Up! Live in Chicago
|Up! Live in Chicago|
|Video by Shania Twain|
|Released||November 18, 2003|
|Recorded||July 27, 2003|
105:441 hour, 45 mins and 44 seconds
|Shania Twain chronology|
Up! Live in Chicago is the third live video album by Canadian singer Shania Twain. Directed and produced by Beth McCarthy-Miller, the concert was held and filmed on July 27, 2003 at the Hutchinson Field in the south-side of Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois; there were over 50,000 attendants. The concert itself differed from that of the Up! Tour (2003–04), featuring divergent stages, setlits, and production. Behind-the-scenes footage was filmed during the same week, when Shania visited local landmarks and events. The concert film debuted on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) on August 19, 2003, and was watched by over 8.87 million viewers, becoming the second-most-viewed concert film on television, behind Celine Dion's A New Day... Live in Las Vegas (2003).
Due to its high television ratings, Up! Live in Chicago was released as a video album on November 18, 2003 by Mercury Nashville Records. Released both in standard DVD packaging and in a jewel case, it featured additional performances not included on the television presentation, and was received positively by music critics, who complimented Twain's interaction with the audience; however, some questioned her singing. The video peaked at number two on Billboard 's Top Music Video sales chart, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 100,000 copies in the United States. It was also certified platinum in Australia and gold in Austria and Brazil. Excerpts from Up! Close and Personal were used as the music videos for Shania's singles "She's Not Just a Pretty Face" (2003) and "It Only Hurts when I'm Breathing" (2004).
Over three and a half years after her last live show, Shania performed a series of three outdoor concerts in Europe and North America in July 2003 to promote her fourth studio album Up! (2002). The singer scheduled the trek primarily because of her prolonged absence from live performances and to ensure playing a concert in the United States prior to her Up! Tour. At the time, it was to commence in September 2003 in Europe, although it ultimately did so in North America. She said, "With the tour starting in September, I didn't want to miss the summer without staging a concert in the U.S. After living with these 19 songs [from Up!] and going through the recording process, it's time to get on stage and perform them." She conceptualized the shows to consist mainly of uptempo numbers and to be almost void of ballads to "spend the night rocking" and maintain an energized spirit. She also deliberately left much room for improvisation, stating that she preferred for the performances to be very spontaneous, than choreographed and music video-like. Shania first performed on July 5, 2003 at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny, Ireland, and then on July 12, 2003 at Hyde Park in London, England with a setlist composed of twenty-two songs.
The singer then headed to Chicago, Illinois to perform a free outdoor concert on July 27, 2003, held at the Hutchinson Field in the south-side of Grant Park. Meanwhile, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was seeking an artist to host a prime time television music special, and contacted Shania to discuss the possibilities of filming the concert in Chicago. NBC executives sought Shania for the special because she was a well-established artist with a lengthy career and crossover history that could draw in more viewers. She accepted the offer, and the show was directed and produced by Beth McCarthy-Miller. Prior to performing at Grant Park, Shania spent a week in Chicago to film behind-the-scenes footage that would be used for the television special. She visited landmarks and attended local events, such as a Chicago Cubs game where she tossed the first pitch and sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for the audience. The singer also took a riverboat trip and visited outposts of her favorite charity Kids Cafés, a program specialized to feed children in America. The concert was produced by JAM Creative Productions, and sponsored by local radio station WUSN and the Chicago Tribune, which disseminated information about obtaining concert tickets. The show was attended by over 50,000 people.
The concert's setlist consisted primarily of songs from Up!, with several hits from Shania's The Woman in Me (1995) and Come on Over (1997). The songs from Up! were not performed in a specific format from the three studio versions of the album. Shania desired to approach the live productions as their "own beast". The show commenced with Shania, who was costumed by a "Body Glove" top and black cargo pants, arriving from the back of the stage to perform "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" alongside her band. The singer then followed with "Up!" and continued to perform a total of ten songs during the segment. At one point, Shania invited James Hunt onstage, where he proposed to his girlfriend, Anna-Lisa. She accepted and the two slow danced onstage as Shania sang "When You Kiss Me", sitting on a stool placed towards the end of the runway. The segment ended with a performance of "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!", where Shania invited Shiane, Mannie and Ashley to join her onstage. The succeeding segment, where Shania donned a tan, multi-patterned halter top with "True Love" on the front and black, sequined wide leg trousers, begun with "From This Moment On". She then performed "No One Needs to Know" while playing an acoustic guitar and "Thank You Baby! (For Makin' Someday Come So Soon)" with a small orchestra accompanying her. Concluding with a performance of "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!", Shania sung nine numbers in the second division of the show. The singer, wearing a black, long-sleeve top with an American flag imprinted in the center and denim capri pants, returned to the stage for the third and final segment of the concert, the encore. Shania first performed a rendition of "You're Still the One" again playing an acoustic guitar and then proceeded to end the show with "Nah!" and "Rock This Country!".
