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August 27, 2013

Bonnie Tyler live in Cape Town

With hit songs Lost in France, It’s a Heartache, Holding out for a Hero and Total Eclipse of the Heart and more than 100 million records sold during her career, it is little wonder that Bonnie Tyler is regarded as the 'First Lady of Rock'. As somebody who grew up with her music and can faithfully perform Total Eclipse of the Heart with a hairbrush in hand, I leapt at the opportunity to interview her. Bonnie Tyler is a testament to the saying that the really great ones are also great people. She is warm, friendly and laughs easily and often in her trademark husky voice.  Bonnie spoke to us about her music and upcoming visit to Cape Town.

Image courtesy of Afro Asia

Who or what inspires you musically?

Motown, Tina Turner and Janis Joplin inspire me. It was wonderful working with Jim Steinman and the producer on my latest album David Huff.  And Nashville! I am enormously inspired by Nashville where I recorded my new album – it is an amazing place to make music!

Which one of your songs holds the most special place in your heart?

Total Eclipse of the Heart. It was nominated for two Grammys – one for Best Song and one for Best Video. It won Best Song but lost Best Video to Michael Jackson. Pretty impressive competition to be up against. (Laughs)

For every artist, when you first start your career, the song that puts you on the map will always be special to you and for me that’s Lost in France even though it’s very different to the music that I make now. And the song that most people come up to me and start singing is ‘It’s a Heartache’. 

How did it feel when Total Eclipse of the Heart knocked Pink Floyd off the top of the UK charts?

It went straight to Number One! I remember that when they called to tell me I was staying in the Princess of Wales suite in a hotel and I felt like a princess! (Laughs)

Table Mountain image courtesy of Paul Bruins

What are you most looking forward to doing in Cape Town?

I’m really looking forward to going up Table Mountain and going wine tasting in Stellenbosch with friends. When I’m in Joburg, I’ll be meeting a couple of my friends who live there and we’re going to the Kruger National Park.

Who was your secret '80s icon crush?

I’ve always liked Bryan Adams, I’ve met him a couple of times and he’s a great person.

Stares of fellow commuters and office cubicle neighbours be darned – I'll be practicing that slow dip and stretch of the vowels in "it's a heaaaaaaartache" until I take my seat at the CTICC on Saturday, 7 September!

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