Thursday, December 12, 2013
Shania Twain @Caesar's: Review
Caesar's Palace, Colliseum Las Vegas
December 11, 2013
The "Noon-ish Entertainment Review" -
Shania Twain: Still The One
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
I'm not going to spoil any of the surprises in this show - and there are loads - but suffice it to say that if you want to hear the biggest hits Shania Twain has recorded in her career, this is the show for you.
Utilizing incredible multimedia effects before and during the show, Still The One is a bombastic aural and visual experience entirely fitting for the Vegas Colosseum setting. She rocks with the intensity of the percussive Blue Man Group, and dazzles with all the flair of a master magician. Featuring a set with as many shifting components as a Cirque show, Twain takes her live act to the highest advantage of the venue for the audience.
After just a few songs in, it's entirely apparent that Shania opened the door for acts like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift - driving, cross-over sounds that have a country foundation, but have won fans over in other genres as well. The hits sounds as good now as they did when they were selling millions of copies back in the day.
Her wardrobe choices help recreate some of her famous videos, and it is no exaggeration to suggest she is as elegant and gorgeous as she was twenty years ago. What is it with famous people doing that? I can't even find half my hair from a couple of weeks ago!!!
There were some spots where vocally she hit the outer edges of the bullseye, but more often than not, especially in the showcase ballads and her very cool campfire singalong she struck dead-centre of the target. Appearing confident and in control, she seems to be well on her way to getting past the condition that prevented her from singing for the past several years.
The interactive bits with the audience went over well also - if you do decide to attend, spring the extra dollars for floor seats on an aisle - just sayin'...
Given the time of year, we had an unexpected bonus, diverting from the setlist - always fun when you see artists during the holidays. A fine rendition of Little Drummer Boy...
For Canadians in the seats (and there were many, even a few from Calgary that got to go onstage with her), you may recognize twin brothers RyanDan, amazing artists in their own right. While they provided rich backing vocals for this show, you may want to check out their last two CDs. Proud to be Canadian with these two acts sharing a stage filled with fans from around the world...
As a mobile DJ, I used to play the crap out of Shania Twain's ample library of monster hits. Most especially, the gold standard wedding song From This Moment. Watching her get into her groove with this show, I expect newer DJs will be doing the same soon...