The July 27, 2003 concert at Grant Park was announced as a television special, which was set to air on NBC sometime in August 2003. Immediately after the show concluded, its premiere date of August 19, 2003 was specified. The two-hour edited version of the concert was ultimately televised accordingly at 8:00 P.M. EST, and received high ratings. Up! Live in Chicago was watched by over 8.87 million viewers in the United States, becoming the second-most-watched concert film on television, behind Celine Dion's A New Day... Live in Las Vegas special, which aired on CBS on March 25, 2003. Following the film's success on television, it was released by Mercury Nashville Records on November 18, 2003 in Region 1 and on November 24, 2003 in Region 2. The video was released in DVD format, both in conventional DVD packaging and in a jewel case; both appeared in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (4:3). The DVD release featured six additional performances that were not shown during the airing of Up! Live in Chicago on NBC, and both stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes. Up! Live in Chicago was also source to multiple media for singles from Up!. The performances of "She's Not Just a Pretty Face" (2003) an "It Only Hurts when I'm Breathing" (2004) served as the singles' music videos, while the audio rendition of "It Only Hurts when I'm Breathing" was released as a live CD single and a digital download on March 9, 2004.
Matt Bjorke of About.com reviewed the home release of Up! Close and Personal. He had not attended a concert of Shania's, nor had seen the television special, and was surprised by the singer's stage presence. He believed that the video would make Shania's naysayers realize that she was a good singer and even more of a great entertainer because of her interaction with the crowd. Bjorke concluded, "Up! Live in Chicago is a dynamic DVD experience that is sure to please fans for years to come." Chris Jones of BBC noted the band's differences from that of a usual country band and wanted a more country-influenced sound. However, Jones complimented Shania's incorporation of the audience, naming it her "inimitable style". He added that because of the live setting and crowd ambiance, the video was "far from [a] sterile experience", despite Twain's "photocopy-perfect" vocal delivery (something he suspected to because of a fair amount of post-production work). He stated, "Overall, you know exactly what you're getting with Shania, and for her fans this is bound to be a very good thing indeed." Bobby Reed of the Chicago Sun Times believed Shania failed to give insight as to who she was or her personality in the concert, noting she never mentioned her relocation to Switzerland or her then-new son, Eja. He complimented the band's strong, yet rote efforts of bringing the dense production to life. However, he said Shania's vocal delivery was at times a bit frail. Reed also noted the absence of any guest stars, in opposition to Shania's two previous concert specials, although he acknowledged inviting fans onstage did give the concert a country-fair vibe. Mark Guarino of Arlington Heights' Daily Herald believed it was evident that the concert was specially tailored for television and stated that Shania played the proper host. He continued, "As the night wore on, Shania tried different ways, with varying degrees of success, to make the magnitude of such a large event work for the small screen. Her reliance on audience participation was an attempt to humanize things, but it often backfired."
On the week ending December 13, 2003, Up! Live in Chicago debuted at number three on Billboard 's Top Music Video sales chart. Two weeks later, it reached its peak at number two. The video spent fourteen weeks on the chart before returning for a fifteenth and final week at number eighteen on the week ending March 12, 2005. In March 2004, Up! Live in Chicago was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 100,000 copies in the United States. On the week ending January 15, 2005, Up! Live in Chicago peaked at number eight on New Zealand's Top 10 Music DVDs. The video peaked at number sixty-one on the German Albums Chart, and spent a total of eleven weeks on the chart. It was also certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for the shipment of 15,000 copies in the country. In Brazil, the video was certified gold by the Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos (ABPD) for the sale of 15,000 copies. In Austria, the video was certified gold by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for the sale of 5,000 copies.
All songs written and composed by Shania Twain and Robert John "Mutt" Lange.
|2.||"Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"||4:15|
|4.||"Honey, I'm Home"||4:14|
|5.||"She's Not Just a Pretty Face"||4:16|
|6.||"Forever and for Always"||4:22|
|8.||"When You Kiss Me"||7:18|
|9.||"Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)"||3:49|
|10.||"That Don't Impress Me Much"||4:53|
|11.||"I'm Gonna Getcha Good!"||7:36 Part 2|
|12.||"From This Moment On"||6:08|
|13.||"No One Needs to Know"||3:15|
|14.||"Thank You Baby! (For Makin' Someday Come So Soon)"||4:10|
|15.||"It Only Hurts when I'm Breathing"||3:47|
|17.||"Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"||4:40|
|18.||"Any Man of Mine"||4:14|
|19.||"In My Car (I'll Be the Driver)"||4:41|
|20.||"(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"||5:52 Encore|
|21.||"You're Still the One"||3:29|
|23.||"Rock This Country!"||6:25 Final|
Charts and certifications
|German Albums Chart||61|
|New Zealand Top 10 Music DVDs||8|
|US Billboard Top Music Videos||2|
Credits and personnel
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