Date: 21 October 1982
Originally published in: Leicester Mercury, Sunday Mirror (UK)
Written by: Richard Wallace
A face that peers down from thousands of bedroom walls and has been seen on every television pop show, finally arrived in the flesh at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall last night.
Could the carefully constructed package dubbed by some wag as the “Brigitte Bardot of pop music” survive the warts-and-all of a live show?
Technically yes. The six-piece backing band led by brother Ricky were most efficient and Miss Wilde’s voice was stronger than expected but as happens to so many “singles” artistes, material to fill-out a live set in between the hit songs is samey and of little consequence.
Kim Wilde’s transformation from innocent daughter of 50s rock’n’roller Marty Wilde to pouting pin-up is complete. A handful of hit singles and her name in every newspaper has ensured Miss Wilde’s visage is familiar to every young pop fan in the land, but only now has she decided to meet her public face to face.
The highlights for everybody were the songs they knew, although her version of an old Four Pennies’ number, the only piece in the se tnot written by her brother and father, was the one that finally got the audience enjoying the show. The “look”, however, stayed intact.
A mass of baying, hot-blooded young males made sure of that and it was ironic that Miss Wilde’s removal of her suitably-battered leather jacket to reveal ripped T-shirt and tight black trousers, got the biggest cheer of the night.