Fortunately, as one will get older, the fixation with labels, genres and tribes begins to soften away and, to borrow a quote from Ms Twain herself, what stays is the prerogative to have a little bit enjoyable.
And enjoyable she delivered by the tractor-load from the get-go, getting into the stadium mid-audience and prancing via the gang to the stage.
There have been fabulous outfits – from a glittering hat and matching robe with a slit in all the way in which to her hip, to a sheer flowing quantity over a skin-toned underthing, and probably the most outrageous glowing bodysuit with fringed legwarmers that just about put Cher, who graced the identical stage simply weeks in the past, to disgrace.
We bought a variation on the complete leopard print from That Do not Impress Me A lot and the unique prime hat, we have been informed, from Man! I Really feel Like a Girl.
The outfit adjustments introduced some surprisingly loud transition music, full with dated electrical guitar solos and punctuated by the heavy steel stylings of a younger feminine drummer who battered her instrument in a flurry of peroxide hair.
Let’s not beat across the bush: the cheese issue was melting over the perimeters and burnt on the highest. Happily, cheese is my favorite meals group.
There was splendidly camp choreography (“I really like horny males,” Twain declared at one level) from the multi-talented backup crew (the dancers doubled as backing singers and the guitarists doubled as fiddle gamers and so forth).
Impressed stage design had all of them gyrating atop big cubes lit up on all sides with digital screens. The cubes moved across the stage, lifting the performers up within the air like futuristic go-go ladies.
We have been handled to a sequence of video clips from Twain’s again catalogue that includes her writhing on seashores or driving bareback, along with her decolletage bouncing within the sunshine and her hair trailing behind her like a veil.
Twain delighted in reliving all her biggest hits from her very nation early years to 1997’s Come On Over via to the extra modern pop vibes of final 12 months’s Now. The rockier nation tunes are born for a stadium setting.
All of it got here with Twain’s plain star energy, however one of many highlights was the joyous shock of Melbourne’s very personal Shania Choir becoming a member of her on stage for a track or two of their matching Shania wigs and leopard print jackets.
It was via this group’s hit Fringe Pageant present that I first discovered of Twain’s compelling life story (together with, crudely talking, a husband swap along with her greatest good friend and a bout of Lyme illness that compelled her out of the highlight for years).
As she listened to their choral preparations of her songs, Twain appeared floored by simply how good they have been (sizzling tip: you possibly can catch them at Midsumma Pageant in January), and praised them for his or her love of music and concord – and their sense of humour.
Suffice to say she did appear a lot impressed however, Shania, so have been we.
Hannah Francis is Arts Editor at The Age