mardi 31 janvier 2017


in Glasgow at the RCH/Celtic Connections Festival

Who would have thought we could get another chance to see Olivia Newton-John again on the european shores after that fabulous 2013 UK tour? 
Well 2017, four years after the passing of Olivia’s beloved sister Rona, she came over again with her mulit-talented LIV ON collaborators Amy Sky and Beth Nielsen Chapman. 
There are so many words to describe the impact of that concert I’ve attended at the Royal Concert Hall on January 24 in Scotland, but let me first start with the beginning of this journey.
I am not good on flying, especially when I am all by myself. But for these three Ladies any stress would’ve been worth and good to bear !

So my flight from Duesseldorf to Glasgow went very smooth with just 45 people on the plane. When I saw the green landscape of Scotland I thought „Boy, what a beautiful countryside“, but I was quite disappointed by the grey and dirty appearance of the city of Glasgow itself.
Anyway, I’ve booked a two nights stay at the Alexander Thompson Hotel, where I would be joined by my Pearls Arielle et Philippe a day later. Familiar faces like Peter and Heike, Robin or Sandra were staying there too. So we could form a little bunch of fangroup eventually.

But the day before the show I’ve met two other special people to keep my spirit up and these were Tosca and Gerko from Holland, whom I’ve met for the first time at a Zamu Event in Cologne way back in 2009.
We stayed in touch ever since and found out we’ve got a lot more in common than ONJ. So I met these guys, we picked up our tickets at the box office and they did invite me for a classic Earl Grey at the RCH Caféteria. We had a chat and later that evening we went to a lovely italian Restaurant having a tasty dinner together. The mood got us talking intensively in the manner of LIV ON while drinking a delicious bottle of Primitivo!
Like on former ONJ Journeys „sleep“ was kind of a foreign word for my body, but at least I didn’t got sick like in the UK in 2013. 
My spirit was just too excited about everything. Like a child that doesn’t want to go to sleep at night, frightened about not having another day left...

January 24, the big day of my one and only Concert this time, started with a walk around the City and the Clyde River. Although the weather was quite insufficient I took some pictures to have at least a little impression of Glasgow.
Around 4 o’clock I’ve met with Tosca and Gerko again to be early at the venue catching one of those limited signed CD’s entering the Meet & Greet  with Olivia, Beth & Amy. We did it. And apart from London it wasn’t as stressful to get a CD in Dublin or Glasgow from what I’ve heard so far. 

The most important thing was, when we were joined by Arielle and Philippe, that we all got our CD’s. Meeting my „Frenchies“again (after four years) was like...“Oh, didn’t we meet just yesterday?“. Like with my dutch friends we get along well, with fun and very relaxed. And we knew we had at least time to spend together after the show and for breakfast the following morning. 
We almost don’t need languages to communicate *lol* And Gerko was so gernerous with me that he gave me his ticket to sit more in the front. He took my 5th row ticket in the middle to take a few good pics from the perfect angle. So I was able to sit next to Tosca and not all by myself.

7:30 pm we all were sitting in our seats listening to a traditional 30 minutes set of the John Cusker Band. Very joyable music, from the heart and with very funny introductions! Back to the Lobby. – Pause-
Returning to our seats 20 minutes later and LIV ON was about to start. Olivia, Beth and Amy entered the stage very unpretentiously. Waving at the audience and introducing themselves. 
The set was economical, with only guitar, piano and some electronic help from Beth’s iPad

„My heart goes out to you“ got us all in the mood for the follwing 90 minute show. All the Ladies had their own powerful part during the concert and you could hear and feel how they like each other. Musically, but also respect themselves in the manner of artistry. Their spoken phrases between the songs were spontaneous, funny and sometimes improvised. An oblique tune here and there in the harmonies made the show appear even more real, because the songstresses told us that singing the LIV ON songs made them very emotional as well. 

