Paloma Faith did a Madonna at her Melbourne gig!
Fresh from her impressive triumph at this year’s Brit Awards, Paloma Faith returned to the stage last night – kicking off her first Australian show at the iconic Palais Theatre in Melbourne.
The former Burlesque performer was full of energy as she opened with a sassy version of her dance track hit Changing, a recent chart-topping collaboration with Sigma. With her powerful, rich and high-octane vocals, Faith quickly set the mood for the rest of the show proving to be an instant crowd-pleaser.
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“Hello Melbourne, how glorious you all look,” says Faith, speaking for the first time and met with roars from the eager Melbourne crowd.
“It’s been a 27 hour flight, the longest flight in the world and this will be worth it,
“I’ve done three albums and it has taken me that long to get here and meet you but I am so happy we are here now.”
Paloma’s 15-song, 90-minute set was nothing short of amazing. Energy radiated through the historic theatre with the crowd clapping, dancing and singing to every bit they knew.
Slowing down the set for an intimate performance of Take Me, Faith powered through crowd favourites Other Woman, It’s The Not Knowing and Beauty Remains before confessing her love for Melbourne. It was clear the feeling was mutual.
Things soon heated up as the pint-sized performer drew on all the theatrical training she knew, dancing on top of a shiny black grand piano and urging the crowd to “get up and dance”.
Those fearing security in the crowd were quickly assured by Faith to keep “doing what you’re doing” as “there isn’t much security around and if there was, that’s nothing the crowd cannot outnumber.”
Encouraging the crowd to collectively shake their derrières to her hits Ready For The Good Life, Impossible Heart and her sassy jazzy cover of River Deep Mountain High by Tina Turner, Faith filled the Palais Theatre and radiated the stage giving a nod to her second album Fall To Grace, which was certified double platinum.
“You can probably pick up my other albums at a petrol station for a dollar,” said the 33-year-old singer.
“Those songs are dead to me.”
Letting the crowd in on her musically opinions and taking jabs at her herself, Faith is the funniest, most likeable person, who accepts kookiness and hysterically laughs at herself before blaming ‘jetlag’ for her faults.
A slight mishap during Picking Up the Pieces saw the singer take a fall on stage, one reminiscent of Madonna at the Brit Awards, as Faith pointed out. Brushing it off and leaving the stage for an encore, the Brit returned for her powerhouse hit Only Love Can Hurt Like This, her highest-charting and first #1 single in Australia.
With a collective live band playing in sync, the born entertainer finished on a high with her smash single Cant Rely On You, as the crowd chanted for her return. Promising to sign merchandise after the show, Faith proved her status as Best Female Solo Artist with enthusiastic audience accompaniment upon walking out on stage.
A true creative genius in her own right, Faith’s flawless vocals, jazzy melodies and 1920s elegance put on an absolutely brilliant show from an incredible artist who sings like a diva – proving canny and kooky can sometimes be the most likeable.
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