Shania Twain talks farewell tour
Asbury Park Press
By Alex Biese
July 2, 2015
With her current Rock This Country Tour, pop-country superstar Shania Twain is simultaneously saying hello and goodbye.
It's been more than a decade since the last North American tour by Twain, one of the top-selling female artists in music history with over 75 million albums sold.
But this current run of dates — engagements include Tuesday, July 7, at the Prudential Center in Newark and July 22 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia — are reportedly part of Twain's final tour.
"It's certainly not my retirement from music," Twain said in a recent teleconference with members of the media. "I will be doing music, I'm sure, until the day I die. I love music too much. But the performance side of it, I feel, is a phase in my life, and I've been doing it for so long. I'm 50 this year, I've been on stage since I was 8 years old, and I've really put in my fair share of performance.
"And (I'm) feeling that the time is just right now to do other things, musically. I want to write more, I want to make lots more records. I miss making records, and I haven't made enough records in my life and in my career. I've done a lot more live performing than I have recording, so I want to do a lot more of that."
Twain said she'll be hard at work on a new album, her first since 2002's "Up!" while on the road, although it doesn't seem likely that any new material will make its way into her Rock This Country set list.
The focus of these dates, Twain said, is on her vast back catalog of hits.
"This tour is really all about the classics, and the reason for the tour is to say goodbye to the stage on a high with my friends, with my fans," she said.
Since releasing her self-titled debut album in 1993, Twain charted 17 Top 10 singles and had three consecutive albums (1995's "The Woman in Me," 1997's "Come on Over" and "Up!") earn the diamond certification of selling more than 10 million copies each in the United States.
From 2012 to 2014, Twain starred in a two-year residency, "Shania: Still The One" at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. She described her 67-date tour as a "reintroduction, of sorts" for herself and her fans.
"A lot has happened over the last decade since I've been off tour in all of our lives, my life and in their lives, and music is bringing us back together," she said. "And we're going to celebrate and reminisce to all of the hits that they know and that we've all lived with for all of these years now.
"And, in my case, a lot of the kids that were listening to the music years ago, that I would have seen on tour years ago, are going to be adults now and it's just exciting for me to be able to reunited with them. And I have to say that the most rewarding thing for me, and the thing I'm looking most forward to on this tour, is seeing the fans and being with them again and feeling their excitement and sharing mine with them."
WHAT: Rock This Country Tour
WITH: Gavin DeGraw
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark
TICKETS: $50.50 to $151
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. July 22
WHERE: Wells Fargo
Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
TICKETS: $29.50 to $79.50