They sang all the songs from the album with some extras thrown in like „This Kiss“ (Faith Hill smash hit), „Phenomenal Woman“( how approprioate for my own personal fansite  (, „I Honestly Love You“ and a catchy „Happy Medley“ (feat. Songs from Pharell Williams, The Comedian Harmonists, The Turtles and more). 

What I didn’t know was the fact that at some point the audience would be included into the procedure of the concert. We all learned about Olivia’s overcoming cancer and tragic loss of Rona (her older sister), the death of Beth’s former husband in 1994 and her own battle with breast cancer in 2000 and the loss of Amy’s mother in 2012. 
They shared these stories and asked the audience if people like to share their stories with them and the audience. I am not sure which bug bit me that night but my hand went up and Olivia said „Yes, someone in the front.“ Weston Mays, the tour manager, handed me a microphone and I was so nervous I’ve dropped my Smartphone on the floor. Tosca took care of it (thank you dear!) and I just talked a bit about my contribution to the site with my LIV ON Story. And: I have that on tape ! 
A great memory of a special moment that I can relive anytime on my earphones now. Two more people from the audience followed with their stories and after that the Ladies went on with the songs.

The acoustic set and the intimacy of the concert, although there were at least 3000 listeners at the RCH, still amazes me. That was so different from the ONJ concerts I’ve seen so far. It was even like „Well, just let’s do it and see what happens“. No sophisticated light show, costume changes or sing- and clap-along evergreens. This was something else. 
Beth and Amy participated in their own right as artists and Olivia was standing in the back and never appeared as the center of the evening. Not even a second! They were all equally placed on stage. 
Beth was terribly funny and caught us all with her „Happy-Medley“. Amy rocked the house with „Phenomenal Woman“ and a tearjerking performance of „Forever Blue“ accompanying herself on the Steinway. And not to forget to mention the wonderful talent of Ruth Trimble, who did a great job on backing vocals and various instruments. As I’ve said I loved the impro-effect of the show. So the power women came back on stage for the encore (Immortality) and brought a gentleman with them, who just performed the Celtic Connections Festival two days earlier: Mr. Phil Cunningham. He added soulful flute tunes to the beautiful rendition that the Lady’s did on the 1932 peom by Mary Elizabeth Frye, which was originally titled „Do not stand at my grave and wheep“. Boy what an intense concert this was. And it was over way too soon (as usual). I didn’t take many pictures, but some audios in order to enjoy the whole concert. 
Taking pictures and videos always puzzles me and to be honest, nothing is better than the LIVE thing. You can’t bottle memories, it’s just not possible. Security was strict with cameras anyway.

Of course as the lucky ones with a backstage pass we all socialised in front of stagedoor No.10 where a resolutely Weston Mays gave us instructions how to behave for the Meet & Greet. It was all very quick, but very nice. 
And I was happy to be in the row with my faves: Tosca, Arielle and Philippe!!! 
As it was to my turn Weston said „Please introduce yourself“, but instead he did that for me saying „This is the gentleman from Germany who told his LIV ON Story“ and I got a highly delighted „Hi Kay!“ from the Ladies. That was cute! I’ve handled them my gifts. 
Just for the record: I’ve chatted with Amy briefly last year and also with Dianne Gray from the E. Kuebler-Ross Foundation and I’ve asked Dianne about a certain gift to bring which she was more than pleased about. And Olivia, Beth and Amy were all very happy with what I’ve brought: The last documentary about E. Kuebler-Ross called „Facing Death - A Film about LIFE“. It was filmed in 2002 and one of her children were involved in the making of the film. The release was a month after Kuebler-Ross’s death in september 2004. I’ve seen it way back then at the movies and have read many books from her catalogue during my cancer treatment in 2003, which was very moving and helpful to me.

All the three Ladies thanked me for my thoughtful gift, which really made me „HAPPY“ and Olivia even said „Danke schoen“ and Amy wished me continued health. There were so many other things on my mind I would have liked to say, but you know, these moments stay more in a fans’ mind than in the Stars’ mind, so to me it all was more than perfect and beyond my imagination. 
We posed for a photo. I got the signed LIV ON CD to pose and the Ladies showed their (still unwrapped) DVD’s. 

