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  • Philharmonic Liverpool
    haunted 70s Britain Joan Armatrading has graced the Liverpool stage many times but none perhaps as important as this her final ever major world tour some announcements just don t seem right some don t sit well in the stomach of the fan However as Joan Armatrading played out her evening the applause getting longer between songs the humour and the smile getting broader for those in the Philharmonic Hall the music of the night would at least carry them home in good spirits For 40 years Ms Armatrading has thrilled audiences to the point of jubilation and utter delight Her voice has carried many over the threshold of insecurity and delivered them into soft warm arms ready to embrace and be kept safe Yet perhaps for many in the aisles and in the boxes this was the true moment of a distinguished career The acid test and the defining section all rolled into one musical ball whether the humour would hold up the voice would play its part after all she had already pointed out that this tour was well over the hundred mark and whether the crowd could cope with not seeing her as often as they would like The set itself was long beautifully so The stage almost minimalistic a token aspect to the important figure of the musician and the only instruments on stage were three guitars one piano and the tool of her trade her sublime voice With just this in mind tracks such as the opener City Girl the sensational More Than One Kind of Love the beating pulsating All the Way From America In These Times Down To Zero The Weakness in Me the eagerly awaited Love and Affection Drop the Pilot and Willow were given the respect the due deference that songs

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  • Sage Gateshead Hall 1
    for this evening Laughter was juxtaposed with music for the whole evening as Joan peppered her set with one liners and wise cracks ripples of laughter filling the room I m making my way over to the piano now I ve arrived And teasing the audience three songs in that she was rather tired and thought she d end the show there are just two examples I warmed to her instantly Most refreshing was that Joan didn t make us wait until the end for those songs instead she dropped them in throughout the set Every few minutes it was like unwrapping another surprise as we were treated to another we d been waiting for Throughout the set she accompanied herself alternating between an assortment of guitars and piano Also behind her was a screen projecting images and clips from her music videos which gave many of the songs an additional layer of meaning The richness of her vocals completely belied her sixty four years Hard as it was to choose standout songs for me included All The Way From America These Are The Times Drop The Pilot Love and Affection Right on Target and Rosie An unexpected rather special moment came in the form of her talking us through a slideshow of images from her life in music She is as good a storyteller as comedian and I could have listened to her all night Most touching was the gratitude she exhibits for the experiences she has had and people she has met As she talked about her day with Nelson Mandela tears filled her eyes I felt honoured that she shared the story with me and I m sure I was not alone All too soon the night was over and joking with us again she announced I

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  • Birmingham Town Hall Concert Review
    of the city has made it clear that this will be her last major tour and wandering on stage she joked I came on here for something but I can t remember what Then three songs in she announced that because this was the 119th date of the tour and she was tired she had decided to cut the concert short and this was to be her last song Appearing solo without her customary band and with just a small selection of guitars and a piano she then went on to captivate the audience for an hour and a half Sparkling throughout with typically Brummie self deprecating wit she filled the Town Hall stage with the force of her personality the power of her playing and of course that voice in a million on songs such as City Girl from her first album way back in 1972 alfway through she introduced a slideshow of highlights from her four decade career with a shot of the fresh faced singer outside Ronnie Scott s back in 1973 There followed pictures of her with Paul McCartney Elton John and Nelson Mandela with her MBE and in the pages of the Beano To finish

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  • Holmfirth Picturedrome
    s most inspiring singer songwriters Joan Armatrading made a triumphant return to Holmfirth to highlight her status and very respectable back catalogue With a career spanning over five decades the Caribbean born and Birmingham raised singer songwriter walked out to yet another sell out audience on her extensive list of intimate shows Show number 110 of her remarkable first solo and sadly final world tour she opened with 1972 favourite City Girl from her debut album Whatever s For Us Armatrading spent the next 90 minutes alone with simply a guitar and keyboard reciting a set which aimed to include a least one song from each of her 20 albums Among the more popular songs from a stunning back catalogue were All the Way from America Down to Zero Drop the Pilot Me Myself and I and the breath taking The Weakness in Me which left the capacity crowd in admiration Armatrading displayed her diversity by delving into reggae territory favourite Rosie and blues esque My Baby s Gone Through it all it was evident how empowering Armatrading has become and how captivating she is on stage She drew on her influences and set out the path for all who have followed in her footsteps The distinctive and irrepressible voice remains as did her relaxed sense of humour Reminiscing on stage with a pre built photographic slideshow Armatrading talked the audience through her upbringing and career highlights This showcased her many accolades including the 1978 Bob Dylan concert at Blackbushe Aerodrome near Camberley which still holds the record for largest single day crowd She also relived the 20th anniversary of democracy celebration in South Africa where she was invited as the only non South African artist and went on to meet the late Nelson Mandela The anthemic Love and Affection

