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Life's about to get good for Shania Twain fans

By John Lewis | Otago Daily Times | December 22, 2018

Contractors carry a large sign into Forsyth Barr Stadium for tonight's Shania Twain concert. Photos: Gerard O'Brien
Contractors carry a large sign into Forsyth Barr Stadium for tonight's Shania Twain concert.

Tonight looks set to be cold and showery for Shania Twain's Now show at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

But you can rest assured, the Queen of Country Pop is looking to impress you and she will make you use your moves enough to keep you warm in the middle of the night.

A few tickets are still available and country music fans can expect to see a large-scale production with full band, backup singers and dancers, and Shania Twain performing her multitude of hits alongside some of her new songs.

The 53-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter has sold more than 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time.

Riggers work on the stage
Riggers work on the stage

Live Nation Australasia president Michael Coppel said it would be ''one of the most visually stunning shows of 2018''.

The show arrived in Dunedin this week, in a mix of 12m-long articulated trucks and sea containers.

''In total, we have around 28 of those vehicles coming into the stadium this week.

''There is a touring entourage of technical crew, band and dancers just shy of 150 people and some of the technical crew have been in Dunedin working at the stadium for a week already, to build the stage and install the flooring and seating on to the field. It's a massive-scale production.''

Contractors erect barriers between temporary seating.
Contractors erect barriers between temporary seating.

The tour is Twain's fourth, and is in support of her fifth studio album, also called Now.

Twain was not initially scheduled to come down under.

Since the tour began in May this year in Tacoma, she has performed 42 concerts across the United States and Canada.

Her last concert was supposed to be in Las Vegas in August, but she later added a further 24 venues in South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Her Dunedin concert is a once-in-a-life-time chance to see her live in New Zealand - not because it is her last concert of the tour, but because it is likely to be her last tour.

Twain announced earlier this year the tour would be her final run on the road.

Gates at the stadium will open at 6.30pm.

A DVML spokeswoman recommended taking a jacket or blanket to the concert to keep warm.

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/lifes-about-get-good-shania-twain-fans



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Twain announced earlier this year the tour would be her final run on the road.
Where did she say that?

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Twain announced earlier this year the tour would be her final run on the road.
Where did she say that?


She didn't. She said that before her "Rock This Country" tour. But I have a feeling this is her last tour. I think she'll return to Las Vegas at some point.



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She will definitely return to Vegas but I don't think this will be her last tour. Now that she's found a way around her voice using backing tracks she'll tour again, maybe not a world tour like this one though.
I find the way Celine does to be a very smart one. A residency in Vegas and once a year a tour in a specific country. It's quite manageable I think.

 



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She's still the one

By Elena McPhee and Ben Waterworth | Otago Daily Times | December 22, 2018

"Are you ready Dunedin?"

With those words Shania Twain has sent a Forsyth Barr Stadium packed with 18,000 fans into meltdown after hitting the stage on what could be her last ever live performance.

High fiving the crowd from the stands to the beats of the Queen classic We Will Rock You, the Canadian Queen of Country jumped on the stage with a beaming smile and a glowing dress to the delight of her adoring fans.

Opening with Life Is About To Get Good from her latest album Now before quickly giving the crowd a favourite in Come On Over from her classic album of the same name, Twain showed the crowd that tonight certainly was going to get good.

The long southern daylight meant organisers arranged for the  concert to start just after 9pm.

In between numbers the Canadian pop star and former owner of Queenstown's Motatapu Station  addressed the crowd and spoke of her love for New Zealand.

Earlier in the evening, fans braved chilly conditions while they waited for Shania to hit the stage. 

A variety of brightly coloured outfits and plenty of cowboy hats and boots are filling the seats in anticipation of the show, the final stop on her worldwide Now Tour.

Swiss singer Bastian Baker has been warming up the crowd with a variety of up-beat songs that already have the crowd cheering.

Limited seats were available ahead of the show which has visited 16 different countries since May this year.

The show is expected to be a special treat for Twain fans as not only is it the last gig of her tour, but it is expected to be her last ever show after she announced earlier this year the tour would be her final run on the road. (For the record, Shania never announced this would be her last tour. She said that in 2015 before her "Rock This Country" tour.)

Dunedin's Octagon was fairly quiet earlier this afternoon ahead of the concert, with most people staying inside and not venturing out into the rain.

However a few groups of fans could be spied enjoying a quiet drink ahead of the performance at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, which begins at 7.30pm this evening.

