Lisa was back performing in Amsterdam at the Melkweg on Tuesday evening.
Our friend and long time fan Paulus Aarts captured some lovely images of Lisa and the band on stage for you all to see. Used here with his kind permission.
Photos and copyright Paulus Aarts www.paph.nl
Michael Ball returns to host Britain's largest outdoor classical music event.
In a new addition for this year the traditional Last Night anthems will be performed live on the Hyde Park stage by Proms in the Park favourites the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe. Forty thousand voices will join them for the mass singalong as the evening brings to a close two months of music-making with a spectacular finale.
Tune in to Ken Bruce on Radio 2 at 11am each day from Monday 23rd April to Friday 27th April as new acts are announced.
Tickets will go on sale at 11.10am on Friday 27th April. Visit the tickets page for more information.
Tickets will be available online - via links on this page - on the morning of Friday 27th April 2018. Please note, this is the best way to secure tickets. Tickets will also be available over the telephone, full details for this will be made available on this page, as above.
Tickets for this event are £45 (+ £3.20 booking fee, additional transaction fees may apply) 1 ticket required per person. Children under 3 years of age do not require a ticket. Children under 18 are not permitted unless accompanied by an adult aged 18 and above.
MENTION Lisa Stansfield to anyone and they'll launch into "Been around the world" but there is so much more to this Rochdale lass.
The Barbican stage was set for a band as big as a football team, smiling in the knowledge they had tricks up their sleeves. Instantly, they locked into an infectious groove, musical director Dave Oliver unafraid to leave space because "feel is the real deal".
Stansfield's back catalogue varies from hard Nineties' dance numbers to hot tunes to make people turn off the telly, and she proved in every line that soul singing is about the way it makes you feel.
Shows usually slump when new material arrives but Hercules ignited Stansfield as she gave the soul diva a number off, throwing down her jacket to allow a 1970s' Iggy Pop to possess and empower her. Stage owned! After an impromptu successful wedding proposal in the crowd, Stansfield went straight into the heartbreaking Hole In My Heart, these six minutes showing her range.
Rather than reheating yesteryear's old favourites, Lisa and her co-writing husband, Ian Devaney, were cooking up new exciting dishes on stage. Deeper was just that. The new material stood out; more aggressive, more beautiful. Billionaire, the BBC Radio 2 favourite, featured flawless four-part harmonies, including the astonishing voice of Strictly star Andrea Grant, who locked into every phrase as if on rails.
The two-piece brass section of saxophonist Mick Donnelly and trumpet player Johnny Thirkell had the power of a four piece, coupled with on-stage chemistry and hilarious Dad dancing. Donnelly's soprano sax to end the show was spellbinding.
Devaney and Stansfield may have written these songs but they soon saw in the 1,500 faces in the Barbican that other people now own them. People often overlook what an outstanding songwriter she is, but All Woman can stand toe to toe with any heart-wrenching Dolly Parton lyric and last night she sang every line like it was her last. That is soul singing.
I can imagine a young Lisa singing into a hairbrush like Little Voice in Mark Herman's film with her rare talent beyond her years. Nobody sounds like her. That depth that rattles your soul is unmistakable. Those effortless runs always avoid playing the picture cards when she can win hands down with something more subtle.
Stansfield is something special. Northern lass. Northern class. Northern soul. That's why this red rose will always be welcome in Yorkshire. Oh...and she also sang a catchy number called Been Around The World too.
Review: from The Press by Ian Donaghy
Photos from the Barbican in York show were taken by photographers Ed Fielding and JOHN HAYHURST used here with their kind permission.
Paul Cresswell contacted us last month to see whether he could make his marriage proposal a night neither he, nor his girlfriend Andrea could ever forget. Paul had initially set about proposing to his girlfriend on Valentines Day, however he sadly lost his Dad on that day and felt that the timing was not appropriate. So as Andrea is a massive Lisa fan, where else better to propose, but at a Lisa Stansfield gig. Here is Paul's little story.
"We arrived in York to see Lisa on the 19th of April me with secret in tow 😂. For about two weeks I’d been arranging a way I could propose to my girlfriend Andrea with the help of Bev from the fan site and Rachel, Lisa’s manager together with Claire from the tour management. We hatched a plan together 😁😁😁
We (Andrea and myself) arrived at the Barbican in York, me with ring in pocket and plan in my head we had put together. We went to our seats and watched the warm up act which was amazing then the show began Lisa Stansfield live what we’d all been waiting for.
In my head it was a waiting game I’d got butterflies in my stomach I was waiting for the song 'The Real Thing' which was my cue to be brave 😂 all them people.... gulp!
'The Real Thing' finished then Lisa announced that a Paul in the crowd had got something to say! Then with a spotlight shining on me, Claire passed me over a microphone 🎤....
I got down on one knee, looked at Andrea who's face was pure shock and I said the immortal words. “Andrea, will you marry me?” I’m glad to say she said YES!!! The crowd cheered....and the lights turned back to the stage and Lisa and her band started to perform "Change".
We had an amazing night and we will never forget it. Lisa live, is so amazing, so much soul and passion and we will definitely go to see her again!
Thank you so much for making it an amazing night. We will never ever forget all the brilliant and amazing people that helped make it possible. Thank you Lisa, Bev, Rachel and Claire. You are all invited to the wedding 👰🎩 when we have put plans in place!
Many thanks and love
Paul & Andrea"
Lisa Stansfield proved she was still The Real Thing when she brought her live show to Birmingham last night.
Photos: Dave Cox
Review & Photo Copyright © Mark Kaye
The Royal Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool was graced by the presence of a genuine star this week when one of the first real working class female vocalists to take over the world brought their tour to town on Tuesday night. Lisa Stansfield came on stage and almost immediately apologised for the length of time between visits to the city but she was clearly happy about being back with her “Deeper” tour. It’s hard not to mention Adele when talking about Lisa Stansfield because she is the most current prominent example of a working class girl taking over the world but Lisa Stansfield was doing it when Adele was still in nursery.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget but Lisa was selling millions of records and having number one records in America when Adele was still in nappies and it was all done in a time where it was so much harder to break America. From such memorable moments like her duet with George Michael at 1992’s Freddie Mercury tribute concert to her songs being on the soundtracks of two of the biggest films of the 90’s in the Bodyguard and Indecent Proposal Lisa Stansfield was a bona-fide superstar.
A packed out Hall went crazy when Lisa walked onto the stage and she was clearly touched by the reaction as she burst into “Everything” the opening track on the new album and that was quickly followed by “Deeper” before she burst into “Soul Deep” a clear nod to her die hard fans who have been with her since the very start. It’s an older crowd in the Hall tonight and they were clearly nervous about getting up dancing when Lisa told them not to listen to what anyone had said about raining seated but that didn’t last long.
As soon as they heard the opening chord to “Change” everyone stood up and started dancing. The crowd lapped up every second and shouted out to Lisa between every song telling her how much they loved her and wishing her a happy birthday even if it was one day early.
At 52 Lisa doesn’t look much different to how she looked the last time she was on the road and her voice is still as strong as ever. That powerful and illustrious voice hasn’t changed and it is still one of the most instantly recognisable voices in the world. After a break away from music and touring it’s clear to see that Lisa is enjoying being back and performing for her fans and it shows how much Liverpool loves her because the Hall was a sell out on a night where the red side of the city played one of the biggest games in their European history. Noticeably some men in the audience were checking their phones for score updates but it didn’t stop them being fully involved in the masterclass handed out by this vocal powerhouse.
Welcome back Lisa.