Concert review: Shania Twain

The West Australian
By Ross McRae
December 2, 2018

RAC Arena - 4 out of 5 stars

Before there was Taylor Swift, Shania Twain was the all-powerful queen of country pop.

You couldn’t turn on a FM radio station in the mid to late 1990s without hearing one of Twain’s female empowerment anthems that have helped her sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

But in 2004 she announced her retirement from music after losing her voice due to Lyme disease and dysphonia.

Last year, Twain came out of hiatus and returned to the studio with her fifth studio album, Now, and has hit the road again, kicking off her Australian tour with her first performance in Perth.

At 53, the Canadian singer-songwriter looks to have a new lease of life judging by the sensational nostalgic pop spectacular she put on at RAC Arena on Friday night.

Appearing at the back of the venue to the strains of Queen’s We Will Rock You, Twain sure knows how to make an entrance. She emerged like a sparkling boxer ready to take on and take down her opponent as she swaggered through the crowd towards the stage.

She opened with Life’s About to Get Good, the lead single off her new album, as the impressive state-of-the-art stage unveiled itself featuring five 3.6m moving video cubes.

“It’s been a ridiculously long time since I’ve been to Australia and I’m glad I’ve made it back,” Twain said early on. “At the risk of sounding corny and all that, I’m just glad to be standing here and sharing my new music with you.”

Thankfully, the concert wasn’t a self-indulgent run-through of Twain’s new album.

Supported by two backing singers and a top notch band, Twain’s voice held its own, particularly on the monster ballads You’re Still the One and From This Moment On.

It felt like the ultimate hens’ party as Twain upped the ante for her finale with (If You’re Not in it for Love) I’m Outta Here! and Man! I Feel Like a Woman!