THE EIGHTIES

1980

  • 15 March, 1980
  • 16 March, 1980
  • 17 March, 1980
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham, England UK
  • Theatre Royal, Norwich, England UK
  • Fulcrum, Slough, England UK
Beginning of 1980 UK TOUR

Part One
  • With a Little Luck
  • Don't Sleep in the Subway
  • Elton John medley:
    Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word/ Crocodile Rock/Your Song/Part Time Love
  • This is My Song
  • I Couldn't Live Without Your Love
  • La Vie en Rose
  • Other Man's Grass is Always Greener
  • I Don't Know How to Love Him
  • Beat Out the Rhythm in a Drum (from Carmen Jones)
  • Something
  • Color My World
  • You and I
  • I Know a Place
  • Darkness is Kind
  • You Got It and I Want It
  • Remember it All
  • I Got the Music in Me
Part Two
  • Where Is Love
  • Pinball Wizard
  • Don't Cry for Me, Argentina
  • Downtown
  • Tomorrow
  • On With the Show
Encores: (Chichester - December 13, 1980)
  • Tomorrow/Silver Lining
  • Silent Night
  • Rock You

  • 4 May, 1980
  • 7 May, 1980
  • 25 May, 1980
  • Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, England UK
  • Lakeside Country Club (Benefit), Frimley, Surrey, England UK
  • Hexagon Theatre, Reading, England UK
1980 UK TOUR (Con.)

Redding - Backstage photo by Penny Thiele.

29 - 30 May, 1980
Hilton International
Abu Dhabi

31 May - 2 June, 1980
Hilton International
Dubahi

  • 13 September, 1980
  • 14 September, 1980
  • 23 September, 1980
  • Kings Theatre, Southsea, England UK
  • Gloucester Hall, Fort Regent, Jersey UK
  • Grosvenor House, London, England UK
1980 UK TOUR (Con)
London date: Charity event prior to Bob Hope British Classic golfing tournament.

Petula Clark blows a kiss to a beaming Bob Hope at the Grosvenor House gala dinner which kicks off Bob Hope's British Classic charity golf tournament of 1980.

  • 28 November, 1980
  • 29 November, 1980
  • 30 November, 1980
  • 13 December, 1980
  • Central Hall, Chatham, England
  • Congress Theatre, Eastborne, England
  • New Theatre, Cardiff, Wales UK
  • Chichester Festival Hall, Chichester, England UK
End of 1980 UK TOUR

1981

6 February, 1981
Fairfield Concert Hall
Croydon, England UK

7 February, 1981
Cliff Pavillion
Southend-on-Sea, England UK

8 February, 1981
Poole Arts Centre
Poole, Dorset, England UK

21 February 1981
Cornwall Coliseum
St Austell, England UK

11 May, 1981
Guildhall
Preston, Lancs., England UK

Aberystwyth Festival
Aberystwyth, Wales UK
Aberystwyth Festival
Aberystwyth, Wales UK

1982

May 1982
Gloucester Hall
Fort Regent, Jersey, England UK

30 May, 1982
Opera House
Blackpool, England UK



Songs Performed
Part I
  • With a Little Luck
  • Don't Sleep in the Subway
  • Elton John medley
  • This is My Song
  • I Couldn't Live Without Your Love
  • You and I (from Goodbye Mr. Chips)
  • Colour My World
  • Out Here on My Own (from Fame)
  • Don't Give Up/Tomorrow/Look for the Silver Lining
Part II
  • Stevie Wonder medley
  • Something
  • I Got the Music in Me
  • Could It Be Magic
  • Beat Out Dat Rhythm (from Carmen Jones)
  • Where is Love (from Oliver)
  • Pinball Wizard (from Tommy)
  • I Don't Know How to Love Him (from Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • My Love
  • Downtown
Encores:
  • Sound of Music
  • The Other Man's Grass is Always Greener
  • On With the Show


