Native Monster caught up with Lisa Stansfield to find out what makes her Perfect Weekend.
Soul singer Lisa Stansfield has returned to the live scene, 25 years after topping the charts with All Around the World. It is 10 years since the release of her last album, but Stansfield is looking forward to her return. She will kick off her UK tour at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on September 5.
It’s Friday afternoon, what’s on your mind?
Wondering how I’m going to spend my time at the weekend. Sometimes I make plans but other times I leave things to chance. It’s lovely when unexpected and special moments occur, when you don’t know the magic will happen.
That’s if I’m not working. If I’m working I think ‘Oh no, why am I working!’
Who normally has the pleasure of your company at the weekends?
If I am not working it is my friends and family, wherever I am. I have friends all over the place so wherever I go I usually can hook up with someone. However my favourite person to spend any weekend with is my lovely husband Ian.
How do you prepare for a big night out?
Usually take as much time as possible if I can. I hate to rush when I’m getting ready but sometimes time is very limited. I like to take time to do my make-up and get dressed slowly. I’ll take my time and have a glass of champagne and then put on my high heels and go for it. I really enjoy getting ready, sometimes it’s better than the night out.
What’s your favourite party outfit?
My favourite dress at the moment is a vintage Oscar De La Renta gown with matching veil that I first wore for the National Lottery show. It’s absolutely beautiful.
You’ve just arrived at the bar, what’s your first drink?
Usually a nice cold glass of Prosecco.
What is your favourite night spot and why?
I love the Saturday night disco at the Standard Hotel in LA. It’s a gorgeous feel. No pretention. I also love Madame Jojos in Soho on a Friday night. It has been around for 60 or more years and is known as a cabaret and burlesque club. Every Friday my friend Snowboy has a night there called the Good Foot. He DJs and has guest DJs and it’s fantastic. Having said that, I love anywhere when I’m with my favourite people.
It’s a sunny Saturday, what are you up to?
I usually meet up with friends at the local pub. They have a lovely garden and it’s so refreshing just to spend time in the sun with the people who I care about. I also take my dogs for a walk on the Heath.
What’s your most memorable weekend ever and why?
The weekend that my husband Ian took me to Amsterdam and proposed to me.
What’s your recipe for the perfect night in?
No clothes on, in bed with an Indian. I’ve no idea of his name but he seems very nice?! Other than that . . . loads of junk food, a few bottles of wine with friends and a load of comedy on the telly.
Favourite DVD and what would you eat while watching it?
Now Voyager – I love that film on a Sunday. Beauty! Sausage butty. I love old sci-fi films . . . like Logan’s Run, Soylent Green, The Time Machine.
Sunday breakfast: cooked or continental?
Oh I’ve said this already. A sausage butty, definitely!
Sunday lunch: home cooked or down the pub?
It depends how busy I am but I love to have it cooked for me.
Where and how do you like to relax?
Watching rubbish daytime telly. I love detective shows like Colombo and I’ve watched every episode of Friends about 50 times. I also really like baking. I’ve got the new Mary Berry book. The only problem is that I tend to bake far too much so I end up giving loads of it away. I also watch a lot of TV on catch up and can waste far too long watching silly things on YouTube.
You have the whole weekend off and a wad of cash. Which country or city would you head to?
I would love to take to everyone to Madagascar . . . I don’t really know why.
Twenty five years after topping the charts globally with the single ‘All Around The World’ and ten years after the release of her last album, the Grammy nominated, multi-BRIT, Ivor Novello and Silver Clef Award winner – the Rochdale singer who can boast sales of nearly 20 million records and a string of international top 10 hits – is back looking and sounding better than ever.
On days when we are in and out with two overnighters back to back, it makes sense to just camp up at the venue rather than schlep backwards and forwards to and from a hotel. This was a nice modern venue with good dressing rooms and showers so that’s what we did.
This is why we all much prefer playing in clubs as the vibe is always so much better. As the audience are all standing, none of them has to feel conscious about blocking the view of someone sitting behind them. They’re all in the same boat and it doesn’t take much to get it rocking!
Sightseeing done, we headed back to the venue for the soundcheck and my traditional pre-show zzzz and before we knew it we were at the side of the stage ready to go on.
A nice early night in theory, turned into a late one as I was intent on learning the eventual fate of the eponymous Stoner in the classic John Williams novel. (not much, is the answer)
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If anyone had assumed that Lisa kept herself locked away, hiding behind closed doors for the past ten years, lounging around in her P.J's, eating junk food and watching daytime TV, well you would all be mistaken, it was only nine years! No, I'm kidding. Despite what might have seemed an eternity for some of her fans, that's well and truly in the past and all has been forgiven, because Lisa is back folks and don't we know it!
BN: When you were quiet and away from the music scene for a while, you had some personal stuff happening in your life, like when your Mum passed away which was obviously a very sad time for you. There must have been a lot of things that affected you during that period.
BN: Coming back to now, this year is a massive year for you in many ways. With "Seven" the tour and then it’s the 25th anniversary of "All Around The World" and "Affection". Do you have any celebratory plans to perhaps release some specials or any re-issue editions?
We arrived in Frankfurt nice and early after a very cheerful overnight drive. It’s always good to get the first show under your belt and, given there weren’t too many hiccups, most people let off any pent up steam through the medium of drink.
I guess we weren’t fully aware of how nervous we all were on the first night in Zurich because, with that out of the way and everyone feeling much more relaxed, tonight’s show was a different kettle of fish altogether.
And so, with a mixture of relief, excitement and a little trepidation, we took to the stage for the first gig of the tour.
Sound check was a little longer than usual as we wanted to run through some of the bits of the set which we weren’t 100% sure of and, believe it or not, we made some MORE changes to the arrangements – just to make sure no-one felt they had it under control.
So, with rehearsals behind us and most of us still at best a little unsure of what’s going on, it was departure day – something which had come as a bit of a shock to Snowboy, who thought we weren’t leaving until Friday! Not bad. Only two days out…..
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Interview by By CHRIS CUMMINS
Video by Tobias Longmate