After a decade-long hiatus from touring, pop country reigning queen Shania Twain took to the Erwin Center stage on Thursday in Austin, Texas. After surviving a devastating heartbreak and career-threatening loss of her voice, it was amazing to witness her triumphant return to the stage. Despite her long absence, her fans have loved and supported her through it all and it was apparent that everyone was eager for her to reclaim the spotlight. Twain’s current ‘NOW’ tour kicked off in early May and she is scheduled to be on the road through December 2018.
Making his US Tour debut, Swiss newcomer singer-songwriter Bastian Baker opened up for Twain. Accompanied by only his guitar, Baker performed a short set and received great reactions from the audience. Considering that most people had never heard his name, it was surely an honor to have been hand-picked by Twain to be his only opening act during the NOW tour.
Twain’s glorious comeback began with a bang and a grand entrance. Following thunderous pounding, stomps and claps of ‘We Will Rock You,” the stunning 52-year old made her way to the main stage from the back of the stadium escorted by security. She opened with ‘Life’s About To Get Good’ which set the mood for what would be an evening to remember. Her voice is noticeably deeper and raspier but every bit as good as when she last ‘Up! tour in 2004. The Now tour is a massive production which includes five hydraulic cubes which featured constant engaging projections. Her band consists of a drummer, guitarists, fiddler, accordionist and back up dancers.
Throughout the more than two hour concert, Twain made frequent costume changes and totally rocked sexy red high-heeled boots, bejeweled bodysuits, a cape, and of course some leopard prints.
Twain’s setlist was a mix of old and new and similarly, her mood was both playful and honest throughout the evening. She mostly kept the mood fun, light, and upbeat but opened up about her struggles and self-reflection.
Just before the encore, confetti canons and streamers showered the audience and Twain closed out the show with ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!’ and ‘Rock This Country!’ If this indeed ends up being the last time Twain tours in Austin, it was most certainly a performance to remember and cherish.