On Friday night I headed to the Hollywood Bowl to see Donna Summer in concert. She hasn't released an album of new material in 17 years, but just recorded a CD called Crayons, so her performance consisted of old and new songs.
The diva sang her hits though including "She Works Hard For the Money," "Bad Girls," "Hot Stuff," "MacArthur Park," "Dim All The Lights," "I Feel Love," "On the Radio" and of course ended with "Last Dance." However, she didn't sing her first big hit "Love to love you baby," because apparently she has sworn the sexy song off now that she became a born-again Christian. Her new songs consisted of a Reggae beat to R&B and one was a political and powerful song about Darfur.
She was quite a bit heavier, but the diva is a grandmother now and mother of three, yet she still has her pipes and stage presence.
If you didn't know, Donna is considered the voice that ignited the disco generation. For the disco haters on the blog tho, here's something that should impress you about Summer, she is one of the most successful female recording artists of the 1970s and 1980s, and still holds the record for having three consecutive double albums hit #1 on the Billboard charts. She also became the first female artist to have four number-one singles in a twelve-month period.
My mother used to go to Studio 54, so I grew up singing these songs and a disco bitch (I have the button that says so too). As a result, I dragged Raphael and his niece and nephew along to the show with me. My favorite thing about the Hollywood Bowl venue is that you can bring your own food, so we packed a fun picnic basket of goodies and a delicious red wine.