Olivia is so smart, she was holding the CD correctly, so that her name was readable on the photo. How thoughtful that woman is! 
After the Meet & Greet our fangroup went for a very late dinner and chatted in english, french and german. And the following night was short, but at least I got my first real scottish sleeping hours thanks to the declining anticipation. The next morning we had a fun and chatty breakfast at the Alexander, before I got to leave for catching my flight back to Germany at 12 o’clock. 

I must say, three months ago I was so unsure of doing this trip or not, but in the end I felt so good having had done this, because I really would have missed a once-in –a-lifetime event.
My other fan-friends got to get more impressions in London at the Union Chapel, but as a senior collector and fan that never gave me second of jealousy. I was just happy of what I’ve experienced and delighted they would have even more precious moments. 

Thanks to you, my french friends, thanks to my dutch mates and thanks to Olivia, Amy and Beth for making it all so special. It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen with multi-talented musicians!!! 

And now: let’s live on.....



lundi 30 janvier 2017


Pour aujourd'hui, ces 4 jolies vidéos de Robin enregistrées lors du concert LIV ON donné le 26 janvier à L'Union Chapel de London !

Ce concert acoustique fut donné par 3 artistes d'univers différents ... Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky et Beth Nielsen Chapman accompagnées par la non moins talentueuse RUTH TRIMBLE !
Ce fut une expérience unique avec au programme, beaucoup d'amour, de la magie servi par un lieu si particulier l'Union Chapel !
J'ai personnellement apprécié les toutes petites imperfections .. lorsque Beth accorde sa guitare avec cet humour qui la caractérise  ... oublie de jouer I Honestly Love You !
Ce fut un réel plaisir de survoler les univers de ses 3 artistes !

Olivia Newton-John était moins effacée qu'au concert de Glasgow et bien sur ces instants de grâce partagées furent trop court !

Les videos sont de Robin / Oliviomani Facebook !


ONJ à sa sortie de l'aéroport de LA le 28 janvier dernier !



Il y avait du monde un 9 juin 1978 à la première de GREASE à LOS ANGELES au Chines Theatre !

Magnéto ...

dimanche 29 janvier 2017


OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN - Countdown (August 28, 1983).


DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA en meilleure qualité, extraite d'un Midnight Special de 1980 consacré à ONJ pour sa promo de XANADU !




Olivia Newton-John ne sera pas restée longtemps à Londres ! Dommage le temps y était pourtant si clément ;-) !
Quelques paparazzis l'attendaient à sa sortie de l'aéroport de L.A ... avec comme question ; Que pensait elle du décret de Donald Trump interdisant l’entrée aux Etats-Unis de ressortissants de sept pays majoritairement musulmans ...

ONJ s'est toujours bien gardé de tenir des propos politiques ...

Back in black!: Olivia Newton-John, 68, looks radiant walking through LAX as she arrives from her Ireland and UK tour.

She arrived back to her adoptive home of Los Angeles.
And Olivia Newton-John was all smiles as she walked through LAX on Saturday.

The 68-year-old singer and actress arrived back in the City of Angels after touching down from promotional tour of the UK and Ireland, promoting her new album Liv On.


Saturday, January 28, 2017: Grease superstar Olivia Newton-John was asked what she thought about Trump's travel-ban on people traveling from specific countries in the middle-east. The star was talkative, chatting with fans as she made her way to her waiting vehicle.


Down Under on Top: All-Time Top 10 Australian Acts on the Billboard Hot 100 ... ou le top 10 des artistes australiens classés dans le Billboard américain ! ONJ est top de ce classement avec son tube PHYSICAL !
10 semaines "number 1" en 1981/1982 on fait d'elle le meilleur HOT 100 des années 80 !

