Twain can keep a concert humming

August 13, 1998|By J.D. Considine | J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC

Even though Shania Twain's "The Woman In Me" was one of the biggest albums in country music history (to date, it has sold more than 7 million copies), the singer never went on tour to support the album.

That wasn't an oversight, either. "There are a couple of reasons why I didn't tour on the first album," she said last fall. "One of them was that I wouldn't have had enough songs, really, collectively, to make a true headlining show. And to me, that's a big reason."

That's not a problem now. Thanks to her current album, "Come On Over," Twain has more than enough material to fill a show. "With 16 songs on this album, there's going to be enough material for me to tour as a headliner and not have to worry about running out of songs, or doing filler," she said.

Moreover, she promises nonstop entertainment on stage. "People can expect energy from the show," she said. "I like to get really involved with the audience."

Twain shouldn't have to worry about keeping her audience interested - not if the charts are any indication. Not only has "Come On Over" been a fixture in the Top 20 for months, but Twain's current single, "You're Still the One," has been America's No. 2 single for weeks.

That Twain's album is selling so steadily is no small achievement for a country singer these days. Although a number of country stars have managed to crack the Top 20 of the Billboard albums chart this year, none has had the staying power Twain exhibits.

Moreover, none has ever achieved the kind of pop success Twain is enjoying with "Come On Over." Not only is the single being played on pop radio stations - a real rarity for country artists - but the video can be seen in regular rotation on MTV. Not even Garth Brooks can match that.

It doesn't hurt, of course, that Twain's producer (and husband) is Robert John "Mutt" Lange, a man who has generated hits for acts including AC/DC, the Cars, Def Leppard and the Backstreet Boys.

But Twain hardly owes her success to having had a pop/rock makeover. She still considers herself a country singer and is happy that she's able to make such distinctive music and still be accepted by country fans.

"There's a lot of new space in country," she said. "It's nice, and it gives me more room."

Shania Twain

When: Tomorrow, 8 p.m.

Where: Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va.

Tickets:$38.25, $28.25 and $19.50

Call: 410-481-7328 for tickets, 703-754-6400 for information

Sundial: To hear excerpts from Shania Twain's current release, "Come On Over," call Sundial at 410-783-1800 and enter the code 6167. For other local Sundial numbers, see the directory on Page 2B.

Pub Date: 8/13/98

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