An upper respiratory infection has temporarily sidelined Shania Twain, whose Rock This Country Tour takes a serious hit this week. With just 10 shows left to go on the tour’s 2015 leg, Twain has been forced to pull the plug on two gigs while she recovers. On the chopping block are last night’s concert in Manchester, New Hampshire, which was canceled several hours before showtime, as well as tonight’s show in Albany, New York. The shows were the final two concerts scheduled for the United States and won’t be rescheduled.
“Shania Twain’s doctors have advised her to rest for several days after she was diagnosed with a respiratory infection. The concert dates are unable to be rescheduled due to Shania Twain’s current touring schedule,” reads a post on the singer’s Facebook page, followed by nearly 700 comments expressing everything from sympathy to outrage.
Twain has played more than 60 shows since kicking off her farewell tour in June. The concerts have been demanding, filled with costume changes, pyrotechnics, aerial tricks and a 19-song setlist. A 2016 trek across Europe is reportedly in the works, as is a new album, which will be her first studio release since Up! in 2002. Although Twain, 50, has expressed interest in launching another residency in Las Vegas, the Rock This Country Tour will reportedly be her last time taking her show across the world.
Pending her recovery, Twain’s tour resumes on Friday, October 9th, in Quebec City. All remaining dates are in Twain’s native Canada, however, with the final show set for Kelowna, British Columbia, on October 27th.
“I feel like there are so many other things to do musically, and there is just not enough time to do everything,” Twain told Rolling Stone Country in June, explaining her reasons to stop touring. “I want to write more music. I’d like to spend a lot more time doing that. I’d like to make more records. I want to write for other people. I’d like to write more books. I’ve got a teenage son. I’ve just got a whole decade in front of me that is full already, before it even gets started.”