Olivia Newton-John earns the runner-up prize and nets the top rank by a woman, thanks to her many successes in the 1970s and early 1980s. The star appealed to audiences through her pop, adult and country music and starring roles in the hit films Grease and Xanadu. She served up five No. 1 Hot 100 hits in her career, including the top title of all time by an Australian, "Physical." At the time, its 10-week domination tied the mark for the longest-running No. 1 single and stands as the biggest Hot 100 song of the 1980s.


Here is John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John in December 2016 when they visited Olivia's Cancer Centre in Melbourne to meet some patients and sing some Christmas Songs. Footage from Channel 7 and 9 News.

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samedi 28 janvier 2017

From Arielle With Love



Celtic Connections Live from the CCA 24 January 2017



Et quand aux ventes de l'album, LIV ON a connu l'une des plus fulgurantes progressions dans le classement des meilleures ventes d'albums chez ! ( Comme quoi une bonne promo ... )

Audio CD (7 Oct. 2016)
Label: OBA Records
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10 in Music
#7 in Music > Pop


En mode solo, ONJ sera en concert le 9 avril prochain au Cobb Energy Center d'Atlanta !

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Olivia Newton-John. 7 p.m. April 9. Cobb Energy Centre.

Le 4 mars c'est au Trasher Horne Center For The Arts qu'elle donnera également un concert en solo !

Le 6 avril elle sera au Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Texas et le 8 avril c'est le IP Casino Resort and Spa, situé à Biloxi qui accueillera notre chère tête blonde !



Susan George ‏@TheSusanGeorge 26 janv.
In London with #gorgeous #bestie @olivianj at the @UnionChapelUK 4 performing @LIVONMusic with @amysky @bncmusic ❤️

L'excellente Susan George est passé voir son amie Olivia à l'Union Chapel ... Jeudi !

Et si vous étiez comme moi dans l'action d'une tournée LIV ON et que vous avez loupé tout ce qui pouvait alimenter l'actu d'ONJ sur le net .. RDV sur le compte Twitter du LIV ON !



Sur le site Getty vous trouverez aussi de très jolies photos d'un concert donné a l'Union Chapel de London .. un 26 janvier 2017 !


Quelques vidéos d'un autre concert mémorable à l'Union Chapel de London le 26 janvier dernier !!

Un grand merci aux propriétaires de ces vidéos !!



Free Webinar On Jan. 30: The Transforming Power Of Music, With Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman And Amy Sky / Le trio LIV ON est attendu pour un concert gratuit le 30 janvier prochain .. via un Webinaire au profit de la Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) / Association qui prend soin des personnes gravement malades ou approchant la fin de vie ...


Ou quelques promos made in London ! 

Olivia Newton-John Hopes to Heal Grief Through the Power of Music / THIS MORNING

Olivia Newton-John était le 26 janvier sur le plateau de l'émission anglaise THIS MORNING pour parler de son album LIV ON en compagnie de Beth Nielsen Chapman et Amy Sky !

Olivia Newton-John "Stone in My Pocket" with Beth Nielsen Chapman & Amy Sky LIVE on BBC The One Show ( 25 janvier )


Olivia Newton John shares a message about cancer and Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation


Olivia Newton-John s’est fait connaître dans le monde entier en jouant dans Grease, sorti en 1978, et dans lequel elle donnait la réplique à John Travolta. 
Devenu un classique, le film est aujourd’hui toujours aussi populaire. 
Alors qu’il fêtera bientôt ses 40 ans, ONJ espère pouvoir célébrer cela en grande pompe...
«J’aimerais faire quelque chose pour mon hôpital (situé à Melbourne). J’adorerais créer quelque chose de spécial pour l’an prochain, a-t-elle expliqué dans This Morning. Je ne sais pas si je peux réunir le reste du casting, je suis sûre que je peux en réunir beaucoup, on verra ce qui arrive, mais j’aimerais faire quelque chose.»
Pour le moment, Olivia Newton-John a du pain sur la planche. Elle fait la promotion de son album Liv On, pour lequel elle a fait équipe avec Amy Sky et Beth Nielsen Chapman, et avec lesquels elle a travaillé sur des chansons inspirées par le deuil. 
Elle l’a écrit à la suite de la mort de sa sœur Rona, décédée des suites d’une tumeur au cerveau.

