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      27.12.2001 04:46
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      For those of you who missed the tour I thoroughly recommend getting the DVD "Texas Paris", it contains highlights of the concert in Paris, and contains the following songs. In Demand Black Eyed Boy halo In Our Lifetime Guitar Song Insane Tired of Being Alone So in Love With You Prayer for You I Don't Want a Lover When We Are Together Summer Son Inner Smile Suspicious Minds Say What You Want Whilst you can't re-produce the atmosphere and effects of a live concert the DVD can give you an insight into how great a live band Texas are. Whilst I don't have the luxury of a surrond sound TV I can only dream about how effective the sound would be thorugh a great sound system. For anybody that has seen them on their tour it is also worth buying as it also contains full uncut videos of thier singles, an exclusive Sharleen interview and footage of the acoustic performance at the Brixton Academy when they supported Madonna. One point to note the "exclusive" Sharleen interview is the same one that was broadcast on BBC Scotland at the start of the year, so some people may have seen it already. Also available on video without the extras

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        15.02.2001 03:31
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        You don't have to be a mega fan to enjoy Texas' music just good taste. Texas started out back in 1989 with " I don't want a lover" which was a soft rock ballad, with a touch of the good old guitar work. Having just started out in the pop world could they see themselves lasting? Have they got the gift to last out 12 years? Well the answer was and is YES to both of these questions, without a doubt. I spent 4 hours on Tuesday evening standing at more or less at the front of a packed stadium, about 10 foot away from the front of the stage. With tired aching feet and adrenaline pumping though my body, I eagerly awaited the performance from Texas. Let me tell you, it was worth every aching moment and although I'm only 5 ft 2 in tall, I had a brilliant view. We went to see Texas at Sheffield Arena while a friend of mine baby sat my two children. Both my hubby and I are not, I would say, fanatical about Texas. We just really enjoy their music. Hubby saw the tickets advertised on Open on Sky Digital, and after asking if I would like to go as a Valentines pressie, booked the tickets there and then in December. When we got to Sheffield Arena, we looked for the colour coded entrance, which is on the ticket and made our way inside. The colour coding is to make it easier to find your seats for the concert, but for us it didn't really matter as we were standing. I must admit I was a little dubious about standing. I've heard of people being crushed by crowds at concerts. Not only that, but my feet were killing me, after a long old day with the kids. Still, as we got there as the doors opened, we had about 40 mins to sit on the floor. We were surprised that the Arena was quite empty still. If you have a seat, your seat is designated to you, so you don't have to rush. But if you want a real slice of the action, you need to stand. To get a decent standing position, you need to get there as early as possible. < br><br> There were people milling on and off the stage setting equipment up and testing stuff, so we made ourselves comfortable, and got chatting to a few people next to us. One of which was a avid fan and has already been to a concert. The Support Group Finally the lights went down and the support group can on. I had no idea who the support group was, as it wasn't advertised on the ticket. It took me by surprise but it was an American group called Semisonic. They have released a few good singles, but I didn't twig who they were until they did two or three of their already released singles. They released " Closing time" , " Secret Smile" and a few others back in 1998/1999 but the group have been around in America since 1992. They have released 3 albums to date. Feeling Strangely Fine.. which has "Closing Time" and "Secret Smile" Great Divide. ..which has " Delicious" Pleasure ...which has" Gift" and "Star" These are the songs they sang on stage and bared their souls all to see. Semisonic has also a album due to be released on March called "All about Chemistry" which their new single "Chemistry " comes from. The single is due out on Monday 19th Feb. I for one will definitely out to get it and the album too. They were a superb support group and if they do a tour in England again, I would have no hesitation to go and see them again. If you ant any more information on Semisonic go and visit their web site at; www.semisonic.com Texas ..Greatest Hits Tour. The atmosphere was incredible. As the music started there was a silk screen in front of the stage. Projected on there and on the two side screens was a water effect that turned into a whirlpool. It really set the scene and while you where looking at the effects, Texas made their way onto stage . It was a stunning effect, and then the music started into "Say What You Want" . I can honestly say I can now understand why so many fans can get so emotional when they see their favourite groups in concert. I felt all the adrenalin serge through my body and I was almost in tears. They were Fantastic. Charleen who is the female singer of the group has such a powerful voice. She was perfect live, and she sounds like she does on CD but better. On Guitars was Charleen Spiteri and Ally Mc Erlaine. Keyboards was Eddie Cambell,Johnny McElhone and Richard Hynd on drums. The stage set up was simple but stunning. Five