Shania Twain brings Vegas-style production to Nashville
By Cindy Watts
August 1, 2015
Shania Twain might have been off the road for 11 years before her Rock This Country Tour that she launched earlier this summer – but she hasn’t been off the stage. Twain spent much of 2013 and 2014 performing a residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. When she brought her Rock This Country Tour to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Friday night, both the experience and the Vegas influence were on full display.
Twain, who will be 50 later this month, appeared from under the stage on a platform that rose into a tower lifting the singer high above the stage. Wearing a red sequined leotard with a fringed black jacket, the famously brunette-now-blond singer kicked off her two-hour set with “Rock This Country” as red sparks erupted from each side of the stage.
She followed up with “Honey, I’m Home,” “You Win My Love” and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” before she stopped to address her sold out, enthusiastic crowd.
“Thank you so much,” Twain said, now down from her platform and without her jacket. “It’s so great to be back here. When I came here I was in my 20s and I met a lot of warm and caring friends here. I feel like I’m coming back home.”
Twain told fans that she was overwhelmed and nervous about being in Nashville and since this was her last tour and she wasn’t coming back, she didn’t want the night to end.
Her fans didn’t want her last concert in Music City to be over, either. The bulk of audience members stayed on their feet all night and sang along with hit after hit. Twain built opportunities into her show that allowed her to get closer her fans. She changed into an AC/DC shirt and rode through audience in a clear wagon as she sang “Any Man of Mine” and sat atop a saddle that circulated over the crowd on a large metal arm during “Up.”
She brought opener Gavin DeGraw out to perform Billy Currington’s part in their hit duet “Party for Two” and sang duo partner Bryan White’s lyrics herself in “From This Moment On.”
Strobe lights, lasers and heavy pyrotechnics punctuated much of Twain’s performance, but she didn’t spend the night hiding behind her elite production. Twain had a stripped down section in her concert where she and her band delivered “No One Needs to Know” and “You’re Still the One.”
“You guys, after all this time, Nashville you’re still the one,” she told fans after they sang along word-for-word.
Twain closed the concert with “I’m Outta Here” before returning for a brief encore with “I Feel Like a Woman” as glittery confetti rained down over her audience.