In what has now become one of my favorite performances of all time, The Pointer Sisters, made up of original member Ruth Pointer, along with her daughter Issa and grand-daughter Sadako Johnson, took the stage before a nearly full house and delivered one of the most high-energy performances I can remember in a long time.
Before the show started, I was amazed at the amount of people that came out to see the Pointer Sisters for a Sunday night performance. Usually people have to go to work the next day and pass up the opportunity to see their favorite band. It was clear however, that the Pointer Sisters fans knew that this was an opportunity that was not to be overlooked.
I last saw the Pointer Sisters perform twenty one years ago at the Westbury Musical Theater on Long Island in New York. At that time, the group was made up of Anita, Ruth, and June Pointer, the founders of the girl group. Nothing could have stopped these young ladies from bringing the house down. They were at the height of their career and in the prime of their lives. This had me thinking, can they still deliver with only one original singer in the line-up.
A few moments before the start of the performance, I made my way backstage to meet the ladies. Their Tour Manager Doug had set up an interview between myself and Ruth a few days before, and Ruth told me at the end of the interview to come back before the show and say hello. I brought my father Robert with me who, just four days before, had a heart attack. Although he should have been home, there was no way he was going to miss this performance, and the opportunity to meet the ladies. My first thought when I saw the ladies was how tall they all are. They are young and beautiful. They are wearing striking red dresses and killer high heels. We said our hello’s and I looked at Sadako and asked her where Ruth was. “There she is. She is right behind you”, she said .I turned around and could not believe what I saw. Looking incredible, you would not even think that Ruth is in her 60's. We took a photo together and set out to the arena floor to see the show.
One of the best things about The Pointer Sisters stage show is that is just the band and the ladies. Pure and simple. For them, it is about the music. They don’t need a large-scale production with dancers and a large screen backdrop or stage props. The girls took to the stage and brought out all of the hit songs that made them who they are. As for Issa and Sadako, WOW!!! I was very impressed with their vocal ability. That gene was certainly passed on to them. All excelled in the delivery of great songs, such as “Slow Hand”, “Automatic”, “Fire”, “Neutron Dance”, “Jump”, and “He’s so shy”. The highlight of the evening came when the drum intro to “I’m So Excited” began to play. Every seat in the arena was empty and everyone was on their feet dancing. I was sitting just above the audience and had a view of the entire crowd. Just an ocean of people dancing, with their hands waving in the air. The energy in that arena was high and everyone was there to party. Although my father Robert is confined to a wheelchair, he was "dancing" in his own way, tapping his feet on the floor. He said he was glad that he came out for the show. He had a great time!
What an amazing concert. The only dissatisfaction that I overheard from a couple of people was that the performance was a little short on time (about an hour and twenty minutes). As one concert-goer put it... “It was short and sweet, Perfect”. Check out The Pointer Sisters website at www.thepointersisters.com for up-coming concert dates, merchandise, and everything you always wanted to know about The Pointer Sisters but were afraid to ask. If they are coming to your town, you would be making a big mistake by missing their performance. Please don’t let that happen..
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