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Shania Twain said goodbye to Kansas City at the Sprint Center last night

By Natalie Gallagher | Pitch Weekly | August 8, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Shania Twain with Gavin DeGraw
Friday, August 7
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri

If we are to believe Shania Twain’s recent interview with Rolling Stone, then yes, her Rock This Country! tour will be her last. And as far as goodbyes go, last night’s show at the Sprint Center was top-notch.

Twain hasn’t released a studio album since 2002’s Up!, but the crowd responded to her as though she had never been away. And, for her part, Twain performed as though she were at the height of her career rather than headed for self-imposed retirement.

The show began around 8:45, as smoke cascaded over the stage and strobe lights projected patterns on the audience (which was, as expected, overwhelmingly white and feminine — the amount of flow-y, fringed summer dresses paired with cowboy boots was comical and alarming). To the opening chords of “Rock this Country,” Twain popped out of a trap door in the center of the stage garbed in a fringed black leather jacket, red-glitter onesie and black knee-high platforms. She looked stunning — and I don’t mean that in the back-handed, snide “for her age” kind of way. (Why should we be so shocked that a 49-year-old woman can look hot in hot pants?) No, Twain looked very much like she was ready to rock this country. Or, at least, Kansas City.

And, yes — she was still sporting that blond hair. Sigh. I don’t want to talk about it.

Twain walked to the edge of the stage, stopping short of the catwalk that extended to the middle of the floor. Six of her seven band members flanked her, all wearing headsets and professionally whitened smiles, proudly toting their instruments (two violins, six guitars — the drummer stayed at his kit).

Splashy entrance aside, Twain’s show had a bumpy start. The first three songs were all a bit off: Her band often drowned out her vocals, and she was noticeably behind the beat as she sang several verses of “Honey, I’m Home.” It seemed that Twain couldn’t hit the high notes for “You Win My Love,” in which she would pull the mic away and let her voice go quiet in the chorus. There were also several moments during this song where Twain seemed to be fiddling with her earpiece, so perhaps we can blame technical issues.

In any case, the audience didn’t seem to notice — or if it did, no one cared. By the time Twain cued up “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” whatever problems — with the sound or with her own nerves — were gone. She shed the leather jacket and weird red-tinted 1990s sunglasses (revealing some equally cheap-looking — but still delightful — red-glitter eyeshadow) and dug her heels into a truly Vegas-worthy show.

This tour is actually modeled after Twain’s recent residency at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, so it should not have been a surprise when, during “Any Man of Mine,” she hopped down into a little motorized trolly that slowly wheeled her around the edge of the floor as she sang, doled out high-fives and made generous eye-contact. The effect was rather like a homecoming queen, waving to her subjects from the safety of her float. Twain’s cool slipped noticeably when, at one point, a mob of excited girls threatened to … I don’t know, really, shriek too loudly? She looked relieved to be delivered back to the stage, where she disappeared for a quick costume change (her first of three).

A few minutes later, Twain was back for “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” — this time in a vampire costume long black duster coat, black fringe leg warmers and red platforms. She arrived amid impressive puffs of fire that burst from the floor of the stage; even from my seat in the risers, a good 10 yards away, I could feel the heat. It was no surprised when Twain dropped the coat for “Come On Over,” revealing a very busy leather vest with a fishnet-sleeve top.

Twain welcomed back opener Gavin DeGraw to duet with her on “Party For Two,” the only low point of the evening. That song was a disaster: Twain’s voice is lower and far more powerful than DeGraw’s, and in a best-case scenario they would be ill-fated karaoke partners. As it happened in “Party For Two,” DeGraw was off-key, his lyrics almost entirely unintelligible. It was cringe-worthy, and thankfully, over quickly.

With DeGraw gone, Twain hopped up on a mechanical bull on the edge of the stage, and for a moment, I got super excited that she would actually ride it. Instead, she delivered a giggly soliloquy. (Twain is not so spectacular when it comes to stage banter; the perfunctory shouts of “Kansas City!” appeared every other song.)

“It's been a really long time since I've been up here, that's for sure, and I’m loving every second of it,” Twain told the crowd as a crane raised her, atop the bull, several feet into the air. “When you stop doing something for a long time, it’s not like you forget how to do what you love. ... But you start to lose your nerve. But I gave myself a kick in the butt and got myself back up here!”

From there, Twain launched into “Up!” (obviously), and the crane slowly rotated her around the arena as she sang. I half-expected some sort of catapult maneuver. When Twain returned to the stage, it was time for the predictable acoustic portion of the evening. She sat on a barstool, crossed her legs and strapped on a guitar for “Today Is Your Day” (her sappy 2011 single, during which several hundred smartphones were waved through the air at Twain’s request), “No One Needs to Know” and “You’re Still the One.” (During the last of which, I spotted a proposal take place on the floor a few yards from my seat. Aww.)

Another instrumental break for a costume change — while some seductive, boudoir-like videos of Twain in various red outfits flashed on the jumbo screens — and the lady of the night reappeared, this time dressed in a black sequined graduation robe for “From This Moment On.” (What a perfect segue for the newly engaged couple. Aww. It’s almost like Twain expects that kind of thing to happen.)

After Twain’s angelic rendition of that eternal-love ballad, she stripped off the dress to reveal thigh-high red-glitter platform boots and a sequined black bustier. The pyrotechnics made a grand return, this time with the aid of actual fireworks. This was Twain’s introduction to “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” but believe me — the crowd was impressed.

At 10:15, after “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!”, Twain departed once more as the stage darkened and the audience called for her encore.

It was a short wait, and Twain made her final entrance just as she had made her first: Popping up from the floor like a birthday surprise, wearing another set of platforms and her showiest bedroom corset yet. She strut out to the center of the catwalk for the much-anticipated “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” as flames burst behind her.

Her voice — which had gotten stronger with every song — was in top form for this final number, and Twain knew it. As several cannons unleashed a storm of shiny confetti upon the crowd, Twain — looking satisfied — flashed a big smile and quick “goodbye” before strutting back to her exit.

Leftovers: I actually remember Gavin DeGraw’s first album, 2003’s Chariot. I feel like I remember an artist who could carry a tune. And to be fair, his opening set was enjoyable enough. But whatever sound he was making during “Party For Two” was horrifying. There’s no way around it. That mess will haunt my dreams.

Also, what was with people taking off their boots and hoisting them up in the air during “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under”? Since when is that a thing?

Overhead: “This is, by far, the gayest show I have ever seen.” — A gay man sitting behind me.

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! (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! (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 (Instrumental)
Man! I Feel Like a Woman!

http://www.pitch.com/FastPitch/archives/2015/08/08/shania-twain-pulled-out-all-the-stops-at-the-sprint-center-last-night



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Shania Twain walks the line between showbiz and songcraft at Erwin Center

By Peter Blackstock | Austin 360 | August 10, 2015

One minute, Shania Twain is up on her high horse, almost literally: riding a mechanical bull attached to the end of crane that slowly sends her soaring above the Erwin Center crowd as she sings the title track to her 2002 album “Up!”

The next, she’s entirely back down to earth, strumming a guitar and joined by her bandmates on acoustic instruments at the edge of the stage, singing out the simple reassurances of her 2011 single “Today Is Your Day.”

That back-to-back sequence, coming about two-thirds of the way through Twain’s 100-minute show at Erwin Center on Sunday night, summed up a fundamental conflict at the heart of the Canadian singer’s artistic identity as she stands at a career crossroads.

Twain, who will turn 50 later this month, stressed in a pre-tour interview that she envisions a future for herself that’s much more like the moment she presented on “Today Is Your Day” — focused almost entirely on the craft of songwriting, with performance placed on a distant back burner. And yet it’s hard to imagine her ever giving up the ambitious onstage persona that reaches for grand productions like the airborne show-stopper of “Up!”

Most of Sunday’s concert leaned toward those grand productions, not surprisingly, because it’s still what Twain knows best. Her entrance involved an elevator bringing her out from beneath the floor, then pushing her up high above the stage while pyrotechnics blasted all around her as she began singing. 

“Rock This Country!” was the name of that opening song, and it’s also the name of the tour, which began in June and ends in October . While a heavy reliance on fiddles — most songs featured two, and there were three at one point — put a country spin on much of the material, Twain is clearly more drawn to rock, as evidenced by the blasting of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock and Roll” over the sound system immediately before she and her band took the stage.

Then again, straight-up “pop” may be a better tag for Twain than either rock or country. The songs that got the crowd singing along most devotedly were chart-topping ballads from her 1990s heyday: “From This Moment On,” sung from the end of a long catwalk that extended far out onto the Erwin Center floor, and “Still the One,” which she started solo acoustic with the audience immediately joining in.

Her seven bandmates provided first-class support throughout. They deserved, but never received, a personal introduction like the one that opening act Gavin DeGraw – an arena-working pop showman who returned to duet with Twain on “Party for Two” – gave to his four supporting players. In addition to providing thunderous ballast alongside bursts of fire and smoke on the likes of “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” and “Honey I’m Home,” they turned up the twang on more countrified tunes such as “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” and swung skillfully to the island rhythms of “Come on Over.”

They also covered for Twain with brief instrumentals during a couple of mid-set costume changes. That device worked fine until the encore, when one of the final two songs (preceding the sexy show-closer “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”) consisted of over-the-top instrumental wankery that the audience clearly could have done without.

Before the tour began, Twain sounded eager to work up some of the material she’s been recording for a new album. “Maybe near the end of the tour, I’ll be able to introduce a couple of new songs,” she said in a May interview. That moment at the start of the encore would have been an ideal spot to give it a shot. Instead, the crowd got laser lights and meaningless bombast. If Twain is in fact determined to step forward toward a future based on writing fresh songs, the time is ripe for her to bring it on.

http://music.blog.austin360.com/2015/08/10/shania-twain-walks-the-line-between-showbiz-and-songcraft-at-erwin-center/



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While Garth Brooks Plans a Comeback, Shania Twain Prepares One Last Hurrah

By Amy McCarthy | Dallas Observer | August 10, 2015

2015, it would seem, is the year of the country comeback. After more than a decade of relative silence from both Shania Twain and Garth Brooks, they both came roaring back at the end of last year, announcing what looked like dual blockbuster comebacks. Brooks has already sold out tour dates across the country, including seven nights in Dallas at the American Airlines Center. At the same time, critics are heaping praise on Twain, who plays there tonight and is on her final tour.

It's uncanny that these two artists would plop back into the country listener’s consciousness at the same time, considering that many fans are quick to blame them for the ascension of pop-country in the 1990s. Twain, billed the “queen of pop country,” has had more crossover success than any other female artist in music history, and Brooks has sold more albums than the Beatles. For all their faults, country can thank Twain and Brooks for making it the most popular genre in the United States.

But the two comebacks, both staggering in their success, are not on the same trajectory. Brooks stepped out of the spotlight to raise his teenaged daughter, vowing to get back into the music business after she turned 18. He made good on his promise, launching the independent, artist-friendly streaming service GhostTunes and recording Man Against Machine, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Album Charts. Earlier this month, it was announced that Brooks’ current tour is already 2015’s top-performing country tour, surpassing megastars like Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift.

Critical reception for Man Against Machine was somewhat tepid, and while overall favorable, it doesn’t touch what Brooks was able to do in the '90s. Still, we can expect plenty of new music to come. Plans for a follow-up to Man Against Machine have not yet been announced, but he does plan to release a Christmas album with wife and recording artist Trisha Yearwood, and you can expect that with success like this, he’ll be back for more. It isn’t exactly easy to record an album when you’re keeping up one of the most grueling touring schedules in the entire music business.

Twain's comeback tour, however, is much more of a farewell, at least from the road. Twain has said in multiple interviews that the Rock This Country tour would be her last, even though she plans to release a fifth album by the time she’s 50, aka in the next year or so. Twain does not plan to retire from music, making her announcement much like George Strait’s proclamation that he would continue to record and perform, but would be leaving the touring world after The Cowboy Rides Away tour concluded in Dallas last year.

The coverage of Twain’s Rock This Country tour, which has been traveling around the country with its showy theatrics and pyrotechnics since 2014, has been overwhelmingly positive, if disparate. Critics in some markets, like Kansas City, called the tour a “goodbye,” while others definitively called it a “comeback.” Perhaps the latter is more wishful thinking, especially after more than a decade off the road. Either way, it remains to be seen whether or not Twain will be able to recoup the same comeback success that Brooks has — assuming she even wants to.

The two parallel comebacks, and their different intended outcomes, are notable in the context of the current country climate. Country is desperately trying to find its authentic roots, and when Twain and Brooks look like “old-school” country it’s clear that this genre is need in some serious rehab. But Twain isn’t necessarily interested in being part of country music’s authentic renaissance. Instead, she plans to record an album of “soul music,” whatever that means.

Brooks, savvily, is taking advantage of a climate that is overwhelmingly friendly to his comeback. All but gone are the fans who would claim that Brooks’ music is inauthentic — they’ve all fled to Americana where they can hear steel guitars and good guitar playing — and the same fans that enjoyed his music in the '90s are downloading Luke Bryan and Chris Young albums today. The country fans that became country fans in the Brooks era are still country fans, even if they’re not interested in the authentic stuff.

