Although the evening was supposed to start rather early (with Wanda hitting the stage around 9pm), Snowmageddon caused a delay in her flight, and the 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was coming directly from the airport to the gig. Openers Luster Kings vamped their set with jokes comparing Wanda to Santa Claus (or Waldo), asking the audience “Where’s Wanda?” and giving updates on her current status (“She’s landed! She’s on the ground.”)
I was thinking about how much travel takes out of you and wondering if Miss Wanda would be tired, but as soon as she sauntered onto the stage, there was no doubt — this lil’ lady still had it, and was raring to go!
Dressed in sensible black wedge shoes, black pants, and a sparkly red blouse with a diamante musical note pin, Wanda was ready to rock — thanking the crowd for their enthusiastic welcome. She played the hits — “I Gotta Know,” “Mean, Mean Man,” a cover version of “Hard-Headed Woman” and a rendition of her Japanese number one rock and roll single, “Fujiyama Mama” — putting her famous growl into the sassy pro-female lyrics of the songs.
Wanda was full of stories, narrating the chronology of her career between songs. Mid-way through the set she mentioned her newest single, a cover of “You Know I’m No Good,” released as a 7-inch record out on Jack White’s Third Man Records, and how she wanted to play the song, but didn’t have any time to rehearse for it.
When Wanda picked up her pink Wildwood acoustic Daisy Rock guitar, she gave a little shpeal about the brand (“Made by a woman, for women!”), and then made a hilarious comment about the brilliance of the design of the guitar — which is not only slimmer and lighter than a normal guitar, but also features a perfectly placed deep dip at the top of the guitar just in the right place for a woman. Just another example of how this woman loves telling it how it is, and representing the ladies.
More over at Spinner.com.
More on Wanda at BlackBook.