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Life gets good for Twain

PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, July 17, 2018

Reviewed by Michael Rampa

Few country crossover stars are worthy of the hyper production afforded by full time pop artists. Even though Shania Twain is a member of the cry wolf club, swearing that she was done with touring only to hop on the bus again in short order, Twain forged ahead and choose to spare no expense this time around in the production department.

The current iteration of the tour is a high tech, amped up throbbing greatest hits dance party complete with five large cubes that doubled as elevated stages and video screens.

Twain's entrance was a classic bait and switch. As the concert fill came to a close, the massive sound of kettle drums prefaced her entrance. With all eyes fixated forward on the main stage, the spotlight suddenly focused on the B stage where Elijah Wood was relentlessly pounding the mallets.

While the audience focused on that, Twain was being escorted down the stairs from a back section of the arena. When the spots lit her up she was clad in a bedazzled cowboy hat and boots rocking one of her one of her signature thigh high dresses en route to the stage. She opened with the rocking hopeful "Life's About To Get Good" from the "Now" album.

And indeed, life was about to do just that. With the massive screens, the busy troupe of dancers and vocalists, it may have been considered too much for another artist to handle. But the charismatic and still sexy at 52 Twain shone through the high volume and occasional cacophony whether her 40-foot silhouette was projected as she danced from behind the curtain or on top of the cubes belting out "Honey I'm Home."

In a segment reminiscent of a Pink show, she took a ride in a chair made from beat up guitar cases suspended over the audience to deliver "Still The One." She closed with raucous versions of "Man, I Feel Like A Woman" and "Rock This Country." .

"I want to savor this moment. I'm leaving for Europe soon, and I don't know when I'll be back touring or in Pittsburgh."

Swiss singer Sebastian Baker drew a pretty good gig for his first ever U.S. tour. Twain heard him play in his native country and invited him to lunch. He warmed up the local crowd citing that he played hockey for 13 years and was thrilled to be playing in the five-time Stanley Cup winners' building. He featured two numbers from his 2011 debut, "Lucky" and "I'd Sing For You."

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