Whether either tour will amount to much of a "comeback" remains to be seen, but in spite of their totally different approaches, Twain and Brooks are both cashing in on country music’s desperation to distinguish itself from plain old pop music. Whether that's good for the genre or not may be the biggest mystery of all.

http://www.dallasobserver.com/music/while-garth-brooks-plans-a-comeback-shania-twain-prepares-one-last-hurrah-7478525



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Review: Shania Twain at American Airlines Center

By Preston Jones | Fort Worth Star-Telegram | August 11, 2015 12:15am

DALLAS - How does an artist go backward and forward at the same time?

It’s a question Shania Twain spent the better part of 100 minutes trying to answer Monday at American Airlines Center.

She’s called her “Rock This Country” tour, Twain’s first national outing in 11 years and her first DFW stop in a dozen years, a farewell to the stage, one last chance to reconnect with fans in person.

Viewed from that perspective, Monday’s nearly sold-out show was a raging success, a non-stop parade of hits from country music’s mid-‘90s pop prime.

Those gathered inside the arena shouted the lyrics, snapped endless photos and generally bathed in the warm glow of nostalgia.

It didn’t hurt Twain milked her absence a little: “I’m just very grateful you’re here after all these years,” she said, to a predictably deafening barrage of screams.

Even the staging was a little throwback: Twain was flanked by seven band members, arrayed on tastefully lighted risers and dwarfed by a handful of video screens.

There were the occasional flashes of pyrotechnics, a few interactive elements (Twain was paraded around the AAC floor in an ersatz Popemobile; she rode a mechanical bull out over the crowd) and enough dry ice smoke to fill two arenas, but otherwise, Twain favored the less-is-more approach, with a mostly bare stage.

Although she hasn’t toured nationally, Twain still spent two years at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, anchoring a splashy extravaganza that seems to have served as a warm-up for her current run of dates.

Those months spent rehearsing and performing in the desert have given “Rock This Country” a sculpted tightness — 19 songs in 100 minutes — with nearly all of the fat carved from the setlist, an on-point Twain hitting her marks before the HD cameras, and nothing left but what fans crave: the hits.

Twain did not skimp in that department, working through a handful of costume changes and most of her four-album catalog: Honey, I’m Home; Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?; Any Man of Mine; I’m Gonna Getcha Good! and, of course, the one-two punch of You’re Still the One and From This Moment On, Twain’s sturdy contributions to the slow-dance canon, were showcased.

And therein lay the rub — Twain’s polished, airtight set was, effectively, a handsomely mounted museum piece, classic country-pop taken out of mothballs and paraded around for a little while.

There wasn’t much sense of the woman Twain is now, a multi-platinum superstar on the cusp of turning 50 later this month, and someone professing a desire to move behind the scenes, into more of a songwriter capacity.

Apart from her 2011 single Today is Your Day, Twain didn’t pull the wraps off any music from her as-yet-unreleased fifth album, which is reportedly in the works. (“Songs are my best friends,” Twain confided to the cheering room. “I can tell them anything!

Today and No One Needs to Know were given the acoustic treatment, which gave the audience a glimpse of a route Twain might yet take. Certainly, the interlude was a high point of the evening, allowing Twain’s muscular, earthy alto to shine and pushing her out of the odd limbo between then and now, allowing her to be someone other than a vocalist clad in shimmering costumes.

There’s no reason Twain couldn’t enjoy a second act — country music has plenty of strong women making an impression circa 2015, albeit precious few angling for the crossover success Twain embodied in the ‘90s — but so much of Monday’s show was blinded by the triumphs of the past that discerning what’s next proved futile.

How does an artist go backward and forward at the same time?

Despite all of the accolades and a smartly assembled evening built to remind the adoring audience of her formidable reign as “queen of country-pop,” it is a question Shania Twain does not yet seem to have answered.”

http://www.dfw.com/2015/08/11/1020134/review-shania-twain-at-american.html



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Shania Twain Was Back and Cheesy as Hell at American Airlines Center

By Paige Skinner | Dallas Observer | August 11, 2015

She’s baaaaaaack. You love her. You karaoke her songs when you’re blackout drunk. She’s the queen of the country-pop crossover and you and Taylor Swift are forever thankful to her for that.

She’s Shania Effin’ Twain and she’s rock ‘n' roll, baby.

OK, so Twain is a little cheesy. During Monday night’s concert at the American Airlines Center, Twain appeared for her first song, “Rock This Country,” which is also the name of the big comeback tour, in a getup that resembled an ad for Meryl Streep’s Ricki and the Flash. She wore a red sparkly jumpsuit, a black fringe jacket, knee-high boots and red-tinted sunglasses. She looked like a movie character pretending to be a rock star. Basically, she looked exactly like one of country and pop’s biggest superstars decades after her first hit song.

But who the hell cares? You probably don’t. I don’t. The audience sure as hell didn’t. They waited months and years and decades for this woman to rise from the popstar graveyard and reign supreme again.

And she did that. For the most part.

Throughout the night, there was so much fire coming out of the stage during every song. It actually began to get hot in the arena. Minutes later, the smell of the explosions would continue to linger.

Twain played all of her biggest hits (“Any Man of Mine,” “Come On Over,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”), which pleased the crowd. The crowd was surprisingly young; young girls in cowboy boots and sundresses were everywhere. “Some of you have not seen me on tour before, but if you have, you were, like, three,” Twain joked.

She played some lesser-known songs, like “I Ain’t No Quitter." The crowd took their seats for that one, but sat mesmerized by the shirtless dancing cowboys that appeared on the big screen behind Twain.

Gags like that happened all night. But just when you thought you had survived all of them, suddenly Twain was on a mechanical bull flying over the crowd. The bull was attached to part of the stage, and as she began explaining her next song, it began to lift off. The next thing you knew, she was flying over the arena, singing “Up.”

She also made time to play some songs acoustically, like “Today Is Your Day.” “I got myself through a hard time when I wrote this song,” she told the crowd.

Then she brought out her opening act, Gavin DeGraw, to sing “Party for Two.” During both of their sets, they gushed about each other, and after their duet, I was 100 percent sure they were going to bite the bullet and make out on stage. They didn’t.

Yes, the sole opening act was DeGraw, and no, don’t adjust your monitors — you read that correctly. The only thing weirder than pop-rock singer DeGraw opening for country-pop goddess Twain was witnessing a bunch of 60-something-year-old men in cowboy hats sit and stare at an enthusiastic DeGraw singing lyrics like, “Night sky full of drones/This neighborhood of clones.” When DeGraw can carry the House of Blues by himself, watching him perform to deaf ears didn’t feel right.

But Twain captivated the thousands inside AAC. During her encore, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” the crowd treated it as one big karaoke party. Whether she was lip-synching or not (something I went back and forth on all night), people danced and enjoyed the hell out of it. They had waited long enough for it.

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Shania Twain To Play At Chesapeake Energy Arena Next As Part Of Final Tour

by Dan Pizzuta | Zumic | August 11, 2015

A decade of silence is over, as mega music star Shania Twain has returned to the bright lights and is already kicking off an epic farewell tour. The soon-to-be 50-year-old country music star has made a career out of transcending the genre and rocking the stage, and the early signs from the road suggest she’s passing the comeback test with flying colors.

Long ago dubbed the “Queen of Pop Country,” Twain looks to be as good as ever for her final run, one that consists of a litany of stops from early-August to late-October. On top of her beauty, popularity and talent, Shania Twain is now a golden rarity, as her diehard fans have missed her greatly during her time away and now only have so much time to catch her again live and in person. That alone naturally increases the value of Shania Twain tickets along the Rock This Country tour, as fans should be in a frenzy to land the remaining tickets to make sure they can catch all of the hits at one of Twain’s final shows.

Twain’s next stop at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, August 12 ($157.40 on average, $42 to get in the door) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is just the next stop on a rigorous 34-show run that culminates in what should be an electric final show October 27 at Prospera Place. Twain’s last live show — possibly ever — will naturally have fans paying a pretty penny, especially since the shows leading up to it (two shows at Save on Foods Memorial Centre) come in at a staggering $415.77 and $334.25 on average, respectively, according to TotallyTickets.com.

On top of her legendary, iconic status among country music’s greats, Twain’s catchy, hard-hitting songs alone are reason for any fan of music to show up to any of the scheduled shows. With 16 top-10 hits, including the ever famous “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” and the endearing “You’re the Still the One” and “From This Moment On,” Twain fans can watch her perform both the edgy and heartfelt tunes that made her so famous. Fans have ample opportunity to catch Twain during her last hurrah, as she’ll hit up huge venues like the Pepsi Center in Denver, Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City and the Kohl Center in Milwaukee before she wraps up her live tour in her native land, Canada.

It’s nice to know that Shania Twain won’t leave country music for good (she still plans on making music), but she’s made it known to the public that the Rock of Country tour will indeed be her final run across the globe. If that is in fact the case, price simply doesn’t matter when it comes to seeing Twain live, as every performance has the potential to be unique and special due to an expiration date.

http://zumic.com/2015/08/11/shania-twain-to-play-at-chesapeake-energy-arena-next-as-part-of-final-tour/



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Concert review: Shania Twain rocks Chesapeake Energy Arena

By Brandy McDonnell | The Oklahoman | August 13, 2015 at 9:21 a.m.

Sheer black fabric billowed behind her as Shania Twain strutted back onto the stage for her grand finale.

Since Twain had just spent the better part of two hours feistily reaffirming her status as a country-pop superheroine, the cape was probably not necessary. But then, the Canadian singer-songwriter has always had style to spare.

At once a comeback series and a farewell trek, Twain kept the promise of her “Rock This Country” tour Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena: She rocked the place, thrilling the near-sellout, female-dominated crowd with a string of familiar hits that earned her the “Queen of Country Pop” crown in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Her voice may not be as smooth and supple as it once was, but Twain, who turns 50 on Aug. 28, has not lost one bit of her sassy charisma and self-assured sexiness. Watching her "shimmy, shake, make the earth quake” to the utter delight of the boisterous crowd, was pure fun.

And as Shania says, "the best thing about being a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun."

She seized that prerogative from the start Wednesday night, rising up on a silvery lift from beneath the massive stage to sing, fist-pump and frolic through “Rock This Country.” Dressed in sparkly red short-shorts, fishnet stockings, an elaborately fringed black jacket, black thigh-high boots and crimson-tinted glasses, Twain immediately exuded as much electricity as the red lasers flashing over the audience and the sparkling fireworks fountaining up from the stage.

She may be on her first tour in 11 years, but you wouldn’t know it from her energy level: She stayed in near-constant motion, sashaying up the catwalk, dancing with her guitar players and friskily tossing her long, now-blond locks.

Since Twain is one the best-selling female recording artists in music history, it’s not surprising that her show turned into a raucous sing-along by the second number, the lively “Honey, I’m Home.” The crowd eagerly stayed on its feet to boogie and belt with “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” “You Win My Love” and “Any Man of Mine.” She told me in a pre-tour conference call she had big plans to get close to her audience during her concerts, and on the latter, she took a lap around the arena floor in a little cart so that she could high-five her fans and even snag a selfie stick to better capture her crooning and cruising.

“You know it’s been a long time since I’ve been on tour … and you’ve never seen this next song anyway because this tour is the first time we’re doing it. It says a lot about me,” Twain said, launching into the Western swinging number “I Ain’t No Quitter.”

Like her best known songs, the 1999 Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year’s new show walked the line between country and rock, with plenty of fiddles and pedal steel to go with the electric guitars and pyrotechnics. Her stellar back band’s usual double-fiddle lineup expanded to three for my favorite Shania song, the sassy and bluegrassy “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You).” But the accomplished seven-piece outfit went full-on arena rock with the instrumental interlude “Ka-Ching” during the first of Twain’s three costume quick-changes.

Clad in a blinged-out AC/DC T-shirt, a silvery button-down top and a modern-day pair of ruby slippers, she invited opening act Gavin DeGraw back to the stage for the cheesy duet “Party for Two.” Fortunately, it was all going “Up!” from there -- literally -- as Twain clambered aboard a fringed saddle attached to a telescopic lift, which boosted her up among the crowd as she warbled the uplifting song.

Like her best known songs, the 1999 Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year’s new show walked the line between country and rock, with plenty of fiddles and pedal steel to go with the electric guitars and pyrotechnics. Her stellar back band’s usual double-fiddle lineup expanded to three for my favorite Shania song, the sassy and bluegrassy “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You).” But the accomplished seven-piece outfit went full-on arena rock with the instrumental interlude “Ka-Ching” during the first of Twain’s three costume quick-changes.

Clad in a blinged-out AC/DC T-shirt, a silvery button-down top and a modern-day pair of ruby slippers, she invited opening act Gavin DeGraw back to the stage for the cheesy duet “Party for Two.” Fortunately, it was all going “Up!” from there -- literally -- as Twain clambered aboard a fringed saddle attached to a telescopic lift, which boosted her up among the crowd as she warbled the uplifting song.

For all the flash and fringe, it was a treat for fans when the singer-songwriter perched on a stool at the front of the stage with her acoustic guitar to prettily strum and sing “Today Is Your Day,” “No One Needs to Know” and “You’re Still the One.” The latter started out as a surprisingly intimate duet between just Twain and a few thousand fans, before the band rejoined her.

After another instrumental interlude, the show got even more magical with her ballad “From This Moment On.” Dressed in a flowing black gown and haloed in a silvery circle of lights, the Canadian superstar belted the love song beautifully. The only way that number could have more thoroughly enchanted the audience was if a unicorn had cantered across the stage.

Instead, the crowd was elated when Twain strutted her stuff through two more of her spirited smashes, eagerly wailing along with her on “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here.”

“I’m having the time of my life up here,” Twain said, and on those danceable hits, you could really see it.