Biggie's Pizza worker Jordan Hulleman got dressed up in a checked shirt and cowboy hat in honour of the Shania Twain concert on Saturday along with Victoria Treymane.

Ms Hulleman said Biggies', on Stuart St,  had only had a few customers in town specifically for the concert.

"But that's OK, we are still excited," she said.

Her all-time favourite Shania Twain song was "Man I Feel Like A Woman".

By about 5pm concertgoers were starting to head down towards the Stadium , and 13-year-old busker Rylan Urquhart played country tunes to entertain concertgoers as they headed along Anzac Ave.

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/shes-still-one



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Review: Shania shines and she's still the one

By Ben Waterworth | Otago Daily Times | December 23, 2018

There may be some things that don’t impress Shania Twain much, but one thing is for sure - her fans certainly were left impressed by the final show of her Now Tour at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium.

With barely an empty seat in the house, the Canadian Queen of Country Pop took the audience through a collection of her best known hits on Saturday night and some of her most recent tracks which will surely go on to become classics in their own right.

High-fiving the crowd from the stands as she entered to the beats of the Queen classic We Will Rock You, the Canadian Queen of Country jumped on the stage with a beaming smile and and a sparkling dress to the delight of her adoring fans.

The 53-year-old quickly transitioned into a crowd favourite in Come On Over from her classic album of the same name, setting up a night of fun and entertainment for the 18,000-strong crowd.

Despite accusations of lip syncing in her Auckland shows earlier in the week, the crowd didn’t seem to care at all with plenty of dancing, screaming, cheering and everything else in between throughout the night.

Twain was quick to open up on her love for New Zealand, declaring it her “second home” as well as her love of New Zealand people who she said she took heart from when travelling the world.

“I don’t know what I was waiting for, but all I can say is thank you for your outstanding welcome to your country.”

Her fans didn’t have to wait long to get their first taste of one of her most well known songs That Don’t Impress Me Much which saw the crowd singing along note for note as Twain was joined by energetic backup dancers which seamlessly interacted with video cubes and loads of leopard skin print on stage.

Other classic hits taking fans on a nostalgic journey in time included Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?, Honey I’m Home and Any Man of Mine before the packed stadium was back in sing along mode as Twain belted out her iconic ballad You’re Still The One.

The crowd continued to be in raptures throughout the entire night, taking part in kiss cams and dancing out into the aisles as dancing and bright lights helped pump up the energy on stage.

Three lucky fans were brought up on stage to take a selfie with the singer who even took the time to answer the phone of one of her lucky guests, much to the delight of the audience.

And just when things seemed to be slowing down, some of her biggest hits followed as the show reached a crescendo including From This Moment On, I'm Gonna Getcha Good! and (If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!

But perhaps the biggest moment of the night and by far the biggest cheer was saved for her signature song Man! I Feel Like a Woman! which had every fan on their feet singing and dancing and showing nobody wanted to go home.

Twain then left the stage to a standing ovation and a large bouquet of flowers, thanking the crowd for their support.

Whether or not she tours again, one thing is for certain and that is Twain remains the undisputed Queen of Country Pop.

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/review-shania-shines-and-shes-still-one



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Shania Twain's 'homecoming' hits the right notes for Dunedin crowd

By Tom Kitchin | Stuff | December 23, 2018

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Shania​ Twain's Dunedin concert felt like a homecoming, even though she'd never played in the city before.

"Thank you so much for this incredible welcome back to your outstanding country," she told the 18,000 strong audience at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday night. 

"It's so beautiful here and for many years now I've considered New Zealand my second home."

Twain, 53, played the last show of 77 of her Now Tour in Dunedin. It was her third show ever in the country, after two recent performances in Auckland.

The Dunedin show could be Twain's last ever, as she said earlier in the year this would be her last time out on the road. Southern fans were left with a gift. 

And what a show it was. Certainly entertaining and visually impressive, even if the musicality left you confused.

Twain began the show walking through the crowd, high-fiving fans as she made her way to the stage. She played a mix of the old and the new, beginning with Life's About to Get Good from her latest album Now.

But the audience were definitely holding out for the hits such as Come On OverThat Don't Impress Me Much and the finale Man! I Feel Like a Woman!.

Twain has a history in the region – she hit local headlines when she and her ex-husband Robert "Mutt" Lange bought high country stations in Central Otago in 2004.

But her marriage ended in a bitter divorce and she lost the land.

Twain told The Project that New Zealand was her place to hide. 

