Hot From Harlem

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“Attached is a copy (a little blurry as it was on eBay a while
back) of a programme from “Hot From Harlem”.

More to come, Gary”

Thanks Gary, I’ve tried to crop and sharpen this aaawful blur 🙂

The show was of historical importance on DSB’s road to stardom. 

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You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet 2 and 3

More from St David’s Hall, Cardiff in 1985 

This page is following on from the page dated 11th January

Click here to go straight back to it, as it contains the details. 

Part 2

 Never Never Never & I (Who Have Nothing)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anXECuc5IYc

Part 3

New York New York & Something

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u72frKVQ6c0

 

DSB Liverpool 2001

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Concert Review
From a Liverpool Local Newspaper, Jul 16 2001


Shirley Bassey is one of the few artists of world calibre who are more sensational live than on recordings.
A Superstar who is neither too prim nor precious to party with her fans. It was obvious from the moment she twinkled onto the Kings Dock stage in silver-sequined halter neck dress and drop earrings, and with a monster knuckle-duster diamond on her right hand, that she was also out for a good time. Apart from the unique voice, powered by lungs to rival cathedral organ bellows, it’s the actress in Bassey which makes her performance so utterly riveting. As the melody flows, she eventually manoeuvres those slender, endlessly extending arms and flexing fingers to point above her head where she appears to be a singing Statue of Liberty.It’s a lesson in theatrical triumphalism that today’s one-hit wonders cannot hope to match!The Diva from Tiger Bay with the 100-yard projecting smile, has honed each and every note and syllable of her repertoire so she can take any song by any other artist and claim it as her own property. Witness the Doors’ Light My Fire, Patsy Cline’s Crazy, and even the Beatles’ anthem Hey Jude.

The latter nearly blasted the top off the 4,000 seater Big Top, as Liverpool lustily responded with the repeated chorus.

But there are Bassey songs that are so firmly possessed that trespassers risk prosecution – like the James Bond titles Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever, plus Big Spender and Something.

And there is something in the way she moves, sexily teasing the audience with a show of leg to the hip and then throwing them red carnations.

EVERY DETAIL MERELY AFFIRMS HER STATUS AS EMPRESS OF SONG – TRULY STUPENDOUS.

Taken from Ed’s archive. Thank you Andrew for typing off this article.

Liverpool Culture

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Greeting her old friend Paul at the Q Awards 2007

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LONDON (Reuters) – Former Beatle Ringo Starr kicked off celebrations on Friday as his home town Liverpool becomes European Capital of Culture for 2008.

 

Starr is being joined by more than 1,300 performers over this weekend to launch a year-long programme of 350 musical, dance and art events which organisers hope will attract an extra two million people to the city.

 

“The People’s Opening” got underway in front of St George’s Hall in the city centre at exactly 8:08 p.m., with rooftop performances by Starr, who premiered a new song, and other artists.

 

Other events planned for the year include a concert in June by Paul McCartney, at Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club.

 

“It’s going to be a great year,” McCartney said when the plans were unveiled last September.

 

“I’m very proud of the city and I look forward to welcoming you all and showing you a good time.”

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To date there is no news of DSB doing a concert. She has performed in Liverpool before, the most recent being at the Liverpool Summer Pops, an annual festival held in a huge big top. (This year it’s at the Arena.)

She blew their socks off. The audience went into orbit. Scousers are great. I made some new friends there, including a manager from the local radio station with an open invitation to visit the studios. I was surprised to really enjoy the city – The Beatles Museum, the Tate Gallery etc.

There is good and bad of course, like any city, but everyone was so welcoming, with that dry sense of humour.

John Lennon was once asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world. “He’s not even the best drummer in the Group!” was his reply. 

Good luck to everyone involved with the Year Of Culture – just try and book DSB if you can!

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Liverpool Summer Pops 2008

July 1 – 31 2008

Presented by The Liverpool Echo

The Liverpool Summer Pops have become established as an important part of the European summer music calendar.
Attracting audiences of over 100,000, the Pops is held every July, this year in its new home of the Liverpool Arena, in the heart of the 2008 European Capital of Culture, and among the world’s most famous music cities.

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(Non-DSB):

Click here to watch RINGO STARR’S New Music video for Liverpool 8