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  • John Seigenthaler Interviews Joan For Al Jazeera America News
    Full Chord Charts Your Downloads T Shirts DVDs CDs Animation Shop FAQs Shop Login Logout Contact Fan Email UK Tour Enquiries NA Tour Enquiries Press Enquiries Newsletter Latest Update Concert Reviews Timeline Register Timeline Login Logout John Seigenthaler Interviews Joan For Al Jazeera America News Related items Hopkins Center for the Arts Hopkins MN Concert Review Fox Theatre Tucson Arazona Concert Review Capitol Theatre Clearwater Review Cape Town Review The

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  • Hopkins Center for the Arts Hopkins, MN Concert Review
    Enquiries Newsletter Latest Update Concert Reviews Timeline Register Timeline Login Logout Hopkins Center for the Arts Hopkins MN Concert Review Joan Armatrading Hopkins Center for the Arts At 64 playing her 201st show of her last world tour she brought the house down and earned four standing ovations Playing solo with just three guitars she delivered her rock blues and folk songs equally masterfully with renewed vigor Startribune com Related

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  • Fox Theatre Tucson Arazona Concert Review
    songwriters around and this show was proof of why she has captivated audiences worldwide for so long Ms Armatrading announced early in the show that this was the 250th show of this tour She is not planning to retire but she simply is tired of leaving home to go on tour and returning a year later Joking she said I m quite tired and so this is the last song The crowd laughed since she had not started playing yet She then announced that her first song would be All the Way From America She said Those of you who know the song please join in Those of you who don t know the song don t join in Her sense of humor was in full gear for the night Joan Armatrading brought three guitars and a keyboard and a small screen in the background to augment her show but no band Many reviewers have compared Joan s guitar licks as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix She played many styles of guitar during this show She is still SO good No one seemed to miss the band Photos were displayed that encapsulated her rich career and she narrated the photos periodically during the show Her narrations were priceless particularly regarding her early career Photos of her and Bob Dylan Eric Clapton Rod Stewart Tina Turner Paul McCartney Elton John Nelson Mandela and much more She seemed to be especially proud of her one on one meeting with Mr Mandella Thirty years ago Ms Armatrading was shy and did not converse with the fans Since that time she has performed for crowds of 250 000 people at one time That seems to have tempered her shyness The songs in the set were a selection of blues folk pop rock and

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  • The Concert Hall New York
    Than One Kind of Love had far more emotional and sonic power in a stripped down setting that seemed tailor made for Armatrading s catalog Her grasp of British Sarcasm irony and dry dry wit is strong She began the evening winding her audience up I thought I d play a song from every album I ve made she said Cue deafening cheers But that s not going to happen She picked up an electric guitar and went straight into the soulful City Girl from her 1972 debut Whatever s For Us Before a monumental All the Way From America she said If you know it join in If you don t then don t because you ll spoil it she joked with an impish grin Armatrading s main instrument is her earthy throaty voice which rose to a sparkling falsetto and fell in a melodious rumble Sometimes it has a little yodel to it Promise Land showed off its opulence and Joni Mitchell seemed a close musical compatriot Like Mitchell she tenderly tucks her voice into a song My Baby s Gone had chunky Hendrix y riffs and recalled Sixties psychedelic blues rock Me Myself I was delivered with punk rock militant insistence and Rosie pulsed with jaunty reggae In addition to the songs which document her four decade career the screen at the back of the stage displayed a slide show of photos collected from Armatrading s life in music She proudly narrated as the images flipped there was Joan from the early Seventies a tender tête à tête with the late Nelson Mandela in the Nineties and then Armatrading anointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE in the Aughts Her life in music is all Armatrading is willing to part with publicly

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