Perth Concert Review - NOW
Tom's Talk Time
December 1, 2018
FORGET the much-hyped Horne and Mundine boxing match, RAC Arena was treated to its own version last night, with Shania Twain hitting the stage for her Australian comeback after marching through the crowd like a woman on a mission - ready to jump into her ring.
The packed Perth crowd roared at the sight of the country-pop superstar’s appearance at the back of the venue, as a female drummer in the middle of the audience pounded out the beat to Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’.
Greeting hundreds of fans, Shania laughed and smiled as she ran down the stairs and across the arena, flanked by burly security guards, primped and primed, and ready to hit the stage in Australia for the first time in almost two decades.
The night was jam-packed full of anthems audiences have come to adore. From Twain’s personal victory song “Life’s About To Get Good”, to “Up!” and “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)” which dominated the first segment, to smash-hits “That Don’t Impress Me Much”, “You’re Still The One”, “From This Moment On”, and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”, for Twain, it’s all about relating her life through her music. She’s had setbacks - her parents both died together in a car crash, she endured a highly-publicised divorce when her husband and longtime musical partner Robert Lange left her for her best friend, and she’s suffered a string of vocal issues but she’s used those experiences to shape her music and her stellar career - and this world tour is her way of proving it.
Her new album, ‘Now’, is the first studio recording she’s taken on in 15 years. It’s a comeback album, and while some of the lyrics tell a darker story, on stage, she’s there to celebrate.
The tour is more of a greatest hits tour. It’s a celebration of the anthems that defined the 1990s and early 2000s and a nod to Shania’s well-deserved pedestal as the world’s greatest pop-country icon. Shania embodies what so many modern artists are lacking. She has an energy and a connection to the audience that is indescribable - she’s wholeheartedly present and at one with her music. It’s celebratory and powerful, with her showmanship taking centre stage.
The iconic leopard print she wore in the “That Don’t Impress Me Much” video provided a visual theme for a lot of the show and her costumes were fabulous - country boots, cowgirl hats and all.
As a kid, I used to jump out of bed on Sunday mornings to watch Shania on Video Hits - and last night, to see her live, really was a dream come true. She’s a music dynamo, an entertainment veteran and a country powerhouse with a signature voice that leaves audiences craving more.
Shania will perform in Adelaide on Sunday night before she heads to Brisbane, The Hunter Valley, Melbourne and Sydney.
Life’s About to Get Good
Come on Over
Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
That Don’t Impress Me Much
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