Shania Twain puts on a real show at Pinnacle Bank Arena

Lincoln Journal Star
By L. Kent Wolgamott
September 25, 2015

Give it to Shania Twain. She knows how to put on a show.

That’s just what she did at Pinnacle Bank Arena Thursday night, pulling out every trick in the book as she ran through 19 of her hits and a few lesser-known numbers.

Twain hasn’t toured in more than a decade. But she just spent a couple of years at Caesars Palace. She learned a thing or two in Vegas, don’t you know ... and has incorporated those glitzy moves with arena crowd pleasers on what was supposed to be her farewell tour.

She’s changed her mind about that -- $40 million and a great time with audiences like Thursday’s will do that.

The tricks -- some would say cliches -- started with the lasers, fog and fireworks of opener “Rock The Country” that saw Twain rise up out of the floor on a metal frame wearing a sequined Rolling Stones shirt, fringed jacket and thigh-high black boots.

They ended 105 minutes later with “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” which kicked off with the night’s final blast of flames -- there was more pyro than a Motley Crue show -- and Twain in her fourth outfit of the night.

In between, she was pulled around the floor on a cart during “Any Man of Mine” and lifted above the crowd on a fringed saddle mounted on a crane on, you know it had to be, “Up!”

She brought back opener Gavin DeGraw to take Billy Currington’s part on “Party for Two,” a concert move that always works.

There was, of course, the requisite acoustic portion of the show -- complete with a curtain that dropped to frame the band and Twain seated on stools. Then she turned “You’re Still the One” into a singalong -- another concert requirement.

She even sang “Happy Birthday” to a guy named Tim. That show biz staple wasn’t a planned portion of the program. But it did demonstrate something important: Twain can really sing, even when she starts a song in a lower-than-comfortable register.

“Rock This Country” is the name of Twain’s tour, and that’s just what she and her seven-piece band did -- swinging the country hard on the twin fiddles of “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” which made great use of the video screen, and flat rocking out on “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here” with the just-turned-50 Shania doing some seriously high leg kicks in her red boots.

Twain’s working on an album, but there were no new songs in the set. That, however, wasn’t a problem for the 12,500 fans who nearly sold out the arena for Thursday’s show. They got exactly what they had come to hear, packaged into a real deal show.