"Snowboy" says of The Baltic Soul Weekender show: "I would say Lisa's headline concert at the incredible Baltic Soul Weekender last night was one of the top 5 I've played with her in the last 25 years. As a friend I was so proud of her. The affection and goodwill from that enormous Soul crowd was immense. I'd love to re-live that show"
Video clip taken from backsatage by Daniel Dodd Ellis
So, yesterday’s blog saw us parked outside the amazing Circus Krone, one of only a handful of permanent circus venues in Europe.
Putting aside what you may or may not feel about animals in the circus (I, myself am strongly against) it is still the most fascinating place you could ever get the chance to explore.
Anyway, after the tour of the estate it was time to do some work.
After the show we had a relatively short (3 hours) drive to Stuttgart and a day off.
Johnnie Hamp was probably the equivalent of Simon Cowell of his heyday and a well known TV producer who was with the Granada Group for over 30 years. Most of that time, he was Granada TV's Head of Light Entertainment . He displayed an impressive range of associations, from the early days of "The Beatles" to the later days of "Spike Milligan" while taking in such illustrious names as "Count Basie", "Woody Allen", "Alfred Hitchcock", and our very own Lisa Stansfield along the way.
Here’s a rare gem of a clip of our Lisa, introduced by Johnnie Hamp himself for Granada TV 80's show called "The Video Entertainers". This is one of Lisa’s very first appearances on British TV.
singing her version of Randy Crawford - “One Day I'll Fly Away”. Thankfully, she never flew away in that lovely shiny spacesuit....!
Last night’s ‘quick’ pre-bed bath turned into a bit of a marathon soak I’m afraid, with several hot water top ups and the chapters dropping like flies. The upshot of which was lights out at 3.00am
Next morning rendezvous was at 12.00 in the lobby from where we were taken to the venue – Theater Am Tanzbrunnen, a rather unusual affair in the middle of a park.
As it was only a few minutes from the hotel to the venue we had a fair bit of time to kill before soundcheck at 4.00pm so we filled it in the usual fashion.
The show was as expected really. The sound was pretty difficult and it was very hard to hear anything on stage with any kind of clarity. Walter (Front of House sound) and Meado (Monitors) are, to my mind, the best in the business and without their expert knob twiddling (ooh,er missus) things could have been much worse.
So, with Andrea hermetically sealed into her bunk, the rest of us either drank, watched a movie, talked shit or a combination of all of the above until they could take no more and climbed into their respective bunks.
So, after a hearty full Belgian breakfast – which is pretty much the same as a full English breakfast except with toy sausages and salad (who eats salad for breakfast??) – I checked in to the rather imaginatively named Hotel Theatre.
After a good Belgian lunch – which was pretty much the same as an English lunch except horrible – Mick and I met up with a very old friend from the days of our youth back in the North East of England.
We arrived at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cologne around 3.00pm having lost the will to live and arranged to rendezvous at 4.00 for a trip into town.
So, the plan was to meet in the lobby at 2.00pm and all head out for a spot of Paris sightseeing before an early dinner, a few drinks and a relatively early night.
The gig was at Trianon, a lovely little theatre at the foot of the hill leading up to Montmartre. We left for soundcheck around 12.00 and, although it was only about 14 inches away, Paris traffic made sure it took over 45 minutes to get there.
Paris audiences can be very sniffy and so Lisa was a little anxious about the reception we would receive – particularly as it was a seated venue.
One enterprising fan attempts to steal a march on the European Tour Photo Competition (details here)
And so, after a reasonably early night, 80s Dave and I rendezvous in the hotel lobby at 10.45am to catch the first tour boat leaving the jetty opposite the hotel.
After lunch and before sound check a couple of us popped next door to look at an brilliant photographic exhibition featuring the work of some amazing tattooists. The travesty of many of these types of exhibition is that they are all too often under-advertised and therefore under-visited and it was a real shame to find ourselves the only people there.
Anyway, it was soon time to head back and get to work.
Lisa performed at the Fragrance Foundation In Berlin, Germany for the "Dufstars Deutscher parfumpreis"
Native Monster caught up with Lisa Stansfield to find out what makes her Perfect Weekend.
10 o’clock Monday morning and the alarm goes off.