K. D. Lang's Siss Bang Boom Tour Landed at Dallas' Amazing Meyerson Symphony Center Tuesday and it was a fun couple of hours with one of musics greatest talents. Lang doesn't take herself or her sex symbol status (at least in the Lesbian Community) too seriously.
She dances, poses and laughs while delivering fresh versions of both her own songs and the songs of others. She reinvented them and made them her own, in some cases again. Her voice is clear, rich velvet. I saw here about fifteen years ago and to this day she is one of the most impressive live entertainers I have seen. I did not expect that same experience after fifteen years, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The show was so perfect, so seamless with a backdrop of silver lame that through the magic of lighting changed color with every change of mood. It was if you were watching a video, but she was there, live this was not a video.
The prominent addition of an accordion to her classic Miss Chatelaine created the feel of a stroll through a Parisian Market. Being in Dallas she felt surrounded by Queer and Christians so she wanted to do a bit of music to please both. She started with “Sing It Loud” and encourage parents raising young children to let their kids explore their inner freak. She followed with a haunting version of Talking Heads “Heaven” and went straight into an equally haunting rendition of “Hallelujah”
It is hard to compare Lang's performance to one artist, there are parts Patsy Cline, other times I was reminded of the way the Rat Pack had fun on stage. There was a bit of Tony Bennett and hint's of Alison Moyet. Bottom line is this was K. D. Lang, there is no comparing her.
Her fans adore her. By the end of her performance there were throngs of women clogging the aisles to get a closer glimpse of their heroine. After three encoures Lang exclaimed “we didn't know what to expect coming here, but this was not even on the list”. Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes our love for K. D. Lang.
This weekend the Meyerson will showcase Amy Grant backed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Later this month the unparalleled talents of Herbie Handcock, and of course our own brilliant Dallas Symphony. More info and tickets at www.dallassymphony.com The Meyerson is without exception the best hall in Dallas to see a concert.
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