Bonnie Tyler has just arrived in South Africa and she already made an interview. The promotion is absolutely great for her new album! Thank you South Africa!
Here is the first interview by Marisah Smith:
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU MUSICALLY?
Motown, Tina Turner and Janis Joplin inspire me. It was wonderful working with Jim Steinman and the producer on my latest album David Huff. And Nashville! I am enormously inspired by Nashville where I recorded my new album – it is an amazing place to make music!
WHICH ONE OF YOUR SONGS HOLDS THE MOST SPECIAL PLACE IN YOUR HEART?
Total Eclipse of the Heart. It was nominated for two Grammys – one for Best Song and one for Best Video. It won Best Song but lost Best Video to Michael Jackson. Pretty impressive competition to be up against. (Laughs). For every artist, when you first start your career, the song that puts you on the map will always be special to you and for me that’s Lost in France even though it’s very different to the music that I make now. And the song that most people come up to me and start singing is ‘It’s a Heartache’.
HOW DID IT FEEL WHEN TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART KNOCKED PINK FLOYD OFF THE TOP OF THE UK CHARTS?
It went straight to Number One! I remember that when they called to tell me I was staying in the Princess of Whales suite in a hotel and I felt like a princess! (Laughs)
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING IN CAPE TOWN?
I’m really looking forward to going up Table Mountain and going wine tasting in Stellenbosch with friends. When I’m in Joburg, I’ll be meeting a couple of my friends who live there and we’re going to the Kruger National Park.
Table Mountain image courtesy of Paul Bruins:
WHO WAS YOUR SECRET '80S ICON CRUSH?
I’ve always liked Bryan Adams, I’ve met him a couple of times and he’s a great person. Stares of fellow commuters and office cubicle neighbours be darned – I'll be practicing that slow dip and stretch of the vowels in "it's a heaaaaaaartache" until I take my seat at the CTICC on Saturday, 7 September!