 million copies in the United States alone.

Twain will turn 50 later this year, but she dressed this evening like a woman half her age: in a sequined mini-dress and high-heeled boots that reached her mid-thighs. She changed outfits several times during instrumental interludes. One time she returned wearing a long black dress and cape, conjuring images of Stevie Nicks.

The show was filled with visuals, many of them broadcast on the two enormous video screens that flanked the stage. Fireworks and flashpots were detonated a few times, and lights and lasers flashed throughout the show. Twain was in constant motion, went into the crowd once, scooting around the perimeter of the floor in a Plexiglass vehicle, high-fiving fans along the way. She went above the crowd, too, during the song “Up,” hoisted on a saddle attached to a cherry-picker.

Friday’s show was Twain’s fourth in Kansas City and her first since a show at Kemper Arena in November 2003. (The two others were at Sandstone Amphitheater in the late 1990s.) She still presents herself as an independent woman who loves her man but will tolerate none of his guff or foolishness, as in songs like “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You),” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and the pop-metal anthem “(If You’re Not In Love) I’m Outta Here,” all of which prompted loud responses from a crowd that was on its feet and enthralled throughout.

She strummed an acoustic guitar along with her band during an unplugged interlude that provided some of the show’s better moments, “No One Needs to Know” and “Today is Your Day.” The irrepressibly catchy love ballad “You’re Still the One” was another highlight and a song the crowd took over.

The show ended with another music interlude and wardrobe change, which preceded the finale: a rousing version of “Man, I Feel Like A Woman.” Even some men in the crowd were singing along to that one, amid a flurry of lasers and pyrotechnics.

Twain, who performed a two-year residency in Las Vegas in 2012-14, has said her first tour since 2004 would be her last. Her joyous show Friday night felt more like a homecoming or a revival than a farewell.

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 Love) I’m Outta Here; Man, I Feel Like a Woman.

http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article30488778.html



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