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Shania Twain returns to D.M. to impress fans


Des Moines Register
By Joe Lawler
August 5, 2015


It’s been a long time since Shania Twain hit the road. Her Rock This Country is her first in 11 years.

In 2004 she more or less retired from performing due to lesions on her vocal cords. She was largely silent as a performer until 2012 when she started a residency in Las Vegas. Now she’s ready to get back out in front of fans across the country.

“I think the fans and I are going to be reintroduced to each other, is the best way I can put it,” Twain said during a recent roundtable phone interview with journalists. “That in itself is very exciting. It’s like a reunion of sorts. Music is bringing us back together 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 these years now.”

Twain also talked about the performing, describing it more as a phase in her life, but said she will continue making music until the day she dies. But if you’re hoping to catch her live, opportunities might be limited.

“I’m 50 this year and I’ve been on stage since I was 8 years old. I’ve really put in my fair share of performance,” Twain said. “I’m feeling the time is right now to do other things musically. I want to write more, and I miss making records. I haven’t made enough records in my career. I’ve done a lot more performing than I have recording.”

She also wants to do more writing for other artists. So if any rising country acts are looking for their next hit, give Shania a call.

Twain was one of the first acts to start to break down the wall between pop and country, blazing a path for pretty much every country artist recording today. Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and many others got to stand on Shania’s shoulders.

“I just think it’s a moving target, and I’ve always enjoyed that,” Twain said. “I never really felt that it was necessary to box anything in. It’s a lot more fun for things to evolve and cross boundaries. I never saw myself as any one thing and I never labeled myself specifically or wrote music for a genre. It was a pleasant surprise when my music became a cross-genre thing.”

Twain is working on new music, but don’t expect to hear any on this tour. It’s focused on the hits everyone knows like “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and, of course, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

“It’s the classic stuff that everybody knows, that’s what this tour is all about,” Twain said. “The reason for the tour is to say goodbye to the stage on a high with my friends and fans.”

Shania Twain

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St.

Cost: $46-$136.

Info: iowaeventscenter.com

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