United Kingdom: Lulu talks about life, career and new tour

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With a musical career that spans almost six decades, artist and entrepreneur Lulu from the United Kingdom is all set for another major tour. The perfect opportunity to look back on her career, reflect on her life, and look forward to new artistic adventures.

In an interview with the Sunday Post, 1969 British Eurovision representative and one of the subsequent four winners, Lulu, looks back on her life and career, and forward to her new tour, All About The Music.

Lulu, now age 68 but no less energetic, reflects on life itself:

I’ve studied these things – I’ve been doing meditation for 30-odd years – so I’m hopefully much more aware than I was when I was younger. I look at life and death, why we’re here and what we’re supposed to do. It’s not about being famous or rich, it’s about being the best person you can be. It doesn’t mean you have to be perfect, which is what I thought when I was younger.

Lulu is still going strong, finding her own style as an artist of a certain age:

I look my age, to be honest. I can’t believe I’m getting older. When I feel that my back’s killing me or my knee hurts I think ‘This is not good – I don’t like this!’ So I become Mrs Grumpy. But I like to dress modern and because I’m in the music business I can get away with murder. Getting dressed and looking modern is a great challenge for an older woman. You can step over the line and make a lot of mistakes.

Lulu back on tour

All About The Music will be her biggest solo tour yet, and the artist is looking forward to it:

The bonus in my life is that I’ve been around for so many decades and I can still do it. I’ve got the same passion, maybe even more because I’m grateful for what I have.

Being a part of the musical community for so long, Lulu has also loved and lost some of her creative friends, such as artist David Bowie. She says:

It’s always a shock because there’s always that element of seeming invincibility. There’s a tremendous sadness and it’s hard to accept. It makes you think about your own mortality and that’s one of the reasons I’m very grateful. We take life for granted and losing people makes you think that you really have to just enjoy the moment.

Lulu lives in the present, enjoying what comes her way:

I live for the now. I always try and look at the glass being half-full, not half empty. That’s a great place to come from. When I was young I always felt I had to get somewhere, that I wasn’t good enough, and that I was running. Now it’s a bit different, although I still have the energy and I still feel like Speedy Gonzales.

Lulu’s All About The Music tour has kicked off; please visit the artists’ official website for tour dates, venues and ticket prices.

About Lulu

Lulu Kennedy-Cairns (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, Lennoxtown, Scotland, 1948) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman and television personality.

Starting her career in 1964 with the hit song Shout, Lulu became one of the most popular artists of the United Kingdom, scoring many hits, and known for singing the title song for the James Bond-movie The Man With The Golden Gun.

In 1969, Lulu represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in Madrid, Spain. In the end, Lulu and her entry Boom bang-a-bang were one out of four winners, alongside France, the Netherlands and Spain, because at the time there were no clear rules for dealing with a tie-break. All four countries won with 18 points. The rules were adapted afterward, to avoid such a situation.

Boom bang-a-bang became a massive hit and a Eurovision evergreen.

Lulu is currently on her biggest solo tour yet, All About The Music.

Please enjoy Lulu performing Boom bang-a-bang at Eurovision 1969: