(#37) — Conchita Wurst’s ‘Have I Ever Been In Love’ live
Conchita WURST‘s sophomore album From Vienna With Love will always be my favorite album. It just will.
My favorite track on it is Conchita’s self-penned song ‘Have I Ever Been In Love‘. A track co-written with Emma Rohan and Steve Anderson.
A song during which her/his vocals are phenomenal — especially because the high notes are crazy high.
Live performances of Conchita WURST’s ‘Have I Ever Been In Love’ — yep, two of them!
There are two live performances of Conchita WURST’s ‘Have I Ever Been In Love‘ I’m putting at #37 on my Conchita WURST’s Top 40 Best Live Performances list.
The first was recorded live at Austria’s Hitradio Ö3 on 29 October 2018 (see video above).
And it’s not just that Conchita’s vocals are ridiculously good (especially because in the last 30 seconds they are so dangerously close to the edge of “bloody brilliant” but could so easily fall off and become “God that really hurts my ears” — but she/he pulls them off superbly), it’s also that she was at the tail end of her transition from All Woman to All Man back then, and Tom Neuwirth’s army fatigues jumpsuit, bovver boots, winter beanie and “I couldn’t look any cooler if I tried” just hit all the right spots for me.
The second live performance of Conchita WURST’s ‘Have I Ever Been In Love‘ was that lovely person and his band in Graz on December 2nd, 2018 (see video below).
And, I have to admit, I had never seen this until today when I was checking other performances of the song, stumbled across this and thought “Holy SHIT!”.
Because it’s not that he forgets the words to ‘Have I Ever Been In Love‘ — twice — as any artist can do that, but it’s the little oh so comfortable laugh he does after he nails those forgotten lyrics during his third attempt that endears him to you even more.
And, of course, that he then launches into that amazing song full force, and delivers a stunning performance. (Those vocals from about 4:20 are insanely good).
A performance with an ending I could only describe as “What the hell!”
Because that recovery, that subsequent intense focus, those emotions and that delivery, Ye Gods, that’s one of the most professional performances you’ll ever see.