Olivia Newton-John brings UK tour to Birmingham NIA

Olivia Newton-John fans were hopelessly devoted to the singer when she brought her first UK tour in 35 years to the West Midlands.

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The age-defying Australian celebrated 40 years in music with a concert at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena last night.

Looking sensational at the age of 64, she performed songs from the past four decades.

The four-time Grammy award winner shot to fame in 1978 playing Sandy in Grease alongside John Travolta.

And it was always going to be the medley of Grease highlights, that were the biggest hit among the fans – including You’re the One That I Want, Summer Nights and Hopelessly Devoted to You.

Dressed in a black trouser suit and striped tie, Newton-John also performed Country Roads and Jolene before the crowd-pleasing Grease medley.

Fans on Twitter said it was an “amazing show”.

One said: “The Grease medley was the highlight but it was great from start to end. The crowd loved her and she had a great mixture of songs.”

To date Grease, the movie which catapulted Olivia to fame, remains the most successful movie musical in history but she has also been in other film, including Xanadu, Two Of A Kind, It’s My Party, Sordid Lives, and Score: A Hockey Musical.

She has also sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

Her six-concert UK tour ends in Manchester tomorrow night.

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Comments for: "Olivia Newton-John brings UK tour to Birmingham NIA"

Dan

It was an outstanding show - she was pitch-perfect and had such an amazing range and power to her voice! Probably the best concert I've ever been to in Birmingham! Hope we invite her back.

David

Saw her in London at Royal Albert Hall, she was beyond amazing!!! Her voice was strong, the show was so much fun and joy! During Xanadu , Physical, Grease medley the crowd was going so wild seemed like the floor was shaking... It was just magic!

It's sad she is not touring the UK more and that she is planning to retire from it...

Phil

I also went to the Show. Amazing show and got your money's worth and more. It was the best show I been to. I will defently see her again if she comes

l dienel

She has such an amazing talent,he vocal rang is outstanding,the best female entertainer i have ever seen live,terrific show

Donna

Totally agree with you Dan she was Amazing her voice is outstanding best concert I have ever been to we danced we sang we laughed we cryed we were mesmerized by her presence and voice she has to come back to tour the UK again we love you Olivia please come back .

Ian Spence

Agree with al of the above. Have been an Olivia fan for nearly 40 years. Met her briefly last year in London. First time I've seen her in concert. Hopefully not the last time. Fantastic! Love her so much!

lenny mansfield

I saw OLIVIA at the Royal albert hall , it was a brilliant show from start to finish ,

Patrick

Well. it's all been said, it was an incredible show and Olivia look's and sing's better than ever. She is a real star. The concert reminded me of why I was so mesmerised by her back in '71. I was 19 years old then and in love with her, now 60 and still just as mesmerised !!!!

Ed

Wow, wow, wow! Waited years to see Olivia live (at Albert Hall) and she exceeded all expectations on a massive, huge scale! I never thought it was actually possible, but I love and admire her even more now. The range, power and accuracy of her voice was incredible, and her warmth and energy were truly a joy. Best concert I've ever seen. Please come back soon Olivia – we will all be there like a shot, and in my case with quite a few family members who are now dying to see you live, too! Thank you so much. x

john

Just been to last concert in manchester, Olivia was fantastic, vocals amazing.Brought back great memories, thanks for a great concert Olivia.

LES

why did you call this a uk tour when you pulled out of the glasgow show your only show in scotland not happy about this.

paula

love Olivia ,waited from the age of 11 to the age of 47 to see her live at Birmingham NIA on Friday 15th. Olivia thanks for signing my cookbook shame that I could not meet you even though I wrote to your management.

The show was full of fun and joy the best two hours of my life. Saving up now to visit GAIA retreat. Long live love and OLIVIA!!!!

Andy

Olivia is a Great singer, I had the great fortune of meeting her in Hollywood USA in the 80s she was very charming but in Birmingham I felt that the stage had no presentation ie: no Glitz to back this lovely singer. My wife who is dissabled and I were perched up in the gods where all we could see was a figure- we feel that there could have been a screen either side or above the stage for those at the back. There was no interval for drinks , snacks, wc etc - which again seemed unfair - and, after a 30+ years of waiting, Olivia could not find the time to say Hi to a handfull of her ardent fans at the stage door.

All that said the voice was superb.

Brendan Martin

Travelled over from Ireland for concert in Manchester last night. Worth every penny, she has an incredible voice across all ranges of music and she looked great, have been a fan since 70's...

Lon Pinkerton

I saw the concert in Manchester at the Apollo last night (having travelled over from the Isle of Man) and as I had waited since 1978 when I was an 8 year old watching "Grease" I must say I was not disappointed.

The highlights were many, especially "Xanadu", "What Is Life" and "Make A Move On Me" and she was backed by a very organised backing band with whom she seemed to have real feelings for when they were introduced to the audience.

Especially moving was Olivia's between song dialogue with the audience and I hope she will return to these shores very soon.