Here Come the Girls (concert tour)
Here Come the Girls was a co-headlining concert tour by American recording artists Anastacia and Chaka Khan and Scottish recording artist Lulu. The tour, primarily reaching Europe, began in November 2009. Described as a music extravaganza that mixes high octane, high camp, get up and dance songs, against a backdrop of glamour and fun, the trek became a hit, selling out all 20 dates in 2009. Due to demand, the tour continued into 2010, with English singer Heather Small replacing Chaka Khan. The tour became praised by both critics and spectators alike. At the time, concert promoters speculated about a 2011 extension of the tour into Continental Europe and North America.
|Tour by Anastacia, Chaka Khan, Heather Small and Lulu|
Promotional poster for 2009 tour
|Start date||November 21, 2009|
|End date||December 13, 2010|
|No. of shows||34 in Europe|
|“||Lulu, Chaka Khan and Anastacia are celebrating all that it means to be a woman. The laughter, the lost loves and the true loves, the yearning, the celebrating, friendship and family will all be explored in their new show which mixes great music, laughter, tears, glamour, joy with bit of mischief for good measure!||”|
The tour was announced by British tabloid, The Daily Mail on September 12, 2009. The tour was produced and directed by Steven Howard, whose other credits included Viva la Diva Howard described the show as a journey through the music of the 60's to the new millennium. He compared the show as a fusion between Sex and the City and Mamma Mia! He goes on to further state:
"A show like this was something Lulu always wanted to do and we worked the idea up after we met a couple of years ago. Chaka Khan and Anastacia were her dream artists. They are all quite similar vocally and it was not hard to persuade them. They all wanted to do something different"
The singers described the tour as a sisterhood, combining the different genres of pop, R&B and rock music. The tour was originally conceived by Lulu after performing with Paul Carrack, Kiki Dee and John Miles. She believed that event could be a tour but she also wanted to tour with Anastacia and Khan.
The show consisted mostly of covering songs because (collectively) the girls wanted to sing the music that inspired them versus singing only original material. The singers did solo selections but sang a majority of the songs as a trio.
Singer Anastacia described the show as,"[...] an amazing, fun party like atmosphere!!! We want everyone standing, dancing and singing along!!! We are sure to make you laugh lots and may even draw a tear or two." To promote the tour, the girls appeared on Good Morning Television, BBC Breakfast, Loose Women, Afternoon Live with Kay Burley, London Tonight and Live from Studio Five. Additionally they opened the Royal Variety Performance at the Opera House Theatre, Blackpool with a performance of "Relight My Fire".
|November 21, 2009||Edinburgh||Scotland||Usher Hall|
|November 23, 2009||Newcastle||England||Newcastle City Hall|
|November 24, 2009||Liverpool||Liverpool Philharmonic Hall|
|November 26, 2009||Sheffield||Sheffield City Hall|
|November 27, 2009||Oasis Leisure Centre|
|November 28, 2009||Bristol||Colston Hall|
|November 30, 2009||Cardiff||Wales||Cardiff International Arena|
|December 2, 2009||London||England||HMV Hammersmith Apollo|
|December 4, 2009||Oxford||New Theatre Oxford|
|December 8, 2009||Nottingham||Nottingham Royal Concert Hall|
|December 10, 2009||Glasgow||Scotland||Glasgow Royal Concert Hall|
|December 12, 2009||Bournemouth||England||Windsor Hall|
|December 13, 2009||Plymouth||Plymouth Pavilions|
|December 14, 2009||Portsmouth||Portsmouth Guildhall|
|December 16, 2009||Manchester||Manchester Apollo|
|December 17, 2009||Birmingham||Symphony Hall|
|December 18, 2009||Kingston upon Hull||Hull City Hall|
|December 20, 2009||Blackpool||Opera House Theatre|
|December 21, 2009||Belfast||Northern Ireland||Waterfront Hall|
|November 22, 2010||Edinburgh||Scotland||Edinburgh Playhouse|
|November 23, 2010||Glasgow||Clyde Auditorium|
|November 25, 2010||Liverpool||England||Echo Arena Liverpool|
|November 26, 2010||Birmingham||National Indoor Arena|
|November 27, 2010||Brighton||Brighton Centre|
|November 29, 2010||London||HMV Hammersmith Apollo|
|November 30, 2010|
