Hide Your Heart Tour 1988
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Your Heart Tour' of May 1988 was Bonnie's last tour of the UK to date.
It has been her ambition ever since to do it again, but she says she
won't do a 'nostalgia tour' and is intent on waiting until she has
another few UK hits.
However, Bonnie is held
back by her lacklustre stage presence. When she played at last year’s
Reading Festival she came across as a ferocious tiger, snarling and
spitting out the ‘F’ word every time she was hit by a plastic bottle
Bonnie Tyler is about
to embark on her first UK tour for nine years. She is currently putting the finishing
touches to her third album for CBS entitled 'Hide Your Heart' to be released on 9th
are the best songs I've ever recorded" announces Bonnie Tyler "my voice has
never been better. It's definitely my best album yet
That's a fairly impressive claim to make - especially from someone who's career includes 'Faster Than The Speed Of Night', an LP that shot straight to No. 1 in the UK charts and went platinum in the USA, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland. But Bonnie Tyler reckons that her 1988 LP 'Hide Your Heart' is even better.
Like so many great rock singers
Bonnie served an apprenticeship: hers was spent singing six nights a week in clubs and
pubs after winning a talent contest as a 17 year old. It was that experience which first
taught her how to use the remarkable hard-edged voice that was first brought to our ears
when 'Lost In France' shot into the top 10 back in November 1976. Two years later and
she'd cracked the States too, with another ballad 'It's A Heartache', but it wasn't until
five years later when she teamed up with producer Jim Steinman that she began to record
the classic rock songs that most people know her for. It was the epic 'Total Eclipse of
the Heart' that really made the world sit up and listen.
After the runaway success of the LP that song was taken from, 'Faster Than The Speed Of Night', Bonnie teamed up again with Jim for 1986's LP 'Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire' which brought us the number two single 'Holding Out For A Hero' and her duet with Todd Rundgren 'Loving You's A Dirty Job (But Somebody's Gotta Do It)'. But last year, when Bonnie had to make up her mind whether she was going to make a third LP with Steinman, Bonnie decided against it - despite the fact that he was already writing new material for her. She had, she admits, been frustrated by the length of time it had taken to make 'Secret Dreams ' and besides, more importantly, it was time for a change
Initially, the plan was that she'd record her new LP with four or five producers. She flew out to New York to meet Desmond Child. He'd already written two songs for her, which had appeared on her last LP, but now she wanted him to try his hand at producing her. Bonnie spent five weeks in the studio with him and came back with 10 almost complete tracks.
The title track of the LP 'Hide Your Heart', is a song that was specially written for Bonnie by Paul Stanley of Kiss - other tracks include a brilliantly raucous voiced reworking of the Bee Gee's song 'To Love Somebody', along with 'Notes From America', a classic Bonnie Tyler song recorded with fifty people they pulled in off the street to sing the chorus with her. Interestingly, there's an old Janis Joplin blues song in there as well, which was the result of a 2am 'jam session' with the gravel voiced Australian vocalist Jimmy Barnes.
From the moment she'd arrived at the Bearsville Studio, near Woodstock, where they recorded the LP, Bonnie had been struck by the fact that this was where tragic '60s rock star Janis has also recorded: in fact Bonnie was staying on the road where Janis used to stay. "When I was 15 she was who I used to listen to. I've always loved Janis so much, so we decided to play 'Turtle Blues' one night. Jimmy started to sing and the atmosphere was just incredible. We did the whole thing in three takes "
This year, 1988, promises to be an
eventful year for Tyler. "Yeah", she laughs, "and my stars say it's going
to be pretty incredible too."
Bonnie's Top Ten
Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
Me & Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
Who's Loving Who - Terence Trent D'Arby
River Deep, Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner
Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
Bullet The Blue Sky - U2
Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf
Midnight Hour - Wilson Picket
Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac
These Dreams - Heart
|This is the concert schedule for May 1988 - so please don't show up at the venues expecting Bonnie to be there too!|
|Tuesday||3rd||Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall|
|Saturday||7th||Gloucester Leisure Centre|
|Tuesday||10th||Guildford Civic Hall|
|Thursday||12th||Tunbridge Wells Assembly Rooms|
|Saturday||14th||Poole Arts Centre|
|Sunday||15th||Cardiff St. David's Hall|
|Tuesday||17th||Derby Assembly Rooms|
|Wednesday||18th||Nottingham Royal Concert Hall|
|Saturday||21st||Aberdeen Capitol Theatre|
|Tuesday||24th||Newcastle City Hall|
|Friday||27th||Liverpool Royal Court Theatre|
|Monday||30th||Sheffield City Hall|
If you were at any of the above concerts and would like to share your memories with other fans - please mail me!
The typical set list for the tour was as follows:
Shy With You
Hide Your Heart
Save Up All Your Tears
Don't Turn Around
Streets Of Little Italy
Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Notes From America
Faster Than The Speed Of Night
Holding Out For A Hero
It's A Heartache
The Other Side Of The World
Back In The U.S.S.R.
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