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Shania Twain impresses much in Pittsburgh


Beaver County Times
By Megan Miller
July 18, 2018


PITTSBURGH — You’ve got to give Shania Twain credit.

The woman knows how to make an entrance.

Starting from the top of the first bowl, Twain walked down the steps of PPG Paints Arena, and slowly strutted the length of the floor as a musician pounded on drums on the B stage.

Dressed in a black glittery gown with a slit up to her left hip and matching cowboy hat, naturally, Twain had one question when she finally made her way to the main stage.

“Are you ready, Pittsburgh?”

She then launched into “Life’s About to Get Good,” her first of 21 songs.

Three years after her so-called farewell tour, Twain returned to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night as part of the “Shania Twain: NOW Tour.”

Twain stayed in the moment as she spent the next two hours performing a hit parade for the not-quite-full arena.

There certainly wasn’t a shortage of sequins, glitter or animal print. Or costume changes, for that matter.

It wasn’t long before Twain changed out of the opening number’s black tie attire into a floor-length leopard print ensemble with an impressive slit that was part night gown, part high-end resort wear for “That Don’t Impress Me Much.”

A kiss cam held the audience’s attention before Twain revealed outfit No. 3. She did a shimmy and a shake in a Wild, Wild West-inspired black outfit with a cowboy hat and kicky red boots for “Any Man of Mine” and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”

By night’s end, the 52-year-old country singer paraded around in more than a half-dozen showy costumes.

But, she saved the best one for the encore — thigh-high boots with a skin tight sparkly mini dress and long overcoat to match — to appropriately belt out “Man I Feel Like a Woman.”

The bedazzled costumes matched Twain’s over-the-top stage props

During “Up,” four dancers were harnessed with aluminum balloons, and throughout the concert, there were wind machines, stair cases and violinists.

“More Fun” brought a Magic Mike performance, courtesy of Twain’s male dancers.

Twain radiated positivity, but noted that everyone can get down, and when that happens, you’re never alone.

It’s good to be inspired, she said, but sometimes pain is what drives her to write songs, such as “Poor Me.”

“We’re all in this together, for better or worse,” Twain said.

Later on, she sang “I’m Alright,” a reminder that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Twain paid tribute to service men and women during “Soldier” as she soared on a swing high above the audience as dancers performed on the secondary stage. Twain ended up near that stage for “You’re Still the One,” on which she strummed the guitar as she encouraged the crowd to sing along.

She called it a reunion song, 20 years after it was released. Let that sink in for a minute.

Twain brought Bastian Baker out for the duet, “Party For Two,” and “Swinging With My Eyes Closed.”

Baker served as support act, warming up the crowd with a 30-minute set. The former hockey player won brownie points from Twain’s fans by first name-dropping key players from the Pittsburgh Penguins and then buttering up fans by saying what an amazing team Pittsburgh has. Next time, he’ll know to wear a Crosby jersey to really get the crowd riled up.

To get the audience fired up to sing along with his final song, “Leaving Tomorrow,” Baker asked fans to cheer as if it were the Stanley Cup Finals.

And the crowd went wild.

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