Concert Review: Shania Twain makes some noise at Mohegan Sun Arena
By Donnie Moorhouse
July 4, 2015
UNCASVILLE - Never has an "unplugged" set been as welcomed as the one delivered by Shania Twain during her 90 minute set at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night.
The country star, coming off an 11 year touring hiatus, stepped back into the spotlight with her "Rock This Country" tour, a career-retrospective for the once-reigning queen of the genre.
It was a heavy-handed approach to a greatest hits performance, with pyrotechnics whizzing around a seven-piece band and Twain bleating out the songs. To be fair, she was in fine voice but the victim of a sound mix that was over the top, even for an arena setting.
She opened the show with "Rock This Country," rising out of a gap in the stage wearing rose-colored glasses and the first of three different costumes she would don during the night.
Sparks accompanied "Honey, I'm Home" and "You Win My Love," was borderline abrasive.
The shake and rattle in Twain's performance was by design. It was loud enough to shake loose some over-anxious pieces of confetti from the rafters which were meant to discharge at the end of the show.
The sound settled in for "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under," and introduced "Ain't No Quitter" a song she had yet to perform live in concert.
"I can feel you getting into it, it's coming," she said. "I need to carry on making a lot of noise."
She rode a chop-shop version of the Popemobile, pushed by roadies around the perimeter of the floor during "Any Man of Mine."
The band played through Twain's costume change and she returned to duet with opener Gavin DeGraw (who had no such sound issues during his opening set) for "Party for Two."
The unplugged mini-set came just in time, with the band fiddling through "This is Your Day," and Twain's best song of the night "No One Needs to Know."
Twain turned the microphone to the crowd for "Still the One," while the band plugged in to get ready for "From This Moment On."
The volume returned (yet now with a pristine mix) for a triumphant run to the close with "Don't Impress Me Much," and "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here," which closed the set. Twain encored with her signature "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," letting loose the confetti cannons on the crowd.
The highlight of DeGraw's strong opening set was the co-mingling of his hit "Not Over You" with Bryan Adams' "Heaven."