Kim Wilde rocks Preston

Age is but a number... never is that cliche more appropriate than when it comes to music.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 13th April 2018, 10:46 am
Updated Friday, 13th April 2018, 12:26 pm
Kim Wilde on stage
Kim Wilde on stage

Time and time again comeback artists have shown us that if they’ve got something good to sell then the fans will get behind them.

How true that was on Thursday night when 80s pop icon Kim Wilde burst onto the stage ( literally) at Preston’s Guild Hall.

After decades away, apart from spells on the festival scene, the gutsy 57-year-old blonde bombshell brought her Here Come The Aliens tour to an eager audience.

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Kim Wilde (photo credit Nigel Bevans)

The die-hard pop-rockers weren’t in the least bit put off by her strange black leather outfit which, by her own admission, looked like she was off to ride the motocross circuit.)

Support act Lawrence Hill, who found fame on TV’s The Voice, warmed up the eagerly awaiting audience.

Made up of people of all genres and ages - from those of us who clearly grew up in the 80s to 20 somethings and some very much younger fans - the crowd was then treated to 90 minutes of non-stop entertainment.

That is exactly what it was.

Kim Wilde (photo credit Nigel Bevans)

The playlist was an eclectic mix of hits from the past to tracks from her new album and had people dancing in the aisles from the minute the first beat sounded.

Some of the new tracks, like her outfit, were a bit weird but given most of the content was inspired by an ‘extra-terrestial experience’ that was understandable. Slotted in alongside old favourites like Water on Glass, Cambodia and Four Letter Word, the new sounds meant for a nice mix.

The set was superb as was the seven-strong band, which features her brother, and ‘Here Come The Aliens’ producer Ricky Wilde on lead and rhythm guitar. Her niece Scarlett Wilde on backing vocals, was just brilliant.

Showing little sign of ever being away, Kim Wilde proved a true professional. Her voice and stamina were as good as ever. As she finished the show with her trademark Kids in America it was clear from the audience the wait had been worth it. A great night was had by all.

Kim Wilde’s new album ’Here Comes The Aliens’ is out now on Wildeflower Records.

The tour will be at York Barbican on Sunday and ends at The Lowry in Salford on April 30.