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So the Grace Jones concert at the Albert Hall on Monday was a great success.  You would not have got that impression from reading the rather sniffy press reviews, but what do they know?  It’s the opinion of people that actually paid to see Grace in concert that matters.  Christie and I came away feeling that we’d seen a great concert (and we do see a lot of them), so go to hell ‘quality’ press.


As usual we left home ridiculously early to ensure that we did not get stuck in traffic, and miss the start of the concert.  We need not have worried.  There wasn’t a traffic jam and the concert stated late (of course).  I came over all nostalgic when we turned from Queens Gate into Prince Consort Road, and went past the Imperial College Physics department.  I always will.  It’s a part of London in which I feel very much at home.


I was lucky enough to get seats very close to the stage, in fact just on the right hand side of it.  That made us very close to the sound system, so we certainly heard everything loud and clear.  Even so that was not close enough for me to see Grace, or the costumes that she was wearing, with any clarity (there are many times I dearly wish I could turn the clock back, and this was one of them).  Nevertheless I have been assured by Christie that the costumes were truly amazing and spectacular, including a catsuit (☺), which Grace appeared in to perform ‘Devil In My Life’.  Grace told us that the costumes were designed by Eiko Ishioka.


There was one part where I did get some appreciation of the visual aspect of the show.  For ‘Hurricane’ Grace wore a long, billowing outfit, silhouetted against the stage lighting, and standing in front of a wind machine.  It was something to see – and hear of course.


No ‘Nightclubbing’ this time.  Grace opened the show with ‘This Is‘, one of my favourite tracks from the new album.  There then followed a mixture of songs from the Hurricane album and old favourites, with the latter being performed with enthusiasm and not just going through the motions.  Given the audience demographic, I’m sure quite a few tears were shed during ‘La Vie En Rose’.


As there is such an extensive back catalogue, it’s inevitable that some of my favourites from the early days would not be performed live (I would love to hear Grace perform ‘I Need A Man’, ‘Do Or Die’, ‘On Your Knees’, ‘She’s Lost Control’ or ‘Amado Mio’ ).  But there are some that always will be.  For the encore Grace did ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ and ‘Slave To The Rhythm’.  Grace was on stage for about 2 hours, but it was over all too quickly.  As with all the best concerts, I came away feeling that I can’t wait for the next time.


The only downside of the evening was that we could not find a restaurant still open after the concert.  How utterly undemanding the British public are.