by Matt Bishop | October 4, 2015
Country rockstar Shania Twain has been rolling out explosive performances on her Rock This Country Tour. It’s supposedly the final go-around for the now-blonde bombshell, and if that is indeed the case, she’s certainly going out in style. Shania is at the tail end of the trek, closing it out with a string of shows in her native Canada through October. On this run, she’s doing what she’s always done – bring a little rock ‘n’ roll attitude and a ton of showmanship to good old-fashioned country music. Last night at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA was no exception.
The five-time Grammy Award winner set an accurate tone for name of her tour. The arena went dark before she took the stage, and the iconic rock track “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts came blasting through the speakers. Then, she opened with the tour title track “Rock This Country” while wearing a fringed leather jacket and a sexy, sequined Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers mini-dress. It’s Shania’s first road trip in 11 years (supposedly her last) and she was ready to rock, for sure.
She tore through hits like “Honey, I’m Home,” “Who’s Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” “Love Gets Me Every Time,” “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You),” “Any Man of Mine,” “Come On Over,” and others. She slowed things down for gorgeous renditions of her ballads “You’re Still The One” and “From This Moment.” It was a lovely treat for fans and necessary cuts from her catalog, but the gentle mood was fleeting.
Twain cranked the volume right back up with “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” another hit from her seminal album Come On Over. She wrapped up her 18-song set with “(If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!,” and with that, Twain was outta there. After a thunderous applause, she returned to the stage for one more big hit – “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” If this truly the country star’s last run, she certainly rocked it with style.
Shania Twain is undoubtedly one of the biggest country music superstars of all time. She has sold over 85 million records worldwide, and is the only female recording artist in history to have three consecutive albums be certified diamond by the RIAA. Her classic album Come On Over is the best-selling country music album of all time. Throughout her career, Shania has garnered five Grammy Awards, 26 Canadian Country Music Awards, twelve Juno Awards, five American Music Awards, four ACM Awards, and two CMA Awards. In 2011, she was inducted into he Canadian Music Hall of Fame. That same year, she received her own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.