"The time I spent [in New Zealand] was more to get away from what I do as a professional ... but now that it's my ex-husband that owns the property I feel more open about performing there now."

Her love of New Zealand and her ability to throw banter with the audience made her feel more genuine to the crowd. 

Three lucky fans were brought up to the stage for a selfie and chat with the queen of country pop herself.

She even told one about her trip to Wanaka earlier in the day: "Today I flew over from Wanaka and I enjoyed the high country over there."

So, even though her personality seemed genuine, what about the music?

There were two big questions that left me confused – was she lip-syncing and were there backing tracks? 

Twain took a long hiatus in 2004 after being diagnosed with Lyme disease and dysphonia which nearly ruined her signing voice.

So did she have the power to sing as well as she sounded after 76 shows? 

It was also difficult to know if all her backing band were playing live, as some instruments were hidden from view. How much was real and how much was just playing through the speakers was certainly up for debate.

Although it may have been more about entertainment than genuine music, most fans wouldn't have left disappointed. 

Shania is the queen of entertainment and for any fan she would have hit the right note.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/gig-reviews/109558379/shania-twains-homecoming-hits-the-right-notes-for-dunedin-crowd



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Thank you Dunedin ❤️

5:15 AM ET - 23 Dec 18

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Thank you for last night Dunedin... My #ShaniaNOW Tour is officially over. I'm full of so many emotions... Thank you to every single one of you who came to a show, I love you and I'll see you soon ❤️

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2018 has been an amazing year and I got to spend so much of it with you guys!! Thank you for all your support ❤️

Video clips from NOW tour - https://twitter.com/ShaniaTwain/status/1079406762275557377

11:00 AM ET - 30 Dec 18

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January bluesssss. Thinking about how amazing the NOW tour was 😭😍

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Swiss Superstar Bastian Baker Talks Career And Touring With Shania Twain

By Chris Malone | Forbes | January 18, 2019

Year after year, Switzerland ranks among the happiest countries in the world in the annual World Happiness Report and Global Peace Index, along with surveys conducted by entities like U.S. News & World Report and The New York Times. Why? Perhaps it has to do with the fact that the tiny European nation hasn't engaged in any conflict — global or regional — in over 200 years; or that healthcare and quality of life are top national priorities; or maybe it's just a natural result of being idyllically nestled in the heart of the Alps. Along with Canadians, the Swiss are regarded as some of the most genial people on the planet, so it's no wonder why one of the Great White North's most accomplished performers permanently relocated to this small mountainous country two decades ago. It was here, in the land of Helvetia, that Shania Twain first met Bastian Baker.

Born and raised along the banks of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Bastien Kaltenbacher was a soon-to-be professional hockey player with a knack for the guitar. Since the age of 7, Bastien embraced music as his creative outlet, performing his original songs for his classmates every Friday and honing his craft as he grew through adolescence. Though he always knew he was a talented musician, he never considered making it his career until a party in his late teens — a date he remembers to this day: May 29th, 2010.

It was his friend's birthday party, and after playing a few songs around 2 in the morning, a partygoer approached him and asked if he had a producer, or any plans to do anything with his songs. What he expected to be a boring party that he wasn't excited to go to (and almost skipped) ended up leading to the creative epiphany of his young adult life: "In that moment I realized that there were people who were actually excited to work on musical projects with me, and that’s what changed my mind about where I was in terms of music," he tells Forbes. "I just never thought it could actually be something."

What came next was a string of events that led to one fateful balmy summer day in the Swiss countryside.

"I was really in for the ride, you know? I was already blessed and grateful, and it all happened so fast." At the age of 19, he was whisked away to a studio in Paris to record a song, and three months later he almost crashed his car after hearing it on the radio for the first time. He looks back on the sprouting of his career not with a sense of nostalgia, but with a fondness for his innocence. "The beginning is a moment you can never recreate," he reminisces.

That following summer in 2011, with a newly anglicized name, Baker was playing at the iconic Montreaux Jazz Festival and gearing up for the release of his debut album when his entirely acoustic performance caught the attention of an incognita Shania Twain. After his set, he hosted a small unofficial show at the festival founder's home, where the founder told him he wanted to introduce him to a Canadian singer. "I love Canadians! Let's meet the Canadian!" Baker thought. From the first time he met Shania Twain, Baker says they clicked; in the years since, as his career grew with an impressive discography, they saw each other more and more, and have become what Baker calls "a little family": he had plans to play tennis with Twain's husband after speaking with Forbes, and often plays with son Eja. "They’re awesome people," he remarks. "It’s awesome to have some people that stay grounded even though they’re as successful as they are, and that support you and help you and your journey."

