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Read some reviews of great celebrity performers at Kitsch Lounge Riot.
Sacha Distel is the Sunshine
Sacha Distel last night delighted an audience at the Cafe De Paris, which included the Polish and Peruvian ambassadors, DR Stainslaw Komorowski and Gilbert Chauny.
It was the French crooner's first major London Cabaret performance for 25 years
and a major coup for the promoters, the KLR. "I have just been working in America with Dionne Warwick and finished my run with Chicago here this weekend". Distel told me after a rapturously received show which included renditions of The Good Life, You are the Sunshine of My Life and Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head." I am off to Paris tomorrow to host a Eurovision Song contest show but I hope to come back sooner next time."
Oliver Wadson, Londoner's diary, Evening Standard, Monday, 19th March 2001
Andy Williams Live At The KLR @ Cafe De Paris
With special appearance by Miss Denise Van Outen Sunday June 16th 2002
Andy Williams launched his UK tour and album with a star-studded performance at London's most exclusive club, The KLR @ Cafe De Paris on Sunday 16th June. The Emperor Of Easy played a 40 minute set backed by his 18-piece orchestra and the show was one of the most memorable performances of Andy's career. He usually plays to crowds of several thousand so the Cafe De Paris was the most intimate venue Andy had appeared at for many years. Songs such as 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You', 'Moon River' and the easy listening anthem 'Music To Watch Girls Go By' created fervour among the capacity crowd of 200 specially invited guests, celebrities and easy listening fans, the perfect starting point for Andy's 13-date UK tour (June 18th-July2nd) and album, 'The Essential Andy Williams', released on Columbia 24th June.
Andy Williams' son Bobby has since written to us explaining what the evening meant to his Father:
"You in turn gave Andy something wonderful and he constantly speaks of it. It is rare to have that kind of energy in a room where everything is special. I think we all get into entertainment for the few moments when the magic shadows all the work and passion we put forward. You brought Andy back to a time in his life that was the best for him and while he is cool as can be about it, the smiles were uncontrollable. You and your team have a gift, and we wish you the best in all things to come " Bobby.
Sunday Express, September 1st 2002-09-09
There's no peace for the wicked but when asked to sing at the Cafe de Paris for a Thursday night spot called KLR (Kitsch Lounge Riot) reserved for West End stage performers, how could I refuse? So, after a Taboo performance, it was back to make-up and off to throw out a few ditties.
Our current "Marilyn", John Partridge and Paul Baker do turns there weekly and the songs range from highly theatrical to planet pop. The crowd are well up for it and sing along to every word.
"Before anyone did anything Elvis did everything"
On Thursday the 26th of September 2002, BMG and the Kitsch Lounge Riot held
an event that left London "All Shook Up".
It was a night of star studded performances from the likes of Boy George, Paul O'Grady,
Darren Day, Nick Moran, Will Mellor, Mark Shaw and Barry McGuigan. With the top Elvis
(English, Irish, French and Oriental!) impersonators.
The Las Vegas showgirls and the voice of KLR, Oliver Darley, made it a night to remember.
For the record: The album went straight in at Number 1 the following day and contains 30 of
Elvis Presley's chart topping hits from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as the bonus track
ELV1S vs. JXL - A Little Less Conversation.
On Thursday the 17th of October Scotty Moore, one of the most iconic figures in Rock 'n' Roll, played an exclusive gig at the Kitsch Lounge Riot. Having held the Elvis Number Ones Launch party 3 weeks prior, this was certainly the icing on the "Elvis" cake for the KLR, a celebrity audience that included Jeff Beck and Jimmy page were thrilled by his performance.
A sample of artists who have performed "live" with KLR.
Pearl Lowe (Pearl's own hits) Cyndi Lauper ('At Last' and hits from her current album) Jamie Cullum (hits from his current album and debut album) Sacha Distel ('Je T'aime', 'It's Cold Outside', 'This Guy's In Love') Leah Wood (rock and roll covers) Andy Williams and Denise Van Outen ('I Can't Take My Eyes Off You') Andy Williams (Every Breath You Take by Sting!, 'McArthur Park', 'How Good It Feels To Be Loved By You', 'Music To Watch Girls Go By') Boy George ('Starman' by David Bowie, 'Hound Dog' and 'Blue Suede Shoes') Gloria Gaynor ("I will Survive") Lemar ("What is this thing called love") Kevin Kline and Johnathan Price ("De-Lovely") Madness (Our House, it must be love) The Pogues (Dirty old town, Irish Rover) David Soul (Silver Lady and other hits) Hugh Cornwell, formerly of The Stranglers ('Golden Brown') Darius Danesh (I've Got You Under My Skin') Barry McGuigan ('The Joker') Bobby Davro ('Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting', 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me') Paul Young ("Every Time You Go Away") Scottie Moore (the guitarist who introduced Elvis to Colonel Tom Parker!) has also played with the KLR Chuck Berry (Rock and Roll hits from his career) Nigel Planer ('You Do Something To Me' by Paul Weller) Will Mellor ('Jailhouse Rock') Rick Parfitt ("Rockin all over the World") Rick Parfitt Jr ('Teenage Dirtbag', 'I Believe in This Thing Called Love' by The Darkness) Nick Moran (Sinatra classics) Neil Morrissey ('Bob The Builder' - seriously, he sang that!) Adrian Dunbar (from the Crying Game) sang a few rock and roll numbers... Darren Day ('Hound Dog') Paul O'Grady (Trouble) Alan Hanson, Phil Tuffnell and Mark Butcher Have "played" the KLR Eddie Jordan has played the drums to accompany Barry McGuigan Paul Carrick (from Mike and the Mechanics) sang 'Tempted', 'How Long' and 'Last To Know' The Christians ("Harvest for the World") Sam Brown ('Stop', her own number 1) Mica Paris ('Sweet Love')
As well as celeb singers and performers, The KLR also tends to have a celebrity audience. Fans include Paul and Heather McCartney, The Sultan of Brunei, Clint Eastwood, to name but a few!
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