LOUISA STEYL (@LouNotes)
After 20 years, Welsh songbird, Bonnie Tyler says she is looking forward to returning to South Africa.
She will be in Cape Town on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September, performing all her hits, along with songs from her new album, Rocks and Honey, at the Cape Town Convention Centre.
Tyler recorded her latest album, which was released earlier this year, in Nashville.
“The songs that come from there are just amazing,” she told TygerBurger.
Tyler says she was struggling to find songs that would be good enough to put on a new album, after not having recorded in about eight years.
“I went to Nashville and I couldn’t believe the quality of the songs that were given to me to listen to,” she says.
“In fact I had enough for two albums,” Tyler says.
“Everybody’s saying to me that they love the album and I’m so thrilled to hear that,” she says.
“So many albums have just got one or two big songs,” Tyler comments about about her long wait between albums. She didn’t want that to be the case with her new offering and instead, searched high and low for good material.
“I wanted an album where I could be really happy with every song,” Tyler says, adding: “Any one of the songs on the album could be a single.”
When Tyler and her management began scheduling appointments with publishers, they asked about using local songwriting clubs in Nashville as a resource, and they were firmly steered in the direction of the Bluebird Café.
Tyler points out that while it’s quite difficult to get in, she, her husband and her manager managed on one night.
“It’s eight songwriters, sitting around a table, and they’ve all got their guitars, and of course their stetson hats and everything,” Tyler enthuses.
She ended up working with a few of the songwriters she had met there.
The new album has a country-rock feel, and though the album leans more towards rock, there are two country songs present. The one is called, “Mom”, which tells the story of a baby speaking to God before being born and the other is her duet with Vince Gill.
Also on the album are power ballads, like “All I ever wanted”, which was written by Frank Myers, who also penned the hit, “I Swear”.
The name of the album comes from a duet titled “What you need from Me” that Tyler recorded with Vince Gill.
“I was just honoured that he sang with me, he’s got such a beautiful voice,” Tyler says.
After hearing the song, a friend of Tyler’s commented that their voices sounded like “rocks and honey” together.
After performing for so long, Tyler says it’s live performances that keep things exciting for her.
“I’ve got a great band, and every weekend we do a show.”
“I’ll only be doing about four of the new songs in the show,” Tyler says of her Cape Town performances: “Because everybody loves to hear the classics.”
“People never get tired of hearing them,” Tyler says of her hits like “Lost in France”, “It’s a Heartache”, “Holding out for a Hero” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.
Tickets for Bonnie Tyler’s Johannesburg shows are already sold out, and Cape Town isn’t far behind.
• Tickets cost between R550 and R640 and are available at Computicket.