Gig Review by Philippa Head with Photography by Carolyn Brown

Anastacia

We all remember when Anastacia broke into the music scene in the 2000s with her awesomely powerful vocals that made her such a powerhouse of the noughties, and now she’s here with touring with the Ultimate Collection Tour at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Anastacia

After largely falling out of the Anastacia musical fandom sometime after the amazing 2004 Anastacia album when I hit the punk/rock era of life I have unfortunately, missed out on the magic that is Anastacia in the succeeding years. This means my main memories are of the classics like ‘Left Outside Alone’, ‘Sick and Tired’ and the greatest of all ‘I’m Outta Love’, sitting in the front room wishing I could rock a red pleather outfit just like her. All of this came screaming back as soon as she burst on stage and it felt like I’d never been away.

Anastacia

As Symphony Hall goes dark and a dramatic drum beat and light show starts you could feel the crowd grow in excitement as everyone waited for the great entrance, then suddenly cheers erupted as Anastacia herself appeared in the middle of a giant A and immediately started belting out ‘Army of Me’ and the classic ‘Sick and Tired’ in quick succession getting the crowd buzzing straight away.

Anastacia

From the beginning of the show Anastacia took command of the entire hall; shaking her snake hips, dancing with the backing singers and strutting round the stage, everyone in the room could tell that she was enjoying herself as much as the audience was. Throughout the whole performance her voice was on point with that amazingly husky tone belting out some huge notes. The show was a mixture of upbeat and danceable classics such as ‘Cowboys and Kisses’ and an amazing cover of the Foo Fighters’ ‘Best of You’ along with some beautifully sung slow songs such as ‘Heavy On My Heart’ and ‘Pieces of a Dream’ just showing Anastacia’s stunning vocal range.

Anastacia

Anastacia

Throughout the show there was lots of crowd interaction from Anastacia from complaining about Donald Trump (or T as she refers to him) to joking with the crowd to posing for fan pictures, getting everyone laughing with her fun and witty personality.  However, she also talked about the difficulties in her life and in the world, addressing the horrific events last week in Manchester and bolsters everyone for showing resilience in the face of adversity for coming out and not being afraid. She dedicates her song ‘You’ll Never Be Alone’ to everyone that has lost someone or is going through tough times and walks through the crowd as she sings.

Anastacia

As the night ended the whole crowd were on its feet as ‘I’m Outta Love’ was belted out by both Anastacia and the crowd, with Anastacia posing for fan photos while continuing to sing. When the song ended the crowd waited and clapped in unison waiting for the encore of the most popular songs, so when ‘Left Outside Alone’ started the room erupted. Everyone left with a great feeling after a fun night, both joyful and sombre, with people singing their favourites as they left the venue making a fun and diverse crowd as they mixed with the KISS fans from the Barclaycard Arena. All in all if anyone was on the fence about Anastacia they will definitely love her now!

Anastacia

Anastacia

One Response to “Anastacia at The Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK – 28th May 2017”

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