Lulu, Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow ***
Perhaps that’s why this outdoor homecoming gig was far from sold out. Have the people of Glasgow finally had enough of one of their most famous ex-pats? It’s unfortunate that Lulu has such a cringe-inducing lack of self-awareness when it comes to dealing with her fellow Scots – her impromptu version of (sigh) Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Aff A Bus was a particular lowlight - because she’s still the careful owner of a powerful set of pipes. Her dynamic soul rasp hasn’t diminished with age.
She sounded particularly commanding during Al Green’s Take Me To The River and her own I Don’t Wanna Fight (the first song she co-wrote and a hit for Tina Turner in 1993). A heartfelt Bee Gees medley, performed in tribute to her late husband Maurice Gibb, highlighted her gifts as a sympathetic, soulful pop interpreter.
Lulu’s storming guest appearance on Take That’s cover of Relight My Fire was always the best part of that recording, so hearing her perform it solo was a rare treat. She even sounded committed during the inevitable Shout, a song she must’ve belted out thousands of times.
If only she’d concentrated on singing and let the ill-advised patter be.