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Old 07-10-2004, 03:45 PM
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Tampa Reviews

Here is one by the reviewer - he does not elaborate on the John Travolta reference - was there a meeting between ST and JT? Did JT offer her a lead role in his next movie? Grease II - Danny and Sandy Become Entertainment Superstars! We only wish.

Musical pep rally
A charismatic and energetic Shania Twain trots on stage and mingles with her fans. And in between, she sings a few tunes.
By GINA VIVINETTO, Times Pop Music Critic
Published July 10, 2004

TAMPA - It's really a moot point these days to argue if Shania Twain's a country or pop star. To 21,004 loyal fans at the St. Pete Times Forum on Friday, Twain was a star, with all the hits and radiance to keep those fans screaming for 90 minutes, even when the show's pacing was uneven. Twain's charisma lured another star to her concert Friday: Hollywood actor John Travolta.

The most popular country artist of the 1990s (along with Garth Brooks), Twain bounced onto the stage set in the center of the arena, dressed in a red sleeveless top and black spandex pants. Her first song? The buoyant female-proud Man! I Feel Like a Woman! That was followed by Up!, the title track of her 2002 album. Perhaps to punctuate her emphatic tunes (notice all those exclamation points?), Twain's stage show was loaded with pyrotechnics. Loaded!

During the fiddly diddly Honey, I'm Home Twain trotted across the stage with an inflatable version of the Stanley Cup, an homage to the Tampa Bay Lightning. This was a nice gesture considering Twain is from Canada. (The Lightning beat the Calgary Flames to win the Stanley Cup).

Trotting around with a phony Stanley Cup is one thing, but calling out raffle tickets for charity is odd, don't you think, for a star to do during a concert? Yet Twain did just that. She also posed for pictures with fans. Signed autographs. Invited children onstage to gab. During one excruciating segment, the audience got to talk to each member of Twain's eight-piece band.

We got the message: Twain cares about fan interaction. But, criminy all this commotion between songs jarred the show's pacing. Raise your hand if you wouldn't have been shocked if Twain had started a slide show presentation next. Or maybe opted to play Twister with fans.

When Twain and the band did play, they sounded good, juicing up Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? with banging drums and fiddle. The band went the medley route for a dynamic one-two-three blast of older tunes When You Win My Love, Come On Over and I'm Holding On to Love. They reworked the megahit That Don't Impress Me Much into a funky dance jam with snaky bass. I'm Gonna Getcha Good! was riveting with monster electric guitar and dizzying synths. Twain shared vocal duties with guest kids on the ballad You're Still the One.

Opening act Emerson Drive, a twangy country band from Alberta, Canada, had no trouble working up the crowd with peppy originals. The sextet performed a ferocious fiddle-steeped rendition of the Charlie Daniels Band classic The Devil Went Down to Georgia, which morphed into Led Zeppelin's Kashmir.

- Gina Vivinetto can be reached at 727 893-8565 or gina@sptimes.com

http://www.sptimes.com/2004/07/10/A...pep_rally.shtml
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Old 07-10-2004, 03:51 PM
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Then there is an excellent fan review of the show by twainexpress in the Forums. Some interesting insights into the Shania Appeal!

http://www.shaniaforums.com/showthread.php?t=31849

Tampa Review

Shania's Tampa Concert Review

Being that Tampa Florida was the second to last concert on the UP! Tour, I am sure we all are familiar with the general over view of Shania's concerts. However there were some personal touches in the concert I thought worth noting.

First off, I am breaking my own rule for the first time in running a fan site. In four years I have never added any of my own personal comments or critiques about Shania's career. There is one more first. This is the first time I have ever gone to a Shania Twain concert. In fact its the first time in my life I have gone to any concert.

While there have been some comments that the energy of the tour is fading along with Shania's voice. I cannot agree with this. The Tampa concert showed an explosive amount of energy and enthusiasm from both Shaina, the band and from the crowd. Simple put, it ROCKED! The energy could only be matched by the fire works and graffiti that eventually enveloped the stadium.

A little back story for those who do not follow Hockey, or do not know the out come of this years Stanley Cup Championship. Well, my home town Tampa, Lightning won! Being that Shania and Cory Churko are from Canada, this little bit of information got great use in the concert.

Right before Shania would appear on stage Cory Churko dressed up in Calgary Flames uniform and paraded the stage playfully taunting the crowd! This got an enormous reaction from the home crowd and he was playfully booed off stage with a roar of noise. Not once but twice! No make that three times... Cory was playing and the crowd was playing along. No one was insulted or mad, it was hilarious and a "riot" and it set the positive energy that would follow for the rest of the night! In all fairness Cory congratulated Tampa for its Stanley Cup victory. If that didn't draw enough of a reaction, one of the biggest applause came when Shania came on stage late in her performance dressed with a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey. Holding up a balloon shaped Stanley Cup she also congratulated Tampa on winning the championship. How gracious is that from our Canadian friend?! Rightfully observed by Shania, Tampa had both American and Canadians on their team. It was a victory both countries could be proud of.

What struck me about the concert was that everyone gets into the act, from Shaina, the band members, and the fans in the crowd. This wasn't Shania's concert, it was EVERYONE'S concert.

