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Old 06-06-2004, 12:36 AM
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Fargo:Shania pumps dome: Country singer showcases crowd-pleasers

By John Lamb, The Forum
Published Sunday, June 06, 2004

When Shania Twain yelled "Are you ready Fargo?" it was initially unclear if she was asking the packed Fargodome crowd whether it was ready for a concert or a workout.

For much of Saturday night's show the Canadian country singer bounced around the oval stage in the center of the floor like an aerobics instructor dressed in neon Lycra and sparkly hi-tops.

The fans, some coming down from Canada for the only North Dakota stop on the tour, rose to the challenge.

The singer made a flashy entrance, running through the crowd launching into her anthem, "Man (I Feel Like a Woman)," then breaking into the title track from her last album, "Up."

Sometimes criticized by Nashville purists for being every bit as poppy as country, Twain answered cynics by issuing two discs with "Up" one with country versions of the songs and the other with pop variations of the same tunes. She played to both sides of the dial Saturday, singing ballads and country crowd-pleasers.

Country singer Shania Twain glides across the stage during her performance in the round attended by 18,223 fans Saturday at the Fargodome. Colburn Hvidston III / The Forum

Showing she could be as much sugar as spice, Twain plugged a charity, Fargo's Second Harvest Food Bank, by drawing a fan's ticket for a photo op with the singer and later presenting the winner, a young local girl named Emily.

"Until then we're gonna kick your butt," Twain yelled, and launched into "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under," her first hit she wrote with husband, producer Mutt Lange.

Though she spent most of the show dancing around the stage, signing autographs and collecting flowers, the biggest applause came when she brought fans onstage. Some performances were more miss than hit. When she brought two women up to help sing "Still the One," one appeared to have been enjoying a girl's night out a little too much, prompting Twain to say, "No more beer." A young male fan also tried, but instead sang "I'm Gonna Getcha Good," getting laughs with the line, "I'm gonna get me some man." The best was a group of female fans, including a young girl who sang, "Honey I'm Home and I Had a Bad Day."

Not to be upstaged by a child, after an extended piano intro, Twain popped up in the middle of the darkened crowd with a guitarist singing "The Woman in Me," then raced back to the stage for "That Don't Impress Me Much" and "I'm Gonna Getcha Good."

Though the staging made the star accessible, the show suffered only from pacing. A round-the-stage introduction of her band made for a convenient wardrobe change into another bright workout ensemble. Band members tried their best to joke, but dressed like a Nintendo street gang (a drummer wearing ski goggles?) or the new generation of the united colors of Benetton, the laughs were on them.

Openers Emerson Drive, another Nashville act by way of Canada, showcased crossover credibility, covering Charlie Daniels' "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by copping bits of Bon Jovi's "Dead or Alive" and the riff to Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" while yelling "on your feet" repeatedly.

It was an order the Fargodome fans didn't need.

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Poor Shania, the worry about Eja cleary shows here.
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Cute pic of Shania.


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Poor Shania, the worry about Eja cleary shows here.



Yeah, she seems to be on autopilot.


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I meant sleepless or ar least very tired, and worried.
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I meant sleepless or ar least very tired, and worried.


Look at her face, she looks like she is thinking about something other than the show. In addition being tired, worried, and not getting any sleep.


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Re: Fargo:Shania pumps dome: Country singer showcases crowd-pleasers

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"Until then we're gonna kick your butt," Twain yelled, and launched into "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under," her first hit she wrote with husband, producer Mutt Lange.

LOL! Typical Shania pure energy concert! It's all about kicking butts on stage!
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Well, here is one critic anyway who took the high road in his review. He didn't talk about Shania like she had one foot in the grave singing-wise. Thank you John Lamb for giving the fans something more pleasant to read about in this day and age of Shania-bashing.

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