I've just got home from the recording of the DISCOMANIA TV show featuring DONNA and I'm still buzzing from it all.
I got there early to ensure a good seat. The crowd was varied, young and older, a mix of straight men and women , and a health sprinkling of gay men of a certain age, who were there for one reason only: to see the DIVA: Donna Summer.
We were eventually allowed into the studio, and my friend and I got FRONT ROW SEATS (!!!!) right in front of the raised stage.
As many of you are aware, TV shows and films are shot out of sequence to the actual show that is transmitted, and this show was no exception.
The show included many UK pop stars and boy bands and stars from soaps etc who MIMED to their songs. I really can't be bothered to report on them, because I want to get to the Donna bits.
Donna's first appearance was to sing a Donna medley. Dressed in a floor length black leather coat over black leather trousers (pants, to you US fans!!!) and a black basque with red trim, she sang (LIVE!!!!!!!!) a medley of Hot Stuff with a few bars of I Feel Love, before going into Bad Girls.
She looked fantastic, with a long black/brown shoulder length wig to finish the look. There were four sexy male dancers dressed as NY cops, who danced behind Donna as she sang Hot Stuff. Then four blonde girls joined them, dressed as hookers, as Donna went into Bad Girls.
Donna was singing live, belting the songs into her mike. She has never sounded better. Her voice was strong, powerful and on perfect pitch. It put to shame all the others who mimed!!!!!
She did the medley twice, as she made a slight error, and there were problems with Donna not being able to hear the backing track through her ear pieces. (These were hidden by her wig.)
Her next musical number was Mac Arthur Park. Again, singing live. This time Donna was dressed in a black outfit of trousers (pants!) and a low cut top. Again Donna had to sing it twice after she made a slight error, and again a few technical problems. In fact as we were so close to the stage, I heard Donna ask if she could do the last refrain again, but the floor manager said the director was happy. The ending of the song had been changed. The song started off slowly as usual, then went into the disco part, but seemed to end really abruptly.
Bruce was sat behind me on a spare seat, tapping the beat with his foot, and making sure Donna was looking good. I caught his eye a few times, and he smiled at
me. He was in the studio all the time Donna was there, to keep an eye on what Donna sounded and looked like. After every take she had hair and make up people making sure she looked stunning under the hot studio lights.
Donna then had to do a few links to the other acts, with Neil Fox, who is a radio DJ, TV presenter, and a judge on the UK version of Pop Idol. I have to say, Donna did have to do these a few times as she got her lines wrong, but she laughed it all off well, and the audience laughed at her goofy faces that she pulled when she got her words wrong.
The next track she did was Last Dance, which although shot out of sequence, was the end of the show. Again Perfect, and she only had to do it once.
She will also sing Enough Is Enough, with Westlife (Irish Boy Band), but that item had been recorded the night before.
There were LOTS of cries of WE LOVE YOU, DONNA from the BOYS in the audience (me included).
It all seems a blur. I can't get over her voice, although I should know better, being a huge fan of hers from the very start!!
Her final link with Neil was funny. It was a piece about the fashions of the 70s. He wore a huge afro wig, and Donna had a massive brown frizzy wig on (very big like a Diana Ross wig) The audience loved it!!!!
The show will air Saturday 19th June on ITV.
I can't believe I got such a good seat and got to see my icon again!!
I can't believe she is doing a signing in HMV next week!! I won't be able to make it!! So if any other London/UK fans feel like getting a spare copy of the CD signed, get in touch. But I did get to see her, so I can't be greedy!
A brilliant HOT SUMMER NIGHT in London Town.
Love to Cathy, and all DONNA fans everywhere.
- Christopher from London