Shania Twain talks about her final tour, headed for Q-C

The Quad-City Times
By David Burke
July 17, 2015


WHO: Shania Twain, with Gavin DeGraw

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26

WHERE: iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Davenport

HOW MUCH: $136, $86, $66 and $46

INFORMATION: 309-764-2001 or


There have been seismic shifts in the music landscape during the past dozen-or-so years, but Shania Twain says she's more than ready to return to it.

The Canadian singer is out on her "Rock This Country" tour, her first tour since 2003-'04 and working on her first studio album since "Up!" in 2002.

The tour brings her back next weekend to the iWireless Center in Moline, where she last appeared in May 2004. She'll be writing and recording when not on stage during the four-month tour.

Since that appearance, Twain has divorced her music producer-husband and gotten remarried, raised a son who turns 14 next month and suffered and recovered from a nearly career-ending vocal injuries.

She also spent two years in a residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, which she said spurred her to return to the road.

Twain, who turns 50 next month, talked candidly with reporters in a teleconference before the beginning of the tour. Here are some highlights:

APPROACHING THE TOUR: "We're going to be reintroduced to each other, is the best way I can put it. It's going to be a reunion of sorts. A lot has happened in the last decade in my life and their lives. Music has brought us back together and we're going to get together and reminisce."

DECLARING THIS AS HER FINAL TOUR: "It's certainly not my retirement from music. I will be doing music, I'm sure, till the day I die. I love music too much. The performance side of it, I feel, is a phase in my life. I've been doing it for so long I turn 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 and feeling that the time is just right to do other things musically. I want to write now, I want to make more records. I haven't made enough records in my life and my career."

THE CHANGING MUSIC LANDSCAPE: "The genres have gone in every possible direction I ever could have imagined. What falls into any specific genre has changed and evolved, and also new genres are coming out all the time. I think it's a moving target, and I always enjoyed following that.

"I enjoy seeing these boundaries being pushed and evolved and dissolved in some cases."

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

WHAT SHE LEARNED IN VEGAS: "The audiences there were very close to the stage, and it was one of the luxuries I enjoyed, because I love to see the people close-up and touch the people. It was really cool to do so much of that there, having them so close to the stage. ... What I learned was, I want to do more of this. I want to make sure when I go out on the road that I don't miss out on that. I want to touch people, look them in the eye and be among them. There's a plan for that."

TAKING A BREAK: "Those few years after the last tour were very deliberately to concentrate on my son and my home. At the end of that tour, my son was just starting school for the first time, so that was logical timing for me. That shorter sabbatical turned into a very long one, and the problems began compounding with the voice ... and it ended up being more than a decade."

LOSING HER VOICE: "It was very, very scary. It went way beyond not being able to perform. It went beyond concerns for my career, or not having a career as a singer. It was a part of me that I was losing, like losing a hand or something. I was going through a grieving process. I thought I had lost my voice, the voice that I knew and the voice that I once had. It was very scary and it was something I had trouble coming to terms with."

MUSICAL RECOVERY: "It was a lot of work. There was a lot of physical therapy, body exercises. A lot of vocalizing, vocal therapy. Just persistence, determination. Because like any physiotherapy, it's hard. It's tedious, it's repetitive, it's tiring, it's boring a lot of the time. It's similar to what an athlete would have to go through after an energy, start from scratch and build up to the best that it can be."

WRITING NEW MUSIC: "There won't be any new music from the new album on the set list, at least at this point. I don't want to pull it in too soon, because it'll be very difficult to know when the new album is ready. I don't want to bore people with songs they don't know, either. I know when I go to a concert I want to hear songs that I know and that I'm familiar with and that I have memories of. ... I'm dying to do it. I'd love to be able to do it."

CHANGES IN NEW MUSIC: "Stylistically, it's hard for me to explain it. It's different from what I've done in the past. The songs and the spirit of the songs are still very relatable. They're very communicative. I don't think they're obscure or anything like that. There's going to be a lot of unexpected elements. I'm going to be writing it myself. There's not going to be any influence from another writer or another producer affecting it. It's going to give it a very different spirit to the music."

TURNING 50: "Anybody in the second half of their 40s is considering what it means to be 50. For me, it's an inspiration and a motivator to be my best. I feel like if I don't push myself and bring myself to the best I can be now, it's only gonna get harder after that. I'm saying to myself, at this point in your life you've got to be the best you can be, the fittest you can be, the sharpest you can be, the most educated you can be, the happiest you can be. Now I just feel like it sets a positive, strong platform for myself to jump from. It sets the tone for the rest of my life, is how I see it."