Friday, October 17, 2008

And here's.........Grace!

I have seen some truly fantastic shows this year and one of the highlights was Grace Jones. (I’m so behind on my blogging pictures that I’m just going to have to drip feed them in the wrong order).

What has prompted this particular piece is the purchase of Grace Jones tickets at the Colston Hall (front row!). I can’t tell you how excited I am about seeing her again. We saw her at the
Massive Attack Meltdown experience in the enormous symphonic hall they have, and I thought it was going to be a dull affair as we were up in the gods of the balcony, but she truly rocked the place. She managed to connect to every aspect of the audience, with her many many hat changes, and some signature John-Paul Goude style backgrounds. She also treated the front rows to some very scary leaping into the audience moments with very little on.

The introduction of the show was the very dark ‘corporate cannibal’ video (which I urge you to watch), where you were forced into the darkness she can turn herself into. A black and white simplified morph of an image, with a Massive Attack style backbone. And when she finally appeared onstage she chatted to the audience as if we were long lost friends and you couldn’t help but wonder why she hasn’t been doing this for the last decade.

The last time I saw her was at the Brixton Academy while I was at college, where she appeared over an hour late, and then sang to backing tapes. She kept her traditional changing of outfits and walking down an over exaggerated staircase, but the show lacked something. But her presence is something you never forget.

Roll on January!

Corporate Cannibal

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