Stevie Wonder Medley (Excerpt)
Arranged by Frank Owens

27 June, 1982
National Concert Hall, Dublin, IRELAND

1 August, 1982
Hyatt Regency, Dubahi

13 September, 1982
Gloucester Hall
Fort Regent, Jersey, UK

3 December, 1982
Spectrum Theatre
Warrington, England UK

4 December, 1982
Southport Theatre
Southport, England UK

5 December, 1971
Harrowgate Centre
Harrowgate, England UK

15 December, 1982
Fairfield Hall
Croydon, England UK

1983

22 January 1983
New Royal Concert Hall
Nottingham, England UK

23 January 1983
Theatre Royal
Norwich, England UK

29 January 1983
St. David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales, UK

30 January 1983
Theatre Royal
Plymouth, England UK

6 February, 1983
Royal Albert Hall
London, England UK
40th Anniversary Concert
Televised
Issued on Vinyl & CD

















CD and Vinyl Rarities
No longer available.

27 March, 1983
Cliff Pavilion
Southend-on-Sea, England UK

8 May, 1983
Northampton Derngate
Northampton, England UK

31 May - 5 June, 1983
Twin Towns Services Club
Tweed Heads, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

1984

26 January, 1984
Forum Theatre
Hatfield, Herts, England UK



All photos by Penny Thiele


27 January, 1984
White Rock Pavilion
Hastings, England UK

28 January, 1984
Orchard Tree Theatre
Dartford, Kent, England UK

24 March, 1984
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Private engagement.

26 May, 1984
Weymouth Pavilion
Weymouth, Dorset, England UK

27 May, 1984
Congress Theatre
Eastborne, Sussex, England UK
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28 March, 1984
Princess Theatre
Clacton-on-sea, Essex, England UK
.

31 March, 1984
Leas Cliff Hall
Folkestone, Kent, England

25 June, 1984
Blazers Nightclub
Windsor, England UK

28 July- 4 August, 1984
SS Norway
Cruise: Amsterdam to Norway

24 September - 1 October, 1984
SS Norway
Cruise: New York to Bermuda

4 October, 1984
Royal Albert Hall
London, England UK
Festival Of Music And Stars: Douglas Bader Memorial Gala Evening

October 7, 1984
Lewisham Theatre
London, England UK
Gala Launch Of Lewisham Theatre - An Evening With Petula Clark

17 October, 1984
Marlowe Theatre
Canterbury, Kent, England UK

November 21 - December 1, 1984
Northwood Inn
Edmonton, CANADA



November 22, 1984
Star still bright for Petula Clark
By VlNCE COADY
Journal Staff Writer

     "Downtown, where all the lights are bright."
      OK, so the lights in downtown Edmonton may not have been all that bright, but Petula Clark certainly has the spark to help fire up the city.
      The lady may he small (five feet two inches) but she's a powerhouse of talent
      Looking radiant in a long white form-fitting dress and gold overjacket, Clark had little trouble generating respect and love from a small but appreciative audience during her opening show Wednesday night.
      From the familiar high voltage opening number, "Don't Sleep in the Subway,"she amply demonstrated why her star still shines.
      Aside from her still fine voice, one of the main reasons for her longevity as an entertainer is her ability to adapt to change, or perhaps adapt change to her style.
      While she sang many of her familiar hits, she also sang some more contemporary songs.
      It is to her credit, however, that she selected only the best material and singers.
      While not too many singers would attempt to sing the incredible Stevie Wonder's new song, "I Just Called to Say I Love You," Clark not only dared to do to so, but in her own way made it sound even lovelier. And you could almost feel the room get warmer as she sang "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." She was glowing in her praise of Wonder: "You have seen us through the night, even though you have not seen the light of day."
      And Lionel Richie's "Hello" perhaps never sounded more sincere.
      She didn't forget her roots, however, singing Charlie Chaplin's beautiful song from the Countess of Hong Kong. "This is My Song" in both English and French.
      "I lived near him in Geneva," she recalled. "He made a lovely cup of tea, which is not to be sneezed at in England."
      A sample of her humor was also demonstrated in her special tribute to Margaret Thatcher in a medley of songs: "Don't Give Up," "Tomorrow and "Look for the Silver Lining."
      While she did not star in "The Countess From Hong Kong," she did sing "How Are Things in Gloccamorra" (sic) from one of her own films, Finian's Rainbow.
      She quickly livened things up again with a rousing rendition of "Out Here on My Own" from the film Fame.
      Clark's backup group, which includes a horn section, offered fine support under the direction of pianist Kenny Clayton.
      Perhaps the only sour note of the evening was the small turnout. Stars of the calibre of Miss Clark deserve better support.
      It might encourage them to return.

