The proof is in the numbers: if she builds it, they will come.
Performing live in her home country for the first time in a decade, Shania Twain sold out both Wednesday and Thursday nights’ shows at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, as part of the annual Calgary Stampede. She is the first artist in the venue’s history to sell out back-to-back shows.
Clad in a Royal Canadian Mounted Police uniform (one of many costume changes), the country music superstar arrived on horseback to play for 14,000 fans each night. According to the Calgary Sun, her high-energy set included beloved hits such as “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” “You’re Still the One,” “Any Man of Mine” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” backed by a 13-piece band.
“It feels so good to not only be back in Calgary, but to be back on the live concert stage after nearly ten years,” said the 48-year-old entertainer, who earlier this week hinted that she might be gearing up for her first tour in 11 years.
The pair of Calgary shows only made for a quick break from Twain’s Las Vegas residency, now in its final few weeks. Shania: Still the One runs through July 26 at Caesars Palace.
Even though she hasn’t released a new set of tunes since 2002’s Up, Twain still reins as the biggest-selling female country artist of all time, with more than 75 million albums sold. She told Rolling Stone last summer that her next album was almost done, but she was having trouble finding the right producer. And given the long stretch of time between albums, the pressure is on.
“I want it to be perfect,” she said, “and I want it to be something that I really enjoy and a product of my inspiration —not a product of necessarily anything I’ve done before or anyone I’ve been before in regards to making records, because it’s been a long time. I’m different, I’ve evolved and I want that to be reflected in the music.”