pillars were around the band, and I presume they were white. The backdrop was just plain back at the beginning but was changed four or five times thoughout the concert. After "Say what you want" Charleen introduced the band and gave a little bit of a chat before going into the next song. Charleen's main concern was that she was missing out part of the crowd as she had a sore neck., and she continued to tell us the story of her going to the doctors in Sheffield that day and he didn't recognise her as Texas but as Elvis! This was because she had done a single, "Inner Smile", in which she had made herself look like him. It was then and only then I was suddenly aware that the whole arena was packed and as I looked about all the seats were full and people were in the boxes at the top of the arena too. Where did all these people come from. No idea. .I was too engrossed in Texas' performance to even care! Texas did " Black eyed boy" "Insane" and " In demand" before stopping again for a little chat with her crowd. The group Texas comes from Glasgow and Charleen is very broad speaking indeed. She seemed to be down to earth and in contact with her fans. Charleen was also a game for a laugh too. One young lad down the front kept wol f whistling her, and when she pointed him out and told him to come up onto stage, I think he probably felt so embarrassed! His name was Richard and was from Barnsley, and after Charleen introduced him to us fellow audience, she proceeded to dirty dance with him on stage and then passed him on to her back up singers. He must of had a wail of a time and got to kiss them as he went off! Texas went on to sing "Summer Sun", " So In Love With You" and " Tired Of Being Alone" before she took another break and sat on the piano and talked a little more. Texas then sang A few more of their singles including " I Don't Want a Lover", "Once In a Lifetime" and" Prayer For You" until finally she said she was gonna do her last song which was " Put Your Arms Around Me". By this time I had forgotten about my aching feet and I was bouncing up and down but this song as beautiful song live as with all the rest. The atmosphere was still incredible and although the adrenalin had gone from my body, I was still awe stricken on how good Texas was live. As Texas went off the clapping, whistling, and feet stopping was deafening and at last they can back on to do one last track which was "Inner smile". Charleen came out with hair up, sunglasses on, leathers on and sung her heart out on last time for the night. When Texas went off and the lights came up, I was a little disappointed that it was all over,but they had been on for over 90 minutes, which is really good for a live band. All the tracks Texas sung are all from their previous albums; SouthSide...released in 1989 Contains the tracks, Dont Want a Lover Prayer for you Tell me why Mothers Heaven..released in 1991 Contains the tracks, Wrapped in Clothes of Blue In My Heart Waiting Ricks Roads..released in 1993 Contains the tracks, So In Love W ith You I've Been Missing You White On Blonde...released in 1997 Contains the tracks Say What You Want Insane Black Eyed Boy The Hush..released in 1999 Contains the tracks, In Our Life Time When We Are Together Summer Sun The Greatest Hits..released in 2001 Which contains all released singles to date If you are going to see Texas in the near future, let me tell you, you will not be disappointed. It was excellent, and I would go and see them again tomorrow if I could. If you ever get the chance in seeing Texas.... GO. Don't hesitate and go and see one of the best bands live that can actually sing, unlike most of the Pop or Dance groups of today. If you want to know more about Texas or Touring dates go to http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/TexasFan/frame.htm Or www.texas.uk.com. the official website

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          10.02.2001 23:29
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          Have just returned from London after seeing the Wembley Arena Texas Gig. Not being a seasoned concertgoer I decided that Texas would be a good place to stretch my legs and have a taste of the concert world. The evening kicked of with Semisonic, a fairly well known group now in the U.K. yet still highly Americanised (obviously being from America!), basically booming out a few of there better known tunes, secret smile, all about chemistry, and then promoting their up-coming album. Enough of them though as 15 minutes after they played we got down to the serious stuff that the fans had come for. From the start you could tell it was going to be something special with a complete change of staging and lighting and the large screens being utilised for maximum effect. As the band appeared the stage was draped with an opaque sheet onto which watery scenes where projected and a montage of beats played on the sound system. Once underway it was non-stop Texas classics from start to finish and a lighting show to complement it perfectly. Even if you had no idea who Texas were and came to this concert you would still know probably 80% of the songs from T.V. and radio! With Charlene(?) baiting the audience and the band kicking out the classics the evening was brought to an end with ‘Say What You Want’, a remix version with added extras, which saw not one single member of the audience remaining in their seat. I went to this concert expecting to just get it over with and that be it but I think they have unleashed something inside me which is going to drive me to concerts/gigs more and more and more often in the future. If you can, GO SEE!

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