Shania Twain Launches Farewell Tour Tonight: “It’ll Be a Kickin’ Show”

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Shania Twain spent several years headlining in Las Vegas with her show Shania: Still the One, but starting tonight in Seattle, she’s bringing her music directly to the fans with her Rock This Country tour.  It’s her first major trek in 11 years, but she says it’ll also be her last. “It’s my sort of personal way to say goodbye,” Shania tells ABC Radio.

Shania says that the Rock This Country tour — named after a track on her 1997 album, Come On Over — will be very different from her show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  “It’s really gonna be a kickin’, more of a rockier edge show,” she tells ABC Radio. “A rock energy, just a lot of bells and whistles and more of a party atmosphere, really.”

“You know, the show in Las Vegas was more glamorous, more theatrical,” she adds. “I had horses on stage, for example, [a] flying motorcycle, a lot of things. I just took advantage of the environment, whereas on a touring, traveling stage, it just has to be a different type of production. But I still want it to be as ‘wow.'”

Shania says one of the things that made her want to hit the road one more time was her desire to reach more fans than she could just staying in one place, which is what she was doing in Vegas.

“I love the fans. I love being with the fans in the audience. I love connecting with them,” she explains. “And, you know, taking a show to them is the only real way to get to a lot of the people that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to see.”

“It’s my sort of personal way to say goodbye from the stage, by taking the show on the road to them,” she adds.  

But Shania isn’t retiring — she’s working on her first new album since 2002’s Up!. She tells USA Today that she’s written plenty of new songs — enough for two albums — and plans to record her vocals on the road, since she’ll be singing every day anyway and her voice will be all warmed up.  Her goal, she says, is to at least have a new single out by the time she turns 50, on August 28.

Here are Shania’s tour dates; her opening acts include Wes Mack and Gavin DeGraw:

6/5 — Seattle, WA, KeyArena at Seattle Center
6/7 — Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live! At Rogers Arena
6/9 — Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live! At Rogers Arena
6/11 — Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
6/12 — Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
6/14 — Saskatoon, SK,  SaskTel Centre
6/15 — Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
6/19 — London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
6/20 — London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
6/22 — Hamilton, ON, FirstOntario Centre
6/24 — Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
6/25 — Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
6/27 — Ottawa, ON, Wesley Clover Parks
6/28 — Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
6/30 — New York, NY,  Madison Square Garden
7/1 — Long Island, NY,  Nassau Coliseum
7/3 — Uncasville, CT,  Mohegan Sun Arena
7/7 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
7/8 — Boston, MA, TD, Garden
7/10 — Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
7/11 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
7/13 — Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
7/15 — Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
7/16 — Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
7/18 — Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
7/19 — Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
7/21 — Washington, DC, Verizon Center
7/22 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
7/25 — Auburn Hills, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
7/26 — Moline, IL, iWireless Center
7/28 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
7/29 — Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
7/31 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/1 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
8/3 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
8/4 — St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
8/6 — Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
8/7 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
8/9 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
8/10 — Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
8/12 — Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
8/14 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
8/15 — Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions Arena
8/17 — San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
8/19 — Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
8/20 — Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
8/22 — San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
8/23 — Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center

Fall Leg:

9/12 — Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
9/13 — Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/15 — Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
9/17 – 19/28 — Calgary, AB, (CAN), Scotiabank Saddledome
9/20 — Winnipeg, MB (CAN), MTS Centre
9/21 — Fargo, ND, Fargodome
9/23 — Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
9/24 — Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
9/26 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
9/27 — Madison, WI, Kohl Center
9/29 — Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
9/30 — Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
10/2 — Allentown, PA, PPL Center
10/3 — Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
10/6 — Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena
10/7 — Albany, NY, Times Union Center
10/9 — Quebec City, QC (CAN), Videotron Centre
10/11 — Toronto, ON (CAN), Air Canada Centre

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