- 21 Sep 23
At 58, Canada's queen of country proves she's still on top
A sea of pink cowboy hats can be seen from Block D at the 3Arena as Shania Twain's Irish fans eagerly await her arrival. The lights go down and a simple strip of white lights shimmer across the stage. The opening bars of 'Waking Up Dreaming' (the title track of her latest album release) starts but there's no sign of Shania or her band. Then her voice kicks in and she appears in the middle of the crowd six or seven rows behind me! Wearing Barbie-pink framed sunglasses and a black silk coat, she looks every inch the superstar that she is.
Given her 2016 'Rock This Country' tour was set to be her last, her Irish fans are utterly elated to be here tonight. The audience is largely female and there's a huge cohort of late teens and early twenties fans who are equally as excited as her veteran fans from the early '90s. There are more cowboy boots and hats in Dublin tonight than the Calgary Stampede. Twain herself is dressed in a pair of cerise pink fur boots and matching velvet halter top. Paired with chunky costume jewellery and leopard print leggings, Twain is exuding 80s glam.
Twain is joined on stage by her band and dancers. Her two male dancers are a wonderful addition to the show, as they dance separate dance moves dramatically throughout the night. Her fiddle player Cory Churko lights up for a high-energy performance of the 1997 track, 'Don't Be Stupid (You know I l Love You).
Her stage has all the bells and whistles that you'd expect from a superstar. There's a digital pyrotechnic extravaganza for 'Pretty Liar' and a dazzling disco dance floor for 'Number One'. Twain proudly projects a huge Canadian flag for 'Rock This Country!and lays seductively across a hotrod motorcycle while singing the 2002 hit 'I'm Gonna Getcha Good'.
Twain brings her Nashville-based support act Breland out for a duet of her 2023 track 'Inhale/Exhale Air.' She's visibly emotional as she tells us how she wrote the songs while she was hospitalised with covid. Twain's energy and warmth is infectious and her likeability is off the scales. The record-breaking artist remains humble and sincere, with a wonderful sense of humour to boot. She brings up a young fan Mia from the crowd to sing. Kneeling down to her level, the pair sing a sweet a cappella snippet of Mia's favourite track, 'Come On Over.'
Twain introduces her mega hit 'Still The One'. "It's a very simple song.. I think it's relatable to a lot of us. It's at least 25 years old, which is not very old compared to me!
Her encore features two of the biggest hits of the '90s, "That Don't Impress Me Much" and 'Man! I Feel Like A Woman!' She ends the show with her first and only outfit change for 1997 global sensation, 'Man! I Feel Like A Woman!'Wearing the original outfit from the iconic music video, Twain laves her Irish fans enraptured singing "The best thing about bein' a woman, Is the prerogative to have a little fun, fun, fun!