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Really pleased that Belinda one of my favourite female singers has included Leamington as one of the dates on her tour celebrating the 30th Anniversary of her biggest album Heaven On Earth and it is fab that she has sold out The Assembly on Thursday October 12th, not quite as pleased though that I have not managed to get myself a ticket for the show but I am sure it will be a great night for you lucky ones.
While I have always been for the most part an out and out rocker into the likes of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and so many more I have always enjoyed the lighter side of rock music, in fact music in general and adored Belinda and her distinctly toned, slightly husky vocals and top notch pop/rock arrangements.
Most of her material had a wonderfully upbeat, happy-go-lucky feel with oodles of romantic imaginary often with a fabulous hook and chorus.
I just about caught the end of her 1970’s/80’s times with all female combo The Go-Go’s (which also introduced us to Jane Wieldlin later to have a smash hit with ‘Rush Hour’) and bought her solo album Belinda but it was with Heaven On Earth in 1987 that she really exploded into the British music scene and became one of my personal favourites with its multitude of catchy hit singles including ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth’ and ‘Circle In The Sand’ and I still have most of her single output on picture cover vinyl.
This landmark album was followed by in my eyes the equally impressive ‘Runaway Horses’ with again numerous hit single releases and her star remained high for a large part of the 1990’s.
As I was busy being a patched up denim jacketed rock gig attendee during these years head-banging my way through shows by Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Saxon etc at the Birmingham Odeon and Whitesnake, AC/DC and co at the NEC I to my regret did not catch Belinda live until much later when me and my wife went to a wonderful low key, partly acoustic performance at the Warwick Arts Centre in the early 2000’s.
Since that mid 1980’s explosion she has worked pretty constantly releasing wonderful solo music, reuniting with the Go-Go’s and even performing in the West End and those wonderful 80’s memories are sure to be rekindled on this celebratory tour.

Andrew Lock

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