So this will be it for Shania Twain, one of the biggest success stories in latter-day country pop, as well as one of the progenitors of a style that willfully married country music to rock and pop tropes, paving the way for everyone from Taylor Swift to Florida Georgia Line, and selling some 75 million records in the process. When Twain brings her appropriately christened “Rock This Country Tour” to First Niagara Center for a show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, she’ll be taking what she has described in interviews as “a victory lap.”
Twain’s first tour in 11 years may be her last, but fans can expect a new album some time in 2016. In fact, the “Rock This Country Tour” was undertaken as a break and a respite from ongoing recording sessions for that album.
Fans can look forward to a lengthy set covering the entirety of Twain’s career as the first lady of country-pop-rock, along with a plethora of costume changes, and er, um, a mechanical bull. Reports form the tour suggest this one is all about pleasing the hard-core followers, as well as affording Twain the opportunity to wrap up her career, put a bow on it, and call it a day, just as she turns 50. Nice work, if you can get it.
Tickets are $43.50 to $133.50 (box office, Tickets.com).
- Jeff Miers