BELINDA CARLISLE - The Cube, Campbelltown 12 February 2011

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Having been dragged along for this one (my wife’s words not mine), I thought it was going to be an interesting night. Having found fame with all girl band, The Go Go’s, and a successful solo career, it was obvious by the sell out crowd, that this former chart topper was still well loved, even here, in the outer suburbs of Sydney.


It is surprising how many of the songs one actually knows when Belinda Carlisle performs including such crowd pleasers as Runaway Horses, Mad about You, Summer Rain, Leave the Light On for Me, La Luna and In Too Deep.

As Carlisle went through the motions, I felt there was some sort of disconnect between her and the audience. She didn’t have much to say and when she did, she appeared to be talking at the crowd rather than to them. Dressed in a plain black top and pants, one got the sense she was singing at home into a hairbrush, in front of the mirror, rather than trying to connect with the audience. There just seemed to be something lacking in the performance. Whilst the die-hard fans were re-living their youth and enjoying every minute, others sat there seemingly bored with arms crossed until she sang one of her bigger hits and they then sprang to life. Nevertheless, she was note perfect and brilliant with her singing.

The songs as mentioned before are well known and you had to at least tap along with your foot, if not sing along (albeit badly!) so in that sense it was a great night and time seemed to fly.

The night finished with a three song encore with two songs from her original band The Go-Go’s which were Our Lips Are Sealed, We got the Beat and finally finishing off with one of her own songs Heaven is a Place on Earth.

Whilst it was a good night just those little things that I mentioned earlier spoilt it for mine.

Paul Bartle


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