Date: 30 March 2009
Originally published in: Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany)
Written by: Daniel Honsack
British singer give a concert at the Frankfurter Hof in true style.
Even though things have become more quiet around Kim Wilde recently, in Mainz she still has a lot of loyal fans who are now at pilgrimage to her concert in the Frankfurter Hof.
Kim Wilde was very successful in fact for only a few years in the Eighties. But the highest possible ranking in the international hit parade does not mean everything for a true musician in the pop and rock business.
When she started her success in 1981 with her hit ‘Kids in America’, she certainly hoped for numerous successors, but it became increasingly silent around the British singer born in 1960 as the daughter of rock and roll singer Marty Wilde. She probably knew exactly how the business runs and what the ups and downs to be expected.
And indeed, she presented three more times after. Catchy tunes such as ‘Cambodia’, ‘You keep me hangin’ on’ and ‘You came’ have their place in the pantheon of rock music. With the duet with Nena ‘Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime’, she succeeded six years ago, at least in German-speaking countries, to achieve a comeback with which they have some respectable sales figures could follow.
Anyway, in Mainz Kim Wilde has a lot of loyal fans, who apparently come from all age groups. Midlife rockers from around 50 and the 20 plus generation mix in the Frankfurter Hof blithely muddled and celebrate the lively blonde woman, who appeared on stage in style with a genuine leather jacket and glittering sequins. She had to sacrifice the rocker-uniform after a few songs in the blinding heat of the lights.
In the background some entertaining stuff was projected repeatedly, including a selection of swimwear from the 1950s and a photo-love story, the hairstyles after judging probably from the 1970s. Besides this a repeatedly shown modern family crest with a flower appeared. After all, Kim Wilde was accompanied by her brother, Ricky (guitar) and sister Scarlett (background vocals). Their European tour has a lot to do with her success even after the surprise hit with Nena. Her fans didn’t forget about her great popularity. She thanked them with a Kim Wilde Show like they had probably expected. Wailing guitars, basses and stormy drum cascades are intertwined with long-missing synthesizer sounds. It was certain that they would get their fans hopping with their classics, but the remaining repertoire caused excessive uncontrolled wriggle into the cosy world of sound good-humor-rock music.