'We'll do something special': Olivia Newton-John, 68, hints at Grease reunion to mark 40th anniversary of the iconic musical

Olivia Newton-John delighted fans of Grease: The Musical when she hinted at a reunion.
Appearing on This Morning on Thursday, the 68-year-old told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that she wanted to mark the show's 40th anniversary in 2018.
Phillip asked her: 'I know everyone always asks you about this but with the 40th coming up, it would be remiss of me not to bring up Grease.'

She replied: 'I can't believe it's that long. I would like to do something special to help the hospital I work with, but I don't know if we could get the rest of the cast together.'

Olivia was in fact on the show to talk about her new musical offering, Live On, which covers the topic of grief following the death of a loved one.
The iconic Australian sadly lost her sister, Rona, to a brain tumour in 2013 and has worked with singer songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky on the project.

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Un Jour I Une Photo

GLASGOW 24 Janvier 2017

So here is my little story lors de mon Meet & Greet aavec Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky et Beth Nielsen Chapman !
L'histoire commence avec un HellOOOO Olivia ! I am Philiiiippe From France (et pas le frère de Cécile de France ... mais je me suis abstenu de lui faire cette blague .. elle connaît pas Cécile !! ) Je lui ai ensuite resservi un "I am the guy from the deep coma, you know the Sleeping Ugly ( versus the Sleeping Beauty !! ) elle a pas compris ma blague là .. anyway ... we met 4 years ago at London Royal Albert Hall ( elle a du voir depuis 30 millions de personnes ) ...I am so thankfulllll for the email I got when I was so sick, and in a deep coma ( c'est devenenu ma marque de fabrique ).. et là gros moment d'energie de sa part .. "you look so terrific" .. moi des frissons partout parce qu'Olivia vous les donne .. thanks to you .. ( au moment précis parce qu'avant pas du tout .. je me sentais plutôt à chier ! ) et ONJ me remet toute happy .. "really you look great" !! bon ok je look great alors ... ;-)
Après ma minute pour Beth quand même .. je suis "polite" .. " I didn't expected to meet you one day but thanks to ONJ its happened , I do loooove your songs ( ce qui est vrai mais pas toutes ! ) ... puis photo .. clic clac .. je voulais faire un truc spécial mais je me suis glissé entre ses dames sans me poser de questions ..

Pendant la fameuse photo du dessus .. 2 conneries de ma part .. "Young I was so Physical ( enfin presque mais pas vraiment ), old now ( ça c'est incontestable) with LIV ON I became so sensitive " ( ça fait chialer cet album ! ).. et come on girls you should come to France .. là, toutes les 3 oh oui we would like to .. et moi .. we have great churchs in France as well ( mais pourquoi je lui ai parlé de chanter dans des églises .. bon parce je pensais à l'Union Chapel !) .. mais quand même .. quand je suis con je le suis très .. puis sachant qu'Amy parle français je lui dis "Madame , Bravo , quel talent .. elle me fait un vrai bon MERCI en français dans le texte et là Olivia avec sa mimine de jeune fille timide et sage que j'ai presque failli la prendre dans mes bras pour la cajoler ;  "je parle aussi françhais Philiiippe " ... mouais .. he ben on verra ça à notre prochain RDV !!!
Pour finir je l'ai rattrapé pour lui dire enfin que lorsque je me suis réveillé après 40 jours d'un intense coma dans lequel on m'avait plongé pour me sauver .. I have got only one song on my mind and on my lipps "WHY ME !"  ! Elle en fut très étonnée et m'a remercié !
C'est vrai, cette chanson m'a aidé à ne pas me poser trop de questions

Puis respect pour les personnes derrière moi , j'ai laissé ces dames sans dire Goodbye .. comme d'hab !!
Ce fut donc bref, intense et drôle .... pour moi qui ne savais vraiment pas ce que j'allais dire à Olivia deux secondes plus tot !! ..

