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Review: Texas, Hall One, Sage Gateshead

Sharleen Spiteri and her Texas bandmates celebrated a quarter of a century of hits with a crowd who didn't want to let them go

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Daily Record Sharleen Spiteri of Scottish music legends Texas
Sharleen Spiteri of Scottish music legends Texas

Texas’ first album Southside was released in 1989, which means you would have been able to buy it at Our Price in the Metrocentre, but only just.

And if I’m showing my age there, I wasn’t alone in doing so on Monday night at Sage Gateshead as Texas rolled back the years to treat the crowd to a night of hits old and new.

The band are touring on the back of their recently released greatest hits double album ‘25’, named with reference to the number of years since Southside first troubled the charts.

The show kicked off with lead singer Sharleen Spiteri performing a solo version of the band’s most recent single ‘Start A Family’, before she was joined on stage by the rest of the band for a hugely enjoyable romp through their back catalogue.

The singles were played in broadly chronological order, from ‘I Don’t Need A Lover’ through to ‘The Conversation’, but with the odd hit dropped in out of kilter to keep the audience on their toes.

The show was titled ‘An Evening With Texas’ and was on opportunity for the band to share some of the stories behind the songs, and answer any questions from the lively crowd.

Glaswegian Spiteri was on sparkling form, equal parts feisty and mischievous, whether heckling the Geordie crowd to be louder and more upstanding or having a laugh at keyboard player Michael Bannister’s expense.

Possibly due to the format of the show the first half felt a bit stop-start to me at times, but after the interval the momentum was ratcheted up and there was barely a bum on a seat as they hurtled through classics such as ‘Say What You Want’, ‘Summer Son’ and ‘Black Eyed Boy’.

By the end of the evening even two encores - the latter seeing the audience happily caught in a trap featuring a rousing rendition of Suspicious Minds - was barely enough for a crowd that just didn’t want this gig to finish.

Michael Telfer

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