|December 2, 2010||Cardiff||Wales||Cardiff International Arena|
|December 3, 2010||Portsmouth||England||Portsmouth Guildhall|
|December 4, 2010||Bournemouth||Windsor Hall|
|December 6, 2010||Sheffield||Sheffield City Hall|
|December 7, 2010||Manchester||Manchester Evening News Arena|
|December 8, 2010||Newcastle||Metro Radio Arena|
|December 10, 2010||Nottingham||Trent FM Arena Nottingham|
|December 12, 2010||Dublin||Ireland||The O2|
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|December 3, 2009||Brighton, England||Brighton Centre||Cancelled|
|December 21, 2009||Belfast, Northern Ireland||Waterfront Hall||This concert was originally rescheduled to December 23, 2009 due to weather but ultimately cancelled|
|December 13, 2010||Belfast, Northern Ireland||Odyssey Arena||Cancelled due to illness|
|Venue||City||Tickets sold / available||Gross revenue|
|Manchester Evening News Arena||Manchester||2,077 / 3,400 (61%)||$121,985|
|The O2||Dublin||1,559 / 2,000 (78%)||$102,362 |
The tour received high praise from spectators of the performance by the girls, however, music critics gave the tour mixed reviews.
- Stephen Dalton (The Times) gave the performance at Colston Hall three out of five stars remarking, "Familiar fare or not, there is no substitute for the rowdy excitement of hearing evergreen anthems belted out by a great singer — or three great singers, in this case. At 61, Lulu's gravelled growl can still level entire Glaswegian tenement blocks, while 56-year-old Chaka's voluptuous contralto makes your ears feel as if they are drowning in warm treacle. Vocally, the 41-year-old Anastacia is the blandest, but she still packs a punch."
- Nik Brear (Sheffield Star) thought highly of the trio's performance at the Sheffield City Hall stating, "An incredible version of Relight My Fire closed a night where three incredible divas worked the stage from the second they stepped onto it. Each shone in their own right; no egos, not a competition – just a party."
- Matthew Hemly (The Stage) enjoyed the performance at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo but was not pleased with veteran Chaka Kahn's performance saying, "Less impressive, sadly, is Chaka Khan, who seems to stumble over her words and forget lyrics, and who, on the whole, appears to be enjoying herself far less than her fellow performers."
- Jade Wright (Liverpool Echo) gave the trio's performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall eight out of ten stars stating, "The highlights were many – Lulu's fantastic voice was per fectly suited to Mercy, Chaka Khan's to Aretha Franklin's Respect and Anastacia's, unsurprisingly, to I'm Outta Love. Played out on a stunning split level illuminated stage, these were songs to live life by."
- Edward Gleave (South Wales Evening Post) enjoyed the performance at the Cardiff International Arena remarking, "Seeing three polished performers all in the same show was a real treat. It really felt like it was three shows in one as each of the trio had their own musical style and fashion sense."
- Mike Caulfield (City Life) gave the trio's performance at the Manchester Evening News Arena four out of five stars stating, "Anastasia managed to reach every corner of the arena with her soulful voice, while Lulu shows no sign of aging – particularly apparent on her passionate cover of Duffy's retro-sounding hit Mercy."
- Aranda Rahbarkouhi (Evening Chronicle) was not impressed with the performance at the Metro Radio Arena stating, "Lulu's solo performance of Mercy had me praying for just that – and it was nothing to Shout about! It was torture and can only be described as watching a worn-out Miss Whiplash. Relight My Fire also turned into a bit of a damp squib for the diva. [..] If nothing else, these feisty females did remind me that a trip to the gym is long overdue. Either they work out or have discovered new bum-and- tum tuck pants."
- Judi Killon (The News) enjoyed the performance at the Portsmouth Guildhall stating, "The evening proved a mix of old and new, including Mercy from Lulu, Amy Winehouse's Valerie from Heather, and a terrific I'm Outta Love from Anastasia. Although all of small stature, there were no timid voices here! A terrific celebration of sisterhood."
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