Shania Twain Proves She’s ‘Still the One’ at Madison Square Garden

“This is my party and I’m so glad you came.”
By Annie Reuter
July 1, 2015

There was no question that it was Shania Twain’s party last night (June 30) at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

And for good reason. The show was only the second U.S. date of Twain’s 2015 Rock This Country Tour, her first North American jaunt in 11 years and one that’s being billed as her last.

Throughout a nearly two-hour set that spanned her career, she frequently stopped for selfies with fans, told the stories behind her songs and simply paused to take it all in.

“This is my party and I’m so glad you came,” she said excitedly four songs into her set. “I’m having the time of my life, I really am! It’s just great to be back here in New York City. I always feel like home when I’m here.”

It had been over a decade since Twain last took the stage at the Garden, and this fact was not lost on her as she stopped to snap a photo with a fan from the edge of the catwalk.

“This is my last go around New York City, and I want to make the most of it,” she said before she saw her niece in the audience. “Let me go say hi to my little niece. My niece and my great niece are here, that’s how old I am. Who wears fishnets and has a great niece? She knows a whole different me, thank God.”

Though she has toured most of the world, Twain managed to debut a few songs (“I Ain’t No Quitter” and “Party For Two”) that she had never played for a live audience before. And nearly every song in the set was a sing along, with the exception of her one new track, the acoustic ballad “Today Is Your Day,” which she wrote three years ago to cheer herself up and “share that courage and optimism” with the audience.

One of the many highlights in her set included a duet with opener Gavin DeGraw on her 2004 hit, “Party For Two.” As she introduced the “fun, party song,” she said she wanted to perform it with “one of my favorite artists for many, many years.” The two artists exchanged vocals and danced with each other throughout the song effortlessly, making it seem as if DeGraw was on the original version (which featured Billy Currington).

The Rock This Country Tour is Twain’s comeback and farewell tour rolled into one, and it was hard to believe she’s been off the road for over a decade. She still owned the stage with her powerhouse vocals, unyielding energy and of course drop-dead gorgeous outfit changes that included a sequined red dress with knee-high black stilettos, a black trench coat with shorts, fishnets and knee-high red boots, and a black leotard for fan favorite and show closer “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

Throughout her 19-song set, every track she played seamlessly blended together. Whether it was the songs with more rock edge like “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” and “(If You’re Not in It For Love) I’m Outta Here!” or the ballads including “Today Is Your Day,” “No One Needs To Know” and “You’re Still the One.”

During the latter, Twain sat center stage with her guitar and told her back story.

“I certainly didn’t start at New York City at Madison Square Garden,” she said, sitting comfortably and talking casually, as if letting us into her living room. “But I’m still doing the same thing all these years, it’s just what I do.”

She explained how she started performing for “a lot less people who drank a lot more” when she was just 8 years old, singing in smoky bars.

“On my set break the strippers would come on,” she said as the crowd laughed. “I’m serious. In my part of the world, Northern Ontario, us Canadians, we mix it up pretty good.”

It was those early gigs, which paid $25 a night, that provided her early schooling. She later noted that “life has a lot of ups and downs” and that you have to “take the good with the bad.”

“Music has always been my greatest savior, my best friend through it all and I’m happy to share that with you,” she added. “I think we all share that in common, really.”

It’s no question that the audience at Madison Square Garden felt the same way. As Twain ended her set with “Man! I Feel Like A Woman,” it was evident that the host of the party was right back at home onstage.

Shania Twain Rock This Country Tour Madison Square Garden set list:

“Rock This Country!”
“Honey, I’m Home”
“You Win My Love”
“Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”
“I Ain’t No Quitter”
“Love Gets Me Every Time”
“Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”
“Any Man of Mine”
“I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”
“Come On Over”
“Party For Two”
“Today Is Your Day”
“No One Needs To Know”
“You’re Still the One”
“From This Moment On”
“That Don’t Impress Me Much”
“(If You’re Not in It For Love) I’m Outta Here!”
“Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

Shania Twain’s Rock This Country Tour continues across the U.S. and Canada through October.