It’s not everyday you get to see a living legend live but on Tuesday and Wednesday (October 2nd and 3rd) I got to witness the Queen of Country-Pop Shania Twain live at the O2 Arena in London.
The atmosphere started building at 7.30pm when support act Bastian Baker arrived on stage as the venue was starting to fill up. His soulful country tones went down well with the audience while his stunning cover of ‘Hallelujah’ was a real highlight. On both nights he got the crowd pumped up ready for the main event.
Up next was homegrown Brit country act The Shires who performed a selection of their hits such as ‘Guilty’, ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’ and ‘Echo’. Before ending with an outstanding cover of Dolly Parton’s hit Islands In The Stream. The first night they struggled to get the crowd going but during the second night the audience were dancing and singing along.
After a 30 minute interval during which the atmosphere was building as the capacity crowd participated in singalongs and Mexican Waves. The lights went down at 9pm on the first night and at 8.45pm on the second. The first night saw Shania Twain making her grand entrance from the side of the arena accompanied by UK comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan (A surreal sight which was explained later in the show). She made her way through the cheering crowd high fiving loyal fans on her way to the stage.
Twain looking sensational in a sleek rhinestone covered dress and cowboy hat kicked things off with the high energy ‘Life’s About To Get Good’, before going straight into the classic ‘Come On Over’.
The London crowd were on their feet throughout the barnstorming opening which also included hits such as ‘Up!’ and ‘Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)’ and I can honestly say I have never seen such unbridled joy at gig before. Shania really does put on a spectacular show and the crowd participation is massive.
A quick dress change into a leopard print dress and it was time for the classic ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’. During the night Twain also took time to thanks the fans for their support before, during and after her break. It was a sweet moment and a rarity to see such an intimacy at a massive venue.
Shania rolled back the years and belted out all the fan favourites such as ‘Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?’ ‘Honey I’m Home’, ‘Any Man Of Mine’,’ If You’re Not In It For Love (I’m Outta Here)’, and ‘From This Moment On’. These classics delighted the crowd and mass sing-a-longs were a must.
Along with all the longed for classic hits, Shania Twain also performed a number of tracks off her massive number 1 2017 comeback album ‘Now’, including the stripped back ‘Poor Me’, ‘I’m Alright’, the feel good anthemic ‘Swingin With My Eyes Closed’ and the optimistic ‘More Fun’. New and old hits were greeted with much enthusiasm on both nights and the love fans have for Shania has only gotten stronger over the past 15 years.
Taking to the B Stage for a tender moment Twain performed ‘You’re Still The One’ which had the O2 crowd in full voice and the arena was lit up by phone torch lights. It was a really special moment and a huge highlight of a truly spectacular concert which combined a variety of musical eras. During the second night I manged to get to the barrier of the B Stage which will live long in the memory. After waiting 15 years to see her live to be so close was surreal and to witness such an iconic track live was truly beautiful.
Shania also took the opportunity of being in the middle of the crowd to welcome two fans onto the stage. Two men who had recently got engaged, one from Brazil and one from Devon. It was a really sweet section of the show and highlighted the warmth and love Shania and her fans share. During the second night at the O2 Twain invited a mother and daughter to help her back to the stage and also another male fan onto the B Stage. These moments of intimacy really do make Twain standout. There’s not many artists of Shania’s status that would allow fans to be so close but she seems to gain energy from the crowd and the relaxed stewarding allowed for fans to get even closer to their idol.
To leave the B Stage Shania Twain invited Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan back to the venue on the first night and all was revealed that the comedy pair had spent the day interviewing Twain for a new TV show which focuses on Country Music in Nashville. It was a surreal yet brilliant moment and one that really brought out the comedic side of Twain who was a great sport and happily engaged in banter with the lads who were quick to thank her for her generosity earlier in the afternoon.
While Bastian Baker was invited back on stage for a sensational duet of ‘Party For Two’ which had the whole crowd dancing along.
Another fantastic and nostalgic moment is when Shania plays a montage of her most successful music videos enabling fans to get a taste of some of the tracks left off the stellar set list such as ‘Forever and For Always’, ‘The Woman In Me’ and ‘Don’t’.
Shania closed out her two-hour spectacular with the much anticipated ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman’ which went down a storm with the crowd. Shania really puts her heart and soul into her performances and for her last song she gave it everything.
The 2 hour spectacle flew by in what felt like 30 minutes and Twain proved she is very much Still The One with her strong vocal range and sensational stage show. The Now Tour is absolutely phenomenal and after waiting 15 years since I was 9 to see her live, I can officially say it was well worth it.
Shania Twain is truly an icon and her two shows at London’s O2 Arena proved her legendary status. There aren’t many artists in the world who could take a 15-year break and come back to a sold out arena tour across the world. But Shania is one artist who truly has that ability.
Full Tour Set List:
“Life’s About to Get Good”
“Come On Over”
“Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”
“That Don’t Impress Me Much”
“Any Man of Mine”
“Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”
“Honey, I’m Home”
“You’re Still the One”
Video interlude [“The Woman In Me”, “You Win My Love”, “Don’t”, “Forever and for Always”]
“From This Moment On”
“I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”
“Party for Two”
“Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed”
“(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!”
“Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
It is hard to put into words just how incredible the Shania Now Tour was. Not only was the stage design sensational, and Shania’s vocals stunning but the overall vibe was like no other show I have ever been to. Twain really knows how to deliver and she does not disappoint with this spectacular concert.
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