The little woman with the big voice might have kept her Australian Fanily waiting for 15 long years, but Anastacia more than made up for it during her Australian concert run.
Some artists’ voices diminish over time, but it’s abundantly clear that, despite her myriad health concerns in the intervening years, Anastacia’s is still very much in peak condition.
Though she arrived on-stage half an hour late at her Melbourne show this week (she later explained that she’d been spending time with her VIPs backstage prior to the show), she appeared between her backing vocalists to belt out one of her biggest Aussie hits; ‘Left Outside Alone’.
There was a little glimpse into the Anastacia of now, via ‘Staring At The Sun’, lifted from her criminally-ignored latest album ‘Resurrection’ and a dip into the back catalogue with ‘Sick N Tired’ and ‘Welcome To My Truth’. Although, during the latter in particular, we found ourselves struggling to hear her, wishing that the audio team would turn the bass down (this happened on a number of occasions throughout the show).
After giving us her heartfelt thanks for waiting so long for her first Australian dates, Anastacia stripped things back for a truly moving and vocally stunning rendition of ‘Heavy On My Heart’, which reduced her to tears. More tears followed with ‘Stay’ and ‘Lifeline’.
Despite it not being given a widespread release here, she also tipped her hat to her covers album ‘It’s A Man’s World’, rocking out to AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’, Guns N Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O Mine’ and the Foo Fighters’ ‘Best Of You’.
‘Defeated’, a pitched down ‘Stupid Little Things’ and ‘Paid My Dues’ followed, before she launched herself back onto the stage with an encore of her megahits ‘One Day In Your Life’ and ‘I’m Outta Love’, which she performed whilst pressing the flesh through the audience.
We’d have loved ‘You’ll Never Be Alone’ and a little (a lot) less of the bass, but the combination of her witty and hilarious between-songs banter, her heart-felt connection with her Fanily, amazing backing vocalists (remember Lorraine Cato?), a roll-call of hits old and new, and that voice made for an utterly enjoyable show.
Let’s just hope she doesn’t leave it 15 years for the next visit.
Anastacia plays the Perth Concert Hall tonight.