Pop-country crooner Shania Twain belted out a nearly effortless performance at The Coliseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Saturday Night. It had been eight years since the Canadian-born singer last performed live, but Twain roared onto stage on a motorcycle suspended in thin air like she owned the damn arena!
Fans instantly jumped to their feet and gave the diva, who was blinged out in a skin-tight glittering black body suit and thigh-high boots, a thunderous standing ovation. (f.y.i. She looks just as good now since she last graced the stage with her “Up!” tour in 2004.)
For the next 100 minutes Twain revisited her most memorable hits from the ’90s and early 2000s, including “You’re Still the One” (which, not ironically, is the name of the show), which she sang while trotting on to the stage on a white horse. Theatrics aside, Twain was backed by a 10-piece band, 3 backup singers and at least 4 dancers. She seemed quite relaxed and comfortable with her performance as the evening went on, which resonated well with the audience (a few lucky members were even summoned on stage to join Twain in a sing-along.)
During the show, film clips of Twain flowed on a large screen behind her on stage – visuals, according to the singer, that were to help tell her story.
And what a story she has.
Twain has been under the media-scope since her marriage to Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who wrote and produced songs for Twain, publicly fell apart in 2008 after he had an affair with one of Twain’s (former) best friends. Three albums produced by Lange (The Woman in Me/1995, Come on Over/1997 and Up! /2002) have been certified diamond. Following the split, Twain underwent vocal rehabilitation after reporting the sudden loss of her voice.
Twain underwent a form of career therapy last year with the release of her memoir “From This Moment On” and a candid reality show on OWN called “Why Not? With Shania Twain.” On the show, Twain opened up about her personal tragedies and how she dealt with them. The show also revealed how Twain, by the age of 22, had survived a childhood of poverty and the loss of both her parents in an accident.
Her career back on track, Twain has a two-year residency at Caesars (the theater also hosts the residencies of Rod Stewart and fellow Canadian Celine Dion). Her initial run will include 10 performances through Dec. 15, with the next 14-show engagement beginning March 19.
Article written by NM Lorde
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