Through he and Shania's years of friendship, he picked up pieces of advice that she often bestowed upon him. One that stays with him, though, is to always stay true to himself:"There's a lot of people out there trying to be like everybody else, but you just got to stay yourself, know who you are, and good things will happen." He followed that wisdom as he wrote and released four albums over the span of a decade, eventually landing him in a spot similar to the one who gave him that advice. "I’m in a position now [where] no one can actually tell what I do," he says, often explaining his straddling of pop and country to others as "a bit of Shania Twain." "The fact that I’ve worked for her definitely is a strong encouragement for me to not try to just try to fit in a box.

When Shania was gearing up to kick off her worldwide Now Tour in the spring of last year, she knew exactly who she wanted to take on the road as her opening act. Baker performed with nothing more than his voice and guitar to crowds numbering as high as 100,000 as the show crisscrossed the globe. Every night on the nearly 80-city tour, he joined Shania onstage for a rendition of her beloved "Party For Two" duet; despite being a certified crowd-pleaser, he noted that they have no plans of recording a new version. "To record a duet just to record a duet doesn’t make sense; I feel like there has to be a creative point, it has to match, it has to be the right timing, it has to be the right song... And I don’t think neither her nor I are only focused on the commercial aspect of the music industry, like recording something together just because we’ve been on tour together." He doesn't, however, rule out the possibility of collaboration in the future: "The good thing is I live 10 minutes away from her in Switzerland, so we've got plenty of opportunities to do something together in the future."

After an already unforgettable tour, Baker recalls three moments that he knows he'll never forget for the rest of his life. Singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" in his home town of Montréal—in the Bell Centre, where Baker once dreamt about playing hockey—was an overwhelming moment for him. "After I sang the first couple of notes, the sound that came from the crowd was just insane. It gave me goosebumps all over." More pressure than singing a Leonard Cohen classic in Cohen's hometown, though, was performing to a sold-out crowd in Nashville. Though Baker was worried about facing judgment from thousands of aspiring artists in Music City, he instead remembers it as his favorite show of the whole tour. In addition to the crowd's warm reception, he had to pinch himself after playing in the Bridgestone Arena, the same venue that hosts the Nashville Predators hockey team, of which his good friend Roman Josi is the captain. His most memorable moment, however, came in Barretos, Brazil, where he performed in front of a crowd of over 100,000. He laughs thinking about the basic Portuguese that he learned to communicate with the audience, and calls it a "beautiful moment, realizing that wherever you are in the world, music brings people together."

Fresh off a well-deserved week of rest, Baker is currently spending his time gearing up for a tour of his own this year. He's spending the spring and summer playing around Europe, and in the fall, he plans to expand the tour around the globe (again), stopping everywhere that the Now Tour had the most success. "Nothing like going on vacation or going on a break on my mind right now," he says, noting that he learned from the best.

As he looks towards making the next big steps in his career, Baker still acknowledges the ever-present hand of fate that got him to where he is now. "It’s a matter of being at the right place at the right time," he muses. How else can someone go from meeting their first producer at a party they almost blew off to touring the world with one of country music's biggest superstars? "It's a bit of karma, it's a bit of luck, and it's a bit of 'meant to be.'"

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cmalone/2019/01/18/swiss-superstar-bastian-baker-talks-career-and-touring-with-shania-twain/#192808132a30 



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President says Shania Twain wants to return to Barretos

O Diario | January 21, 2019

Singer Shania Twain expressed an interest in performing again at this year's Peon Festival after the success of 2018. The information is from President Ricardo Batista da Rocha citing that the singer's manager contacted the association Os Independentes and opened this possibility.

The official confirmed that the sale of tickets of the Barretos Festival continues at the Os Independentes store on Avenida 43 and warned that the number will be limited, including to meet safety requirements for the maximum public in Parque do Peao. "We want to publicize the complete schedule of the Festival at the end of March or the beginning of April," Ricardo Rocha said.

http://www.odiarioonline.com.br/noticia/81145/PRESIDENTE-DIZ-QUE-SHANIA-QUER-VOLTAR-A-SE-APRESENTAR-EM-BARRETOS



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It's absurd to do another concert there without new music to promote and without being on tour. She better put her effort on the Christmas album...

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