It has been 15 years since country star Shania Twain has released a new album and up until she rolled out on her Rock This Country Tour in 2015, it had been 11 years since she had been on the road.
Though she’s basically been absent from the mainstream, aside from her two-year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, as Twain hit the stage for her first-ever headlining set at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio on Saturday night it was clear that fans hadn’t forgotten her arsenal of hits.
Coming out with her 1997 cut, “Rock This Country,” Twain’s turn was both entertaining and personal. After making her grand entrance with a massive production that included a firework finish to the first track, she launched straight into “Honey, I’m Home” and “You Win My Love.”
At 51 years old, she looked absolutely stunning and moved with ease, jumping around from a high riser with lighted stairs on either side, utilizing both wings of the ginormous stage as well as the mini catwalk to connect with her enthusiastic followers.
“Oh my gosh, this is the party of the year for me,” she said to the crowd as she took in the sea of fans cheering from across the field.
She kicked up some dust with “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” and had people singing along to “I Ain’t No Quitter” and “Love Gets Me Every Time.” For “Don’t Be Stupid,” Twain left the stage to get down into the pit to share the mic with the hordes of fans, most of whom were female, who had smashed themselves against the barrier.
Before the next song, she noted that it would be special and that it would be a real “female moment” as she invited out 23-year-old “Dibs” and “Peter Pan” country singer Kelsea Ballerini to join her on “Any Man of Mine.” The pair delivered a fun performance as their vocals bounced well off of each other and they even did the movements to the “You gotta shimmy shake/ make the Earth quake” portion of…