The Farr Side: Stunning return for Shania Twain

David T. Farr More Content Now

If you’re a people-watcher like me, you almost could have read the faces of everyone who went to see Shania Twain a last week at Van Andel Aren.

These fans were going out that night, feelin’ all right. They were gonna let it all hang out, make some noise, really raise their voices. They were wanting to scream and shout.

And that we did when the music diva took the stage for a concert experience like no other. This woman can rock like there’s no tomorrow.

Twain looked stunning in a shimmery silver-sequined gown, walking about the stage with her opening number, “Life’s About To Get Good.”

Twain’s “Now” tour is one of the year’s biggest, having sold out venues throughout the country. That’s what happens when one of the world’s biggest stars takes a 15-year absence between album releases and even though it has been that long, you would have never guessed it by this show. Her energy was just as prevalent this go-round as it was the first two times I saw her during the “Up!” tour in 2003.

Twain was accompanied this time by an awesome cast of dancers, some who doubled as back up singers, and a stellar band. I remembered from her other tours how impressed I was with her band. They certainly did not disappoint.

“Come On Over” and “Up!” came next. Both are title tracks on their respective albums. They sounded so good and definitely pleased the sold-out crowd.

My niece Alexis was awe-inspired at how good Twain’s live show is. She kept talking about how beautiful the singer looked and how good the songs sounded.

I appreciated how personable Twain was with the audience. It has been 15 years, so it was good to hear her speak for herself. She had experienced a painful divorce, which led into depression and ultimately losing her voice.

It’s probably like on of those “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” kind of things, but for us fans, we’re glad she did. We’ve missed her.

The 21-song set list featured tracks from throughout her career, including several from her latest No. 1 album, “Now,” such as “Poor Me,” “I’m Alright” and “More Fun.”

“Soldier” featured her perched on a guitar case swing that took her high above the crowd before segueing into her worldwide smash “You’re Still The One.” The moment was a major highlight in a night filled with them.

The splashy visual extravaganza, filled with numerous costume changes, was perfect for such gems as “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You),” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “Any Man Of Mine,” “Honey, I’m Home,” “I’m Gonna Getcha Good, and ”(If Youre Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here.”

“From This Moment On” is a favorite of mine. Twain made my night singing the heartfelt ballad. I also was a moved by “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed” because I feel I know the importance of the song.

Twain was gracious and genuine with fans, cool to witness with such a big star.

The night was capped with a spectacular encore of “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” and “Rock This Country,” complete with a fantastic laser light show and confetti cannons.

Leaving the arena, I had to keep looking back to make sure the roof was still on the building. I was sure she had blown it off.

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