BBC Electric Prom: Dame Shirley Bassey Entertains!
A Real Treat From The Music Royal...
We don't expect every Dropout to have Shirley Bassey greatest hits album in their CD Collection (unless you're part of our more 'mature' Dropouts), but we do expect you guys to know exactly who she is, and be able to list at least three of her many famous songs. It's as significant as The National Anthem, parents birthdays and anniversaries (notice how i listed all the things that you should know, but will probably get wrong if asked...).
I went to her performance last night, knowing that I could come away with the simple joy of being able to say that I have witnessed her live. In all honesty, critiquing and objectively evaluating the performance came secondary to purely appreciating the legend that was before me.
However, DAME Shirley Bassey undoubtedly proved last night that she could still box with the best of 'em, with a stunning performance at the BBC Electric Proms.
As a red curtain fell away to reveal the legendary singer – glittering in a floor length sequinned gown which was split to the thigh to show her enviably toned legs – gasps and cheers were heard from fans. At 72 years old, the Welsh Songstress looks not a day older than 50!
She started how she meant to go on by launching straight into Diamonds Are Forever, belting the Bond theme into a jewel encrusted microphone. Only Dame Bassey...
The sheer power of her golden vocals, combined with superb orchestral support led by Grammy winning Bond composer David Arnold, blew the audience at London’s Roundhouse away.
Dame Shirley played a 16-song set, mixing our much loved oldies with new tracks from her first studio album in 20 years, entitled The Performance.
“I have to play this one don’t I,” she quipped as the band belted out the first unmistakable few bars of Big Spender to deafening applause.
Other career-defining classics included Honey Honey, Kiss Me in which Bassey shook her hips and showed off some slick moves, a rousing rendition of As Long As He Needs Me from Lionel Bart’s Oliver and the climactic I Am What I Am.
She performed the title track to her latest album 'The Performance Of My Life' written by The Pet Shop Boys with such grace and richness, I'm sure it got the guys questioning whether they should get back into the studio to have another crack!
An assortment of guest musicians were brought on stage to accompany her new material – including guitarist James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers who co-wrote her emotive single The Girl From Tiger Bay.
Saving the best till last, Dame Shirley’s encore of Goldfinger literally brought the Roundhouse down, as golden ticker-tape rained down on those in the standing space.
Press the play icon below to watch her perform The Performance Of My Lifetime...Amazing.