Although she briefly disappeared in a flurry of guitars, lasers and fireworks, everyone in the arena knew there was one hit left to be played, and the crowd heralded the band’s return with roars of approval that hit jet-engine volume levels. Her devotees managed to get even louder when Twain swaggered out to belt “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.”

As the song goes, she was doing her encore in style: Outfitted in a silver-studded black corset, black elbow-length gloves, black thigh-high boots and her filmy cape, the superstar radiated sexy self-confidence as she jumped up and down, blew kisses to the crowd and drank in the audience’s zealous backup vocals.

A shower of shimmering confetti rained onto the fans as she descended below the stage one last time, a flashy and fitting farewell to the performer who is “Still the One.”

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Shania Twain’s Still the One, and Then Some, on New Tour!

by Wendy Geller | Yahoo! Music | August 14, 2015 at 3:34pm

Shania on fiyah! The country superstar is taking the prerogative to have a little fun as she makes her way across North America on her “Rock This Country” farewell tour.

It’s her first time touring in over a decade and she’s making the most of each gig with some fun guests and special moments.

Case in point? A recent show in Washington where she invited a six-year-old fan onstage to sing with her.

Several other ladies who sing have been spotted at the newly blond Canadian’s concerts, as well – like newly single Miranda Lambert, who posted an photo on Instagram of her girls’ night out at Twain’s Nashville show on July 31.

The tour has sold out more than 70 dates and has proven so popular that it was extended past it’s original August end-date with the addition of an extra leg that will take it through October.

As her 50th birthday approaches, Twain’s live show is not only leaving fans wanting more – it’s dazzling the critics. One Billboard writer admitted he was initially skeptical about the singer’s comeback but changed his mind when he too caught her Nashville gig: “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….(she) proved that whatever “it is,” the songstress still has it – in massive quantities.”

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Hot Tickets - Hot summer tours

by Kimberly Wolfe | Venues Today | August 11, 2015

Shania Twain has grossed nearly $3.5 million on our Hot Tickets chart this week with three stops on her Rock This Country Tour. The AEG Live-promoted tour began June 5 at KeyArena at Seattle Center and was originally scheduled to end Aug. 23 at SaveMart Arena, Fresno, Calif. However, due to high demand, the Rock This Country Tour was extended by 19 shows in North America. With ticket prices ranging from $46 to $151, Twain, with supporting act Gavin DeGraw, played back-to-back sold-out stops at Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill., and Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn., July 29-31. Fans can catch Twain and DeGraw on the next stop of the tour in Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Aug. 12.

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Shania Twain rode high in the saddle for fans

Shania Twain in concert at the Pepsi Center

Examiner.com | August 16, 2015

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

As she is close to turning 50, and calling this her last tour, Shania Twain still has the voice that set her on the charts in the 1990s. Shania who hails from Canada has been titled “Queen of Country Pop” as she has sold over 95 million records and becoming one of the best-selling female artist in the history of country music. Shania Twain can still pack the house and knows how to rock it. And the boisterous crowd was loving every minute of it.

Shania Twain was gracious enough to bring the final tour of her career ”Rock This Country” through Denver, Friday night, August 14, 2015 via the Pepsi Center, and she went out in grand style. Shania Twain is ready to rest her boots and hang her hat up and if this is the case, she is doing her final tour in five months and will included 67 performances. But you would expect nothing less as Shaina Twain has always done everything in style. It has been 11 years since she has graced the tour stage and has been stationed in Las Vegas performing at Caesars Palace but that wrapped up in December. Her last album was in 2002 titled “Up!” But now Shania Twain says it is time say goodbye to the life of touring. And what a road it has been for Shania Twain.

She wrote her first song at the age of 10 and in 1995 found mega success in her second album “The Woman In Me” and then just 2 years later with “Come On Over”. The album “Come On Over” became one of the best-selling album by a female artist selling over 40 million records as well as the top country music record. As she entered the Pepsi Center in a style all her own, she commanded the stage and held the spotlight for 2 hours. One of the best things about the show was her wanting to be equal with her fans. She stood in a wagon that pulled her around the entire floor and fans had the chance to high-five Shania Twain as she circled the entire floor. Her next move was even classier. She left the stage for a bit and when she came back out she was seated in her saddle that was attached to a hydraulic extension ladder. As the ladder begin to rise, Shania entertained the crowd with Up! From her Up! 2002 music album. Shania Twain was looking exquisite as rose high above the crowd and circled the entire arena. Shania Twain went as high as her fans in the upper level. Shania Twain in her elegant style of show did not leave anyone out. At some point in the show, she was on every level as there were levels in the Pepsi Center.

As the Examiner spoke with fans prior to the show, we got to meet and hear what the songs were that the fans liked. Tracy Adams who bought a new outfit for the show had her best boots and hat on and went old school on us and said her favorite is “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” from the “Come On Over” 1997 album. Shelly Engle was old school as well with her song “Any Man Of Mine” which is from Shania Twain’s 1995 “You’re Still The One” album. Eric Church – not the country singer – says he loves them all but he especially finds a favorite in “Party For Two”. Jason McKenny became a fan of hers when he first heard the song “Dance With The One That Brought You” from Shania Twain’s self-titled 1993 album . And as the Examiner.com was speaking with fans, one of the cutest little cowgirls ran up to us and was dressed head to toe in her best country outfit. How could we resist not talking with 5-year-old Makala Sanchez as she said her favorite song was from her Up! 2002 album “She Not Just A Pretty Face”. But it did not end there. Makala said her next favorite song is Rock This Country from Shania Twain’s 1997 album “Come On Over”. The Examiner, told her this song was long before she was born. Makala summed it up great though, “Shania is not only country but she is rock too. And she knows how to rock!” We cannot argue with that and as her dad put the song on his phone, Makala kicked up her boots and showed her dance moves as she headed away. And yes, this 5-year-old can dance. This might be Shania Twain’s final stage appearance for concerts, but we hope it is not her end to making great music.

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Shania Twain at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, UT on 15-Aug-2015

by Brandon Mizar | National Country Review | August 17, 2015

Shania Twain’s Rock This Country farewell tour rolled into Utah and the triumphant return was nothing but spectacular.

Following her two-year residency in Las Vegas, Shania Twain brought her show onto the road for the first time in 11 years. Unfortunately, for millions of fans this will also her farewell tour. The tour kicked off in Seattle on June 05 and will wrap up October 11 in her home province of Ontario, Canada. Do not miss this tour!

The show started off with Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” blasting over the P.A. with almost everyone in attendance singing along to the rock anthem. When lights began to dim, the crowd lit the place up with their screams of excitement. With lasers and fog aplenty, several large video screens illuminated the stage with images of Shania flashing across them. Shania arose from a platform in the middle of the stage looking as gorgeous as ever and the rock show began. Shania opened up with her hit “Rock this Country!” which was a fitting opener song on her tour for which it was named. Shania and her band followed with classic songs “Honey, I’m Home” and “You Win My Love.”

Shania didn’t miss a beat all night as she rocked Salt Lake City with a 19-song setlist consisting of “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” “You’re Still the One,” and performed a duo with opening act Gavin Degraw, as they sang “Party for Two.” Shania wrapped up the evening with an encore of her hit song, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

The Rock This Country Tour is not to be missed as it left none disappointed and this will be your last chance to see one of the most successful artists of all time. Visit Shania’s sites below to find a tour date near you.

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Shania Twain’s ‘Rock This Country’ tour hits Salt Lake City

By Kathy Stephenson | The Salt Lake Tribune | August 17, 2015

It's been more than a decade since Shania Twain has toured the country.

But an arena full of adoring Utah fans clearly had not forgotten the queen of country/pop on Saturday, singing along to nearly ever hit in her 90-minute show.

The now blonde-headed Twain pulled out all the stops for her celebratory return: smoke, fireworks, light shows, video montages and a mechanical saddle that she rode high above the crowd.

Going back out on tour after personal difficulties and more than 10 years out of the spotlight "took a lot of self-motivation," Twain told the crowd. "Music has been amazing therapy for me."

Yes, Twain seemed fully recovered and back to her musical, sexy self.

She kicked off the show with the tour's anthem, "Rock This Country," dressed in thigh-high boots, a sparkling Rolling Stones top and red tinted sunglasses.

Then it was just hit after hit that had the crowd standing on its feet in a rousing sing-a-long: "Honey I'm Home," "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under," "Gone and Done It," "Don't Be Stupid" and "Any Man of Mine."

After a costume change — the first of six — there was more: "Gonna Getcha," "Come on Over," a "Party for Two" duet with opener Gavin DeGraw and "Up," which included that saddle.

Twain slowed the show down a bit, pulling out a stool and her acoustic guitar for some slower ballads including "Still the One" and "From this Moment On," then ended with "Don't Impress Me Much" and "In it for Love."

The one-song encore — her signature mega-hit "Man, I Feel Like a Women" — left the crowd hoping she doesn't wait 10 more years to return.

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Shania Twain Rode an Invisible Horse Through the Sky and It Ruled

By Bree Davies | Westword | August 17, 2015

In 1999, I was working at a toy store in the mall called the Learningsmith. As it went in "education"-oriented mall retailers of the time, we sold "For Dummies" books, yo-yos, Hoberman Spheres, telescopes, Thomas the Tank Engine swag and basically anything that could be even mildly classified as a tool for learning. Like many parts of modern life teetering on the edge of the Internet explosion, the Learningsmith was still deeply rooted in the past, selling a sh*t-ton of random VHS tapes. Among the assortment of Baby Einstein videos, Andrea Bocelli concert films and Teletubbies episodes, we sold (for reasons unknown) the Shania Twain Live VHS tape. I watched it every day of my nineteen-year-old life as an apron-wearing (aprons were a very popular store-full-of-crap uniform in the late '90s) yes-woman at the mall.

Through repeated exposure to Shania, I became a lover and appreciative fan. Last Friday night at the Pepsi Center, I reveled in still being a Shania fan — an admirer whose brain had stored away all of the lyrics to "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" and "Come On Over," only to unfurl them with fury as I sang along to every word. Rock This Country — Twain's first tour in eleven years and one that is being touted as a "farewell" — pulled out every single stop imaginable for a pop show in 2015. There was fire. There was confetti. There were smoke and lasers and fiddle players. At one point, Twain jumped into her own convertible version of the Pope Mobile and cruised around the floor of the Pepsi Center in order to high-five dozens of fans, all while belting out "Any Man of Mine" in perfect time. 

From the moment she rose from beneath the stage on an industrial metal frame pillar singing "Rock This Country," Twain was 100 percent on; her song choices, outfits and over-the-top stage antics were flawless. The costuming was a show in itself: There was casual Shania, in a bejeweled Rolling Stones tunic, red aviators and a jacket with two-foot long fringe, barreling gracefully through "Honey I'm Home" and "Love Gets Me Every Time" as she skipped along the stage. There was the superhero Shania, in a leotard and never-ending over-the-knee boots who appeared for the literally explosive encore of "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" There was dramatic Shania, who shed the glitz for a few moments to grab her acoustic guitar and serenade the crowd with "Today Is Your Day," "No One Needs to Know" and tear-jerker "You're Still the One." Sassy Shania romped through "That Don't Impress Me Much" and "If You're Not in It for Love." Each version of Shania was made to make you look just as much as it was made to make you listen. 

Every turn in the ninety-minute show felt designed to out-do the moment occurring just before. Even the mid-set staging changes involving rotating lighting rigs and floor-to-ceiling video screens aglow with slow-motion images of Shania in gorgeously gaudy attire were created for the sole purpose of keeping every pair of eyes engaged. Though the lasers and fog and pyrotechnics put Twain's show on par with her much younger arena-tour-level contemporaries, it was the transformer-like lift that unfolded from the stage that pushed her into a category all her own. Jumping on a saddle mounted to the end of the stage extension, Twain rode through the enclosed sky on an invisible horse while singing "Up!" and waving to hundreds of fans seated in the rafters. The confetti cannons came at the very end of the show, but even those seemed contrived compared to Shania's 360-degree ride to reach the farthest of her devotees. 

There have been many country-to-pop crossovers in the history of modern music, but when it comes to the current version of a pop-country mega-star, Twain looks and sounds like the originator of the genre. Seeing Twain in 2015 had me curious: How would her contribution to the canon of Spice Girls-level mainstream feminism lite of the late '90s translate to the current world? Judging by the amount of women (and men) in "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" T-shirts in the sold-out crowd, Twain is doing just fine. Though her use of sexy shirtless hunks as a backdrop during "I Ain't No Quitter" felt a little dated, from a pop perspective, it was clear that this kind of eye candy fit well with the song as the country hit that it was. 

Considering how incredible Twain's Pepsi Center show was, it's hard to believe Rock This Country could really be her farewell tour. After spending so much time away, Twain is more on top of her game than ever, bringing to the table everything pop stars half her age do. Shania Twain, I hope you tour forever. But if you don't, I'll find a copy of that Shania Twain Live VHS and then try to track down a VCR to play it on.

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Review: Shania Twain says hello, goodbye in San Jose

By Jim Harrington | San Jose Mercury News | August 18, 2015 1:20 a.m. PDT

Shania Twain had been away from the road for more than a decade, dealing with vocal problems, a divorce from superstar producer Mutt Lange and, eventually, a lengthy residency in Las Vegas.

Considering all of that, the country-pop star was in surprisingly good form as she finally brought her Rock This Country Tour to the SAP Center in San Jose on Monday night. Sure, her vocals weren't as strong as they once were, but the 49-year-old Canadian still managed to put on a fairly enjoyable show for the 10,000 fans in attendance.

