5 things to know about Shania Twain concert in Vancouver
By Stuart Derdeyn
April 29, 2018
Shania Twain NOW Tour
When: May 5 and 6
Where: Rogers Arena, 6:30 p.m.
Tickets and info: From $59.95 at livenation.com
Now is the title of Shania Twain’s new album. Released last September, the record was the first new music from the First Lady of country music in 15 years. That kind of lengthy break is almost entirely unheard of in the entertainment business. You just can’t comeback again. Or can you?
Twain entered the Billboard Top 200 in the top spot.
She was the first female country artist to hit that position since Miranda Lambert’s Platinum entered at No. 1 in 2014. Now was in top spot on the country chart and, naturally, in Canada. The Timmins, ON., superstar was back. Turns out that titling her new single Life’s About to Get Good was more than wishful thinking.
Back with candour, admitting how violent her abusive childhood had been, how devastating her divorce from producer Robert “Mutt” Lange was and — most important — losing her voice as a result of dysphonia (vocal cord paralysis) as a consequence of contracting Lyme disease from a tick bite. So her comeback is truly a new beginning, with her admitting that she had to rediscover that hitmaking voice.
Better yet, she is hitting the road on a 77 dates-and-counting tour that opens May 3 in Tacoma before coming to Vancouver for a two night stand. By the end of this eight month road trip on Dec. 22 in Dunedin, NZ, Shania will have performed on four continents. It’s almost a certainty that her tour will be one of the highest-grossing of 2018.
Here’s five things to know about the Now Tour:
1: Great reviews: Shania was always beloved by fans and label execs who probably paid off their mortgages with a cut of her past multi-platinum albums. But she might have always received more love for her insanely hooky singles such as Man! I Feel Like a Woman or You’re Still the One. Now she has received loads of praise from critics who weren’t so nice in the past. Songs such as Soldier show a singer with more depth and she has been out supporting the troops.
2: Great songs: Seriously, this woman has a treasure-trove of arena-ready hits to drop on audiences. Even if you are only slightly familiar with her material, you can almost put together a perfectly paced set list from her hits alone. She will play them, but she will drop some show stopping surprises in as well.
3: Great show history: The 2015 Rock this Country tour was Shania’s third major outing and billed as her farewell round. It wasn’t expected to be, and Twain did announce her return to a Las Vegas residency before the tour had ended [no she didn't]. But it was something of a sendoff and she put on powerhouse performance with multiple costume changes, lots of lights and projections and a flying pink saddle ride for Up! The set list was 23 songs.
4: The NOW Tour: Twain hinted that she was going to go on the road again in an ET Canada interview in June 2017 when she was doing the rounds of Now promotion before release. The international press junket included her performance at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park that showed her and her band in fine form.
5: The Trump Thing: If you want to be in the news these days, just get tied in with POTUS. In an interview with the Guardian on April 22, 2018, Twain said that she would have voted for Donald Trump. This lead to a massive backlash from her solid LGBT fan base (and others). So Twain issued an apology via Twitter, which spawned its own backlash. Trump commented and chastised Twain, noting that the singer “made a mistake.” While this was big in the news cycle, it’s likely that the story fades as fast and Twain’s shows keep selling out all across the world.