Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lost in 70s and 80s Music

From Sister Sledge 2011
The HMV Forum was the venue for the Sister Sledge gig rescheduled from April to the late August Bank Holiday weekend – changing it into a pre Notting Hill Carnival warm up…

The best part of Kenny Thomas set was the introduction by Kid Jensen – from then on it turned into poor Karaoke!
The entertainment improved as Jaki Graham took to the stage – while still singing to a backing track she managed to engage the audience. By the end of her set those fortunate to have downstairs tickets were starting to disco. It is unclear if those upstairs in the seating had been given the opportunity to join those downstairs as there was easily space… 

The only time recorded music really has a place at a relatively expensive gig such as this, and in such a venue is for the DJ sets while the live acts change round…
Rose Royce, the main support act , was joined on stage by the live band and the quality of the music took a big step up. Rose was clearly struggling with her mobility limited after a fall – but she proceeded to musically own the stage – rolling out the hits from the late 70s and early 80s to an audience lapping it up…
Then the act everyone had been waiting for took to the stage - only one of the original sisters is still in the line up – Kathy Sledge is the back bone of the trio now singing under the Sister Sledge name. There were times when I wasn’t sure Kirsten, Kathy’s daughter, really wanted to be there – but the enthusiasm of the audience was infectious.

The highlight of evening was getting members of the public that thought they could dance on stage for  "He's the Greatest Dancer" – greatest ego was more like it – some of the dancing had people in tears of laughter!

The hits from the late 70s and 80s continued to flow all night…

The show ended 10 minutes after the last south bound northern line tube – remarkably it was a pleasant summer night, so it was a brisk 4 mile walk home to round of a great evening… Many stayed on to disco the night away reliving the 70s and 80s.

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