Indeed, Tuesday's show might even have been better than her previous local outing, which took place at the same venue in 2003. Of course, that's not really saying much.

Twain wasn't a great live act even before the touring hiatus. Her strength was the recording studio, where she crafted three consecutive albums -- 1995's "The Woman in Me," 1997's "Come On Over" and 2002's "Up!" -- which would each sell over 10 million copies in the U.S. alone. "Come On Over" was her crowning achievement, with estimated worldwide sales of some 40 million -- enough to make it the top-selling country album of all time as well as the biggest album by any female artist in history.

There was an unusual dynamic to this show. It was her big comeback tour, yet it was also touted as her farewell trek. Talk about not knowing if an artist is coming or going — or whether fans should be happy or sad. Twain certainly focused more on the comeback aspect, to the point where it will be a bit shocking if she really puts the tour bus up on blocks after this tour ends. She looked ready to rock -- not ready for the rocking chair.

That's exactly what she did, opening the 100-minute set with a rambunctious run through with the tour's namesake, "Rock This Country!" That song was the 10th of an astonishing 11 singles released from "Come On Over." That she'd name her current tour after a nearly 20-year-old song underscores just how long she's been away from the recording business. "Up!" is still her last studio effort to date, though she's reportedly working on a new record and even eyeing a release date.

Twain wore her classic rock influences for all to see, first appearing in a Rolling Stones shirt and later changing into an AC/DC one. And those influences could certainly be heard in many of the tunes, which marry pop-rock and mainstream country in often blissful fashion.

In all, the concert served to highlight Twain's lasting significance to the country genre. She was a crossover pioneer in the '90s, doing as much as anyone not named Garth Brooks to entice people who don't usually listen to country and push the genre toward its current stadium-level heights.

Backed by a superb seven-piece band, Twain delighted with the traditional country of "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" -- a cheating song that could've been plucked straight from a Merle Haggard or George Jones album -- and then twisted right into "I Ain't No Quitter," "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)" and other fun numbers.

Twain worked hard for our money, going out into the crowd to touch hands, boogying about the stage and embracing a number of special effects, including crooning "Up" while sitting in a saddle lifted high above fans' heads.

Her voice grew rougher as the night progressed, but the backing vocalists seemed to be paying attention and would leap into song whenever dubbed necessary.

She did some good work on the romantic "From This Moment On," which is arguably the most Celine Dion-like of all of Twain's tracks. She'd also lead 10,000 in a dramatic singalong of "Still the One," which is still Twain's best song.

Twain closed the show amid pyrotechnics and confetti, bringing the crowd to its feet for the star's ultimate anthem, "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"

Here's what Shania Twain performed on Aug. 17 at the SAP Center in San Jose.

1. "Rock This Country!"

2. "Honey, I'm Home"

3. "You Win My Love"

4. "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"

5. "I Ain't No Quitter"

6. "Love Gets Me Every Time"

7. "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)"

8. "Any Man of Mine"

9. "Ka-Ching!"

10. "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!"

11. "Come On Over"

12. "Party for Two"

13. "Up!"

14. "Today Is Your Day"

15. "No One Needs to Know"

16. "You're Still the One"

17. "From This Moment On"

18. "That Don't Impress Me Much"

19. "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"

Encore

20. "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"

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Shania Twain rocks the house in Anaheim

By Kelli Skye Fadroski | The Orange County Register | August 20, 2015

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When: Aug. 19

Where: Honda Center, Anaheim

Next: Thursday at Staples Center, Los Angeles

Though it has been over a decade since country superstar Shania Twain has been out on tour, she hasn’t forgotten how to put on a spectacular performance. Twain, who will turn 50 next week, pulled out all the stops for her Rock This Country tour, which stopped by Honda Center in Anaheim on Wednesday night. The set was littered with her biggest hits, and fans of all ages showed up for the sold-out gig to see Twain, possibly for the last time.

After this tour is through, Twain has said, she will officially retire, though that doesn’t mean she’ll never perform live again. She spent two years (2012-14) in Las Vegas with a successful residency dubbed “Shania: Still the One” at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, but she has said that after Rock This Country ends in her home country of Canada on Oct. 11, she will no longer tour. That’s truly a shame, because Twain was on fire during this show, her vocals and energy unwavering.

The elaborate set design, costume changes, pyrotechnics and laser light show were alone worth the price of admission, but Twain, being in top form and backed by a stellar brood of hard-rockin’ and heavy-hittin’ musicians, put this performance completely over the top. It was pure rock ‘n’ roll excess, and though Twain is one of the beloved queens of the county music genre, she definitely knows how rock. She came out confident, flawlessly belting out “Rock This Country!” with her black fringe leather jacket, red tinted sunglasses, bedazzled Rolling Stones shirt, thigh-high black leather boots and fierce mane of blond hair.

All the pyro and insane lighting matched perfectly with Twain’s setlist, which flowed smoothly as she transitioned into “Honey, I’m Home,” “You Win My Love” and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” She stopped to thank the crowd for making her feel so welcome, and as they cheered in response, she gave a wide smile and shared that the next track, “I Ain’t No Quitter,” was about her stubborn personality. During “Any Man of Mine” she was put on a cart and pulled around the arena. As she sang, she held up a selfie stick to take video of her victory lap, which had fans running down from their seats to try to get a closer look or a photograph.

Before heading into “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” Twain was off for a costume change, and her band showcased a little of its metal and rock ‘n’ roll chops with a powerful instrumental. Three minutes later, Twain emerged from an insane blaze of fire with multiple bursts of hot flames spewing from the stage. She had changed into an AC/DC T-shirt, a super-sparkly jacket, short shorts and some chunky blinged-out heels and started singing “Come on Over.”

She brought out opener Gavin DeGraw for the next song, “Party for Two.” The 38-year-old singer/songwriter, who slayed the early arriving audience with his hit “I Don’t Want to Be,” looked to be having the time of his life, dancing and singing with Twain while sporting an Anaheim Ducks baseball cap. As the song ended and DeGraw exited the stage, a large, glittery saddle appeared on the catwalk. Twain hopped on, and as she was hoisted into the air and the band began playing “Up!” she once again thanked the crowd, saying that though it had taken a lot of courage to resume touring after nearly a dozen years, “I’m having the time of my life.”

Though the spectacle was fantastic, it was a highlight when Twain simply sat on a stool with her guitar for a trio of softer tracks. She started out with “Today Is Your Day,” a self-motivational track she wrote to pick herself up, she explained while getting choked up. She then went into “No One Needs to Know.” Her band then left, leaving her completely alone for “Still the One.” She encouraged the audience to join her in a singalong, and of course they happily obliged.

Twain switched up outfits again for “From This Moment On,” coming out in a black dress covered by a long, flowing black jacket, an odd choice of wardrobe to pair with what has been a very popular wedding song. She got sassy during “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here,” which was followed by a brief pause before the one-song encore.

Twain came back out wearing her sexiest and most revealing outfit of the night. Looking like She-Ra meets Wonder Woman in a black, high-cut one-piece bathing suit with strategically placed shiny metallic pieces, black thigh-high boots and long black gloves, she wrapped up the gig with a roaring version of “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

Shania Twain 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/ I'm Gonna Getcha Good!/ Come on Over/ Party For Two (with Gavin DeGraw)/ Up!/ Today is Your Day/ No One Needs to Know/ You're Still the One/ From This Moment On/ That Don't Impress Me Much/ (If You're Not In It for Love) I'm Outta Here! Encore: Man! I Feel Like a Woman!

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There was an underground explosion at corner of Figueroa/Wilshire during tonight's show that took power out through Downtown LA during @ShaniaTwain. Our primary power went out momentarily and secondary back up took over w/in 5 minutes & show continued. Thx to @ShaniaTwain for being a pro!

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Power outages "Don't Impress @ShaniaTwain Much" and she definitely rocked Downtown LA tonight!

1:39 AM ET - 21 Aug 15

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Ironically, it happened during "That Don't Impress Me Much". LOL! Click link below for video.

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We had so much fun in LA that we blew the power out! We came back up within minutes and kept rocking @STAPLESCenter! #RockThisCountry

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Explosion stymies Shania Twain concert but she recovered quickly

By Brian Anthony Hernandez | Mashable | August 21, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Shania Twain's concert at the Staples Center came to an abrupt stop while she was performing "That Don't Impress Me Much," due to a nearby underground explosion Thursday night. Mashable was at the show during the technical difficulties.

The explosion created a power glitch mid-song, causing the animated leopards on the big screen behind Twain to disappear. The stadium lights also surprisingly turned on, exposing Twain's stunned face and the faces of her confused fans.

Twain left the stage, likely to investigate the glitch, before returning minutes later. When she restarted, her microphone malfunctioned, and she was forced to stop again.

She kept her professional composure. After the mic glitch, she gave a shoutout to a real rocket scientist in the audience and took a photo with him, a fitting gesture because "That Don't Impress Me Much" features these lyrics: "OK, so you're a rocket scientist — that don't impress me much. So you got the brains, but have you got the touch?"

Twain rallied and launched into the song for a third time without any troubles.

Unknown to the crowd, because the explosion wasn't felt inside Staples Center, firefighters were responding to the blast and subsequent fire at a 19-story non-residential building just a few blocks away at the intersection of West Wilshire Boulevard and Flower Street.

Officials reported that the explosion, which was potentially caused by a generator, injured four people and caused significant damage to the building at 811 Wilshire Blvd.

Twain, who is on a farewell tour, went on to finish the remainder of the show — just two more songs, including the fiery encore performance of "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"

As fans exited Staples Center, they could see news helicopters hovering above the explosion, as news stations rushed to capture images and footage of the cleanup.

http://mashable.com/2015/08/21/explosion-shania-twain/



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Shania Twain at Staples Center: 5 quick thoughts on the show

By Mikael Wood | Los Angeles Times | August 21, 2015

You can take the country star out of Las Vegas, but you can’t take Las Vegas out of the country star. That was the impression I got, anyway, from Shania Twain’s concert Thursday night at Staples Center, part of a tour that follows the singer’s lengthy residency at Caesars Palace. Packed with costumes, lasers and pyrotechnics, the two-hour production was a splashy Sin City spectacle packed up for the road -- at least until the venue’s power went out near the end. I’ll have a full review of the show soon, but until then, here are five quick thoughts on the evening.

1. Twain is calling this outing the Rock This Country Tour after a tune from her smash 1997 album “Come on Over.” And she’s not kidding about the rock: Opening the show in a bedazzled Rolling Stones shirt (and later changing into a ripped-up AC/DC tee), Twain led a seven-piece band that happily cranked the guitars at every opportunity.

2. This is clearly a woman who loves red. From her microphone to her sunglasses to the lips-and-tongue logo on that sparkly Stones shirt, Twain used the color as a kind of visual embodiment of her trusty exclamation point. Other items in the favored hue: her eye shadow, some of her musicians’ gear and one of the several pairs of thigh-high boots she wore.

3. Twain has her own Popemobile, which she rode around the arena’s floor while singing “Any Man of Mine” and shooting video with a smartphone on the end of a selfie stick.

4. Just as the show entered the home stretch with a pumped-up run through “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” the sound onstage suddenly died -- the result, it turned out, of a subterranean explosion in a high-rise building on nearby Wilshire Boulevard. At first Twain seemed uncertain what to do, walking offstage and leaving her band to vamp in the half-amplified darkness. After a few minutes, she returned and did a funny bit with an audience member who’d identified himself as a rocket scientist (à la the guy in “That Don’t Impress Me Much”). Then, once the power was restored, she restarted the song.

5. Twain has said this tour will be her last, after which she’ll concentrate on recording. (Her most recent album, “Up!,” came out in 2002.) But unless I missed it amid all the visual stimuli, she made no mention of that idea Thursday, leaving the door open for the inevitable comeback trip.

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Shania Twain Improvises Like a Pro When Power Glitch Delays Los Angeles Show

By Angela Stefano | The Boot | August 21, 2015 8:15 AM

When a power glitch abruptly halted Shania Twain‘s Thursday night (Aug. 20) show in Los Angeles, she didn’t let the problems faze her. Instead, she kept her cool, joked around with her audience for a bit, and then resumed the concert.

Twain was near the end of her set, singing “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” when the power at the Staples Center went haywire; according to Mashable, the animations on the big screen behind Twain disappeared, and the arena’s lights turned on. The singer left the stage, then returned after a few minutes and restarted the tune — but her microphone malfunctioned, stopping her once again.

So, the country star improvised: She addressed two sets of fans near the front of the stage, one of whom was a rocket scientist and the other of whom had just gotten engaged.

“We have a real rocket scientist in the audience tonight … which I think is so cool! I mean, we probably have more than one, but …,” Twain told the crowd. “… Since this is the song we had this power outage on, I thought we might as well just point you out.”

The lyrics of “That Don’t Impress Me Much” include lines that reference a man who is a rocket scientist: “I’ve known a few guys who thought they were pretty smart / But you’ve got being right down to an art / You think you’re a genius; you drive me up the wall / You’re a regular original, a know-it-all … Okay, so you’re a rocket scientist / That don’t impress me much.” When prompted by Twain, the fan in question told the crowd that he works as a thermonuclear engineer in NASA’s jet propulsion laboratories. The singer took a photo with him, as well as with the newly engaged couple, and signed some autographs.

“See, all bad things happen for a good reason …,” she said.

