Sunday, 15 July 2007

Barbra Wows Dublin

... despite nearly missing the start of her own concert due to traffic conditions, Barbra appeared onstage with an Umbrella at the beginning of her first ever Irish concert date on Saturday night in Dublin.

"While the majority of 17,000 fans who saw the legendary Barbra Streisand in concert enjoyed the show, promoters regret that some ticket holders were unable to have a great experience at this once in a lifetime event," the organisers said. "This was primarily due to adverse weather conditions, the worst in 100 years which added an extra dynamic to the already difficult driving conditions as a result of major road works on the M50/N4."

Highlights from the show:

Barbra sang "I've Dreamed Of You" as her first encore, for the first time since 2000. Barbra first heard the melody in Ireland, and was recorded by Barbra on her 1999 album 'A Love Like Ours'.

As Barbra exited the stage (from stage left), her husband, James came up the back center stairs to find Barbra, who then turned around to huge cheers, they then met on stage, kissed -- and exited together..

The star-studded audience included actress Kim Cattrall, singer Liam Clancy (who Marty Erlichman managed until the early 60s), music entrepreneur and TV personality Louis Walsh, writer Fionnuala Sherry, Broadway/West End / Canadian Theater Star Colm Wilkinson and other luminaries.

Barbra replaced "Down With Love" with "Come Rain Or Come Shine" as her second song.

During Don't Rain On My Parade, the audience rushed to the stage -- and formed a 'mosh pit' a la MTV Rock and Pop acts. Streisand seeemed to enjoy it as everyone snapped pictures and she took them directly in -- enjoying all the excitement.

During "Ask Barbra" -- an audience member asked "If you could go back in your life and change anything, would you?". Barbra replied "The truth is, I wouldn't change a thing". Another question was "Why do you think you have such a big gay following" -- "Really!? Are there Gay people here?" (to huge cheers). "I don't really know the answer to that, but I think it's because they have good taste".