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The wait was finally over, fans lined up in droves to get into the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points – Atlanta to hear their favorite band, Swing Out Sister. It was just two years ago that a volcano erupted in Iceland that grounded hundreds of flights across Europe due to the heavy presence of volcanic ash, thus causing Swing Out Sister to cancel the much anticipated performance in Atlanta. Corinne and Andy finally made it back to Atlanta last night, and it was a night that I will never forget. Mic Check Media has covered a lot of shows and they were all good shows, but this show is by far the best show I have had the privilege to cover.
The show was slated to start at 8PM, at 7:59PM the lights went down and the band took the stage. Corinne began by going right into Surrender, and immediately she had the audience captivated and mesmerized by her sultry and beautiful voice. Everything was just perfect. The band was in sync and the harmony between Corinne and Gina was pure magic. They performed a smooth melodic, slowed down version of their hit Breakout next, and Corinne immediately brought the crowd to its feet for a standing ovation that was so overwhelming to her that it brought her to tears. Let me be the first to tell you that Corinne Drewery is really genuinely that humble.
Having been together over 25 years, Swing Out Sister didn’t miss a beat. I loved every minute of the performance, but my favorite song Swing Out Sister performed was Forever Blue. You really can’t put a stamp on a specific genre of music with the group either. During the show you got a bit of pop, soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, the list goes on. What was particularly intriguing was the blending of classic songs with the bands music, like Diamonds and Pearls by Prince, and For the Love of Money by The O’Jays. Most notably was the cover of the Delfonics song, La-La (Means I Love You) which is also featured on the album The Living Return.
I was having such a great time I didn’t want to see them close out the show. Swing Out Sister closed the show with a bang, performing Am I The Same Girl, and everyone’s favorite song, Breakout. As history tells it, the band was given 24 hours to come up with a name for the group or risk being dropped by their record company. So after a lot of going back and forth, and disagreeing on a name, they settled on the title of the 1945 movie Swing Out Sister to become the name of the band, and they have been a force to be reckoned with ever since.
Swing Out Sister:
Corinne Drewery – Lead Vocals
Andy Connell – Keys
Gina Foster – Background Vocals
Tim Cansfield – Guitar
George Hart – Drums
Jody Linscott – Congas/Percussions
Winston Blissett – Bass
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Kedric Barrett (MC Media), Corinne Drewery, Carolyn Grady (MC Media)
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