December 5 - 15, 1984
International Plaza Hotel
Vancouver, Canada

1985

6 February 1984
Savoy Hotel
London, England UK
Private engagement.

16 February 1984
Grosvenor Hotel
London, England UK
Private engagement.

March 1985
UNICEF concert (Vietnam)
Charity concert.

April 2 - May 11, 1985
Alexandra Theatre
Toronto, CANADA
The London Palladium Show
Starring: Petula, Dickie Henderson, Allan Stewart, Steve Bor, Ward Allen and Roger the Dog, Johnny Hutch & the Half Wits.



Pet Clark's zest puts some zing into tired show

Excerpted from the:
By Robert Crew

      The London Palladium Show at the Royal Alexandra Theatre is really two rather different shows in one.
      The first is an aging variety show that has been keeping British audiences entertained for many a long year. The second is a concert by the ageless Petula Clark.
      Pet Clark had a string of major hits in the 1960s, mainly Tony Hatch compositions like "Downtown," "Don't Sleep in the Subway" and "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love."
      She was in tune with those happy times, celebrating the joys of love and conveying a genuine zest for living without ever slipping into sentimentality.
      Those qualities were much in evidence on opening night. But this was more than a mere walk down memory lane, her act also contained several Stevie Wonder songs and a fine version of "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina", from Evita.
      The voice is still true and powerful, her commitment to her material is total. Her pert, friendly personality and some fine or orchestral accompaniment keeps the show bouncing agreeably along and you are left wanting just a littie bit more. Which is just as it should be.

May 12, 1985
National Arts Centre
Ottawa, Canada

16 May, 1986
Hilton Hotel
London, England UK
Private engagement.

21 September, 1985
Derngate Centre
Northampton, England UK

22 September, 1985

Lincoln, England UK

1 October, 198
Forum Theatre
Hatfield, England UK

2 October, 1985
Grand Theatre
Wolverhampton, England UK

2 October, 1985
Royal Concert Hall
Nottingham, England UK

October 4, 1985
New Embassy Theatre
Skegness, England

5 October, 1985
New Theatre
Hull, England UK

6 October, 1985
Floral Pavilion
New Brighton, England UK

12 October, 1985
Don Carlos Hotel
Marbella, SPAIN
Charity concert on behalf of ASPANDEM.

Charity Concert on behalf of ASPANDEM

(Association San Pedro Alcantara de Ninos Deficentes Mentales)
October 12, 1985
Marbella, Spain



20 October, 1985
Her Majesty's Theatre
London, England UK
Live television broadcast hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck and featuring: Petula, Bobby Davro, Shakin Stevens, Peter Piper. Bobby Crush, Andy Cameron.
Petula performed: Tony Hatch medley: Who Am I/Round Every Corner/Sign of the Times/I Couldn't Live Without Your Love/My Love/Downtown ~ The Very Thought of You

1986

14 - 17 January, 1986
SS Norway
Cruise to Miami.

