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Review: Michael Bolton, Newcastle City Hall

A lively crowd made American singer Michael Bolton's City Hall gig a memorable one. Laura Foad reports

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Michael Bolton
Michael Bolton

As the lights went down on a packed hall, an explosion of whistles and cheers rang around the venue.

The opening chords of number one hit Go The Distance teased the audience, who eagerly anticipated the arrival of Michael Bolton on stage.

When the American finally appeared, calls of “Newcastle loves you” were heard all over the concert hall.

The singer, casual in blue jeans and suit jacket, was extremely charismatic from the off and worked the stage and crowd superbly throughout the night.

From the beginning, Bolton’s energy and interaction with the audience set the pleasant and friendly tone of the show.

After being told we sounded great as we sang along to his opener To Love Somebody, we were invited to join in as much as we wanted.

The lively crowd needed no further encouragement to get fully involved and, in between songs, cries about his appearance prompted the singer to pose for photos while cheekily asking fans to make sure the lighting made him look good.

During the night we were taken on a musical journey through Michael’s career.

He delighted us with a mixture of R&B, Motown, classical and pop songs taken from albums spanning his long and successful involvement in the music business.

When he took a well earned break, singers Amanda Brown and Kelly Levesque came on stage to perform a medley of hits he had written for singers such as Cher, Barbra Streisand and Kiss.

While every fan will have their own Bolton favourite, the upbeat sounds of I Said I loved You But I Lied, Steel Bars, How Can We Be Lovers and Time, Love and Tenderness got every member of the crowd on their feet.

Michael chose to close the show with the mellow sound of Georgia on My Mind, but as the crowd poured onto the streets it carried the electric energy of the concert with it into the night.

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