Shania Twain Stays Genuine on Rock This Country Tour
A newly blond Shania came out firing on all cylinders from the very first note.
By Tricia Despres
July 31, 2015
Coming off her two-year residency at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace, a newly blond Shania Twain came out firing on all cylinders from the very first note of her July 29 show at Chicago’s AllState Arena. Sunglasses and leather fringe and thigh-high boots were the attire of the night, but once she started singing, she could have been wearing some old frock from a thrift shop.
The crowd was entranced with her.
Assisted by an ever-present drumbeat, Shania hit on all the favorites, from “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” to “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)” to “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” Yet the sweetest moment of the night might just have been the moment when Shania sat on that massive stage with just an acoustic guitar cradled in her lap, singing a sweet package of songs including “No One Needs to Know” and “You’re Still the One.”
Granted, there were some odd, almost cringe-worthy moments. Her trip on the much-talked-about flying saddle, which swung over the crowd on a firehouse-looking ladder as she sung “Any Man of Mine,” looked nothing short of uncomfortable. And a musical interlude/costume change toward the end of the show resembled some sort of bad ’90s music video.
But at the end of the night, one thing was evident: the fans have missed Twain, and she has missed them. And in a world where far too many artists have a hard time staying genuine when that big arena spotlight hits them, everything about Shania felt authentic (“You guys are my show,” she told the crowd), reminding all in attendance why we all fell in love with her in the first place.