Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Diary 4. Liverpool.

Liverpool Philharmonic did not disappoint on Feb. 11. Despite a crazy day of bad weather including rain, heavy winds, jumbo snow flurries – followed by an odd looking sun as the rain fell again it was a sold out soul music loving crowd. An  ‘older’ distinguished crowd. While Halifax and St.Helens boogied in the aisles to the final strains of “We Love You Halifax and St.Helens respectively” from Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue – the vibe in the gorgeous concert hall was more reserved but still quite jubilant in the end for each of the artists; cue rousing applause.

After the concert we were all invited and some of the artists singing a couple of  A & B selections as they say in church for two songs. The event was attended by a well heeled affluent intimate crowd of close friends of David Gest, city dignitaries and a sprinkle of celebrities. All of the musicians and artists pulled it together quickly and were shuttled over over to a pre-Valentines event at the designated luxury hotel. Eddie Holman (Lonely Girl) did an extended version of the gospel classic “How Great Thou Art’ that initially brought me to tears because it was a favorite song of my father. Those moments of a lost loved one get you unexpectedly, so there I was weeping for a second at our table. Hearing the song took me back to church as a little girl and made me feel like my Dad was present. My tears soon turned to uncontrollable giggles. You know when you shouldn’t be laughing and then you can’t stop? Yes, that was me. That is how the roller coaster night progressed. It was fabulous to hear Dennis and The Temptations Revue have a go at ‘A Song For You’ – in a key he wasn’t accustomed to which made for memorable after the after party conversation  and laughter but it was beautiful to me nevertheless, they worked it out. It recalled listening to the title song and Donny Hathaway cover at a neighbors house in high school who always had the new releases as soon as they came out. This included the fantastic ‘Song For You’ album with it’s stark black cover.

Naturally, it wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t a plethora of underlying  challenges, mild drama, periodic frustrations, complaints, laughs, but ultimately a sense enjoyment and exhaustion ready for pajama’s, a hot bath and looking forward to a good night’s sleep to cap off the evening. Camp Legends of Soul — and real life.

Each show day in the lobby - fans await for autographs .. ''Security!'

Each show day in the lobby – professional autograph collectors await .. –”Security!’

Jody Watley Backstage with Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue in Liverpool. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Jody Watley Backstage with Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue in Liverpool. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Jody Watley and David Gest backstage Liverpool Philharmonic. © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley and David Gest backstage Liverpool Philharmonic. © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Paul Williams Jr. (son of original Temptations member Paul Williams) - one of the nicest guys and gentleman out here. © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Temptations Revue member Paul Williams Jr. (son of original Temptations Paul Williams) – one of the nicest guys and gentleman out here – I lost s Superbowl bet of a dollar to Paul, as some of watched it in the hotel bar after the show – perfect timing. © 2014 Jody Watley

After Party. Liverpool. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

After Party. Liverpool – you know I have an affinity for a nice spiral staircase to work!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Dennis Edwards, Eddie Holman, Gwen Dickey original lead singer of Rose Royce  in Liverpool © 2014 Jody Watley

Dennis Edwards, Eddie Holman, Gwen Dickey original lead singer of Rose Royce in Liverpool © 2014 Jody Watley

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Scenes from an after party bash, Legends of Soul Tour – Liverpool. © 2014 Jody Watley

Party guest Gary Millar Lord Mayor Liverpool Townhall

Party guest  Lord Mayor Gary Millar rocking his dignitary hardware. © 2014 Jody Watley

Cece Peniston gives Little Anthony a hug after an incredible performance - the has the most beautiful voice. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Cece Peniston gives Little Anthony a hug after an incredible paired down performance at the after party – he has the most angelic one and voice. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Cece's stiletto awaited Little Anthony..in church when someone is singing really well it makes you want to throw something…it wouldn't have been ok to throw anything - so the shoe was representative of how we felt about his performance.

Cece’s stiletto awaited Little Anthony..in church when someone is singing really well it makes you want to throw something…it wouldn’t have been ok to throw anything – so the shoe was representative of how we felt about his performance.

Jody Watley, Bryan Chambers, Cece Peniston © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Be Fab! Nightlife in Liverpool with Jody Watley, Bryan Chambers, Cece Peniston © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Just the right portion for dessert.

Just the right portion for dessert (my favorite was the lemon tart). Liverpool after party event Legends of Soul.  Learn to take the bitter with the sweet in life. Gratitude.

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