Pop Break Live: Shania Twain ‘Queen of Me Tour’ at The Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, NJ, on June 9, 2023
Country pop royalty Shania Twain, was in the house on Friday June 9th!
This five-time grammy winning superstar brought her Queen of Me Tour to the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, NJ on June 9th. She played to a sold out crowd. She is touring in support of her latest album, Queen of Me, released on February 3rd.
As expected, there were a lot of fans decked out in their finest “country garb” which included brightly lit cowboy hats and t-shirts with Twain’s infamous “Let’s Go Girls” quote. Twain’s entrance was unique as she didn’t just walk out on stage. After the lights dimmed, she appeared in the back of the orchestra section. Wearing a black jacket and sunglasses, she was led by security guards as she went down the aisles. With mic in hand she sang “Waking up Dreaming,” one of the great new tracks from her latest album. She whipped the crowd into a frenzy and the show had just begun! There were ear to ear grins as fans were scrambling with their cell phones to take a photo or video. It’s not often you get to experience an up close and personal moment like that with one of your favorite singers. It was a great way to start the show off.
Once on stage, Twain looked absolutely stunning in a blueish-teal/leopard print mini halter neck dress which included an attached train and fur sleeves. She was also glitzed up with some wrist and neck jewelry. She finished this look off with a pair of rhinestone incrusted knee-high boots. The set production was very colorful and had a set of stairs that led to a giant LED screen which projected ever changing themes that included Twains Town Saloon and a huge New Jersey sign, amongst other fun visuals.
Her setlist was a nice mix of her biggest hits, fan favorites and songs from her current album. There were at least seven songs from her era defining blockbuster album Come On Over. It’s the biggest selling female country album of all time and included “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”,”You’re Still the One” and a very patriotic version of “Rock This Country,” which ended with fireworks on the LED screen.
Shania also played the sentimental favorite “From this Moment.” It was touching and beautifully done. The newer songs also got a great reaction from the crowd, especially on the catchy “Giddy Up!” which turned out to be one of the show highlights. Twain also sang a five song medley of snippets that included “Nah!,” “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face,” “Waiter! Bring Me Water!,” “When” and “Thank You Baby” (For Makin’ Someday Come Soon). There were so many great songs that it turned into one big sing-along fairly early on.
Twain surrounded herself with first-rate highly energetic musicians and dancers. Their interaction with her was a big part of the show. They were having just as much fun up on stage as the crowd was watching it all. They were very entertaining throughout the entire set.
One of the highlights of the night was on “Any Man of Mine,” “Whose Beds Have Your Boots Been Under” and “Honey, I’m Home” (played all in a row) which really got the place rocking! Another great moment was seeing Twain singing “I’m Gonna Getcha Good” while straddling a horse-shaped motorcycle. It was wild.
Her interaction with the crowd was great throughout the show. She brought a woman up on stage as it was her 30th birthday and brought her young child up on stage with her. The woman said her mother was in the crowd as well. Twain then said with a big smile on her face, wow, three generations of fans. That is the truth. There were lots of younger children with their parents and older folks. Her set closed with “Queen of Me.”
Twain saved the best for last and encored with “That Don’t Impress Me Much”. She came on stage wearing the iconic hooded leopard skin suit that she wore for the 1997 video. She then ended the night with the song fans were waiting for, Man! I Feel Like A Woman! She really put on one hell of a show!
It’s often been said that Shania Twain is owed a debt of gratitude for her unprecedented crossover from country to pop. There are countless singers that have said that Shania Twain had influenced their careers that include Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini, to name a few. Some of her stuff from the 90’s is timeless. It’s still found on rotation on the radio on any given day so each year she has garnered some younger listeners. It was no surprise then that she was honored in 2022 with the Peoples Choice Music Icon Award. In her speech she said her wish has always been to inspire people with her music. She told her fans to “giddy up” and stand together and to embrace their individuality. Twain told them to be brave and to remember there is power in numbers and we are all in this together. She ended it with saying if a door slams in your face leap to kick it down. Cheers to this beloved legend!
Shania Twain Setlist (via setlist.fm)
Waking Up Dreaming
Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
I’m Gonna Getcha Good!
Roll Me on the River
You’re Still the One
Any Man of Mine
Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
Honey, I’m Home
Inhale/Exhale Air (with BRELAND)
Rock This Country!
Nah! / She’s Not Just a Pretty Face / Waiter! Bring Me Water! / When / Thank You Baby! (for Makin’ Someday Come So Soon)
(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!
From This Moment On
Happy Birthday to You
Party for Two
Forever and for Always
Queen of Me