After killing a little bit more time by joking around with the crowd, Twain began “That Don’t Impress Me Much” for a third time — and made it through without any more issues.

“Now we’re really going to do this song, for the rocket scientist,” she told the crowd before starting back up. “And, listen: If, by any chance, Brad Pitt is here tonight, he might as well show his face, too, because he’s in this song.”

After the show, Twain tweeted, “We had so much fun in LA that we blew the power out! We came back up within minutes and kept rocking @STAPLESCenter! #rockthiscountry”

According to the Los Angeles Times, an underground explosion and subsequent fire at a building on West Wilshire Boulevard caused the power problems.

Twain is currently touring on her 2015 Rock This Country Tour, which is scheduled to run through October.

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Review: Shania Twain goes off-script in an arena spectacle at Staples Center

By Mikael Wood | Los Angeles Times | August 21, 2015

There’s something really cool in the air tonight,” Shania Twain said near the end of her concert Thursday night at Staples Center, and that was certainly one way to put it.

Another might have been, “What the heck is going on here?”

Things began to go sideways right from the start of this glittery two-hour show, part of Twain’s first tour in over a decade. In the 1990s, the singer was one of country’s biggest acts; hits like “You’re Still the One” and the title track from her most recent studio album, 2002’s “Up!,” made her a pop star across all genres: an approachable glamazon dispensing cheerful pragmatism in tunes that weren’t afraid of club beats or hard-rock guitars.

Despite her success, Twain retreated from the road in 2004, a withdrawal she attributed Thursday to somehow losing her “courage.” (She’s also described experiencing troubles with her voice.) In 2010 she divorced Robert "Mutt" Lange, the songwriter and producer who’d helped create most of her music, after he allegedly had an affair with her best friend. Two years later she reemerged in Las Vegas, where she recently completed a lengthy run at Caesars Palace.

The show-biz retraining she received there was readily apparent at Staples Center, as when she moved breezily past an enormous lighting rig that failed to move during her entrance to the stage. But you also felt the glazing effect that Sin City can have on a performer, thanks to its numbing routine and its easily amused audiences.

For much of Thursday’s gig – which combined pumped-up versions of old favorites such as “Come on Over” and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” with sparkly costumes and dramatic pyrotechnics -- Twain failed to muster an intensity to equal the flashy arena-concert spectacle. (One mildly amusing bit I’ve never seen from another artist: a ride around the venue floor in a motorized vehicle that resembled her own Popemobile.)

Lucky for us, though, there were more technical difficulties in store, beginning with Twain’s decision to bring a young girl in the crowd onstage to sing with her. The problem? “I don’t know any of your songs,” the girl told Twain, news she took with remarkable grace. Then the girl’s mother, apparently determined to get her moment of vicarious glory, hoisted her older daughter onstage even though that daughter was protesting insistently.

This could’ve been – no, this was – a deeply uncomfortable development, one you can imagine many entertainers firing some team member over. Yet as Twain dealt with the pushy mom and finally coaxed the older girl to sing, she also seemed to come alive for the first time in the show: a real person who’s been through much tougher stuff before.

The same thing happened later, when what turned out to be a subterranean explosion in a high-rise building several blocks from Staples Center caused a brief power outage just as Twain was launching into her song “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” Her initial reaction was to dash offstage, leaving her band to vamp while the venue’s power came back up.

But then she returned and had an endearing chat with a man in the front row who said he was a rocket scientist – just like the guy in Twain’s song. He and his companion then posed for a photo with Twain, who seemed perfectly willing to extend the oddly appealing interlude.

“All bad things happen for a good reason,” she said as the band revved up the music again. On Thursday, at least, she was right.

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Shania Twain's farewell show proves she's still the one despite hiccups

By Brian Anthony Hernandez | Mashable | August 21, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Before Carrie, before Miranda and before Taylor, we had Shania.

The '90s queen of country, who claimed that decade's title for best-selling album of any genre, reminded fans at her farewell tour stop on Thursday that she hasn't toured in 11 years and confessed her fears of returning, a fitting segue into "I Ain't No Quitter."

But the 49-year-old entertainer, exuding more energy at Staples Center than performers half her age on any given night at this venue, demonstrated why her reign isn't quite over.

A few hiccups, however, slightly derailed an otherwise impressive 19-song set.

A power glitch, caused by a nearby explosion, during "That Don't Impress Me Much" abruptly halted the show, with the animated leopards on the big screens disappearing and the stadium lights oddly turning on to expose Shania's stunned face.

Shania left the stage before returning minutes later, but when she restarted, her microphone malfunctioned, and she was forced to stop again. Only slightly upset, she filled time to regain her composure by giving a shoutout to a rocket scientist in the audience to coincide with the song's lyrics: "OK, so you're a rocket scientist — that don't impress me much."

Another moment didn't go according to plan. Shania brought an 8-year-old girl onstage and asked her what song she would like to sing. The girl awkwardly responded, "I don't know any of your songs." The crowd gasped in unison, as the honest statement clearly unmasked a generation gap. The girl's sister redeemed the family by adorably singing with Shania.

Shania bookended the show with tour opener and namesake "Rock This Country" and used smash hit "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" as the encore — both songs are from 1997's Come On Over, which remains the top-selling album of all time by a female artist.

The voluptuous lips on Shania's Rolling Stones-branded sequence top matched her red microphone as she dramatically rose from beneath the stage for the opening number.

Shania powered through country hits "Honey, I'm Home," "You Win My Love" and "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" before taking a breather to talk to the fans.

"Thank you for the amazing welcome. I love Los Angeles. Boy, I haven't seen a lot of you in a very long time," she said, transitioning into performances of "I Ain't No Quitter," "Love Gets Me Every Time" and "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)."

For classic country jam "Any Man of Mine," Shania went into the crowd with a selfie stick to capture footage that was projected onto the big screens. The stunt was a fun, modern addition to the night's traditional staples such as fireworks, confetti and laser lights.

Shania's first outfit change came in time for the ninth song, "I'm Gonna Getcha Good," a single that paved the way for the show's more mainstream tunes.

She switched her Rolling Stones' shirt for an AC/DC top and, pardon the wordplay, proceeded to shake the crowd all night long in her red knee-high boots.

The title track from Come On Over led into her "Party for Two" duet with opening act Gavin DeGraw, who filled in for Billy Currington. The back-and-forth vocal bout seemed to bring Shania's vocals up another notch, her long notes sounding more powerful than earlier.

Shania ended the duet with an emphatic double-fist pump, but her stoic veneer soon revealed candid venerability, when she talked about losing confidence during her 11 years away from touring and deciding to return to the stage.

"Psychologically, it's a giant leap for me," she admitted. "I'm happy to be here, and all I can say is there is no way but up from here." The comment led into the motivational "Up."

At this point, the best version of Shania took over — the balladeer. "Today Is Your Day," with Shania sitting on a stool strumming a guitar, incited fans to use their smartphone lights like lighters of yesteryear, creating flickers that resembled fireflies.

After "No One Needs to Know," which was used in the 1996 film Twister, Shania quietly jumped into her sing-along monster "You're Still the One," her highest-charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at No. 2 in 1998. Couples moved closer together and swayed as one to the ballad as an animated moon and clouds set the mood on the big screens. The song acted as the night's couples' dance.

An overly dramatic video sequence featuring Shania in a red gown gave her ample time for an outfit change. She emerged in a black sequenced sundress. The drama intensified with climactic violins and fireworks during "From This Moment On. "

The aforementioned tech woes took over during "That Don't Impress Me Much." The hitches subsided for the main set's final track, "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"

To no one's surprise, radio-friendly crossover hit "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" wrapped up the farewell concert in blazing style. Fire blasts soared from the stage straight up into the air. The heat of the flames could be felt many rows up.

It was the proper fiery ending to a feel-good show despite the night's live road bumps.

But this won't be the final time fans hear from Shania. She plans to release a fifth studio album, her first since 2002's Up, sometime after her 50th birthday on Aug. 28.

The simple fact of impending new music, for lack of better words, impresses us much.

http://mashable.com/2015/08/21/shania-twain-farewell-tour-la/



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Good afternoon, @VVCasinoHotel! #RockThisCountry

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Tonight's the last show of RTC first leg.
Shania will come back on stage september 12th for the second leg.
I wonder if she'll finish to record one song or two during these weeks off so she can add them to the setlist

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"Rock This Country" Tour - Break Update

After tonight's concert in Fresno, CA, Shania's trek across North America will take a 3-week break as she takes some personal time and gets Eja ready to go back to school. Shania's "Rock This Country" tour will resume on September 12 in Spokane, WA and wraps up October 27 in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Click HERE for the remaining tour dates.



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How we doing Fresno?! #RockThisCountry

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Shania Twain barely says farewell in concert

The country-pop superstar's first San Diego concert in 11 years (and, ostensibly) her last was a mixed affair.

By George Varga | San Diego Union-Tribune August 23, 2015 3:29 p.m.

Shaina Twain’s Saturday night performance at Valley View Casino Center boasted an eye-popping stage production worthy of both a Broadway show and a Las Vegas spectacle. The hits-packed concert had enough pyrotechnics to make a Kiss gig seem almost understated by comparison.

Yet, despite this – and despite the muscular playing of her one-woman, six-man band – less was often more for this veteran country-pop superstar, whose crowd-pleasing, 100-minute San Diego show was the penultimate stop on the first leg of her Rock This Country farewell tour. Just how much this less-is-more dictum applies was demonstrated in two key ways Saturday – one audible, the other visual.

Even at the height of her stardom in the 1990s, when she ruled country radio and was the top-selling female artist in any genre, the Canadian-born Twain has never been a powerhouse singer. This holds true even when she is delivering powerhouse hits produced and co-written by her now-former husband, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, whose high-octane work with such bands as Def Leppard and AC/DC had a palpable impact on the sound and style of some of Twain’s biggest hits. Now, with her 50th birthday just five days away, her voice is thinner, lower and has less range and color than it did during her often engaging 2003 concert here at SDSU’s Cox (now Viejas) Arena.

Of course, few Twain fans go to hear her expecting a night of emotionally charged feats of vocal daring. But notes that once were within her wheelhouse now seem distant. Moreover, several of the numbers she performed at Valley View Casino Center appeared to feature pre-recorded backing vocal tracks that were mixed at least as high as Twain’s singing. Wisely, then, she let the strength of her material and the prowess of her well-drilled band provide much of the heavy lifting, while relying on her infectious verve and well-honed charm and personality to seal the deal.

Twain fared better during a three-song acoustic set, which began with the self-affirming “Today Is Your Day” and concluded with two versions of “You’re Still the One.” The first featured her singing alone, accompanied only by her acoustic guitar, with the nearly 9,000-strong audience joining in word for word. She then reprised the song, with her band performing sensitively behind her. While a whole evening of stripped-down songs by Twain would have quickly worn thin, the simplicity and intimacy of this interlude – and its lack of visual and sonic bombast – provided a welcome contrast.

That less-is-more approach was even more apparent in Twain’s stage attire Saturday, which contrasted markedly with what she wore at her SDSU show 11 years ago. A radiantly beautiful woman, then and now, she owes at least some of her success to the wholesome brand of sex appeal that fueled some of her most popular music videos two decades ago. It was that appeal which led Country Music Television to proclaim that Twain likely had “the most famous belly button in country music.”

At SDSU, she dressed demurely for most of her 2003 concert, wearing jeans and a loose fitting Tony Gwynn Padres for part of the show and black sequined pants and a loose LaDainian Tomlinson Chargers jersey for another part. Her only nod to glamour came in between, when she switched to dark pants and a sleeveless blue-and-white stretch tank top that exposed just a hint of midriff. The result, as I wrote in my review at the time, “was more suburban mom than Hollywood harlot.”

On Saturday, as on the previous stops on her current tour, Twain ditched her unassuming style of a decade ago in favor of a va-va-voom! look worthy of a line of glossy posters. (Perhaps such posters could provide a new revenue stream, should she follow through on her vow to quit touring in order to focus on songwriting and recording.)

Opening with the romping, stomping “Rock This Country,” she rose from beneath the stage on a hydraulic lift and proceeded to deliver the song from 30 or so feet above the stage. Her once-brown hair now blond and impeccably coiffed, Twain wore a black fringe jacket, a glittering Rolling Stones mini dress, black short shorts, thigh-high black boots and red sunglasses. The sunglasses came off by her third song, the loping, Stones-flavored “You Win My Love,” while the jacket was doffed after her next selection, the violin-fueled “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” her 1995 breakthrough hit.

Twain’s first costume change came five songs later, when she reappeared in an AC/DC t-shirt, possibly even shorter short shorts, sparkling black net stockings, heels in place of boots, and a soon to be discarded black coat. Later, in between “You’re Still the One” and “From This Moment On,” she changed into a nearly sheer black choir robe. One song later, for “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” the robe was removed to reveal a low-cut black mini dress and red thigh-high boots.

That outfit seemed conservative, though, compared to what Twain wore two songs later for the exultant “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” which was her sole encore selection. This time she put on a high cut, one-piece black leather and mirrored metal dominatrix get-up, with black thigh-high boots and elbow-length black gloves. The absence of a whip or riding crop seemed like a mere oversight.

Were this a show by Britney Spears, Beyoncé or Katy Perry, the number of costume changes – and the revealing nature of some of them – would be par for the course. But considering how Twain’s previous tours put the focus firmly on the music, it was jarring to see her rely so much on the look (rather than the sound) of her performance. Then again, the visual emphasis could have been a tacit acknowledgement of her declining vocal range, or simply an unwelcome carry-over from her performance residency at The Colosseum at Caesers Palace in Las Vegas between 2012 and 2014.