9 February, 1986
Chichester Festival Hall
Chichester, England UK
Benefit in Aid of St. Wilfred's Hospice.

April 9 - 19, 1986
Imperial Room - Royal York Hotel
Toronto, CANADA



April 11, 1986
BY ALAN NIESTER
Special to The Globe and Mail

Ageless Petula thrives on variety

      APART FROM the fact they are notable entertainers, Bob Hope and Petula Clark have something in common. Both, believe it or not, were active entertaining troops during the Second World War.
      Watching her perform from a spot perhaps 50 feet from the stage of the Imperial Room on Wednesday night, it seemed incredible that this youthful looking, vibrant woman was even alive during the war, let alone entertaining troops. It was equally incredible to hear her sing a long line of hits that are now about two decades old. Perhaps the wrinkles showed up close, but from a slight distance, the look and the clear, youthful voice suggested that this was a woman of perhaps 26, not exactly twice that.
      Clark, opening a 10-night stint, has had a long and storied career. At 10, she was a child star in Britain. At 30, she was reborn as the major female figure in the English invasion, scoring a long string of top 10 hits. At 37, she starred in Francis Ford Coppola's film adaptation of Finian's Ralnbow. She has worked in film, theatre, pop music and television, all with remarkable success. And the package she has put together for her Toronto appearance draws heavily from all those forms.
      Naturally, most people in the audience came to hear the hits - "Downtown," "I Know a Place," "Color My World" and all the rest. While she demonstrated that her voice really hasn't changed that much since the sixties, it would seem to be Clark's contention that if someone wanted to hear the old songs just as they were back then, they could just as well stay and listen to a copy of Petula Clark's Greatest Hits Volume 1. Virtually all the old crowd-pleasers were retooled. "Don't Sleep in the Subway" was not so much sung as it was spoken, as if the pleading nature of the song had just occurred to Petula yesterday. "I Know a Place" became a high camp show tune. A truncated "My Love" metamorphosed from a ballad to a bossa nova to a country number before it was mercifully terminated, and even "Downtown" became a call and response number with the audience. In fact, of all the old hits she presented, only "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love," which she referred to as a personal favorite, received a run-through that was in the least bit true to its original form.
      But the old hits were only a small portion of the performance. This was a surprisingly diverse package, ranging from newer numbers such as "Celebration," Lionel Richie's "Hello" and Phil Collins' "One More Night" to chestnuts such as "How Are Things in Glocca Morra" and "Don't Cry For Me Argentina." All of these numbers were given a personal stamp, some successful, some not. Her version of the Collins' tune seemed to lose its melody line with each change of key, but her big, emotional stab at the Evita number received the biggest ovation of the evening.
      It would have been easy and safe for Petula Clark to merely run through the hits from beginning to end, but that is obviously not fulfilling enough for the entertainer. Instead, she has selected songs she enjoys, and feels comfortable experimenting with. As a result, audience members probably left the room humming, but perhaps not the songs they might have thought they would. And they probably left with the knowledge that there is a lot more to Petula Clark than "Downtown" and "I Know A Place."





June 22-29, 1986
Caesar's Palace
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Opening Act: Dennis Wolfburg


     Petula Clark hasn't been in the U.S. for seven or eight years. During the interim, she hasn't neglected her scales, the pipes have remained expressive and she's still a stylish singer. She's also a more mature personality with a witty line of chatter and a blond handsomeness.
      She attained her major renown with "Downtown" and achieves additional luster with her current catalog, a roster of tunes by Britons who also have made good in the New World and are long-relished in casino country.
      Her vocal colorations are enriched by the backgrounding of two femme singers and the batoning from the piano by Kenny Clayton. Clark's vocal bundle from Britain is by some of that country's more distinguished cleffers. Songs include "Don't Sleep in the Subway," "Memory" from Cats, a medley of Elton John tunes together with some appropriate lines about him, plus others, some of which had been regarded as Tin Pan Alley output. She gives a gracious performance that at times is extremely punch, as is evidenced by her rendition of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," which has an arrangement that makes it seem completely fresh.
      Dennis Wolfburg supplies the opening warmup. His start is slow and questionable, but once he gets into his experiences as a school teacher in the South Bronx, particularly with the changes from his youth in the field of sex education, he hits a fine stride and walks off a winner.
Jose.

