Shania Twain to perform at St. Joe’s Amp for first Syracuse concert in 25 years

Let’s go girls: Shania Twain is coming to Syracuse for the first time in 25 years.

The country superstar announced her 2023 tour dates Friday, including a Saturday, July 8, concert at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview. Special guest Breland will open the show at 7:30 pm

Tickets go on sale next Friday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. via Live Nation; prices may fluctuate with demand. Presale tickets will be available starting Tuesday at 10 am

Tickets are expected to sell fast, so check SeatGeek, StubHub, VividSeats, TicketCity and MegaSeats, too.

It’s the first new addition to next summer’s lineup at St. Joe’s Amp. Matchbox Twenty will play the Syracuse amphitheater on July 29, 2023; the Rob Thomas-led band was originally set to perform in 2020, but delayed their tour multiple times due to Covid-19 concerns.

Twain last performed in Syracuse at the 1998 New York State Fair, when lightning struck near the grandstand and forced her to end her sold-out concert early. Nearly 17,000 fans still got to hear the first 70 minutes of the show, but missed out on “two or three songs” as the weather took a turn for the worse, according to The Post-Standard archives.

In this file photo by Randi Anglin, country singer Shania Twain performs at the New York State Fair Grandstand on Aug. 24, 1998.

It was Twain’s first and only concert in the Syracuse area. Other Twain concerts in Upstate New York over the years have included shows in Rochester, Albany and Buffalo, including on her 2015 “farewell tour.”

The Amp teased Twain’s announcement on social media Thursday with a topless photo of Twain from the cover of her recent single, “Waking Up Dreaming,” and an even less subtle message: “Shania fans will be waking up dreaming tomorrow.”

Twain returned to performing earlier this year with a Las Vegas residency and will soon release a new album, her first in at least five years, and a documentary about her life and career. She’s also expected to star in ABC’s “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration” as Mrs. Potts; the special “reimagining” of the Disney fairy tale will air Dec. 15.

“I am unbelievably excited to announce ‘Queen Of Me’ – the new album and tour,” the Canadian singer said in a statement Friday. “These days, I’m feeling very comfortable in my own skin – and I think this album reflects that musically. Life is short and I want to be uplifted, colorful, unapologetic and empowered. I want to carry a clear message, particularly as a woman, to always remember my power and I hope the songs are a reminder to you, of that same power inside you!

“I want to celebrate this new chapter with you all on my tour! Vegas has been a dream, but I’m ready to be on the road and sing with you, dance with you and have a kick ass night out with you! This one’s gonna be a big party – no inhibitions, no conditions, let’s get a little out of line!!”

Twain is one of the best-selling artists of all time, selling more than 100 million records including 1997’s “Come On Over,” the best-selling country album of all time with more than 40 million copies sold. The Grammy-winner’s hits include “Any Man of Mine,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” “You’re Still the One,” “Forever and for Always,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “From This Moment On.” She released another new song on Friday, “Last Day of Summer.”

Shania Twain 1998

In this file photo by Randi Anglin, country singer Shania Twain performs at the New York State Fair Grandstand in Syracuse, NY, on Aug. 24, 1998.

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