Shania Twain to perform at Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Newspapers Weekly
May 26, 2018
TAMPA – In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2018, global superstar Shania Twain is on the road in support of “Now,” her 2017 album.
The tour got underway May 3 in Tacoma, Washington, and will include a stop in the Tampa Bay area. Twain will perform Saturday, June 2, 7:30 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $36.20. Call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com for tickets. For venue information, visit www.amaliearena.com.
These dates mark Shania’s first tour since “Rock This Country” back in 2015. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will run through the rest of the summer.
Twain is a five-time Grammy Award-winner and the reigning queen of country pop. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping $34.5 million, Twain remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Her albums include her eponymous Platinum-selling 1993 debut, the Grammy Award-winning 1995 release “The Woman in Me,” “Come on Over,” the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with over 40 million units sold worldwide, and “Up!,” Twain’s third consecutive diamond-selling album release.
“I had to go through a lot in life to get to where I am,” Twain said in a biography provided by Universal Music Group. “I can actually say that I’m home. Optimism is what you hear.”
Between 2015 and 2016, Twain recorded the 16 tracks that would be featured on “Now.” Recording sessions took place in Switzerland, the United States, England and the Bahamas. Twain took on the role of executive producer, co-producing with a team that included Ron Aniello, Matthew Koma, Jacquire King, and Jake Gosling.
Implementing acoustic instruments like mandolin, banjo, percussion and guitar, the sonic palette carries what she refers to as “an organic thread” with “a bit of a retro sound.”
Bastian Baker will open the show.
The 26-year-old Swiss superstar was hand-selected by Twain to join her world tour. In addition to his opening set, Baker is slated to duet with Twain during the show.
Baker, a platinum-selling recording artist, released new single “Love On Fire” along with a music video on May 4. He’s currently in the studio working on his next album.
“Tomorrow May Not Be Better,” Baker’s certified platinum debut album, staked its claim at No. 3 on the charts only behind David Guetta and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Baker produced the entire project himself. He followed up with a pair of albums: “Too Old to Die Young” and “Facing Canyons.”