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GIG REVIEW – RONNIE SPECTOR

The close of 2015 saw a short UK tour from the legendary Ronnie Spector under the billing of “Ronnie Spector sings the Fabulous Ronettes”. Still touring at the age of 72, Ronnie brought over her full American band to play a short series of dates and LGA gig reviewer, Paul Wood, was there to catch her show in Birmingham.

RONNIE SPECTOR GIG REVIEW

RONNIE SPECTOR GIG REVIEW

Ronnie was in fine form and, although the Town Hall was not sold out (the gig had been moved from Symphony Hall), she gave the crowd of assembled devotees a set which was a mix of hits, cult classics such as “Paradise” and “I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine”, plus her interpretation of other songs, both old (“Time Is On My Side”) and new (“Back To Black”).

GIG REVIEW – RONNIE SPECTOR

GIG REVIEW – RONNIE SPECTOR

Here’s a Youtube link to the original single version of “Paradise” (written by Harry Nilsson and with the full Phil Spector Wall of Sound production behind it)

Although the show had an unexpected delay before starting, Ronnie quickly had the crowd hanging on her ever word – she started the show with “Be My Baby” and her trademark voice was still strong.

Here’s a link to footage of Ronnie singing “Be My Baby” at the Jools Holland New Year show in 2014/5.

Between songs Ronnie sat down and treated the audience to various short stories from her career with the Ronettes, accompanied by archive footage and photos on the big screen behind the band.  The Ronettes first came over to the UK in the early 60s where they toured with the Rolling Stones and met The Beatles. The Ronettes were given top billing over the Stones on their 1964 UK tour, and were later to meet up again (and support) the Beatles in the States after Beatlemania had broken out..

Here’s a link to footage of Ronnie singing “Walking In The Rain” at the Jools Holland New Year show in 2014/5.

Ronnie’s first ever career retrospective came out last year (Playlist: The Very Best of Ronnie Spector) and the disc includes “Baby I Love You”, “Be My Baby”, “I Can Hear Music”, “Try Some, Buy Some”, “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”, “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory” and more. It’s well worth buying, and Ronnie tells the audience that she’s hoping to have a new album called “English Heart” out next year too!

Encores captured the Christmas theme with “Frosty The Snowman” and the set closed with her version of “I Can Hear Music” (which was the last single released by the Ronettes on the Philles label in 1966).

For news of upcoming releases and tour dates check out her website and Facebook pages at:

http://www.ronniespector.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ronniespector/

SET LIST

Baby I Love You

Keep On Dancing

What I’d Say

So Young

Time Is On My Side

Is This What I Get For Loving You

Paradise

Do I Love You

Chapel Of Love

Walking In The Rain

Best Part of Breaking Up

I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine

You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory

Back To Black

Be My Baby

Encores:

Frosty The Snowman

I Can Hear Music

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Here’s a link to footage of Ronnie in her late 1970s comeback singing “Be My Baby” with  Sha Na Na  on their TV show:

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