Shania Twain’s ‘Rock This Country’ tour hits Salt Lake City

The Salt Lake Tribune
By Kathy Stephenson
August 17, 2015

It's been more than a decade since Shania Twain has toured the country.

But an arena full of adoring Utah fans clearly had not forgotten the queen of country/pop on Saturday, singing along to nearly ever hit in her 90-minute show.

The now blonde-headed Twain pulled out all the stops for her celebratory return: smoke, fireworks, light shows, video montages and a mechanical saddle that she rode high above the crowd.

Going back out on tour after personal difficulties and more than 10 years out of the spotlight "took a lot of self-motivation," Twain told the crowd. "Music has been amazing therapy for me."

Yes, Twain seemed fully recovered and back to her musical, sexy self.

She kicked off the show with the tour's anthem, "Rock This Country," dressed in thigh-high boots, a sparkling Rolling Stones top and red tinted sunglasses.

Then it was just hit after hit that had the crowd standing on its feet in a rousing sing-a-long: "Honey I'm Home," "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under," "Gone and Done It," "Don't Be Stupid" and "Any Man of Mine."

After a costume change — the first of six — there was more: "Gonna Getcha," "Come on Over," a "Party for Two" duet with opener Gavin DeGraw and "Up," which included that saddle.

Twain slowed the show down a bit, pulling out a stool and her acoustic guitar for some slower ballads including "Still the One" and "From this Moment On," then ended with "Don't Impress Me Much" and "In it for Love."

The one-song encore — her signature mega-hit "Man, I Feel Like a Women" — left the crowd hoping she doesn't wait 10 more years to return.