Now this is what a Las Vegas residency show is supposed to be. Big star, bigger hits and a full-on party with the audience. Despite a 12 year hiatus since her last album, Shania Twain is still the one and coming toward the end of her two year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace (aka the house that Celine built).
Riding in on a motorcycle to ‘I’m Gonna Getcha Good,’ the gorgeous Canadian at 49-years-old set the tone to an unforgettable night. ‘You Win My Love’ and ‘Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)’ got the show going with her 18-piece band, including eight fiddlers. Soon I discovered some of those fiddlers pull double duty as back up dancers on tracks like ‘Up!’ while confetti showered the Colosseum.
Shania instantly won my love with ‘Any Man of Mine’ as she spent the entire song in the audience taking selfies with fans including two big cowboys in front of me, even helping them figure out their camera. ‘You have to turn it around,’ she teased. Audience participation continued later with songs around a campfire where she sang ‘Come On Over’ and ‘Love Gets Me Every Time.’ I just loved how accessible and engaged she was with her audience.
The best moments of the night included a harmonized a capella song called ‘Carrie Ann’ that her mother used to sing to her when she was young. It’s also the name of one of her sisters. I also loved ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ in a full leopard print coat and suitcase just like the video, plus head bobbing leopards. ‘If You’re Not In It For Love (I’m Outta Here)’ and ‘Honey, I’m Home’ also impressed me much. It’s remarkable that almost every song performed came from her 1995 and 1997 albums The Woman In Me and Come On Over, respectively. Collectively they sold more 60 million copies. She closed with her anthem ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman!’ and reminded everyone in the audience why we all love this woman. Stay tuned for a new album soon.