Lionel Richie, All the Hits, All Night Long, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
IT did exactly what is said on the tin - Lionel Richie did play all the hits, all night long.
And a packed Metro Radio Arena lapped it up.
The 65-year-old legend was full of energy for his near two-hour set, frequently mopping his sweaty brow with a towel and changing his jackets three times as he rattled through classic tune after classic tune.
As well as a list of solo hits, the assembled audience also got to hear a string of timeless tracks from the back catalogue of the Commodores including Easy, Three Times a Lady and Brick House.
People of all ages - albeit mainly couples - thoroughly enjoyed themselves throughout, with many people seeming to make friends for life as they shared their love for the multi-platinum artist.
Meanwhile Richie had plenty of shout outs for “Newcastle, Newcastle, Newcastle”, and jokes about how cold our climate is, even claiming Diana Ross wouldn’t turn out for a duet of Endless Love because it was too chilly for a Supreme.
For me, the undoubted highlights of the night came towards the end with a triumphant trio of solo smashes.
First up was the uplifting Dancing on the Ceiling, which saw the saxophonist play while upside down and hanging off the grand piano. Impressive.
Lyrics (as if anyone needed them) flashed across the enormous screens behind Richie and his band, encouraging everyone to join in
Then came the atmospheric Hello with a giant glitterball on the big screen, before All Night Long, which brought a tropical feel akin to a Miami club in the 80s complete with a beach theme and rolled up jacket sleeves.
A standing ovation duly followed, which is perhaps where he should have left things, as a finale rendition of USA for Africa’s We Are the World, which he wrote with friend Michael Jackson, fell a little flat.