Country music group The Chicks honored the late Olivia Newton-John on Saturday night by performing a cover of “Hopeless Devoted to You” from Grease.
While performing at Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater, singer Natalie Maines paid tribute to the beloved Australian actor and pop musician, who died last week at the age of 73 after a long battle with breast cancer.
“We’ve lost a worldwide treasure… Olivia Newton-John,” Maines told the crowd.
“I thought, I was Olivia Newton-John from like [age] 4 to 12. And then I just wish I was Olivia Newton-John from there. That’s what we worked out at the sound check today [was an] Song by Olivia Newton John. Feel free to sing along.”
Audiences actually joined Maines as he belted out the melodramatic lyrics to the classic ballad famously sung by Newton-John’s Sandy Olsson in the 1978 film musical Grease. Over the past week, a number of entertainers have remembered Newton-John for her talent and friendly manner.
Among the many who hailed the Hollywood icon on social media were Dionne Warwick, George Takei, Marlee Matlin, Gabrielle Union, Antonio Banderas, Rod Stewart, Oprah Winfrey and John Travolta, who starred opposite Newton-John in Grease Danny Zuko performed.
“My dearest Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better,” Travolta wrote on Instagram. “Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. See you on the street and we’ll all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”
Since receiving her first breast cancer diagnosis in 1992, Newton-John has been vocal about her battle with the disease, raising large sums of money for breast cancer research and staying active in the breast cancer community while continuing to release music.
“Once you face your biggest fears, life just doesn’t seem so threatening,” she told the Times in 1994.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-08-14/olivia-newton-john-death-the-chicks-tribute-hopelessly-devoted The Chicks sing ‘Hopelessly Devoted’ for Olivia Newton-John