5 July, 1986
UK
Private engagement.

8 July, 1986
Barbican Centre
London, England UK
Opening night at the Proms, starring Petula with the London Symphony Orchestra. Musical Director: John Dankworth. Cellist: Julian Lloyd Webber.

13 July, 1986
New Hampshire, USA

July 14, 1986
South Shore Music Circus
Cohasset, Massachussets, USA



July 15, 1986

Petula's invasion gets warm reception

      Britain's Petula Clark launched a new invasion of the U.S. from the South Shore Music Circus last night, and one of the top pop singers of the '60s was a definite 1980s hit.
      Best remembered here for her catchy "Downtown" - a smash in 1964 - Pet proved last night that seven years away from these shores have not diminished her talent.
      Though faced with a half-filled house, she belted out the loud ones and caressed the ballads with confidence, skill and enthusiastic warmth for her audience - warmth which was heartily returned.
      The singer has never lost her popularity abroad. A child star in England during the 1940s, she now lives in Europe and continues a successful recording career. She demurred last night about why she's stayed away from the U.S. so long, but a fan's urgent plea for her to come back sooner next time fell on apparently receptive ears.
      Clark's material ranged from her own hits like "Don't Sleep in the Subway" and "I Know a Place" to Broadway show tunes and songs from her movie roles. On most of them, her clear voice and precise phrasing made for smooth, seemingly effortless deliveries.
      Not every choice worked. A medley of Elton John tunes fell flat - in part because most of the audience was of the earlier "Downtown" generation. A Stevie Wonder medley later on proved far more successful, affording Pet a chance to make the songs her own while retaining the heart and soul of the originals.
      An actress as well as a singer, Clark said she hopes to soon star in an original musical. Judging from the way she handled show tunes last night, she won't have any trouble.
      By the time she got around to "Downtown," Clark's listeners had long since been won over.
      Whether singing an Edith Piaf song in French or Phil Collins' "One More Night," Clark has unmistakable style and finesse. But most of all, last night showed that Petula Clark is a warm, giving performer who's a professional in every sense of the word. Let's hope she doesn't wait another seven years to return.
Eric Stange

15 July, 1986
Musical Theater
Warwick, Rhode Island, USA

16 July, 1986
Oakdale Theatre
Walingford, Connecticut, USA

July 17, 1986
Clemens Performing Arts Center
Elmira, New York, USA

July 18, 1986
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington D.C., USA





Photos by Gary Schmidt


SONG LIST

  • Call Me
  • Memory (from Cats)
  • Elton John Medley
  • Hello
  • Hits Medley
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand / Imagine
  • Tribute to John Lennon
  • Kiss Me Goodbye
  • Downtown
  • Edelweiss


Backstage
July 19, 1986
Petula Clark: Upbeat & 'Downtown'

      Petula Clark is an extraordinarily eclectic performer. Last night at the Kennedy Center, the British songstress was torch singer, balladeer, Latin bombshell, C&W artist, rocker and music hall entertainer all in one.
      "How Are Things in Glocamora," (sic) from her film Finian's Rainbow, reached back a half century. A parody of Elton John had Clark whooping and squealing.
      She was backed by a seven-piece band on most selections, but several times provided her own piano accompaniment. These interludes revealed special vocal qualities: a quavering timbre, a whispery delivery.
      The balcony song from Evita, with its contrasting passivity and fiery passion, was a highlight. But Clark saved for last the song she will probably be remembered for--"Downtown." Well, almost last: A standing ovation brought her back for more.
~ W. Royal Stokes

