Shania Twain shows she's got plenty left to give during Enterprise Center show
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By Kevin C. Johnson
June 14, 2018
It turns out Shania Twain’s reneging on her farewell tour declaration a few years ago wasn't such a bad thing.
She brought her “Now” tour to Enterprise Center (formerly Scottrade Center) Wednesday night in front of 12,000 fans who were clearly glad she hasn't gone away just yet.
Twain, after all, has a new album to push, “Now” (how is this only her fifth album?) and its arrival last fall could have only meant a another tour would follow.
Twain, who didn't address her return to touring, showed there’s still plenty left to give on the stage, and pulled out all the stops during her two-hour dazzler that drew heavily from “Now” while also pouring on all the classic hits.
The show opened with Twain’s drummer Elijah Wood pounding away on a small satellite stage at the rear of the arena floor under a solo spotlight, all of which was a distraction as Twain walked down the aisle between sections 102 and 103, strutted onto the floor, and made her way to the stage as fans flipped out appropriately.
“Are you ready St. Louis? I said, are you ready St. Louis?” she asked the roaring crowd, surely rhetorically, before throwing herself into “Life’s About to Get Good” and “Come On Over.”
Accompanied by several dancers and an oversized production, Twain made the stage her playground full of six mobile cubes that shifted up and down behind and above her into different configurations, serving as both video projection and a platform for she and her band members to perform on.
During “Up!,” she stood atop a center cube that rose high above the stage, while dancers with a balloon apparatus attached to them pranced below (it was as silly as it sounds really).
As the cube lowered, she said she has experienced a lot of downs and hoped the next song, “Poor Me,” would inspire others as much as it inspires her as she performed the song behind a transparent, leopard-spotted screen.
Sounding as far away from country as she has ever been such as on the best of her new songs “Let’s Kiss and Make Up,” Twain kept the state-of-the-art production, her cavorting with dancers, numerous costume changes and her still down home personality front and center on songs such as “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and “Rock This Country.”
“We’re on fire St. Louis,” she said before going back to her country roots in full throwback mode, attire and all, for “Any Man of Mine, “Honey, I’m Home” and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” though at this point in her career it came off as playing dress up.
“I’m Alright” brought out her dancers and singers in black choir robes for a song she says has lifted her spirits the last couple of years. “More Fun” was fully inspired by the male stripper movie “Magic Mike,” while “From This Moment On” came packed with a lasers display.
During “Soldier” from the movie “Thank You For Your Service,” she slowly sailed out over the audience’s head, and stayed there for “You’re Still the One.”
She brought out newcomer pop singer-songwriter Bastian Baker, her support act for the tour, for fun duet “Party of Two,” which she recorded with Billy Currington (Baker’s set last included his rendition of “Hallelujah” and his new song “All Around Us”).
At one point, Twain pulled two women and two girls from the B stage area and walked them through the crowd with her to center stage where they took pictures. Twain was thrilled once she learned they were a grandmother, her daughter and two granddaughters.
Twain's show is the last concert before the venue shuts down for the summer for another round of renovations. It'll reopen with the Maroon 5 concert Sept. 13.
Shania Twain setlist
“Life’s About to Get Good”
“Come On Over”
“Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”
“That Don’t Impress Me Much”
“Let’s Kiss and Make Up”
“Any Man of Mine”
“Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”
“Honey, I’m Home”
“You’re Still the One”
“From This Moment On”
“I’m Gonna Getcha Good”
“Party for Two”
“Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed”
“(If You’re Not in It For Love) I’m Outta Here”
“Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
“Rock This Country”