Shania Twain has fun in ACC show
By Jane Stevenson
June 24, 2015
TORONTO - Turns out blondes do have more fun.
Or so a lighter-haired Shania Twain would have us believe as she brought her pyro-packed, over-the-top costumed Rock This Country tour to the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night for the first of two back-to-back homecoming shows before she returns for a third show Oct. 11.
The 49-year-old Canadian country-crossover singer claims sheís on her farewell trek after a successful two-year Las Vegas residency and a performing history that goes back four decades, not to mention 75 million in album sales over the last 20 years, but we shall see.
With the big 5-0 coming up for Twain in August, maybe sheíll have a mid-life epiphany and keep on touring.?
All we know for sure is that sheís working on a new record and sheís definitely having the time of her life on stage right now, appearing looser and more energized than in her Vegas show which I caught on opening night.
Joan Jett and the Blackheartsí I Love Rock Ní Roll heralded Twainís arrival Wednesday night before sexy black and white images of her played on two large video screens towering over a slick looking stage holding seven musicians.
Eventually, Twain emerged from beneath the floor of the stage on a riser decked out in red sunglasses, a fringed black leather jacket and matching thigh-high boots and a sparkling red sequined mini-dress.
It was a lot to digest and if the retro-rocked out vision of her wasnít enough there was plenty of pyro as the show kicked off with Rock This Country! and Honey, Iím Home before she delved into You Win My Love and crowd favourite Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
ďItís just so great to be back in my home province - I love Ontario,Ē said Twain, after sustained applause from the crowd.
ďA little tomboy girl from Timmins, Ontario - look at me now! Itís still crazy. I cannot believe it. Iím so grateful to be back with you. Itís very touching. ... Itís been a long time since Iíve been here - 11 years. Itís like a reunion.Ē
Twain, who said the night was going by too fast, continued with I Ainít No Quitter, which featured a chiselled male dancer in a black and white video behind her; Donít Be Stupid, with her venturing out onto the catwalk, and Any Man of Mine, which saw her get wheeled around the floor of the arena in a portable mini red stage so she could high-five concertgoers.
After a break for a costume change into a silver sequined top, black short shorts, a black duster coat, and heels straight out of Frederickís of Hollywood, Twain cranked up the pryo again for Iím Gonna Getcha Good!, and Any Man of Mine before opening act Wes Mack joined her in a duet for Party of Two.
Then she saddled up - literally - for Up! a song that saw Twain fly around the arena seated on a red-fringed saddle attached to an extended arm.
That moment was topped only when she spotted a man wearing a ďKiss me Iím 82Ē T-shirt near the front of the stage and stopped to do just that before Twain strapped on a acoustic guitar for a three-song acoustic set of Today Is Your Day, No One Needs to Know and Youíre The Still one, the latter which she dedicated to, ďall of you who are still around - youíre still the one Toronto!Ē
Twain finally took her fashion and the concert down a notch with a black sequined cape and gown ensemble for From This Moment On, definitely the most dramatic and classiest moment in the hour and 45-minute show as she sang on the rotating end of the catwalk,
But she quickly went back to shamelessly sexy with a red sequined black off-the-shoulder mini dress and thigh-high red sequined boots for That Donít Impress Me Much, a song that usually sees her wearing leopard print - the leopards were featured on the large video screen behind her instead - and the set ending (If Youíre Not In It For Love) Iím Outta Here!
Twainís encore saw her return in black thigh-high boots, black leather gloves and a black and silver metallic body suit that left little to the imagination for Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
Like the song says, ďThe best thing about being a woman is the perogative to have a little fun.Ē
And boy did Shania ever.