Un grand merci au photographe pour la photo et à ces 3 formidables artistes !! Elles sont géniales mais pas que ...  !

BBC Woman's Hour

Multi-grammy award winning singer and actress, Olivia Newton-John, has joined up with fellow singer songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky to create a new album called Liv On. It's a collection of songs about grief, loss, hope and healing. The idea grew out of their own personal experiences. They join Jenni and sing live in the studio.


Olivia's band of survivors: Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky pack an emotional punch on album Liv On

The three singers behind this album of elegant country-pop have all overcome serious illness, turmoil or tragedy to keep their music careers afloat.
Olivia Newton-John and Beth Nielsen Chapman are both breast cancer survivors. Canadian singer-songwriter Amy Sky has battled publicly with depression and is an active campaigner on mental health issues.
The decision to share some of their stories in song is a bold one, and Liv On performs a delicate balancing act as it addresses challenging issues while exploring more universal themes of loss and hope.

The trio sometimes overplay their hand by tugging a little too heavily at the heartstrings, but all three singers are also subtle, sensitive songwriters whose words are capable of packing a hefty emotional punch.
Out this week, the album veers unashamedly towards the acoustic, singer-songwriter fare of the early Seventies. Its arrangements are dominated by easy-listening strings, tasteful piano and lilting, pedal- steel guitar.
But the vocal performances, underpinned by the trio’s spellbinding harmonies, are a passionate testimony to the healing power of music.
Olivia Newton-John is the most recognisable name here, and she takes the lead on four of the album’s 11 original songs.

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The death of her older sister from brain cancer in 2013 was the starting point for Olivia Newton-John’s new album Liv On, the latest chapter in an acting and musical career that spans five decades. A collaboration with Canadian singer Amy Sky and Nashville veteran Beth Nielsen Chapman, Liv On tackles challenging topics – coping with the loss of a loved one, the importance of end-of-life-care and the often unpredictable process of healing – with a bracing directness. In this instance, grief is the word.

Flanked by Sky and Chapman at the Celtic Connections folk festival in only their second live concert together, Newton-John expertly channels her palpable film-star charisma to create an atmosphere where such emotional and potentially distressing issues can become something cathartic and even celebratory. A musical sparseness – the trio’s harmonised voices are variously accompanied only by an acoustic guitar and a piano – also helps safeguard against a descent into schmaltz.

All three are consummate performers in their own right. Sky put Maya Angelou’s inspirational Phenomenal Woman to music more than a decade before Beyoncé incorporated it into her stage shows, and she delivers a heartfelt rendition here. Chapman appealingly revisits This Kiss, the curveball country-pop smash she wrote for Faith Hill. But perhaps the warmest response is for Newton-John’s 1974 hit I Honestly Love You. After a slightly incongruous Pharrell cover, Newton-John welcomes Phil Cunningham, a Celtic Connections fixture, to the stage to add some plaintive whistle to their finale, Immortality. Despite the heartbreaking subject matter, Cunningham looks delighted to be the crowd’s Danny Zuko proxy.


Olivia Newton-John on how she hopes chemotherapy will soon become a thing of the past !

Singer Olivia Newton-John beat cancer in 1992. Here she tells how she has kept in good health since winning her cancer battle.

"I was always pretty health conscious. I exercised and ate healthily throughout my twenties and thirties, but I’d had some problems with lumps in my breast for a few years.

When I discovered a tiny lump in 1992, I had a bad feeling about it. I saw my doctor and had a mammogram and that didn’t show anything. But I insisted there was something there and had a needle biopsy.

While I was waiting for the results, I flew to see my father who was dying of liver cancer in Australia.

I came back to America as I had a tour to prepare for, and then I got a message to call my doctor. On the same day, I got the call that my father had died. So it all came at once.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer , which was a big shock. To suddenly be faced with a life threatening illness, when I had a young daughter, Chloe, was terrifying. And I lost my dad to cancer too.