Video clip: Diamonds

Click here for Diamonds clip

Taken by phone cam in Birmingham.
It’s not perfect quality – but better than nothing.
The first few seconds are out of focus.
Never mind the quality – feel the voice!

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Here are some outstanding rare images of Shirley:

– with reading glasses

– in Amsterdam, round 1991

– interview at the time of the album ‘keep the music playing’

– in 1984, first time (?) without wig

Thank you Marius in the Netherlands for these, and for your captions.

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Update on tiaras

£4.6 million was raised at Sir Elton John’s White Ties and Tiaras charity bash, not £3 million as mentioned on blog dated 29 June. This included £500,000 paid by a mystery bidder for a new song.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation official web site:

Click here

More info from this Virgin.net music news report on:

Virgin.net page

And a reminder it will be covered in OK! on Tuesday.

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Congratulations to Liz and Helen!

Shoes auction raised £520 for charity today

See blog dated 22 June for more info…

Link to eBay item

Zoe’s tattoo

Fans who enjoyed the Birmingham NEC Arena concert may remember this moment.

Instead of gifts and flowers, one cheeky fan was different. Much to Shirley’s amusement.

Referring back to blog dated 17 June ‘Blondie’s Tattoo’. The Birmingham babe who asked DSB to sign her arm with a magic marker.

Blondie is Zoe’s nickname on the message board. She is a brunette and ‘drop-dead gorgeous’ (my son’s observant description).

Nobody had ever asked Shirley to sign a ‘body part’ before. She was laughing so much that she couldn’t start the next song on cue.

“Does your mother know you’re out?” she asked, giggling. She slapped her own wrist saying “Cheeky!”

Since then, Zoe has had a real tattoo made over the autograph. What a fan!

Here’s a message from Zoe:

“DSB said when she was signing that the Bassey part was not good enough and she wanted to do it again on the other arm. But I am happy with the outcome.

“The pen was very thick, it was quite funny. I have other signatures on my arm and usually take a good thin nib pen… I forgot and had to go to a service station on the motorway. I could only get the biggest fattest pen going.

“Some of the other things DSB said to me was….I was the first person ever to have her signature tattooed (I didn’t tell her it was being tattooed….she guessed), she told me she had never been that low on stage before and to that I said “That’s right Shirley…on your knees!” to which she really chuckled.

We carried on the fun and banter for quite a while really…if you remember she had some difficulty with the beginning of the next song as she was laughing so much 🙂

Best wishes,
Zoe”

Congratulations Zoe, and thanks for sharing the fun!

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Just to show there are plenty of other great people in Birmingham, the Evening Post wrote the best review of the tour, reproduced below.

One Diva, two frocks and 7,000 adoring fans Jun 9 2006

Shirley Bassey, Nec Arena
Dame Shirley Bassey cemented her reputation as a crowd-pleasing Diva with a vintage performance at the NEC Arena on Wednesday night.

Vintage in the sense of outstandingly good. I haven’t even attempted to research Miss Bassey’s age. To do so would not only be a trifle vulgar, but it would result in a number that would be impossible to reconcile with the agile and flawless persona that captivated the audience for over an hour.

If you’re expecting me to say that Shirley Bassey was anything but wonderful, you’d better stop reading now.

From the start of her set, Miss Bassey radiated a serene pleasure.

“Darling, the pleasure is all mine”, you could almost hear her purr as the orchestra behind her struck up the familiar refrains.

In the age of synthetic pop wannabes, Dame Shirley is relentless in the clarity of her timbre and consistent in her coquettish charm.

She defines what it is to be a real star. Her wide ranging set included some new songs, a medley of her own Bond themes (who else can legitimately do that?) and a wide enough selection of the reliable standards to please every devoted fan.

Big Spender was a favourite of mine, despite the fact I had to concentrate very hard to stop myself from lip-synching and waving my arms extravagantly in the air.

The finale was both predictable and enjoyable. Serene in a sensational, body-hugging, sparkling, scarlet frock, DSB delivered a pitch perfect rendition of the anthem I am what I am with all the vigour and enthusiasm of a first performance, a quality that characterised the entire show.
Steve Bedser

Copyright Birmingham Evening Post
Link:
Birmingham Post
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Shoes charity auction bid is now up to £310

Only hours to go – the auction ends 2 July 18:00 BST

See blog dated 22 June for more info.

eBay link

Shirley at Elton’s party last night

Sir Elton John’s annual White Tie and Tiara summer party raised over £3 million for his charity, the Elton John Aids Foundation.

Kylie Minogue proved to be another diamonds girl.

She wore bling valued at £3 million, including a 16-carat white gold necklace worth £2.5 million, saying “This is my official coming out.”

Kylie, 38, plans to resume a tour later this year. It was cut short by the diagnosis of breast cancer.

Other high-profile guests dancing the night away were Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, daughters of the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson.

Kate Moss, Liz Hurley, Pamela Anderson, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Elle Macpherson, Rod Stewart, Natalie Imbruglia, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Louise Redknapp and Simon Cowell also attended.

Coverage of the party will be in OK! magazine, out next Tuesday.

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Shoes auction bid up to £205
For information see blog dated 22 June

Only a day to go!

Click here for the eBay auction

Photo of the week

With gowns before the 2003 auction. Left click to enlarge.

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(Non-DSB) See Charlotte for free

The rock chick is recording a new TV pilot ‘The Charlotte Church Show’.

This will be at the studios where ‘Another Audience With Dame Shirley Bassey’ was filmed.

For details of this and other TV shows please visit:

http://www.sroaudiences.com/

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