Last night Stuart, Darren, Rob and I went to see Candi Staton at London's glitzy Jazz Cafe.
Candi was on good form, the audience were behind her all the way and she put on a great show. All the hits and more. Can I get a witness?
Highlights were her classics such as In the Ghetto, Stand By Your Man and I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart. But her new release was a killer too - His Hands - a clever song about love, abuse, and redemption written by Will Oldham. Candi emotes first about a husband's hands of love, then his hands of violence, and finally forgiveness from the hands of God.
Naturally the crowd went wild for Young Hearts Run Free towards the end and the final number You Got the Love. Funny that the encore was just that same song repeated though.
My guilty pleasure was midway through the set when Candi said, "This next song was a big hit over here in England." And proceeded to sing her quite wonderful 1977 hit Nights on Broadway. I was in disco heaven.