Kim Wilde was in the Old Opera House reviving the Eighties. On the retro trend, the British singer presented herself peroxide blond and with a powerful voice.
One song title says more than words, 'Forever Young'. Now, Kim Wilde, whom no-one could get past in the Eighties, has just turned 50. And, like her sister in spirit, Nena, back again, as if in recent years, which is an eternity in the pop business, nothing has happened. The hair bleached blonde and a little fuller around the hips, the daughter of a rock singer presents herself fresh and sings with the same powerful voice "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere," the Nena hit which was translated into English.
A lot was invested in the construction on stage. A light-flooded high pedestal with steps, invites Wilde and her band to pose. The sound of "King Of The World," "Hey You" and "Words Fell Down" is not primarily influenced by cheesy keyboard sounds, but by hard guitar riffs. A second singer, presented just as "Scarlett" assists the enthusiastic amateur gardener and spices up the voice volume to a beautiful sound. Once in the sold out Great Hall critical tones resound: "Suicide" is about pollution and lack of neighbourly feelings, though it was just a pop song, said the British to explain the melodic simplicity of the typical three minute. She gladly stands before a permanent rotating fan, blowing her hair and the fabric of her tight-fitting black outfit. The made up pop icon has a little bit of Monroe and a little bit of diva while her hits "Cambodia", "View From A Bridge" or "You Came" are thrown in the round and is celebrated for it frantically. There's a little navel-gazing to ensure the self-satisfied-looking artist. Her dog, "Jessica" is the first song of the "Acoustic Session", complementing the Power Sound of the previously heard. Kim Wilde sings "Love Blonde" accompanied by acoustic guitars and does well with "Thought Goodbye," "Satellites" and "Together Belong". The rock medley of "My Wish," "Paranoia" and "Keep Me Hanging On", her cover version of a 70s classic, is slightly less satisfying.
Kim Wilde embodies like few others a decade that was a bit artificial as the advent of video clips happened. But "Kids change," as stated in the introduction to one of her first great successes. What followed was clear: "Kids In America."