Country music superstar Shania Twain may have been long dormant from the music scene, but she proved she’s still the one during her near-sold-out concert Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.
More than a decade has passed since Twain has toured or released an album, but judging by the way she managed to pack those 12,000 fans into Scottrade Center, she has been sorely missed.
And with her “Rock This Country!” tour, her farewell to the road, she delivered a satisfying and fun career-spanning set, pulling out all the stops to ensure fans will have a little something to remember after she’s gone.
After a taped intro of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock and Roll,” Twain rose from beneath the stage dramatically on a continually rising pedestal amid smoke and lights for opening song “Rock This Country!” (Twain has never met an exclamation point she didn’t like as part of a song title).
Newly blond and wearing a black leather jacket, matching thigh-high boots, red shades and a short red sequined outfit that fully displayed her legs, the fit singer got down to business, kicking out pop-country favorites such as “Honey, I’m Home,” “You Win My Love” and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” the latter including a blink-and-you-missed-it second of “These Boots Are Made for Walkin.’”
The tour never fell into farewell sentimentality. Rather than address this was her last tour, which she didn’t, she instead continually mentioned how great it felt to be back.
“Now that I’m here, I don’t know what I was waiting for. I should have just done it sooner. But it’s great to be doing it now, and you are still here with me,” she said.
She described “I Ain’t No Quitter” as a song she’d never done on tour before because she wrote it during her hiatus that began about the mid-2000s when she retreated to be a mother to her young son and tend to a voice that was failing her at the time.
“The song says a lot about my personality,” said Twain, whose voice sounded as sweetly melodic as ever.
Most songs came either with a playful video (country studs baring their abs during “I Ain’t No Quitter,” vintage flashing neon boots, naturally, for “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” her image projected within an ornate picture frame for “Come On Over”) or featured elaborate set pieces.
After saying she could hear the fans but couldn’t see them, security rolled her around the arena floor in a complete circle during “Any Man of Mine.” A crane attached to a saddle rotated as it straddled it high into the air during “Up!” The flames during “I’m Gonna Getcha Good” were so intense that they were nearly hellish.
She and support act Gavin DeGraw joined forces for the playful “Party of Two.”
Twain said she didn’t want the night to end, then figured she’d “stall,” calling it her chance to slow things down so the evening wouldn’t go by so quickly. It was a nice set-up to the acoustic segment with the songs “Today is Your Day,” “No One Needs to Know” and “You’re Still the One.”
But she amped it back up for the grand finale that featured rock-soaked hits including “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here,” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” complete with Twain decked out in dominatrix gear.
She impressed, much.
Opening act DeGraw, who did similar duties for Billy Joel at Scottrade Center a couple of years ago, always excels with his energetic show that included “Chariot,” “Best I Ever Had,” Joel’s “Big Shot,” “I Don’t Want to Be,” Bryan Adams’ “Heaven” and “Not Over You.”
He wasted no time getting to the crowd, performing from fans’ seats and taking selfies with the cameras, which has become his thing.
Shania Twain set list
“Rock This Country!”
“Honey, I’m Home”
“You Win My Love”
“Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”
“I Ain’t No Quitter”
“Love Gets Me Every Time”
“Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You”)
“Any Man of Mine”
“I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”
“Come On Over”
“Party for Two” (duet with Gavin DeGraw)
“Today is Your Day”
“No One Needs to Know”
“You’re Still the One”
“From This Moment On”
“That Don’t Impress Me Much”
“(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here”
“Man! I Feel Like a Woman!