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Shania Twain is back!

For Timmins locals, Canadian fans and for many countries in the world Twain’s brand of country/pop rock rules.

Twain, has a new retrospective cd/dvd Live From Vegas which hits retail March 3 2015.

She will visit Canada this week to promote this new Live From Vegas package.

Twain has not released a full new original album since Up in 2002

It was and still is a great cd.

That’s over 13 years.

As a 5 time Grammy and 12 time Juno Award winner it’s way too long for her fans to wait.

Purely to show perspective Bruce Springsteen has released 6 or 7 newly recorded albums and songs in the same period.

Me, well I’m reflecting.

On what you ask?

How about back to Timmins and her hometown concert on July 1 1999?

Wow, on that day we were feeling Timmins and world pride folks.

Stoked and rocking in the heat of 20,000 people euphoric in the heart of Hollinger Park.

It was a moment etched in time

For everyone.

Whether you were from anywhere on the planet or from Timmins or Toronto Ontario you felt that inner sense of pride about the city of Timmins and Twain.

Heck you can also go back to the Olympic torch run with Twain in January 2010.

I was standing outside in the -35 below temps with my grandson James.

Yes, readers let your mind go back to that time.

Whether you liked Twain’s music or not (and millions still do) you felt great

Truth is that particular level of pride has been missing for many years.

That civic pride at least on the entertainment level is at least one of the factors of why Timmins does not draw big name acts like Bryan Adams.

Think of it, Bryan played 3 hours away in Sudbury.

Talk about a world class rock n’ roller that still kicks butt, well folks he still has the passion.

Most people these days lack that Ol’ Rock n’ Roll passion on many levels.

For that matter, in every walk of life.

Hey, I’m guilty of watching my fair share of “on demand” movies in my easy chair.

But really folks,  it’s time to wake up and get back some passion.

Back in 1999, I was there to review the concert for the Timmins Daily Press.

In those moments and now as I type this I reflect on my own and my friends musical past.

The days when 20 or more Timmins clubs were packed.

Where every musician like myself and my friends rocked away weekends.

It was a way of life in the 70’s and 80’s.

Fresh from underground mining or a day in the mill you and your friends went out early to get a table at the bar.

Our group of players and I’m sure Eilleen (Shania) who was there remembers those days.

JP’s Lounge in Timmins, The Riverview, The Rock n Tap, The Empire Hotel, The Travel Host, or The Maple Leaf where Stompin Tom put the boot to the plywood.

I could go on and on!

Four sets a night folks.

May I remind readers this is not fiction it’s fact.

This Saturday, February  28th Shania’s Vegas show airs on the ABC TV Network.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist and Sun Media contributor

His blog is read in over 104 countries worldwide.


JOHN is a songwriter/musician with Canadian Roots/Blues rockers THE SHAFTMEN

Their cd’s and singles are available on iTunes, Spotify and other outlets

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