TWAIN'S SHOWMANSHIP CONNECTS WITH UPBEAT BOWL CROWD.Byline: Rob Lowman Daily News Entertainment Editor
Midway through her encore Thursday at the Hollywood Bowl The Hollywood Bowl is a modern amphitheatre at 2301 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California, USA, that is used primarily for music performances. The "bowl" in this context is the natural cavity in the earth into which the amphitheater is built, rather than the shape of the , Shania Twain stood straddling strad·dle
v. strad·dled, strad·dling, strad·dles
a. To stand or sit with a leg on each side of; bestride: straddle a horse.
b. a cylindrical metal frame. As the song ended, Twain dropped down into the paper-covered cylinder, which was quickly set on fire, revealing an empty frame. As her nine-piece band kept playing, Twain emerged moments later on the side of the stage atop a platform hefted by four burly bur·ly
adj. bur·li·er, bur·li·est
Heavy, strong, and muscular; husky. See Synonyms at muscular.
[Middle English burlich, from Old English *borlic, excellent; see guys, who carried her through the adoring a·dore
v. a·dored, a·dor·ing, a·dores
1. To worship as God or a god.
2. To regard with deep, often rapturous love. See Synonyms at revere1.
And that sums up Twain's show: a little bit of magic, a lot of spectacle, total fun and - oh yeah - some pretty good music. As the lights dimmed before her opening number, a roar of sound came from the speakers followed by fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.
Explosives or combustibles used for display. Of ancient Chinese origin, fireworks evidently developed out of military rockets and explosive missiles and accompanied the spread of military explosives westward to and then Twain's disembodied voice asking, ``Are you ready, L.A.?''
Skipping on stage dressed in a black tank top with two white horizontal stripes along her midriff midriff /mid·riff/ (-rif) the diaphragm; the region between the breast and waistline.
See diaphragm. ; shiny, black, form-fitting plastic pants Plastic pants, plastic panties, and diaper covers are all basically the same thing. They are devices worn over a diaper for the purpose of containing liquid or solid waste that may otherwise leak through the fabric. ; and funky black-and-white platform shoes Platform shoes are shoes, boots, or sandals with thick soles, often made of cork, plastic, rubber, or wood (wooden-soled platform shoes are technically also clogs). They have been worn in various cultures since ancient times for fashion or for added height. , she launched into ``Man! I Feel Like a Woman.'' And we have no doubt she meant it as she playfully prowled the stage and the T-shaped runway that extended into the audience.
It would be easy to be cynical about the Canadian singer who has won the hearts of both country and pop fans. Twain breaks no new ground in her show, serving up most of her hits - and there seem to be a few thousand of them on her last two albums, including ``You're Still the One,'' ``That Don't Impress Me Much'' - with little variations from the CD versions. At times her voice, which is appealing on record, is lost amid her band's strong backing. And no one is going to call the songs masterpieces that Twain and her producer, ``Mutt'' Lang, write. But they are well-craft, polished pop songs with an infectious edge - something that's becoming rarer and rarer these days - and the tunes wear well, making you want to get up and dance, which is what Twain wants you to do.
Throughout the concert, Twain urged audience members to ``get off your butts.'' She spends a lot of time interacting with them, waving at and high-fiving fans, bringing some of them up on stage for Polaroid pictures, which she signed and gave them. While all this is no doubt well planned, it also seems natural for Twain. It was certainly fun watching the 33-year-old singer's multi-generational audience - from tykes to those in their 60s - rocking away. (That Twain grew up in poverty is well known, and it should be noted that she gives some of her concert proceeds to local charities to feed children.)
While Twain may not be pure country, she embodies the modern sensibility of an old stereotype. She's not just standing around standing by her man. In ``Honey, I'm Home,'' she tells her man to fix her a drink and rub her neck while she complains about her job. In ``Man! I Feel Like a Woman,'' she wants to ``get a little out of line.''
That Twain isn't some angst-ridden 20-something but a mature woman with an upbeat, even wild side is what her audience responds to when she's on stage.
Profound? The best thing since sliced bread Since Sliced Bread is an online contest sponsored by SEIU. People are asked to submit their best new economic idea to help working families. Of the thousands of ideas that are submitted, 21 will be chosen as finalists. ? To quote a Twain title, ``Don't Be Stupid.'' But pure entertainment? You bet.