Either way, this visual emphasis distracted from – rather than enhanced – her songs. It also impeded the momentum of the concert, with Twain’s band performing two hard-rocking, mostly instrumental numbers, “Ka-Ching” and “Don’t,” to provide time for her to change.

Her band played with well-oiled precision throughout, whether providing a Texas-swing lilt to “I’m No Quitter” or rocking out with gusto on “Honey, I’m Home,” a high-octane song that suggested what Def Leppard might have sounded like if it had relocated to Nashville. Standout members included Cory Churko and Megan Mullins, who between them played violin, accordion, mandolin, guitar, keyboards, dobro and helped provide backing vocals. During Twain’s opening number, “Rock This Country!”, her band briefly but nimbly inserted the riff from The Beatles’ “Birthday. Later, during the zydeco-flavored “Come On Over,” there was a fleeting allusion to “Don’t Mess with My Toot Toot,” a New Orleans classic that has been covered by everyone from Fats Domino to Rockin’ Sidney and John Fogerty.

Twain was joined at the concert’s midpoint by Gavin DeGraw, her opening act, for a vocal duet on “Party for Two” (which, on record, teamed her with Billy Currington). With DeGraw as a foil for singing and dancing, Twain seemed notably more animated.

At various points during the night, Twain sang from a catwalk and from a revolving circular mini-stage at the end of the catwalk. She also sang while being rolled through the arena on a wheeled stand and while astride a saddle, which was attached to a crane that lifted her high over the crowd. Twain repeatedly thanked the audience for its support through the years. She also accepted a bouquet of roses from a male fan, although she declined his request for a hug.

During one interlude, Twain referred to some of her songs as being "diary-like," although moments of introspection (whether sung or spoken) were almost nonexistent Saturday. So was any reflection on this being her farewell tour. And, given the well-publicized upheavals she has undergone in the past seven years – including a career-threatening bout of dysphonia, leaving her husband after he had an affair with her best friend, then marrying her best friend's former husband – Twain has much she could have shared.

She did, in fact, share those upheavals in her 2011 tell-all book, "At This Moment." Whether they will provide fuel for any future musical catharsis remains to be seen (her most recent album, "Up!", came out in 2002). It also remains to be seen if Rock This Country is really her farewell tour, or if – like many other stars before her – she finds the allure of doing concerts too great to resist. As Shania Twain's current stage wardrobe seems to suggest, she may not be the retiring type after all.

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Shania Twain bids farewell to Valley with concert at Fresno's Save Mart Center

ABC30 Action News | August 23, 2015 11:05PM

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Country superstar Shania Twain said goodbye to the Valley on Sunday night. Twain brought her Rock This Country tour to the Save Mart Center.

She's behind many mega hits, including "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" and "That Don't Impress Me Much."

Sunday night's show is part of Twain's final tour. She made the decision to stop as she turns 50 later this week. Fresno was originally Twain's last stop on her farewell tour, but more shows have since been added.

The last time Twain was in Fresno was 11 years ago.

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Shania Twain's Farewell Tour: $40 Million Grossed, and Counting

By Bob Allen | Billboard | August 27, 2015 12:16 AM EDT

Country superstars Kenny Chesney and Shania Twain head up the list of touring artists on this week’s slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with multi-million dollar box office profits reported to Billboard from their ongoing North American treks.

Chesney’s top ranking is based on $12.7 million in revenue from four concerts during the homestretch of his Big Revival tour that wraps on Saturday, Aug. 29. Along with an arena performance in Salt Lake City (Aug. 6) and an amphitheater date in Bangor, Maine (Aug. 13), he played return engagements for sellout crowds at stadiums in the Denver and New York City markets.

His performance at Sports Authority Field at Mile High marked his third appearance at the Denver stadium, having also stopped there during 2013’s No Shoes Nation tour and the Brothers of the Sun tour the previous summer. With Jason Aldean as co-headliner for this year’s event, the Aug. 1 concert topped his previous gross and attendance records at the venue, earning $5.2 million from a packed house of 54,674 fans.

He also returned to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. for a repeat performance, his fourth turn at headlining the NFL venue. The concert on Aug. 15, also with Aldean, racked up $6 million from 58,642 sold seats at the stadium, again topping the box office records from his three previous tours.

Twain earns her second-place showing with $5.2 million in revenue reported from five arena performances during the summer leg of the Rock This Country tour.  The first show included in this tally was her concert in Louisville, Ky. on Aug. 3 that drew more than 10,000 fans. A similar sold ticket count was logged on the following evening at her concert in St. Louis. Next were shows in two more Midwestern cities, Des Moines, Iowa (Aug. 6) and Kansas City, Mo. (Aug. 7) and finally the fifth market, Austin, and her Aug. 9 concert on the campus of the University of Texas. Combined attendance from all five cities totaled 56,589 with sellouts reported at two of the venues -- Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines and Kansas City’s Sprint Center.

Sales from the Rock this Country tour have reached the $40 million mark so far, with 13 unreported concerts remaining. The sold ticket count tops 407,000 from 35 shows in the Boxscore database since the June 5 launch. The opening leg of the tour wrapped on Aug. 23, but Twain is set to begin a six-week run of fall performances in the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 12 in Spokane, Wash.

 HOT TOURS - Aug. 25, 2015
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Aug. 18-24
  
RankACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
1KENNY CHESNEY
 $12,751,257
 Aug. 1-15
 Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver (1/1)
 EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City (1/0)
 Darling's Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, Maine (1/1)
 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. (1/1)
 136,386 (137,245)
  
2SHANIA TWAIN
 $5,209,144
 Aug. 3-9
 KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/0)
 Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/0)
 Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)
 Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
 Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (1/0)
 56,589 (59,189)
  
3FLEETWOOD MAC
 $4,554,720
 June 16-July 8
 SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (3/0)
 32,698 (33,824)
  
4BILLY JOEL
 $3,939,042
 Aug. 13
 Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia (1/1)
 38,313 (38,313)
  
5NEIL DIAMOND
 $3,689,875
 May 26-July 7
 Toyota Center, Houston (1/0)
 American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/0)
 SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (1/0)
 31,529 (33,012)
  
6JOHN MELLENCAMP
 $2,955,366
 May 27-June 23
 Aiken Theatre, Evansville, Ind. (1/0)
 Peabody Opera House, St. Louis (1/1)
 Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, Ill. (1/1)
 Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wis. (1/0)
 Peoria Civic Center Theatre, Peoria, Ill. (1/1)
 Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/1)
 Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1/1)
 DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/0)
 Detroit Opera House, Detroit (1/0)
 Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore (1/0)
 Altria Theater, Richmond, Va. (1/0)
 Merriam Theatre, Philadelphia (1/1)
 Berglund Performing Arts Theatre, Roanoke, Va. (1/0)
 Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah, Ga. (1/1)
 William B. Bell Auditorium, Augusta, Ga. (1/0)
 Orpheum Theatre, Memphis (1/1)
 33,254 (35,124)
  
7FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
 $1,880,218
 Aug. 13-15
 Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, N.C. (1/0)
 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte (1/0)
 First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. (1/0)
 58,450 (61,724)
  
8IMAGINE DRAGONS
 $1,180,650
 July 14-24
 Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/0)
 The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/1)
 22,717 (23,860)
  
9ELTON JOHN
 $1,056,450
 June 19
 SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (1/0)
 10,454 (10,711)
  
10JULIÓN ÁLVAREZ
 $909,021
 July 11
 The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/0)
 9,844 (10,884)
  
  

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Nicki Minaj, Shania Twain & AC/DC Lead Latest Highest-Grossing Tours Tally

By Bob Allen | Billboard | September 3, 2015 12:30 PM EDT

Nicki Minaj tops Billboard’s latest weekly Hot Tours recap based on $13 million in revenue from the world tour supporting her album The Pinkprint, released last December. With 20 performances reported from the tour’s trek through North American markets, the sold ticket count reached 293,036 from seven arenas and 13 outdoor amphitheaters booked during the summer run.

A sold out performance on July 26 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center produced the highest gross on the summer schedule with $1.3 million in ticket sales from 14,186 sold seats. Chicago-area shed Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre logged the largest crowd among the North American venues with 22,700 fans present for an outdoor performance on Aug. 9. Philadelphia native Meek Mill, hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, singer Tinashe and rapper Dej Loaf filled out the bill for the North American run.

Minaj began her tour in Europe on March 16, playing 17 cities in eight countries on the continent during a four-week span. A second European stint followed in July with festival appearances in eight cities, and the North American trek kicked off with a sold out performance in Dallas on July 17. The five-week run wrapped in Canada with a concert on Aug. 19 at Edmonton’s Rexall Place. She followed up her road dates with an appearance at the inaugural Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival on Aug. 23 at New York-area outdoor amphitheater Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island.

Behind Minaj is Shania Twain’s continuing Rock This Country tour with $7.9 million grossed from a series of shows between Aug. 10-23.

AC/DC appears on the Hot Tours tally at No. 3 with $4 million in sales reported from an outdoor Canadian performance on Aug. 28 at the Plaines d’Abraham in Quebec City. Promoted by Live Nation and Montreal-based event producer evenko, the concert drew 48,588 fans.

The legendary Australian rock group is on the road in North American through the end of September in support of its November 2014 release, Rock or Bust. The band appeared at the Coachella Music Festival in April before playing 24 cities in Europe from May 5 through July 25. A North American leg began on Aug. 22 and will feature performances in 11 stadiums during a five-week run that wraps at the end of September. The Quebec performance was the first of three outdoor events staged in Canadian markets during the trek. Finally, in November and December, the band will return home to wrap the tour with a seven-city swing through Australia and New Zealand.

 HOT TOURS - Sept. 1, 2015
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Aug. 25-31
  
RankACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
1NICKI MINAJ
 $13,010,440
 July 17-Aug. 19
 Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas (1/1)
 Toyota Center, Houston (1/0)
 Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park, Miami (1/1)
 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (1/0)
 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. (1/1)
 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (1/1)
 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto (1/1)
 Bell Centre, Montreal (1/0)
 DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkston, Mich. (1/1)
 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta (1/1)
 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte (1/0)
 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J. (1/1)
 First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. (1/0)
 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (1/0)
 Pepsi Center, Denver (1/0)
 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif. (1/0)
 Concord Pavilion, Concord, Calif. (1/1)
 Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/0)
 Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta (1/0)
 Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (1/0)
 293,036 (321,535)
  
2SHANIA TWAIN
 $7,974,263
 Aug. 10-23
 American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
 Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (1/0)
 Pepsi Center, Denver (1/1)
 EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City (1/1)
 SAP Center, San Jose (1/0)
 Honda Center, Anaheim (1/0)
 Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/0)
 Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (1/0)
 Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/0)
 85,081 (93,336)
  
3AC/DC
 $4,047,480
 Aug. 28
 Plaines d’Abraham, Quebec City (1/0)
 48,588 (58,000)
  
4CHAYANNE
 $2,381,196
 Aug. 7-27
 EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Va. (1/0)
 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/0)
 Agganis Arena, Boston (1/0)
 The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York (1/0)
 Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/0)
 Toyota Center, Houston (1/0)
 25,122 (33,337)
  
5RICKY MARTIN
 $1,567,765
 June 19-20
 Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (2/2)
 19,040 (19,040)
  
6CAETANO VELOSO E GILBERTO GIL
 $1,080,038
 Aug. 20-28
 Citibank Hall, São Paulo, Brazil (4/0)
 Teatro Opera Arame, Curitiba, Brazil (1/0)
 Auditório Araújo Vianna, Porto Alegre, Brazil (1/0)
 17,855 (20,411)
  
7OV7 & KABAH
 $636,389
 Aug. 21-22
 Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (2/0)
 18,220 (19,242)
  
8MANÁ
 $594,760
 July 1
 Amway Center, Orlando (1/0)
 6,004 (7,407)
  
9MÖTLEY CRÜE
 $557,610
 Aug. 24
 Bell Centre, Montreal (1/0)
 8,439 (10,168)
  
10JOHN OLIVER
 $505,196
 Aug. 27-28
 Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Austraia (3/3)
 8,532 (8,532)
  

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Shania Twain Hits 59 Cities On Farewell Tour With Meyer Sound LEO

Live Design | September 3, 2015

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On her first tour in more than a decade, Shania Twain bids farewell to her concert fans as she packs “A-level” arenas with a Meyer Sound LEO® linear large-scale sound reinforcement system. VER Tour Sound is providing the complete audio, video, and lighting package for the five-month, 59-city “Rock This Country” tour.

The man behind Shania’s concert sound is long-time FOH engineer Nigel Green, who has mixed all of the singer’s live shows and concert DVD soundtracks since 1998. Although a studio engineer for most of his eminent career—with credits ranging from Def Leppard and Britney Spears to Billy Ocean and the Backstreet Boys—Green has turned to LEO for a smooth transition from a controlled studio environment into cavernous sports arenas.

 “One of the difficult things for me, coming out of the studio world, was that a lot of PAs had an identifiable ‘horn’ sound with midrange coloration,” says Green. “With LEO I get a much flatter, cleaner, and less colored sound, and it’s more musical as well.”

The Shania Twain tour presents a number of difficult challenges for coverage, throw, and gain-before-feedback. Seating is a full 270-degree wrap, and no house delays are used. Twain also ventures out in front of the main arrays on a deep thrust, then swings through the audience while pushed on a cart, and even soars out over the audience saddled on a cherry-picker.

