5 Spot: Key quotes from Shania Twain before her Fargodome concert
The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
By Ryan Johnson
September 18, 2015
FARGO – The third time's the charm — and the last time we'll be able to see Shania Twain perform at the Fargodome.
The country-pop superstar's "Rock This World" tour, coming to Fargo on Monday with opening act Gavin DeGraw, is her farewell tour. It's also the first time in more than a decade that Twain has toured after a long hiatus and a two-year Las Vegas residency that ended last December.
She's played the Fargodome two other times, drawing a crowd of nearly 25,000 in 1998 and more than 18,000 in 2004.
Twain, 50, hasn't granted media interviews since launching her tour in June. But she opened up during a May conference call with reporters about her long break from music and her return to touring.
Here are five key quotes from that interview that shed some light on Twain's recent past and what's next after she's done performing.
On touring and seeing the fans again: "It's like a reunion of sorts. 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, 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."
On her plans to keep singing and recording music after she quits touring: "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 feeling that the time is just right now to do other things musically."
On kicking off her farewell tour: "It's a bit of a bittersweet experience. I'm almost afraid to start it because I think that once it starts, it's going to go by very quickly and then all of a sudden it will be done."
On songwriting and her hope to keep writing music after she's done touring: "I could just write music and be very satisfied, and I'm learning that about myself to be honest. I'm feeling less extrovert about the need to express my music and more content just creating it."
On years of vocal problems before rehabilitation helped her get back to singing: "Before I gave up on it completely, luckily I found the courage to tackle it and take it on. But the period where I believed that I would never sing again was incredibly depressing. It was, grief is the best way I can explain it. I was really grieving the loss of the voice that I knew and that I had."