80s icon thrilled the audience on the Honberg

TUTTLINGEN (ajs) – With a little too much glitter in the outfit of vocalist Olive Brook, but powerfully voiced the band Sparrohs opened the evening and paved the way for the pop icon of the 80s: Kim Wilde.

And Kim Wilde pulls – although with a bit too much paint, leather and long fringes on her top, but minimalist moves. But she does not need that. Even 37 years after her first big hit, the Briton with her voice – even if sometimes almost drowns in the live music – provides good mood in their audience. All the more so as she gets rid of the varnish gloves and later the fringes.

Kim Wilde, which stands for ’80s, for an incredible career and especially for pop, pop, pop. She has released a total of 14 albums since her debut “Kids in America”, in which everyone can sing along and of course also on the Honberg. And sold over 20 million records.

But who thinks the 58-year-old is only with the successful hits of their early days like “Chequered Love”, “You Keep Me Hanging On”, “Water On Glass”, “You Came”, “Four Letter Word” or “Cambodia” as before through world history, is wrong. Just last year she released her album “Here Come The Aliens” with songs like “Pop Don’t Stop” and “Kandy Krush”. An album in which the singer combines rock and pop, but also processed her experience, allegedly to have been eyewitness of a UFO appearance.

But also clear on this album: Music and family belong together for Kim Wilde. Her father Marty Wilde (real name Reginald Smith) is a rock’n’roll singer and her mother Joyce is also singing. Brother Ricky composed the high-flyer single “Kids in Amercia” together with his father. And also on the current album, he was involved not only as a co-songwriter, but also as a guitarist and master producer. Likewise, niece Scarlett, who designed the alien scene for the cover image and was also allowed to file on the tracks. And the family could not be missing on the Honberg: the niece as a background singer, the brother as a guitarist.

But as much as Kim Wilde was the pop icon of the 80s. So she was fed up with the glittering world, turned her back, got married, had children and made a name for herself as a TV gardener. Only in 2001 did she decide to go back on stage. A little older (“It takes three hours before Kim Wilde looks like Kim Wilde,” she once said in an interview and how true, she did not let herself be photographed on the Honberg), but also a little wiser: “Me just always wants the best of everything. The best food, the best drink, the best day, the best night, the best album I can do. “But she remained faithful to pop, as she proved at the Honberg.