July 19, 1986
Renaissance Theatre
Mansfield, Ohio, USA




News Journal

July 20, 1986

Petula pleased by Midwest warmth
By John Futty

      MANSFIELD - The first thing Petula Clark noticed Saturday on her first visit to Mansfield was the climate.
      "Thank you for a warm welcome to a warm, sticky town," she said after opening her concert to generous applause at the Renaissance Theatre. "Is it always this warm here?"
      The British pop star was wrapping up her first tour of the United States in "seven or eight years" and told the crowd that this was the first time she had ever performed "in this part of your country."
      As it turned out, the Midwestern humidity was nothing to compare with the warmth Miss Clark brought from the Mother Country. The Grammy-winning vocalist delivered no less than 34 songs in a concert that lasted more than two hours. There was also plenty of chatter, as she introduced nearly every number with a friendly anecdote.
      After more than 40 years in show business, Miss Clark is the consummate entertainer. Her production is smooth, her nine-piece orchestra and two background vocalists are slick, her demeanor is gracious and her voice is as strong as ever. She even played the piano on several numbers. Most important, she seems to love what she's doing.
      The blond Briton is best remembered for a string of hit singles from the 1960s, although she proved that she isn't stuck in that decade. Her concert included contemporary tunes by the likes of Phil Collins and Lionel Richie, as well as some recent Broadway hits.
      But the oldies were what the crowd came to hear, and Miss Clark didn't disappoint anyone. After opening the show with "Call Me" (in which she sang "I've been so long away from the U.S. of A.") she brought the audience to life with "Don't Sleep in the Subway."
      From the beginning, it was obvious that Miss Clark hasn't lost any of her vocal abilities. At age 51, she seems to have sharpened them. Her delivery is effortless and powerful, her range is impressive and her pitch is bright and true.
      She put that voice to use on all British songs in the first half of the show which she dubbed "A bouquet from the U.K." Among the selections were several of her own hits - "I Couldn't Live without Your Love," "This is My Song," "My Love," and "You and I."
      All were affectionate, faithful renditions, but the highlights of the first half included two Broadway tunes by Andrew Lloyd Webber - "Memory" from Cats and "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" from Evita. Both were so dramatic that you had to wonder why this woman doesn't do more musical theater.
      After intermission, Miss Clark turned her attention to American songwriters Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder, offering several selections from each. Some of these songs required Miss Clark to sing in a deep voice, which wasn't as effective as her upper register.
      The climax of the second half was "Downtown," Miss Clark's upbeat signature tune and the song everybody had been waiting for. The song holds up as well as the woman who made it a Grammy winner.
      Following a standing ovation, Miss Clark returned for a lengthy, spontaneous encore that included her hit, "Kiss Me Goodbye," a tribute to her late friend John Lennon and "I Know a Place" another song that earned her a Grammy.
      The concert concluded with a beautiful rendition of "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music, a musical in which Miss Clark starred on the London stage. She played the piano and encouraged the audience to sing the second chorus ("I like to do the first one myself.").

July 20, 1986
Circle Theater
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

July 22 - 23, 1986
Syracuse State Fair
Syracuse, New York, USA

August 28 - September 1, 1986
Caesar's Palace
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
George Burns (Headliner)

  • 23 October, 1986
  • 24 October, 1986
  • 25 October, 1986
  • 26 October, 1986
  • 27 October, 1986
  • 28 October, 1986
  • 30 October - 2 November, 1986
  • 3 - 5 November, 1986
  • 6 - 8 November, 1986
  • Rockhapton, AUSTRALIA
  • Gladstone, AUSTRALIA
  • Macay, AUSTRALIA
  • Townsville, AUSTRALIA
  • Cairns, AUSTRALIA
  • Hilton Hotel, Mount Isa, AUSTRALIA
  • Twin Towns Showroom, Tweed Heads
  • Hilton Hotel, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
  • Hilton Hotel, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
1986 Australian Tour
Flyer
Programme
Poster

