It's a real treat when an artist like Lisa Stansfield is still able to perform at such a high level on stage even after almost 30 years.
The singer, often referred to as the "British Queen of White Soul," takes to the stage in Frankfurt's Alte Oper and has the audience under control right from the start. The new songs fit perfectly into the ranks of the old hits.
With her usual powerful voice, she presents her mixture of pop and soul that has been known for decades. Already with "Everything" and "Deeper" the audience goes along enthusiastically; at "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" it flips then right: The interior is, claps and dances. Lisa Stansfield sweeps across the stage like a whirlwind with her fluttering golden pants and sings with great feeling.
At "Hercules", she lets her jacket glide over her shoulder before it is finally disposed of with momentum. Lisa Stansfield moves onstage with coolness and nonchalance, fueling the audience while the guitars add powerful accents in the background. This bundled energy is just as noticeable at the Powerballade "Hole In My Heart". The audience listens intently as Lisa Stansfield builds dramaturgical curves of tension with her vocals and her voice keeps climbing impressive heights.
As the first notes of "The Real Thing" sound, the audience jumps in the hall and dances on the funky groovy sound, always fueled by this energetic vocal power. The mood is thrilling and is further fueled by the long keyboard solo in "Change".
Carried by this exuberance, the setting for "So Natural" for a song changes to the acoustic part. On a foundation of cajón and acoustic guitar, the trumpeter sets to a solo, while Lisa Stansfield's voice skilfully blends into the harmonies.
In the middle of the concert, the quality of the new songs, which fit perfectly into the old hits. As the old song "Real Love" sounds and thus puts on pace and groove again, the audience is already back and dancing with. Lisa herself dances smoothly on the groove of the new song "Butterflies", whose sound is always interspersed with the accents of the trumpet and also boasts a powerful saxophone solo.
The also new "Never Ever" starts with a fiery percussion solo, which receives extra applause and with the further support of whistles creates a mood as at the Carnival in Rio. The mood reaches the highlight of the evening, the energetic hit "People Hold On" finally their absolute maximum. At the end there are standing ovations, loud cries and whistles.
The world we all live on is the defining theme of the last songs. Lisa starts with her biggest hit "All Around The World", which the audience enthusiastically sings and celebrates. In between, she plays "Ghetto Heaven", a cover of The Family Stand from 1990. This new version, which is initiated and finished by a lonely clarinet and supported by smooth-cool rhythms in between, is a veritable explosion of emotions.
The encore "Live Together / Young Hearts Run Free" is meant to remind everyone that we all have to live together somehow - and this message is coming. Carried on by a final solo of the saxophone, Lisa Stansfield leaves the stage after a bombastic show under standing ovation. How great the show is, is shown by the fact that this firework of first-class songs is not even missing "This Is The Right Time", after all a top 20 hit of the German single charts and a real radio hit.
Everything / Deeper / Never, Never Gonna Give You Up / Hercules / Hole In My Heart / The Real Thing / Change / So Natural / All Woman / Real Love / Butterflies / Never Ever / People Hold On / Billionaire / All Around The World / What Did I Do To You? / Ghetto Heaven // Live Together / Young Hearts Run Free
Report from 10.05.2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Alte Oper - Great Hall
By Erik Winkes for regioactive.de