Bientôt le récit de mon voyage à Londres et mon histoire de BOLD as BRASS et du nouveau concert de CLIFF. Suis fatigué et en attendant, voici un premier article de presse anglaise avec photos. The YOUNG One étant devenu THE OLD One en tout début de spectacle!

 

The Old One... (Don't worry, it's only Cliff Richard having a giggle with fans)

By Paul Harris
Last updated at 8:22 AM on 12th October 2010

 

Maybe it was how he once expected to be spending his 70th birthday.

But although Cliff Richard hobbled gingerly on to the stage yesterday, clutching a walking frame and followed by two nurses, it wasn’t long before he was back to the old Cliff – or should that be young Cliff?

His grinning ‘carers’ wasted no time in whipping off his heavy dressing gown and revealing the slinky black shirt underneath. 

Many happy returns: Cliff Richard opens his concert with a customised zimmer frame... but he doesn't hold on to it for long

Many happy returns: Cliff Richard opens his concert with a customised zimmer frame... but he doesn't hold on to it for long

 

Aging audience: Once, they crept backstage in the hope of snatching a glimpse - or a piece - of their idol's clothing. Yesterday they brought neatly-wrapped birthday presents and left them politely at the door of his changing room

Aging audience: Once, they crept backstage in the hope of snatching a glimpse - or a piece - of their idol's clothing. Yesterday they brought neatly-wrapped birthday presents and left them politely at the door of his changing room

And as he wiggled his hips through the first of six concerts to mark his transition from sexagenarian to septuagenarian, the adoring audience at the Royal Albert Hall was in no doubt that Cliff could still Move It at 70.

The only concession to the years was the extended comfort break in his three-hour performance, and that apparently was to accommodate his increasingly elderly fans.

 

 

Once, they crept backstage in the hope of snatching a glimpse of their idol – or a piece of his clothing.

Yesterday, they brought neatly-wrapped birthday presents and left them politely at the door.

Brenda Kirby and Carol Barton, both 61, have travelled an estimated 120,000 miles and spent a small fortune to see Cliff more than 8,000 times in the last 50 years.

Yesterday, bearing tickets for every one of the six shows, they proudly sported ‘We’re Swinging With Cliff’ tops and took up position a few feet from the stage.

Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard

Still got what it takes: A sprightly Cliff Richard works the stage during a show to celebrate his 70th birthday at the Royal Albert Hall

‘We often get a wink or a smile when he spots us in the audience,’ said Carol, ‘as long as he’s got his contact lenses in, that is. He’s just as good as he always was and as far as I’m concerned, he can’t do anything wrong. I wouldn’t mind if he just sat there reading a poem.’

Recently, Sir Cliff confessed he had assumed that when he reached 70, he’d be living off Cornflakes and watching Coronation Street with his feet up.

But, for the sake of the women whose hearts he won all those years ago, it’s lucky he was wrong.

Making an effort: The only concession to the years was the extended comfort break in his three-hour performance, and that apparently was to accommodate his increasingly elderly fans

Making an effort: The only concession to the years was the extended comfort break in his three-hour performance, and that apparently was to accommodate his increasingly elderly fans

He's got the look: He may be 70, but Cliff Richard can still bust a few moves

He's got the look: He may be 70, but Cliff Richard can still bust a few moves