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reputation
Wasn't Born To Follow


United Kingdom
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Posted - 05/10/2013 :  10:33:39  Show Profile Send reputation a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's around ten years since I saw Pet in concert, she amazed me then and she did it again on Thursday at her Glasgow concert.

At almost 81 (next month) Pet did the whole show with her band.

I thought she looked quite Dusty-ish from a side view, her hair was similar to the style Dusty wore latterly and she had some dark eye-make up on.

Petula is a true professional, even when something malfunctioned near the end of her show - she explained what happened to the audience and then said "We can do the song without it, can't we"? That brought a round of applause and off she went into the song.

Before the final ovation some people were giving her gifts of flowers etc but the first one was a box of chocolates and she exclaimed "Oh Food, I Haven't Eaten All Day".

I felt Petula was quite overwhelmed with the ovation and for a minute I thought she was going to cry, I think she did wipe away a tear or two.

Her second last song was of course Downtown and she had the audience singing along.

A most enjoyable evening, thank you Petula.

Earthbound Gypsy
Sweet Inspiration



USA
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Posted - 05/10/2013 :  11:10:32  Show Profile Send Earthbound Gypsy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've been reading lots of good things about this concert on facebook.
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Sweetbaby
Sweet Inspiration



Canada
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Posted - 06/10/2013 :  00:21:49  Show Profile Send Sweetbaby a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Glad you had a good time Karl. It's surprising that Petula isn't more highly regarded as a live performer: every reference I've ever read to her concerts indicates she always gives 100% plus.
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reputation
Wasn't Born To Follow



United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/10/2013 :  19:22:52  Show Profile Send reputation a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh I think Petula is held in high regard!
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Sweetbaby
Sweet Inspiration



Canada
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Posted - 12/10/2013 :  22:10:29  Show Profile Send Sweetbaby a Private Message  Reply with Quote
While I'm sure her fans look forward to her shows I've never gotten the sense that Petula's really blipped the radar of public consciousness as a must-see live performer in the same sense as say Shirley Bassey.
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reputation
Wasn't Born To Follow



United Kingdom
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Posted - 13/10/2013 :  11:38:15  Show Profile Send reputation a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well maybe you just weren't around when Petula was doing all those tv shows in the States, making movies and appearing in stage musicals. Not to mention concerts all over the world.

No dis-respect to Shirley Bassey but I think Petula has done a helluva lot more than her.
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Earthbound Gypsy
Sweet Inspiration



USA
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Posted - 13/10/2013 :  21:28:17  Show Profile Send Earthbound Gypsy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Speaking of Shirley Bassey, I saw her perform live on Broadway many years ago. She was very good; however, her concert was under one hour. The tickets were very expensive for that era. Everyone thought it was an intermission and was shocked to learn that it actually was over and felt very ripped off. There also was a drunk in the audience that became very disruptive throughout the concert.

I know that Shirley's fame was much greater in the UK. I have been told that her fame is/was? once so great that she was unable to walk the streets alone anywhere in the UK. Her claim to fame in the US really is limited to singing the title song in the Bond film Gold Finger. I must say it's a great song!! Never thought of this until this moment, but I guess in the US you could go as far as saying, she was a one hit wonder. However, she did/does? have a large fan base because her voice was always very respected.

Something else I have been told about Shirley Bassey that I never really understood. When I was told by my Brit friends that Shirley could not walk the streets alone due to her fame, guess you can figure out my next question! I asked who would you consider to be more famous Shirley or Dusty? They always replied two entirely different categories. I wondered why different? Once again I believe that the US would put them both in the category of being two pop singers from the UK.

Marty
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Earthbound Gypsy
Sweet Inspiration



USA
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Posted - 13/10/2013 :  21:39:17  Show Profile Send Earthbound Gypsy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just want to say if you never have seen Petula live in concert, run don't walk to catch one of her concerts!

Marty
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reputation
Wasn't Born To Follow



United Kingdom
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Posted - 15/10/2013 :  09:39:56  Show Profile Send reputation a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Bassey was more than a one hit wonder in the States.

You don't fill Carnegie Hall and record a double album there on the strength of one hit!

I wouldn't imagine Shirley doing much walking in the UK as she hasn't
lived here for years.
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Janie
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 16/10/2013 :  18:16:31  Show Profile Send Janie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Marty has asked me to the post this photo of her with Petula - absolutely great shot, Marty!

Taken several years ago at the Barbara B Mann Theater, Fort Myers, Florida






Janie x60
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Earthbound Gypsy
Sweet Inspiration



USA
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Posted - 16/10/2013 :  20:42:11  Show Profile Send Earthbound Gypsy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you Janie!

Karl when I said Shirley was a one hit wonder I meant to the best of my knowledge she only charted with one song in the US - Gold Finger. Do you or anyone else recall of any other song that I may have forgotten about through the years? I also added that she has a very large fan base because her voice is very respected.

I do not recall her performing in Carnegie Hall but she certainly might have. Like I said, she did perform for several weeks on the Broadway Stage, where I did see her.

Marty
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reputation
Wasn't Born To Follow



United Kingdom
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Posted - 16/10/2013 :  23:59:34  Show Profile Send reputation a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There is no "might have" about Bassey peforming at Carnegie Hall there was a double album recorded there which had a different sleeve to the UK release, she also recorded an album in Spanish which was released in America and not here. her album "Something" also had a different sleeve to the UK release.

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Gill
Wishing And Hoping



United Kingdom
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Posted - 11/01/2014 :  12:00:45  Show Profile Send Gill a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nice picture Marty....
I have been checking out ticket prices recently (following the opening of a new arena in our city) the cheapest ticket to see Dolly Parton this year was 165 and they were back row seats. I will get a much better view of her on DVD for a lot less money. Ticket prices are way out of control in the UK.

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reputation
Wasn't Born To Follow



United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/01/2014 :  23:24:13  Show Profile Send reputation a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Gill

Nice picture Marty....
I have been checking out ticket prices recently (following the opening of a new arena in our city) the cheapest ticket to see Dolly Parton this year was 165 and they were back row seats. I will get a much better view of her on DVD for a lot less money. Ticket prices are way out of control in the UK.




You can say that again. I saw Alfie Boe in a theatre last March, at the time of booking all that was left was the back balcony, Alfie was brilliant and his powerful voice filled the large theatre. We decided to book earlier next time for seats closer to the stage - he is coming back but only to the newly opened arena in Glasgow. As you say they are so large we have to view the artist on a screen anyway so I quite agree the dvd is cheaper and you can watch it time and time again.

Edited by - reputation on 06/02/2014 11:08:43
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Earthbound Gypsy
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USA
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Posted - 16/01/2014 :  08:40:49  Show Profile Send Earthbound Gypsy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Theater prices are through the roof here too. The only thing somewhat affordable here is community theater and dinner theater. To see big name entertainment has become unaffordable. I do try to go once a year to see either a show or concert with a big name. If prices keep going up, I won't be able to continue to do it. Last October I saw the Broadway touring group of Momma Mia with my daughter. Although I've seen it in Vegas, my daughter was longing to see it. She hasn't stopped playing the CD since! l! So it was an early Christmas present from me. It really is a fun/feel good musical!

The last time I was London (hmmm...guessing maybe five years ago), I saw Jersey Boys and Michael Ball in Hair Spray. At that time, tickets even with the dollar exchange, were about half the price of what the cost is on Broadway. Not sure if that still would be true. I believe your government funds the Arts, we have very minimal funding here.

Thanks for your comment Gill!

Marty
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