Shania Twain Rocks Madison Square Garden

07/02/2015
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(Radio.com) There was no question that it was Shania Twain's party Tuesday night (June 30) at New York's Madison Square Garden. And for good reason. The show was only the second U.S. date of Twain's 2015 Rock This Country Tour, her first North American jaunt in 11 years and one that's being billed as her last.

Throughout a nearly two-hour set that spanned her career, she frequently stopped for selfies with fans, told the stories behind her songs and simply paused to take it all in.

'This is my party and I'm so glad you came," she said excitedly four songs into her set. 'I'm having the time of my life, I really am! It's just great to be back here in New York City. I always feel like home when I'm here."

It had been over a decade since Twain last took the stage at the Garden, and this fact was not lost on her as she stopped to snap a photo with a fan from the edge of the catwalk.

'This is my last go around New York City, and I want to make the most of it," she said before she saw her niece in the audience. 'Let me go say hi to my little niece. My niece and my great niece are here, that's how old I am. Who wears fishnets and has a great niece? She knows a whole different me, thank God."

Though she has toured most of the world, Twain managed to debut a few songs ('I Ain't No Quitter" and 'Party For Two") that she had never played for a live audience before. And nearly every song in the set was a sing along, with the exception of her two new tracks. The first of these was the energetic opening number 'Rock This Country," and the other was an acoustic ballad, 'Today Is Your Day," which she wrote three years ago to cheer herself up and 'share that courage and optimism" with the audience.

One of the many highlights in her set included a duet with opener Gavin DeGraw on her 2004 hit, 'Party For Two." As she introduced the 'fun, party song," she said she wanted to perform it with 'one of my favorite artists for many, many years." The two artists exchanged vocals and danced with each other throughout the song effortlessly, making it seem as if DeGraw was on the original version (which featured Billy Currington). Read more here.

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