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Warwick spreads message of love in Perth

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016 Angie Raphael

Time has not diminished the soulful voice of Dionne Warwick who, at the age of 75, still manages to strut around the stage in high heels and shake her hips to the beat.

The five time Grammy award winner began her Australian tour at the Perth Concert Hall on Thursday with an enthusiastic crowd who sang along, clapped and cheered - and Warwick lapped it up.

The New Jersey native, who has sold more than 100 million records, noted it had been a while since her last visit to Australia, jokingly asking the audience: "Why haven't you invited me before?"

Accompanied by three musicians on stage, Warwick worked her way through some of her greatest hits including Walk On By, Say A Little Prayer, I'll Never Fall In Love Again and Anyone Who Had A Heart.

During her 80-minute set, Warwick also shared brief anecdotes about Sammy Davis Jr and Whitney Houston, and shared her love for Brazil.

But when someone shouted "diva!" Warwick laughed it off and said it was a label reserved for opera singers, adding that any other pop or rock star was simply a "divette".

During her final two songs - What The World Needs Now Is Love and That's What Friends Are For - Warwick emphasised how important those messages were today.

She didn't mention the controversy surrounding the US election at all, but the subtext was obvious and the audience agreed whole-heartedly.

* An Evening With Dionne Warwick continues in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast

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