Review: Survivor Anastacia still thrives
Pop: Anastacia, Olympia, Dublin
In the early noughties, Anastacia Lyn Newkirk from Chicago became a household name. She sold over 30 million albums worldwide, and scored a huge global hit with her debut single I'm Out of Love, which interestingly was much more of a slow burner in her native America.
Anastacia is a few weeks into the European leg of her Ultimate Collection tour, which began in Milan in early April. Ireland is a very significant stop off for her, as her mother Dianne Hurley is of Irish descent.
It's Mother's Day in the States, so Hurley joins her daughter for a touching guest spot, and sings a version of Danny Boy that prompts an early standing ovation and a rousing "olé olé olé."
Dianne is a dab hand at performing herself and served her time as an actress on Broadway. "Do you see what I had to grow up with?" Anastacia beams. "All that love and positivity."
The singer is an extremely positive and inspiring true blue survivor herself. Before You'll Never Be Alone, a song which she wrote for her god-daughter, she reflects on how after her first cancer diagnosis it became a song her fans constantly cited in an overwhelming outpouring of communal support.
"You, my fans, became my family," she says. This remarkably resilient woman has survived two cancer scares, a heart condition, and Crohn's disease when she was 13.
She looks amazing, and the three costume changes reveal that her sense of style certainly hasn't diminished over time.
Anastacia's respect for her fans isn't just lip service, as they're given an opportunity to contribute to the set list via voting by her mobile app. Whose Going to Stop the Rain? narrowly wins out. She dedicates I Belong to You (Il Ritmo Della Passione) to everyone in attendance, urging us to love each other as much as possible. While some of her material is undeniably on the syrupy side, there is no doubting her passion and conviction.
Anastacia is a woman who knows she is lucky to be alive. She is on a mission to seize every day, and she delivers an inspiring performance for her loyal Irish fans.