The Pointer SistersIt’s been over 20 years since The Pointer Sisters visited Perth. By the audience’s reaction when they arrived on stage with the WA Symphony Orchestra on a balmy Saturday night, they had lost none of the sparkle or talent since their last visit.

For this tour, two of the original sisters (Ruth and Anita) were joined by Ruth’s granddaughter Sadako. Unless you were very close, you would have been hard pressed to pick the younger singer – the three of them shimmied and jumped around the stage with boundless energy. It was this energy, plus the classic hits such as “Jump (For my Love)” and “He’s so Shy” that filled the audience with enthusiasm and had many of them on their feet before the end.

It was my first concert in Kings Park, but it definitely won’t be the last. The huge stage and sound shell (thanks to the Water Corporation) sat at one end of the lake, and the audience were seated on rugs or low chairs in the grassed natural amphitheatre. Kudos to the staff and organisation of WASO – the ground was laid out well; there were plenty of very friendly staff to help, and space aplenty.

From the first off stage vocals by Ruth singing “Automatic”, the audience knew they were in for a treat. The sisters, looking dazzling in individualistic black dresses, dominated the stage with their personalities and sensual, stunning voices. The five piece backing band included Perth musicians Graham Wood on Synthesizer and Simon Jeanes on Electric Guitar. Lead by guest conductor Guy Noble, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra added depth and new vitality to a classy performance.

In the first set, the audience was entertained by “He’s So Shy” and the song that won the sisters their first Grammy “Fairytale”. Their 1981 hit “A Slow Hand” was followed by a cover of Aretha FranklinsChain of Fools”, “How Long (Bet you got a chick on the side)” and “Dare Me”. Anita’s gospel voice matched with Ruth’s deep vocals was a delight to listen to.

The sisters (and audience) took a breather whilst the band had a jam and introduced each other. When the women returned they were resplendent in red and opened with the classic “Samson and Delilah” before bringing the house down with “I’m So Excited”. By the end of the song there were large crowds dancing either side of the audience and those remaining seated were singing and bopping around. Neutron Dance” was the next hit, followed by the encores; “Jump” and “Sisters are doing it for themselves”.

The audience left on a high, happy and excited (and not hiding it) at the talent and sass shown by the three singers. Time hasn’t faded Ruth and Anita’s voices, and Sadako is a welcome addition to the group. The sisters are well and truly doing it for themselves.

The Pointer Sisters with WASO

Venue: Pioneer Women’s Memorial, Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Date/Time: 8pm, Saturday 27 February 2010
Tickets: $110* | Groups 10+ (price per ticket) $100* | *plus transaction fees
Bookings: WASO 9326 0000 | Ticketmaster 136 100

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