UPDATE: Sad to see Amy joining a long list of tortured, talented souls that did not survive the dangerous years. Had the pleasure of seeing her when she was in good form, though already showing signs of the difficulties that would overtake her life.
Here's my 2007 preview of her Toronto Mod Club appearance. Unedited.
Scroll down for the review and mp3's of the full concert.
Amy Winehouse, darling of the British tabloids, exploded onto the music scene with skill, beauty and balls in 2006. The success of the jazzy-smokey, piano bar with scratchy records in the jukebox, debut of Frank was followed with awards, acclaim and a No. 1 record in Back To Black. Lots has been said about her antics, both onstage (nipple slip in CA) and offstage (too many numerous drunken encounters to list). A minimum amount of savvy with a 'google' search will net you more ink than Amy has on her lithe arms.
She's writing a story that will be interesting to witness. It may be tragic, a la Billie Holiday or Janis Joplin. It may be less than that. It should be a monumental truimph of talent over lifestyle.
Amy's on a short showcase tour in North America. She made a brief splash at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas in March and proceeded to appear at about 50% of her scheduled shows...suprisingly cancelling a gig at the renowned Spaceland club in LA.
Her first week Stateside saw Back to Black debut at #7 on the Billboard album charts. The highest rating ever for a female British solo artist with tats, f-me pumps and missing front teeth from drunken falls.
On the 24th of April she had a showcase on Jay Leno's program, followed by her performance at the SoCal Coachella festival, which launched her series of shows that brings her to Toronto for the final two performances.
Come back in a couple weeks for a full concert review and some mp3's if all works out.