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.