1987

March 14, 1987
Hamilton Hotel
Itasca, Illinois, USA
The Garden Ball
Benefit for the Hospice Program at Alexian Brothers Medical Center

Garden Ball Benefit
March 14, 1987

All photos & memorabilia from the collection of Gary Schmidt
Program




Promotion


Newspaper feature




June 8-13, 1987
Imperial Room - Royal York Hotel
Toronto, CANADA


June 9, 1987
Her English is faultless
     Forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go downtown, where Petula Clark is engaging the like-minded (as opposed to the love-minded) at the Imperial Room this week.
      Her masteries include the diffident understatement and the emphatic final fermata. She gushes not. Rather, she accepts graciously our respect.
      More medium than messenger, she interprets melodies with fewer vocal filters than anyone I've heard here since Brenda Lee. When it comes to lyrics and patter, her wordplay is distinctively, articulately British.
      And so is her repertoire this time out. What she calls "our Brit-hit show, our bouquet from the UK" reprises half a dozen Elton John hits, plus half a dozen selections from the Paul McCartney solo career, both of the standards from '80s musicals ("Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and "Memory") and the best-known of her outlets for Tony Hatch ("Call Me," Don't Sleep in the Subway," "Downtown.")
      Last night it also included an affecting Petula Clark original called "Give It A Try," a Charlie Chaplin song she had helped popularize ("This is My Song") and some spontaneous catering to our whims.
      Hers is the confidence that is the opposite of vulnerability. She's plucky. Think of her as England's answer to our Anne Murray. In concert now, both turn out to be witty comediennes and smooth manipulators of stylish ideas; an array of hits may win them their crowds but the pleasure of their personalities earns them their ovations.
      Petula Clark never even pretends that our passions are her concern. Or that hers are ours. The show is skillful diversion, full of potential strums of reminiscence. The composer's primal feelings (if any) are suggested by the orchestration focused by the singer's energy, and felt by us - if we want.
      Last night we wanted. Petula Clark earned a wide array of enthusiastic responses - a standing ovation, a fulsome singalong (on "Edelweiss") even silence.
      Love? Maybe not. But I think we liked her, really, a lot.

June 8 - 13, 1987
Caesar's Palace
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
David Copperfield (headline)





Song List
  • Every Little Thing You Do Is Magic
  • Don't Sleep in the Subway
  • Memory (from Cats)
  • This is My Song
  • I Couldn't Live Without Your Love
  • Paul McCartney medley
  • Don't Cry for Me, Argentina (from Evita)
  • My Love/Downtown


September 28 - October 9, 1976
London, England UK
50 Years Of Woman:: A Royal Gala In Aid Of Birthright
The event was hosted by Cilla Black (A great supporter of the Birthright charity.) and she invited guest Petula Clark to perform and close the first half. Princess Diana was in the Royal Box.

August 18-23, 1987
Caesar's Palace
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Song List
  • Celebration
  • Don't Sleep in the Subway
  • Memory (from Cats)
  • I Couldn't Live Without Your Love
  • This is My Song
  • Paul McCartney Medley
  • How Are Things in Glocca Morra (from Finian's Rainbow)
  • You Made Me Love You/You'll Never Know
  • I Know a Place
  • Don't Cry for Me, Argentina (from Evita)
  • My Love/Downtown
  • Give It a Try
  • Who Am I/Kiss Me Goodbye/You're the One


30 October, 1987
The Assembly Room
Derby, England UK
Petula Clark & (guitarist) John Williams

November 1987
Belgrade, YUGOSLAVIA
UNICEF Concert

1988

August 23 - 28, 1988
Caesar's Palace
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Opening Act: Wil Shriner

