10 May 2015
Reviewed by Jo Knox
I went to see the amazing Lulu at the Lowry theatre in Manchester last night. I didn’t have time to eat on this visit but if you do, there are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity to go for a bite to eat before the show. Be sure to ask for your parking ticket to be validated if you are eating as this will save you some ££’s! I took my Mother-in-Law with me and we had fantastic seats for the show. The theatre was packed, everyone waiting for the little 60’s diva to come on stage.
Lulu bounces back like elastic launching her first solo tour since 2004 and she came out on stage with a bang standing front stage of the live band supporting her. Full of confidence and looking gorgeous in a monochrome outfit with a white long blazer and cool hat. The first half of the show was around how Lulu had wanted to make a comeback but in order to do so had to look inside for the music and lyrics to her new self-written album. The audience were delighted to hear some of her new material which had a current, rocky edge. Before the interval though, whilst there were some covers, Lulu with the support of her band did a cracking job of ‘Relight My Fire’. Who needs Take That!
After the interval, a costume change to an all in black ensemble, Lulu told the story of how wee Marie from Glasgow (without a trace of the accent when she spoke) told how she had gone to America with her brother and dreamed of becoming a star. Over the years she had earned her fame and she told the audience how Morris Gibb was a guiding light and over the years Lulu had gained vast amounts of knowledge from this man which she hadn’t realised until she came to putting pen to paper to write her own album. When they were married, Lulu sang a song inspired by them being apart which was written by The Bee Gees ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’. The second part of the show started more sombre around this story of the rise to fame singing more songs from the Bee Gees and a duet with one of the band members to Tina Turner’s ‘I Don’t Want To Fight’.
I only really knew a few of Lulu’s original songs but the most iconic for me was To Sir with Love and this was brought forward in time (it’s over 50 years old!) with a cool reggae beat. I wasn’t disappointed. Lulu started ‘Shout’ with the iconic sound and the audience exploded into dance at this point.
The Scottish diva exploded onto stage and gave the audience a fantastic show. I was blown away by the vocal abilities of this lady who still sounds the same as she did when she first hit the music scene. The simple backdrop of the band and material brought up to date were the makings of a fantastic show. Thoroughly enjoyed by us both and definitely recommended.
A definite 5 out of 5 from me.
Lulu is currently on tour until August 2015. For more information, tour dates & venues or to book tickets visit www.luluofficial.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000