Several times during the show some families were invited on the stage. I admit I couldn't fully understand what the event was for. No fault of Shania's, the audio system was maxed out and it was hard to hear her speaking voice. What ever the reason, Shania, talked to her fans on stage, signed, souvenirs, hats, shirts, just about anything. She gave them all a very big hug and took pictures with them. There was a collective loud "AWWWWHHH!!!!" from the crowd every time Shania hugged someone. No question Shaina was loved by the 20 or so thousand in the seats. No question 20 or so thousand fans would have loved to been hugged by Shania. But in the end, with every hug Shania gave, I think the crowd knew she was hugging ALL her fans. It was very sweet.

In one unexpected instance a little girl wandered onto the stage while Shania was interacting with other fans. To my knowledge this was not planned. But Shania couldn't have been more gracious and sweet with the little girl that snuck her way into the spot light. Shania rushed no one, and gave every delightful fan her time and attention. When she was finished, she kneeled down and talked to the little girl. Shania signed her clothing before escorting her back into the stands. It was a precious, unplanned moment handled with sweetness and grace.

As many of you know, Shania interacts very closely with the front row crowds. She was constantly, and I mean constantly belting out her turns, signing autographs (by the hundreds?) and taking flowers all at the same time. Talk about multi tasking! This in many ways is the secret to the energy of her show. It almost never stops. How incredible was this? Well one time a father was holding up her daughter who desperately wanted to hand Shania some flowers and a Teddy bear. They rushed up to the front but Shaina had already passed, when she turned about, Shania missed the girl again as she sang and moved further away. I wondered if Shaina would be able to take the girls gift or if she was too committed to the song to go back once again. Sure enough Shaina double tracked and picked up the girls gift from her hand. No broken hearts tonight. That little girl and her father could not have been happier. I was moved by the moment.

There are some things she did which I believe she does for every town. She brought two young girls on stage to sing "a song along" with her. The girls were in tears that they were on stage with Shania. They sang, Shania sang and the whole crowd sang. The girls were shaking with excitement and Shania shook with them. Shania had local band members, drummers belt out the tune to (If Your Not In It For Love) Im Outta Of Here.

Shania caught a child warring a little yellow top very similar to the one she has been warring on the UP! Tour. She talked to the little girl and brought her up on stage too. In fact Shania seemed very aware of the audience. When she could, commenting on the many signs, and gifts presented to her from the crowd.

There wasn't as much sexy stuff, not that there needs to be (or that there's anything wrong with sexy stuff). Its just an observation. This was a family concert for a family crowd. But emotions were high, fans were delighted and I cant imagine anyone not being totally entertained, and moved by the concert.

When Shania brought up the fact that this was her second to last concert, and that there would be a VERY long hiatus before she tours again. The crowd belted out yet another collective "AWWWWHHH!!!!!" Others moaned in discontent. But it was playfully done. I guess you cant please everyone! After a grueling year on tour, Shania needs her space and its well earned.

The Tampa concert was a family event. Not just family in the literal sense, but it was an emotional concert of celebrations and good-byes. It was a party for all. In my opinion a SMASH HIT with fans and definitely with me.

(Disclaimer: This is my own personal review as a fan. I tried my best to make accurate comments, but I am not a news reporter! I did not take down notes at the show and I am not a writer.)
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Old 07-12-2004, 10:37 PM
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Here is one by the reviewer - he does not elaborate on the John Travolta reference - was there a meeting between ST and JT?

It has been confirmed by a fan from another website who was at the Tampa concert. John Travolta, family and an assistant were at the concert. They were sitting just one row below the fan close to the stage. The fan met them and got his autograph. John is a big Shania fan and had dinner with Shania and Mutt before the concert says the fan. JT was even dancing in place to the songs. COOL!
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He had dinner with them according to Countrynation.com

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Old 07-12-2004, 11:22 PM
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He had dinner with them according to Countrynation.com
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Countrynation.com does not mention anything about dinner - it just says" The night before, actor John Travolta was in the audience at the Tampa concert. Yeah, that's what I want to hear -- Vinnie Barbarino screaming like a teenage girl. "

Countrynation was not there at the concert - the fan was. If CN reported it, they were getting it from the real sources who attended..

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Here is one by the reviewer - he does not elaborate on the John Travolta reference - was there a meeting between ST and JT?

It has been confirmed by a fan from another website who was at the Tampa concert. John Travolta, family and an assistant were at the concert. They were sitting just one row below the fan close to the stage. The fan met them and got his autograph. John is a big Shania fan and had dinner with Shania and Mutt before the concert says the fan. JT was even dancing in place to the songs. COOL!

Oh oh,i hope he does not ask Shania to be in Battlefield Earth 2.
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Pics from Tampa concert comin' tonight Spock. Tryin' to get this all done before I head off to Aruba. I have lots of pics of Emerson Drive too if your interested in doing something in the way of a thank you for them. DOC
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Pics from Tampa concert comin' tonight Spock. Tryin' to get this all done before I head off to Aruba. I have lots of pics of Emerson Drive too if your interested in doing something in the way of a thank you for them. DOC


Yeah, I can add a small section to the tour gallery on my site.


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Here is a cute picture from Tampa that doc sent me.





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I've added 8 pics that Doc has sent me. Check back for more in an hour or so.
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Looks like she is telling someone to pick some litter up in this one

And i certainly wouldnt argue
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Looks like she is telling someone to pick some litter up in this one

And i certainly wouldnt argue
Hahaha, yea, looks like that

Great pics Doc!

Heard a little bit of the Stanley Cup replica thing, but didn't know of the guy on stage with a Calgary jersey, what's the story behind that? And how did the crowd react?

I heard Cory did a little teasing before the concert on a Flames jersey
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