Review: Shania Twain ‘Rocks This Country’ on Tour
After a break from the road to celebrate her 50th birthday, Shania Twain kicked off the second leg of her Rock This Country Tour with an almost 2-hour set on stage in Spokane, Wash, on Saturday night (Sept. 12).
Twain filled the set with a mixture of her biggest hits and a few lesser-known tracks included for her most loyal fans, who know every word by heart. The Canadian singer stayed away from covers, choosing instead to focus on the songs her fans most want to her - her own.
Prior to coming out on stage, the crowd was warmed up with Joan Jett's "I Love Rock and Roll" blaring through the speakers, followed by Twain and her band opening the show with the Tour's namesake, "Rock This Country." She then played "Honey I'm Home," "You Win My Love," and "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" before taking a short break to talk to the crowd.
"We're just gonna have a lot of fun tonight," she told her screaming fans. "We're gonna party on - it's just getting started."
The fun continued with "I Ain't No Quitter," "Love Gets Me Every Time," "Don't Be Stupid," "Any Man of Mine," "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" and "Come On Over" before Twain brought out her opening act, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, to sing Billy Currington's part on "Party for Two." After the duet, she continued solo for the remainder of her set, which included renditions of "Up!" "Still the One," "From This Moment On" and "That Don't Impress Me Much."
During all 19 of her songs, Twain kept things rocking, while still maintaining a hearty dose of country. The 50-year-old singer made multiple costume changes (often involving a rock-inspired t-shirt, thigh-high boots and a short hemline) and kept the night moving with pyrotechnics, light shows and videos on the giant screens at the back of the stage. The energy hit a new height when she returned for her encore performance of "Man! I Fell Like a Woman" wearing a high-cut sleeveless black body suit with a metal breastplate, wowing fans with her final performance of the night and showering everyone in confetti to mark her exit.
DeGraw was a huge pleaser for concert goers who arrived early enough to catch his act. The singer involved the crowd a lot, walking up into the stand to get them on their feet, and playing everything from his most popular songs - "In Love With a Girl," "Chariot," "I Don't Want to Be" - to covers of Billy Joel and others.
Twain's Rock This Country Tour continues through Oct. 11 with her final show in Toronto, Ontario. The tour was originally meant to be her farewell trek, but Twain has hinted that she may not be quite ready to retire from the stage.
“I’m having the time of my life. I’m in good spirits and having so much fun,” Twain says. “It’s going so well that I’ve decided I’d like to extend it. I’m not ready to stop. We’re already talking about going onto Europe at some point."
For upcoming show information and tickets, visit ShaniaTwain.com.