Kim Wilde, 61, proves she’s still every inch the rock chic in a corset and leather fringe skirt as she hits the stage in Manchester during UK tour

She became a music icon after releasing hit song Kids In America in 1981.

And Kim Wilde proved she could still wow fans with an energetic performance as she took to the stage in Manchester on Wednesday during the latest stop on her UK tour. 

The hitmaker, 61, looked sensational in a black corset and a leather jacket as she performed for a crowd of fans at the city’s Bridgewater Hall. Kim showcased her incredible figure by slipping into skintight jeans which she layered with a fringed red skirt.

The hitmaker teamed her ensemble with a cropped leather jacket which was embellished with her name along with spike and chain detailing. 

Adding a pop of colour with matching red leather gloves and a slick of lipstick, Kim was in high spirits as she performance plethora of her classic hits. 

Kim’s tour will also see her take to the stage in Birmingham, Northampton, Cardiff and London before heading to France and Germany. 

The blond beauty shot to fame with her hit Kids In America in 1981, with the international anthem being the work of her brother Ricky and dad, original British rock ‘n’ roller Marty Wilde, and at one stage she was shifting 60,000 copies a day.

She had seven more Top Ten singles in the UK but never a number one, however her reworking of the Motown classic You Keep Me Hangin’ On, which topped the US Billboard chart in 1986.

Last year, she spoke of missing out in the UK but achieving the US triumph, she said: ‘Although having a No 1 in America almost made up for it,’

She went on to sell more than 30 million records and won hearts thanks to her stunning good looks – something she took great pride in.

She said: ‘I feel very grateful that I got my mum’s gorgeous nose and my dad’s fabulous mouth’ however revealed she was bullied for her ‘Mick Jagger lips’.

Of her figure, she went on: ‘I had long legs and they did well with jeans. I knew how to wear a pair of jeans, that’s for sure.’

In 1987 Michael Jackson invited Kim to join him on his Bad tour and open 33 shows across Europe and the UK. She observed a superstar alone in his own universe.

She said: ‘He was an elusive character then, and kept himself to himself. We never sat and had a chat. We had a publicity photograph taken together and that was the longest we spent together.

‘I’ve met a lot of very famous people – I grew up with a very famous person in the house, my dad was the Robbie Williams of his day! – so fame doesn’t faze me at all…

‘But Michael Jackson was by far the most enigmatic character I’ve ever encountered. He was in another world, whatever that was.’

Two years after the tour, her own world came crashing down the day after her 30th birthday, when it dawned that her time as a pop phenomenon might be over.

‘I felt really lost,’ she says, ‘like I was closing in on myself. My inclination was to shut down. Having to deal with the fact that the success I’d had, which was so massive, had dissipated was very confusing.’

She was then found solace on turning her back on her life as it was, saying: ‘Within a year, I left London. I moved back up to Hertfordshire…

‘That was really the big turning point. I started noticing the natural world around me and getting involved in gardening and immersing myself in it. Nature brought me back to life.’

The singer bought and renovated a 16th-century barn with two acres, where she still lives with her husband, actor and writer Hal Fowler and their two children, Harry, 23, and Rose, 21.