Detroit-born legendary post-punk pop singer Lene Lovich hit the top of the UK charts with her single “Lucky Number” in 1979, and was crowned the “Queen of Quirk”, influencing a generation of pop and alternative acts, from Nina Hagen to Boy George, and from Madonna to Dresden Dolls. Lovich’s unique vocal and visual style, along with her catchy but experimental songwriting, has exerted a huge influence over alternative pop culture and garnered her many plaudits and continued interest. She has been described as everything from “Kate Bush on acid” to “the New Wave Maria Callas”. Her hits “Lucky Number”, “Say When”, “Bird Song” and “New Toy” are still regulars on many playlists on radio stations around the world.
Lene had drawn a crowd! The Concorde2 was packed. There was a real air of excitement and anticipation as the lights dimmed. A huge cheer went up as the Lene Lovich Band took to the stage and then joined by Lene. Lene sporting a red and black hooped top with a huge black sparkly veil covering her face. She moved the veil aside and we were off!
The Lene Lovich Band:
LENE LOVICH vocals,
JUDE RAWLINS guitar,
KIRSTEN MORRISON keyboards,
MORGAN KING drums…
plus the Tonemeister JON CLAY…
It was going to be a short set as Lene and the band were support/guests for The Psychedelic Furs. The set comprised of some of the following tracks:
A top collection of musicians backed Lene tonight. The Lene Lovich band gave us a great tight sound, at times rocking and other times melodramatic and full of atmosphere.
Its been a while since lucky number – but wow! Lena’s voice is still there, incredibly strong and not a note out of place. This lady can put a lot of the newer generation of X Factor wannabees into the shade with her vocals, techniques, and yes, also with sheer stage presence. She was absolutely incredible to listen to.
Lene’s bassist Val Kyrie had said the stage was rather tight. She wasn’t wrong! Drum kits, amps and a load of guitars with keyboards made the stage a little cramped. Sadly from my position I wasn’t able to get pics of Morgan or Kirsten (sorry guys – next time!). Val managed some fine movements on the stage and Jude had a bit more room, at one point playing his guitar with a LED fan! An extraordinary sound from that. Morgan all the while working perfectly with Val with some top drumming and fills. The keys/synth from Kirsten at times washing over us with some incredible sounds. The band were tight and a great line up to play with Lene.
“uh” – pause – “oh” – pause – “eh” – pause – “oh” and the band fired up Lenes biggest hit Lucky Number. This was the spark the crowd had waited for as they ignited into life, dancing and joining in at the appropriate points. This was just brilliant and Lene seemed to be loving the audience reaction as her eyes flashed and sparkled in the lights and we were treated to her wonderful smile. What a song. It was delivered with as much energy and enthusiasm as it was back in the day.
Lene glides and swirls around the stage and from time to time mixed it up with her band members throughout the set.
Not much in between songs chat, but when we did hear from Lene, we loved it.
Lene Lovich – She’s a load of fun, a fire cracker, all topped with a supreme vocal range. Whats not to like? What more could you ask for? If you get the chance – go see this incredible band. Loved it!
Lene Lovich Band is on the web
Venue: Concorde 2
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