Even ET would have been dancing as icon Kim showed she still rocks

Age is but a number… never is that cliche more appropriate than when it comes to music. Time and time again comeback artists have shown us that if they’ve got something good to sell then the fans will get behind them.

How true that was when 80s pop icon Kim Wilde burst on to the stage (literally) at Preston’s Guild Hall. After decades away, apart from spells on the festival scene, the gutsy 57-year-old blonde bombshell brought her Here Come The Aliens tour to an eager audience.

The diehard pop-rockers weren’t in the least bit put off by her strange black leather outfit which, by her own admission, looked like she was off to ride the motocross circuit.

Support act Lawrence Hill, who found fame on TV’s The Voice, warmed up the eagerly awaiting audience. Made up of people of all genres and ages – from those of us who clearly grew up in the 80s to 20 somethings and some very much younger fans – the crowd was then treated to 90 minutes of non-stop entertainment. That is exactly what it was.

The playlist was an eclectic mix of hits from the past to tracks from her new album and had people dancing in the aisles from the minute the first beat sounded. Some of the new tracks, like her outfit, were a bit weird but given most of the content was inspired by an ‘extra-terrestrial experience’ that was understandable. Slotted in alongside old favourites like Water on Glass, Cambodia and Four Letter Word, the new sounds meant for a nice mix.

The set was superb as was the seven-strong band, which featured her brother, and ‘Here Come The Aliens’ producer, Ricky Wilde on lead and rhythm guitar. Her niece, Scarlett Wilde, on backing vocals, was just brilliant.

Showing little sign of ever being away, Kim Wilde proved a true professional. Her voice and stamina were as good as ever. As she finished the show with her trademark Kids in America it was clear from the audience the wait had been worth it. A great night was had by all.

Kim Wilde’s new album ‘Her Come The Aliens’ is out now on Wildeflower Records.