19th MAY 2004
PARAMOUNT THEATRE, SEATTLE, USA
Review from Nicholas Manning:
Dido talks and dances and can actually perform onstage. The British pop
singers concert on Wednesday night at the Paramount in Seattle, Washington
was in stark contrast to her key arena show three years ago when she was
not ready to appear before an audience.
Backed by a first rate five piece band and surrounded by a flashy but not
overbearing lighting scheme the singer took the stage at 9pm. Opening
her concert with the song 'Stoned' with much applause and screaming
(myself included). She was dressed in a white blouse and jeans, her
streaked blond hair was cut to shoulder length and she looked fabulous.
After 'Stoned' she did 'Here With Me' followed by 'Isobel'.
Her newer songs are clearly better live than on the CD my personal
favourites were, 'See You When You're 40' which she describes as the
nastiest song Iíve ever written. After that song she talked to the
audience a little and told us we might want to get out of our seats for
the next one 'Hunter' from her 'No Angel' CD. After 'Hunter' she played
'Mary's In India' which she said if the song was true would make her a
complete bitch, a song about seducing her best friends boyfriend but
insisted she and Mary remain best friends. Next came the highlight of the
night for me when she performed 'Take My Hand'. I was ecstatic as it is my
favourite song off of the 'No Angel' CD. The place was dancing and clapping
to the music. My night was complete after that ahhh, but there was more she
then went on to perform 'Don't Leave Home' which she said most people
think of as a love song when it is actually a song about addiction. Next
was 'Sand In My Shoes' a song about being on holiday. After
'Sand In My Shoes' she did 'Don't Think Of Me' followed by 'Thank You'.
After 'Thank You' she performed the title track off her sophomore effort
'Life For Rent', after that song she exited the stage and came back for
her four-song encore. When she returned to the stage she performed
'Do You Have A Little Time' followed by 'Honestly OK'. She then went on to
do 'Who Make's You Feel' and to wrap things up she took us home with
'White Flag'. The entire evening was absolutely fantastic and I simply
cannot wait for her to go on tour again.