Shania Twain’s set at the O2 in London on Saturday night might have had a few technical hiccups but boy, it was still a great show.
Arriving in the midst of the audience courtesy of a black-covered out ‘trolley’, the ‘blonde bombshell’ lit up the aisles greetings fans with selfies, smiles and waves – all while singing Waking Up Dreaming – before appearing on stage at the foot of a giant rocketship to the track Up!
All the hits, plus many more, were there in a set that spanned well over two hours. Faced with a sea of sparkles, leopardskin and pink flashing cowboy hats, Shania mixed up quiet beauties with her guitar like From This Moment On to the full-on Giddy Up and tour title track Queen of Me.
Great backing dancers/singers and a fabulous band added to the atmosphere, plus some brilliant visuals and, although there were some ‘stop-start’ moments that felt a little awkward, it was a largely forgiving audience.
Reminiscing about the times she read actual fan mail letters – and now social media comments – she had one special surprise in store for one audience member. Cue inviting long-time mega-fan Tyler onstage with his mum for a chat about their favourite songs…so many to choose from Tyler…before selfies and a little singalong for each of them. That’s certainly a night they won’t forget.
A quick shout-out for Breland too, he cracked off as her support act and was invited back on stage for a couple of tracks, always great to see this popular singer and entertainer.
Shania saved the best till last, changing into her iconic black outfit – including the original top hat – for That Don’t Impress Me Much and Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
Yes, the sound could have been better, and yes, there could have been more costume changes, but lots of happy people (ourselves included) left the O2 on Saturday night, safe in the knowledge we had seen a star in a fabulous show – worth every penny.