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Shania Twain talks about bidding fans farewell


Greenville News
By Donna Isbell Walker
July 13, 2015


Shania Twain has spent the past 21/2 years performing a residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and it's been more than a decade since she hit the road for a concert tour.

That all changed earlier this summer, when she embarked on "Rock This Country," which Twain said will be her final tour.

The tour has a dual purpose, to reacquaint herself with fans and to bid them farewell.

"It's like a reunion of sorts," Twain said in a conference call interview with journalists before the tour hit the road. "A lot has happened over the last decade, since I've been off tour, in all of our lives. In my life and in their lives. Music is bringing us back together, and we're going to celebrate and reminisce. ... It's just exciting for me to be reunited with them."

Twain, who performs at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on July 18, has had a phenomenally successful career over the past 20 years, selling 48 million records, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, and hitting the charts with songs like "That Don't Impress Me Much" and "You're Still the One."

It's been nearly 13 years since her last album, "Up!" and she's working on the next album, even hoping to squeeze in some time to record it while she's on the road.

But in keeping with the old friends vibe of the tour, Twain probably won't play much new music during the tour.

"This tour is really all about the classics, and the reason for the tour is just to say goodbye to the stage on a high, with my friends, with my fans," she said.

She's clear, though, that her retirement from touring doesn't mean she's leaving the music business altogether.

"I will be doing music, I'm sure, until the day I die. I love music too much," Twain said. "The performance side of it, I feel is a phase in my life, and I've been doing it for so long. I (will be) 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 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. ... So I just see it as an evolution in my career, really."

Twain said she enjoyed her residency in Las Vegas, but felt it was time for a change. But her experience of performing in one place for two years was part of the driving force in her desire to hit the road one last time.

"During the last part of the two-year period in Vegas, I realized that I'd missed being on the touring stage and missed going out to the public, as opposed to them coming to me. So I was thinking, 'Hey, it would be fun to go and visit people in their own hometowns and experience that excitement and atmosphere again.'"

And to a degree, her time at Caesars Palace also changed how Twain interacts with an audience. In Vegas, the crowd is much closer to the stage than the audience at an arena concert, she said.

"I love to see the people close-up, I like to touch the people and mingle with them. It was really cool to do so much of that there, having them so close to the stage in such a controlled room; it was a theater environment. And what I learned was, I want to do more of this," she said.

Twain opened her tour last month in Seattle; the final show takes place in October in her native Canada. The tour will showcase a whole new side of Twain as a performer, she said.

"The show is just full of great technology on the highest end possible. It's a very dynamic show, more dynamic than ever before. And no one's ever seen me in this light, ever before. It's going to be a whole new fresh look, a whole new fresh production, entirely different from Las Vegas. We've stripped everything down and started from scratch. ... I think it will be memorable."

YOU CAN GO

Who: Shania Twain with Gavin DeGraw

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bon Secours Wellness Arena

How much: $64-$134

Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com