“On earlier tours, I noticed some of those larger arenas sounded dark in the back corners, but with LEO the coverage is very even throughout,” reports Green. “Also, when Shania flies on her saddle right in front of the arrays, we run a separate voice matrix through the Galileo® Callisto™ processors which allows us to EQ every box individually as she passes in front of it—very difficult to do without a self-powered system.”

 The system is anchored by main front arrays of 14 LEO-M and four LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers each, complemented by 24 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. Mid-side arrays are eight LEO-M and six LYON-M main line array loudspeakers each, and rear-side arrays comprise 12 LYON-W loudspeakers each. Eight MINA™ line array loudspeakers provide front fill, two UPA-1P loudspeakers cover rear fill, and a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with 10 Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors contributes drive and optimization.

Veteran tour production manager John “Bugzee” Hougdahl is pleased with the low stage profile of the LEO system. “I really appreciate the small footprint at the bottom of the cable drop,” he notes. “We have large racks for automation, video, and lighting on each side of the stage, and not having racks of amplifiers really helps.”

Green mixes Twain on an Avid VENUE D-Show digital console loaded with native, Waves, and Crane Song plug-ins. Twain sings through custom-colored Sennheiser SKM 5300 wireless microphones, with wired mics coming from Shure, Sennheiser, Royer, and Earthworks. System engineer and crew chief is Kenny Sellars and monitor engineer is Connie Fernstrom.

Although Twain has not toured in more than a decade, her “Still the One” resident production included 105 shows from 2012–2014 in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, using an upgraded house Meyer Sound system originally installed for Celine Dion’s “A New Day…” show.

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Saw this today on MSN!!


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Pumped to kick off the 2nd leg of the #RockThisCountry Tour this weekend! Tix + VIP Upgrades: http://gavindegraw.com

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Based on his website, Gavin DeGraw will continue to open for Shania through October 11 in Toronto which was originally scheduled to be the last concert. Then I assume Wes Mack will return October 18-27 for the final 7 concerts of the tour in Western Canada.



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"Let's-get-nuts-now!!!" The show is officially back on the road... Spokane, WA tonight. #rockthiscountry #rockthiscountrytour #shaniatwain

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No one said anything about last night's concert so I guess no changes to the setlist and no new songs added from the new album.
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No one said anything about last night's concert so I guess no changes to the setlist and no new songs added from the new album.
Surprise surprise.


There was no chance in hell she was going to add any new songs. From the pictures, it looks like the same outfits too. 



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From the City of Spokane Fire Department:

Shania Twain donated several tickets to the local fire service and their families for last night's concert in recognition for their sacrifices throughout the 2015 Fire Season. She did it quietly, and without any fanfare or media. There were literally HUNDREDS of firefighters in attendance from all over the region. During the concert, a medical emergency occurred and our PulsePoint System activated everyone that was signed up with PulsePoint that there was an active cardiac arrest in section 117. Off-duty firefighters, paramedics and citizens responded immediately to care for the attendee. Here is a snapshot of the responders that were activated. The victim survived and is doing very well. Thanks to the region's fire service, PulsePoint subscribers and everyone at the Shania Twain Team. Thank you Spokane!

2:39 PM ET - 13 Sep 15

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From the City of Spokane Fire Department:

Shania Twain donated several tickets to the local fire service and their families for last night's concert in recognition for their sacrifices throughout the 2015 Fire Season. She did it quietly, and without any fanfare or media. There were literally HUNDREDS of firefighters in attendance from all over the region. During the concert, a medical emergency occurred and our PulsePoint System activated everyone that was signed up with PulsePoint that there was an active cardiac arrest in section 117. Off-duty firefighters, paramedics and citizens responded immediately to care for the attendee. Here is a snapshot of the responders that were activated. The victim survived and is doing very well. Thanks to the region's fire service, PulsePoint subscribers and everyone at the Shania Twain Team. Thank you Spokane!

2:39 PM ET - 13 Sep 15

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Emergency app helps save fan at Shania Twain concert

By Adem Arac, KREM.com | September 13, 2015 5:34 p.m. PDT

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Shania Twain donated several tickets to local fire stations for her concert on Saturday and for one patron, it might have saved their life.

Twain sent over tickets to her concert at the Spokane Arena to recognize the firefighters work against wildfires in 2015, according to the City of Spokane Fire Department Facebook page. Hundreds of firefighters were able to attend.

"I think she just wanted to reach out, which we completely appreciate," said Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane City Fire Department.

But it wasn't all fun for the firefighters in attendance.

Snapshot of the PulsePoint app at the concert. The
Snapshot of the PulsePoint app at the concert. The yellow markers represent all the
emergency personnel.
(Photo: City of Spokane Fire Department Facebook page)

During the concert, a fan went into cardiac arrest in the crowd. That is when many of the fire and emergency personnel were notified through the PulsePoint System.

"We had an off duty firefighter paramedic from Station One that was actually starting an IV," said Schaeffer . "It would be really impossible to know that anything was going on unless we had the PulsePoint app."

The app alerts users of any medical emergency and provides a map with the location of emergency personnel. It can be downloaded by anyone, including paramedics and firefighters. Firefighters in the crowd said they likely never would have known the emergency was happening through the loud music and cheering without the app.

"I really hope Shania Twain gets the message that she contributed to this happening, the overall outcome," said Schaeffer.

Off-duty firefighters, paramedics and citizens all responded to the person's section to give them treatment. The victim survived and is doing well, according to the Spokane Fire Department.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Shania Twain impresses much at Spokane Arena

By Laura Johnson | The Pacific Northwest Inlander | September 13, 2015 at 8:24 PM

Shania Twain loves rock ‘n’ roll. And the audience was tipped off to this early at Saturday night’s packed out Spokane Arena show, which was part of her Rock This Country tour. The bumper music prior to her arrival on stage was Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” When the Canadian singer finally came out from the depths of the stage singing her song “Rock This Country,” she wore a glitzy Rolling Stones shirt dress. At the end of the song she even turned around and pumped her pelvis at the exact moment pyrotechnics went off  — a true rock star move if there ever was one.

BUT for all of the rock inspiration, rest assured that this was a country show. Although the crowd, wasn’t as decked out in proper country attire as expected.

Through the better part of an hour the singer, back on tour after an 11-year hiatus, took her adoring fans through a multitude of older, country-tinged hits — the ones not on her smash hit Still the One album — such as “Any Man Of Mine,” and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under.” There was one point when there were even three fiddle players on stage and some steel pedal guitar infusion.

It’s not always right and proper to talk about how sexy a female is. But in the case of Twain, at 50, the woman was the best looking person in Spokane last night. She strutted and stomped around the stage in thigh-high platform boots, flipped her amazing mane of hair around, sparkled and smiled, and looked like she was having a blast, even going into the audience at one point. She was a goddess in the spotlight, helped majorly by a rowdy backing band and a state-of-the-art stage set-up worthy of the Super Bowl.

Sure, her vocals aren’t exactly the same. But there was a point in the 2000s when the artist thought she’d never sing again. She had to relearn to sing. Every show Twain does now, she warms up for an hour beforehand. And certainly, there were some songs that seemed like she was saving it, holding back. But when “From This Moment” finally came, she hit every challenging note beautifully, her voice soaring the same as when she blasted onto the pop charts in the 1990s.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been up here and I really missed it,” Twain said from the stage. “When you don’t do something for a long time you lose your confidence. But I’m back.” She then literally got in a saddle that was connected to a crane that came out of the stage and she delivered her 2002 single “Up.”

This is supposedly Twain’s final tour. She wants to go home and finish her new record, some of which the audience got an acoustic taste of at last night’s show. These songs were all lovely, but the big hits, the ones we were all waiting for, came at the end. “You’re Still the One” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much” were out of control. But it was the encore, the one we had to wait what felt like an hour for, that brought down the house.

Once more, coming from a trap door in the stage, Twain said the words “Let’s go girls” and the screams were deafening. We all knew what was coming. For her final song, Twain thankfully wore a Xena Warrior-inspired swimsuit that highlighted most of her butt, and sang with much panache, fireballs and falling confetti, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”

Saturday night, Twain said she had come to throw the biggest party possible. She didn’t disappoint.

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11 times Shania Twain impressed us too much in Portland

By David Greenwald | The Oregonian/OregonLive | September 14, 2015 at 5:01 AM

That don't impress you much? You must not have been at the Shania Twain concert.

In the country superstar's return to Portland -- after over a decade away from touring, no less -- the singer put on a sparkling, hit-filled show at the Moda Center on Sunday night. These were her best moments.

1. When she got back to her country roots on "Honey, I'm Home" and "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"

2. When she took off her cowboy hat, shook out her 'do and asked the crowd "Is it O.K.?," because even superstars get hat hair.

3. When she hopped in a cart and rode through the crowd to high-five her fans before the show was even halfway through.

4. When she hat-tipped some favorite rock 'n' roll bands with Rolling Stones and AC/DC shirts.

5. When she rode a crane -- sitting on a saddle -- over the audience for "Up!," backed by lasers and stage fog, because nothing's too good for Shania Twain fans.

6. When she burned through enough pyro to roast marshmallows from the 100 section during "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!"

7. When she kept "Party for Two" going a cappella with opener Gavin DeGraw after the song wrapped up. "I wasn't ready for that to finish," she said. Maybe the duo does this every night, but it felt surprising and real.

8. When she kept coming back to thankfulness, connecting her childhood musical dreams at 8 years old to her renewed career at 50. "I'm just so grateful," she said.

9. When she asked the crowd, "I want you guys to light up so I can see you," and the Moda Center immediately became a sea of shining phones.

10. When she sang "You're Still the One," the ultimate grown-up relationship jam, and did the first chorus by herself on acoustic guitar.

11. When her band played in front of video of an apocalyptic volcano world during the encore, because the backing videos at arena shows make sense zero percent of the time. Nice lava, though.

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Was there lava on the first leg? I don't remember that but I was also watching Shan the whole time - not the video screen, haha

ETA - just remembered my desktop background is from the encore. I can see where they get lava from that if they did, but I'm still curious if it's a different video.



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Review: Shania Twain ‘Rock This Country’ on Tour

By Hannahlee Allers | The Boot | September 14, 2015 2:00 PM

After a break from the road to celebrate her 50th birthday, Shania Twain kicked off the second leg of her Rock This Country Tour with an almost 2-hour set on stage in Spokane, Wash, on Saturday night (Sept. 12).

Twain filled the set with a mixture of her biggest hits and a few lesser-known tracks included for her most loyal fans, who know every word by heart. The Canadian singer stayed away from covers, choosing instead to focus on the songs her fans most want to her – her own.

Prior to coming out on stage, the crowd was warmed up with Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock and Roll” blaring through the speakers, followed by Twain and her band opening the show with the Tour’s namesake, “Rock This Country.” She then played “Honey I’m Home,” “You Win My Love,” and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” before taking a short break to talk to the crowd.

“We’re just gonna have a lot of fun tonight,” she told her screaming fans. “We’re gonna party on – it’s just getting started.”

The fun continued with “I Ain’t No Quitter,” “Love Gets Me Every Time,” “Don’t Be Stupid,” “Any Man of Mine,” “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” and “Come On Over” before Twain brought out her opening act, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, to sing Billy Currington‘s part on “Party for Two.” After the duet, she continued solo for the remainder of her set, which included renditions of “Up!” “Still the One,” “From This Moment On” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much.”

During all 19 of her songs, Twain kept things rocking, while still maintaining a hearty dose of country. The 50-year-old singer made multiple costume changes (often involving a rock-inspired t-shirt, thigh-high boots and a short hemline) and kept the night moving with pyrotechnics, light shows and videos on the giant screens at the back of the stage. The energy hit a new height when she returned for her encore performance of “Man! I Fell Like a Woman” wearing a high-cut sleeveless black body suit with a metal breastplate, wowing fans with her final performance of the night and showering everyone in confetti to mark her exit.

DeGraw was a huge pleaser for concert goers who arrived early enough to catch his act. The singer involved the crowd a lot, walking up into the stand to get them on their feet, and playing everything from his most popular songs – “In Love With a Girl,” “Chariot,” “I Don’t Want to Be” – to covers of Billy Joel and others.

Twain’s Rock This Country Tour continues through Oct. 11 with her final show in Toronto, Ontario. The tour was originally meant to be her farewell trek, but Twain has hinted that she may not be quite ready to retire from the stage.

“I’m having the time of my life. I’m in good spirits and having so much fun,” Twain says. “It’s going so well that I’ve decided I’d like to extend it. I’m not ready to stop. We’re already talking about going onto Europe at some point.”

For upcoming show information and tickets, visit ShaniaTwain.com.

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Throwback Thursday: Travis Skonseng's Shania Twain cameo

By Kris Kerzman | The Forum | September 17, 2015 at 8:40 a.m.

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A Forum photo from June 5, 2004 captured WDAY's
Travis Skonseng in attendance at Shania Twain's
Fargodome concert. Colburn Hvidston III / The Forum

When Shania Twain came to the Fargodome in 2004, her stage setup allowed fans — and Forum photographer Colburn Hvidston III — to get up close and personal.

For one young man in the audience it was the chance of a lifetime, and his ecstatic reaction from that fleeting encounter became part of the paper of record on June 5.

That young man, in case you don’t recognize him, is Travis Skonseng, whose nationally recognized newscaster hair graces WDAY’s morning news.

