Friday, May 08, 2009

Liza Ventures Down Under

Touring really is the new black. With album sales nosediving, every fabulous diva with a predominantly gay fanbase is hitting the road to hawk their dusty, old wares. While Kylie sells out shows across the US (well one show!), the latest international tour extravaganza to hit Australian shores belongs to the legendary Liza Minnelli. The daughter of Judy Garland, the star of Cabaret (and Rent-A-Cop), the holy patron of painkillers - Liza is pure Hollywood royalty. I seriously haven't been this excited about a tour since Marcia Hines rocked my local RSL!

It's been a dream of mine to see Liza perform live for a very long time and I can't believe I'll finally be able to bask in her drunken glory come October. According to the touring company, Liza will perform all her classics including "Cabaret" and "Maybe This Time". I'd personally love to hear Ms Minnelli belt out some of the tracks from her brilliant disco album (1977's "Tropical Nights") but that's as unlikely as her turning up sober. Hopefully, my favourite Liza track - "Ring Them Bells" from "Liza With A Z" isn't completely out of the question. However, Liza could turn up and sing the Michael Bolton songbook and I would still be in 7th Heaven. October simply can not come quick enough!

In the meantime, I'd like to pay tribute to Liza's stunning interpretation of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone". This is surely one of the best clips in the history of youtube. Make sure you check it out below.

6 comments:

Tommy said...

THAT video is fucking epic!! Congrats on getting to see Liza, I only hope to be so lucky!

Paul said...

Oh. My. God. Ring Em Bells is an absolute classic. I put it on every saturday before going out :) Amazing. Finally music we can bond over :)

Jay said...

I really don't get the appeal of and attraction to dead druggie Judy Garland or her equally tedious gay marrying daughter Lizzzzza with a ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ...

I don't like Abba either.

Scarlett said...

I've yet to become acquainted with Liza's music beyond the Results album, but I'll definitely have to look out for Tropical Nights. Liza + disco sounds phenomenal! :)

That's great that you're going to see her! :D I hope she does perform some of your faves! :D :D

Mike said...

Jay, I died a little inside when I read your comment. There would be no Madonna or Kylie without Judy & Liza. They define what it is to be a gay icon!

Chris_Sydney said...

Mike, I'm stoked about Liza coming too! I've bought tickets for both Sydney shows and can't wait. I've tried to explain the Liza thing to my friends, gay and straight, and precious few understand it. She is the patron saint of our people! And let's face it, she deserves our applause solely for surviving numerous stints in Betty Ford, brain ensephilitis, scoliosis, and having to kiss David Gest... She makes other divas look positively weak-willed.

Her current setlist looks great. No 'Ring Them Bells' sadly, but she's been throwing in 'Liza With A Z' here and there. Check out her latest CD 'Liza's At The Palace', based on her December stint at the Palace Theatre in New York. It's a studio recording of that show, and apparently the show she's bringing to Australia will be based on this one.


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