Friday, 11th March 2005
Petula Clark @ The Lowry
STAR quality is what has endeared Petula Clark to
the public since she was just 12 years old.
Now, 60 years
later, she still has it by the bucketful.
And last night at
The Lowry her loving fans turned out in force to pay tribute to an
Backed by an eight-piece band, she
opened to polite applause, but by the time she hit her third number,
Don't Sleep In The Subway, the shyness had disappeared and one
admirer shouted: "We love you Petula," to rapturous
The hits - and she has had a few over the
decades - kept flowing, with My Love, This Is My Song and Look To
The Rainbow, from the 1968 film Finian's Rainbow.
She was happy to exchange banter
with the audience and invited everyone to sing along.
She had the
house on its feet when she blasted the most famous of her hits
Downtown and, predictably, earned a standing ovation.
returned for an encore to thank the wonderful people of Manchester
and was baffled slightly when it was pointed out from the auditorium
she was actually in Salford.
But like the true professional
she is, it did not faze her and she blazed into a foot tapping hand
clapping rendition of I Couldn't Live Without Your Love to finish
the night and leave everyone singing it all the way home.