Skonseng was a North Dakota State University student at the time and a big, big Shania Twain fan. He says he even did a little research on her tour and knew the show would feature Twain running down the aisle at the beginning of the show. He waited online for three hours to buy tickets and, when aisle seats popped up, he snatched them up.

“Little did I know she would run right next to us,” Skonseng says via email. “We were inches away from her as she ran in! I yelled ‘I love you, Shania!’ then got held back by security!”

Needless to say, Skonseng loved the show. He says Twain had a lot of energy, signed autographs, let fans sing into her mic and even put on a Bison jersey.

The following morning, Skonseng woke up to phone calls and answering machine messages from friends who saw the photo in the paper.

“I thought it was cool because I didn't bring a camera to the concert or have a phone camera at the time (they didn't exist) so to capture this moment in time, it's awesome!” he says. “It's my bragging rights to say I ‘met’ a famous person.”

It’s been 11 years since that moment became frozen in history. Does Skonseng still have a place in his heart for Shania?

You’d better believe he does. He saw Shania in Minneapolis back in July and managed to get a blurry selfie with Shania onstage in the background (that’s her in the red):

And he’ll be right up there once again for Monday’s Fargodome show.

“I was actually a little crazy on tickets, again,” he says. He has 12th row seats, right by the catwalk. He even considered going to her upcoming shows in Sioux Falls and Minneapolis.

“Too bad I have to work,” he says.

As for that 2004 photo, Skonseng says he held onto it as a souvenir and it still pops up from time to time. Back in August, his WDAY colleagues surprised him on-air with a birthday cake featuring the photo.

The cake allowed him yet another close encounter with his beloved Shania.

“I ate her face,” he says.

http://www.inforum.com/news/3841034-throwback-thursday-travis-skonsengs-shania-twain-cameo



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Review: Shania Twain offers flash and polish at the Saddledome

By Eric Volmers | Calgary Herald | September 17, 2015

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Shania Twain at the Saddledome

Attendance: 11,500

It’s hardly an original observation at this point in Shania Twain’s career.

But the Canadian performer — the queen of big-spectacle country and Vegas glitz — has a concert persona that perfectly matches the curious over-use of exclamation marks in her song titles.

Big. Silly. Loud. Kind of fun. But, let’s face it,  a touch tedious after awhile. Performing the first of a two-night stint at the Saddledome Thursday evening, Twain rose from under the stage to the generic-rock-but-kinda-country strains of  Rock This Country! (!) She kept rising, almost to a point where it seemed we were about to witness a Spinal Tap-worthy mishap. But the singer — who added some cool to her glitter by wearing a Rolling Stone shirt (albeit a glittery one) and shades — is far too controlled for anything like that to happen.

Thursday night’s concert hit all the notes we’ve come to expect of a Shania Twain concert, particularly since her lucrative and long-running stint in Vegas a few years back.

Of course, accusing Twain of flash-over-substance is like accusing Liberace of being flamboyant. It’s par for the course and certainly feeds into fan excitement, represented by Thursday night by a near-constant squeal of recognition for just about every song she trotted out.

With monstrously large set pieces, flashing pyrotechnics and a backdrop that alternated between a fearfully large Shania on closed-circuit and rather on-the-nose messaging (BOOTS! during a playful run through Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? for instance). Twain had some perfunctory interaction with her large and polished back-up act and at one point was carted through the crowd in Cleopatra fashion.

Still, in a cute moment, Twain took a photograph with a little girl attending her first concert.

It was a sweet gesture and brought the often impersonal show down to earth. So did an acoustic run through Today is Your Day, which showcased Twain’s powerful vocals backed by warm harmonies. It was a concert highlight, as was stripped-down version of the salty No One Needs to Know and sing-along version of the melodic You’re Still the One.

As deadline neared, the backdrops became increasingly dazzling, hitting an epic, Tiger-filled climax for Twain’s defiant That Don’t Impress Me Much. It was a Vegas-worthy spectacle, overbearing and kind of strange.

Earnest singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, who joined Twain on stage for a rollicking duet on Party For Two, obviously couldn’t match such flash. But, during a pleasing opening set, he cheerfully wore his influences on his sleeve. He hit a crowd-walking climax with a serviceable run through Billy Joel’s Big Shot and ended things with an appropriately cheesy take on Bryan Adams’ Heaven. The South Fallsburg, New York singer shares those artists’ eager-to-please enthusiasm. So he gets an A for effort, even if his own songs don’t always register as particularly memorable. He offered soft-edged soul, wafer-thin rock and a few piano-led ballads before hitting a peak with the galloping R&B of Best I Ever Had. DeGraw put sweat into his set, even if the sound occasionally suffered from opening-band thinness. There’s something endearing about an artist so clearly smitten with playing before a stadium crowd. Memorable? No. But this was not exactly a night for such things. “If you’re not here to party we are going to leave you in the dust,” he said at one point, not very convincingly.

Yes, it was a party. But presumably a very similar one will be thrown again tonight. And maybe again next year at around this time.

As Twain no doubt learned night after night in Vegas, there’s power in consistency. So why bother gambling?

http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/music/review-shania-twain-offers-flash-and-polish-at-the-saddledome



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Shania Twain serves up red hot Calgary set at Saddledome Thursday night

By Gerry Krochak | Calgary Sun | September 17, 2015

It feels like Shania Twain might be meaning it when she says goodbye.

During the first of two less than sold-out shows at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the 50-year-old ultimate pop-country diva (and these days, “rock chick”) seemed relaxed and maybe even a little relieved as she gave her fans exactly what they paid for: flash, style, glitz, glamour, sex-appeal, lasers, pyrotechnics, video screens, massive stage production, costume changes . . . and all the hits.

Dressed in a knockout sequined Rolling Stones mini-dress, fringed black leather jacket, aviator sunglasses and thigh-high leather boots, the idol of the evening rose up from a pedestal underneath the stage to greet her adoring masses, and jumped into current tour namesake, Rock This Country! as she air-guitar-ed her way across the monster stage.

Where in the past she seemed awkward and tentative in a concert setting, Twain was completely at ease, smiling, hand-slapping and teasing her way through Honey, I’m Home and You Win My Love as the crowd roared its collective approval.

“Thank you for the wonderful welcome — it’s so great to be back!” Twain gushed, as the crowd went wild. “We’re going to have some fun in Calgary tonight, you guys.”

Never blessed with powerhouse vocal capability herself, Twain’s seven-piece band was sharp and tight, allowing her the gravity to play the role of loose and lively entertainer through sing-song heavy hitters such as Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?, Love Gets Me Every Time and the pure pop poetry of, er, Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You).

In the end, and at the end, maybe Twain’s mass appeal has always been in the music’s simplicity. As a singer and performer, women love her for that sense of female empowerment and songs that have a beat you can dance to, children love her because the songs are easy to remember and sing along to, and men love her because ... well, she’s still smokin’ hot. In terms of a sellable music “product,” that pretty much covers off the widest demographic you can ask for.

Still, she has learned how to entertain, pace and work a crowd: she pranced, slinked and strutted her way through further hits, Any Man Of Mine, I’m Gonna Getcha Good! The title track from ‘97s Come On Over and the title cut from 2002’s Up!

Was it entertaining? Sure. Was it an eye-rolling encapsulation of every showbiz cliché even attempted?

That, too.

But for a girl that came from nothing, Ms. Twain has done well for herself. People can identify with and appreciate that.

The expected hits kept coming in the form of the tender one-two punch of You’re Still The One and From This Moment On as well as That Don’t Impress Me Much and (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here.

As for the encore, it’s still a gas watching grown men sing every word to Man! I Feel Like A Woman!

There was a time when a “Farewell Tour” actually meant that the performer(s) would cease to continue performing: If Twain meant it last night, and it seemed like she did, she left her fans with memories that will last a long time.

Opening the show was New York rock, pop and soul artist, Gavin DeGraw — an individual even less country music than Shania Twain.

Now, going on in front of someone like Twain can be a rather thankless task, but DeGraw used the opportunity to its fullest extent by owning the stage and delivering the goods.

While most of the Shania faithful sat expressionless or lightly toe-tapping, tunes such as Soldier, In Love With A Girl, Best I Ever Had, the hit single, Chariot, Not Over You and I Don’t Want To Be did not sound out of place on the big stage.

Who knew?

It all takes place again Friday night back at The Saddledome, and good seats are still available.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2015/09/18/shania-twain-serves-up-red-hot-calgary-set-at-saddledome-thursday-night



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Here it comes! -- a Shania Twain preshow quiz

By Cory Matteson | Lincoln Journal Star | September 17, 2015 11:30 pm

Hey readers! Saw you over there, lookin’ for a quiz. Well here goes! 

Country star Shania Twain crossed over to VH1 soft pop goddess quite seamlessly in the ‘90s, and she brought a bunch of declarative and exclamatory sentences with her, too.

Many of her greatest hits also include spoken word quips. Like, a lot of them do. A seconds-long soliloquy seems to be her signature version of a “two-three-four” to get a song on its way. See if you can match the Shania lines with her biggest songs. 

Shania lines

1. “Let’s go, girls.”

2. “When I first saw you, I saw love. And the first time you touched me, I felt love.”

3. “Ow! Uh huh, yeah yeah.” 

4. “Yeah! Shake it!”

5. “Here it comes!”

6. “Kick it.”

7. “Hey Mark, I’m having a party. Wanna come?”

8. “Woo! (Laughter.) This is what a woman wants!”

9. “Cool!”

10. “Come on! Hoo!” 

11. “Here we go!”

Shania songs

A. "Party For Two"

B. "Come on Over"

 

 
 

 

C. "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)"

D. "Any Man of Mine"

E. "You Win My Love"

F. "You're Still the One"

G. "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"

H. "Ain't No Particular Way"

I. "That Don't Impress Me Much"

J. "Whatever You Do, Don't" 

K. "I'm Holdin' on to Love"

Answers: 1, G; 2, F; 3, I; 4, B; 5, H; 6, K; 7, A; 8, D; 9, C; 10, E; 11, J.

http://journalstar.com/entertainment/music/here-it-comes----a-shania-twain-preshow/article_f0b04599-2545-5b67-bae0-46935325a850.html



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Review: Twain wows at Fargodome show

By John Lamb | The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead | September 21, 2015 at 11:08 p.m.

FARGO – It may have been more than 11 years since she's been to town and 13 years since her last studio album was released, but to her fans at the Fargodome on Monday night, Shania Twain is "Still the One."

A smaller crowd (attendance numbers weren't available at press time) was on hand than the 18,000 that packed in to see her in 2004, but those in attendance gave her a warm welcome for what she's said is her farewell tour.

In 2004 Twain raced around the Fargodome in slim black pants and a neon top looking like a soccer mom. On Monday night, she hit the stage looking more like a motorcycle mama and she wasted no time getting her fans revved up.

She rose above the stage on a platform singing "Rock this Country!" She was dressed appropriately, wearing a leather jacket with long fringes, a bedazzled Rolling Stone's shirt, thigh-high boots and presumably short shorts, that's how short they were.

The singer's brunette locks are now sandy blond and combined with the large red sunglasses, she was looking quite vampy and ready to prove that blondes do have more fun.

The glasses seemed to be something of a safety measure as "Rock This Country!" and "Honey I'm Home" featured a steady stream of pyrotechnics. After those first two songs, she ditched the shades.

While she hasn't toured in more than a decade, Twain did a residency in Vegas and some of that glitzy stage show made its way on this tour as she performed in front an impressive light show.

Just like no regular light show would do, Twain's backing band included as many as three fiddlers at one time, like "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)."

All the extras may have been there to supplement her vocals, which have slipped some over the years, contributing to her disappearance from the spotlight. She just doesn't have the range she used to, which was obvious on "Any Man of Mine." Then again, that was when the singer was being pushed around the floor in a cart by her crew, so fans were too busy trying to get a closer look and didn't seemed too concerned with her vocals.

Similarly, "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" could have been problematic, but the singer emerged from a wardrobe change with a long, sheer dress and a jacket and sang in front of a wall of fire, so that was cool. Twain also seemed to be singing over pre-recorded tracks giving her some extra help. That was most evident on "Up!," the song she did sitting on a red saddle on the end of a fireman's ladder, rotating over the crowd. So, yeah, who cared about the singing.

Twain has always been better known as an overall entertainer than strictly a singer and in this day of the diva, it's nice to hear someone not trying to blow out every note.

She slowed down the show in the middle for an acoustic mini-set, kicking it off with the would-be inspirational "Today is Your Day," from her reality TV show. It was her latest, but not her greatest. The stripped-down sound worked well on the honky-tonk, "No One Needs to Know" and a sing-along to "You're Still the One" showed that even when her voice isn't at her best, she can rely on fans' support to fill out the song.

After Twain emerged from another wardrobe change—this time wearing a full-length shimmering gown—she made her way to the end of the catwalk to sing "From This Moment On." With the spotlights on her and holding a bouquet, it seemed like she won a beauty contest, something at 50 she could still easily do.

She ditched the gown to show off a flowing, and, yes, sparkling black scoop top and now red thigh-high boots for "That Don't Impress Me Much" and "If You're not in it for Love Outta Here!" From 1995 to 2004 Twain's favorite body part seemed to be her ever-exposed belly, but now she's apparently a leg lady.

After a break and, you guessed it, another wardrobe change, Twain returned in a black and metallic outfit with elbow length gloves and knee-high boots, naturally, that made her look like a dominatrix superhero (if that's not redundant) for a grand encore of "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" The love she got from the crowd showed that she's all woman in their eyes.

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