1989

17 February, 1989
Concert Hall
Nottingham, England UK

18 February, 1989
All Pet lovers
By Tony Moss

      It was a long time coming - almost two hours after the show had started, and into encore time. and, even then it was the "experimental" version she'd never tried before in front of a live audience. But it was "Downtown" that the fans had come to hear, and the mop-haired blonde with a barrow-load of energy delivered it superbly, experimental or not.
      Experimental? It was hardly different from the hit that launched Pet Clark into the charts and worldwide fame all those years ago.
      Sprightly as ever - and she's now a remarkable 56 - she romped through her catalogue of successes that owes so much to the songwriting talents of Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent - "Don't Sleep in the Subway," "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love," "Call Me," as well as "Downtown."
      And then there was a potted biography as she took a musical trip through her days as a child film star followed by Hollywood, living in France, marriage and three children - slightly embarrassing stuff but it brought bouquets of fresh flowers and adoring applause from an appreciative audience.
      She danced with Fred Astaire in Finians's Rainbow - cue for a bit of Irish brogue and "How are Things in Glocca Morra?" She was a friend of John Lennon's - his death was "such a waste." She had tea with Charlie Chaplin - bring on "This is My Song" from The Countess of Hong Kong.
      And she's hoping to stage a new musical- cue for another "first," a song on the theme of "home."
      Petula Clark is a heartwarming performer. Long may she go on.

18 February, 1989
Fairfield Hall
Croydon, England UK

24 February, 1989
Enchanted by a perfect Pet
By mark Fishman

      Child starlet, 'sixties swinger and West End leading lady - Petula's Clark's been all three. And for those who thought the champagne days were over, she recently returned to the top of the charts with a souped-up version of her biggest ever hit "Downtown."
      Tangible proof - if any were needed - of her continued appeal came at Fairfield on Saturday when she enchanted a packed house with a string of hits old and new. The reason behind Petula's on-going success is no big secret. Slim and attractive, she possesses the larger-than-life personality and faultless technique seldom seen among today's performers. Her voice, individual yet never less than perfectly pitched, retains a magical quality which carries effortlessly to all corners of the hall. Her actress training, too, is put to full use as she varies the mood constantly to reflect the music, ranging from beseeching in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Memory," to clowning in Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" and simply compelling in the ballad "Let it Be Me."
      Responsible in no small way for the success of the evening were Petula's eight-piece band and two backing singers. Together they managed to adapt to every requirement, from the barest piano accompaniment to the strains of a full orchestra in the epic "Life is a Song."
      An early highlight on Saturday was the hugely likeable Tony Hatch/Jackie Trent composition "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love," which rattled along in fine style, re-creating the mood of the 'sixties. Charlie Chaplin's quirky character was recalled in his "This is My Song," made atmospheric and beguiling in turns by Petula and company.
      Tributes to Elton John and Paul McCartney were slightly less successful, but an emotional rendering of "Edelweiss" from Petula's West End stint in The Sound of Music and a dramatic "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" more than compensated for any lapses. Then there was the inevitable "Downtown," a show-stopper in anyone's book. With no concessions to studio wizardry, Petula and her musicians turned out a faithful version of the recent dance-hall remix, winning a standing ovation at the end - the first of three that evening.
      "The Other Man's Grass is Always Greener" and two ad-hoc numbers from the musical Goodbye Mr. Chips, which ended the show, received similar accolades.

28 July, 1989
Bournmouth, England UK

Song List
  • I Know You're Out There Somewhere
  • Don't Sleep in the Subway
  • This is My Song
  • Paul McCartney medley
  • Let it Be Me
  • Who Am I/You're the One
  • Call Me
  • I Know a Place
  • I Think About You
  • Elton John medley
  • Home is Where the Heart Is/ No How, No Way/ Empty Spaces (from Someone Like You)
  • Downtown '88
Encores:
  • School song/You and I (from Goodbye Mr. Chips)
  • Edelweiss (from Sound of Music)
  • All I Ask of You (from Phantom of the Opera)

August 3-23, 1989
Desert Inn
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rich Little (headliner)








All photos by Gary Schmidt




8-9 September, 1989
Hotel Piccadilly
Manchester, England

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